Civil War

Newspaper Articles

No. 13

Charles E. Bunnell
9318 Fairway Ct
La Plata, MD 20646

Source: This information was contibuted by Charles E. Bunnell, the owner of the original receipt.

Copyright 1997 Charles E. Bunnell

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The Bunnell Newspaper Clippings


NEWSPAPER: Unknown; possibly Whitney Point NY Reporter
DATE: Circa 1940 to 1946
AUTHOR: Herman E. Bunnell


Smart Tactics of the Boys in Blue

In Frank Leslie's newspaper of May 3, 1862 is the following incident about the death of William Scott in the the battle of Lee's Mills near York-----. Two Vermont regiments ----- and the Confederates fired a ----- on them. And Scott fell with six bullets in his body. As his comrades picked him up he prayed for the President. As he died he says, "I have proved that I am not a coward and am not afraid to die."

It seems that some time before he had been court martialed for sleeping on his post and was found guilty and the sentence was death and the General approved the verdict. Mr. Lincoln heard of the case and resolved to save him and wrote a pardon and sent it out. But as the day drew nigh he thought suppose they haven't received the pardon. He tried the telegraph but not getting a reply he ordered his horse and carriage and rode ten miles to the camp and saved him.

Another incident in the same paper: Shortly after the battle of Cornifeferry (sic), communications were cut off between the Federal capt at Elkwater [WV] and that at Cheat Mountain Summit [WV]; the Confederates holding the road.

It became necessary that communication should be re-established between Gen Reynolds at the former place and Col. Kimball at the latter place. Four had already been killed and another had attempted and never was heard from after he left camp. The commanding officer then stated to his command their danger. At last Henry H. Norrington, a member of Captain Loomis' Michigan battery offered to make the attempt. He managed to elude the enemy and crawled miles on his hands and knees with the dispatches rolled up in his mouth ready to swallow them if he was captured. He finally reached the friendly camp but he must go back. The whole company shook hands with him never expecting to see him again. He crawled back on his hands and knees guided by the north star. He came out onto the road and seeing a confederate cavalry horse tied to a post with the owner not in sight he slipped up and cut the rope with his knife and rode off with the bullets whizzing about him. He came safely into camp and of course he was honored for his success.

In the same paper is this:
General Mitchell, when he reached Decatur, Ala., cut the wires between Corinth [MS] and Richmond and worked both ends, telling Jeff Davis in the name of Beuregard so astonishing news, and then telling Beuregard something Jeff Davis said just as astonishing. Finally he promised Beuregard that he was sending him big reinforcements and immediately started his own forces for Corinth.


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