The Union’s story “Excerpt from the 48th Ohio Regimental History”
Good read about a few days as a Union Soldier near our families
A few Interesting items from the excerpt:
“------ June 9th, we resumed our march to Memphis, and
camped at Tuscumbia river in the evening, where Lieut. Col. Parker, who had
been sent home on sick-leave shortly after the battle of Shiloh, rejoined and
took command of the Regiment. The following day, we repaired the bridge, which
had been destroyed by the enemy. We left June 11th, marched through the richest
portion of West Tennessee, and arrived at LaGrange June 14th. We left LaGrange
on the 16th, and arrived at Moscow in the evening. Our chief employment, during
our stay at Moscow, was to rebuild the railroad bridge over Wolf river.
After we returned to camp the following morning, we learned that our brigade had been ordered back to Moscow. This proved to be the hottest and sultriest day of the season, and our march back to Moscow will be as long remembered by us as the one from Moscow, mentioned in history, will be remembered by the French. The blinding dust and intense heat were terribly severe on both man and beast. The roadside was lined with soldiers overcome by heat, and quite a number of artillery horses dropped dead in their traces.
------ On the 30th of June, our Division was ordered on an expedition to Holly Springs' twenty-two miles south. We arrived in sight of Holly Springs at noon on the following day, while the cavalry was having a hot skirmish with the enemy. Our Regiment and the 4th Indiana Battery were ordered forward in the engagement, but a few well-directed shots from the artillery started the rebels in full retreat. We remained in our position until dark, when we fell back about three miles, and camped in the woods on the road-side. Here we lay in ambush, awaiting the return of the enemy, until July 5th, but they did not appear.
------- On the 6th we started back to Moscow. We marched
until midnight, when we met the supply-train. A halt was ordered, and through
the energy of H. C. Stewart, Quartermaster Sergeant, the rations were soon distributed
to the hungry soldiers. At day-break on the following day, we were on the march
reaching Moscow at noon.
Up to this time, the slaves were still at work for their masters, and none were allowed to follow the army. On the Holly Springs expedition the Regiment Engaged several of them as cooks, but they had scarcely been initiated when an order was issued to exclude all slaves from camp. Thus ended our first attempt at putting them to work to assist in putting down the Rebellion. But "De Year ob Jubilo," as the slaves called it, was fast approaching. In less than two months, there was a complete change. The slaves came into camp in droves, and were put to work as cooks, teamsters and laborers. At one time nearly every soldier in the Regiment had his private servant!”
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