By Thaddeus C Brown, William G Putney, Samuel J Murphy, Clyde C. Walton
Much has been written of the infantry and the cavalry through the Civil battle, yet little recognition has been paid the artillery. during the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge in 1863 and the Atlanta crusade of 1864 and with normal Sherman’s forces at the recognized March to the ocean, the acts of a brave battling team are vividly mentioned in Behind the weapons: The background of Battery I, second Regiment, Illinois mild Artillery. initially released in 1965 in a restricted variation, this regimental historical past of a gentle artillery unit used to be written via 3 of its infantrymen, together with the bugler.
Battery i used to be shaped in 1861 by means of Charles W. Keith of Joliet and Henry B. Plant of Peoria. greater than 100 males have been mustered into carrier in December close to Springfield and left for Cairo in February 1862. The battery educated at Camp Paine around the Ohio River in Kentucky till March, while the lads have been dispatched to the South. through the battle, the Battery was once connected to 3 diversified armies: the military of the Mississippi, the military of the Ohio, and the military of the Cumberland.
Clyde C. Walton’s foreword and the narrative talk about the diversity of guns utilized by the unit, together with James, Parrott, and Rodman weapons and the bronze, muzzle-loading Napoleons that fired twelve-pound projectiles. The booklet additionally comprises an account of the prisoner-of-war adventure of Battery I lieutenant Charles McDonald, biographical sketches of the battery squaddies, and eighteen maps and 5 line drawings.
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R. tracks near Riverton, Illinois. The camp was used not only as the principle center for assemblying and training Illinois troops but as a prison camp. —See Helen Edith Shipley, "Camp Butler in the Civil War Days," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, XXV, No. 4 (January, 1933), 285-317. BEHIND THE GUNS About the same time Henry B. , was empowered by Governor Yates to raise a battery for the war. December 31st, 1861, the men enlisted by Charles W. Keith, and Henry B. Plant were consolidated into one company, named Keith's Battery, and mustered into the United States service as Battery I 2nd Ill.
Active movements of a campaign, though there was a sense of sadness, as of one leaving home, when the last lingering look was taken of the old camp at Rienzi. On the march to Corinth to take the cars, through a misunderstanding, Sergeant Rufus Stolp was reduced to the ranks; but he, notwithstanding the injustice with which he was treated, always proved himself to be one of the best of men and soldiers, serving to the end of the war, returning to make one of the best of American citizens. The trip to Columbus was made in freight cars, in which the men were huddled like cattle.
IN THE FALL of 1861 Charles W. , received a Captain's commission from Governor [Richard] Yates, and was authorized to recruit a battery of light artillery. He opened a recruiting office at Joliet, and appointed men as recruiting officers at other points near Joliet to enlist men for the battery for three years' service. The first enlistments were made October 1st, 1861. The recruits, as fast as enlisted, were forwarded to Camp Butler,1 located about four miles east of Springfield, Ills. 1. Camp Butler, some four miles east of Springfield, was named for William Butler, then State Treasurer of Illinois.