Columbia Aflame “… as a slight revenge on the Confederates for their cruelty”

Consider this from the 1st Missouri Engineers (emphasis mine): February 17, 1865.  The men began at daylight to lay the bridge across the Broad River, in which we were delayed for some time waiting for the skirmishers to drive away the enemy from the wooded cover on the opposite side. We received twelve boats fromContinue reading “Columbia Aflame “… as a slight revenge on the Confederates for their cruelty””

“Many acts were committed that every right-minded officer deprecates.”: Howard’s statement on the conduct of his men

In his campaign report, Major-General Oliver O. Howard included this section among the details of activities which took place on February 4, 1865: Great pains were taken to organize regular and efficient foraging parties for each brigade, battery, &c. They were permitted to mount themselves and required to bring in horses, mules, cattle, and allContinue reading ““Many acts were committed that every right-minded officer deprecates.”: Howard’s statement on the conduct of his men”

November 1, 1864: “Murder of Three Union Officers” at Greenton, Missouri… hard feelings about hard war

I mentioned yesterday the orders from Washington to move the portions of Major-General A.J. Smith’s Sixteenth Corps involved with the pursuit of Price’s army out of Missouri and then on to Tennessee, where another crisis was emerging.  One of the regiments in Smith’s force was the 89th Indiana.  150 years ago today the regiment wasContinue reading “November 1, 1864: “Murder of Three Union Officers” at Greenton, Missouri… hard feelings about hard war”