McKinnie (Thomas "Mot") Papers, 1864, 1 Item

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Cite As:McKinnie (Thomas "Mot") Papers, 1864, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

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Abstract: A great war-date Union officer's, 3pp. 4to., letter written in ink by 1st lt. Thomas "Mot" McKinnie, Co. H, 126th Ohio Vols., Culpeper, Va., Apr. 3, 1864 to his friend concerning the consolidation of the 3rd Corps, a good first-hand encounter with a slave owner who fathered a huge family of slave off spring, and of the coming campaign, reading, in part: "I returned to the armyand found the "Bloody 126"we had a grand Review of the 3rd Corps on the Premises of the Hon. John Minor Botts. It was a grand display of military coats, decorated with bright buttons in clusters of twos and threes, new colors, and torn banners, thousands of men, supposed to be brave, and a [?] of fair womensoon after I was sent out eight miles to the front of the Picket. I was stationed at a house in which the practical workings of the "Peculiar Institution" was clearly demonstrated. A very aged man - the owner of a large farm - had around him Seven Mulatto girls - his own children - and some of these girls had children almost white of which the same of man is the fatherhe was the father and grandfather of the same children this is about as close relative as any two person can well bethe "old Dominion" is made a wilderness - the theatre of war - the arena of blood. The very ground seems to be cursed because of the oppression. Our old 3rd Corps is no more[and] has been absorbed by the 2nd & 6th. Our Division (3rd) is transferred permanently to the 6th The other Divisions are attached temporarily to the 2nd Corps. Our Brig (2) is commanded by Genl Russell - our Division (3rd) is commanded by Genl Prince - Our Corps (6th) by Genl Sedwick - should you ever read of any of these Genls winning great achievementsyou may know that we were some of the instruments usedGenls Grant and Meade are now at Fortress Monroe consulting Genl Butler in referenceI am very anxious that the plans of our Chief" be fully mature and that he act with very great prudence and care in the opening of the campaign. A disasterwould so stagger this Government that it would not get over it in less than a year, and it would be almost fatal to us politically". The original stamped transmittal envelope is included. McKinnie enlist in late 1862 and served faithfully throughout the war being wounded at the Wilderness. Just before Christmas 1864 he was promoted lieutenant colonel and was discharged in June 1865.

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