The 2003 Annual Meeting of the Sixth Ohio
Cavalry was held on Saturday, February 15, in Canton, Ohio.Nineteen troopers
converged on the Markijohn Homestead, along with seven of our fairer
members, for a day of business and fellowship.
The business meeting commenced shortly past
with the Treasurer’s Report, after which the Treasurer
and her cohorts departed to sample the pleasures of the town.Trooper Vance, who has accepted responsibility
for the Morgan’s Raid grant funds, followed with his own report.New members were then introduced, with currently two Probationary
Troopers Wilson and Smith, and two new full members, Troopers Anderson
and Mungo.Two old friends
from the 1st Kentucky Cavalry, Troopers Haberman and
Stefl, were also invited to join as full members.Voting was completed with the election of officers,
which brought no surprises.Welcome
and congratulations to all!
Safety issues were discussed in depth, including
insurance coverage, safety manuals, and weapons inspections.Preparations for the Morgan’s Raid event in
September were also discussed in great depth, followed by the planning
of the 2003 campaign schedule.The
meeting was completed before , in plenty of time
to beat the crowds to the local steakhouse!
The command structure of the Sixth Ohio remains
Lieutenant Hopes was again elected to command
our unit. He was also reelected as Line Commander for Company B
of the U.S.V.
Battalion.Our unit size
continues to support a commissioned officer.
Sergeant Markijohn was elected to remain
in his position, along with his role of Adjutant.
Corporal Poustie was elected to remain as Line Corporal.
Corporal Oakley was elected to remain as
Our current officers have done a fine job
through the past year, and we can look forward to another very successful
year in 2003!
hunt and cavalry demonstration.
training at FortHayes—remember
to have your horses vetted prior to the weekend, and have your negative
Coggin’s report, original and a copy, with you.
of Kelly’s Ford—All-cavalry event reenacting the March 17, 1863 clash of Generals William Averell and Fitzhugh Lee.One of the early large-scale cavalry fights.
of Sacramento—reenactment of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry engagement
of Crittenden’s Army of the Ohio on
28, 1861 (Not
a unit event this year)
An Essay Condensing the Writings of
In order to discourage Gen. Burnside, who
was known to be preparing for an advance of the Army of the Ohio
(and to continue his harassment of the Union supply lines into Tennessee),
General Bragg agreed in the spring of 1863 to a proposal by John
Hunt Morgan for yet another “ride” into Kentucky.Morgan also sought permission to extend his field of operations
beyond the Ohio River, which was denied.General Morgan
departed from Sparta, Tennessee on June 27, 1863, with the conviction that to obey his superior’s orders
would not accomplish his primary objective of halting Burnside.
On July 2, Morgan crossed the Cumberland River between Nashville and Barbourville with 11 regiments of 2460 men, and
a section of rifled guns.Troops
included 4 of Morgan’s five brothers, Calvin, Richard, Charlton,
and Thomas, and brother in law Col. Basil Duke.Thomas, Morgan’s youngest brother, was killed only a few
days later in a fight near Lebanon, KY.On July 8, the
raiders crossed the Ohio
River near Brandenburg, KY into Indiana.They initially
headed north toward Indianapolis, quickly ending the city’s jubilant celebration of
Gettysburg and Vicksburg with the rumor that he was traveling with 10,000 horsemen
to capture and sack the city.Morgan
then veered east at Salem toward Lexington, zig-zagging toward the Ohio line at Harrison, about 20
miles from Cincinnati.With Vicksburg lost and Lee defeated, Morgan’s purpose was no longer
destruction and harassment, but simply to distract the Union cavalry
as long as possible. This would delay Burnside, who had been forced
to give chase and could not advance into Tennessee
until this threat was dealt with and his cavalry had rejoined him.
Morgan entered Ohio on the morning of July 13 with fewer than 2000 men
and mounts, already wearing down from the strenuous ride.He pressed on through the day, rode fast through
the northeast suburbs of Cincinnati that night, and on until they reached Williamsburg the next afternoon, covering 90 miles in a day and
a half.After sleeping the
night, he set off July 15 on an intended three day ride to fords
upstream from BuffingtonIsland, near Pomeroy, OH.His route took
him through or around the towns of Locust Grove, Jasper, and Jackson.However, he
found himself delayed by determined militia and still in Ohio on July 18, when he was forced to call a halt at Chester to wait for stragglers.This delayed his arrival at the fords until
well after dark, when he discovered the river swollen by two weeks
of rain, and guarded by 300 infantry with two cannons.By morning, although the Union infantry had abandoned their
posts as the Confederates slept, a gunboat had arrived on the swollen
river to deny Morgan access to the fords. Complicating matters further,
two columns of Union cavalry, well rested and 5000 strong, arrived
from Pomeroy to attack Morgan’s back.Morgan eventually escaped up the northern end of the valley,
losing 120 killed or wounded, 700 captured, including Richard, Charlton,
and Basil Duke, both his guns, and all remaining wagons.300 of Morgan’s men did manage to cross that afternoon at
Blennerhassett’s Island, but the ford was deep and the river swift, and a number of men and mounts
drowned before the gunboat appeared to halt the attempt.The remainder of the ride became a winding 6
day chase through Eagleport, across the MuskinggumRiver,
to Salineville near New Lisbon, OH, where Morgan and his remaining
364 troopers laid down their arms on July 26, 1863.In thirty days,
they had covered more than 700 miles, averaging 20 hours a day since
crossing the Ohio.While the results
were disastrous, Morgan’s Raiders did accomplish their primary objective
of delaying Burnside, which limited the harassment of Bragg as he
retreated across the Tennessee
Civil War; a Narrative.New York, NY:Random
House, Inc. 1963
horse has evolved well to handle cold weather, and except for occasional
individuals of the hot blooded breeds, requires little human intervention
to survive comfortably through the winter.A healthy horse that is left to grow a full coat as the season
turns cold will be fine with only rough shelter from rain and wind,
calories and roughage to fuel his internal fires, and good water
to drink.Blanketing him
will only compress his hair coat, limiting his natural insulation.
His dependence on us increases when humans
start manipulating nature.Clip
or blanket a horse so he grows less coat, and he may not be warm
enough without the blanket.Ask
him to exercise to the point of sweat, and his damp coat cannot
insulate him as well.Picket him so he cannot seek shelter, and he’s
vulnerable to the weather.Restrain
him so he cannot move around to generate heat, and he may begin
When we bring horses on events during the
cooler months, we need to be aware of how we are limiting a horse’s
natural coping mechanisms, and be prepared to compensate.After a hard ride, a sweaty horse may need a
light blanket to protect him until his coat is dried and able to
keep him warm.If the animal
is shivering, walking him around should generate heat in his muscles
to help warm him.Dried sweat can be brushed, allowing the hair
to fluff up to better insulate the horse.On a clear night, a blanket shouldn’t be necessary for a
full-coated horse, but on a windy, rainy, or snowy night, it may
compensate for a lack of shelter on the picket line.Providing plenty of hay will also help—horses generate the
most heat from digesting hay.And
plenty of drinkable water helps avoid the risks of winter colic.
Actual hypothermia is rare in healthy adult
horses, and is described as a body temperature below 98’ F in an
adult horse, with uncontrolled shivering, depression, and sleepiness.Recommended treatment includes blanketing the
animal and moving it to a warmed area until the temperature is normal,
and offering warm water and hot mash.
Kellon, Eleanor, VMD.Dr.
Kellon’s Guide to First Aid for Horses.Ossining, NY:Breakthrough Publications, Inc.,1990
Several months ago, a newspaper clipping
was slipped to me as a story idea.The article was about Albert D.J.Cashier, an Irish immigrant
who joined the 95th Illinois Infantry Volunteers in 1862
at the age of 19.He fought in 40 battles, received an honorable
discharge, and collected a military pension until at least 1911.When 68 year old Mr. Cashier broke his leg in
an auto accident, he was finally revealed to be Jennie Hodgers.
How many women actually fought the Civil
War?Documentation has been
found on at least 250, but estimates go as high as 1000 serving
in secrecy.Women performed all the duties of the soldier,
in all branches of the army.They
were promoted through the ranks, reaching captain on both sides
of the conflict, with at least one major.Some were discovered after a very short time, but others
fought for months or years before being found out.Two soldiers with very similar stories each served for over
a year, fought in multiple major battles, and were each promoted
to sergeant shortly before being discharged suddenly on the births
of their new sons (one was on picket duty when “he” went into labor).Many, after being discovered and discharged, simply moved
on and reenlisted in another unit.Most served in complete secrecy, but a few joined up with
family members, and towards the end of the war some fought openly
as women.Disguised women
fought and died with their units, some even maintaining their secret
in prison camps.
Ohio’s cavalries were no strangers to this phenomenon.Ida Bruce left Atlanta and joined the 7th Ohio Cavalry on the death
of her parents.Martha Lindley
enlisted in the 6th U.S. Cavalry with her husband, and
remained with her regiment even though he spent months in a Washington, D.C. hospital after shooting himself in the ankle.She served her entire three year enlistment,
and was honorably mustered out in 1864.When William Lindley reenlisted in the 6th Ohio
Cavalry, Martha had had enough—she decided to stay home with the
kids.Fanny Lee served with the 6th O.V.C.
until she was discovered in Washington, D.C., and sent home.A
surviving photograph of Ohio cavalry veterans shows a beardless, fine-featured man
with slender hands sitting between two heavily bearded comrades.Mary Owens fought with a Pennsylvania cavalry unit until her third saber wound finally revealed
her secret, but she married and settled in Massillon, Ohio, where she is buried with an S.U.V. headstone.
Women had many reasons for donning the uniform,
but most served honorably and loyally as long as they were able.While controversy has always surrounded their
place in history, evidence shows that they, too, deserve to be honored
for their contributions.
Blanton, DeAnne and Cook, Lauren M.They Fought
Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War.Baton Rouge, LA:LouisianaStateUniversity Press, 2002
Conklin, Mike.Not Just an Old Transvestite Civil War Soldier.Knight Rider Newspapers.Saune, Illinois
History of the Sidesaddle
A thorough study of the equestrienne would
probably parallel man’s domestication of the horse, with roots as
far back as the first prehistoric little girl perched on her father’s
pack horse.Whether she rode
aside or astride, who knows…
Women on horseback are documented as early
as several centuries B.C.Greek
and Roman art portrays women on horseback, but very rarely, and
those portrayed are usually goddesses.They are usually shown riding aside.Tradition depicts Mary twice riding a donkey at the time
of Christ’s birth, but whether she is portrayed aside or astride
probably reflects the artist’s culture more than her own.However, artistic documentation is plentiful
throughout the medieval centuries, and indicates that while aside
may have been more genteel, women rode both ways.Both fashions remain well documented through the Renaissance
period, but by the 17th Century riding sidesaddle had
become the leisure pleasure of the upper class, and by the mid-1800s,
a gentlewoman rode exclusively in sidesaddle.
The saddle, too, has changed through the
centuries.The saddles of
the 12th Century were merely pads, and ladies literally
sat sideways on the horse, with their feet on a small platform,
led passively by a cavalier.By the late 14th Century, however,
the women had taken the reins,Turning
forward and resting only one foot on the platform allowed ladies
to guide their own mounts, but it was far from safe, so a front
pommel was added over which the rider could hook one knee.Catherine de Medici is given the credit for inventing a second
pommel on top of the saddle in about 1580, but it was not until
1830 that the “leaping head” was invented to brace the rider’s left
thigh, finally creating a secure seat.By the 1870s the right pommel was shortened,
and before long a balance strap and safety stirrups finally made
the saddle safe to follow the hounds.In 1890, Col. Charles Goodnight built a deep-seated sidesaddle
on a Western stock saddle tree, and the Western Sidesaddle was invented
to address the rugged terrain of the expanding west.
Our small but growing(?) Sixth Ohio Sidesaddle
Corps lends grace and gentility to our rough military camps.Ride on, ladies!!
Sidesaddle Federation, Inc., www.sidesaddle.org /history.html
degli Ansari, Ilaria.A Medieval
Spring training’s coming—remember to break
in your boots and saddles, build your calluses, and put some miles
on your horses before you come!Don’t forget your Coggin’s test.And as ever, your corrections, suggestions, and submissions
are always welcome!!