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THE HISTORY OF COMPANY A, SECOND ILLINOIS CAVALRY

by

SAMUEL H. FLETCHER

A Member of the Company;

In Collaboration with D. H. Fletcher

AS A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO FOUGHT IN COMPANY A AND OF RESPECT TO ALL WHO STAND FOR WHAT THEY FOUGHT FOR THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED BY THE AUTHORS.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. Page.

Causes of the war Slavery, the national issue Conditions immediately preceding the outbreak Manifestations of patriotism 1

CHAPTER II.

Organization and departure Presentation of the Flag Address by David B. Dewey "Nick. Hotaling's Speech" Capture of a masked battery Mustered into service Camp Butler Fort Massac Cairo Bird's Point Adventure of Harvey James Paducah and Murray, Kentucky Releasing imprisoned slaves 5

CHAPTER III.

Embarcation from Paducah Instance of official brutality Capture of Fort Henry Reconnoitering Fort Donelson First meeting with Forest's men Investment of Fort Donelson McLernand's repulse Attack by gunboats Sortie Grant turns the tide Surrender by Buckner Interest of Northern friends Dr. Gould 25

CHAPTER IV.

From Donelson to Metal Landing Rescue from flooded camp Pittsburg Landing Grand review Escort Wallace's men to Crump's Landing The long roll Detailed to bring up Wallace Hardship of men Second day's battle Retreat and pursuit Dickey's cowardice Charge against Forest's men Pathetic incidents 45

CHAPTER V.

The Corinth campaign General Halleck Manifestation of caution "Better to retreat than to fight" Spade brigade Elaborate fortifications Battle of Davis' Bridge on the Hatchie River Bolivar Death of Colonel Hogg Water Valley Fight at Holly Springs Cowardice of Colonel Murphy Foraging 59

CHAPTER VI.

The final Vicksburg campaign Situation at and around Vicksburg Memphis Lake Providence Digging the canal Cutting levee Running batteries March through swamps Grand Gulf Feint by Sherman Battle of Port Gibson Death of McCorkle Battles of Raymond and Jackson Champion Hill Casler and his "Base of Supplies" Battle of Black River Bridge Investment of Vicksburg Grant the "Silent" the Invincible 77

CHAPTER VII.

The siege of Vicksburg The assault Logan's Headquarters The "Bull pen" "Boyce's Battery" Scouting The mine The surrender Phelps appropriates General Buckner's capitulation papers Significance of the victory Credit due to Grant 99

CHAPTER VIII.

Department of the Gulf New Orleans How Official Dignity was Vindicated by a Cat o'nine tails New Iberia Vermillionville Chain Vidette "Bower's Charge" How Ed. Baker won his spurs Repulse of Generals Lucas and Franklin Improvised Cavalry Death of Crosby Superior arms of Confederates Brilliant capture of Confederate detachment Commended by general order Outrage committed by Banks and Franklin in confiscating horses Cowardly manner of its perpetration Re enlistment Veteran furlough Return to the front 113

CHAPTER IX.

The Red River Expedition Death of Colonel Mudd How Colonel Marsh held the line Fighting Guerrillas "Alton Hell Hounds" Their remedy for picket shooting Incidents at Clinton, Louisiana Colored wards and the River Jordan Dash upon Liberty, Mississippi Capture of Confederate officers Chivalry of prisoners and captors How a Confederate Captain "made good" 135

CHAPTER X.

"Davidson's sweet potato raid" Southern Alabama Destruction of railroads Oyster fishing Red pepper Mobile Expedition Barancas News of Lee's surrender Assassination of Lincoln Fort Blakely Mobile Explosion of Magazine Return to New Orleans Experience of Daniel Shaw in a Texas prison Shreveport "Salt Horse" vs... Continue reading book >>




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