About

David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, class of 1983, with a BA in history. After graduating he went to work in the family business, CBS Messenger, in the Chicago area, but David never lost his intense interest in military history, especially in the American Civil War. He has published articles in a number of magazines, more than fifteen historical simulations of various battles, and led tours to various sites. For the past decade David’s focus has been on the epic battle of Chickamauga.

78 Responses to “About”

  1. Chris Woodyard Says:

    Hello, I just discovered your blog and am quite overwhelmed by its amazing detail!
    I have just begun researching my 3G Grandfather Newton Olliver (or Oliver) who was killed on Sept. 19th, 1863. He was a 20-year-old private with the 26th Ohio Infantry. Family lore says that he was killed at the Viniard Field and that his body was never identified. (His daughter, to the end of her life, never turned away a tramp, thinking it might be her father come back.) However, I’ve seen references to his grave at Chattanooga National Cemetery. I’d assumed he was buried in a mass grave on the battlefield. The National Cemetery didn’t just put up stones over unidentified bodies, did they?

    I am planning a visit to Chickamauga (Chattanooga and Nashville also) in May. Do you have any recommendations to maximize my research and try to get a sense of a battle which seems to grow more complicated the longer I look. I have been trained as an historian, but my grasp of military affairs is limited to a retired Air Guard Lt. Col. husband. I want to get an overview of the events of the battle, but am most interested in the human face of it. Any suggestions you can offer (battlefield guides or specific tours) would be most welcome. I saw your entry about your upcoming March tour, but I would be quite out of my depth.

    Thanks very much for your hard work.
    Chris

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Chris,

      The Federals lost control of the battlefield after the fight, of course, and so could not recover all the bodies. The Confederates hastily buried the Union dead in mass graves. Starting in December 1863, when the Rebels fell back after losing at Chattanooga, the Union troops returned to the field and began the process of identifying and moving their dead.

      Many are unknown. They are buried in the National Cemetery with “unknown” headstones. But you can also check with the Cemetery administration to see if they have him listed. If so, they can tell you where his grave is located and how to get there within the Cemetery. It is possible that both stories could be true – Olliver could have not been recovered on the 19th, but could possibly have been identified over the winter and moved then.

      I think you should read Steven Woodworth’s “Six Armies in Tennessee” for a strategic overview of the battle. I submit that my own “maps of Chickamauga” would help you with the tactical details, especially if you want to focus on the 26th or the Brigade it belongs to. The 26th was involved in tough fights on both the 19th and the 20th.

      Also ask at the visitor’s center for any information in the file of the 26th Ohio. The park maintains files on each regiment, and while they don’t have anything on Olliver specifically, they might have some stuff of interest. I’d also recommend visiting Ohio in the Civil War – http://www.ohiocivilwar.com/cw26.html – for a detailed list of sources.

      Mahoning Valley Historical society also has a copy of a very good diary by Lt. Sameul Platt that covers their experiences in the campaign, but ends on September 15th, just days short of the battle.

      Dave

      • john mode Says:

        Mr. Powell, wonderful blog you have-I just discovered it. I am doing some research on my gggf who was killed at Chickamauga on 20Sep1863. He was a member of the 58th Ala in Clayton’s Bde, Stewart’s Div. On Rootsweb.com, he had been buried in a mass grave on the battlefield, later moved to Marietta in a mass grave. Is this mass grave marked in any way? Does the cemetery have any info on who is buried in the grave? I will be in Marietta in a week or so and wanted to stop by. Thanks for your help.

      • Dave Powell Says:

        John,

        The Confederate Cemetery in Marietta has some graves marked, but not all. Here is a link to the cemetery site, which will allow you to look up some names and gives you a history of the cemetery.

        The mass graves on the battlefield itself are not marked, and only general locations are known. Officially, all the dead of both sides were removed from the field (except for one, Private John Ingraham, whose grave is marked on the field) but given the amount of time that passed between these interments, it is likely that some more of Chickamauga’s dead still remain.

        http://www.mariettaga.gov/departments/parks_rec/cemeteries.aspx#3

  2. Chris Woodyard Says:

    Thank you for your very speedy and informative reply. I will look up the book you suggest. And I had printed out the Ohio in the Civil War references just before I wrote you and have been able to find some of them online. I will look at your site for the link to order your maps book.

    That is very interesting that Oliver’s body may have actually been identified. So much for family lore. I will check with the Cemetery for more details.

    Thank you again for all you do to keep the history of this battle alive.
    Chris

  3. Robert & Cherie Allen Says:

    For informational purposes. Had published a book entitled, “A ‘Guest’ of the Confederacy” in 2008 which chronicled the prison years (actually 528 days) of Captain Alonzo M. Keeler, 22nd Michigan Infantry who fought and was captured with his command at the battle of Chickamauga. 4 of his diaries and 6-8 letters were transcribed and consiitute the bulk of the book, along with pre and post Civil War activities of this veteran.
    Publisher was Cold Tree Press, Nashville, Tennessee who has since gone out of business due to economic conditions. Book available at Amazon and other major book outlets as well as the authors website.
    Interesting account of 22nd Michigan involvement in battle, but also actual account of prison life for Keeler and fellow officer prisoners.

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Thanks for the heads up. I have Keeler’s diary Transcript from the Bentley Library, but not his letters, nor any of his postwar material. Do the letters or reminiscences discuss the 22nd’s engagement on September 20th in more detail than the diary? If so, this would be a valuable aquisition for me.

  4. Cynthia Wachtell Says:

    Hi David,

    At the risk of being self-promoting, I thought I would bring to your attention my recently released book: War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861-1914 (LSUP).

    Beginning with three very different renderings of the Battle of
    Chickamauga — a diary account by a northern infantry officer, a poem
    romanticizing war by a young southerner, and a horrific story penned by
    the veteran Ambrose Bierce — War No More traces the gradual shift in the
    late 19th century away from highly idealized depictions of the Civil War.

    War No More also explores the complex reaction of Americans –- ranging from Mark Twain to Jack London -– to the modernization and mechanization of battle. And along the way, the work uncovers antiwar writings by some of America’s most revered writers, including Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    For more information about War No More — including a book overview, early eviews, and radio interview clips –- please see: http://www.warnomorethebook.com

    Thanks very much for the Chickamauga Blog!

    Cynthia

  5. Cynthia Wachtell Says:

    Hi Dave,

    The diary account is from the unpublished journal of Captain Allen L. Fahnestock of the 86th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Fahnestock gave a presentation copy of the diary to the Peoria Public Library in 1910.

    Regards,

    Cynthia

  6. michael norwood Says:

    Dear Mr. Powell, I am delighted to discover your blog and to learn of your career as an expert historian on the battle of Chicamauga. My great great grandfather was a participant in that battle. His name was Benjamin Holly Norwood. He had a first cousin named Andrew Jackson Norwood that served in the same unit. They served in the 41st Mississippi infantry, company E , under Patton Anderson’s brigade , Hindman’s division. I have been trying to research letters written by soldiers of that unit but have found very few. I have read John Elkaney Hudson’s letters to his wife sarah written before the battle while the unit was camped near Shellmound Tennessee. they are very interesting to read, though Mr. Hudson died just before the battle of Chicamauga began. His letters give a very sobering account of the mood and thinking of the unit as it was camped in shellmound in august of 1863. I would be very interested in reading more letters especially from the 41st mississippi, or from any of the units that fought by their side in the war. Benjamin Holland Norwood continued on to fight at missionary ridge , on through to the defense of atlanta and finally was paroled in North Carolina in 1865 when his unit was reassigned to sharp’s brigade. He stayed on in North Carolina for a while to help nurse many of his comrades in arms until they could travel back to mississippi. He earned the nickname Doc Norwood because of his healing skills. After the war he and his family and several of the slave families that he had previously owned moved to texas to a small farm near Kerrville, Texas. Thanks again , Mike

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Michael,

      Confederate letters and accounts are always harder to come by. Joseph Miller Rand has a detailed diary at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (Jackson MS) that would help you.

      Dave Powell

  7. Melanie Dobson Says:

    Dear Dave,

    Thank you for all of your comprehensive information and insight on the battle of Chickamauga. I’m writing a novel, set in 1863, about an Iowa soldier who is killed at Chickamauga. If he was identified in December like the other Union soldiers hastily buried, do you know if they would have sent his body back to Iowa or would they have buried him near Chickamauga with a marker?

    Thank you,

    ~Melanie Dobson

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Melanie,

      He would have been moved to Chattanooga in the spring of 1864 and buried in what became the national cemetery, unless his family specifically had him sent home. that was not uncommon, but it was expensive, so it is kind of rare.

  8. Marc Trueb Says:

    Dear Mr. Powell,

    I was so happy to find your blog and have thoroughly enjoyed it.

    My gg grandfather was Co D 8th Kansas Infantry. His name was Joshua Pilcher Brown. I am wondering if you know of any letters or diaries that give accounts of the battle from the 8th’s perspective? Can you tell me briefly what you know about the 8th’s activities at the battle?

    Thank you for your help.

    Marc

  9. Greg Bayne Says:

    Hi David,

    I am the editor of Crossfire, the journal of the American Civil War Round Table of the UK http://www.americancivilwar.org.uk/ and I am thinking of starting a new feature on Civl war blogs.

    Would you like to be the first? Your blog on council of war would be ideal.

    Greg Bayne

  10. Greg Bayne Says:

    Not a lot really! I will take the Council of War piece and introduce it as work that you do on your blog. Hopefully this will lead to some more traffic for you and ultimately visitors to the battlefield.

    If you have a different piece that you think is a better intro to your work then please suggest it. Our RT members will be more interested in the small details rather than the overall picture.

  11. Thomas Hodge Says:

    I am interested in organizing a horseback staff ride for the Battle of Chickamauga. Can you recommend any local companies that could offer this? Thanks.

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Thomas,
      I emailed you, but I thought I would post this as well. I don’t know of any stable that provides horses for such a tour. If you had your own I know that a guide could be found. Maybe someone else will come forward if they see this post…

  12. Dave Powell Says:

    Greg,

    The council of war post is fine, go ahead and highlight that one.

    Dave

  13. Sidney Patterson Says:

    Hello Dave
    I live in England and i have always had a lifetimes interest in your Civil War. This is really an excellent site you have here, and it is full of interest with many very interesting articles and answers to them. I am trying to research twin brothers by the names of Gideon and Samuel Powell. They both served in the 21st Ohio Infantry, and i would love t learn more about them. Many thanks Sid

  14. Alan Darr Says:

    Hello Dave,

    I live in Chickamauga, GA and recently came across your blog. I’m working on a personal web site for Chickamauga (currently under construction) and would like to add your blog rss feed. I would be more than happy to also advertise your books in return. I did not see an email address so I hope that this reaches you.

  15. Greg Bayne Says:

    Dave,

    I have printed the Council of War article in our ACWRTUK magazine.

    Can you email your snail mail address so I can send you a copy

    Greg

  16. Mark Kingery Says:

    Dave thank you so much for this blog, I have just begun to learn about this battle, I picked up your book the “Maps of Chickamauga” I am impressed with the detail in it of the battles. I lost 2 Great Great Uncles in the battle, Sept 19 Edward C Clayton died as a part of the Illinois 35th Inf. Co D. Sept 20 George Washington Ralston also with the IL 35th Co G. As per the info in the other postings it is most likely they are in an unmarked grave. I have not been able to find any burial on them.

    My G G Grandfather Zephaniah Clayton was in the IL 35 but assigned to the Pioneer Brigade 2nd Bat, CO K as the regiment Blacksmith.

    Thank you for a great wealth of information.

    • Jeffrey Ralston's System For Sport Coaching Says:

      Hello Mark, we met online a few years ago. We are cousins. My GG Grandfather Thomas Ralston was in the Missouri Infantry, and George Ralston with the IL 35th Co. G is my GG Uncle who lost his life on the battle field in Chickamauga. I am still trying to find more information on our ancestors. I do not have your email anymore because my computer was corrupted a few years ago.

  17. Mike Fincher Says:

    Dave:
    I have been reading your blog for a year or two now and enjoy it very much. I live near Chickamauga and have been a student of the battle for most of my life. I have read both of your books and have found both very impressive. I especially enjoyed Failure in the Saddle since I had relatives in the 3rd Confederate Cavalry. I have recently been trying to understand the complex situation in the Dyer field on Sept. 20 about mid-day. I notice in The Maps of Chickamauga on page 201 (map 13.5), the positions of the 125th and 65th Ohio regiments are marked. However, there are two stone regimental markers on the battlefield at these positions that read different from the map. The stone marker for the 64th Ohio is located where the 125th is indicated on the map, and the marker for the 125th Ohio is where the 65th Ohio is portrayed on the map. Can you help me resolve the discrepancy?

    Thank you for your informative posts.

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Mike, The explanation is simple. the field is right, the map is wrong. As they moved forward, Harker’s Brigade shifted position several times, and only the 125th’s OR gives the relative positions of the regiments. Harker doesn’t even describe the second charge, which placed the 125th and 64th in their advanced line. Couple that obscurity with my standard left/right dyslexia, and there you have it.:) It’s an error I hope to fix in a future edition. Thanks for pointing it out. In my new writing, I have been discovering how much I still have to learn about the battle.

  18. Chase Newman Says:

    Hello Dave:
    Can you answer a couple of questions for me? I came across a nine year old newspaper article that pertains to Chickamauga with a couple of points I have questions about. The article in particular is “Remembering a Local Treasure” and was written in the Walker County Messenger on March 21st of 2003 (link) in the memory of Lawrence Brotherton: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=368&dat=20030321&id=u7EwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jD8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6415,1601616

    It talks about the Brotherton family and their history with Chickamauga. My first question is how accurate is the paragraph where it talks about James Longstreet and Bushrod Johnson holding a meeting with Thomas Brotherton on the night of 19th and the morning of the 20th?

    My second is what role did Brotherton’s intelligence play in Longstreet’s massed assault on the 20th?

    Thank you,

    Chase Newman

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Chase, the article takes some liberties. It is highly unlikely that Tom Brotherton met with Longstreet on the 19th. Longstreet certainly did not meet with Bushrod Johnson. Bragg, not Longstreet, was responsible for assembling the pool of local men to use as guides. the 1st Confederate regiment spoken of in the article was not in Longstreet’s command. It was in Jackson’s Brigade, Cheatham’s Division, Polk’s Corps. Bragg assembled those men on September 17th or 18th. Longstreet reached Bragg that night, the two conferred, and then Longstreet grabbed a few hours’ rest. He did not meet with his command until the pre-dawn hours of the 20th. On the morning of the 19th, Longstreet did not even plan on leading off his attack with Johnson’s men. Johnson’s Division came to be in the front rank of Longstreet’s column through an error, not as part of an intended assault framework. All that said, Longstreet and Johnson probably did rely on Brotherton for local information. The local guides were basically assigned to various corps and divisional commands, (though a complete listing of such is not possible to determine) and Tom Brotherton probably spent time with Hood on the 19th. When Hood and Longstreet met up on the morning of the 20th, Brotherton was probably introduced. Longstreet thought he was preparing for an attack shortly after dawn, but as we know it turned out that he had most of the morning to get ready, due to the delays on Polk’s end of the field. Thus, Longstreet and Johnson had time to discuss their deployment, and again, they drew on Brotherton’s local knowledge. How much did Brotherton contribute? Hard to say. Certainly he would have been able to inform Johnson and Longstreet of the route of the Dry Valley Road, the location and nature of McFarland’s Gap, the high ground of Horseshoe Ridge north of the Dyer House (though at least two Dyer’s were on hand as well.) I think he probably contributed a great deal to Longstreet’s overall sense of the field, and in that sense, was invaluable. Dave Powell

  19. Chase Newman Says:

    Your reply does inspire two more questions. If Johnson was not supposed to lead Hood’s column, where did Longstreet intend for Johnson’s division to be placed in light of where Hindman deployed?

    Was Longstreet aware of Johnson’s move?

    Thank you again.
    Chase Newman

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Longstreet intended for A P Stewart to move north, opening a gap between his command and Johnson’s, into which Law’s Division could be placed. That plan never happened, because when Stewart shifted north, Johnson followed suit. He did not get the word to stay put. Longstreet discovered it after the fact, and ordered Johnson to stay where he was (time, remember.) Whether or not this would have been the final attack column, or whether Longstreet might have intended Johnson to fill in behind Law, is unknown. My personal belief is that, had Longstreet felt he had the time, he would have moved Johnson into support. Dave

  20. Chase Newman Says:

    Dave,

    Do you know if Evander Law ever published an account of his role at Chickamauga? I noticed that an official report was never filed by him, either commanding Hood’s Division, or from his own brigade on the action during the battle. I noticed it was missing and now my curiosity is peaked.

    Chase Newman

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Chase, Law never wrote about Chickamauga anywhere that I have been able to find. There is no OR report, and unlike many of his other battles, he didn’t leave any post-war accounts, either. William Perry wrote a very useful report on the Brigade’s actions there, which can be found in the OR supplement, in a Civil War Times Illustrated article, and some other places, so we know what the brigade was doing – or some of it, anyway. But Perry makes little mention of Law. In fact, neither Benning nor Robertson talk about Law much either. He’s almost completely absent from the record. Dave Powell

  21. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    I am looking for the gravesite of John T. Wynne, Lt. that served with company C, 47th regiment Tennessee of the confederate army and died on September 19, 1863 in the Battle of Chicamauga according to the old confederate records. How does one locate that gravesite, if it exists. Thanks to advise. He would have been my great grandmother’s brother and enlisted from Dyersburg, Tennessee on December 3, 1861.

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Harvey,

      You might try to find out if he is buried in one of the Confederate cemeteries – at Resaca, maybe? I am not real sure how best to locate him.

      • Harvey Calcutt Says:

        Dave,

        Thank you for your thoughts. As I live in Michigan, I’ll have to look into it further if I ever get down to the Chicamauga battle site. You wouldn’t know what particular location or area Company C, 47th regiment Tennessee fought on September 19th, would you? Please advise if you do. Thank you in advance.

        Harvey

      • Dave Powell Says:

        Harvey, the 47th was fighting as a combined unit with the 12th Tennessee, as part of Preston Smith’s Brigade. Combined means that both units maintained separate administrative organizations, but they formed for battle as a single regiment. On September 19th, The 12th/47th fought in Brock Field, and there is a small marker denoting their approximate position. It’s at the south end of Brock Field. They were not heavily engaged on the 20th. Dave

    • Earl Willoughby Says:

      Hello,

      I am the Dyer County Historian and have been building a database on Dyer County Civil War veterans for a number of years. According to my records John T. Wynne was serving as a 2nd Lt. of the 47th and was wounded at Chickamauga and later died September 22, 1863. There is no listing for a burial site and it is likely he was buried in an unmarked grave. Several of the Wynne family served in the war, including Colonel Vincent G. Wynne of the same regiment. What was your great-grandfather’s name?

      Earl

      • Dave Powell Says:

        Earl,

        The most likely Confederate burial sites for Lt. Wynne will be in the Confederate Cemeteries at Resaca or elsewhere along the railroad between Atlanta and Ringgold. You might see what those records show.

        As for my great-grandfathers, none of them seem to have had any connection to the war.

        Dave Powell

  22. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Dave,

    Thank you again. I have a couple of other follow-up questions and am not sure you can help or if they are even appropriate to ask you. If not, just let me know.

    One, is there a way to track the military history or activity of Company C, 47th Regiment Tennessee prior to the Chicamauga battle and if so, where might I look.

    Secondly, this is a more general question as I try to better understand the times and have limited knowledge of the history of the civil war. My great grandfather (born 1834) and living in Dyersburg, Tennessee would have been 27 or so when the war started. Yet, he never enlisted. He was married at the time, had 3 or 4 children and lived on farm that he (his wife) essentially inherited from John T. Wynne’s father in the 1850′s. They had a number of slaves (30-50) on the farm (based on the 1850 and 1860 slave census) and I suspect grew cotton. I understand that one could send a slave in place of enlisting, but I also think that it might have been possible that he was given an exemption as a cotton grower, since this crop was a cash source for the confederate army. Of course, there may be other reasons, but I wonder if you could shed some light as to why some men enlisted and others did not.

    Harvey

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Harvey, There is no regimental history of the 47th, so information will be pretty limited. As for the enlistment issue, several things might be at work. First, as a married man with a family and lots of slaves, he had duties at home that might have held him back at the war’s outset. Second, Dyersburg is in the northwest part of the state, and was occupied early by Union forces, making it harder for men to join a confederate unit after 1862. Moreover, even if he could be reached, with more than 20 slaves, he was exempt from the draft. Finally, there is the possibility that he was pro-Union – there were lots of pro-union men in West Tennessee. he might not have felt committed to the war.

  23. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Dave,

    One more question. Would any of your monthly blogs covered the military activity at Brock Field on or about September 19th? If so, would you identify the month of your blog so that I might read it. Thank you again.

    Harvey

  24. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Dave,

    Thank you for all your insight. My grandfather, who unfortunately drowned in Reelfoot Lake (Tennessee) in 1917 and graduated from VMI around 1904 would be proud of a fellow alumnus taking the time to respond to my questions.

    Harvey

  25. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Earl ( directed to Mr. Earl Willoughby),

    Thank you for the query about my ancestors. First on the date of death: the confederate record that I have a copy of show John T. Wynne was “killed at the battle of Chickamauga September 19/63″. The record was signed by J.B. Hyatt.

    Sorry to hear that he might be buried in an unmarked grave. That would be sad from my perspective (and I’m sure his mother’s.)

    His father (my great, great grandather) was also named John Wynne (the aforementioned confederate John T. Wynne was a “junior” I believe). He was born in Virginia (around 1800) and settled in Dyer County in the 1830′s. He as what was called a “locator”. He died in 1851.

    I do not know if he had any relatives in the Dyer area around his death. However, a Henry Wynne was an administrator of his estate process from what I can tell.

    Other than the above son that died at Chicamauga, they had one daughter named Mary Morgan Wynne. She married Dr. Henry Floyd Ferguson (great grandfather) on June 17, 1856 and they took over the Farm (as mentioned in other blogs/ e-mails). I assume from John Wynne’s widow.

    Dr. Henry Floyd Ferguson was born in Virginia in 1834 and moved to Dyer as a very young boy. As indicated in other e-mails, from what I understand he didn’t serve in the civil war from Dyer even though his age fit the profile of someone that would have served. As you can tell from the blogs, I wondered why. He is related to an Albert Ferguson that lived in the Dyer area at that time.

    Hope this helps and would be interested in any family connections you might be able to make.

    Harvey Calcutt

  26. Carmen Adair Says:

    Dave,
    I am searching for anything on my ancestor Henry G. Burrows. served in the Company E, 39th Infantry Regiment Georgia. It is reported that he died in the Chickamauga Battle on Sept. 20. I have been unable to locate his burial site and was hoping that you might be able to provide some insight. Thank you in advance.

    Carmen

    • Carmen Adair Says:

      I might have found something else…I found a document that has him listed in Company L, 5th Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers as well. He and his family lived in Walker County Georgia and this is where his widow applied for her pension. I’m confused now!! Please help!

      • Dave Powell Says:

        Unfortunately, Carmen, I am not sure I can be of much help. I would check with the Confederate Cemeteries in Resaca and Marietta, for starters, but I think you need a genealogists’s help more than mine.

  27. Carmen Adair Says:

    Thank you for the quick reply Dave. Could you possibly be able to tell me if there is a Henry Burrows that died in the Battle of Chickamauga . I have him listed in Company L, 5th Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers. I have where his widow filed for pensions following his death. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

  28. Carmen Adair Says:

    He was under the command of Alexander Alley. And I have found that the Regiment was really the 35th. Can you verify any of this information?

    Thank you.

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Carmen, I found him the Compiled Service Records (CSRs) of the 35th Tennessee as Henry G. Burroughs, not Burrows. He appears to have enlisted in Dalton, in 1862, so he was not part of the original formation of the 35th, which occurred September 1861, at McMinnville Tennessee His service record confirms that he was killed on September 19th. I don’t have a detailed casualty list for the 35th, so I was unable to confirm anything beyond that. Dave

      • Harvey Calcutt Says:

        Dave,

        A further note to my other comment, which I am not sure you received after looking at my files, is that those that are interested in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery can look on-line for those that are buried there. You just need to google it and look at the State listing you are looking for.

        Let me know if you didn’t receive my prior informational e-mail about John Wynne and I rewrite it.

        Harvey Calcutt

        On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 7:47 AM, Chickamauga Blog wrote:

        > ** > Dave Powell commented: “Carmen, I found him the Compiled Service > Records (CSRs) of the 35th Tennessee as Henry G. Burroughs, not Burrows. He > appears to have enlisted in Dalton, in 1862, so he was not part of the > original formation of the 35th, which occurred September 1″ >

  29. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Dave,

    You might recall this note from me before.

    I had written to you in the past about a relative – John T. Wynne of Company C of the 47th Tennessee Infantry – from Dyersburg, TN – who died on September 19th, 1863 in Brock’s Field at Chickamauga based on war records. I had asked about whether I met find his grave. You were doubtful and suggested Resaca (I believe). I thought I should give you an update.

    I just visited Chickamauga and the NP ranger stated that most of the soldiers that died in the battle were temporarily interred at Chickamauga, but if not claimed by a relative they were later moved to Marietta City Confederate Cemetery around 1867. Although many of the records and grave wooden markers were destroyed by fire at the Marietta cemetery, some records remain.

    The NP ranger also stated that the 47th Tennessee infantry was combined with the 12th Tennessee infantry because both had depleted forces. He also suggested that John Wynne may have either died in battle, in transit to the hospital at Resaca or died at the hospital. In looking at his burial records for Marietta, he is sure that the the John Wynne I was looking for was buried as John Winn. So as others have found out, the spelling accuracy of a person’s name is often incorrect.

    In also looking at the records, I feel very confident that he is buried in Marrietta. The records indicate that a John Winn (sp), Lt – also saw spelled it Wynn in some records) from the TN 12th Co. G. is buried there in an unmarked grave. He was promoted to Lt on My 1, 1863 based on the war records. Anyway, I visited the Marietta cemetery and noted the unmarked graves in the TN section and they are building a wall of war names from those that died in battle in Georgia fighting on the Confederate side. It will be very nice when it is finished. Unfortunately the name they use is Winn.

    Thought you might want to know what I found out.

    Harvey Calcutt

  30. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Dave,

    One last note. The NP ranger I spoke with at Chickamauga referenced a manila file on the 47th Tennessee Infantry that had several personal articles and information about this unit. He made copies of the articles I requested from the file, but none mentioned John Wynne. I presume that they (NP service) had files for other units as well. Unfortunately I can’t remember the ranger’s name, but he might well be worth looking up if you or others don’t know about him or have an interest in a particular unit.

    Harvey

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Harvey, Chances are that the ranger you met was Lee White, who has a very good working knowledge of all that stuff. I know Lee well, and I have used their files many times. The Park is a great resources for questions like yours. Dave Powell

  31. Chase Newman Says:

    Dave,
    I was wondering if you have read Alex Mendoza’s new book on Chickamauga, and if you have, could you give me your opinion on it?

    Chase Newman

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Chase, I have read Mendoza’s book, and I think it’s OK. I know that is damning with faint praise, but that’s how it left me – sort of blah. I didn’t really strongly agree or disagree with any of his analysis, as I recall, but I didn’t get that excited about his narrative, either. Dave

  32. Mark Shryock Says:

    Dave,
    Love your work and that of Freidrich’s. Just bought the book and was wondering about the battlefield tours you mention in the blog. Do you have anything planned in the next year. I would like to tag along if it is open to outsiders.
    Regards,
    Mark Shryock

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Mark, Every March we do two days on the field. One is usually a bus tour, the other is on foot. there is usually a small fee for the bus, but the other day is entirely free, and open to everyone. I will post more details here in the blog when the time comes.

  33. Stacy W. Reaves Says:

    Hi Dave,
    I have been following your blog most recently. I notice some discussion of books. ( Please note this is shameless self advertising). There is a new book just released on the monuments of Chickamauga. A History and Guide to the Monuments of Chickamauga National Military Park. by Stacy W. Reaves. This book is about the monuments, their symbolism, the artists and the efforts of the veterans to memorialize the battle. It is geared to the averate park visitor, not a scholarly audience. You might give a look. It is a different view of the park.
    I also have a blog that I will start blogging more about Chickamauga and Chattanooga Monuments. My last book was Shiloh, so there is more related to it right now.

  34. Danyell Dyslin Says:

    Hello,

    I am trying to locate the burial site of my bosses great grandfather who was in the Texas Calvary 15th Reg. We have a document that was written and signed saying A. W. Bell died in the battle of chickamauga September 20, 1863. we are trying to get him a headstone but have had no luck finding his burial site. Do you have any information on the Texas Calvary 15th Reg or do you have any ideas on where i should look, or were you think he might be ?

    I have tried Marietta and the Chickamauga Cemetery with no luck.

    Thank you in advance for any information !

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Danyell,

      Finding an individual burial can be really difficult. You might try the Confederate Cemetery at Resaca, which holds a lot of CSA Chickamauga graves.

      Sorry I can’t offer more…

      Dave Powell

  35. Harvey Calcutt Says:

    Danyell,

    You might check with Lee White of the National Park Service at Chickamauga – he helped me in locating a relative. He may be able to determine the battle location for the Texas Calvary, have a file on that regiment and point you in the right direction. Good luck.

    Harvey Calcutt

  36. Danyell Dyslin Says:

    Thank you both for your help !

  37. Will Peadon Says:

    Hello Mr. Powell,
    Thank you so much for your information. I too am looking for the grave site of an ancestor. His name is George W. Iler and he died 19 Sept. 1863 at Chickamauga. He mustered in on 6 Aug. 1862, Company H, Indiana 75th Infantry. His residence was listed as Zanesville, Indiana. Anything you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    Will Peadon

  38. Paul Drouillard Says:

    Hi David, Have you any information on General Rosecrans aide de camp Captain James Pierre Drouillard? A while back I read in a library on his rallying the troops during the Union retreat.

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Paul, J. P. Drouillard was a West Pointer, graduating in 1861, who served with the regulars and on Irvin McDowell’s Staff before transfering to the Army of the Cumberland. You can find a short background on him in John Fitch’s “annals of the Army of the Cumberland,” pub 1864, pp.54-55. (you should be able to find this on google books or internet archive.) He did indeed try and rally troops near McFarland’s Gap on the afternoon of the 20th.

  39. Jesse McWhirter Says:

    David I lost a ancestor at Chickamauga 9-20-1863, Pvt William J. McWhirter was a part of C company 25th. Tennessee Inf. we have searched for his burial place for many years now. First they had his name spelled wrong William J. McCarter. Can you point us in the right direction to help locate his grave

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Jesse,

      I would start by getting ahold of the folks who are responsible for the Confederate Cemeteries at LaFayette and Marietta. Many of the Confederate dead were removed to those locations.

      Dave Powell

  40. Diana Dretske Says:

    Hello Dave,

    I am a Lake County, Illinois historian, and have been researching the 96th Illinois. I read your “Maps of Chickamauga” book with great interest. Thanks for all your work and research. What a terrific resource!

    Have you read Edward Murray’s (96th IL Co. C) memoirs? I have been trying to determine where he was first taken when wounded at Chickamauga.

    Murray stated that on Sept 21, the Confederates placed him beside a frame house. There were two houses, one log and the other frame, close together, only a driveway between them. Behind the log house was a rail fence, probably for a garden. Does this location ring any bells with you? He never mentions a name of the house, but says an “old lady” looked after him.

    Thanks so much for your assistance.

    Best wishes,

    Diana

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Diana, the 96th faced men from either Hindman’s or Johnson’s Confederate divisions, at different times during the day. There is a good possibility – though only a possibility – that Murray was taken to the Jeptha Hunt farmstead. Confederate Nurse Kate Cumming described the farm this way: “I found Mr. Hunt’s home a very pretty cottage in the midst of a garden, which before the battle had been filled with fine shrubbery and flowers, but was now covered with tents, flies and sheds filled with wounded…. Every corner of the house was filled with wounded, many of them lying upon bunks made out of the branches of trees, a hard bed at any time, but much more so for these poor wounded veterans….” Most houses on the field were log cabins, dog-trot style (two square cabins connected by a covered porch and breezeway) and so a frame house was unlikely – but it could well be a cabin sided over to look like a frame dwelling, which would match Mrs. Cumming’s description. Nearby were the Park, thedford, and Hall farms, ranging from a quarter to a half mile apart. They could be likely candidates too. Dave

    • Dave Powell Says:

      One more thing, I don’t think I have read the Murray reminiscences. I would like to. I have a lot of stuff on the 96th at Chickamauga. Dave

  41. Diana Dretske Says:

    Thank you, Dave! I appreciate your thoughts on this. I’ll send you a copy of Murray’s reminiscences if you don’t have it.
    Diana

  42. Mark Shryock Says:

    Hi Dave,
    Shame on me for not checking the blog before March, but I notice that there are no postings after January, so I am hoping that I did not miss a chance to participate in the Chickamauga battlefield tour. You mentioned that March was the target month, in your June response to my inquiry. Did I miss it this year or is there one planned for later?

    BTW…I consider myself lucky to have been invited to the Valley Forge Military College’s staff ride of Gettysburg, this past weekend. It was conducted by the soon to be commissioned Lieutenants of their Early Commissioning Program. They did a great job of analyzing the battle and comparing/contrasting 19th century linear warfare to the training they have received to lead on the modern battlefield. I noticed the cadets took particular interest in the challenges of command communication and maintaining unit integrity in the heat of battle. Their leadership, at the college, is experienced and keen to have the cadets pick up on all learning opportunities presented.

    While I was at Gettysburg I had a chance to engage one of the veteran volunteers at the battlefield in conversation and he shared with me that Ed Bearss had been spotted that day. Though I would have loved to fall in behind the group he was with, I never saw them. However, I anticipate that with time you will take up his crown as the “go to” CW battlefield expert. You have for Chickamauga.
    Regards,
    Mark Shryock

  43. singleseatfighterpilot Says:

    Mr. Powell,
    I have just left Chickamauga National Military Park (Thanks to Boynton.) — I cannot count the number of visits I have made here. Next week, I plan to be at New Market. Being a V.M.I. graduate, I wondered if you will be there? If not, please send your email address to erichedden@gmail.com
    Thank you,
    Eric Hedden

    • Dave Powell Says:

      Eric, Actually, I won’t be at New market, since I have a commitment in Chattanooga that weekend.

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