On September 9, 1864, Brigadier- General Christopher C. Andrews, commander of the 2nd Division or the 7th Army Corps (US), wrote a report on the attack on the steamboat J.D. Perry at Clarendon. He reported that the J.D. Perry was transporting some of General Mower’s command when it was fired into, “by about 100 men just below Clarendon, from Clarendon side.” Andrews continued, “I hope you will not forget my need of troops here.”
He noted that under his command he only had eight companies of the 11th Missouri and eight companies of men of the 12th Michigan. “Am worried every hour for lack of means to do the work.”
On September 12, 1864 Colonel Abraham H. Ryan of the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry (US) wrote up his report after having completed his scouting mission from Lewisburg to Norristown and Russelville. The mission began on September 9.
The James Ginnett Collection had a few entries for September 9, 1864: -Private John Wesele, aged 39, was born in Bohemia and served in Company F of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry. He died on this date in Pine Bluff.
-Private John P. Grantham served in Company F of the 126th Illinois Infantry Regiment. He died at home on this date in Irving, Illinois.
-James L. Brady was from Rockport, Indiana and he served in Company A (Reorganized) of the 1st Indiana Cavalry Regiment. He died on this date in Pine Bluff.
-Charles M. Scofield, aged 19, was born in New York. He died at his home in Cannon Falls, Michigan (from Goodhugh County, Minnesota). He served in the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Military actions in this “Today in Arkansas During the Civil War” column can be traced better using the Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas. You can trace the same roads they walked in many cases in this atlas. You can find obscure references to communities mentioned in Civil War records that can be located in this atlas. Civil War Arkansas: A Military Atlas is the perfect companion book for this “Today in History” series.
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