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    Henry Stark

    The 52nd suffered a "crisis of command" it seems because of a series of events. Sweeney was promoted, Wilcox was gone to Chicago (still not sure what the "business" was that caused Halleck to order him there, but maybe a court martial?) Stark more or less disappeared early. No field grade officer remained to write a report. "Charles D. Tewksbury draft memoir transcription, Fifty-Second Illinois Folder: 3, for his wounding “in the early part of the engagement by a falling limb” story. Philander to Editor, April 9, 1862, for account of “wound from a shell early in the day;” Historical Memo
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    Henry Stark

    https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/jillistathistsoc.107.3-4.0296 Both Newton and Wilcox were at the protracted 1863 Court Martial of Col. Silas Baldwin of the 57th Illinois. Newton was a witness for the prosecution and Col John S Wilcox was a member of the Court, which convicted Baldwin. A Newton letter confirms that Wilcox went to Chicago on orders from Halleck just prior to the battle at Pittsburg Landing. Newton sent a letter home with Wilcox, apparently. Wilcox had testified at the proceeding involving fraud over a rations contract that involved the 52nd's Col Wilson and his QM
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    Henry Stark

    https://doncarlosnewton.wordpress.com/2020/05/03/we-leave-tomorrow-for-tennessee/amp/ This is a very well done collection of Don Carlos Newton's correspondence. Recently another Newton letter appeared on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/CIVIL-WAR-LETTER-52nd-Illinois-Infantry-Slave-Cook-Whiskey-GREAT-CONTENT/224213491121?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144 Don Carlos Newton to Mary after Shiloh Stark Herrington Legore Prindle.pdf
  4. Thanks for these details! Pieces of the puzzle that start to form a picture. I like the Dodge staff photo. John King joined Ford's Independent Cavalry. Ford was from Ottawa, Il as was WHL Wallace. Thanks gain for the pains taking research. RBN
  5. It was good to see my old friends Patrick Gregg and his son John on your list. They arrived three weeks apart. Streight occupied Forrest so the latter never bothered Grierson. Grenville Dodge "screened" Streight's raid and he, in turn, effectively screened Grierson.
  6. The following is not directly related to the above fascinating topic, but it may be close enough for government work, as it involves POW's, Shiloh and its aftermath.. John King was born in Randolph MA in 1816, graduated from Harvard in 1839, then studied law in the Boston office of the immortal Rufus Choate. He was a lawyer in Elgin, Illinois by the mid 1850's. In 1861, well into his 40's, he attempted to raise a 90 day independent Cavalry Unit in Geneva, Illinois. He was progressing well and had obtained 0.69 cal percussion cap muskets after communicating with General R.K. Smith in Chicago. A
  7. Rbn3

    Who am I?

    Robert Cobb Kennedy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cobb_Kennedy
  8. Rbn3

    History repeats...

    In my dotage I realize that my former log-held belief that I understood the U.S. system was seriously flawed. For example, my local town council recently voted to allow retail sales of marijuana. At the start of the session they all rose and spoke, with hands over hearts, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States...one nation, under God, indivisible... Two flags were in the room, one the Stars and Stripes, the other the State Flag of Illinois. They faced the former. The latter was not mentioned. Then they proceeded to pass an Ordinance that makes them all parties to a Federal f
  9. Thanks for this. Another little piece of Civil War Chicagoiana to add to my collection. Rumsey was late to his own funeral...but for a poignant reason.
  10. John McArthur's post-war career was checkered, at best. He was appointed Chicago's Post Master and shenanigans with money orders and bank deposits followed. The fire of '71 and the financial collapse of '73 bankrupted many of Chicago's pre-war scions. Patrick Gregg's son (captured at Shiloh with Captain Gregg) married McArthur's sister and he headed the P.O. money order department, was indicted, went to jail and was eventually pardoned. He also organized the P.O.'s baseball team. Some evidence suggests that John Gregg took the fall while shielding his brother-in-law. J.D. Webster had been the
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    We Meet Again

    Does April 18, 1865 figure in?
  12. Thanks for this...another interesting individual.
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    Full Hospitals

    Thanks for putting this series together. The general feeling now is that the wounded were very badly handled at Shiloh (and many, many were) yet there were also experienced surgeons who worked tirelessly to do the best they could. Doctors of that era were strong anatomists and some, with that knowledge plus experience coupled with dexterity, did save lives with tourniquets and amputations. If only Pasteur and Lister had come a decade or so earlier. A.S. Johnson almost certainly could have been saved with a simple tourniquet if he had not sent his surgeon away to treat others. Surgeon General W
  14. Ozzie, Just a note to thank you for digging up all the interesting material. I shall get a copy of the Rockwell book and I have read the Mastin diary. Mastin was actually from DeWitt County Illinois (roughly between Bloomington and Champaign), he died in Mercer County, Missouri. I only mention this to show you that people do actually read these things (well, at least one person did!). He left the service not too long after he apparently shot himself in the hand with a revolver. These types of self-inflicted wounds were quite common ... not casting aspersions at Mastin in particular!
  15. Major Joseph Kirkland wrote a Civil War novel published in 1891 in Chicago: The Captain of Company K. The first link below gives the background of the author and of the novel. The second link is to a copy of the book. Kirkwood actually served with the 12th Illinois with McClellen and left the service when McClellen was relieved. The 12th ended up in Tennesee at Shiloh and then with Sherman. Kirkwood's description of Shiloh is decent historical fiction as he remained a friend of many participants. The book is worth a glance just for Hugh Capper's pen and ink drawings. Kirkwood writes in the voi
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