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Tom Chaney: The Lighted Torch of the Secesh
Of Writers And Their Books: The Lighted Torch of the 'Secesh' or Civil War Days in Reality. Tom reproduces a letter from February 1862 describing an event in Hart County. This column first appeared 4 September 2005 (slightly revised 15 September 2009).
The next earlier Tom Chaney column: Fenton Johnson: A Fine Voice from New Haven
By Tom Chaney
The Lighted Torch of the 'Secesh' or Civil War Days in Reality
Four years ago I shared this letter which Chip Palmore found concerning an event in Hart County during the War Between the States. I hesitate to call it the Civil War -- human slaughter seems most un-civil to me.
Mastin Dashiel enlisted in the Union army in September 1861 at the tender age of 45. A resident of Johnson County, Indiana, he joined "Captain Graham's Company, Indiana Mounted Volunteers" which later became Company G 34d Indiana Cavalry. He furnished his own horse.
On "February 2n, 1862" Mr. Dashiel wrote to the Indianapolis Daily Journal. Four days later on February 6, 1862, page 2, column 3 the Journal published it titled "Letter from Kentucky, Camp Wood, Munfordsville [sic], Ky."
The spelling and punctuation have been retained. I have broken up the three long paragraphs for ease of reading.
Mr. Editor:Mr. Dashiel got to Tennessee. On December 31, 1862, he was captured at Stone's River. Paroled, he rejoined his unit in June of 1863. He mustered out at the end of the war and died May 17, 1903. He is buried in Indianapolis.
Tom Chaney can be found telling stories, planning his next meal, and occasionally selling books at
Box 73 / 111 Water Street
Horse Cave, Kentucky 42749
Email: Tom Chaney
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