Any desendants belonging to the above soldiers of Company K 9th Louisiana Infantry have a rich family history. All men are believed to be from Jackson Parish. circa 1860
The 9th Louisiana Infantry had earned a reputation of being a hard fighting unit especially after the battle of 1st Manassas. As a reward for signing up for three years members of Company K were allowed to go home to Jackson Parish, Louisiana in an effort to recruit additional men for their Company. The new soldiers were given $50.00 as a bounty and many knew that talk of a Confederate draft had been mentioned. Some of the new members were: Graves/Monday/Stegall/Stringer/Toler/Walker/Wilson all of Jackson Parish. Many were family men. Benjamin F. Stegall was a brother-in-law to E.A. Wilson as an example. They enlisted in March of 1862 and Company K was then ordered to join their new regiment in Northern Virginia. They would travel by rail.
On the flip side General Ormsby Mitchell along with a spy named James Andrews had been holding secret meetings in Tennessee in March of 1862. Known in history as Andrews Raiders these handful soldiers from Ohio would steal a train at Big Shanty, Georgia while General Mitchell would capture Huntsville, Alabama. Andrews would burn bridges and destroy the Western and Atlantic Railroad thus cutting off Chattanooga, Tennessee. The raid would take place on April 11, 1862 but because of rain Andrews felt that Mitchell would be delayed one day and postphoned his raid by 24 hours. That was a mistake as Mitchell had marched all night long to take Huntsville, Alabama.
Back to the soldiers of Company K 9th Louisiana. The soldiers felt they were far behind Confederate lines as their train pulled into the depot on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad yard in Huntsville, Alabama on April 11, 1862. The majority of Company K 9th Louisiana were captured by General Mitchell that day. They were taken to the 3rd floor of the depot and held for days, where according to local history some of their names can be seen to this day writen on the walls. Company K 9th La. would be taken to Camp Chase and be held there as prisoners until the Dix-Hill Cartell allowed them to be exchanged at Vicksburg, Mississippi in August of 1862. Ironically, General Mitchell had just authorized the building of Prison # 2 at Camp Chase. It was built over the lowest ground at Camp Chase. These prisoners would be some of the first to see prison #2. Seven men of Company K 9th Louisiana would die at Camp Chase before the exchange was made. Rather than to join the 9th Louisiana in Virginia the decision was made to have Company K join the 12th Louisiana Infantry in Mississippi. At this point Company K 9th Louisiana was no more. They were now known as Company M2 of the 12th Louisiana Infantry. For the majority of these men from Jackson Parish Louisiana they had already lost seven of their members and had not yet been in a battle. For them the War had just started. Men like Samuel Stegall might have looked back upon Columbus toward the Southeast Cemetery where his brother-in-law E.A. Wilson had died and his brother Benjamin before boarding the train in Columbus, Ohio that would take them to their sailing vessell the "John H. Done" that would take them back to Vicksburg. If letters were received at Camp Chase to these men they would hear about the news after their departure from Jackson Parish was not any better. In April of 1862 the South had lost its largest city, New Orleans, Louisiana.
As for Andrews Raiders, they were captured in what history now calls the "Great Locomotive Chase" Because of the day delay trains were coming back from Huntsville and Chattanooga toward Atlanta, Georgia causing many delays. Six of the men were hanged in Atlanta and the others either escaped or were also exchanged. All were to receive the very first Congressional Medals of Honor. The term "lying theiving Yankees" also came from a result of this raid. They lied about who they were and stole the engine the "General" while the crew was at breakfast.
Much has been told of Andrews Raiders, however nothing about these 7 Confederates who died at Camp Chase who were in the wrong place and the wrong time.
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