History of the Second Iowa Cavalry; Containing a Detailed Account of Its Organization, Marches, and the Battles in Which It Has Participated Also, a Complete Roster of Each Company
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...Coon commanded our brigade, Maj. Chas. C. Horton commanding Second Iowa. Smith moved up the Memphis and Charleston railroad as far as Grand Junction, where, on the 5th of July he cut loose from railroad communications and struck South with fifteen days' rations. The weather was oppressively warm, the thermometer being 100 degrees above zero, while the dust was almost suffocating, hence the expedition was compelled to move very slowly. The enemy's pickets were found on the morning of the 7th. The Second Iowa were in advance. As soon as our videttes, two in number, saw the rebel videttes, four in number, they charged them with a view of trying their new Spencers. The rebels seeing their number, concluded to capture them, as a reward for their audacity; hence they quietly awaited the assault; but our boys, bringing their rifles to their faces, "pumped' the lead therefrom with such rapidity, while yet spurring forward, that two of the Johnnies were dismounted, and the other two put to flight before our boys had traversed half of the space between them and their foes. This firing brought the rebel reserve in line, while two more Spencers were added to the charging squad; these four charged the reserve and put it to flight, as the videttes had been before. The rebels were much surprised at the amount of lead thrown by so small a force in so short a time. Two prisoners were captured in this run, and as soon as they recovered from their fright, they asked to see " one of the guns you all fight with," adding, "you bring them to your shoulder and hold them there, while a continual stream of lead rolls from them into our faces. It is no use for us to fight you'ens with that kind of gun." A few days after this, a prisoner asked if we...
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