June 27, 2007

Gratuitous Civil War Posting

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Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864, in which Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, on his drive for Atlanta, tried to dislodge Confederate Gen. Joe Johnston's firmly dug in army by means of a brutal frontal attack. The attack ended with the Rebs still firmly in place and a casualty rate of about three to one for the Federals. Nonetheless, a few days later, fearing he would be outflanked, Gen. Johnston fell back ever closer to Atlanta.

I mark this battle primarily because my own great-great-grandfather took part in it, serving as a sergeant in the 10th Ohio Independent Battery (he was later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant). The gels unearthed a family history the other day that contained copies of his enlistment and discharge papers, together with a letter from December, 1864 requesting leave to visit his sick father. Very interesting stuff. (Say, Vic, do you think I should sign up with these guys?)

Posted by Robert at June 27, 2007 10:20 AM | TrackBack

Sure, why not? My husband can help you get the gear and what not.

But let's not forget that on this day in 1863 Gen. Lee arrived in Chambersburg, PA.

Ah, the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg!

Posted by: GroovyVic at June 27, 2007 11:36 AM

I live just a few miles from Camp Dennison, where the 10th was mustered out of (if that's the term, which it probably isn't).

Posted by: Nasty, Brutish & Short at June 27, 2007 05:52 PM

Great-great-grandad was from Greene County, which I gather is near Dayton, although his parents apparently were both born in Kentucky.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at June 28, 2007 08:56 AM

This would give you an iron-clad excuse for getting your very own cannon.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at July 1, 2007 01:40 AM