A Battery at Close Quarters

A Paper Read before the Ohio Commandery of the Loyal Legion, October 6, 1909

Author: Henry M. Neil
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,211 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.1
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 322
Added to site: 2010.01.23
mnybks.net#: 26418
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, War
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ish the Eleventh with an escort to Corinth. On the evening of October first I found that an escort could not be secured for two or three days, as Colonel Crocker had only enough men present for guard and picket duty.

My orders were to report at Corinth as soon as possible. The news from there indicated that a big battle was imminent. It also indicated that the Eleventh ran some risk of capture if it went through alone. But there was no way to avoid that risk. I therefore drew some extra horses, sent mounted cannoneers forward as an advance guard, and started for Corinth on the morning of October second. I felt very uneasy at starting on that march for I knew that, if I met one of the numerous strong bands of guerrillas or a Confederate force, I might be shot up first and court-martialed afterward.

Nothing unusual happened during the day's march. By four P. M. we were inside our own lines and a little later the battery was assigned to a strange brigade. By the morning of October third I managed t

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