Archive Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2015.001.051
Collection Matthew C. Miller Digital Collection
Description Digitized letter from George L. Young to Lottie Lasher, dated August 14, 1864. Written from Chattanooga, Camp of the 20th Ohio Battery. (However, the events he describe took place September 1-12, 1864 so I think he made a mistake and actually wrote the letter on September -- not August --14.) Regarding the September 1-12, 1864 troop movements.

He says on September 1, 1864 they left Chattanooga by train towards Nashville to catch rebel Gen. Wheeler and his raiders. They got as far as Murfreesboro and started marching as Wheeler's raiders had torn up the railroad. Camping at Lavergne, they got reports of Wheeler's whereabouts but couldn't catch him. So they got back on the train and went south to Stevenson and then Huntsville, Alabama. On Sept. 8 they crossed the Elk River and camped at Rogersville. On the morning of Sept. 9 they finally found Wheeler's raiders and engaged in a skirmish in which Wheeler withdrew. Union Generals Rosseau(?), Steadman(?) and Col. Straight(?) concluded that Wheeler was penned up and must surrender, so they didn't pursue. George Young's more cynical take is that Wheeler's troops crossed the Tennessee River at Florence or Muscle Shoals and escaped while the Union generals were busy conferring.

Young says they got back to camp in Chattanooga on Sept. 13 after being gone for 12 days. At the end of the letter he tells Lottie "I have not yet got over my 'raid after Wheeler'."

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Date 1864
Dates of Creation September 14, 1864
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Accession number 2015.001