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|Letter from the Battle of Jenkins Ferry|| Rate Topic
|Posted: Sat Jan 22nd, 2011 07:50 pm||
|Below is a link to the scanned image of the original letter to my great grand mother from her brother, feel free to correct errors in this transcript.
Camp near Jenkins Ferry May 1st. 1864
Yesterday we engaged the the enemy at the
ferry on the Saline, never was a field more hotly con-
tested and I do not believe there has ever been harder
fighting on either side in this war or any other. I have
never heard any firing of small arms half so terrible
Skirmishing commenced at daylight general engagement
commenced about 7 and one incessant deafining
roar continned until 3 when the enemy left the field
to us, heard no estimate of loss on either side
ours was severe theirs was more terrible the battle was
fought in the river bottom water and mud was
knee deep for infantry and almost impassable for
horsemen the enemy used no artillery at all we
used but little I was unfortunate enough to loose
one section the horses ever shot down before we
unlimbered and we had to roll the pieces out from
under the horses to open fire we were at the time in
one hundred yards of the enemys line of infanty
they charged us and we being without support
were run over my loss is 14 killed wounded
and missing three of the brave boys were killed
after surrendering I fear they will kill the captured
they left the field with Liet Lockhart was wounded
and captured he was the last to leave the battery
he loaded and fired a charge of canister at 20
steps. Eugene Ewing is amoung the missing think the
enemy took him we were charged by a negro
regiment a great many of them are dead in the field
to blame is attached to us for our loss having been
first on down by Price and then by Gen. Smith impressed
to take that position yet I knew what the result would be when
the section went in. It rain during the whole
fight which made the ground everywere very deep.
We had 5 Brig. Gen wounded.
My pen is so indifferent that I dislike to write
at all, but hope to tell you more about these
thing when I see you. I have had no more
shakes and begin to feel all right. Good bye
Love to mother Your affect Bro
Sam T. Ruffner
|Posted: Sat Jan 22nd, 2011 08:49 pm||
| The Reverend Ruffner was an interesting fellow. For those who wish to read more:
Rev Samuel T. Ruffner (1836 - 1923) - Find A Grave Memorial
Buried in the same cemetery as Reverend Ruffner is the Civil War diarist Lucy Rebecca Buck (1842-1918) of Front Royal, VA. She chronicled wartime events in her diary and was the author of: "Sad Earth, Sweet Heaven," and: "Shadows of My Heart."
Also buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery is Lucy's brother Captain Irving Ashby Buck (1840-1912). He served in the 7th Virginia, then on General Beauregard's staff, and finally on General Cleburne's staff. He later wrote a biography of General Cleburne titled: "Cleburne and His Command."
Last edited on Mon Jan 24th, 2011 02:59 am by Texas Defender
|Posted: Thu Jan 27th, 2011 06:47 am||
Did I Fire 6 Shots or Only 5 ?
|Thank you very much for this. After The War, my 3rd Great Grandfather relocated from Alabama to Calvert County, Arkansas. Members of my family have been baptized in the bend of the Saline at Jenkin's Ferry ever since.
|Posted: Fri May 11th, 2012 05:41 pm||
|Are there any other letters from Samuel Ruffner in the possession the family that owns the one he wrote on May 1, 1864?
|Posted: Mon Jul 23rd, 2012 07:01 am||
|Bill Gurley wrote:
Are there any other letters from Samuel Ruffner in the possession the family that owns the one he wrote on May 1, 1864?any update to this...
Last edited on Mon Jul 30th, 2012 12:10 am by carloshoward45
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