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1864 September 3: 6th Wisconsin Infantry Casualties at the Battle of Globe Tavern

September 4, 2014

The following comes from the front page of the September 3, 1864, Prescott JournalCompany B of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry was the Prescott Guards.

The casualties below from Company B of the 6th Wisconsin mostly from the Battle of Globe Tavern, which was also known as the Second Battle of Weldon Railroad.  It was fought August 18-21, 1864, just south of Petersburg, Virginia, and was the second attempt of the Union Army to sever the Weldon Railroad during the Siege of Petersburg.




We print below a letter giving the painful intelligence of the death of Capt. W. W. Hutchins,¹ of Co. B, and also the loss of a leg by Capt. Chas. P. Hyatt,² and the casualties to other members of old Co. B.  The list of the living grows smaller in that glorious company ;  but still it “lives,” bearing the banner on the foremost edge of each perilous fight :

August 23, 1864. }

FRIEND LUTE :— I take this opportunity to send you the casualties of Co. B, 8th, since the 18th, during which time we have been in four engagements—Capt. W. W. Hutchins, killed on the 19th ;  Capt. Hyatt, formerly of Co. B, but in command of the Regiment, wounded in left knee, the 21st, by a fragment of shell.  His leg was nearly severed in two—has since been amputated, and I learn is doing well.  Sergent Darwin W. Kinney,³ severe, but not dangerous. Privates Peter Nelson,4 severe in left shoulder—three inches of bone taken out—is doing well ;  he was wounded on the 19th ;  Chas. H. Francis,5 severe in right knee, on the 18th ;  Silas W. Morrison,6 slight in side.  We have at present in camp, four privates, one corporal and one sergeant, who are well and ready for another chance at the enemy.  We have in the regiment 80 men, under command of Capt. Runnington.

We have been very successful for the past week, victorious in all our engagements. Our casualties all happened on the picket line except Capt. Hyatt, who lay behind the works when the enemy was making a vigorous attack, and in which they were handsomely repulsed.— I visited the ground they charged over, yesterday morning, and many of their dead lay on the field.  I counted five commissioned officers on a space of fifteen feet square.

Yours respectfully,
.                .S. B. HOLMAN.7

1.  William W. Hutchins, from Prescott, enlisted in the Prescott Guards on May 10, 1861. He worked his way through the ranks as corporal, sergeant, Quartermaster sergeant (June 6, 1864), and finally captain of Company B (July 20, 1864). He was killed in action on August 19, 1864, at Weldon Railroad, Virginia.
2.  Charles P. Hyatt, also from Prescott, also enlisted in the Prescott Guards on May 10, 1861. He was a sergeant, 2nd lieutenant (July 28, 1862), and 1st lieutenant (August 1, 1863) in Company B.  On March 14, 1864, he was promoted to Quartermaster and on April 19, 1864, to captain of Company E.  Hyatt died on September 22, 1864, in Philadelphia, from the wounds he received on August 21, 1864.
3.  Darwin W. Kinney, from Perry, was another May 10, 1861, enlistee. He was a corporal, sergeant, and on July 26, 1865, will become 2nd lieutenant. He was wounded at Antietam and at Petersburg.
4.  Peter Nelson, from Stillwater (Minn.), was an original member of Company B, enlisting on June 10, 1861. He was wounded at Gettysburg and again at Weldon Railroad. He was discharged May 29, 1865, because of his wounds.
5.  Charles H. Francis, from Fond du Lac, was a recent recruit on February 13, 1864. He was wounded at Petersburg and at Weldon Railroad, and died from his wounds on October 6, 1864, in Alexandria, Virginia.
6.  Silas W. Morrison, from Oak Grove, was another recent recruit as of February 10, 1864. He was wounded at Yellow House, Virginia. On July 2, 1865, he will be dishonorably discharged.
7.  Solomon B. Holman, from Prescott, enlisted in the Prescott Guards on May 10, 1861. He worked his way up to sergeant, 1st sergeant, and Quartermaster. On December 21, 1864, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant.

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