History of the First Kentucky Brigade
General Books, May 10, 2012 - 312 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 Excerpt: ...frequent incursions being made into the country by that arm. The few weeks, therefore, in which he had to labor, scarcely sufficed to get together and organize a single company. Of this, September 27, 1862, he was chosen captain, and shortly afterward set out from Cynthiana for Camp " Dick Robinson," upon which Bragg was now moving. Before setting out from the latter place, October 13th, his company, and three others under command, respectively, of Henry C. Musselman, John W. Calvert, and Jno. T. Gaines, were united, and Captain Desha was placed in command of the battalion thus formed. Arriving at Knoxville, the companies of Musselman and Calvert (as we have seen in the particular account of Company I, Fifth Regiment), having'been recruited for Marshall's command, expressed a desire to return to Western Virginia. By retaining these companies, even though no further additions were made to them, the probability was, and in fact it was intended, that Captain Desha should be promoted to the rank of major, and assigned to the permanent command of this battalion. By a word of remonstrance, addressed to the general commanding department, he could have prevented the removal of these recruits, and Bo have secured to himself a somewhat more extended field in which to display those soldierly qualities which, under Taylor and Morgan, had already won the confidence and esteem of the army and of the government. His action, however, was not determined by a selfish disregard of the preferences of others. He acquiesced without hesitancy in the desired change, disclaiming any desire to command men who did not wish to serve in the department of his choice. In reply to some remark expressive of apprehension that he would endeavor to retain them, " What!" sa...
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