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  2. Ft. Donelson witness

    Charles C. Nott was practicing law in New York when the Rebellion broke out, and somehow ended up in the Fremont Hussars; and shortly afterward, became a part of Curtis Horse (5th Iowa Cavalry, Company E) of which, 34-year old Nott became Captain. After the war ended, Charles Nott wrote a book of his exploits in the west; and Chapters 2 and 3 detail his accidental involvement with the Fort Donelson Campaign. Accidental, because Curtis Horse had been assigned to Fort Henry, but the steamer Captain Nott and his friend from the 14th Iowa Infantry climbed aboard carried the 2nd Iowa Infantry, bound for the Cumberland River. Nott describes many of the men of the 2nd Iowa, met during the brief voyage; sights along the banks of the Cumberland; and the snow (and attempting to seek shelter from the cold) in the semi-circle of Federal troops, ringing the west side of Fort Donelson (where Captain Nott "joined" the 14th Iowa, "on detached service." The activities of February 15th are discussed as closely as anyone who heard about the "Confederate breakout attempt" without participating, could... followed by awareness that his unit, way up north of the activity further south, is to take part in storming the Rebel fort. The action force was led by the 2nd Iowa, followed closely by 52nd Indiana, 25th Indiana, 7th Iowa and 14th Iowa (while off to the right was a "feint" led by the 12th Iowa, 50th Illinois, and Birge's Western Sharpshooters.) Descending into a gully, climbing up the other side (under fire), watching the fate of the Federal troops in front; followed by awareness they have carried "the last significant position" ...and Captain Nott turned his attention to the wounded, and assisted in carrying many to Hospital. [Chapter One of his book also describes a Hospital experience, significant in that he inadvertently captures the "outbreak of sickness" that gripped St. Louis in Winter 1861/62.] Charles Nott was seriously injured a couple of months after Fort Donelson, and returned to New York to recover. While there, he was "assigned" to a New York infantry regiment that took part in operations in Louisiana (during which he was captured at Brashear City, and spent 13 months a captive at Camp Ford, Texas.) After the war, Colonel Nott returned to New York, and was eventually appointed Chief Justice of the United States Court of Claims. A remarkable man, with an incredible story... Ozzy http://archive.org/stream/sketchesofwar01nott#page/n11/mode/2up Sketches of the War, by Charles C. Nott (1865). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_C._Nott everyone's favourite, wikipedia... http://www.scriptoriumnovum.com/c/nott.html Charles Nott bio at 5th Iowa Cavalry (Curtis Horse) website.
  3. "They also serve, who stand and wait..."

    New Madrid and Island No.10 As mentioned in the post above (dated 18 SEP 2017) a detachment from Curtis Horse engaged in an expedition against Paris, Tennessee on March 31st 1862 that was "coincidental" with a raid conducted by Colonel Buford, detached from forces involved in an operation on the Mississippi River that struck Union City (fifty miles west of Paris) and returned to Hickman Kentucky to resume participation in that "other operation." Until Henry Halleck's Grand Movement on Corinth Mississippi, April/May 1862, this "demonstration" by Curtis Horse may have been the only interface between Federal forces building at Pittsburg Landing, and those involved in the Campaign for New Madrid and Island No.10. From the first, I will admit this is supposition. But, in the same way U.S. Grant had his forces conduct "feints" simultaneous with Battle of Belmont (November 1861); and Grant's forces conducted forced marches and demonstrations to the east of Fort Columbus (simultaneous with George Thomas' operation that resulted in Battle of Mill Springs, January 1862) so this Curtis Horse operation, simultaneous with the Union City raid; and the fact the orders to conduct the Paris Expedition were "hand delivered" (most likely from St. Louis, as U.S. Grant would have no knowledge of what was taking place at Island No.10). Therefore, Henry Halleck must have sent those orders... Anyway, for those curious about "that other operation" that was taking place concurrent with the build-up at Pittsburg Landing (which held priority in Henry Halleck's eyes while Pittsburg was kept in holding pattern) the attached link provides a concise description of the Island No.10 Campaign. Cheers Ozzy http://www.new-madrid.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=152 New Madrid and Island Number Ten
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  5. Under construction for about ten years, Essential Civil War Curriculum is an ambitious attempt to compile a one-stop-shop for Teacher Lesson Plans and ideas of "what can be taught in the classroom." And, to be be fair, if students read only what was advised by this online site, they would come away with a solid grounding in "History of the American Civil War." However, in later years they might wonder if mention was made of "Island No.10" or "Pensacola." Or the importance of Fort Columbus or Cairo Illinois or Mother Bickerdyke or PGT Beauregard... A "horn of plenty" exercise that introduces many of the key elements of the War of the Rebellion, each vignette offers a summary of a person, place or event that had a connection to the 1861 - 1865 conflict. Items of interest are listed alphabetically, and can be accessed by selecting a desired letter (much like a dictionary) and scrolling down. Alternatively, key words can be placed in the Search Box (correct spelling important) and results acquired. (Although no listing is to be found under "B" for John Brown, searching John Brown (without use of quotations) in the Search Box locates "John Brown's Raid" listed under "J"). Although suffering from Eastern Theatre Bias (in my opinion) the information regarding James Buchanan and Braxton Bragg and many other noted characters from the War of the Southern Secession is presented in a creditable fashion; and all entries have extensive Reference Lists, allowing extended study. In all, Essential Civil War Curriculum is worth a read, in order to "see what is being taught in the classroom today." Ozzy http://essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/j/ Essential Civil War Curriculum
  6. "They also serve..." (Part 2)

    A hint or two... All of the infantry regiments assigned garrison duty had been present at the Battle of Fort Donelson. The man in charge of Fort Henry (and given overall responsibility for oversight of Fort Henry, Fort Heiman and Fort Donelson) was a West Point graduate who remained in command at Fort Henry for twelve months. The many steamers sent from St. Louis to "join Grant's Tennessee River Operation" stopped first at Fort Henry, before proceeding on to Savannah, to hand-deliver messages to the Fort Henry Post commander; receive last-minute adjustments to orders; sometimes to take particular stores or resources as the steamer continued south (in at least one instance, a barge loaded with coal was directed to be taken along and delivered to General Grant at Savannah.) In addition, the Fort Henry Post commander had overall control of the telegraph (the line only reached as far south as Fort Henry until Buell's line from Nashville made a tenuous connection at Savannah, just prior to Battle of Shiloh.) Cheers Ozzy
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  8. Court-Martial records

    It's working fine now (mumble mumble computers!). Jim
  9. 156th Battle Anniversary

    well as of yesterday afternoon they hadnt posted any so more are to come and yes jef is supposed to have something on the 5th. on the 7th none of the hikes will be around duncan field d/t the living history in that field
  10. 156th Battle Anniversary

    The Shiloh National Military Park Staff have begun posting the schedule of hikes for April with only two on April 6 being announced so far. Dr Gentsch tells me that he is pondering leading a hike on April 5. https://www.nps.gov/shil/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=29900A60-1DD8-B71B-0B9E9B082F76C745
  11. Court-Martial records

    Jim Just tested both links: working fine, when operated from Australia. (Perhaps you should consider taking a trip?) The first link is a PDF file, and takes 90 seconds to fully load. The second link (Civil War Military Trials) allows access to the records of six different military districts, including Halleck's Department of Missouri... and also takes 90 seconds to fully load each selected set of records. To establish your own link, search for "civil war military trials by ruth levush" in google. Let me know how you fare... Ozzy
  12. Court-Martial records

    Available on the Internet since 2011, over 1000 pages of documents briefly describing over 700 Court Martial proceedings in Major General Henry Halleck's Department of the Missouri during 1861, 1862 and 1863 ...nearly one per day, beginning December 1861 and includes accused men (officers and enlisted) from 8th Illinois, 2nd Iowa, 35th Illinois, 18th Indiana, 23rd Indiana, 6th Iowa, 8th Missouri, 41st Illinois, 11th Indiana, 40th Illinois, 1st Nebraska, 17th Illinois, 77th OVI, 25th Missouri (and many other regiments ultimately connected with Army of the Tennessee.) The Military Court proceedings were conducted in St. Louis; in the field in Missouri; at Paducah; and elsewhere. Some of the names you may recognize (acting as President of the Court) include Colonel James Tuttle (2nd Iowa); Colonel Morgan Smith (8th Missouri); Brigadier General Ben Loan (replaced Benjamin Prentiss in District of Northern Missouri in March 1862); Colonel E. P. Wood (17th Illinois); and Colonel David Stuart (55th Illinois). The offences charged are varied, and include: disobeying orders; assaulting an officer; falling asleep on guard duty; horse theft; theft of civilian property (often pigs and chickens, but sometimes more valuable items); absent-without-leave; desertion. Surprisingly, many civilians were caught up in the Military Justice System (members of unrecognized guerrilla bands; assisting the Rebel Cause, without belonging to a recognized Rebel fighting unit; Violating Oath of Allegiance). Punishment (for those found guilty) included forfeiture of pay and reduction in rank; dismissal from the service. If confinement was awarded, the sentence (from six months to "duration of the War") was served at Military Prison, Alton, Illinois. It appears Courts Martial consisted of three or four members (officers, of equal or higher rank than the accused.) But, in a capital case, the minimum was five members. The General Court Martial Orders from the HQ of Department of the Missouri, 1861 - 1863 is arranged chronologically; and there is no index (so it requires approximate knowledge of date of offense in order to find it in this resource.) The main case I was hoping to uncover -- details of the March/April 1862 Court Martial at Savannah Tennessee of Colonel David Moore, 21st Missouri -- I have yet to find. But if it is included, I will attach the page numbers in a later post. A resource with a difference... Ozzy http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/lawlib/law0001/2012/20120020399879A/20120020399879A.pdf Record of Courts Martial, DEPT of MO, from Library of Congress http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2012/11/civil-war-military-trials/ Civil War courts martial records from other Departments
  13. Hello From Kentucky

    We go to Evansville quite a bit. When I was a kid we used to go camping at Lincoln Park every chance we could get. We used to go all over that place! For some reason, I haven't been to the birthplace since I was 9 hears old, and I really want to go back!
  14. 156th Battle Anniversary

    Looks like it's getting to be time to make a new forum for the 2018th Shiloh anniversary: https://www.nps.gov/shil/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=68D4345B-1DD8-B71B-0B7DBC4E3BBBCE2F https://www.nps.gov/shil/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=29900A60-1DD8-B71B-0B9E9B082F76C745 Obviously, more details to follow. Jim
  15. Prentiss Shiloh Report

    Perry I've actually been engaged in another project IRT the beknighted Benjamin Prentiss (which is the thread that ties "Lauman at Metal Landing" and "Ross at Pinhook" and the changes of command at Fort Henry and Cairo, all together) ...and it occurred to me: why does not WHL Wallace (a prolific letter writer, sending correspondence to his wife, Ann, every two or three days) make mention of the arrival at Pittsburg Landing of Brigadier General Benjamin Prentiss? In The Life and Letters of WHL Wallace, then-Lieutenant Wallace writes home 23 SEP 1846 that, "the best officer in the two Illinois regiments -- Captain B. M. Prentiss -- is now in command of our company" [page 20]. In a letter written 12 MAY 1861, Wallace reports: "I went to Cairo yesterday and saw General Prentiss." Two weeks later, he informs Ann, "I can now state the manner of my business: I assisted General Prentiss in enlisting '3-month's men' [of Illinois Infantry regiments 7 - 12] for the war" [page 116]. Other letters, written 5 August and 8 September, also mention happenings in regard to General Prentiss. But, in none of the letters written from Pittsburg Landing -- the last dated 5 April 1862 -- does newly-promoted Brigadier General Wallace, in (temporary) command of "Smith's Second Division" since the morning of April 4th (see Letter of 3 APR) make mention of his old friend, Benjamin Prentiss, also being present at Pittsburg Landing... And, in the Shiloh Report of General Prentiss, the commander of the Sixth Division expresses surprise at meeting WHL Wallace in command of the Second Division on Sunday, April 6th as he had requested reinforcements from Major General C.F. Smith (so he did not know Jacob Lauman had been temporary commander of the Second Division, either.) Which begs the question: when did B. M. Prentiss really arrive at Pittsburg Landing? What information and instructions were delivered by Major General Grant? [The report in OR 11 page 67 -- Special Orders No.36 of 26 March 1862, merely states; "Brig. Gen. B. M. Prentiss having reported for duty in this military district..." which could have been accomplished by Prentiss fronting up at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson... possibly, even Cairo, if word reached Savannah that Prentiss was at one of those places. Was U.S. Grant capable of that sort of deception? Merely recall the persistent claim that it was "Smith's Division," and "General C. F. Smith, in command at Pittsburg Landing" (in order to deny command at Pittsburg Landing to senior officer, John McClernand) to determine that answer. My point: WHL Wallace performed remarkably well on April 6th, by his own admission having assumed temporary command of Smith's Division only on the morning of April 4th. And I do not believe Benjamin Prentiss took personal command of his embryonic Sixth Division until a few days earlier than Wallace. Just a few random thoughts Ozzy References: http://archive.org/stream/lifelettersofgen01wall#page/184/mode/1up/search/Prentiss Life and Letters of WHL Wallace http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moawar;cc=moawar;q1=Prentiss;rgn=full text;idno=waro0011;didno=waro0011;node=waro0011%3A2;view=image;seq=0069 Special Orders No. 36 of 26 March 1862. SDG (various posts)
  16. Hello From Kentucky

    Hey Derrick, I've spent some time in Evansville and have been through Owensboro a couple of once going south the Bowling Green and once crossing back across the river, both times looking up Lincoln's birthplace, and his first boyhood home along Knob Creek and his second boyhood home in Indiana. Loved it all.
  17. Hello From Kentucky

    Greetings to Daviess County!
  18. Hello From Kentucky

    Thanks Perry! Looking forward to getting to know the community here.
  19. Hello From Kentucky

    Hi Roger, I'm in Owensboro in the western part of the state along the Ohio River. I tend to be a little biased, so I definitely agree with you!
  20. Hello From Kentucky

    Welcome aboard, Derrick.
  21. Prentiss Shiloh Report

    Trying to anticipate, are we? There's a lot more involved than this report. It does come into play, but it's only part of the story. Perry
  22. I didn't watch, but I that's okay. I don't need Jack Nicholson to explain to me what revisionist history is, and how badly the term gets misused. And I'm looking forward to it more. Perry
  23. Thomas Waller Co. K 77th Ohio

    My distant cousin from Noble County, Ohio. Thomas was 42 years of age when he enlisted in Company K., 77th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on October 22, 1861. He was killed at the battle of Fallen Timbers, Tennessee, on April 8, 1862.
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