Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Civil War Memoir: John Swick 23rd Independent New York Battery

The following is from Grand Army of the Republic ~ Department of New York ~ Personal War Sketches of the Members of Charles P. Sprout Post No. 76, of Lockport

Sprout who was with the New York 28th Infantry was killed in Action at Cedar Mountain, Virginia on August 9, 1862

John Swick
Born Tompkins, New York
23rd Independent New York Battery

…The first battle in which I was engaged was at New Berne, N.C. Afterwards Pollocksville, Trenton, White Oak River. Captured Rebs’ Guerilla Camp pickets. Officers and men, the whole thing, 62 in round numbers near Pollocksville. This was done by a surprise without the firing of a gun….

One of the important events connected with my service was going out one nigh in the winter of 1863-4 and capturing a Picket Post of the enemy without firing a gun. The [Rebel] Post was completely surprised, and while they had a gun in position to fire, they had no time to discharge it…it was captured by our men. This, as well as all the above named events seem of much importance to me as connected with our position and Department of the service

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