By Thaddeus C Brown, William G Putney, Samuel J Murphy, Clyde C. Walton
Much has been written of the infantry and the cavalry through the Civil conflict, yet little cognizance has been paid the artillery. throughout the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge in 1863 and the Atlanta crusade of 1864 and with basic Sherman’s forces at the recognized March to the ocean, the acts of a brave scuffling with staff are vividly mentioned in Behind the weapons: The background of Battery I, second Regiment, Illinois gentle Artillery. initially released in 1965 in a restricted version, this regimental heritage of a gentle artillery unit used to be written by means of 3 of its squaddies, together with the bugler.
Battery i used to be shaped in 1861 by way of Charles W. Keith of Joliet and Henry B. Plant of Peoria. greater than 100 males have been mustered into provider in December close to Springfield and left for Cairo in February 1862. The battery educated at Camp Paine around the Ohio River in Kentucky till March, while the lads have been dispatched to the South. in the course of the conflict, the Battery was once hooked up to 3 diverse armies: the military of the Mississippi, the military of the Ohio, and the military of the Cumberland.
Clyde C. Walton’s foreword and the narrative talk about the range of guns utilized by the unit, together with James, Parrott, and Rodman weapons and the bronze, muzzle-loading Napoleons that fired twelve-pound projectiles. The ebook additionally comprises an account of the prisoner-of-war event of Battery I lieutenant Charles McDonald, biographical sketches of the battery infantrymen, and eighteen maps and 5 line drawings.
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4 The next day and night were spent in following the retreat of the rebels, reaching Booneville about daylight, where burned cars and charred gunbarrels gave evidence of the cavalry raid of a few days before. The section camped in the edge of Booneville, and the 2nd of June went with a reconnoitering force towards Baldwin, but returned to camp the same day. The 4th it went with the cavalry under Sheriden [Colonel Philip H. 5 Just as one of the guns was retreating from an open field into the road a rebel shell exploded overhead, and a piece struck Allen B.
Rosecrans], com6. " The Hogan incident was the basis for the second charge. Colonel Knoblesdorff pleaded not guilty to all charges but was convicted and was dismissed from the service of the United States on August 15, 1862. "—See General Orders, No. 76, District of West Tennessee, Aug. 20, 1862. 18 EARLY CAMPAIGNS AND GARRISON DUTY manding the department, who ordered Knoblesdorff and Hogan to be court-martialed. Colonel Knoblesdorff was dismissed the service in disgrace,6 and Hogan was sentenced to work with ball and chain on the breastworks at Corinth.
Cairo was reached at two in the afternoon, where a stay was made till the 22nd, when the Antelope proceeded up the Ohio and the Tennessee, to Clifton which is about forty miles below Pittsburg Landing, arriving there at nine in the evening on the 23rd. Left Clifton at three in the morning on the 24th, and arrived at Hamburg Landing at eleven the same forenoon. The battery was unloaded and went into camp, tents were pitched, and the men began to enjoy terra firma, which they had not felt for some time having been cramped up on a river steamer for over two weeks.
Behind the Guns: The History of Battery I, 2nd Regiment, Illinois Light Artillery by Thaddeus C Brown, William G Putney, Samuel J Murphy, Clyde C. Walton