1 day 6 hours ago
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1 week 3 days ago
Ordinance Sgt. Rivenbark says it was great to see that Sgt. Major Lantz had not slipped in the slightest in making sure to fulfill his responsibilities as first watch in camp. 😉
1 week 6 days ago
Photos should be coming in over the coming days. For now, here is the action report via Captain Cohea:
Let me begin with I take extreme pleasure to make my report that Bankheads Battery, designated as Battery “A” for the campaign attached to Army of the West, was the best battery on the field and has received honors for their performance under fire. I received several personal commendations from artillery command, infantry units, as well as “captured” union infantry for our performance. I personally would like to thank and congratulate the attached units of Huggins Battery and Stanford’s Battery for their performance within our unit for when I speak of Bankheads Battery I am speaking of you and your members also. It was my pleasure to be in command of such a unit. Colonel Beams has requested that our assemble Batteries under his command for this campaign in the future be given the top preference for any future campaigns from the Army of the West solely due to your performance.
Bankheads Battery was called upon to commit our Battery for service under the command of Colonel Robert Beams and report to a field southeast of Pittsburg Landing to be known as Shiloh for a strike of force against the enemy assembling there. Our Battery Wagon and first gun arrived on the field the 5th of April accompanied by myself, Sgt. Major Lantz, and Ord. Sgt. Rivenbark to begin setting camp. We were quickly attached to Artillery Reserve, Army of the West commanded by General Jack King and designated as Battery A under Col. Beams. Three more Batteries would soon be assembled forming our Reserve Battalion.
It was evident that I, being placed in overall command of the complete Battery “A” would need to restructure the Battery command for its operation. Private Oliver was promoted to acting Lieutenant in command of the left section and Corporal Geminn was promoted to acting Lieutenant in command of the right section. Ordnance Sgt. Rivenbark was promoted to 1st Sgt. and was dispatched back to scout the advance of our other guns and crews enroute returning on the 7th. By the 6th of April, the Battery would begin to take form with the arrival of our second gun with Lt. Oliver and Private Douglas. Further assignments being deemed necessary, Private Douglas was field promoted to permanent Battery Sargent Major with the out-going Sgt. Major Lantz being promoted as my Aide de’ Camp. Feeling the need to ensure our safe and righteous cause, Private Robert Hatcher accepted the position of Battery Chaplain and was presented with the appropriate collar insignia signifying his post. I will add that no member of the Battery should feel uncomfortable in his presence as he was later observed running a card game and I received complaints from Pvt. Hunter he had attempted to fold it quickly after winning considerably.
On the 7th of April, Huggins Battery’s two guns arrived and was placed in park completing our four gun battery we were charged with assembling. Corporal Phineas and Pvt. Lane with welcome, joined our camp but was attached to McClung’s assigned to Battery “B”. Corporal Kelsey with the “Home Guard” arrived feeling the fray was too close for comfort and joined us. Private James Moore was billeted in town south of our position as our rear picket in report to command. He brought along a young recruit named Joshua that he found along the way and was quickly thrown into a uniform and pressed into service performing superbly as our “powder monkey”. The Section Commanders assigned Pvt. Billings, Cpl. Kelsey, Sgt. Maj. Douglas, and Cpl. McCallister as chief of their assigned piece who performed admirably under fire and with no casualties to their crews on the field.
By the evening of the 7th, we were disturbed in camp by the sounds of an erupting battle to our west. Pickets were sent out to discover that we had made contact with our enemy. We watched as columns of infantry, horse-drawn artillery with their baggage wagons pulled out of camp toward the fray. They battled into the night and silenced. With our ears-a-perched upon our heads, we settled down for sleep knowing this was the calm before the storm. Battle erupted again at daylight as our boys pushed the enemy into and beyond their camps where they took their morning breakfast from yankee pots. A number of our members acquired numerous items while there also.
I knew that though attached as “Artillery Reserve”, it would not last. We were called to make ready the guns by 3:00pm. Our Horse Artillery had already come into action with the union artillery and captured one of their guns drawing back to our position. Battery “A” was the first to come on line wheeling the guns ourselves from the cover of woods and onto the field. I have never seen our Battery with such determination in their faces coming into line and was proud to be first and best onto the field. As soon as our four guns were in operation within 4 minutes we quickly put the captured union gun to use within our own battery against the enemy giving us five. We identified a point of woods containing the union forces and concentrated our fire there. Our sister Batteries arrived one after one on the line we established until our battalion was fully engaged into a virtual “Hornet’s Nest”. Our infantry joined us on our flanks and after 2 hours of fighting, the enemy could stand no more causing them to withdraw. Ordnance reported our combined 17 guns of the day had poured in 362 rounds. We retired to camp holding our established line and no wounds to lick….just busted breast coat buttons with pride.
The following morning, there was great concern among command over plans to continue the attack pushing the enemy into the river. We were called to advance our guns ¼ mile further into another field for action. As soon as they were in position and before we could get all of our guns online the battle erupted by 1:00 pm. There would be a great turning point today as our intentions were thwarted by the arrival of fresh enemy reinforcements landing overnight and into the morning. We were only able to get Battery “A” and Turner’s 1st Mississippi Battery ‘B” in position before it began. Our infantry attacked and it was all we could do to support their efforts. Seeing we were out gunned on the field the horse-drawn came to aid on our immediate left flank. The firing was continuous with cavalry charges probing their lines for an opening. We had enough time to observe our support and came to the conclusion that though they were pretty with their horses and polished guns, Bankheads could out-gun and out fight them on any field based on what we saw. The adrenaline was so fierce I had to approach our line and restrain some of our men to conserve their energy more than once. When it was determined that we had to abandon our efforts, all withdrew following Aide de’ Camp Lantz with the colors to the rear. Being fearful the enemy might continue their charge, we quickly rolled up our camp and made our way from the field with no battle casualties or loss of guns.
I want to commend my Section Commanders Oliver and Geminn, for a job well done. 1st Sgt. Rivenbark supported our every needs even when both he and Sgt. Maj. Douglas were called to the guns. Our Battery received honors for their performance over the three days action and I will say I have never led a more courageous group with such pride. This is my report for our actions at 155th Shiloh.
Your obedient servant respectfully,
Captain Hilton Cohea
1st Tennessee Light Artillery
It was a spectacular "choir of fire", indeed
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Captain Hilton Cohea, it was a honor and pleasure to serve under your professional guidance during the Battle of Shilol. Huggins Battery would be honored to serve under your command any where, any time. Job well done Sir!
1 week 6 days ago
A most detailed and informative battle report. Enjoyed!
1 - 1 week 6 days ago
Joshua was proud to have served as "powder monkey".
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2 weeks 3 days ago
Photos coming in from Pvt. Hatcher.
Pvt. Billings has been keeping signal corps up to date on the event. Here's some more photos and some video footage as the ranks filter in...
Pvt. Billings sent these pics in yesterday to signal corps. The 155th of Shiloh is now in action.
2 weeks 6 days ago
Sgt. Major Lantz and Captain Cohea are already at Shiloh and have camp set up....
The 155th is just days away!
3 weeks 6 days ago
A little something found by one of our members. If you read it's meaning, it really says something about what drives us to do what we do and share it with the public. This is taken from words uttered by Joshua Chamberlain while revisiting Gettysburg battlefield 25 years after the battle. We will call it:
"The Concecrated Ground"
"But these monuments are not to commemorate the dead alone, death was but the divine acceptance of life freely offered by everyone. Service was the central fact.
In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays.
Forms change and pass, bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.
And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to the deathless field, to ponder and dream, and lo, the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in it’s bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls."
Pvt. Jones made this Commercial Appeal this weekend!
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2 months 2 weeks ago
After the annual meeting a tentative event calendar was voted on and, at the present, this is what Bankhead's Battery has scheduled for 2017:
•March 4 & 5
Civil War & Military Show at the Shelby Farms Agricenter. Demonstration only
155th Shiloh. National event. Full battle reenactment.
Battle reenactment and periodic demonstrations.
•May 19-21 Sacramento, KY
Full battle reenactment.
•May 29 Memorial Park, Memphis, TN.
Memorial Day ceremony.
•August 26 Starlight Symphony Jackson, TN .
Symphony performance. A must see for anyone who hasn't attended!
•October 6-8 155th Perryville. Perryville, KY
National Event. Full battle reenactment
•October 13-15 Columbus-Belmont. Columbus, KY
Full battle reenactment
•October 27* Bartlett School Day Bartlett, TN
Demonstration only (*date might possibly be moved to November 3rd).
Signal Corps will keep everyone posted as to new additions to the schedule (as you never know what new ones can...and will...be finalized). For now, these are our confirmed events.
2017..... here we go!
The annual meeting was great! Fun was had by all and business was addressed! So....the tentative 2017 campaign schedule will be posted this week!
Thanks for coming out, everyone!
3 months 2 weeks ago