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Jack Splane (search for this): chapter 217
ndered, which the testimony of the wounded corroborates. They were told in every instance, that if they would surrender and deliver up their arms, they should be treated as prisoners of war, and upon doing so, were immediately shot down. Sergeant Jack Splane, company I, Third Wisconsin cavalry, was treated in this way, and the fiend who shot him, after taking his arms, said: Tell old God, that the last man you saw on earth, was Quantrell. Sergeant Splane is now alive, although he received fivSergeant Splane is now alive, although he received five balls, one in his head, one through his chest, one through his bowels, and the other in his leg and arm. Private Jesse Smith was shot nearly as bad, and under the same circumstances; but he did not lose his consciousness, and says, that the rebel who shot him, and as he lay upon his face, jumped upon his back, and essayed to dance, uttering the most vile imprecations. Some unarmed citizens who were with us, were killed, and their bodies stripped of clothing. Take it all in all, there has pe
ngs, Cherokee nation, Oct. 7, 1864. Colonel: I was attacked by Quantrell to-day with about six hundred and fifty men, and after one hour'sich being refused, he stated that he demanded, in the name of Colonel Quantrell, of the First regiment, First brigade, army of the South, an nied by Mr. Tough, who, with six or eight men, had been following Quantrell on his retreat all the afternoon, and report that he crossed the arms, said: Tell old God, that the last man you saw on earth, was Quantrell. Sergeant Splane is now alive, although he received five balls, f the enemy, at Fort Smith, Arkansas, was in presence of this man Quantrell, and heard him say, that he never did and never would take any prrom them and other papers there is no doubt but that a portion of Quantrell's force was made up of persons belonging to the Missouri militia.ct, as well as I can gather them on the spot, are about these: Quantrell, with a force variously estimated at from six hundred to one thou
Chevalier Bayard (search for this): chapter 217
horse was gathering himself to spring over a deep ravine, he was struck on the hip with a ball, which so stung or frightened him, that he missed his leap, and falling short, threw the Major over his head. The horse gathered himself almost instantly and galloped wildly over the prairie. The Major was first taken prisoner and then brutally murdered. Thus died as gallant a soldier and as true a gentleman as ever drew a sword in defence of his country. It may well be said of him, as of Chevalier Bayard of old, he was without fear and without reproach. The enemy, seeing that General Blunt persistently kept them in view, keeping away if pursied, and returning as soon as the pursuit slackened, were no doubt forced to believe that a large force was approaching, of which he was only the advance. His persistent following them up, doubtless riveted this conclusion in their minds, as they hurried through their wholesale work of slaughter, and then moved off slowly to the South. General B
Preston Smith (search for this): chapter 217
n prisoners and then murdered. Lieutenant Farr, Judge-Advocate, is among the murdered; also Henry Polloque, and the entire brigade band. Here allow me to make mention of some of the noble acts of some of my men. Sergeant McKenzie, of my company, exchanged eleven shots with a rebel officer, and succeeded in killing his horse. The man then dismounted and took to the timber; McKenzie followed him, and with but one shot in his revolver killed his man while his adversary was firing at him. Sergeant Smith, I think, was the coolest man on the ground, and did not fail to see that every order was obeyed to the letter. Sergeant Chestnut, company D, Third Wisconsin cavalry, commanded his company, and did nobly. The darkeys fought like, devils; thirteen of them were wounded at the first round, and not one but that fought throughout the engagement. The number of the enemy killed, as far as I can learn, are eleven, and I know we wounded more than twice that number, which they carried off the f
ntended as a blind, to find out what I had done, as they had already murdered Major Curtis and our prisoners. This evening, General Blunt came in accompanied by Mr. Tough, who, with six or eight men, had been following Quantrell on his retreat all the afternoon, and report that he crossed the Neosha at the Fort Gibson road, and weose up in rear of the line, which was done under the immediate direction of Major Curtis, Assistant Adjutant-General. At the same time a reconnoitre was made by Mr. Tough, a scout of the General's, who reported that the force were enemies, and that an engagement was going on at the Springs. I had ridden forward myself, and discovnd receiving a straggling fire therefrom, I immediately commenced to fire upon these stragglers, and received their fire in return, and was seconded in this by Captain Tough and Stephen Wheeler, of company F, Third Wisconsin cavalry, both of whom acted with great bravery, and was just on the point of returning to our line, when I s
James G. Blunt (search for this): chapter 217
afely to camp. The Major informed me that General Blunt was close by, and that the enemy were drivy camp, while he went out in hopes to find General Blunt, and inform him that my camp was still in r Curtis and our prisoners. This evening, General Blunt came in accompanied by Mr. Tough, who, wit As near as I can learn, the casualties of General Blunt are about eighty killed and six or seven wr of company A, and despite the efforts of General Blunt, Major Curtis Lieutenants Tappin and Piercuarters of Kansas and the Frontier; and on General Blunt determining to take the field, Major Curtithis point, it seems, they first perceived General Blunt's little column, which had halted for the d such deeds of gallantry and devotion. General Blunt, in his endeavor to rally his men as fast ithout reproach. The enemy, seeing that General Blunt persistently kept them in view, keeping awubtedly have been as had, if not worse, if General Blunt and his little force had not been near. I[10 more...]
im away from me. Wheeler advanced with me, and by pressing hard on the rebels and firing fast, we drove them, killing one, wounding another, and rescuing the prisoners, who all belonged to company C, Third Wisconsin cavalry. As the rebels escaped, they attempted to shoot their prisoners, and wounded one in the shoulder. As this was right under the fire of the camp, two of the prisoners made for the camp without stopping to say thank you; the other, and the one personally known to me, named Heaton, seemed so bewildered that I had to ride up to him, and force him to go in the right direction. All this had taken me over the brow of the hill, so that when I turned to go back, our forces were partially out of sight, but a few jumps of my horse brought them in sight again, and I saw them still in line of battle, while the enemy to the number of about four hundred and fifty were advancing upon them in line of battle, and firing very rapidly. I will here state that of the eighty-five men o
B. F. Butler (search for this): chapter 217
narmed at the time of the attack, and had been riding in a carriage, but had evidently jumped therefrom and attempted to escape on foot. Lieutenant A. W. Farr was a prominent young lawyer, from Geneva, Wisconsin, and had been a partner of General B. F. Butler, at Worcester, Mass. At the time of the breaking out of the rebellion he took a patriotic view of the difficulty, and although a strong Democrat, like General Butler, had accepted a position where he thought he could be of service to his cGeneral Butler, had accepted a position where he thought he could be of service to his country, and has fallen in the good cause. Well does the writer of this, remember the night before his death, while we were lying on the ground with our blankets over us, the Lieutenant said, it was not ambition nor gain, that prompted him to enter the army, but only that he might do his mite toward crushing the rebellion; that he did not seek promotion, but was willing to serve where he could do the most good. Truly, a patriot was lost when Lieutenant Farr was killed. Other dead, many of them
H. D. Banister (search for this): chapter 217
tober 6, 1863. On Sunday, the fourth, General Blunt, with the following members of his staff, namely, Major H. Z. Curtis, Assistant Adjutant-General, Major B. S. Henning, Provost-Marshal of District, Lieutenant Tappin, Second colored volunteers A. D. C., Lieutenant A. W. Farr, Judge-Advocate, together with the brigade band and all clerks in the different departments of district headquarters, and also an escort, consisting of forty men of company I, Third Wisconsin cavalry, under Lieutenant H. D. Banister, forty-five men of company A, Fourteenth Kansas cavalry, under Lieuteuant Pierce, and the whole escort, under the command of Lieutenant J. G. Cavart, Third Wisconsin cavalry, and a train of eight wagons, transporting the effects of district headquarters, company effects, etc., left Fort Scott, for Fort Smith, Ark., and on that day marched six miles and camped. On the succeeding day marched thirty-four miles and camped on Cow Creek, and on Tuesday, the sixth instant, marched from C
O. D. Green (search for this): chapter 217
consin cavalry (in camp) 6 Citizens,10 80 Wounded,18 Total,98 The loss of the enemy, as far as known, is between twenty and thirty. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, B. S. Henning, Major Third Wisconsin Cavalry. to Colonel O. D. Green, Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of Missouri, St. Louis. Lieutenant-Colonel Blair's report. headquarters Fort Scott, Kansas, October 15, 1863. sir: I have the honor to report to you, for the information of the Major-Gen. In that event, a more careful and combined attack would have been made on Pond's camp, and with the force around it, must finally have succumbed, and every person there would undoubtedly have been put to death. The names and number (accurately) of our killed and wounded will be forwarded in a subsequent report. I have the honor to be, your obedient servant, Chas W. Blair, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding. Colonel O. D. Green, Assistant Adjutant-General, Department Missouri, St. Louis.
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