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Captain Henry L. Field, 124th Illinois Infantry CDV

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An armed image of Captain Henry L. Field of the 124th Illinois Infantry.  Field musteresd inSeptember 1862 and mustered out August 1865 after being promoted to Major a couple of months before.  The image has Field seated, holding his sword.  You can see his gauntlets and his sash and sword belt.  Written on the back of the image in period ink is "As Ever Your True Friend, Henry L. Field, Co. C, 124th Ill. Inf. - Isaac Haire & Family".  Please note a small part of the photograph is missing on the left side of the image.  It does not take away from Field's image any. 
 

The One hundred and twenty-fourth Illinois Infantry was a representative, self-raised Regiment, recruited from Henry, Kane, McDonough, Sangamon, Jersey, Adams, Wayne, Cook, Putnam, Pike, Mercer and Christian Counties. August 27, 1862, the first company went into camp at Camp butler, near Springfield. Six days later all were in camp, and the field officers chosen. September 10th it was mustered into the United States service for three years, by Lieutenant F. E. DeCourcey.

October 6th, left for the front which was found at Jackson, Tennessee, at 3 A.M. The 9th. Was assigned to the First Brigade, Third Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, consisting of the Twentieth, Thirty-first, Forty-fifth and One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois and the Twenty-third Indiana, commanded by Colonel C. c. Marsh, of the Twentieth Illinois, General John A. Logan commanding the Division and General J. B. McPherson the Corp. With this organization the Regiment remained till April 5, 1864. In the crisp autumn air and lovely camp at Jackson the foundations largely laid for all the distinction it afterwards achieved.

Left Jackson November 2nd, to participate in the movement under General Grant, via Bolivar and Lagrange, Tennessee, and Holly Springs, Abbeville and Oxford, Mississippi , to the rear of Vicksburg. Returned from the Yacoma upon the burning of the depot of supplies at Holly Springs, and after some time spent in guarding the Memphis and Charleston railroad, reached Memphis January 21, 1863.

A month later was a part of the command which moved down the Mississippi to Lake Providence, Louisiana, General I. N. Haynie being then in command of the Brigade.. After two months of inactivity was a part of the force moving from Milliken's Bend, April 25th, upon what proved to be the final Vicksburg campaign, General John E. Smith having succeeded General Haynie, who had gone home sick. April 30th, crossed the Mississippi from DeSchroo's plantation in Louisiana, to Bruinsburg in Mississippi, on the gunboat Mount City.

May 1st, after a rapid and hot march of about twelve miles, the Regiment received its first baptism of fire in bearing a part in the battle of Thompson's Hills, or Port Gibson . May 12th it bore an important part in the battle of Raymond, May 14th it was at the capture of Jackson and May 16th it did noble service at the battle of Champion Hills, capturing more men from the forth-third Georgia, after killing its Colonel and Major, than its own ranks numbered. It also killed most of the men and horses of a battery, really capturing the guns. The loss of the Regiment in this action was sixty-three killed and wounded.

The morning of May 19th crossed the Big Black and moved on Vicksburg. Was in the fearful charge of May 22nd, and occupied the extreme advance position gained that day, during the whole of the siege. It was just to the right of the Jackson road, upon which and the covered way subsequently dug, the left of the regiment rested, and is said to have been the nearest camp to the enemy's works. It was immediately in front of the fort which was mined-in large part by men of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth--and blown up June 15th and July 1st. At the first explosion the Regiment lost forty-nine men in killed and wounded in what was called the "Slaughter Pen," being ordered into the crater formed by the explosion, two companies at a time for half an hour, all day of the 26th.

General Smith having been assigned to the command of a Division, General M. D. Leggett, formerly Colonel of the Seventy-eighth Ohio, assumed command of the First Brigade, June 2nd.

On the 4th of July, the Regiment shared with the First Brigade in the honor of first entering the captured city and helping to swell the shout that arose as the Forty-fifth Illinois ran out its colors from the cupola of the court house.

From August 21 to September 2, was absent on an expedition to Monroe, La. under General J. D. Stevenson, General Logan being in command of the Post Vicksburg.

From October 14 to 20, was absent on an expedition in force against Loring, Wirt Adams and others to Brownsville and the Bogue Chitto Creek. Skirmished considerable but the enemy retreated.

November 7 the Brigade broke camp in Vicksburg, where its camp had been since the surrender, and removed to Big Black, 11 miles east. The 13th, General Logan took his farewell of his old fighting Third Division, to the regret of all, and was subsequently succeeded by General Leggett, the First Brigade being commanded by General M. F. Force. In December Colonel Sloan was dismissed the service, and Lieutenant Colonel J. H. Howe subsequently commanded the Regiment.

January, 1864, was rendered memorable in the history of the Regiment by its winning an "Excelsior" prize banner, which General Leggett Signalized his assuming command by tendering to the best drilled and finest Regiment in the Division. The three Brigades drilled separately, on the 29th of January the First Brigade, the One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth winning; on the 21st the Second Brigade, the Seventy-eighth Ohio winning; on the 22nd the Third Brigade, the Seventeenth Illinois winning. On the 23rd the three victorious regiments drilled, and the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth won handsomely, the award being unanimous by the committee. General McPherson presented the banner. The Regiment bore the banner in triumph till the 5th of April following, including the famous Meridian raid under General Sherman from February 3 to March 4, or upwards of 300 miles marching in the face of the enemy, and much of the time under fire, proving by its good behaviour and bravery in the field, as well as by its bearing upon drill and parade, its right to the proud distinction of being the "Excelsior" Regiment of the noble Third Division. April 5, through a reorganization effected in veteranizing, the Regiment found itself outside of the Third Division, to which the banner was to belong, according to the terms understood in drilling for it, and so surrendered the proud trophy to Colonel Scott, temporarily commanding the Division. But the banner was never afterwards borne by any command. The One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois was the only "Excelsior" Regiment of that famous old Division.

The 5th of April, 1864, the Regiment moved to Vicksburg again, where its camp remained till February 26, 1865. Much of that time was passed on provost duty, from which a little relief was found in an expedition of eighteen days in May, under General McArthur, to Benton and Yazoo City, and one of nine days in July, under General Slocum, to Jackson, in both of which some considerable service was seen and loss sustained.

October 13 it went up the river, ultimately as far as Memphis. But nothing noteworthy occurred, and the 26th found it back in camp and on provost duty again.

February 25, 1865, after a stay in Vicksburg and vicinity of nearly two years, found the Regiment on the steamer Grey Eagle, bound for New Orleans with orders to report to General Canby. This was done the 27th, and followed by other orders to report to General A. J. Smith, below the city, for duty in the field.

March 11 embarked on the steamship Guiding Star, and March 16 debarked at Fort Gaines, on Dauphine Island, Ala.

Were assigned with the Eighty-first and one Hundred and Eighth Illinois and the Eighth Iowa, to the Third Brigade, Colonel J. L. Geddes, of the Eighth Iowa commanding, of the Third Division, commanded by General E.A. Carr, of the Sixteenth Army Corps, under General A. J. Smith; moving with the Thirteenth Army Corp, command by General Gordon Granger and a force under General F. Steele, against the defenses of Mobile, all under command of General E. R. S. Canby.

March 21 crossed the bay, and on the 22nd debarked on Fish River and moved on Spanish Fort. Shared actively in the investment on the 27th and the siege which followed, the Third Brigade constituting the extreme right of the investing line, and being exposed not only tot he direct fire from the enemy's works in front, but to an enfilading fire from batteries Huger and Tracy, and gunboats in the river above. Bore a conspicuous part in the brilliant attack on the enemy's extreme left on the night of April 8, which terminated the siege, was among the first to enter the works, captured several guns and many prisoners, swept up to the Old Fort in the darkness, reaching it before midnight, and was shelled by the Union Fleet before the change of occupation was known.

Started for Montgomery, Ala., April 12, reaching it on the 25th, and going immediately upon provost duty, Colonel Geddes commanding Post, and Colonel Howe the Brigade.

The 16th of July left for home via the Alabama River and railroad to Vicksburg, passing through Meridian, Jackson, the battle ground of Champion Hills, and the old camps on the Big Black. On the 28th of July left Vicksburg on the good steamer Ida Handy, and on the 3rd of August reached Chicago in company with the Seventy-sixth Illinois, Colonel Busey commanding. On the 16th of August, eleven days less than three years since the first company went into camp at Springfield, the Regiment was mustered out at Camp Douglas.

Colonel Howe's history of the battle flag of the Regiment, stated that it had been borne 4,100 miles, in the 14 skirmishes, 10 battles and 2 sieges of 47 days and nights, and 13 days and nights respectively, and so had been under fire eighty-two days and sixty nights; the distance not including that from Montgomery to Chicago.

The Regiment was one of the most fortunate in the service. It always obeyed orders, taking and holding every position to which it was assigned unflinchingly. Regiments by its side sustained fearful losses in officers and men while its numbers wee comparatively intact. One officer alone was killed in the service, and he was sitting in his tent off duty when struck, at the siege of Vicksburg. Two others resigned from wounds, five were captured when detailed on a scout, four of whom did not live to return, and one hundred and thirty-seven men died of disease. Very many others, officers and men, were wounded and some seriously, but they were not lost to the Regiment. The Regiment never was repulsed, never retreated a step in the face of a foe and never lost a prisoner in action.

The following from the pen of General M. D. Leggett, was written in January, 1886, and is thought worthy of a place in the closing of this history.


"As to the Excelsior Banner, it is due to the members of the Third Division that I should tell them all I know about it. When we went into the Atlanta campaign we sent all our surplus and unnecessary baggage back to Nashville for storage, in order to lighten our transportation. With such baggage the Excelsior Banner went. At the time of the siege of Nashville, in December, 1861, this baggage had its location changed and was lost, but was not captured by the enemy. I caused an exhaustive search to be made for it in the spring of 1865, but without success. If I could have found this Excelsior Banner, I should have sent it to Colonel John H. Howe, of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois. This was a splendid Regiment and splendidly officered, and deservedly earned the banner after a severe struggle. To be the best drilled and best disciplined Regiment in the old Third Division of the Seventeenth Corps, was honor enough. This was Logan's Division and McPherson's Corps up to the fall of Vicksburg, and no troops did more hard marching and hard fighting. It may be truthfully said of them, they were never driven from a position, and never attempted to take a position and failed."
Signed M.D. Leggett

Unidentified Union Captain CDV

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A nice shot of a Union Captain with a focused stare.  He looks like the photographer was a Confederate!  Unfortunately, there is no backmark on this one.


New York Armed Infantry Officer CDV

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A nice image of an armed infnatry officer.  The officer is wearing gauntlets and an overcoat.  He is holding his kepi and has his sword hanging on his sword belt.  The backmark is "C.W. Van Alstine, Photographist, Potsdam, N.Y.".


Armed Union Cavalry Corporal CDV with Painted Backdrop

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A really nice image of an armed Union cavalry corporal.  The image is of a full standing cavalry corporal.  He has his pistol in his holster and his cavalry saber is by his side.  THe back drop is painted with a tent, a camp stool. and soldiers in the backgraound.  The backmark on the image is "Alexander, Photographer, Fairfax C.H., Va.  -  Branch Saloons, Vienna and Prospect Hill, Va.".

Brevet Brigadier General Samuel R. Thomas CDV - 27th Ohio Infantry

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A nice image of Brevet Brigadier General Samuel R. Thomas with a Vicksburg backmark.  Thomas mustered in the 27 Ohio Infantry in August 1861 and was discharged for promotion October 1863.  He was promoted to Lt. Colonel of the 63rd U.S. Colored Troops in October 1863.  In January, 1864 he was promoted to Colonel of the 64th U.S. Colored Troops.  He was promoted Brevet Brigadier General in March 1865. 
 

The 27th Ohio Infantry was organized at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio July 15 through August 18, 1861 and mustered in for three years service under the command of Colonel John Wallace Fuller.

The regiment was attached to Army of the West and Department of the Missouri, to February 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Mississippi, to April 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Mississippi, to November 1862. 1st Brigade, 8th Division, Left Wing, XIII Corps, Department of the Tennessee, to December 1862. 1st Brigade, 8th Division, XVI Corps, to March 1863. 4th Brigade, District of Corinth, Mississippi, 2nd Division, XVI Corps, to May 1863. 3rd Brigade, District of Memphis, Tennessee, 5th Division, XVI Corps, to November 1863. Fuller's 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, XVI Corps, to March 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, XVI Corps, to September 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, XVII Corps, to July 1865.

The 27th Ohio Infantry mustered out of service at Louisville, Kentucky on July 11, 1865.

Detailed service

Left Ohio for St. Louis, Mo., August 20, then moved to Mexico, Mo., and duty on the St. Joseph Railroad until September 12. March to relief of Col. Mulligan at Lexington, Mo., September 12–20. Fremont's advance on Springfield, Mo., October 15-November 2, 1861. March to Sedalia, Mo., November 9–17. Duty there and at Syracuse until February 1862. Expedition to Milford December 15–19, 1861. Blackwater, Mo., December 18. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., February 2, 1862, then to Commerce, Mo. Siege operations against New Madrid, Mo., March 3–14. Picket affair March 12. Siege and capture of Island No. 10, Mississippi River, and pursuit to Tiptonville March 15-April 8. Expedition to Fort Pillow, Tenn., April 13–17. Moved to Hamburn Landing, Tenn., April 18–22. Action at Monterey April 29. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Reconnaissance toward Corinth May 8. Occupation of Corinth and pursuit to Booneville May 30-June 12. Duty at Corinth until August. Battle of Iuka September 19. Reconnaissance from Rienzi to Hatchie River September 30. Battle of Corinth October 3–4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5–12. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November 2, 1862 to January 12, 1863. Expedition to Jackson December 18, 1862. Action at Parker's Cross Roads December 30. Red Mound or Parker's Cross Roads December 31. Duty at Corinth until April 1863. Dodge's Expedition to northern Alabama April 15-May 8. Rock Cut, near Tuscumbia, April 22. Tuscumbia April 23. Town Creek April 28. Duty at Memphis, Tenn., until October, and at Prospect, Tenn., until February 1864. Atlanta Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstrations on Resaca May 8–13. Sugar Valley, near Resaca, May 9. Near Resaca May 13. Battle of Resaca May 14–15. Advance on Dallas May 18–25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kennesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2–5. Ruff's Mills July 3–4. Chattahoochie River July 6–17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25–30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy's Station September 2–6. Duty at Marietta until October. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 3–26. March to the sea November 10. Montieth Swamp December 9. Siege of Savannah December 10–21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April 1865. Reconnaissance to Salkehatchie River, S.C., January 20. Salkehatchie Swamp February 3–5. River's Bridge, Salkehatchie River, February 3. Binnaker's Bridge February 9. Orangeburg February 11–13. Columbia February 16–17. Juniper Creek, near Cheraw, March 3. Battle of Bentonville, N.C., March 20–21. Occupation of Goldsboro and Raleigh. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June, and duty there until July.
 
 

1st Wisconsin Light Artillery - George W. Scott - 9th Plate Cased Image

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A nice 9th plate image of George W. Scott of the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery.  Scott mustered in the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery in September 1861 and was mustered out in October 1864.  The image shows Scott in a four button sack coat and a slouch hat.  Written in the back of the case in pencil is "Geo. W. Scott".  The image is a tintype and has "Vicksburg, Miss - 3/4/63" scratched on the back of the image.
 
Organized at LaCrosse, Wis., and mustered in October 10, 1861. Moved to Camp Utley, Racine, Wis., and duty there till January 23, 1862. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., January 23, and duty there till April 3. Attached to Artillery, 7th Division, Army of the Ohio, to October, 1862. Cumberland Division, District of West Virginia, Dept. of the Ohio, to November, 1862. Artillery, 9th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 3rd Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January, 1863. Artillery, 9th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1863. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863, and Dept. of the Gulf to August, 1863. Defences of New Orleans, La., Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1864. Artillery, 1st Division, 13th Army Corps, to June, 1864. District of Morganza, Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1864. Artillery, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to February, 1865. Cavalry Brigade, District of Baton Rouge, La., to July, 1865.

Cumberland Gap Campaign April 3-June 18, 1862. Occupation of Cumberland Gap June 18 to September 17. Evacuation of Cumberland Gap and retreat to Greenupsburg, Ky., and to the Ohio River September 17-October 3. Expedition to Charleston, W. Va., October 21-November 10. Ordered to Cincinnati, Ohio, November 20; thence to Memphis, Tenn., November 26. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 3, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 14-23, and duty there till March 8. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., March 8. Operations from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage March 31-April 17. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. Battle of Champion's Hill May 16. Big Black River May 17. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Near Clinton July 8. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Battery refitted with 30-lb. Parrott's and ordered to the Dept. of the Gulf August 13. Duty at Carrollton till September 3. Moved to Brashear City September 3-4, and to Berwick City September 24. Western Louisiana Campaign October 3-November 30. Duty at Brashear City till December. Moved to New Orleans and duty there till April 22, 1864. Red River Campaign April-May. Moved to Alexandria April 22-28, and duty there till May 13. Retreat to Morganza May 13-20. At Morganza and New Orleans till August, then moved to Baton Rouge, La. Bayou Letsworth August 11. Expedition to Clinton August 23-29. Olive Branch, Comite River and Clinton August 25. Expedition to Clinton, Greensburg and Camp Moore October 5-9. Expedition to Brookhaven, Miss., November 14-21. Liberty Creek November 15. Jackson November 21. Davidson's Expedition to Mobile & Ohio Railroad November 26-December 13. Duty at New Orleans and Baton Rouge till July, 1865. Mustered out July 18, 1865.

Battery lost during service 5 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 22 Enlisted men by disease. Total 28.


Unidentified Civil War Soldier CDV with Nashville Backmark

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A nice waist up image of a Civil War soldier with a Nashville, Tennessee backmark.  The image is interesting in the fact the coat is a cavalry jacket.  The jacket is not the standard Union cavalry jacket with a high collar and yellow pipping.  The collar on this image is low and is very much like the jackets worn by the Confederate cavalry.  I am not saying it is Confederate, I am just saying you be the judge and look at the jacket.  The backmark is
"T.M. Schleister, Photographer, Nashville, Tennessee".

8th Wisconsin Infantry Identified CDV with Vicksburg Back Mark

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A great seated image of Joseph J. Putney of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry.  Putney was in the 8th Wisconsin from September, 1861 until January, 1864.  He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd US Colored Troop Cavalry in January, 1864 and finished the war with them.  The 3rd USCT Cavalry mustered out January, 1866.    The image is pencil signed on the front of the image.  It says "Yours - J.J. Putney".  The backmark on the image is D.P. Barr, Army Photographer, Palace of Art, Vicksburg, Miss.".  The 8th Wisconsin had Abe, the war eagle, as a mascot.
 

8th Wisconsin

The Eighth Regiment was organized at Camp Randall, Madison, and its muster into the 
United States service completed on the 13th of September, 1861, and on the 12th of October, it left the State for St. Louis.

Arriving at St. Louis on the 14th of October, the regiment was soon after sent to Pilot Knob, on the Iron Mountain Railroad. On the 20th, the regiment marched with other forces under Colonel Carlin, to Frederick town, twenty-two miles, where a rebel force under Jeff Thompson, was encountered and totally routed, and pursued to Greenville. The Eighth was stationed in the town to guard the baggage, and was not actively engaged. Returning to Pilot Knob after the pursuit, they engaged in railroad guard duty, taking part in an expedition to the St. Francis River in November. On the 25th, they moved to Sulpher Springs, where they were engaged in railroad guard duty until the 25th of January, 1862, when the regiment proceeded to Cairo, and was employed in guard and garrison duty until the 4th of March, when it moved along the line of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad, and joined the forces of General Pope, near New Madrid, being assigned to duty at Point Pleasant, nine miles below, in the Fifth Division, under the command of General Plummer. Here they were on duty in rifle pits on the river bank, to prevent the landing of the rebel gunboats. On the 7th of April, with General Plummer's command, the regiment marched to New Madrid, and crossed the river to the Kentucky shore, to assist in the pursuit of the flying rebels after the evacuation of Island No. 10, returning to New Madrid on the 9th.

General Pope's command embarked on steamers to go down the river to Memphis, but on reaching the vicinity of Fort Pillow, the orders were countermanded, and the transports turned about and steamed up the river to Cairo, thence they proceeded up the Tennessee River and joined General Halleck's forces in front of Corinth, camping at Hamburg on the 22d of April, and moving on the lst of May, to near Farmington. Here the regiment was placed in the Second Brigade, General Plummer, Second Division, General Stanley, in General Pope's "Army of the Mississippi." A reconnaissance in the direction of Corinth was made on the 8th, by the divisions of Generals Paine and Stanley. On the 9th, Major Jefferson, with a detachment, was on duty at the outpost, a mile and a half in advance of the lines, when he was attacked, and after holding the enemy's skirmishers in check for some time, was obliged to fall back to the brigade. The object of the reconnaissance being effected, the forces returned, leaving the brigade of General Plummer to bring up the rear. The rebels opened with artillery with considerable effect. The brigade was ordered to the top of the hill, where the rebels were found within range, and a brisk fire being opened upon them, the enemy fell back. The brigade then retired to a piece of timber,where they were again annoyed by the enemy's artillery.

The ground was held here by the Eighth Regiment until the rest of the brigade retired, and the rebels began turning their right flank, when the Eighth also fell back in good order, bringing up the rear of our retreating forces. For the gallantry thus displayed, the regiment received the commendation of their superior officers in general orders.

The casualties in the battle of Farmington, were 5 killed or died of wounds and 14 wounded.

The regiment was under command of Lieutenant Colonel Robbins, and Major Jefferson, both of whom, with all the officers and men, displayed the greatest coolness and bravery in this their first battle with the rebels. The loss of Captain Perkins and Lieutenant Beamish, was greatly lamented.

They remained at Farmington until the 28th, when they marched to the front, about three-fourths of a mile from the enemy's works at Corinth, and with the brigade, lay down in a ravine which run nearly parallel with the enemy's works. Here they lay until 3, P. M., while the artillery from both sides played over their heads. At that hour a rebel infantry force advanced to turn their right, and capture our batteries. The battery in front of the Eighth withdrew except one gun. Seeing this, the enemy rushed for it, but just as they were about to lay hands on it, the Eighth moved to the brow of the hill and poured such tremendous volleys into their ranks, as to check their advance, and after some very sharp fighting, the rebels were forced to retire to the woods in disorder. By their promptness and energy, the Eighth saved the right flank from being turned, and the brigade from being routed. This was the last stand made by the rebels before Corinth, they evacuating their works on the night of the 29th.

The casualties in the skirmish before Corinth were 2 killed, 5 wounded.

The brigade joined in the pursuit of the enemy as far as Boonville, capturing a large quantity of stores. On the 12th of June, they marched to "Camp Clear Creek," nine miles south of Danville, where they remained in summer quarters until the 18th of August, engaged in guard and fatigue duty, and in acquiring thorough brigade and battalion drill. Colonel Murphy was in command of the brigade. On that day they moved to Tuscumbia, Ala., arriving on the 22d. Here Colonel Murphy was put in command of the post, Major Jefferson was appointed Provost Marshall, and the Eighth employed as Provost Guard.

Colonel Murphy left Tuscumbia, with his brigade, on the 8th of September, and proceeded towards Iuka, reaching that place on the 12th, and found it deserted by the Union forces. Three of his regiments, and his artillery were ordered forward to Burnsville, leaving him the Eighth, and about 400 Minnesota men and 2 or 300 Illinois cavalry. This force was attacked next day, by the advance of General Price's army. Finding himself outnumbered, Colonel Murphy withdrew with his command, and marched to Farmington. Reaching that place, a larger force was sent forward towards Iuka under Colonel Mower, and the Eighth returned with them. Colonel Mower went within two miles of the town, and found it occupied by General Price in force, he therefore returned to Burnsville. For abandoning Iuka, Colonel Murphy was placed under arrest.

The divisions of Generals Hamilton and Stanley, moved from Clear Creek to Jacinto, for the purpose of making an attack on Price at Iuka, from the southeast. At Jacinto, the Eighth Regiment joined the brigade in Stanley's division, and marched with it, and was present at the battle of Iuka, on the 19th, but being placed on the left, and in the reserve, were not actively engaged, though they had five men wounded. The brigade joined in the pursuit the enemy as far as Aberdeen, when they returned to Corinth, through Jacinto to Rienzi and Kossuth, and arrived at Corinth on the afternoon of the 3d of October, while the battle at that place was at its height. The rebels bad succeeded in driving back our troops from the enter breastworks, and a new line was formed about a mile and a half from Corinth. The Second Brigade of Stanley's division went to the support of General Davies. The rebels advanced from the old breastworks and attacked the whole line, massing their troops against Davies, and after a fierce and bloody contest, compelling him to retire. Stanley's Second Brigade, consisting of the Eighth Wisconsin, Eleventh Missouri, Twenty-sixth and Forty-seventh Illinois regiments now moved to the front, taking the position abandoned by our retreating troops, and for a time, checked the enemy's advance. For more than an hour the brigade held the enemy at bay and under a most terrific fire, fought with the utmost gallantry. They subsequently fell back to within about a quarter of a mile from the edge of the town, with the rest of our forces, where they formed in positions to support the batteries of siege guns and field pieces, planted behind the earthworks which had been constructed by the Union troops. On the next day the Eighth occupied a position in the centre, where it suffered no loss.

The casualties in the battle of Corinth were 21 killed or died of wounds and 60 wounded.

The enemy were pursued forty miles, when the regiment returned to Corinth and engaged in guard duty and building fortifications. On the 2d of November, they moved to Grand Junetion, and took part in the southward movement of General Grant's forces in his first attempt to reach the rear of Vicksburg, in December, 1862, to cooperate with Sherman's movement down the Mississippi, being employed at Davis' Mills, Lumpkin's Mills, at Waterford, Abbeville, Oxford, Tallahatchie, Holly Springs, and LaGrange, in performing guard duty, building bridges, provost guard duty, and kindred service.

The surrender of Holly Springs, on the 20th of December, with its immense stores for Grant's army, defeated that enterprise. For this surrender Colonel Murphy, who was in command of the post of Holly Springs, was dismissed the service in February, and Lieutenant Colonel Robbins was appointed Colonel, Major Jefferson Lieutenant Colonel, and Captain Britton Major, of the Eighth.

The regiment moved in January, from LaGrange by way of Corinth to Germantown, Tenn., where they were employed in building fortifications, and guard duty, until March llth, when they marched to Memphis, and joined the forces intended by General Grant to operate against Vicksburg, which were being concentrated near Helena. On the 29th, they proceeded down the river to Young's Point, near Vicksburg, where they engaged in fatigue duty, digging canal and building roads. The regiment was in Mower's brigade of Tuttle's division, of Sherman's Fifteenth Army Corps. With the Fifteenth Corps the brigade left Young's Point, on the 2d of May, marched to Hard Times Landing, crossed to Grand Gulf, and proceeded towards Raymond, Miss., driving the enemy before them into Jackson, where in conjunction with General McPherson's Seventeenth Corps, they assaulted the enemy's works carried them, and took possession of the Capital of Mississippi on the 14th. Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson was made Provost Marshal, and the Eighth acted as Provost guard, and was detailed to destroy Confederate stores.

They left Jackson on the 16th, and moved to Walnut Hills, forming on the extreme right of the investing force around Vicksburg. Here on the 22d, they took part in the celebrated assault on the enemy's works. General Mower's brigade moved up a ravine, marching by the flank in four ranks. The ravine was soon so filled with fallen men that the brigade could not get through. Four companies of the Eighth turned to the right under cover of a hill, and got close under the enemy's works. The fight was kept up till dark, when the brigade withdrew to their former position, and was highly complimented for their gallantry.

The casualties reported were 4 killed or died of wounds and 15 wounded.

On the 25th, the brigade joined an expedition against General Johnston at Mechanicsburg, and after capturing a large number of cattle and mules, and destroying a large quantity of corn and cotton, they returned to Haines Bluff, and thence proceeded up the Yazoo River to Satartia, and from thence again marched to Mechanicsburg, meeting a force of cavalry and infantry, which they defeated and drove through that place.

The Eighth was the only regiment engaged, and lost two men wounded.

Returning to Haines' Bluff, they subsequently moved to Young's Point, and camped, and on the 14th of June, marched to Richmond, La., where they routed the enemy and took possession of the town, capturing thirty prisoners and having six men wounded, returning to their former position at Young's Point on the 16th of June. They remained here on duty opposite the city while the seige of Vicksburg was progressing, until the 12th of July, engaged in severe and dangerous duty, acting, as sharpshooters, and being exposed to the fire of the enemy's great guns in the city. They were expected to prevent the escape of the enemy across the river. Occasionally they would receive a shelling, from the rebels, but they were not to be driven from their post. The position was very unhealthy, and the regiment suffered greatly from sickness. On the 12th of July, they moved to Vicksburg, and subsequently went into Camp Sherman, on Bear Creek, remaining there till the 26th of September, engaged in guard and fatigue duty. On that day, the brigade moved to Black River Bridge, and went into camp, and remained until the 13th of October.

Colonel Robbins resigned on the 1st of September, and the regiment remained under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson.

On the 13th of October, the brigade joined in a reconnaissance in force, under General McPherson, towards Canton, Miss.returning to camp at Black River Bridge on the 19th, where they remained until the 7th of November, when they proceeded to Vicksburg, thence to Memphis, and from there to La Grange, Tenn., and camped. At this point and Saulsbury, nine miles distant, the regiment was stationed until January, engaged in the performance of guard duty and skirmishing with the enemy, together with expeditions towards Pocahontas, against the forces of the rebel Forrest.
 
 
3rd U.S. Colored Troops Cavalry
 
Organized from 1st Mississippi Cavalry (African Descent) March 11, 1864. Attached to 1st Brigade, United States Colored Troops, District of Vicksburg, Miss., Dept. of the Tennessee, to April, 1864. Winslow's Cavalry Brigade, District of Vicksburg, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of West Tennessee, to January, 1865. Unattached Cavalry, District of West Tennessee to June, 1865. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of West Tennessee, to January, 1866.

SERVICE.--Duty at Vicksburg, Miss., and in that District till December, 1864. Action at Roach's Plantation, Miss., March 30. Columbus, Ky., April 11 and 13 (Detachment). Expedition from Haines' Bluff up Yazoo River April 19-23. Near Mechanicsburg April 20. Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City May 4-21. Benton May 7 and 9. Yazoo City May 13. Near Vicksburg June 4. Expedition from Vicksburg to Pearl River July 2-10. Jackson July 7. Utica July 13. Grand Gulf July 16. Bayou Tensas, La., August 26. Expedition from Goodrich Landing to Bayou Macon August 28-31. Expedition from Vicksburg to Deer Creek September 21-26. Near Rolling Fork September 22-23. Expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3. Expedition from Natchez to Woodville October 4-11. Fort Adams October 5. Woodville October 5-6. Operations in Issaqueena and Washington counties October 21-31. Steele's Bayou October 23. Expedition from Vicksburg to Gaines' Landing, Ark., and Bayou Macon, La., November 6-8. Rolling Fork November 11. Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City November 23-December 4. Big Black River Bridge November 27. Moved to Memphis, Tenn. Grierson's Expedition from Memphis, Tenn., to destroy Mobile & Ohio Railroad December 21, 1864-January 5, 1865. Franklin Creek December 21-22, 1864. Okolona December 27. Egypt Station December 28. Franklin January 2, 1865. Moved to Memphis from Vicksburg, Miss., January 5-10. Duty there and in District of West Tennessee till April. Expedition from Memphis to Brownsville, Miss., April 23-26. Moved to Vicksburg April 29-May 1 and operating about Natchez for the capture of Jeff Davis May. Operations about Fort Adams May 3-6. Duty in District of West Tennessee and Dept. of Mississippi till January, 1866. Mustered out January 26, 1866.

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Captain John W. Kendall, 124 Illinois Infantry CDV

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A nice CDV of Captain John W. Kendall, Company "H", 124th Illinois Infantry.  Kendall was commisioned captain in September, 1862 and was mustered out August 15, 1865.  The  image has a "Washington Gallery, Odd Fellows' Hall, Vicksburg, Miss." backmark.  It is signed in period ink "Capt. J.W. Kendall - Co. H, 124th Ill. Infty.".
 
One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Infantry.-Col., Thomas J.
Sloan; Lieut.-Cols., John H. Howe, Adin Mann; Majs., Rufus P.
Pattison, Adin Mann.  This regiment was a representative,
self-raised regiment, recruited from Henry, Kane, McDonough,
Sangamon, Jersey, Adams, Wayne, Cook, Putnam, Pike, Mercer and
Christian counties.  On Aug. 27, 1862, the first company went
into camp at Camp Butler, near Springfileld, and six days
later all were in camp and the field officers chosen.  On
Sept. 10, it was mustered into the U.S. service for three
years and on Oct. 6, left for the front, arriving at Jackson,
Tenn., on the 9th.  On May 1, after a rapid march of about 12
miles, it received its baptism of fire in the battle of Port
Gibson.  It bore an important part in the battle of Raymond,
was also at the capture of Jackson, and did noble service at
the battle of Champion's hill, capturing more men from the
43rd Ga. than its own ranks numbered.  It also killed most of
the men and horses of a battery, and captured the guns.  The
loss of the regiment in this action was 63 killed and wounded.
It was in the fearful charge at Vicksburg on May 22, and
occupied the extreme advance position gained that day during
the whole of the siege.  At the mine explosion on June 25, the
regiment lost 49 men in killed and wounded in what was called
the "slaughter pen," being ordered into the crater formed by
the explosion, two companies at a time for half an hour, all
day of the 26th.  After a stay in Vicksburg and vicinity of
nearly two years, it was transferred in the spring of 1865, to
the Department of the Gulf and participated in the siege and
capture of Mobile.  On Aug. 16, 1865, eleven days less than
three years since the first company went into camp at
Springfield, the regiment was mustered out at Camp Douglas.
One officer alone was killed in the service, and he was
sitting in his tent off duty when struck at the siege of
Vicksburg.  Two others resigned from wounds and 2 died. 
Twenty men were killed in action, 29 died from wounds, 5 were
captured when detailed on a scout, 4 of whom did not live to
return and 137 men died of disease.


Brevet Brigadier General Lionel A. Sheldon, 42nd Ohio Infantry CDV

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Lionel Allen Sheldon enlisted as Lt. Colonel of the 42nd Ohio Infantry on September 5, 1861 and was mustered out December 2, 1864.  He was promoted Colonel of the 42nd on March 14, 1862 and was promoted Brigadier General by brevet on March 13, 1865.  He served after the war in the US House of Representatives and was Governor of the New Mexico Territory.  The image is a bust up view of Sheldon and is signed by Sheldon.  There is no backmark on the image.
 
Information on the 42nd Ohio Infantry.

Moved to Catlettsburg, Ky., December 14, 1861; then to Louisa, Ky. Garfield's Campaign against Humphrey Marshall December 23, 1861 to January 30, 1862. Advance on Paintsville, Ky., December 31, 1861 to January 7, 1862. Jennies Creek January 7. Occupation of Paintsville January 8. Middle Creek, near Prestonburg, January 10. Occupation of Prestonburg January 11. Expedition to Pound Gap, Cumberland Mountains, March 14–17, Pound Gap March 16. Cumberland Gap Campaign March 28-June 18. Cumberland Mountain April 28. Occupation of Cumberland Gap June 18 to September 16. Tazewell July 26. Operations about Cumberland Gap August 2–6. Big Springs August 3. Tazewell August 6. Evacuation of Cumberland Gap and retreat to the Ohio River September 17-October 3. Expedition to Charleston October 21-November 10. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., November 10, and duty there until December 20. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862 to January 3, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26–28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3–10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10–11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17. Duty there and at Milliken's Bend, La., until April 25. Operations from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage March 31-April 17. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25–30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. Skirmish near Edwards Station May 15. Battle of Champion Hill May 16. Big Black River May 17. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5–10. Near Clinton July 8. Siege of Jackson July 10–17, Moved to New Orleans, La., August 13. Duty at Carrollton, Berwick, and Brashear City until October. Western Louisiana Campaign October 3-November 20. Duty at Plaquemine November 21, 1863 to March 24, 1864. Provost duty at Baton Rouge until May 1. Expedition to Clinton May 1–3. Comite River May 1. Moved to Simsport May 18, thence to Morganza and duty there until September 6. Expeditions up White River July 15 and September 6–15. Moved to Duvall's Bluff, Ark., September 15, and duty there until November.


Captain David N. Prince, 42nd Ohio Infantry CDV

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David N. Prince enlisted as a sergeant in September, 1861 and served until December, 1864.  He was promoted to 1st Lieut. on June 5, 1862 and was promoted to captain January 1, 1864.  A nice clean image with Prince in a bust view.  Written in period ink on the front of the image is "Yours Truly, D.N. Prince".  There is no backmark but written on the back of the image is "Home - St Paris  Champaign County  Ohio  Feb 22nd  1864".
 
Information on the 42nd Ohio Infantry.

Moved to Catlettsburg, Ky., December 14, 1861; then to Louisa, Ky. Garfield's Campaign against Humphrey Marshall December 23, 1861 to January 30, 1862. Advance on Paintsville, Ky., December 31, 1861 to January 7, 1862. Jennies Creek January 7. Occupation of Paintsville January 8. Middle Creek, near Prestonburg, January 10. Occupation of Prestonburg January 11. Expedition to Pound Gap, Cumberland Mountains, March 14–17, Pound Gap March 16. Cumberland Gap Campaign March 28-June 18. Cumberland Mountain April 28. Occupation of Cumberland Gap June 18 to September 16. Tazewell July 26. Operations about Cumberland Gap August 2–6. Big Springs August 3. Tazewell August 6. Evacuation of Cumberland Gap and retreat to the Ohio River September 17-October 3. Expedition to Charleston October 21-November 10. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., November 10, and duty there until December 20. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862 to January 3, 1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26–28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3–10, 1863. Assault and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10–11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 17. Duty there and at Milliken's Bend, La., until April 25. Operations from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage March 31-April 17. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25–30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. Skirmish near Edwards Station May 15. Battle of Champion Hill May 16. Big Black River May 17. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5–10. Near Clinton July 8. Siege of Jackson July 10–17, Moved to New Orleans, La., August 13. Duty at Carrollton, Berwick, and Brashear City until October. Western Louisiana Campaign October 3-November 20. Duty at Plaquemine November 21, 1863 to March 24, 1864. Provost duty at Baton Rouge until May 1. Expedition to Clinton May 1–3. Comite River May 1. Moved to Simsport May 18, thence to Morganza and duty there until September 6. Expeditions up White River July 15 and September 6–15. Moved to Duvall's Bluff, Ark., September 15, and duty there until November.


General Giles Alexander Smith CDV

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A nice bust shot in an oval image of General Giles A. Smith.  Smith started his Civil War career as a captain of the 8th Missouri Infantry (US).  After Fort Donelson, Shiloh, and Corinth, Smith succeeded his brother as colonel of the 8th Missouri.  In the attack on Chickasaw Bluffs in December, 1862 and the capture of Arkansas Post in January, 1863, he commanded a brigade, first in the XII Caorps and then in the XV Corps.  Smith served through out  the ensuing Vicksburg campaign and the subsequent expulsion of General Joseph Johnson at Jackson, Mississippi.  He was severly wounded at Missionary Ridge.  He led a division of the XVII Corps at the battle of Atlanta.  He was brevetted major general on September 1, 1864, and led his division on the March to the Sea, and on to the Carolina campaign.
 
THe image is of a bearded Smith in his brigadier's uniform.  There is no backmark but a  two cent President Washington stamp is on the back.

Major General Ulysses S. Grant CDV with a Vicksburg backmark!

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A great bust image of General U. S. Grant with a Vicksburg backmark.  The image is of Grant as a major general.  Written below the image is "Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant" and the copywrite information for Barr & Young in 1863.  The backmark on the image is "Barr & Young, Army Photographers, Palace of Art, Vicksburg, Mississippi".  While Grant is an easy image to find, one with a VIcksburg backmark is very difficult to acquire.


General John Aaron Rawlings CDV with a Vicksburg backmark!

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A nice image of General John A. Rawlins with a Vicksburg backmark.  The image is a bust shot with "Brig Genl Rawlins" in period ink written on the front below the image.  The backmark is "Barr & Young, Army Photographers, Vicksburg, Mississippi". 
 
General Rawlins started his CIvil War career by teaming up with an ex-captain of the army who clerked in his brother's leather store, U.S. Grant.  Within eight years Grant would be President and rawlins his Secretary of War.  Grant asked Rawlins to be his aide-de-camp, and on August 30, 1861, he was commisioned captain and assistant adjutant general on the staff of Grant, who was then brigadier general.  As Grant attained fame and promotion, he secured for Rawlins appropriate advances in grade: he was made major on May 14, 1862; Lt. Colonel November, 1862; brigadier general of volunteers August 11, 1863; and brigadier general, chief of staff, U.S. Army, to rank March 3, 1865.  Rawlins was also brevetted major general in both the volunteer and regularservices. 

General Ulysses S. Grant CDV

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A nice bust shot of General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union armies in the Civil War.  On the front of the image is in period ink "Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant - Galena, Ills.".  There is no backmark but written in period ink is "Comdg. Dep't and Army of the Tenn. - July 4th, 1863.".  July 4th, 1863 was when Grant accepted Pemberton's surrender at Vicksburg, Mississippi.  A nice, clean image.


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