History of the 33d Iowa Infantry Volunteer Regiment, 1863-6 (Civil War in the West)

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9781557285768: History of the 33d Iowa Infantry Volunteer Regiment, 1863-6 (Civil War in the West)

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1866. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. WINTEB. At mid-night af the 25th of October, 1803, we were roused from our slumbers by the never-welcome sound of reveillie. Up and ready for action, was the order understood. Soon it was learned that the rebels had been making a disturbance in the vicinity of Pine Bluff, and we were ordered to Benton, a little town twenty-five miles south of Little Bock, to intersect their retreat. The hour of starting was fixed at two in the morning; and at forty minutes later we were on the move. Stopping about sun-down to take breakfast by the side of the road, we marched on fast and steadily till we reached Benton, at 4 p. M. A small squad of cavalry already held the place, and of course left little to be bought any where around there. But no sooner had we broken ranks, than there was a promiscuous scattering all over town, in search of bread and other eatables. The people must have thought the Union army was almost starved; and just at this particular time the opinion would not have been exceedingly out of the way. But our boys paid for all they obtained at Benton, and left the worthy citizens no cause for grumbling. One of the "non-commishes" had been unusually successful in gathering provender, and had accumulated quite a pile of corn-cake at his place in camp. One afternoon he went out 6 2 after more, and on returning he found two men posted as sentinels, walking a beat, arms at a "shoulder" with all due precision and gravity, before his pile of rations. Great was his wonderment, until he was informed that his personal grub had been mistaken for the regimental-comissariat, and this guard placed there in consequence. On the morning of Thursday, the 29th, the troops started south-west--the 33d only, for a wonder, being left behind. We could only explain, by supposing it to be expe...

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First published in 1866, soon after Sperry's discharge from the Union army, this history offers a detailed account of the regiment's movements and actions in Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Arkansas. Sperry's narrative presents the war from the perspective of the rank and file, providing

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Written and first published in 1866 soon after the author's discharge from the Union army, this is one of the classic regimental histories of the American Civil War.

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