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FIGHTING THEM OVER,
Wlial Our Veterans Have to Say About
Their Old Campaigns.
, BAND OF PATRIOTS.
The Farrington Family-How Thoy nntl Their
Ancestors Served Uncle Sam.
Editor National Tribiwe: When the
rebellion broke out there resided in China,
Mc, a family whose record is deserving
notice, affording an instance of patriotic
service nud fatal results with but few par
allels. Ezekiol 13. Farringlon, tlie father, was a
farmer; the mother, Mary Hamlin, was a
descendant in the seventh generation of Jap.
Hamblen, who came from London, England,
and settled in Barnstable, Mass., in 3G39.
Here was a family remarkable in the annals
of America for the military and naval serv
ices of its members.
Two sons of JameB Hamblen, the settler,
Bartholomew and Eleazer, served in the
Narraganset war of 1675. Several of his
descendants served in the old French and
Indian wars; 80 of his descendants are
known to have served in the Revolution, and
a grenter number in the Union ariny and
navy during the rebellion. Yice-Presideut
Hannibal Hamlin and Hon. Charles S. Ham
lin, the preseut Atbistant Secretary of the
TrenBury, arc of this family, as were Gen.
JoBcph E. Hamblen, Gen. Charles Hamlin,
Gen. Cvrns Hamlin, Col. Samuel Hamblen,
Col. Augustus C. Hamlin, Col. Sol j man G.
Hamlin, Col. William Hobson, Maj. James
H. Hamblin, who served in the Union army.
The Farringtou family at the time named
consisted of five children. Fivesons-enlis:ed
in the Union army, with results as follows :
Horatio P., born 1837, private, Co. A, 6th
Me., died June 3, 18G4; Charles A., born
1839, Second Lieutenant, Co. I, 31st Me.,
died June 20, lSGi; Byron H., born 1843,
private, Co. C, 1st Me. Cav., died Aug. 25,
18G2; Reuben M., born 1845, Sergeant, Co.
B, 16th Me., died June 12, 1864 ; Gustavus
A., born 3S47, private, Co. B, 2d Me. Cav.,
died Oct. 30, 1864.
Four of these regiments served with con
spicuous gallantry in the army of the Poto
mac. The mother of these brave boys, a lovely
lady, her hair white as snow, is living with
her youngest and only surviving eon, Wil
liam, in China, Me.
By far the greatest number of Hamlins,
Hamblins, and similar-named people in this
country ilescend from the Barnstable settler,
James Hamblen. .An extensive record of
his descendants has been in preparation for
many year, and a portion published, by
Hon. H. F. Andrews, of Audubon, Iowa,
sIbo a descendant, to whom all the members
of this numerous family are requested to
send family records. The records of soldiers
of this family specially desired.
"Hamlins in the Revolution" in prepn
tion by the same author. H. F. Andrews,
ON A RETREAT.
Disaster at Guntown, and tho Fate of a
Editor National Tribune: To please
some of the old vets I have agreed to write
of the history of the Guntown disaster. In
the early part of June, Gen. Sturgis com
manding, we were encamped in a beautiful
grove of oaks at While Station, about nine
miles from Memphis, trying to enjoy the
comforts of camp life while we could.
Numbers of our comrades, having served
their time, were departing for home, thus
thinning our rauks very much. Just a few
days before the return of onr mucb-belovea"
Lieutenant-Colonel, Gustavus Von Hcl
merich, horn 11 chtnond, where he had been
a prisoner for nine months, we received
orders to prepare for an expedition. Upon
our Colonel's return the ofiiceis gave a ban
quet. The soldiers, not being forgotten,
were served with refreshments, during
which onr Lieutenant-Colonel recited bis
prison experience and sufRrng, advising
each soldier not to be taken piisocer so
long as he could fire a gun or strike a blow.
The following day we broke camp and took
up our line of march thus: the 4th Mo., 2d
N. J., 19:h Pa., and 7th Iud. Cav. under
brave Col. Waring, part of the 4th (Regular)
Cav., and 7th III., 10th Mo., 2d Iowa and
10th Minn., accompanied by a well-filled
provihion train. Everything progressed
nicely, except there was considerable
grumbling about short rations, and juttly,
too, knowing as we did that there was so
much along in the supply-train.
We went into camp about 12 miles from
Guntown, and very early next morning the
cavalry was ordered to take the road, and
the infantry to follow rapidly as possible.
About 30 o'clock we came to the crossroads.
Here Gen. Sturgis slopped and took up his
quarters in a large white house belonging
to a Mrs. Price. He ordered our regiment
(the 4b Mo.) to take the road to the leftand
hunt the enemy. A comrade and I were de
ployed and sent ahead as advance-guards.
We soon came to a house, where I made in
quiries concerning the enemy.
I was informed that Gcn.'Forresl had Iub
men in the woods neaiby. We had not gone
over 500 yards when we found the John
nies. I fired the firht shot and returned
and repotted to my commander that
the enemy were very near. We advanced
and met the enemy. We were ordered to
diemouut, sfud our hortes to the rear and
use our carbines, and now the battle opened.
We fought until two o'clock in the evening.
The infautiy coming up, we were called in
and the infantry took our places. But they
were a sorry looking lot, of soldiers; the
regiments were small, some not numbering
over 150 men, and all nearly exhausted with
running the double-quick so far through the
heavy dust and heat.
The number of p cces used in battle was,
10th Mo., two guns, and four pieces of the
4th Mo. After retiring and having a long
hunt for our horses, we were ordered to
mount. After impatiently awaiting orders
for a long time, word was suddenly passed
through the lines that our General had de
serted us aud we were surrounded and the
Our gallant Colonel at once took command
and ordered us to cut our. way through,
which we did. We marched all night and
halted in the morning near Ripley; but while
drinking our coffee the Johnnies drove in
our pickets, aud the reticat continued.
Tho 7lb 111. first held the place of rear
guard, bnfc after hours of fighting they were
demoralized and stampeded. Lieut. -Col .Von
Helmerich then ordered us (the 4th Mo.) to
tako the place, which wo held by frequent
charges. At one place we found tho bridge
across the creek broken down, and the John
nies had outflanked us here. A line was
formed, but Lieut.-Col. Von Helmerich was
shot and taken again a prisoner. I at
tempted to rescue him, but was unable.
We tried to rally and make a stand, but it
was no use. The retreat continued in con
fusion until Col. Cashay, with tho fighting
2d N. J. Cav., came to our relief. It is a
wonder that one of us escaped, as the report
had left Memphis that we had left carrying
black flags. The 4th Mo. and 10th Mo.
saved their howitzeis in this battle, while
all the other guns and supply-train were
deserted and lett in the swamp.
When near Collinsville we were met by
Gen. Smith, and were rescued. Lieut. -Col.
Von Helmerich was exchanged in February,
1865, and went to Washington to draw his
pay. Meeting with friends and old com
rades, be attended a banquet Rising to offer
a toast, he fell dead. Thus euded the life of
a brave man and a fine soldier. IlEKIlY
DlLLENBEKGKU, 4th Mo. CaV.
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Quotations from History Show Him Blame
less. Editor National Tribune: I have read
with deep interest the article in reference to
the removal of Gen. "Warren from the com
mand of the Fifth Corps after the battle of
Five Forks. Comrade S. A. Clark states
that he is able to back his assertions by
Grant, Meade aud Sheridan, or any history
of the war. Inasmuch as Grant or Meade
could have known nothing of the circum
stances of Warren's removal, except through
Gen. Sheridan, as "Warren could not tell his
s'ory, their evidence could not be called very
conclusive. It would hardly be considered
that Sheridan's report wonld be unbiased.
Sheridan says: "'Gen. Warren did not ex
ert himself to get up his corp3 as rapidly as
he might have done, and hw manner gave
me the impression that he wished the sun
to go down before dispositions of the attack
could be completed. During the attack of
the Filth Corps I again became dissatisfied
with Gen. Warren. During the engagement
portions of his line gave way when not ex
posed to a heavy fire, and simply for want
of confidence on the part of lis troops, which
Gen. Wairen did not exert himself to in
spire." Now, I wish to know what part of the
lines of" the Fifth Corps gave way? I have
been unable to learn of any such conduct of
any part of the corps, except by Gen. Sheri
dan's report Certainly, not on the part of
Crawford's Diviticn, which swept across the
open field and into the woods, capturing four
cannon and a large number of prisoners.
The other divisions I presume are able to
hoe their own row as to what they did at
Swinlon says: "Warren dashed forward,
calling to those near to follow him. Inspired
by his example, the color-bearers aud officers
all along the front sprang out and without
more firing the men charged at the pas dc
course, capturing all that remained of the
enemy. The history of the -war presents no
equally splendid illustration of personal
magnetism. Warren led the van of rushing
lines; his horse was fatally shot within a
few leet of the bicastworks, and he hiuibclf
was in immiuent peril, when a gallant offi
cer, Col. Richardson, of the 7th "Wis., sprang
between him aud the enemy, receiving a
severe wound, but shielding from hurt the
person of his beloved commander.
"The trophies of the day included many
colors aud guns, and about 5100 prisoners,
of which number 3,244 were taken by the
This would hardly bear out Sheridan's
assertion that Warren did not exert himself.
So far as I know, Stiue's History of the
Army of the Potomac is authentic, and as
reliable as any other war history. I will
quote what it says:
"Warren grew restive under these impu
tations (Sheridan's), audxepeatedly demand
ed a court of inquiry, which was at length
ordered by the President, and the court, com
posed of officers of high rank, after having a
host of witnesses 'before them, Sheridan
among the number, who gave at great length
his reasons for believing and acting as he did,
madearepoit to the President completely
exonerating Gen. Warren, stating there was
no unneceshary delay, and that Wairen took
the usual methods of a Corps commander
to prevent delay. As to the imputation that
he wished the sun to go down before dis
positions for the attack could be completed,'
they say, 'his actions, as shown by the evi
dence, do not appear to have corresponded
with such a wish, if he ever entertained it.'
"And so the court went.on," says Siinc,
"and decided against Sheridan's charges iu
every instance, and in the end brought in a
report completely justifying Warren in his
I have quoted this somewhat fully in re
buttal of Comrade Clark's assertion lha.t any
history of the war goes to show that Sheri
dan's action was justifiable. The fact is,
Sheridan had resolved to remove him, no
matter what the result of the battle would
be, for he Bays: "I had received through
Col. Babccck authority from Gen. Grant to
relieve him (Warren), hut did not with to
do it, paiticulaily on the eve of battle, so
said nothing at all about the message
brought me." It is generally conceded that
the public opinion of the soldiers of the
army was almost invariably cirrect on mat
ters pertaining to movements aud questions
of that kind, and I have never 3et met a
Fifth Corps man who was present at that
time who did not think that Warren's re
moval was very unjust to him.
Wc of the rank and file know that from
the time we broke camp until we arrived at
Five Forks we were on about as much of a
hustle as anyone could well be, and it would
have been about impossible for any body of
troops to have made belter time, considering
the condition of the roads, than wc did the
day of the battle. And, in conclusion, 1
wish to say something as expressed by the
Cannoneer, that even if he had failed (which
we find he did'uot), Sheridan knew thnt the
end was near, and it was cruel and unjust,
afterTVarren's useful and illustrious service,
after the Fifth Corps had fought its last
battle, to deprive him of his command.
Y. Grove Dalton, Co. D, 147th N. Y.,
Wauled Lewis Balliett, formerly of Co.
F, 30th Regiment, O. V. G, whose present
residence is unknown. Whoever will first
inform the undersigned of his whereabouts,
so I can correspond with him, will be lib
erally rewarded. Address S. S. Balliett,
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THE NATIONAL-TRIBUNE WASHlSpMfc ft' 02 THURSDAY. .MAY, 28, 1893;
FIELD OF ATLANTA.
Disgrace or m Monument to Gen. James B.
Editor National Tribune: As I went
down here to Atlanta to visit tho Cotton Ex
position. I also visited the baltlefied of July
22, 38G4. Having been over the field in
1877, 13 3'ears after the battle, before scarcely
any changes had been made, and again in
1S81 and 1890, 1 have been able, to a certain
extent, to keep track of tho positions occu
pied by the different commands engaged.
Death of McPiterson.
Now, after a lapse of 31 years, I thought
it might be of interest to the veterans to
learn how it looks. A great change has
taken place since, and many of the old boys
who fought on that bloody field would
scarcely be able to recognize the place.
I met some hero who were in the battlo,
who had been out to Leggett's Hill, and
they said they were unable to locate the
place occupied by their regiment duriug
the battle. A few were not even able to
recognize Leggctt's Hill. There now stauds
a three-story brick residence on or very near
the spot occupied by Battery D, 1st 111. Art
(McAllister's battery), and the 3d Ohio bat
tery. This place is owned bv a Mr. Koch.
who came down here soon after the war. I
am indebted to him for much valuable in
formation, as he bought the place not many
3'ears after the war, and before many changes
had been made, and he was able to show me
where the breastworks were located which
were erected on the afternoon of the battle.
To the left of Leggctt's Hill, commencing
at the southeast angle of the breastworks,
iu a northeast direction along the left of the
Third Division, Seventeenth Corps and tho
Sixteenth Corps, nothing now remains of the
breastworks except a small portion of the
works occupied by the extreme left of the
Third Division, and here and there a patch
where the Sixteenth Corps stood.
Along the McDonoiigh road, northwest of
the angle on Leggctt's Hill, and along that
portion of the line occupied by the 45th mid
20th 111., and other commands of the Third
Division, Seventeenth Corps, everything has
been leveled down and laid out in town lots,
and is occupied by residences.
Leaving the McDonoiigh road, turning
almost due north, iu the direction of the
Fifteenth Corps, through a strip of timber
where the 17lh Wis. stood, the breastworks
are in a fair state of preservation. Along
the line of the Fifteenth Corp? thero is here
and there a patch left, just barely enough to
trace the linc-of-battle.
Of the rebel breastworks considerable is
left at different places. Especially is this
so across the ravine in front of the left of
the Third Division and in front of the Six
teenth Corps, to the left of Leggetl's Hill.
It will be but a few years till all tiace of this
latnoua battlefield will be gone.
In walking over the field I found only
one bullet; but the natives have quite a
stock of relies on baud, and are disposing of
them at a fair price. I was surprised to find
nailed high up to a pine tree where Gen.
McPherson fell, a sign reading, "Gen. John
B. McPherson, killed July 22, '61." How
or by whom such a. blunder was made I
cannot understand. One would suppose
that anyone who was in the least familiar
with the history of tho late war and our
Generals, especially one so prominent as our
beloved McPherson, would know that it
was James B., and not John B.
Tho monument erected where Gen. Mc
Pherson fell is a disgrace to our Govern
ment. It is a condemned cannon inclosed
by a cast-iron rail-fence about the size of a
hen-coop. That is all that marks the sacred
spot where the gallant McPherson gave up
his precious life for the Nation.
It seems strange thai Sliiloli battlefield,
away from any town or railroad, should be
preserved as a National park, and Leggctt's
Hill and McPhersou be neglected and for
gotten ; especially when one considets its
nearnej-B to Ailanla, a city of 300,000, and
which is destined at no far distant day to
become the city of the South. John T.
WlESMAN, Battery D, 1st 111. Art. (McAllis
ter's), 515 Nona Thirteenth street, Lincoln,
A DREAD BASTILE.
Additional Contribution to tho Story of tho
Vain Attempt at Kcnp: from .Salisbury.
Editor National Tjmuunk: I have
"read with much interest the graphic account
of Comrade H. Mann's experience in Libby
nud Salisbury (N. G) prison. I, with a
number of our 2d battalion 5th N. Y. H. A.
boys, unfortunately captured at Cedar Creek.
rt in 1 ant i. s . .. ... '
vtu ji, joui, n,ii jufio incarccraieu in L-ibby
and Salisbury bastiles.
All of our boys took part in trying to
make onr escape out of the inhuman death
trap, on Nov. 25, 3864. Comr.de Win. Per
rin, Co. E, 2d battalion, who lived in Brook
lyn, N. Y., was one of the committee to
command us New York bojs when the right
time to strike for liberty had come.
It was reported that on Nov. 25 the regi
ment doing guard duty at this prison was
to leave for the front, and our commander,
Wm. Perrin, reported to us boys that if it
turned out to be true, then, at the evening
guard-mount, and at the sound of "Strike
for liberty!" we were to forthwith rush to
the big gate, and thus make our ccape.
"Well, with throbbing hearts wo all await
ed the day. Sure enough, iu the morning
an old men's regiment was put on guard,
and the other was marched to the depot
They had not been gone very long when
a train came rattling by and slopped at the
depot, and was soon off again ; therefore our
poor emaciated comrades naturally supposed
that tho regiment had left. They were so"
elated at the thought that they could not
wait uutil evening guard-mount, but forth
with shouted, "Strike for liberty!" Imme
diately hundreds rushed toward the big
gate. But what could they do, as the gate
was securely bolted?
Our boys, however, had overpowered the
new guards, and were about to assault the
big gate with a battering lam, which they
had nearly completed, when the regiment,
which we all supposed had left, came back
double-quick, and began to fire into our
midst. Then they came in to see how
many " blue-bellied Yauks "for that's what
they called us they had killed.
Now 1 looked and wept at our poor com
rades as they were lying huddled together
in Death's embrace. Their number ap
peared to me to be over 300. It was a sick
Alter this attempt to escape another was
suggested sometime in December, 1861.
Richardson, one of the New York Tribune's
correspondents, adopted u plan of tunneling
out So the comrades who were so fortunate
as to possess either a tin plate or cup, and
had the necessary strength as well, dug
holes in the ground, nud then burrowed
under, where they would lay themselves
down to rest Some did, eventually, tunnel
out, but it was only to find themselves re
captured and brought back to be starved to
Strange, is it not, how the scenes that re
volt us cling to our recollections? Would
that I could banish forever from my mind
what I witnessed in Salisbury's terrible I
bastile, but ono wpve of tho magic wand of
memory brings it all back in panoramic re
view. A. Turner, Chaplain, John A.Logan
Post, 61, Department of West Virginia,
G.A.R., Sand Hill, lYVti.
MISSOURI , ROMANCE.
Comrades Renew a friendship of I'ccullnr
Editor National. Tribune: Now nud
then two old coufrades who fought side by
Bide in tho Union1 army, and who separated
soon after the war, chance to meet, and such
meetings are usually like calling up the dead.
John Jenkins, of Gntes, Mo., and W. S.
Itiggs, of Springdald, Ark., who went
through many hardships and in a measure
shared each other's joys and sorrows, gains
and losses, victories nud defeats during the
four years of civil war, and who had neither
seen nor heard of ono another during tho
past 30 years, were again brought together
by letter a short while ago. Riggs accident
ally heard that Jenkins was still living,
and at once wrote him. But Jenkins had
saved the life of Riggs at one time during
the rebellion, and while both were on duty,
nud because of this fact the letter from the
one to the other brought up reminiscences
that had long been forgotten.
It seems that Rigg? was a scout, and enjoys
tho distinction of having been one of tho
youngest in the army. Wiufield Scott Riggs,
now of Springdale, Ark., came to Springfield
in 1804 aud was recommended to Gen. John
B. Sanborn by John Jenkins and J. B.
Hiccock, or " Wild Bill," as he wa well and
familiarly known in this section of the
country. Riggs was rather small for his age,
as he only weighed 90 pounds, and his hair
hung down on his shoulders. He was sent
to the Lyon House, whore he roomed with
Riggs was known as "Scott Riggs, the
littlo scout," and was considered one of the
most daring men in tho army. So much so,
in fact, that he was detailed to make a trip
alone to Forsy the, Yell ville.Batcsville, West
Plains and Hartville for the purpose of as
certaining the movements of Gen. Price's
rrmy, and learned that he was coming into
Missouri by way of Pilot Knob. His trip
was successful, and saued the Union forces
at this place a surprise as planned by Price.
Riggs was next sent by Gen. Sanborn as a
scout for Maj. Burch at Neosho, who was in
commaud of the post at that place. After
he had gone to Neosho to act as scout for
Burch, Gen. Sanborn nud a part of hi3 array
went in pursuit of Gen. Price, and during
their absence Riggs returned to Springfield.
When Gen. Sanborn returned ho sent
K'BKS Jenkins, Wild Bill and Tom Marlon
to follow Price until he had crossed the
Arkansas River. The four men started out
together on horseback and ate dinner at a
farmhouse 10 miles south of Springfield.
After dinner they again mounted their
horses and btarted in pursuit of Price. As
a matter of course, Wild Bill had some
whisky, mid had been drinking considerably
on tho road, and appeared anxious for a
quarrel. He approached Riggs aud said he
had been talking to Sad'c Hooper, a pister-in-law
of Tom Marton, and a young lady
whom he (Wild Bill) claimed as his sweet
heart He did not like the idea of the
youngest scout iu thcjarmy talking to his
girl, and he informed Eigj:s that he was
going to kill him then and there. The des
perate man drew ibis pistol, and as he was
just in the act of shootiug, Jenkins sprang
from his horse and caught the pistol in time
for The shot to heTfircdi into the air iustead
of the intended victim. t
Jenkins said to the would-be murderer:
"Bill, arc you crazy J? Can you afford to
kill a hoy who has 'been in so many tight
places with us, as Scott has?"
At this Wild Bill put up his pistol, -with
the remark that he loved the little scout.
"But," he added, asihe continued to ad
dress Riggs, "youjhavo, treated me wrong."
The party continued .hc journey together
without any further trouble until Cnssville
was icached, whert 'they separated, and
Riggs went on, following Price. On his
way back he met Wild Bill again at Caes
ville, aud the two rode to Springfield to
gether, aud ever after were good friends.
On their return from following Price, nnd
between Cassvilleand Springfield, Riggs and
Wild Bill met Gen. McNeal and his colored
troops. McNeal wanted Bill to report to
him, which he refused to do. At this the
two dismounted, and were about to engage
in a bloody contest when the soldiers sepa
rated them. The two scouts then came on
to Springfield without further trouble.
Riggs made his report to Gen. Sanboin,
and then went to Quartermaster Bently
Owen's office to geMiis pay for the trip. He
was informed by that official that he had
been informed that'whilc he (R ggs) way at
Neosho he did nothing but lie around the
camp, and therefore refused to pay him.
Riggs informed Gen. Sanborn of the Quar
termaster's action, and the General prom
ised to ascertain the facts from Capt. Kelsaw.
But the matter was not looked after, and
Riggs never drew his pay for that service,
which was of vast importance to the Union
After Price made his raid there was but
little work left for scouts to do in this sec
tion of the State, and Riggs was gicn letters
of recommendation from Gen. Sanborn to
Lieut. Col. Bishop, of the 1st Ark. Cav., at
Fayetlevillc, and ho started, armed with
these letters, and has never been in Spring
field since. .
Wild Bill, Tom Marton, Lark Rus-el, and
George Heart, with whom Riggs and Jenkins
were associated during the war, are all dead,
and these two now remain alive to talk over
It will be remembered thnt Wild Bill shot
and killed Dave Tutt on the public square
in this city. Tutt was a brother of Lewis
Tutt, now living here. After the war he
went West and at last drifted into the
Black Hills, and in a gambling den was shot
and killed by one of his friends over a game
of cards. J. G. G, Springfield, Mo.
from tho Ilattlo
Editor National Trirune: A dis
mounted cavalry battalion was" merged into
our brigade at Reams's Station, Aug. 25,
38G4. They fought well until their powder
and lead were all used. In the last attack
they broke and lied-to the rear. The writer,
with the rest of the 3Gth Wis., was hotly en
gaged in a hand-to-hand encounter, and did
not know of the gajJnS)ur line until com
pletely cut off. 3 'i
As the rebs swarmed in our rear it was
dog eat dog. Now something prompted me.
I started for the rear. I had not gone far
when I discovered" 'thai the rebs were not
after me. I stepped' behind a tree and fired
the last round I had into a squad of rebs
that was turning our,canuon against us. I
knew most of the 'SGih Wis. were prisoners.
Many of my comrades had been killed and
captured, aud a sati ''chill crept over my
heart, and I pondered over our defeat
I cast my eyes tphe left; the very devil
seemed to be goiug4n in front of the 19th
Me. They soon felt btfCk.
Gen. Gibbon rodp up io where I stood and
ordered a line ta,unii. About 150 men
answered to the order I stepped out as
right-guide of this line, and held the butt
of my musket up to guide on, it being the
only gun in the lineffrom right to left The
whole line was horstdu combat. Out of 185
engaged, the 3Gth Wis. lost 154 men nine
killed, 33 wounded, 122 missing.
Gen. Miles came up with a brigade of the
First Divjjwm and made a charge, driving
the enemy back a short distance. Heavy
volleys of musketry roared for a short time,
and the battle of Ream's Station was over.
No more the blistering rays of the sun beat
down upon us. Pillars of smoke shot high
in the air from Tidball's battery-line. It
was suudown. The dead aud wounded
covered .the field as far as tho eye could
reach. Ed W. Dayton, Sherburn, Minn.
Frorn Alert Comrades All Along the
Tho Iuka Fight.
Z. Harlan, Sergeant, Co. H, 39lh Ohio,
Eurekn, Kan., writes relative to L. W.
Bloom's communication in the issue of
March 5 on Iuka: "Tho writer indulges
quite freely in criticisms, wants tho3e who
make careless statements 'called down,' and
then goes into the business of making care
less statements himself.
"I desire to set him right as to Comrade
Shigley'a statement that 'the 43th Ind.
fell in line with the 5th Iowa and tho 11th
Ohio batteries.' Now, as the 5th Iowa Inf.
was engaged at Inka, and close by the 11th
Ohio battery, it is quite clear that Comrade
Shigley so intended to express it The 5th
Iowa nnd the 11th Ohio battery suffered
severely in tho Iuka battle. I know this,
for I wasn't many yards from tho positions
they occupied. The Ohio Brigade was near
" But, as to Comrade Bloom's misstatement,
the one that tonches me in a tender spot is:
'The 38th Regulars shonld be credited with
that (Robinott) defense.' With all due re
spect to Comrade Bloom, I am compelled to
say that nothing could bo farther from the
truth than this statement It was the Ohio
Brigade (27th, 30th, 43d and G3d Ohio) aided
by about 200 of the 11 tb Mo., that success
fully defended Robinett against the charging
Dwight Warren, Three Oaks, Mich., says
in the course of a lengthy disenssion as to
The Lost Opportunity" and Gen. Warren,
auswenng Comrade Clark, that he has state
ments condemnatory of the comrade's at
tack by Comrades Alfred Quinn, Canton, O.;
Edward R. Covell, 59th N. Y Providence,
R. I.; A. F. Andrews, 188th N. Y., Fenton,
Mich.; R.E. McBride, 190th Pa., Manhattan,
Kan.; Robert Miller, 1st Md., Artondale,
Wash. He also calls attention to statements
in these columns verifying his own by Com
rades Gilbert Thompson, topographer, Wash
ington, D. G; Gen. Thomas F. McCoy, 107th
Pa.; Maj. Mjnk, Battery H, 1st N. Y. Art,
and Augustus Buell ("The Cannoneer"),
whoso work completely refutes the state
ment of Comrade Clark.
Comrade Clark quotes Gen. Meade and
Grant's Memoirs. Gen. Meade's orders to
Gen. Bartlelt ou the night of March 31
practically confirm my statement that we
were not to move to assist Sheridan until
relieved hy troops of the Second Corps. As
soon as the enemy had been driven behind
the White Oak road, Bartlett about dark was
pushed out to our left three miles in the
direction of Five Forks. Maj. Cope was
with him. About 10 o'clock at night Bart
lett found that he was in the rear of Mum
ford's Brigade of Cavalry, who at the time
A shamo for Comrade Clark to try to
throw mud on Warren and the old Fifth
Corp3, and every drop that touches them
turns o a star of gold. No man can write
down tho record of Gen. G. K. Warren truth
fully without the highest praise.
Tracing tho Lines.
F. L. Hicks, Carrollton, 111., writes: " I was
mnch interested in reading your California
correspondent's account of 'Tracing the
Lines' at Antiefam. He states that he was
indebted to a 4th Ohio veteran for showing
him over the lines.
'"I beg to inform the writer of said article
that although the 4th Ohio was a gallant
regiment, it was not present at the battle of
Antietam, having beeti sent home to Ohio
for the purpose of recruiting its shattered
ranks about the latter part of August, 1862,
rejoining its old brigade (Kimbali's) several
weeks after the battle. .
B. C. Parsonp, Humboldt, Iowa, wants in
formation of Robert Jarvis, Wagon or Quar
termaster at Duvall'a BlufF, Ark., in the
Summer of 1865; also of Jed Eperhart and
the Post Surgeon, or anyone who knows of
the Fervice of George F. Mofiett, who served
in the 1st Wis. Cav.
CI..itico to Spank Out.
J. N. Byram, 59th III., Smith Center,
Kan., says that Gen. Howard, in writing of
Allatoona, speaks of the 37th 111. as one of
Corse's regiments. "My regiment," says the
comrade, "was with the 37th III. in the
Army of the Frontier, under Fremont, in
1861. At the battle of Pea Ridge, March 6,
7, and 8, 1862, our brigade was composed
of the 37th aud 59th 111. and Davidson'd
Peoria battery, commanded by Col. (after
wards Brigadier-General) Julius White.
"Our regiment on May 10, with some
other troops was ordered to Corinth, Miss.
We saw the JJ7th no more. They fought
their way towards the Gulf, and Oct. 7,
1864, two days after Allatoona, they went
into Winter quarters at Duvall's BlnfT. The
mistake does not amount to much, but I
couldn't forego the privilege of telling Gen.
Howard he is mistaken. He did not allow
that when he was in command of the Fourth
William Chapman, 101 h South Broad
way, Los Angeles, Cal., writes: "It
is not generally known that iu Califor
nia there is a large amount of Government
land. The eyes of nearly all people visiting
southern California are centered about Los
Angeles, overlooking the fact that not far
away are thousands of acres of rich, level
land open to location as homesteads nnd
other claim?. The elevation is high, a cura
tive spot for. asthma, bronchitis, consump
tion, nnd kindred diseases; also productive
of the finest apples grown in the State.
Three railroads run across the valley, and
two more uuder construction. This is an
inviting place for the old soldier, being but
a short rido from the Soldiers' Home at
Santa Monica." The editor advises the
comrade to have some descriptive circulars
printed, as he will receive more letters than
he can'conveniently answer.
Tun National Thibune has a letter for
Capt. Jesse If. Jones, of Georgia. There is
also a letter in care of the editor for Com
rade Delevan Bates, and one for Henry Miu
nig and one for Lieut. Samuel Howard.
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Tho 12th . J.
This regiment was organized at Wood
bury, N. J., Sept. '1, 1862, to serve three
year.. It was mustered out of service July
lii, 1S65. Col. Robert C. Johnson was dis
charged Feb. 27, 18G3; Col. Johu H. Willetts
was discharged Dec. 19, 1861, and when
mustered out the regiment -was commanded
by Col. John Willinn, Brevet Brigadier
General. The War Department credits the
regiment with the following battles : Chan
cellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristow Station,
Mine Knn, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North
Anna, Tolopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Peters
burg, Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom,
Keams's Station, and Boyd ton Boad. At
Cbnnccllorsvillo it was in Hayes's Brigade,
French's Division. Sefnnrl fnrn Tt lnna
in tliat battle was 24 killed, 132 wounded.
.. . . . . 7. 1"" """
nnd 22 missing,
At Gettysburg the regi
ment distingnished itself by a charge of
four companies, capturing the Bliss barn,
vuiKii wassimaicci netween the Union and
rebel lines, and ocenpied by the latter's
sharpshooters. Col. Fox states thnt the
Jersey men captured seven rebel officers nnd
92 men in this gallant charge, and givc3 the
loss of the 12th N. J. in the battle of Gettys
burg as 23 killed, 83 wonuded, and three
missing, mo3t of which Joss was sustained
by the assault upon the Bliss barn. Later
the regiment became a part of Carroll's Bri
gade, Gibson's Division. In the battles of
the Wilderness and Spottsylvania the regi
ment was commanded by Lieut.-Col. Tho?.
H. Davis, who was killed in the latter
action May 12, 186 1. It is stated that when
the 12th N. J. crossed the Ranidan it num
bered 423 men, and that its loss in the two
above-mentioned buttles was 177 killed and
wounded, or over 40 per cent, of its original
strength. The total enrollment of the regi
ment was 1,848. Its loss was nine officprs
and 168 men killed in action or died of
wounds and 99 men died of disease, in
prison, etc. It is one of the 300 fighting
regiments given by Col. For, and well
earned that distinction in many hard-fought
The 85th X. T.
The regiment was organized at Elmira, N.
Y., in December, 1861, for the three years'
service, and veteranizing on the expiration
of its term, it remained in service nntil June
27, 1865. when it was mustered out, with
Lieut.-Col. Will W. Clarke in command.
Col. Uriah L. Davis, who first commanded
the regiment, resigned Feb. 11, 1862. Jona
than S. Belknap wa3 the next Colonel, bnt
he also resigned Jnne 13, 1863. Col. Enrico
Fardello was then made Colonel. Col. Far-
dello was brevetted Brigadier-General March
13, 1865. May 15, 1865, he was discharged
from the service on account of expiration of
his term. Lieut.-Col. Clarke then took com
mand. The regiment served in Casey's Di
vision, Fourth Corp?. Its total loss was one
officer and 34 men killed or died of wounds
1 received in action, and two officers and 324
men died from other causes. The unusually
heavy loss of the regiment was cansed by
confinement in rebel prisons, 222 of the men
having died in Andersonville, where they
were taken after the capture of the reiriment
at Ply month, N. C, April 20, 1864.
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