July 1864

To show the trouble that some of our neighbors over in Kentucky are still having on account of guerrillas, a friend has permitted us to extract a few lines of a private letter received from Springport, Henry County, dated June 27th, as follows: "The rebels are hiding and sneaking around in Owen County all the time. They passed around here last night. A few nights ago a gang of them went to a store-boat and stole a number of articles. Unless there is a force of soldiers sent here by authorities of Madison, or some other place, to drive the guerrillas out and protect us, they will prowl around all summer, and do great injury. The Union men are afraid to report them, and are hiding their horses, etc., every night, to keep them out of the hands of the mean, thieving traitors....The farmers won't be able to make a crop or harvest, unless there are some soldiers sent here soon. We have had to close up our church and do without religious service altogether on account of the rebels, who are sneaking and watching about all the time...."

July 8, 1864

The Rebel Raid - Lew Wallace

Repulses the Raiders.


Baltimore, July 7 - The following particulars, are gathered from information received at headquarters to-night:

This evening the rebel advance made an effort to gain the bridge over the Monocacy. Gen, Wallace, with only a small portion of his force, moved out to check them. Wallace formed a line about a mile eastward of the town, and shortly after four o'clock the fighting commenced, and lasted, with more or less severity, till eight o'clock, when the rebels, after being three times repulsed, finally retired, leaving us in possession of the ground. During the action several shells fell into the city, but did no damage of moment.

The citizens viewed the fight from the house tops and outskirts. Gen Wallace is confident of holding Frederick...."

Note: This describes part of Confederate General Jubal Early's raid on Washington, D.C. Legend has it that when Early's troops neared Washington, Lincoln went out to observe and that Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes, later a Supreme Court Justice, yelled at Lincoln as the enemy was firing "Get down you damn fool!" Early did not take Washington.

July 11, 1864

On the 26th of August, 1861, the Sixth Regiment Indiana Infantry was mustered into the U.S. service for three years "unless sooner discharged." In a few weeks from now their time will be out, and the handful of battle-scarred heroes remaining will return home. The Regiment left Madison originally, under Colonel Crittenden, five hundred strong. Subsequently it was recruited to about ten hundred. From all accounts we think it will not now muster over two hundred. The Bloody Sixth" has seen the elephant.

July 25, 1864

From General Sherman


New York, July 25 - The Tribune's Washington special of the 24th, 11 p.m., says: The Government has received dispatches from Sherman, announcing that on Friday, the rebels under Hood massed a heavy force against the left wing, consisting of McPherson's Grand Division, composed of Logan's and Blair's Corps, and made desperate attack on it, gaining temporary advantage.

The enemy, after terrific fighting in which a number of charges were made, were repulsed with much slaughter, and driven into their fortifications.

Major General McPherson, during the battle, became separated from his staff, and was killed by sharpshooters. After McPherson's death, Logan assumed command of the Grand Division....

Hood has received reinforcements from Charleston and elsewhere. Johnston was relieved because he would not risk a general engagement. There is a strong belief that the rebels connate get away from Atlanta.



Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Round Table