I have been AWOL from posting for a long time but I am back. During the past year we have been touring Gettysburg Battlefield, Antietam and Harpers Ferry sites in addition to al 3700 mile tour arouind the Confederacy. We went down the Mississippi thru Vicksburg, Grand Gulf, Port Hudson and NewOrleans. Then across the Gulf Coast visiting Mobile, Biloxi and Pensacola and The Olustee Battlefield in Florida. Then north along the Atlantic thru Ft McAllister, Savannah and Ft Pulaski, Charleston and Ft Sumter then via the Outer banks to Richmond and back to St Louis.
We saw many coastal forts and were inpressed by the architecture and massiveness. It is incredible haw much labor went into the construction in such an incredibly short time.
I continue to write the Trivia quizzes for the St Louis Civil War Roundtable and have in the process been gathering lots of new and unusually interesting facts.I plan to share these facts daily in the future. Many will be in the format of the trivia questions but that have not been published in the quizzes. If you are interested in the Civil War, you can get more info on these subjects by searchin the web.
So here is the first: Did you ever hear about the Jesse Scouts?
Who were the “Jesse Scouts” and what distinctive uniform did they wear?
Jesse Scouts were an irregular Union unit formed in St. Louis by Gen. John C. Fremont and named after his wife. The first commander was Captain Charles C. Carpenter and the unit numbered about 60 men throughout the war. They wore Confederate Gray uniforms and operated behind enemy lines. They frequently wore a white cloth around their shoulder so as to be identified by Union units. Major Henry Harrison Young was the Jessie’s commander in the East under Gen. Sheridan after the unit had been brought East by Fremont in 1862. Some famous scouts were Ike Harris, Arch Rowand (MOH), Joseph McCabe, Tom Cassidy, George Valentine (who assassinated Hanse McNeil), Jim White, who diverted Lee’s supply trains at Appomattox, and Jim Campbell.