By Donald C. Elder III
William Henry Harrison Clayton was once one among approximately 75,000 infantrymen from Iowa to affix the Union ranks in the course of the Civil battle. owning a highschool schooling and more advantageous penmanship, Clayton served as a firm clerk within the nineteenth Infantry, witnessing battles within the trans-Mississippi theater. His diary and his correspondence along with his family members in Van Buren County shape a different narrative of the daily soldier existence in addition to an eyewitness account of severe battles and a prisoner-of-war camp. Clayton participated within the siege of Vicksburg and participated in operations opposed to cellular, yet his writings are specified for the descriptions he supplies of lesser-known yet pivotal battles of the Civil warfare within the West. struggling with within the conflict of Prairie Grove, the nineteenth Infantry sustained the top casualties of any federal regiment at the eld. Clayton survived that conflict with purely minor accidents, yet he was once later captured on the conflict of Stirling's Plantation and served a interval of ten months in captivity at Camp Ford, Texas. Clayton's writing unearths the complex sympathies and prejudices usual between Union squaddies and civilians of that interval within the country's historical past. He observes with nice unhappiness the brutal results of warfare at the South, sympathizing with the plight of refugees and lamenting the destruction of estate. He excoriates draft evaders and Copperheads again domestic, conveying the intra-sectional acrimony wrought via civil warfare. ultimately, his racist perspectives towards blacks display a standard yet ironic angle between Union infantrymen whose efforts helped result in the abolition of slavery within the usa.
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Schofield 46 & Herron were on the ground. It is reported that the cavalry found a body of 4 or 5,000 on the retreat this afternoon. We are encamped at the famous Cross Hollows we have read so much about. There is Cross Roads & Cross Hollows. The Hollows is about 300 or 400 yards wide. There are a couple of houses built in it. It is said that we go back to the Elkhorn Tavern about 10 or 12 miles from here. We have not got any mail but once since leaving Springfield. The mail goes out in the morning & I have to get this letter ready by nine, this evening.
On our return nearly every house was burned. The corn and forage of all kinds was used up pretty clean to feed our train. For fire wood we use rails whenever we can get them. Teams go from here several miles & haul rails off of secesh farms. Those who have protection papers52 are exempt, and what feed is got from them is paid for. Keetsville was quite a place. It was nearly as large as Troy & 6 miles beyond Cassville. Nearly all the houses are burnt excepting 6 or 8 containing families. The secesh will not have much to live on if they return to that section of country.
I wrote to Uncle Nide while at Springfield. This leaves me enjoying good health, and I hope it finds you the same. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Cross Hollows, Arkansas October 23rd, 1862 Dear Father & Mother, I embrace the present opportunity of writing a few lines to you. Since I last wrote to you from Cassville we have done some pretty hard marching. We left Cassville Mo. on the 17th & camped 3 miles from the place. We cooked two days rations while there. We marched the next day into Arkansas & camped on the same ground that Gen.
A Damned Iowa Greyhound: The Civil War Letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton by Donald C. Elder III