A Publication of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table – November 2001



        President – Dave Sutherland                                                                 Secretary – Dr. Betty Enloe

        Vice President – Dr. Lloyd Hunter                                                          Treasurer – Doug Wagner

                                                             Hardtack Editor – Debby Chestnut

       Distribution Managers – Dorothy Jones & Peg Bertelli                              Quiz Master – Tony Trimble

November 12, 2001

Monday – 7:30 p.m. at the Indiana Historical Society

450 W. Ohio St.

(Parking in lot north of the Society off New York St. – Please enter via Northeast Door)

The Battle of Franklin, TN

Presented by David Fraley

            David Fraley’s presentation will focus on the Battle of Franklin itself, but he intends to put it into focus with later historical and contemporary events, including the Siege of Pelaliu, the battles for Guadalcanal and Tarawa, the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, the Tet offensive in Vietnam in l968, and the recent attack on America.  This should be an informative, intriguing, and perhaps provocative experience for the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table.

About the Speaker:  A native of Anderson, Indiana, David Fraley currently serves as the historian and assistant curator at the Carter House Museum in Franklin, Tennessee.  He also lectures nationally on the American War Between the States (especially on the Battle of Franklin).  He has appeared on A & E’s “Civil War Journal, “ as well as that channel’s “Combat Series.”  In addition to various television appearances, David has offered battlefield tours along with such historians as Ed Bearss, Wiley Sword, Thomas Cartwright, and James McPherson. David’s first book, “The Maury Greys,” Co. H, lst Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A., is to be published by late spring 2002.  David resides in a l829 farmhouse on the Franklin, Tennessee battlefield.

Be sure and invite a friend to hear our speaker.






Coming Events

¨       21st Annual Midwest Civil War Round Table Conference hosted by the Chicago and Milwaukee

CWRT’s – April 19-21 at Lisle, Illinois, 20 miles west of Chicago.  More information at a later date.

¨       June 24-28 – ICWRT Trip – Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Nikki Schofield has tentative agenda.



Text Box: From The Board           



            If anyone is interested in serving on a committee to write and prepare a pamphlet marking the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table’s upcoming 50th anniversary, please let Dave Sutherland know.  So far there has been one volunteer.

Hardtack Editor

            Please send book reviews, interesting articles, etc. to place in the Hardtack to me at the following:  Debby Chestnut, 441 S. Catherwood Ave., Indianapolis, 46219; E-Mail:  dchad@indy.net or chestnud@mail.ips.k12.in.us.  Phone:  356-5117 (home) or 226-4101 (work):Fax: 226-3444. Deadline for December Hardtack:  November 21.


          Just a reminder that enlistment for the 2001-2002 campaign is due. Please mail your check to: D.A. Wagner, 5245 Kathcart Way, Indianapolis, IN  46254.  We still plan to deliver the Hardtack via E-mail for as many members as possible.  Our goal is to reduce the costs as much as possible so that funds can be used for other purposes.  Please make your E-mail address available to Dorothy Jones (joejones@iquest.net) and Doug Wagner (dougwag@msn.com).


New Book

Littleton Washington’s Journal

Life in Antebellum Washington, Vigilante San Francisco & Confederate Richmond

Edited by:  Douglas Lee Gibboney

Born in Washington, D.C. to one of the First Families of Virginia, Littleton Q. Washington attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, before securing a clerkship at the U.S. Treasury Department.  In l855, he joined the U.S. Customs House in San Francisco and became embroiled in that city’s Vigilante Uprising.  Dismissed from office during James Buchanan’s administration, Washington made a wild and dangerous journey home across Mexico, which was then entering a bloody reform war.  An ardent secessionist, Washington secured a lieutenant’s commission in the Confederate Army and served at First Bull Run.  He briefly edited the Richmond Examiner before joining the Confederate State Department where he worked with Judah Benjamin for the balance of the war.  This journal is a fascinating character study of one man caught up in the most turbulent period of American History.



By Tony Trimble

1.      Name the Union Major General, a non West-Pointer, who faced a court of inquiry after the federal right was shattered at Chickamauga.


   2.  Name the Confederate brigade commander who suffered a near-fatal shot

through the lung at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run.


  3. Name the Confederate naval captain who became a brigadier general in order

      to take command of the outer defenses of Mobile Bay.


  4.  What was boiled rye?


5.      What besieged stronghold was know as “Prairie Dog Town”?

 Answers to Sept. Quiz:  1) 40th Mississippi; Battle of Bentonville, N.C.; 2) John L. Routt;  3) Louisiana Tigers;  4) Gray Eagle; 5) Covered Bridge Gun    



Bristoe Station Threatened

October 14th was the 138th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station, one of the 123 times Union and Confederate forces clashed on Virginia soil during the Civil War. The battle on October 14, 1863 went this way: Confederate Lt. Gen. Ambrose Hill’s Corps came upon two corps of the Union army apparently fleeing across Broad Run near Bristoe Station and attacked without proper reconnaissance. Union soldiers, commanded by Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren, and hidden behind a railroad embankment, decimated the attacking Confederate ranks with withering rifle fire at close range. More than a month later, Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee, in a report, wrote: “General Hill explains how, in his haste to attack the Third Army Corps of the enemy, he overlooked the presence of the Second, which was the cause of the disaster that ensued.”

Union Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays described the volleys that tore into the Confederate ranks as a “perfect hurricane of shot.” So many Confederates fell during the brief encounter that most were buried where they fell. “Long lines of pits marked the last resting places of those who were no longer our enemies,” Hayes quoted. Hundreds of Confederate soldiers are there to this day. Precise locations of many graves in the area still are unknown. The Sons of Confederate Veterans conducted a thermal-imaging search by airplane and discovered approximately 600 graves, leading to believe that this could be the largest known Confederate cemetery.  More exist in the area and might not be found in time because Centex Homes has designs on developing the property. Centex Homes has offered about 120 acres to preserve the graves already found.  Is this battlefield yet another one transformed forever into another housing development?  The clock is ticking. For more information contact: Bobbie McManus at bobbiemc@erols.com


Congress Allocates $11M for Battlefield Preservation


          The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) applauded House and Senate conferees for including a provision in the Fiscal Year 2002 Interior Appropriations Act (H.R. 2217) for Civil War battlefield preservation. The funding bill allocates $11 million over three years for a competitive grant program to save endangered Civil War battlefields. The bill now moves on to the House and Senate for a final vote, then to the President for his signature.  Little opposition to the measure is anticipated. This money will allow preservation of thousands of acres of historic land that would be lost to urban sprawl.

          With 35,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds.

Please write your Senators (c/o U.S. Senate, Washington DC 20510) and Members of Congress (c/o House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515), and tell them of your support for HR 2217. The appropriation has been recommended, but must be voted on by the Senate and House.  YOUR letters CAN make a difference. For a list of congressional supporters of the program, refer to: www.civilwar.org/newsroom/append.




Thanksgiving  Proclaimed During The Civil War



             The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

             In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

             Needful diversions of wealth and strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

             No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

             It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them     that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

             In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.



Thaddeus Sobieski Lowe



             Impressed with the intelligence-gathering unpredictable nature of balloon flights, were possibilities of manned balloons, Abraham Lincoln appointed Thaddeus Lowe chief of army aeronautics in 1861; by the time he resigned his post in 1863, Lowe and his crew had made more than 3,000 flights over enemy territory.

        A few months before he received his appointment, Lowe, a renowned aeronautic scientist, made a 9-hour, 900-mile flight from Cincinnati, Ohio to Unionville, South

Carolina. Unfortunately, his trip followed the fall of Fort Sumter by just a week; when he arrived in South Carolina, the Confederate army summarily arrested him on charges of spying for the Union. Lowe managed to convince them of his innocence but, being a die-hard Union man, immediately rushed back to Washington to do just what he'd been accused of doing: he offered his services for intelligence-gathering to the Union army.

       Working under the auspices of the War Department, Lowe received the pay of a colonel, plus materials and labor. His first mission involved gathering information on

Confederate troop deployment shortly after First Bull Run in mid-July 1861. During George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in the summer and fall of the same year, Lowe conducted almost daily flights over the Virginia landscape, producing reports and photographs of the Confederate position.

       Thanks to additional army appropriations, Lowe was able to expand and improve his fleet. He built seven airships of various sizes and equipped them with newly designed generators that could produce hydrogen gas in the air. The largest of his ships, the Intrepid, was 32,000 cubic feet in size and required 1,200 yards of silk ' He

used it to conduct surveillance during and after Fredericksburg.

       Although the Confederate Army lacked the resources to launch its own full-scale aeronautics program, Captain E. Porter Alexander oversaw several ascensions by

Confederate aeronauts in 1861 and 1862, who reported on Union troop deployment during the Peninsula and Seven Days campaigns. Balloons were often shot down behind enemy lines or, due to the unpredictable nature of balloon flights, were unable to return to camp in time to provide crucial information to the command. The last use of balloons by the Confederate army took place in 1863, after its largest balloon was swept away by a strong, high wind.

       The Union soon abandoned the often risky use of surveillance balloons as well. Lowe ended his career with the Union army when the newly appointed commander, Joseph Hooker sharply reduced the role of aeronautics in the Army of the Potomac in late 1863. Shortly after the war ended, Lowe moved to California, where he continued experimenting with aeronautics and other new technologies. The Lowe Observatory in Pasadena, California, was built as a testament to his scientific accomplishments.



A Little Civil War Humor

 A commanding officer who heavily waxed his moustache was teased by his soldiers, who would shout at him “take those mice out of your mouth, we can see their tails hanging out.”



Drinks for the Sick

As cold weather sets in, so does sickness. Here are a few old time remedies that you may want to try for your ailments. These may have worked wonders for our Civil War era relatives.


 Apple Tea: Roast sour apples and pour boiling water upon them. Drink it when cold.


A Very Refreshing Draught in a Fever: Put a few sprigs of sage, balm and sorrel into a jug, having first washed and dried them. Take off the yellow part of the rind of a small lemon; remove the white, slice the lemon and put it into the jug with part of the peel; pour in three pints of boiling water, sweeten it and stop it close.


         Another Drink [untitled]: Boil an ounce and a half of tamarinds, three ounces of currants, and two of stoned raisins, in three pints of water until near one third is wasted; then strain it.


Another Drink [also untitled]: Put a teacup of cranberries in a cup of water, and mash them. In the mean time, boil two quarts of water with one large spoonful of Indian or oatmeal, and a piece of lemon peel; add the cranberries and some loaf sugar, but take care to leave a strong flavor of the fruit. Put in a gill of sherry wine, or less if required, and boil it half an hour more. Then strain it. [I think the addition of wine is the key to this drink's success.]


                                                                                    From The Young Housekeeper’s Friend




Campaign 2001-2002 Presenter’s & Speakers




September 10, 2001               Nikki Schofield                       The Confederate Secret

                                                                                                                                        Service in Canada

            October 8, 2001                       Bill Anderson              The 19th Michigan


            November 12, 2001                 David Fraley                            The Battle of Franklin, TN


            December 10, 2001                Dale Phillips                           Ben Butler and the Occupation

                                                                                                                of New Orleans


            January 14, 2002                   Dan Mitchell                           The Mississippi


            February 11, 2002                  Steve Jackson                        My Boys in Blue:  A Tribute


March 11, 2002                       Dick Skidmore                       John Hunt Morgan: Then and                                                                                                               Now


            April 8, 2002                           Peter Carmichael                   TBA


            May 13, 2002              Gary Ecelbarger                      Frederick W. Lander: The Great

                                                                                                                Natural American Soldier


June 10, 2002                         Herman Hattaway                  The Presidency of Jefferson