Burlington Weekly Hawkeye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, April 18, 1863
RESIGNATIONS.- The Davenport Gazette states that the following resignations
of Iowa Officers, have been received at the Adjutant General's office:
Major W.R. English, 4th inf., March 17.
Major E.W. Chamberlin, 1st cav., April 4.
Capt. C. Stearns, co A., 8th inf., April 4.
Capt. S.P. Vanatta, co D, 28th inf., March 20.
1st Lieut. F.B. Edgington, Co A, 12th inf., April 4.
2d Lieut. Benj. F. Jared, Co F, 34th inf., April 5.
Capt. H.H. Heath, Co L, 1st cavalry, was mustered out for promotion Feb. 28.
1st Lieut. Wells C. McCool, Co I 29th inf., was dismissed by court martial,
List of sick Iowa soldiers arrived at St. Louis per steamer City of
Louisiana, April 6th, 1863.
John Bain, C, 30th; P.V. Shirley, A, 26; H. Stall, corp, C, 26th; J.T. Saxton,
H, 26; T. Tolbert, corp E, 30; J.W. Woods, B, 30; John Johnson, I, 30; B.
Bryant, B, 30; S. Benton, A, 26th; Jos. Waters, B, 26.
DIED ON PASSAGE UP.
H.H. Cossairt, G, 30; J.H. Armstrong, C, 9.
Iowa sick and wounded soldiers arrived at St. Louis, Mo., April 8, 1863, per
Hospital steamer, City of Memphis. Furnished by Thos. W.J. Long, of Iowa, State
Sanitary agent, St. Louis, Mo.
John Madin, 2 Bat.; Wm. Moody, G 26; S. Johnson, I, 3 Cav; Wm Beale, F 28;
Isaac Deval, I, 3 Cav; R D Fuqua, K 28; L. Flanigan, I, 3 Cav; A Stephens, I 28;
J. Smith, C, 3 Cav; S Jackson, G 28; D Riggs, C, 3 Cav; G. Smtih, D 28; J.
Smith, I, 3 Cav; E Smilsen, A 28; J Beckmaster, I 3d Cav; J Barber, A 28; L.
Heath, I 28; Eli Dues, A 3d Cav; M Taylor, C 28; D Bradsberry, A, 3d Cav; A
Cummings, B 28; J.M. Wickham, H 29; D Rench, A 3d Cav; J Olinger, H 29; D P
Dennis, L, 4 Cav; Thos Wright; D H Darby, I, 4 Cav; J.A. Davis, B 29; D Dorlan,
G 4 Cav; Wm Read, A 29; S Mungory, I 4 Cav; Chas Cooper, H 29; F Flanders, M, 4
Cav; F M Clintie, B 29; W J Wilson, I 4 Inf; E Barker, F 29; W Wright, K 4 Inf;
W Bridgess, E 30; J Lafler, F 5 Inf; P Wilson, E 30; J W Stewart, E 5 Inf; L
Brammer, E 30; D.B. Berk, I 9 Inft; J Nibarger, H 30; J Tormey, K 10 Inft; J
McCoy, E 30; J Martin, C 13 Inft; J Bean, K 30; T Brant, H 14 Inft; D Bendill, E
30; G Ware, D 15 Inft; R Davenport, R 31; P Blanchard, C 16 Inf; J.H. Dickenson,
I 31; J.W. Cripliven, B 24; Isaac Moore, I 31; T Caffey, C 24; J Beck, I 31;
John Carb, I 24; B F Ireland, G 31; Jos Hill, C 24; J George, D 31; E.A. Ward, G
24; G Gillett, F 31; E Mearone, G 24; W Whitamore, H 31; W Thorington, E 24; J
Vanderman, G 33; W Botom, H 24; Ambrose Perigo, E 33; J P White, H 24; W Brown,
D 33; Nickle Byer, H 24; David Norton, C 34; S P Cornil, F 24; Chas Wilson, C
34; S Mackrell, K 24; A Midis, I 36; G F Haywood, C 25; R Lowry, I 36; L M
Randels, B 25; L Lambert, G 36; Geo Benn, C 25; E Farmer, I 36; T W Miller, C
26; J O'Conner, G 36; A Lacock, C 26; T McCormick, B 36; D Maher, F 26; T Wort,
H 36; Levi Benedict, I 26; T Unicutt, D 36; S Gordon, B 26; W Butler, E 36; W
Stover, I 26; J Otto, F 36.
Died on the trip up, Ambrose Robins, Co A, 26th, Eli Wood, Co D, 28th Inft.
List of deceased soldiers who have died in hospitals at St. Louis, Mo., from
April 2d to 7th, 1863:
April 2- Jordan Holcomb, B 32 Mo., chronic diarrhea.
Jno P Mitchell, I 9 Iowa, chr diarrhea.
Jos J Weigel, K 114 Ohio, chr diarrhea.
Geo W Lovejoy, I 81 Ill, erysipelas.
Emile Bonnett, I 32 Mo, debility and erysipelas.
3 - Jos A Cromer, F 31 Mo, diarrhea
W.H. Williams, A 108 Ill, chr diar'ea.
Jas McGoer, C 67 Ind.
Lewis Stoneking, K 34 Iowa, typhoid pneumonia.
Wm S Cate, A 14 Mich, debility.
Elsy Lucas, A 15 U S Infantry, Phthisis pulmonalis.
4 - Robert Callen, I 131 Ill, gangrene of intestines.
John Ewing, B 16 O, chronic diarrhea.
Wm H Wood, I 23 Wis, do.
Levi Jennings, F 34 Iowa, do.
H H Keyes, D 60 Ind, gunshot wound.
Amos Hiles, H 114 Ohio, debility.
5 - J.E. Foster, 32 Mo, ersipelas.
E Jenkins, G 96 Ohio, chronic diarrhea.
A Moore, I 54 Ind, do.
V. Hamilton, I 88 Ind, do.
6- J.B. Blakesley, F 54 Ill, pneumonia.
J.H. Gaston, I 83 Ohio, typhoid fever
J H Armstrong, C 9 Iowa, inflammation of lungs.
J.D. Irvin, G 30 Mo, consumption.
J. Bringer, D 57 Ohio, do.
Wm Lester, 29 Mo, bronchitis.
A Brehm, G 114 Ohio, chronic diarrhea.
Enos Wood, H 90 Ohio, do.
H Clemons, K 23 Wis, do.
7 - A Huff, I 69 Ind, do.
Sam'l Boldrey, A 83 Ind, do.
D Albert, G 2 Mo Artillery, peritonitis.
A J Stafford, 24 Mo, meningitis.
D H Schenck, I 84 Iowa, consumption.
J Davis, I 3 Ky, do.
J Coleman, K 83 Ohio, do.
A Thrilling and Affecting Incident.
A.Z. Reeve, of the Iowa army, gives the following thrilling incident in a
letter to his brother. The letter was forwarded to us by a kind friend in the
GERMANTOWN, Tenn., March 12, '63
We have been here about six weeks, protecting the railroad. Colonel
Richardson, a rebel guerilla, has been hovering in the vicinity for some time,
capturing foraging parties, and tearing up the road whenever opportunity
offered. When pursued, he retreats to the swamps, and his command, dispersing in
small squads, generally evade attempts to discover them. To make the matter
worse, they frequently dress in Federal uniform.
On the morning of the 9th of this month our regiment and the Fourth Illinois
Cavalry started out with a guide for the retreat of the guerillas. Before we
reached the rebel camp, the 6th Illinois Cavalry, with flying artillery
attached, attacked the rebels from the opposite side-killed 25 of them, took
some prisoners, and burned the camp and garrison equipage. In their headlong
stampede, the rebels came will nigh running into our hands. While in hot
pursuit, we came to the residence of one Robert C. Forbes, who, intrenching
himself in the house, commenced firing on our flankers as they approached. The
flankers then charged on the house, effected an entrance, and discovered that
Forbes had taken shelter in an upper chamber. The desperate man was called on to
surrender but refused. He had already killed one member of the 4th Illinois, and
had wounded another. He, also, had received a wound in the right arm which
disabled him to such an extent that he could not load his gun.--His wound was
received by a shot fired up through the floor. Still the desperate man refused
to yield. As a last resort the house was set on fire. This compelled the man to
come down, but he still obstinately refused to surrender. He was immediately
surrounded by the exasperated soldiers who refrained from shooting him on
account of the certainty of shooting their comrades.-- Meanwhile the old man
clubbed his gun, and although his arm was badly lacerated and bleeding, he
ferociously kept the soldiers at bay. At length one of the officers ordered the
soldiers opposite him to get away, and give him a chance to shoot the old
At these words the gun dropped down from the old man's hands and he
"Is it possible? Have I been fighting Union soldiers all this time?"
"Of course, we are Union soldiers," replied the officer.
"My God! why didn't I know this before?" said the old man, in a voice
agony: "I am a Union man, too. I thought I was fighting Richardson's
The soldiers did not believe him at first, but in brief time he proved to
them beyond all dispute that there was no counterfeit Unionism about him. He had
been an incorruptible patriot during the war. At the outbreak of the Rebellion,
he has been arrested by Confederate authority and placed in chains. His crime
consisted in telling the rebels that they were traitors and deserved hanging.
When General Hurlbut passed through this part of the country, the old man joined
him, but came back occasionally to see his family. He was on a brief furlough
from the Federal army when the raid was made on his house. Richardson had sworn
vengeance against him, and he had resolved never to be taken alive.--Owing to
the fact that the guerillas were in the habit of prowling about in Federal
uniform, the old man was led to mistake our soldiers for rebels.
The explanation came too late to save the house. It was consumed with all
its contents. There was not a quilt left to defend the mother and children from
the cold.--They had fled from the burning buildings just in time to save their
lives. It was a sad spectacle. The old man begged to be taken along with us. He
told his wife to get to the Federal lines as soon as possible. A braver and
truer man to his country does not exist than Robert C. Forbes. I gave the mother
and children $10 in greenbacks, and my blanket. The other soldiers contributed
to relieve the distresses of the family. Many sympathizing tears were shed by us
all. I have not witnessed a scene so affecting since my enlistment. --[ Des
IRISH VOLUNTEERS. - The Liverpool Albion of the 19th of March says: "For
some time past it has been observed that from this port and also from Cork,
there has been a considerable, rather, indeed, a large emigration of strong,
active young men, chiefly Irish, for New York. The extent to which this draft
has been and is still carried gives rise to suspicion that these young men are
in reality recruits for the Federal army. This suspecion [sic] is further
countenanced by the well known fact that for a long time past agents of the
Federal Government have been at work in Ireland, endeavoring surreptitiously to
obtain recruits. The Federal Government makes so much noise about our alleged
assistance to the Confederates that it would be as well their own proceedings
were watched more closely. We believe that Government is in possession of facts
confirmatory of the rumor respecting the movements of Federal agents in
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press
Iowa History Project
Researching in re CW:
1st cousin 4 times removed, Socrates Sherman CRANE of Co G, 30th Ia Inf.
1st cousin 4 times removed, Baron Hutchinson CRANE of Co B 25th Ia Inf.
And Great Grand Uncles, Alexander, Miles and Thos. McNALLY of Co D, 17th WI Inf.