Burlington Weekly Hawkeye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
30 May 1863
THE OFFICERS OF THE SIXTH IOWA CAVALRY
TO THE PUBLIC- HEADQUARTERS 6th IOWA CAVALRY, Camp near Council Bluffs, April
20- The undersigned officers of the 6th Iowa Cavalry have seen this day the
extract from the correspondence of the Chicago Times, written from Iowa City to
that sheet and copied into the Dubuque Herald of April 15th, in the following
"BULLY FOR THE 6TH.- The Chicago Times
correspondent at Iowa City, in speaking of this regiment says:
"For a week past the Iowa 6th Cavalry has been in
camp at this place, but have now left for Sioux City. It is a fine regiment, and
officered by noble, brave men. What is extraordinary about the regiment is, that
you can't find a single Abolitionist among them all; and, if there was one, his
peace of mind would be somewhat on the decline. Every man is of the true blue
and never thinks it a disgrace to be called a 'copperhead,' that emblem of
liberty. They are all dissatisfied with the policy of the Administration, and
say that they did not volunteer to fight for the 'nigger.' This regiment will
make its mark among the merciless Indians, and it is good policy for the party
in power to put it out West, rather than send it to Dixie."
The writer of the above cannot have obtained very
reliable information as to the sentiments of the regiment upon the subject of
which he writes.
The undersigned, speaking for themselves only, would
deem it a most grievous insult to be called "copperheads." We have
neither done nor said anything to merit that most disgraceful epithet. We have
no sentiments whatever in common with that class of men. We will carry the
national flag wherever those who command us see fit to send us.
We heartily endorse the Government and those who are
now administering it, in all or any measures they may inaugurate to put down the
rebellion. We volunteered to fight for the Union, to sustain the laws, to punish
traitors, North or South, and we know of no more effective aid now being
rendered to Southern traitors by "Copperheads," than the attempt to
make simple men think they are fighting for the "niggers."
While we are willing to go anywhere and submit our
destination entirely to the judgment of those whom we are sworn to obey, we
would much prefer to have been sent at once to Dixie where we could do somewhat
toward putting down the rebellion.- Next to this, we should prefer to punish the
traitors and all of their kindred spirits in the North, and in what we say think
we represent the sentiments of the regiment generally.
D.S. Wilson, Colonel
S.M. Pollock, Lieutenant Colonel
R.L. Miller, Adjutant
A. Williams, Quartermaster
M. Reno, Commissary
J.H. Camburn, Surgeon
S.C. Haynes, 1st Asst. Surgeon.
D.H. Mitchell, Chaplain.
1st. Battalion-Major Thomas H. Shepherd.
Co. A.- Capt. J. Galligan, 1st Lieut. J.M. Gates, 2nd Lieut.
Co G.-Capt. A.B. Moreland, 1st Lieut. W.A. Heath, 2nd Lieut.
Co. K- Capt. J. Logan, 2nd Lieut. H.F. Berst.
Co. D.-Capt. T.W. Burdick, 1st. Lieut Sherman Page, 2nd
Lieut. Timothy Plum
2nd Battalion- Major Edward P. Ten Broeck.
Co. E.- Capt. D.F. Eicher, 1st. Lieut. J.C. De Haven, 2nd
Lieut. D Ellison
Co. L.- Capt. A.S. Ames, 1st Lieut. S.B.Coyl, 2nd Lieut.
Co. H.- Capt. C.J. Marsh, 1st Lieut. G.A. Hesselbarger, 2nd
Lieut Carter Berkley.
Co. B.- Capt. DeWitt C. Cram, 1st Lieut. J.P. Rood, 2nd Lieut.
Thomas J. Leavitt.
3d Battalion-Co.I.-Second Lieut. G.W. McCall
Co. C. (1st Lieut. absent, sick)
Co. F.-Capt. Scott Shattuck; 1st Lieut. James Rush, 2nd
Lieut. L.N. Brennan
Co. M.- Capt. V.J. Williams, 2nd Lieut. Richard Barry.
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