4th Kentucky Cavalry (U.S.) letters published in the Louisville Anzeiger, June 24, 1862

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June 24, 1862

We extract from a letter to us from Capt. Henry A. Schaeffer from the 4th Kentucky Cavalry regiment dated Camp Wardrace [Wartrace], June 20, that the detachment now under his command is stationed in Jasper, Tennessee, 200 miles from Camp Wardrace [Wartrace], under the command of Capt. Blume, until he returns again. The men are well and in good spirits. Their patrol that was supposed to last 10 days has lasted three weeks. They went through a lot of severe strain, and officers like the soldiers made their camp in the open without shelter, because they were in a hurry and could not take their tents with them. The saddle blankets were their beds and their saddles were their pillows. The rumor of their being captured or slaughtered is entirely without basis, because they also have not been in danger once, with the exception of one time on the way to Chattanooga, where they had to travel narrow paths. Capt. Schaeffer spoke gloriously about Lt. Henry Walter, who in command of the advance guard captured a number of Rebel cavalry between Jasper and Chattanooga; as well, he expressed praise over the fitness for duty of Capt. Blume. Further, he confirmed the death of the soldier Henry Burg from Louisville [and] from the Hecker Regiment. He was killed by the explosion of a bomb during the bombardment of Chattanooga, as the regiment left the skirmish field, also five others were wounded at some time or other.


The Louisville Anzeiger, a German American newspaper, and translated into English by Joseph R. Reinhart.

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4th Kentucky Cavalry (U.S.) letters published in the Louisville Anzeiger, June 17, 1862

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June 17, 1862

Lt. Hooker of the company of the 4th Kentucky Cav. Reg. to which the deceased John Collins from here belonged, writes in reference to his death.

The young Collins received permission to set out with a detachment of 40 men on a patrol. It went to McMinnville, where they took 8 to 10 persons prisoner. On their return they pitched camp around 11 o’clock at night and stayed in it until breakfast. While they ate, a superior number of Rebels approached and asked them to surrender; Collins did not want to surrender, pulled his revolver and fired six shots, after he saw all was in vain, he threw his weapon down and asked for pardon; the answer was a deadly shot from a cavalryman, who rode within ten paces of him. Lt. Hooker remarks that only two men from the company were killed and not eight, as reported.


The Louisville Anzeiger, a German American newspaper, and translated into English by Joseph R. Reinhart.

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4th Kentucky Cavalry (U.S.) letters published in the Louisville Anzeiger, June 12, 1862

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From the 4th Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, Lt. O. Bes from the 1st squadron of that regiment writes from Murfreesboro under date of 8 June.

When yesterday morning about 6 o’clock Capt. T. L. Unthank with 80 men – detachments from the 1st squadron and from the 7th Penn. Reg. – were returning from their patrol with 10 to 12 prisoners, they were attacked and taken prisoner near Readyville about 12 miles from here. John Collins and Essic of Company A were killed, the same with Mr. Johnican, a Tennessean, who only recently enlisted. Joseph Kipp was wounded in both legs. He belonged to Company C. There are perhaps still more dead or wounded. The following named [men] from Company C were missing: Sgt. S. S. Robards, Albert Nietebock, and Wm. J. Killmore, Cpl. Wilh. Stützel, (who earlier worked at the Anzeiger’s printery), Monic *Morris+ Power, Thomas Fowler and John Greaney, the privates Jesse Traylor, Joseph Ricketts, Geo. St. John, John S. Scheen, John Rink, John Sullivan, Thomas Sullivan, Johnson McConkney, Patrick Kennedy, and Daniel Heaver. I do not know the names of the other company missing. Starnes retreated through McMinnville with the prisoners.

The Nashville Union reported that all the prisoners taken on Sunday by Col. Starnes were released on parole were released on parole.


The Louisville Anzeiger, a German American newspaper, and translated into English by Joseph R. Reinhart.

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4th Kentucky Cavalry (U.S.) letters published in the Louisville Anzeiger, May 27, 1862

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May 27, 1862

The readers will learn with regret, that Col. Ruckstuhl of the 4th Kentucky Cav. Regt. because of the breaking open of an old wound, which he received in the Mexican war, [vor die Hande] is unfit for duty. We hope that he recuperates soon, and might help vanquish the Rebels.


The Louisville Anzeiger, a German American newspaper, and translated into English by Joseph R. Reinhart.

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