Ransom E. Hawley Letters
Excerpt from the book
The Partisan Rangers
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From the book entitled The Partisan Rangers
(this name given by Jeff Davis is more war like them
guerillas) page 117. Book published in Louisville Ky
in 1904 out of print, very scarce I have tried for
twenty years to secure a copy. Adam Johnson
uses no dates. Those of us who were at
Uniontown Sept 1st 1862 cannot forget. He says
he reached there at 10 c’lock in the A. M.
Dinner time that day and for two hours after men
and boys on foot and in shackly wagons
streamed past our camp on the Morganfield
road. At two o clock our pickets fired.
Immediately we fell in line. We had three
companies Johnson says we had a regiment
and say we were Ind home guards. Co A 78th Ind. was
commanded by Robt E.Smith who had seen
one years service as 1st. Lieut of the Asbury
Guards 16th Ind. This was true also of our
Sergeants “Henry Stevenson, Tyler Joe Donahue and the rest.
[written vertically at this point are the following
Co A was from Putnam Co and two Cos were
from Parke. We gave him a good sharp fight.
Captain Tighlman Howard was killed,
and twenty of us were wounded. Johnson says
the whole force was captured. He did not
count. Two strong squads escaped up above
the town; and were picked up by the steam boat
next day. He is very free with slanders against
Col William Farrow. He
s reprents represents him
as a coward and says he found him at his
headquarter. I saw Col Farrow on the
battle ground. He was detailed from the 41st
Ind where he had done good service—his
being the first field officer to enter
Memphis and he gave the command to
cut down the flag pole; the Green Castle boys
caught the flag and held it until a short time ago.
With Col Farrow Tolliver Grooms was detailed
as his Adjuntant. Co B Captn Hawn had been
sent to some other point farther down the river.
The Co from Brasil Cattn Sanders was in the battle of Richmond
[the following words were written vertically] Ky. Aug 31st 1862
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Another Company from our Regiment the 78th Ind.
was detailed to escort rebel prisoners who had
been exchanged back to their command in
We Our duty was to punish because
a Union man had been foully murdered.
Adam John’s only commision at that time if
he and his lieut Martin had any had been
given them by bloody Forrest. He had not met
John Morgan. He and his Surgeon wore som
thing like a uniform. None of his men were
uniformed and they were armed with shot
guns and any thing they could pick up. They themselves
were picked up wherever he could get them
With four others from Co A I was on the skirmish
line. Saw the little hand full of cavalry go
galloping down the river; saw the 500 or more
non de script infantry marching at us two
lines deep. Johnson left that night he says
sixty a number of men sick; posibly some of
them had lead poison from our Enfield rifles.
The citizens told us the next day Johnson hauled his
dead and wounded away by wagon loads. He
says nothing about his casualities. There was only
one Union family in Uniontown and that was
a German family. Johnson’s infantry streched
from the Morganfield road (running north to the [?] river road
running east.) Ferequently Johnson tells of his great
gallantry at Fort Donaldson a few weeks before. Like the
Texas Ranger who rested the butt of his shot gun on my
cot said “We whipped your men but did not take the
Fort.” Why? [Joe?] Southward was one of the men
who escaped up the river. James Johnson
and Cheadle were in our ranks. Both went to
Congress. The Founder of the State Hospital Dr Long
was member of the 78th. In Aug 1863 I saw James
Johnson lead out of Camp Morton a company of rebel
prisoners and muster them into the Union Army. No
one ever saw a union prisoner take the oath of
allegiance to the Rebel Govt.
[On the back of this page are the following words]
Why do the historians say only 8000 had
guns at the surrender
[also written in tiny script] [drama?] back of tin door
[This is on a separate piece of paper and seems to
be in addition to the notes from the Partisan Rangers]
Grigsby Farm Nelson Co Ky
Bottom of 449th page.
Page 117. Johnsons command
did not reach our camp
until 2.P.M. We had our
dinner before our pickets [opened?] [following word written vertically]
This picket post was on the
Morganfield road. He says nothing
about his dead and wounded.
He says 60 of his were sick Captn
Tighlman Howard of Rockville was
killed and twty of our men were
wounded. Three companies of our
Regt. He [is?]a whole Rgt.
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