Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tuesday, December 31, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General Halleck has received a request from President Lincoln to cooperate with General Buell in Kentucky to go on an offensive.  The President wishes Buell to move against Bowling Green and Halleck to make … Continue reading

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Monday, December 30, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri I am giving all matters pertaining to this post my personal attention. It is my job to get the regiments in as good order as possible.  I keep a daily communication with General Halleck’s … Continue reading

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Sunday, December 29, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri I received a letter from my wife, Ellen, begging me to go ahead with a lawsuit against the newspapers.  I am reluctant to do that.  Ellen writes So now my dearest Cump, as Father … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 28, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General Halleck sends word that his efforts to quell secessionist activity is working.  Brigadier  General Benjamin Prentiss led a Union force of 5 mounted companies and 2 companies of Birge’s sharpshooters into Boone County … Continue reading

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Friday, December 27, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri General Halleck yesterday declared martial law in the City of Saint Louis and around the railroads of the state.  This is in response to the rebel attacks on the North Missouri Railroad last week. … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 26, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri I sent the following report to General Halleck as requested: Headquarters, Camp of Instruction December 26, 1861 Captain J. C. Kelton Assistant Adjutant General Saint Louis, Missouri Sir: I have the honor to report … Continue reading

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Wednesday, December 25, 1861

Benton Barracks, near Saint Louis, Missouri It is Christmas here at the Barracks.  We had light drills today and a special meal for the troops.   The war continues most actively here in Missouri and in Kentucky.  General Halleck is … Continue reading

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