Major 

Guy C Pierce (Civil War) Major

 

Basic Information

Name
Guy Carpenter Pierce (Civil War) Major
Birth
13 Feb 1840
Potsdam, St Lawrence Cty, New York
Death
20 May 1916
Kilbourn,Columbia Co,Wisconsin
Time In Service
From: 30 april 1861
To: 6 Oct 1865

Affiliation

Allegiance
United States of America
Branch of Service
Volunteer Army
Rank
Major
Unit(s)
Specialty
Cavalry
Current Status
Deceased

Service Record

War
American Civil War
Battle(s)

Honors & Awards

Award(s)

Orders refused p1

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Sketch of the 4th Wisc 1864

Date: Saturday, April 30, 1864 Paper: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) Volume: XXI Issue: 103
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Guy Pierce News from the War

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Guy Pierce wounded at Baton Rouge

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Muster roll

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casualties 4th wisc

Date: Friday, September 23, 1864 Paper: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) Volume: XXI Issue: 253 Page: 1
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4th Wisconsin Cavalry Camp

by A D Lytle
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Red River Gunboats

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Guy Pierce pension list

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Guy1888 0602 horseclaim

Claim for horse lost during the War
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Guy Pierce 4th Wisc meeting

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'Wants to see the boys' 1889

Date: Friday, August 16, 1889 Paper: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Volume: 51 Issue: 1 Page: 8
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Blissfield, Michigan Map 1874

Guy lived here as a child
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Guy Pierce Louisiana secession doc

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'A Queer Relic' 1889

Date: Friday, November 8, 1889 Paper: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Volume: 51 Issue: 13 Page: 8
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Louisiana Secession Ordinance captured by Pierce

Date: Monday, December 9, 1889 Paper: Oregonian (Portland, OR) Page: 4
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Guy Pierce and Louisiana document of secession

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Guy to sell Bailey's sword

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To Save Bailey's Sword

Date: Friday, April 12, 1895 Paper: New York Herald-Tribune (New York, NY) Page: 12
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Mercy to Veteran

Date: Thursday, June 18, 1903 Paper: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Page: 1
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Guy Pierce Medal of Honor claim

Guy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service at Mobile Bay. He was among those whose Medals were later taken back.....
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Guy Pierce pension claim

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Guy Pierce pension claim

ongoing pension claim
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Guy Pierce ongoing pension claim

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Guy Pierce pension

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Kilbourn_Plat_Map

Plat book of Columbia County, Wisconsin : compiled from surveys and the public records of Columbia County, Wisconsin (1927) Original Plat Map of Kilbourn, Wisconsin. Yes, it's too hard to read, but if you want a full view, go here: http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/WI/WI-idx?type=arti cle&did=WI.PLATBOOKCOL27.I0028&isize=M
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Another muster roll

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Orders refused page 2

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Red river page 4

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Orders refused page 3

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Red River page 3

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Red river page 2

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4thWiscCavAssoc

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Red river page 1

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Guy_and_his_Medal_of_Honor

Guy is wearing the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded for action at Mobile Bay. Several hundred of these were later revoked; Guy petitioned Congress to have it restored.
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Map of Port Hudson

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Capt Guy C Pierce1864

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Belle Boyd Page3

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Belle Boyd Page2

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Belle Boyd Page 1

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Adams County, wisconsin 1901 Map

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1874 Blisfield, Michigan

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History of the 4th Wisconsin

The Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry was organized as the 4th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment at Camp Utley, Racine, WI, and mustered into the service of the United States on the July 2nd, 1861. It left the state on the 15th of July, proceeding to Baltimore, MD, and into camp at the Relay House, MD, August 5, 1861, remaining on duty there until early in November when the regiment was transferred to Baltimore. It remained there until the latter part of February, 1862, when it proceeded to Newport News, VA, from which point the Fourth embarked on the 6th of March to join the "Army of the Gulf." It arrived at Ship Island below New Orleans March 12, 1862, and landed in New Orleans on May 1st. It was at once assigned to active service and took part with an expedition up the Mississippi River against Vicksburg in May, and another in June, and with this force occupied Baton Rouge, LA, a little later in the year. The forces there were employed in successful expeditions during that winter, and in May were ...   [ Read more » ]
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Service Record of the 4th Wisconsin

1861


Guard Railroad near Baltimore, Md., until November, 1861.
Expedition to eastern shore of Maryland November 14-22.
1862


Duty at Baltimore until February, 1862.
Moved to Fortress Monroe, Va., February 19, thence sailed on Steamer "Constitution" for Ship Island, Miss.,
March 5, arriving there March 13, and duty there until April 16.
Operations against Forts St. Phillip and Jackson April 16-29.
Surrender of Fort St. Phillip April 29.
Occupation of New Orleans May 2.
Expedition to New Orleans and Jackson Railroad May 8-10.
Occupation of Baton Rouge May 12.
Reconnaissance to Warrenton May 14-29.
At Baton Rouge until June 17.
Expedition from Baton Rouge June 7-9 (2 Cos.).
Williams' Expedition to Vicksburg, Miss., and operations in that vicinity June 20-July 26.
Grand Gulf June 23-24.
Battle of Baton Rouge, La., August 5.
Evacuation of Baton Rouge August 20.
Bayou Des Allemands September 4-5.
Expedition from Carrollton to St. Charles' Court House September 7-8.
At C...   [ Read more » ]
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Guy C Pierce's War Memoirs

Guy Carpenter Pierce was born near Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York, February 13, 1840...His father, Morris Pierce, in Whiting, Addison County, Vt. in 1806...and his Mother, Mary Ann Carpenter, near Potsdam, New York, in 1811...Their ancestors being Scotch and English. They moved to Lenawee County, Michigan, in 1844 and to Branch County, Michigan in 1853.

The writer was travelling in Wisconsin when the Rebels fired on Fort Sumter, and enlisted in Captain Joseph Bailey's Company of 'Columbia County Rifles' for the three months' service, April 30th, 1861, but did not get out with the three month troops. They were among the first to reorganize for three years or during the war. Pierce being the first Private who stepped to the front with a red hot patriotic speech urging every comrade to enlist for the war, which they did. Pierce was then detailed to go to Necedah with Lt. Edwin E Herron and recruit the Company up from 77 men to 101, for which services he was promoted to 2nd Sgt. ...   [ Read more » ]
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Regimental colors

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4th silk cavalry standard

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Battle Map for the 4th Reg't

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National Colors

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Infantry National Standard

The infantry National Standard with the "Baton Rouge" honors is most impressive and will be used as the dust jacket for the regimental history. Even though the regiment was authorized to add "Bisland" and "Port Hudson" battle honors to their flag (this is mentioned in the ORs), it was never done.
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Union Army Units at Port Hudson 1863

Union Army Units at Port Hudson - May 27, 1863
Commander: Major General Nathaniel P. Banks

Right Flank: Brigadier General Godfrey Weitzel


DWIGHT'S DIVISION - Brigadier General William Dwight
PAINE'S DIVISION - Brigadier General Halbert E. Paine


VAN ZANDT'S BRIGADE - Colonel Jacob Van Zandt FEARING'S BRIGADE - Colonel Hawkes Fearing, Jr.
1st Louisiana 8th New Hampshire
91st New York 133rd New York
131st New York 173rd New York
4th Wisconsin (nine companies)
THOMAS' BRIGADE - Colonel Stephan Thomas
12th Connecticut GOODING'S BRIGADE - Colonel Oliver P. Gooding
75th New York 31st Massachusetts (seven companies)
160th New York 38th Massachusetts
8th Vermont 53rd Massachusetts (eight companies)
156th New York
NELSON'S BRIGADE - Colonel John A. Nelson
1st Louisiana Native Guards (at least six companies) DETACHMENT ON WEST BANK
3rd Louisiana Native Guards 11th New York
6th Massachusetts Battery (two guns) 162nd New York
1st Louisiana Cavalry (detachment) 6th Massachusetts ...   [ Read more » ]
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4th Regiment, Co D

Note how they formed a rope into the letter 'D' for their company. Photo courtesy of JT Elderkin, descendant of George Oakes
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Belle Boyd Memorial plaque

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Belle Boyd's grave

"Belle Boyd Confederate Spy Born in Virginia, died in Wisconsin. Erected by a Comrade." The caretaker at the cemetery, Bob Hall, said that the local story went that Guy Pierce gave the land for her grave, which matches our family story, too. The pink granite headstone was arranged for by Alice Pierce. Later, there were attempts to remove Belle's remains, so the cemetery cemented in the grave. Soil from the South was added. She is given a Confederate flag, as well as a GAR star. Her grave is right next to the Pierces. (And that's me in the pink sweater!)
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Belle Boyd's Grave

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History_of_the_4th_Wisconsin by Michael Martin

Michael J. Martin's A History of the 4th Wisconsin Infantry and Cavalry in the Civil War is a deeply researched and vividly written study of an unheralded Federal combat regiment. Few of the thousands of regiments raised to fight the American Civil War experienced the remarkably diverse history of this little-known organization. The Wisconsin "Badgers" began the war as foot soldiers in the summer of 1861 as the 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. After service in Maryland guarding railroads, the men sailed to the Gulf of Mexico to join Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler's expedition to capture the South's most important city: New Orleans. From August 1862 to July 1863, the 4th Wisconsin participated as infantry or mounted infantry in a series of bloody battles in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, Bisland, the siege of Port Hudson, and Clinton. With a desperate need for mounted troops, the Badgers were officially changed to cavalry in September 1863 and became the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry. As troo...
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Battle of Forts Jackson and St Phillip

Forts Jackson and St. Philip
Other Names: None

Location: Plaquemines Parish

Campaign: Expedition to and Capture of New Orleans (1862)

Date(s): April 16-28, 1862

Principal Commanders: Flag-Officer David G. Farragut [US]; Brig. Gen. Johnson K. Duncan and Cdr. John K. Mitchell [CS]

Forces Engaged: West Gulf Blockading Squadron [US]; Garrisons of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the crews of various ships [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 1,011 total (US 229; CS 782)

Description: Early Union plans had called for the division of the Confederacy by seizing control of the Mississippi River. One of the first steps in such operations was to enter the mouth of the Mississippi River, ascend to New Orleans and capture the city, closing off the entrance to Rebel ships. In mid-January 1862, Flag-Officer David G. Farragut undertook this enterprise with his West Gulf Blockading Squadron. The way was soon open except for the two forts, Jackson and St. Philip, above the Head of the Passes, app...   [ Read more » ]
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Battle of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge
Other Names: Magnolia Cemetery

Location: East Baton Rouge Parish

Campaign: Operations against Baton Rouge (1862)

Date(s): August 5, 1862

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Thomas Williams [US]; Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge [CS]

Forces Engaged: 2nd Brigade, Department of the Gulf [US]; Breckinridge’s Corps [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 849 total (US 371; CS 478)

Description: In an attempt to regain control of the state, Confederates wished to recapture the capital at Baton Rouge. Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge planned a combined land/water expedition with his corps and CSS Ram Arkansas. Advancing west from Camp Moore, the Confederate land forces, coming from the east, were only ten miles away on August 4. They reached the outskirts of the capital early in the morning, formed for an attack in two divisions, and began to drive back each Union unit they encountered. Then, Union gunboats in the river began shelling the Confederates. The Arkansas could have neutrali...   [ Read more » ]
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1862 letter from fellow soldier Frank Ferris

Found this letter on the Adams County, Wisc. usgenweb site.
Frank was a member of Co D with Guy Pierce, so thought this might be of interest.


Printed in the Friendship Reporter, Friendship, Wisconsin, Thursday, July 10, 1919

SURNAMES: FERRIS, HILL, REID, WHITE, WILLIAMS

A Letter From The Long Ago

Mrs. S. W. Ferris of White Creek, sends us the following letter which was
written by Frank Ferris to his family at White Creek, during the dark days of
the Civil War. The writer was killed soon after leaving the hospital and
returning to duty. Augustus Hill mentioned in the letter, was a brother of J.
B. Hill of this place, and the Reid family, were wartime residents of White
Creek, the Ennis Reid Post of that place, being named after one of its
members. Than White was also an early settler of this vicinity. The letter
follows:

St. James Hospital,
New Orleans, Aug. 7, 1862

Dear Paren...   [ Read more » ]
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Port Gibson

Port Gibson
Other Names: Thompson’s Hill

Location: Claiborne County

Campaign: Grant’s Operations against Vicksburg (1863)

Date(s): May 1, 1863

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant [US]; Brig. Gen. John S. Bowen [CS]

Forces Engaged: Army of the Tennessee (comprising two corps) [US]; Confederate forces in area (one reinforced division: four brigades) [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 1,648 total (US 861; CS 787)

Description: Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant launched his march on Vicksburg in the Spring of 1863, starting his army south, from Milliken’s Bend, on the west side of the Mississippi River. He intended to cross the river at Grand Gulf, but the Union fleet was unable to silence the Confederate big guns there. Grant then marched farther south and crossed at Bruinsburg on April 30. Union forces came ashore, secured the landing area and, by late afternoon, began marching inland. Advancing on the Rodney Road towards Port Gibson, Grant’s force ran into Rebel outposts after ...   [ Read more » ]
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Vicksburg

Vicksburg
Other Names: None

Location: Warren County

Campaign: Grant’s Operations against Vicksburg (1863)

Date(s): May 18-July 4, 1863

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant [US]; Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton [CS]

Forces Engaged: Army of the Tennessee [US]; Army of Vicksburg [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 19,233 total (US 10,142; CS 9,091)

Description: In May and June of 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s armies converged on Vicksburg, investing the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war. With the loss of Pemberton’s army and this vital stronghold on the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in half. Grant's successes in the West boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: MS011

Preservation Priority: I.2 (Class A)

National Park Unit: Vicksburg NMP
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Port Hudson

Port Hudson
Other Names: None

Location: East Baton Rouge Parish and East Feliciana Parish

Campaign: Siege of Port Hudson (1863)

Date(s): May 21-July 9, 1863

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks [US]; Maj. Gen. Franklin Gardner [CS]

Forces Engaged: XIX Army Corps, Army of the Gulf [US]; Confederate forces, 3rd District, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, Port Hudson [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 12,208 total (US 5,000; CS 7,208)

Description: In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s offensive against Vicksburg, Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks’s army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. On May 27, after their frontal assaults were repulsed, the Federals settled into a siege which lasted for 48 days. Banks renewed his assaults on June 14 but the defenders successfully repelled them. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to New Orleans.

Result(s): Union victory

CWSAC Reference #: LA010

Preservation Priority: I.1 (Class A)

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Maj Guy C Pierce 1840-1916 4th Wis. Cavalry with GAR marker

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Mobile Bay

Mobile Bay
Other Names: Passing of Forts Morgan and Gaines

Location: Mobile County and Baldwin County

Campaign: Operations in Mobile Bay (1864)

Date(s): August 2-23, 1864

Principal Commanders: Adm. David G. Farragut and Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger [US]; Adm. Franklin Buchanan and Brig. Gen. Richard L. Page [CS]

Forces Engaged: Farragut’s Fleet (14 wooden ships and 4 monitors) and U.S. army forces near Mobile [US]; Buchanan’s Flotilla (3 gunboats and an ironclad), Fort Morgan Garrison, Fort Gaines Garrison, and Fort Powell Garrison [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 1,822 (US 322; CS 1,500)

Description: A combined Union force initiated operations to close Mobile Bay to blockade running. Some Union forces landed on Dauphin Island and laid siege to Fort Gaines. On August 5, Farragut’s Union fleet of eighteen ships entered Mobile Bay and received a devastating fire from Forts Gaines and Morgan and other points. After passing the forts, Farragut forced the Confederate naval forces, u...   [ Read more » ]
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Roster, Columbia Rifles, by Maj Guy C Pierce

Major Guy C. Pierce, member of the Standing Committee of the Soldiers' Reunion, printed
a roster of the Columbia Rifles in the Adams County Press in 1880. He noted this was
not a complete list and appealed to old comrades for additional names.

The Columbia Rifles, Company D, 4th Wisconsin Cavalry

Soldier Occupation Residence BAILEY Little George machinist Chicago Illinois BOYNTON Lieutenant A. hardware Maple Grove Dakota BUCKLEY Louis farmer Big Spring Wisconsin CARFUN--E Dick farmer Lemonweir Wisconsin COTTINGTON Sergeant J. P. -- Sandy Creek Wisconsin DAVIS Jeff. farmer Delton Wisconsin DAWES George logging foreman Necedah Wisconsin FARNHAM Charles F. travelling for Smith Hewett Co. Milwaukee Wisconsin FAY Sergeant Henry Fay farmer Elk Creek Wisconsin FOGEL George W. -- Wonewcoc Wisconsin GEORGE T. J. sheriff Dunn County Wisconsin HANCOCK Garrett farmer Brodhead Wisconsin HARRISON J. M. M.D. Friendship Wisconsin HATCH Sergeant L. E. livery stables Rolling Prairie Minnesota HE...   [ Read more » ]
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Hero_of_the_Red_River

Michael J Goc has done his research, and writes a fascinating story about Joseph Bailey. Guy C Pierce, close friend and Aide de Camp and sometime Chief of Staff for Bailey is mentioned throughout. A must read!
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History of Highland Stockade, Baton Rouge

Narrative Description

Summary

The Highland Stockade (16EBR89) is a Civil War-era Union fortification and camp site located in

southern Baton Rouge on the south side of Highland Road approximately l/4 mile west of its juncture with

Starring Lane (Figure 1). It is the only Civil War-era Union fortification in the Baton Rouge area with

documented in situ archaeological deposits and extant earthworks. The site area covers c. 6.65 acres

and consists of eight separate earthworks and an adjacent camp site. The earthworks are, in general, in

good condition, with the largest one extending over 97 meters in length. Archaeological investigations of

the site in 1997 and 1999 recovered in situ Civil War-era bullets around the earthworks and Civil War-era

bullets and a brick feature in the camp site area. In addition, a local avocational metal detector has

reported finding many Civil War-era bullets, buttons...   [ Read more » ]

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10th Wiscsonsin Reunion committee

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