Pointon (Mair) Papers, 1862, 1 Item

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Cite As:Mair Pointon Papers, 1862, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-S2

Transcription(s): Yes

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Accession Number: 2004.407

Processed by: Charles Johnson, June 2005

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Abstract: One letter dated September 10, 1862 by Mair Pointon, Company A, 6th Wisconsin Infantry describes fighting off a Rebel cavalry raid on his commander’s wagon train. He states “ever since we left Cedar Mountain, it has been retreat all the time”. They had lost two thirds of the wagon train with which they were traveling. While near the Rappahannock River at Cattlett’s Railroad Station, they were attacked by parts of the 1st, 5th, and 9th Virginia Cavalry and a company of guerrillas. He goes on to describe how General Pope’s headquarters’ wagons were captured and burned. About half of his letter describes in great detail how his Brigade, under General Gibbon, was able to circle their wagons, fight off the Rebels, and avoid capture.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Mair Pointon enlisted on May 10, 1861 as a Corporal in A Company Wisconsin 6th Infantry. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant and then to 1st Lieutenant on October 19, 1864. He was mustered out on July 14, 1865.

Scope and Content Note

One letter (September 10, 1862) documents the skirmishes between Lee and Pope’s armies along the Rappahannock River after the battle of Cedar Mountain. The letter includes a description of the raid at Cattlett’s Station where Jeb Stuart capture Pope’s baggage train, papers, and $5800: “While we lay at Cattletts Station We were attacked by Parts of the 1st 5th and 9th Va Cavalry and 1 Co of Gureriallas All of Popes Army train lay at the Station The First Wagons the attacked was Genl pope’s Head Quarter Wagons Guarded By one Co of Bucktails the boys had just gone to bed in the wagons the Rebs came upon them with a yell all those that was awake ran away and left the wagons to take care of themselves all the Boy that did not have time to get away was taken prisoners The Rebs Burned all the wagons took all Pope’s papers and 5,800 Dol in money only a part of the Rebs did that The rest came at (our) Brigade Wagons to burn them but they was received a little warmer than the Bragg Bucktails received them We did not turn tail and run and let them burn our wagons the Genl (Gibbon) heard our train had been attacked” After many delaying battles, Pope continued to withdraw his troops toward Washington and into the trenches fortifying the city. Subsequently, Pope was relieved of his command and was replaced by McClellan. According to Pointon’s letter, the Union had been “sleeping and playing war long enough.” Pointon thought the war would be drawn to a close before the start of winter in six weeks.

A copy print of Mair in uniform is included in the collection.

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