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    The 24th Missouri Volunteer Infantry (recreated) will be sponsoring a campaigner company for like- minded individuals wishing to portray Federal at Chickamauga on the weekend of September 20-22, 2013. This company will be attached to the Army of the Frontier, commanded by Gen. Steve Dunfee, which also consists of troops from the Frontier Battalion, Holmes Brigade and Army of the Pacific. Our company will portray Company F, of the 8th Kansas Infantry Regiment, as part of an overall guiding impression for the battalion.

    During its term of service the Eighth traveled ten thousand seven hundred and fifty miles. It participated in fifteen battles and eighteen skirmishes. The regiment had three regimental flags. Under the first, which it carried until it returned to the state on veteran furlough, it marched three thousand, six hundred and eighty-one miles, and lost three commissioned officers and forty-four enlisted men killed, ten commissioned officers, and two hundred and one enlisted men wounded, and twenty enlisted men missing. A recreated version of this flag will be flown during the event by our sister company, the modern day 8th Kansas Infantry, which will also feature in its ranks Bill McFarland, author of Keep The Flag to the Front, The Story of the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry.

    The original Eighth saw hard action in the engagement at Chickamauga. Serving in an undersized brigade commanded by General Hans Heg (the 15th Wisconsin on its right flank held a mere 176 rifles), in the first day’s action it entered into fierce combat amongst the dense woods north of the Viniard Farm. In a savage engagement with Gregg’s Tennessee Brigade and up to three batteries of Confederate Artillery, the regiment losses in killed, wounded and missing numbered two hundred and forty-three officers and men out of a total of four hundred and six men present, about sixty-five per cent of all engaged.

    From The Museum of the Kansas National Guard:

    "Few regiments in the army embraced in their operations so vast and varied a scope of country. The gleam of its bayonets was seen from Fort Laramie, Nebraska, to the Rio Grande; its banners fluttered in the sunlight from Kansas to the North Carolina line; the crack of its rifles startled the echoes in the valley of the Platte and along the hillsides of the Tennessee and the Chattahoochee. They represented nearly every branch of mechanical, agricultural and literary pursuits, and were men of many and widely different characters. Their roughness and violence was tempered by discipline and never failing good humor. They recognized no will but duty; they loved their country with a deep, abiding affection; they dreamed of no delight but her service; they asked no reward but her triumph..."

    Established organization and goals for the event will be to form a 35 man company under the following cadre leadership:

    Company Captain Cal Kinzer
    1st Sergeant Frank Siltman
    2nd Sergeant Mark Vlahos
    Corporal Mike Phineas
    Corporal Steve Shore

    Additional company officers and positions of leadership will be flexible and determined according to experience and judgment of the company officer, as well as eventual company size. This group has been together many years, and forms the core of the old F Company which attended past events such as Raymond, Franklin, and Corinth under Dom Dal Bello’s Army of the Pacific.

    This company will highlight experienced leadership, campaign-style camping, a military atmosphere, and a semi-immersive experience. Participants are expected to display proper military bearing and should have ample opportunity to participate in the first person throughout the event. Participants should also expect the following traditional EBUFU activities: ration issue, guard duty, fatigue duty, and drill. The various battle scenarios will take place on part of the original maneuvering land just south of the National Park, over which elements of the two armies fought during the 2-3 days prior to the main battle. It is in a beautiful valley, largely free from modern intrusions. Be prepared to skirmish in battle, sleep on arms, advance pickets, and perhaps even another surprise or two, scenario permitting. The company camp will be run in strict military fashion and remain free of any modern talk and intrusions. Rations may be issued at the brigade, battalion, or company level, and is as of yet undetermined.

    Uniform impressions will be strictly adhered to, and are referenced from the standards put forth in the 2010 Before the Breakout Event. In fact, this effort can be looked upon as a prequel for that aforementioned successful event. Special thanks to Jim Butler and Pete Berezuk for consideration in these guidelines.


    GUIDING IMPRESSION:

    8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the prescribed Fatigue Uniform per the U.S. Army Regulations of 1861. All items are expected to be of period construction and made from period correct natural materials. The items listed below are in order of preference.

    This is a campaign event and our guiding impression is of soldiers who had been on active campaign, doing hard marching and skirmishing leading up to a crushing defeat at Chickamauga. Research indicates that the 8th Kansas was very informal with the uniform of the Officer’s and NCO’s at this point in 1863. It is preferred that NCO’s wear issue uniforms only. NCO’s are permitted to wear rank chevrons and trouser stripes, but they are not required. Officers will be permitted wide latitude in their dress from private purchase clothing all the way to enlisted issue clothing. Officers are encouraged to wear subdued rank or no rank at all.

    Special reference to Pete Berezuk in developing these guidelines.





    Uniform Items

    Coat:
    1. Lined or Unlined Dark Blue Flannel Fatigue Blouse of any 1858 to 1863 arsenal or contract pattern required
    2. Enlisted Infantry Frock Coats permitted. Private Purchase coats are discouraged and ‘State’ or ‘Infantry’ Jackets of any pattern will not be permitted.

    Headgear:
    1. Issue Forage Caps and Dress Hats are preferred.
    2. Civilian slouch hats in black are permitted.

    Footwear:
    1. Federal issue Jefferson Bootees preferred.
    2. Civilian pattern brogans or boots permitted, but discouraged.

    Trousers:
    Sky Blue Federal Foot Pattern Trousers of an 1861 to 1863 arsenal or contract variant required. Private Purchase trousers are discouraged.

    Shirt:
    1. Federal Issue pattern of domet flannel preferred
    2. Period civilian patterns permitted.

    Drawers:
    1. Federal Issue pattern of Canton flannel preferred
    2. Period civilian patterns permitted.

    Socks:
    1. Federal Issue patterns of cotton or wool preferred
    2. Hand knit civilian patterns permitted.


    Ordnance Equipment

    Weapon:
    1. 1853 Enfield rifle-musket
    2. 1861 Springfield rifle-musket
    3. 1855 Springfield rifle-musket

    Bayonet:
    Correct pattern for your weapon with a functional locking ring required.

    Waist Belt:
    1857 pattern waist belt with US belt plate required. Belts maybe of bridle, waxed or blackened buff leather.

    Bayonet Scabbard:
    Two-rivet Gaylord pattern bayonet scabbard preferred. All sewn Gaylord pattern bayonet scabbards permitted.

    Cap Pouch:
    Shield Front cap pouch preferred, all sewn 1850 Pattern cap pouches permitted.

    Cartridge Box:
    1. 1861 pattern .58 Cal cartridge box preferred,
    2. 1857 pattern .69 Cal and .58 Cal cartridge boxes permitted.
    US cartridge box and Eagle sling plates required. Box slings may be of bridle, waxed or blackened buff leather.



    Personal Items

    Canteen:
    Federal issue canteen (smooth side or bull’s eye) with cotton or linen sling and twine attachment preferred. New York Depot canteens with leather slings and chain attachments discouraged.

    Haversack:
    Federal pattern painted cloth haversack required.

    Knapsacks:
    Blanket Rolls preferred, 1855 pattern double bag knapsacks accepted.

    Blanket:
    Federal Issue blanket in Grey or Brown preferred.

    Ground Cloth:
    Federal Issue Gum Blanket preferred. Period Oil Cloths permitted.

    Shelter Half:
    Federal Issue Shelter Halves with hand sewn grommets are encouraged but not required.

    Mess Furniture:
    Tin Plate or Canteen Half, Cup and Utensils required. This is a campaign event so groups are encouraged to utilize a ‘Mess’ structure to provide for themselves with light frying pans, camp kettles and coffee pots. Further direction may come down from company leadership.

    Penknives, watches, jewelry, etc. must be of period style. "Comfort items," such as camp hats, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, gloves permitted. NO MODERN EYEWEAR. Period personal hygiene items permitted. Prescription medications/contact lens care items should be concealed in period containers. Smoking items permitted, except for modern cigarettes.


    All interested parties must contact Cal Kinzer personally at ckinzer@juno.com. Every effort will be made to keep individual messes and pards together. Any volunteers for positions of leadership must also be approved by company leadership, with knowledge, experience, and accompanying rifles taken into consideration.
    Mike Phineas
    Arlington, TX
    24th Missouri
    Army of the Frontier
    www.24thmissouri.org

    \"The floggings will continue until morale improves...\"

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    There have been important recent developments regarding this adjunct effort.

    Upon the conclusion of the BGA Gettysburg event, as Colonel Eichler dismissed the battalion one final time, Dom Dal Bello stepped forth to make an anouncement.

    The Army of the Pacific will be reforming under his command and forming a battalion specifically for the BGA Chickamauga event. This message is not an AoP announcement per se, but rather a notification that the 24th Missouri under Cal Kinzer, portraying the 8th Kansas Co. F adjunct, will be forming as a company under Col Dal Bello's AoP banner.

    This is a logical move for a couple of reasons. First and foremost the command structure and core of the 24th Missouri has extensive past experience working with Col Dal Bello's AoP, ie. we know what to expect, and the quality of the experience. We count, Raymond, Perryville, Franklin, Corinth, and TAG as examples where this company has served as an entity under the AoP.

    Secondly, this move will enhance the experience of the various individuals who have committed and signed on to the 24th Missouri for this effort.

    Lastly, questions have been flying fast regarding registration, ammo issue, ration issue, schedules etc. While it has been the practice of Colonel Dal Bello to provide his own communiques in the past, and we can expect such in the future, I want to stress that inquiries regarding this company specifically continue to please be routed through Cal Kinzer. He can be reached at ckinzer@juno.com

    To a man, the leadership of this adjunct effort is committed to building on the momentum of this company's bully experience at BGA Gettysburg, and providing a first rate effort for each and every individual who signs onto our rolls.
    Mike Phineas
    Arlington, TX
    24th Missouri
    Army of the Frontier
    www.24thmissouri.org

    \"The floggings will continue until morale improves...\"

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    Default may top Culps Hill

    If there is an experience that could top the one we had as a part of the Progressive Brigade on Culps Hill @ Gettysburg, this may be it! This will be an OUTSTANDING Campaigner Company and a fantastic event.


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    I sure wish someone would do the 89th OVI. Their experience at Chickamauga was pretty amazing on the final day with the 21st Ohio and 22nd Michigan.
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    I have fond memories of the AOP doing the 15th Wisconsin impression at the ChickADusty in 1999.
    RJ Samp
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    "But in the end, it's the history, stupid. If you can't document it, forget about it. And no amount of 'tomfoolery' can explain away conduct that in the end makes history (and living historians) look stupid and wrong. "

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    Well, I hope you are the best danged Federal unit there. I like the effort being put forth and we'll do our best to give you a good fight.

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    With less than sixty days left for this event, we have finalized some important details for the 24th Missouri/8th KS adjunct and wish to get that word out to our participants. As previously announced, this company will serve at the BGA 150th Chickamauga event under the Army of the Frontier (AoF) flag, led by Steve Dunfee. Looking to keep like minded individuals and companies together, the Army of the Pacific (AoP) will form as a 2nd Battalion within the AoF, and the 24th Missouri/8th KS adjunct will help comprise that battalion. Colonel Dal Bello has stated to have three companies in place, with an aim to field a total of 4-6. Please see the related AC thread under the 150th Chickamauga Progressive Battalion for further information.

    Due to the advanced progress of registrations for the 24th Missouri/8th KS adjunct effort, and in respect to the experience initially offered, registration for this adjunct company will remain through the BGA Chickamauga link as follows:

    http://www.150thanniversarychickamau...istration.html

    -Click on the 'Register Now' tab
    -When completing the registration form enter 24th Missouri in the Unit Name line and FB/AoF on the pull down menu for Affiliation, US for Army,
    and Infantry for Branch.
    -Complete rest of form and submit as required.

    The registration fee of $20 rises to $25 on August 5th.

    Once registered, send a personal email to Cal Kinzer at ckinzer@juno.com letting him know you have registered, also giving him a good email address which will get you on the company circulars being sent out via email.

    Though registration for this company will continue through the BGA Chickamauga website, battalion leadership will still allow its members the opportunity to draw rations through the AoP commissary. This issue will include, but is not limited to:
    Meat (e.g., ham/slab bacon), bread, coffee, potatoes, onions, peaches, tinned tomatoes, candles, and other standard AoP fare. Any individuals who are committed to the 24th Missouri/8th KS adjunct, and wish as an option to draw rations from battalion, can send an email stating such desires to the company point of contact at: mphineas@sbcglobal.net. They will then be given the specific instructions on how to do so. Battalion ration fees are $15 for food, with an additional $5 for packaging and shipping to Georgia, for a total of $20. Deadline for signing on for battalion rations is 20 Aug 2013.

    Leadership has determined ammunition issue will be conducted at the company level, and boxes provided for men to store their rounds. It is the company's desire to give the men opportunity to receive their own arsenal packs during any re-issue. Therefore the men are instructed to 'bundle' any stored arsenal packs together in bundles of four (40 rounds), with their name written in pencil on a slip of paper attached. This will ensure NCO's distributing out of the ammo crate can call that individual soldier forward to receive his rounds. It is hoped the company will procure two crates, which will allow issues before both Saturday and Sunday battles, with the soldiers placing any rounds they wish to be issued before either battle in the respective crate.

    Additional information will soon be forthcoming regarding possible impression vignettes for the 8th Kansas Company F, as well as specific first person roles/opportunities etc. It is planned for the 2nd Battalion to form with the entire AoF brigade to specifically portray the 8th Kansas en masse during the Saturday Viniard Farm battles, and perhaps evolve into other regimental impressions from Heg's Brigade throughout the weekend. Please periodically check this thread as well as our 150th Chickamauga Federal Campaigner Company page on Facebook for updates!

    For now, the important step is to get registered, and send an email to the company captain at CKinzer@juno.com, so we can get you on the circular list.
    Mike Phineas
    Arlington, TX
    24th Missouri
    Army of the Frontier
    www.24thmissouri.org

    \"The floggings will continue until morale improves...\"

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    Bloody CHICKAMAUGA

    Six weeks to the day in which many of us will be departing for Georgia, and the company is shaping up nicely! As of now we have 22 men registered on the BGA website, with at least half as many more committed on to the rolls. The 24th Missouri/ 8th KS adjunct will be part of the 2nd Battalion, commanded by Col. Dom Dal Bello, of the Army of the Frontier (AoF) Brigade, commanded by Brig. Gen. Steve Dunfee. The current company roster stands as follows, the men listed by name, home state, and first person name:

    Bryan "Father" Brooks (OK)
    Sean Cowger (IL)
    Jim Crawford (IA)/ (Thomas Jefferson Saylor)
    Kevin Dally (TX)
    Eric Gott (OH)
    Sean Harla (TX)
    Nathan Hellwig (IA) /(Harrison “Holler” Hollaway)
    Jay Hollenbeck (CO)
    Nathan Hollenbeck (CO)
    Wesley Keeler (IA)/ (John Wesley Keeler)
    Cal Kinzer (OK) CAPTAIN
    Jeremy “Corn” LeCrone (TX)
    Trey Meador (TX)
    Robert Muehleisen (OH)
    Mike Palada (IA)/ (Lemuel “Lem” Ellington)
    Mike Phineas (TX) 1st Corporal
    David Russell (AR)
    Frank Siltman (OK) 1st Sergeant
    Jonathan Siltman (OK)
    Shawn Spicer (MO)
    Scott Sproat (OK)
    Mark “Plug” Vlahos (TX) 2nd Sergeant

    It is not too late to become a part of this team. If you plan to fall in with our company, we need you to do two things (1) register on the event website and (2) send an email to Cal Kinzer at ckinzer@juno.com stating that you have registered. This not only allows us to get a handle on how many men to expect, but also to screen people for possible authenticity or safety issues. We don't want to have people we don't know simply showing up at the event.

    To register, go to the event website at http://www.150thanniversarychickamauga.com/. Click on "Registration" at the top of the page. Click on "Register Now" at the bottom of the page. Fill out the form and either mail it in or register online using PayPal. In addition to your personal information, list the following:

    Unit Name: 24th Missouri
    Affiliation: FB/AoF
    Army: US
    Branch: Infantry
    Number of Participants: 1 (if registering only yourself)
    Camping: Period - Campaign

    The sponsors have been swamped with registrations, and new ones are constantly coming in. The list is being updated fairly promptly, but there may still be some names that have not been added. So keep checking to make sure you are on the list. If not, it would be a good idea to drop an email to the sponsors.

    The AoF plans to represent Col. Hans C. Heg's 3rd Brigade, of Brig. Gen. Jefferson C. Davis' 1st Division, of Maj. Gen. Alexander M. McCook's XX Corps. The entire AoF will portray the 8th Kansas Infantry for the Viniard Farm Scenario, with our battalion then generating into one of the other regiments of Col. Heg's Brigade (25th Illinois, 35th Illinois, or 15th Wisconsin). Specific uniform details and guidelines have been posted previously in this thread and still apply.

    It is presumed that perhaps 120 rounds per man should be sufficient. Ammunition will be handled no higher than the company level, with regards to both the storing and issuing of such. Please be wary of going light on ammo, as ALL Federal units will be busy in the scripted battles. At BGA Gettysburg, this company went through several ammunition issues throughout the weekend. Many veteran campaigners later earnestly stated how surprised they were at the amount of ammunition used, as the scripted battles were flowing at a steady pace as opposed to being “powder burning” affairs.

    Fires will be constructed above ground but there are plenty of rocks to make a fireplace. For rations, we plan to keep it simple and offer each individual or mess the option to either bring their own or draw from battalion. Those men wishing to draw battalion rations will please send an inquiry to mphineas@sbcglobal.net for further directions. For those men bringing their rations, all of these items must be carried and stored in proper period containers on the person AND in camp.

    The event is shaping up as follows-

    Scenarios:
    Fri PM- Reed's/Alexander's Bridge; non spectator except for VIPs.
    Sat AM - Combined Cavalry action, spectator battle.
    Sat PM - Viniard Farm/Death Ditch (Heg's action AoF as 8th Kansas), spectator battle.
    Sat evening - Cleburne's night attack, non-spectator.
    Sun AM - Longstreet's Breakthrough, non-spectator.
    Sunday PM - Snodgrass Hill, spectator battle.

    We are also looking at possibly doing the Jay's Mill fight Sat AM as a non-spectator battle. Additionally there will be a partially scripted tactical along Pidgeon Mountain overnight on Thursday. The terrain is steep but McCook's troops crossed it in 1863. We will NOT be doing this as a company.

    Although the event technically runs from Thursday September 19th to Sunday September 22nd, the event will not be going active until Thursday evening. The company will stand for roll call Friday morning. We will also try to find some time during the weekend to cut everyone loose for visiting the sutlers to peruse and purchase gear - or to just rest around camp and visit with pards.

    The MapQuest and GPS coordinates are 838 Dougherty Gap Road, Chickamauga, GA. Coming from the west as you descend Lookout Mountain the first thing you hit is the entrance to the federal camp. You can drop your gear there, and then proceed to registration and parking. Please try to be on site no later than first light Friday morning, at which time the company will go active.

    As the event draws nearer, more information will be forthcoming in relation to our 8th Kansas impression. Possible vignettes and other developments may be in the cards as well. For now, the concentration is to get the company registered and organized. Further rank assignments are still pending, determined in relation to final size of the company. Any interested parties are encouraged to contact Captain Kinzer.

    More to come.
    Mike Phineas
    Arlington, TX
    24th Missouri
    Army of the Frontier
    www.24thmissouri.org

    \"The floggings will continue until morale improves...\"

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    Well, we have reached the end of registration and recruiting for this effort, and will now wind down into our pre-event prep. The list below details the company roster as registered on the BGA site. We have had several interested parties suggest they may attempt to still attend, my advice would be to contact the organizers and inquire about late registration possibilities. The company will remain flexible as far as the event organizers allow, as far as accepting latecomers. The company roster stands as follows:

    Chuck Anfield (IL)
    Bryan "Father" Brooks (OK)
    Sean Cowger (IL)
    Jim Crawford (IA)/ (Thomas Jefferson Saylor)
    Kevin Dally (TX)
    Ben Garmer (MO)
    Eric Gott (OH)
    Sean Harla (TX)
    Nathan Hellwig (IA) /(Harrison “Holler” Hollaway)
    Jay Hollenbeck (CO)
    Nathan Hollenbeck (CO)
    Wesley Keeler (IA)/ (John Wesley Keeler)
    Cal Kinzer (OK) CAPTAIN
    Mal Kirill (Russia)
    Jeremy “Corn” LeCrone (TX)
    Jeff McIntire (OH)
    Trey Meador (TX)
    Robert Muehleisen (OH)
    Mike Palada (IA)/ (Lemuel “Lem” Ellington)
    Mike Phineas (TX) 1st Corporal
    David Russell (AR)
    Erik Selvig (CO)
    Frank Siltman (OK) 1st Sergeant
    Jonathan Siltman (OK)
    Shawn Spicer (MO)
    Scott Sproat (OK)
    Mark “Plug” Vlahos (TX) 2nd Sergeant
    Weldon Svoboka (IL)


    All of the individuals on this list should be on the 24th Missouri email chain to receive our bi-weekly newsletter, where we have been sending out company updates in relation to event details. These may increase as the event draws near. As of now the plan is to stand for company formation Friday morning in the AoF camp. During the Saturday afternoon battle reenactment for Viniard Farm the company will evolve into it's impression of the 8th Kansas of Heg's Brigade.

    The following excerpt is from the Museum of the Kansas National Guard-



    "On the 19th instant we marched at 8 o'clock, and at half-past 11 reached a point near General Rosecrans' headquarters, The Brigade filed through the woods to the right, and after marching about a mile was rapidly formed in line of battle, the Fifteenth Wisconsin, Eighth Kansas and Thirty-fifth Illinois being in line, and the Twenty-fifth Illinois, a reserve, directly in our rear. We then moved a mile to the right; then, by the left flank, forward in line. We had not advanced more than a hundred yards when the enemy, concealed in the timber and behind fallen logs, opened a destructive fire on us. The men replied with promptness and effect, and pushed forward vigorously. The fire at this time became deafening. The Twenty-fifth Illinois was ordered into line, and came up gallantly. The stream of wounded to the rear was unusually large. Still the Brigade held it's ground, cheered on by the gallant but unfortunate Colonel Heg, who was everywhere present, careless of danger. The enemy was constantly reinforced, and at last flanked us on the left, pouring in a deadly fire down our lines. Colonel Heg gave the order to fall back, and the men slowly retreated, taking shelter behind trees, firing at the advancing enemy , and stubbornly contesting every inch of ground. Fifty yards to the rear they were again formed and again advanced, almost regaining their original ground, but were again compelled to fall back by overpowering numbers. Almost half the brigade was killed and wounded, but the remainder, falling back to a fence a short distance to the rear, held the enemy in check until reinforcements came up and relieved them, when they fell back across an open field, taking position in the edge of a forest behind a log barricade. What remained of the Brigade I here reformed with the assistance of Captain Morrison, A.A.G. of the Division, and again advanced across the field, taking our old position behind the fence, and remaining there until nearly dusk, when the ammunition of the men being almost exhausted, we withdrew to the barricade in the edge of the woods again. Just at dusk we were withdrawn, by order of General Davis, and went into bivouac.

    "During the night of the 19th the Brigade changed its location, crossing the Chattanooga road and occupying a strong position on a ridge in the woods north of the road. Our ammunition was replenished to ninety rounds. At noon we received an order to support General Wood on the right. We advanced across the road again, formed in line of battle, and were then advanced to near a small barricade on the edge of the woods, fronting on an open field. Finding the barricade occupied by our troops, the Brigade moved by the right flank to the rear of General Carlin's Brigade, and was ordered to lie down in a small ravine. The order had hardly been executed, when I received an order to move back by the left flank and take a position on the left of General Carlin's Brigade, the troops that occupied that position having been moved away to the left. I directed the movement, passing General Carlin's position, and moving by the right flank forward to the breastworks. The three regiments on the right of the Brigade reached the barricade, but the Thirty-fifth Illinois, the regiment on the left of the line, had not reached its position, when the enemy rose up from the tall weeds in front and advanced on us four columns deep, pouring in a destructive fire. The left flank of the Brigade was entirely exposed, as the troops that had occupied that position had moved so far to the left as to be out of sight, and we were soon flanked and exposed to a destructive enfilading fire. The enemy in front was terribly punished as they came up. Our men fired coolly from behind the barricade, and with terrible effect. The Brigade held the position until the enemy had mounted the barricade, when, flanked on the left, and overpowered by overwhelming numbers in the front,. they fell back in confusion, partially rallying about two hundred yards in the rear, but finding all supports gone, and the line on the left in disorder, breaking again. On the brow of the hill in the woods they again rallied and formed in line, leaving the field in the rear of General Sheriden's Division, which had been partially rallied at the same point.

    "I enclose herewith a list of the killed, wounded and missing of the Brigade during the two days' engagement. By far the larger number were lost on the first day, our loss on the 20th being light. On the second day we had hardly six hundred men left in the Brigade when we were thrown into the fight. These were opposed by at least two full Divisions of the enemy's army. The list accompanying shows the loss to have been fully sixty percent of those engaged, and amply attests the courage, stubbornness and determination with which the troops fought.

    "Where all behaved so gallantly, it would be invidious to mention individuals as particularly conspicuous in their actions. The vacant ranks, eloquent with heroic memories of the dead, speak for our absent comrades. The living, who fought by their side during the terrible storm of the two days' conflict, have again established the invincible courage of the defenders of the Union.

    "The effective fighting force of the Brigade when it went into the engagement of the 19th instant was as follows, viz.:

    Twenty-fifth Ill. Vol. Infantry: Com. officers present, 17; enlisted men present, 320; aggregate, 337.

    Fifteenth Wis. Vol. Infantry: Com. officers present, 19; enlisted men present, 157; aggregate, 176.

    Eighth Kansas Vol. Infantry: Com. officers present, 24; enlisted men present, 382; aggregate, 406.

    Thirty-fifth Ill. Vol. Infantry: Com. officers present, 18; enlisted men present, 281; aggregate, 299.

    Total: Com. officers present, 78; enlisted men present, 1,140; aggregate, 1,218.

    The loss of the Brigade during the two day's engagement was as follows, viz:

    Twenty-fifth Illinois: Com. officers killed, 0; com. officer wounded, 11; com. officers missing, 1; enlisted men killed, 10; enlisted men wounded, 160; enlisted men missing, 23; aggregate 205.
    Fifteenth Wisconsin: Com. officers killed, 2; com. officers wounded, 6; com. officers missing 4; enlisted men killed, 3; enlisted men wounded, 47; enlisted men missing, 49; aggregate, 111.

    Eighth Kansas: Com. officers killed, 3; com. officers wounded, 9; com. officers missing, 0; enlisted men killed, 41; enlisted men wounded, 170; enlisted men missing, 20; aggregate, 243.

    Thirty-fifth Illinois: Com. officers killed 3; com. officers wounded, 5; com. officers missing, 0; enlisted men killed, 14; enlisted men wounded, 125; enlisted men missing, 13; aggregate, 160.

    Total: Com. officers killed, 8; com. officers wounded, 31; com. officers missing, 5; enlisted men killed, 68; enlisted men wounded, 502; enlisted men missing, 105; aggregate, 719.

    "Since the battles on the 19th and 20th the brigade has been largely recruited by returned convalescents, and by two full companies of the Fifteenth Wisconsin Volunteers, which joined us on the 21st from detached service at Island No. 10. Many of the men slightly wounded have bravely returned to duty, considerably augmenting our force. I am, Captain, very respectfully,
    "Your most ob'dt serv't,
    "JOHN A. MARTIN,
    "Col. Comd'g Third Brigade.
    Mike Phineas
    Arlington, TX
    24th Missouri
    Army of the Frontier
    www.24thmissouri.org

    \"The floggings will continue until morale improves...\"

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    The event is at last is upon us, with the following list constituting the final roster of the 24th Missouri/ 8th KS Federal Campaigner company adjunct. Those still wishing to participate at this point must work out any arrangements with the event organizers personally. We will of course work with any such individuals to add them to the team. One final email circular should go out to the registered rifles this week. Good luck, and safe travels.

    Chuck Anfield (IL)
    Bryan "Father" Brooks (OK)
    Sean Cowger (IL)
    Jim Crawford (IA)/ (Thomas Jefferson Saylor)
    Kevin Dally (TX)
    Ben Garmer (MO)
    Eric Gott (OH)
    Sean Harla (TX)
    Nathan Hellwig (IA) /(Harrison “Holler” Hollaway)
    Jay Hollenbeck (CO)
    Nathan Hollenbeck (CO)
    Wesley Keeler (IA)/ (John Wesley Keeler)
    Cal Kinzer (OK) CAPTAIN
    Mal Kirill (Russia)
    Jeremy “Corn” LeCrone (TX)
    Jeff McIntire (OH)
    Trey Meador (TX)
    Robert Muehleisen (OH)
    Mike Palada (IA)/ (Lemuel “Lem” Ellington)
    Mike Phineas (TX) 1st Corporal
    Matthew Rennier (IN)
    David Russell (AR)
    Erik Selvig (CO)
    Frank Siltman (OK) 1st Sergeant
    Jonathan Siltman (OK)
    Shawn Spicer (MO)
    Scott Sproat (OK)
    Weldon Svoboka (IL)
    Mark “Plug” Vlahos (TX) 2nd Sergeant
    Kevin Waggoner(IN)
    Mike Phineas
    Arlington, TX
    24th Missouri
    Army of the Frontier
    www.24thmissouri.org

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