To Mrs. Lyon Camp six miles west of Hamburg, Tenn., April 28, 1862.—We are here encamped in a beautiful wood, almost like our openings. Our lines, which are many miles in extent, are being steadily and continuously advanced toward Corinth. Our advance line must be within five or six miles of those of the rebels. [...]
Reminiscences of the Civil War, William and Adelia Lyon
To Mrs. Lyon Hamburg, Tenn., April 25, 1862.—We are encamped here with an immense and constantly increasing army, camps, artillery, cavalry, and all the machinery of war, for several miles up and down the river. There is undoubtedly to be a great battle before long. We, Company K, go out a few miles this morning [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Five miles above Pittsburg Landing, Miss., April 22, 1862.—We are still on the boat. I started out this morning to find the 16th Wisconsin, and after wading five miles, part of the way in mud nearly to my knees, I found it, and to my inexpressible joy found Sperry [Sperry Northrup, a [...]
To Mrs. Lyon On Steamer McClellan, New Madrid, Sat., April 19, 1862.—We take it for granted that we are going up to help fight another great battle, and, as I firmly believe, achieve a great victory. If we are victorious there it opens the road to Memphis, secures the opening of the Mississippi with but [...]
To Mrs. Lyon April 18, 1862.—We remained at Tiptonville until yesterday afternoon, when we started and steamed down the river until dark, and then tied up to a tree, and this morning ran on down to a point said to be within ten miles of Fort Pillow, 20 of Fort Randolph and 70 from Memphis. [...]
To Mrs. Lyon April 15, 1862, on board of steamer, Tiptonville, Tenn.—We went to New Madrid and found the regiment still there. We went on board this steamer about nine o'clock, in company of half a dozen steamers laden with troops. We went forty-five miles, nearly to the Arkansas line, when we met an express [...]
To Mrs. Lyon April 13, 1862.—We are just starting for the regiment, which left New Madrid last night, or will this morning, to go down the river. We shall catch them the first time they stop. 'Forward to Memphis' is the word. We are all in capital spirits and our hearts bound with exultation at [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Cairo, April 10,1862.—Since the capture of Island No. 10 our regiment has moved to New Madrid and I have received orders to join it forthwith. I came from Sikeston to make necessary arrangements for leaving. We shall march from Sikeston on Saturday. Think we shall get through by night. The fighting at [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Sikeston, April 6, 1862.—Company K is ordered to join the regiment. One of our gunboats ran past the batteries to New Madrid and we hear that our troops will cross the river tonight. We do not know whether the 8th will be sent across or not. The fighting will doubtless commence immediately. [...]
To Mrs. Lyon March 30, 1862.—Jeff Thompson and Pillow both had headquarters here last winter and ravaged the country. The regiment is still at Mt. Pleasant doing nothing. We do not expect to join it until we can go down the river. Our forces are cutting a channel through from above Island No. 10, about [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Sikeston, Mo., March 28, 1862.—We are put off here at Sikeston to guard a railroad 26 miles west of Bird's Point. This is a very pleasant place.
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, March 25, 1862.—We are ordered to leave here at six this evening to join the regiment, to report at Cairo. No fighting where they are.
To Mrs. Lyon Cairo, March 18, 1862.—They are fighting like fun at Island No. 10. No infantry engaged. It is a naval battle.
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, March 16, 1862.—We have not gone yet. The 8th is at or near New Madrid, and there has been some fighting down there. The situation there is about this: The rebels have fortified Island No. 10 in the Mississippi river, about fifteen miles above New Madrid, and occupy it now. [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, March 12, 1862.—We are still here, and shall be for some days. There is a new administration at Cairo. General Strong has charge, General Paine being in the field near New Madrid, and they do not know at headquarters anything about the order relieving us. So if you hear of [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, Sunday, March 9, 1862.—How lucky now that you did not come to me. I got orders last night to join the regiment, which is 20 miles west of Bird's Point. We are all packed up and expect the boat every hour. I presume we shall go to New Madrid. If [...]
Mound City, Ill., March 6, 1862.—I see by your paper of last week (a stray copy of which has just reached us) that you are under a misapprehension in relation to the movement of our regiment. No part of it has been at Fort Donelson. Company K was sent to this place on the 12th [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, Ill., March 5, 1862.—I was down to Cairo yesterday, and while there the regiment received orders to march to Charlestown, a few miles west of Bird's Point. Company K was not included. You are glad. Columbus is evacuated, no fight there. The boys are hungry for a fight.
To Mrs. Lyon March 2, 1862.—Col. Murphy sent orders for Company K to be ready for marching. He is trying to join an expedition down at New Madrid, which is below Columbus, to cut off communication from that point down the river. It looks as though they would have a fight at Columbus. We hear [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Feb. 26, 1862.—I moved Saturday to my own quarters. Board with a Mrs. Reyburn, whose husband is a sutler. My bed is in the parlor, and I have white sheets. Everything is as neat as wax and the whole family are so solicitous for my comfort it is almost embarrassing. I can [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, Ill., Wed. p. m., Feb. 19, 1862.—There has been nothing going on here to break the monotony for a few days past except the arrival of a part of the wounded from Fort Donelson. These, with those that have previously been sent here, make about 400 of them at this [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, Monday noon, Feb. 17, 1862.—The regiment is now all at Cairo except Company K and about 100 men who, with Col. Murphy, went yesterday to Alton with the prisoners taken at Fort Henry. They are having a desperate fight at Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland river. General Paine came down [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Feb. 16, 1862.—We are in a post of honor, and except that it keeps us out of battle would be deemed very desirable, but we want a hand in. I suppose that Fort Donelson is taken, or will be in a day or two, and then the backbone of this rebellion will [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, Feb. 14, 1862.—Here we are, separated from the regiment for reserve duty again. We are to guard a large amount of ammunition. The hospital here contains from 600 to 700 patients, with accommodations for 1,000. Bartlett and I were all through it yesterday. Saw the men that were scalded on [...]
To Mrs. Lyon Mound City, Ill., Wed. p. m., Feb. 12, 1862.—Last night an order was received on dress parade that Company K proceed to Mound City and take charge of the post. So we went on a steamer this afternoon, and here we are.