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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Down the street from Lew Wallace

    Re: Union Letter from Missionary Ridge

    I somehow deleted the letter I posted. Just putting it back up for future use.
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    Last edited by boozie; 03-06-2008 at 06:12 PM.

    Grandad Wm. David Lee
    52nd Tenn. Reg't Co. B

    "If You Ain't Right, Get Right!"
    - Uncle Dave Macon


  2. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2007

    Re: Union Letter from Missionary Ridge

    Thanks Boozie for replacing the letter... I thought my Alzheimers was kicking in....
    Dave "Gus" Gallagher
    Pit Rats Mess
    The "Old 49th" OVI
    Western Brigade

    "Corporal, what the devil does O.V.M. stand for?"
    "Oh, my plate you mean?" says the corporal; "that stands for Ohio Visiting Mississippi. We had a few made on purpose for this campaign."

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Liberty, Mississippi

    Re: Union Letter from Missionary Ridge

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Acker View Post
    Thanks for sharing the letter, it fleshes out some work I've been doing. Below is a letter from a guy in the 7th Mississippi explaining his experience at Missionary Ridge. Hope this helps explain what W.H. Laymon confronted on that November day.

    Steve Acker

    Camps near Dalton GA
    December 2nd 1863
    Dear Sister
    I once more have an opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am still in the land of the living. We have had another fight and the yanks have given us a genteel thrashing. I was in the fight but did not get hurt. There was none of our company hurt but there was five captured. Neil Currie, Dan Cupit, John Smith, John Robinson (Robertson), and William Cobb were the ones captured. They were captured on the 24th of Nov. The Yanks began to advance on us on the 23rd and the left wing of our regt was guarding a railroad bridge to the right of where our brigade was stationed. We held them in check until Tuesday morning the 24th and we had to fall back from there and the boys were afraid to get out of the ditch for fear they would be killed. They tried to get me to stay with then and surrender but I told them I was going to risk my chance of getting out. The Yanks were in 150 yard of me when I left the ditch. Driving in full line and as I left they fixed a full volley at me but none of them touched me. We skirmished with them form Monday evening until Wednesday evening and then we were ordered to go back to our brigade and about the time we got back there and began to rest our selves. We looked down the hill and saw the Yanks coming with five lines of battle so we were ordered in our ditches and our regt stayed there until the Yanks whipped our men on the right and got into our ditches and began to fire down the ditches at us. They captured one piece of the battery that belonged to our brigade. I was in 50 yards of the battery when they planted their colors on it. The battery men and the Yanks fought with sticks and rocks and carried out one piece after the Yanks got hold of it and were trying to hold it. I would not have believed this if I had not seen it with my own eyes. But I tell you I am ashamed that I belong to the brigade that I do for it done some of the shakiest fight I ever saw, but I feel that I have done my duty. We left Missionary Ridge Wednesday night or rather we more run away from there before night. I think we had as well as quit and go home for I see no other chance but for us to be whipped. Alex Currie was not in the fight. He had just got back from the hospital and he had no gun so he was sent back to the rear with the wagons. He is the luckiest boy I ever saw. We are camped in about three miles of Dalton Ga and we have all got rested and our mess has killed a big fat hog and we are all doing fine. Well I will close for this time. Hoping to hear from you soon. Give my love to all the family and the same for yourself. From your affectionate brother. Archie

    Ps when you write, direct to Dalton GA
    Compamy (e) 7th Miss regt
    Andersonís Brigade
    May I ask where this letter came from? I have what is supposed to be a full set of the the Hugh A. ("Archie") McLaurin letter from the Wisconsin Historical Society but they only covered through September 1863. Is there more? Reason I'm asking is, I am trying to help locate information for a book on the &7th Miss Inf Reg that a cousin is writing, and we do not have this letter.
    If you don't mind providing the information, either PM me or email me at virgilroberts@hotmail.com
    Virgil Roberts

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Re: Union Letter from Missionary Ridge

    Thanks for posting.
    Cpl. Ryan Halsey
    Wampus Cats Mess
    Mossy Creek Mess-SCAR
    Breckinridge Greys
    Liberty Rifles

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK

    Re: Union Letter from Missionary Ridge

    Quote Originally Posted by boozie View Post
    I sure didn't have any luck finding what regiment the Colonel belonged.
    I have to say that the storming of Missionary Ridge was an incredible undertaking.

    I studied Beatty's Brigade when I was mainstreaming with my old unit the 9th Ky. On the subject of the 79th/86th Indiana's captured Major I would point you to the maps of the battle in Peter Cozzens' fine book 'The Shipwreck of Their Hopes'.

    It seems the 79th/86th were more likely to have been facing the 24th and 28th Alabama of Manigault's Brigade or possibly the scattered remnants of Anderson's (Tucker's) Mississippians (7th, 9th, 10th, 41st, 44th.) There is also the possibility that the captured Major (?) could have been Major Courtney of the Brigade's artillery.

    There are also some great links to a possible solution to the question in Cozzen's notes n the chapter. Sometimes the OR's get bogged down in the 'fog of war'.....
    Chris O'Brien

    Scalawag Mess
    Volunteer Company
    American Eagle Society

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