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CAPTAINS R. L. COBB AND F. P. GRACEY. L. Cobb was Captain of Engineers in our army, and
won distinction and was rewarded by successive The Veteran notes peculiar sorrow in the deaths, promotions from private in a Tennessee infantry
regiment to captaincy of Engineers. He was at occurring recently, of two heroic, noble Confederates,
Fort Donelson with Dixon, and after the fall of tliat who were brothers-in-law and lived together. They gallant officer, commanded the heavy water battery were Captains F. P. Gracey and R. L. Cobb. They at the river line, which held the Federal gunboats are remembered, not only by Tennesseans, but by at bay. He was also, having made his escape from
Donelson, with me in the battle of Shiloh, where comrades throughout the South, who will recall
he was slightly wounded. He was thereafter conmany of their heroic deeds. The first recklessly
The first recklessly stantly in the Ěngineer's Department, mainly under daring deed by a Confederate in the great war was Col. Pressman, Chief of Engineers, Arny of Tenthe sagacious and manifestly fearless actions of nessee, but also with the army, which, undier Gen. Capt. Cobb with the heavy guns at Fort Donelson.
Jos. E. Johnston, marched to the rescue of licksAgain, near its close, he was building a pontoon
burg in 1863, but whicli wint down July fourth. across the Tennessee, right under the fire of the enemy; and his perfect composure of manner gave courage and assurance to the men working under him, and it is doubtful, but for such a leader, whether the bridgeway would have been secured.
Major H. N. Pharr, of La Grange, Ark., writes a thrilling story of how Capt. Cobb "saved the Army of Tennessee." He says: Cobb was the Junior Captain, a man of courage, of intelligent enterprise, and many agreeable traits of character, with a high sense of honor, and faults enough to make one like him.
After Hoods disastrous defeat at Nashville, we put him over Duck river at Columbia.
We were there informed that the General had selected Bainibridge as the point at which he would attempt to recross the Tennessee, and were ordered to hästen forward with the battalion. At the same time Capt. Cobb was dispatched with his company of pontooniers, mounted on mules, to Decatur to bring down if possible, several pontoon boats that had been captured there, as we did not have enough. The whole corps of engineers felt that upon his success depended the fate of the army, and we all knew that to run the mussle shoals at that stage of water, in such frail boats, was a hazardous task.
We approached the river late on the second afternoon, with that grand old army disheartened, disorganized, wrecked, behind us, and the broad Ten
CAPTITS ROBERT L. ('OBB. nessee river before, while the roar of artillery in "I am not writing this for publicatio.1, but hastily the distance told plainly that the rear guard was to correct an error growing out of the confusion being pressed by the victorious foe.
consequent upon the similarity of names, and patJust then the chief engineer rode rapidly up, his ronymic of Capt. Robert L. Cobb and nyself, alface all aglow, his fine gray eyes sparkling, and ex- though mine is simply R. Cobi." claimed, “Cobb has come! Cobb has come!' A
After the war Capt. Cobb engaged in railroad wild cheer for Cobb went up from the old batallion, for all felt that the army was saved.
service, laving charge of various extensions for the May the angels that guard the other shore of the
Louisville & Nashville; and he was in Ohio, exsilent river he has crossed catch up the echo and tending the Ohio Souther.1, when he became pass the exclamation, 'Cobb has come.' on up the paralyzed. He was brought to Clarksville, and was line to the throne of heaven."
in the home of his sister when Capt. Gracer, who A letter from R. Cobb, of Wichita Falls, Texas, had been eminently successful, died very suddenly. Brigadier General, U. C. V., corrects an error, and Personal intimacy with Capt. Cobb, obligations comments: "I should sooner have called attention to for his constant zeal as a friend, and remembrances the error in noticing the death of my faithful and of his open purse to every sentiment for honoring gallant successor, Čapt. Frank P. Gracey, as cap- his comrades, suggests the propriety of a more extain of Cobb's Kentucky Battery.
tended tribute to his memory by the VETERAN. "Capt. R. L. Cobb is my double cousin, our fathers Capt. Gracey was a large contributor to the magbeing brothers, and our mothers, sisters. Capt. R. nificent Confederate monument at Clarksville, Tenn.
E. B. Ross writes for Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle: our men to get possession of the rich prize, for the
Rossview, Tenn., May 20: I had a personal men were sadly lacking in both the food and clothknowledge of this brave man whom we are called ing with which the steamer was loaded down. to mourn, and feel that I ought to say a word in his Captains Gracey, John Horn and I built a small honor, for he richly deserves the praise of his old raft to carry us over to capture the steamer. We comrades and his fellow citizens.
had no nails to make the raft strong, and before it was ready the current tore it to pieces.
There seemed nothing to do but make another raft, but Captain Gracey would not wait. He caught two of the largest pieces of the old raft, brought them together and put his legs over them to hold them. Thus mounted on this strange craft, with a piece of plank for a paddle, he started alone across the wide and deep river. There was no knowing how many enemies he had to encounter on the other side. Of course the current carried him down stream, but he rowed hard and finally landed alone in the enemies territory far below the disabled steamer. He then made his way up the river, and just before he reached the prize he came upon some of the crew hiding behind some brush. Hecharged them, pistol in hand, (it is doubtful whether the pistols would have fired, because they had been in the water) but the crew of the Mazeppa did not know that and surrendered. In the words of the Irishman he “surrounded” them, and made them man one of the boats of the steamer and crossed over for re-inforcements. On the way across they picked up Captain Horn and the writer, who had made another raft, and were crossing over. By means of a cable we hauled the huge steamer and barge to our side. Then we had a high old time. The words of Gen. Buford on that occasion were: "Boys, there is plenty to eat and plenty to wear for every soldier, but only enough whisky for the General.” In a few days General Forrest captured one
of the enemy's gun-boats. He put Capt. Gracey CAPT. FRANK P. GRACEY.
in command of his feet, and soon afterwards atFrank Gracey was one of the most gallant men
tacked Johnsonville and destroyed several million of the Confederate army. He had the same sort of
dollars worth of army supplies. There was but one individual courage that distinguished Forrest,
braver man in our army, and that was Gen. Forrest.
A short time after, Capt. Gracey was promoted Stuart, Morgan and Ashby. He was a born leader
for his distinguished services; but for the close of of men, and he allowed none to go before him into
the war he would have risen rapidly to high posidanger; and he was as generous as he was brave.
tion, for he had the qualities of a great soldier. I first met him at Camp Boone in 1861, where he was mustered into the service. He soon became
It is good to give honor to whom honor is due. first lieutenant of Cobb's battery, which was manned
We ought especially to honor our dead. by a company of General Tighlman's old regiment,
In the case of Frank Gracey, I speak from what I the Third Kentucky Infantry. He became captain
know myself, and not by hearsay. As a soldier we and commanded this famous battery on many hard
had none of higher courage. He offered his life fought fields. Before the war ended he was pro
and services freely for his people, and for what he moted for his distinguished bravery by the govern
thought was right. ment at Richmond to the rank of colonel, and was
In time of peace he was as distinguished a leader commissioned to raise a regiment of cavalry.
of men as he was in war. He was perhaps the Here is an incident exemplifying the conspic- most useful citizen of Clarksville. uous courage_of Frank Gracey. In the fall of As a friend and comrade he was frank, generous 1864, Gen. Forrest posted a part of his com- and genial. To the poor and unfortunate his heart mand at old Fort Heiman, on Tennessee river. and his pocket were both open. Many times did Soon a large transport steamer, (I think it was the he feed and clothe the needy comrade. His power of "Mazeppa") loaded with supplies for the Federal enduring fatigue was very great. Returning from army at Nashville, and towing a large barge load- Richmond in 1864, he had to "foot it" over Sherman's ed with supplies, attempted to pass up the river. track. I knew him to march fifty miles per day and She was soon disabled by a cannon shot. The crew not seem to mind it. Take him all in all, for heart, ran her ashore on the opposite side of the river from honor and brain, there were few such as Frank us. The river was very wide, with a strong, deep Gracey. The sympathy of every true southern current. There was the greatest anxiety ainong heart is with his bereaved wife and family.
GRACEY-CHICKAMAUGA-WHITAKER. ber up his guns and report back to his command.
Reaching Morton first, his guns were silenced. I Maj. Chas. W. Anderson, who was of Gen.
then rode to Gracey's position and gave him the
same order, and delivered the General's complimentForrest's staff and by his side in nearly every battle
ary message. After thanking me, he remarked from beginning to end, writes:
that one of his pieces was loaded, and he would The death of Capt. F. P. Gracey, of Clarksville, like to get permission to discharge it, as it was unbrought to mind a tragic incident of the battle of safe to move with it, the gun being hot. I took Chickamauga.
the responsibility of ordering him to change the Capt. Gracey was then a lieutenant in command direction of the piece, so as not to invite a renewal of a section of Napoleon guns of Cobb's Kentucky of the engagement with the yankee battery, elevate Battery, attached to Breckenridge's Division. On it as high as possible and discharge it, which he did. the last day of the battle, this division was the ex
As is well-known, Gen. Thomas withdrew his treme right of Bragg's Infantry, while Forrest, command through McFarland's Gap to Rossville, with Armstrong's division of his Cavalry, fought beginning the movement as early as 5:30 p. m., the day out dismounted, "touching elbows" with and completing it before eight o'clock, of which Breckenridge during the morning, and in the even fact, Bragg was entirely ignorant until the next ing with a portion of Walker's reserve corps under morning. On that morning the-21st of September Generals Walthall and Govan.
'62-Forrest was ordered to mount his command Before the battle began, Breckenridge and Forrest
and push the enemy on to Chattanooga on the Lawere riding together to the front. On nearing the
fayette road; but before starting, he directed me to line of battle they found Gracey's section of artil
take a detachment of Cavalry and a detail from the lery in reserve in the rear, the nature of the ground
escort to act as couriers--cross Missionary Ridge, preventing Gen'l. Helm from using all of his guns.
and get on the line of the Federal retreat, and join Forrest (who believed in putting every man and
him in the direction of Rossville. Unwilling to gun in the fight) applied for the loan of Gracey's lose time by going back to McFarland's Gap, I section; and it was ordered at once to the front and
determined to make the crossing at the depression into position. Skirmishing soon began, and as the
above Cloud's Spring. In ascending we soon apGenerals were separating, Breckenridge reined in his proached the Cloud house. There I saw that a horse, and said: “With you on my flank, Gen.
cannon shot had gone through the left front room. Forrest, I shall suffer no uneasiness as to my right
It had entered two or three feet above the floor being turned by the enemy to-day.
But mind you,
level. In an instant it occurred to me that Gracey's General! don't lose Gracey and my Napoleon guns."
last shot did it. Halting for a moment, inquiry The battle soon waxed hot--the enemy
was made of the Assistant Surgeon in charge. He driven back, and about ten o'clock Armstrong
said that the shot struck the building about six swung his right brigade under the brave and gal- o'clock-that it came from the last cannon fired the lant Dibrell to the left and front, capturing the evening before, and in its passage through the Federal Hospital at Cloud's Spring, thus gaining
house it killed a wounded officer; and he pointed to the enemies rear, and also possession of the Lafay
the shattered relics of a cottage bedstead on which ette road, upon which Grainger's corps was moving
the officer lay at the time The church at Cloud's. to the assistance of Gen'l Thomas, but whose ad
and the grounds around the Spring were filled with vance was greatly retarded by our mounted division Federal wounded, and were plainly in view from of Cavalry commanded by Gen. Pegram unsupported
the position of our batteries, but the Cloud manby any Infantry.
sion was above the spring and completely hidden Forrest withdrew from this road, but massed his
by a grove of trees. artillery, consisting of Morton's, Huggin's and
This discharge from Gracey's gun causing death,
induced Gen. W. C. Whitaker of Grainger's Corps, Huwald's batteries, and Gracey's section, upon a glady ridge running parallel with and about six to
to incorporate in his report of the battle of Chickaeight hundred yards from it. Waiting quietly until
mauga this erroneous and unjust charge. Grainger's column was fairly in his front, every
"With alacrity and enthusiasm, the men marched gun was put into action, and so severe and telling under a hot sun, and through clouds of dust up the was their fire that Grainger was compelled to
Lafayette road until they found the Rebel mounted abandon the open road, change direction, and seek Infantry drawn up in line of battle to intercept our shelter behind the foot hills of Missionary Ridge, progress. They had already reached the rear of between Cloud's Spring and McDonald's.
Thomas' command, and had possession of his field Towards sundown, artillery firing had ceased on hospital, which they had inhumanly shelled while our left, and occasional rapid discharges of musketry filled with our wounded, killing my personal friend, was all that could be heard in that direction. An the gallant Dick Rockingham, Lieutenant-Colonel artillery duel, however, had been going on for of my brave old regiment, the Sixth Kentucky, some time between Gracey's section-a section of who was lying wounded in it." Morton's rifle guns, and a Federal battery on a hill If Gen'l. Whitaker is still living, it may interest near McDonald's. About six p. m., with no enemy him, as well as the surviving friends and comrades in his front, Forrest considered the battle ended for of Col. Rockingham, to know that his death was the day, and directed me to order Morton and caused by the accidental destination of a ball from Gracey to cease firing, also to thank Gracey for his an elevated unaimed gun, fired solely to render gallant and efficient services, and order him to lim it safe for removal from the field, and not from
any "inhuman shelling", as charged in his report. Louis Walburg, Columbus, Miss., writes that
În using the past tense (“had inhumanly shell- "an old messmate of John Emmet Weaver, Sered"), Gen’l. Whitaker charges that such shelling geant-Major Ninth Mississippi Battalion of Sharp had been done, and his friend killed before he and Shooters, and Sergeant McBride, of Company B, his command reached the hospital grounds on their same Battalion, would be happy to hear from them." way “almost at a double-quick” to the relief of Gen. Thomas. In justice to my old commander,
H. D. Hawks, Sac, Tenn., remembers kindnesses: and the brave officers and men of his batteries, I
I would like to know what has become of two must say that the charge is untrue.
When Dibrell young ladies who were so kind to me while lying swung his brigade on to the Lafayette road and wounded in the basement of the Court House at captured the hospital at ten o'clock in the morning
Franklin, Tenn., from the time the battle occurred his batteries were in the rear of the division, and
until our forces fell back from Nashville. I will not a cannon shot was fired during the movement.
ever remember Miss Sue McEwen and Miss Sallie Jordan. Miss McEwen was sent in by Dr. Plunkett,
her cousin, the second day after the battle. She With the record of the splendid fighting done by visited me nearly every day of the time, often Gen. Whitaker's brigade that same evening on the bringing me clothing and always something good to flank of Thomas, and his own gallant conduct on eat. Miss Sallie Jordan took my coat, torn with the field, as attested by his division and corps com- bullets and saturated with blood, and washed and manders, he cannot, if he be as just as he was brave, patched it with her own hand. Such things will fail to make a manly withdrawal of the charge, not be forgotten. which does great injustice to a brave commander
Hearing that our army was falling back, I, aland as gallant troops as ever formed in line of bat
though unable to walk with twenty-two other tle. But whether this be done or not, as a staff officer of Gen. Forrest, and with him, too, from
wounded of our regiment, undertook to make my "start to finish" in this great battle, and knowing,
way South. On that memorable morning, about also, the facts of Col. Rockingham's death to be just
two o'clock, some of the boys brought a horse to
the door. They then picked me up, put me in the as I have stated them, I cannot permit the charge to
saddle, and placed a pillow under my arm. We go into history uncontradicted.
made our way out safely to Corinth, Miss., without
any medical attention whatever, or anything in the LETTERS FROM VETERANS.
way of rations except the little found by those who
could “forage." I do not know how many of those J. M. Beasley, Beutonville, N. C.: I would like
boys are living yet, but several have passed over
the river. to have the address of any relative or friend of J. W. Beasley, Tenth Georgia Regiment or Battalion.
An amusing story is published of some ladies'emHe was killed near Bentonville, N. C., March, 65.
barrassment at the Bentonville reunion. Of course J. J. Ikirt, East Liverpool, Ohio, makes inquiry the village was very much crowded. Wade Hampof a young man, a member of Gen. John Morgan's ton was favored with a bed in the parlor at Mr. command, who was wounded in a fight in Ohio, Blanks. A group of ladies, having finished some called the "Monroe Scrimmage." This was in July, preparations for the next day, returned to this resion the morning of the day that Gen. Morgan was
dence and entered the parlor promptly to avoid a captured. As soon as able, the young man was sent
chill atmosphere. Some one remarked that the to Columbus, Ohio.
children of the family were sleeping there; and an
admirer of one of the children went to the bed to J. C. Witcher, of Bells, Texas, in sending a nice
caress it-but she didn't. She rushed from the bed list of subscribers, writes that he “would like to and excitedly whispered to the other ladies: “It hear from two boys who joined Maj. Shannon's ain't a baby; it's a man! a man! and it's General Texas Scouts in Tennessee.
Thinks their names Hampton, too!" The way they got out of that were Bob Gregory and Bowman.
room is one of the wonders of the nineteenth cenC. E. Woolverton, Altoona, Fla., makes inquiry tury., General Hampton told them next day that he
wasn't asleep; and that he heard all they said, and of Telemeus Jones, a classmate of his in Madison University, at Hamilton, N. Y., over fifty years
it was all he could do to keep from laughing out. ago. If living, Mr. Jones would be about seventy A word from him, or any of his descend
FAREWELL TO JOHNSON'S ISLAND. ants, would be appreciated.
Hoarse sounding billows of the white capped lake, A. J. Reynolds, of Welaka, Fla., writes: I in
That 'gainst the barriers of our hated prison break, tended to go to Houston, Texas, to meet and renew Farewell! Farewell! thou giant inland sea :
Thon, ton, subservest the modes of tyrannymy acquaintance with many old comrades; but the
Girding this Isle, washing its lonely shore loss of my orange grove by the freeze and damage
With moaning echoes of ihy melancholy roar. to other business prevented me. I can't do with- Farewell thou lake! Farewell thou in hospitable land! out the VETERAN. I served the first eighteen Thou hast the curses of this patriot band, months with the Fourth Tennessee Infantry; was All, save the spot, the holy sacred bed,
Where rest in peace our southern warriors dead. discharged, and served the remainder of the war with Company A, Tenth Kentucky Cavalry. I Penciled by an unknown hand upon a wall of one would be glad to hear from any of my old comrades. of the prison buildings of Johnson's Island.
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