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From: Richard Dugan <>
Subject: Re: Unionist refugees
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 13:36:34 -0400
Dave and list,
There are 6 volumes of Regt. order books for the 1st Ala Cav in the National
Archives. I have gone through them. Most of the information in them is
divided by Company, but there is little organization of the information
after that. The books include company registers of officers and soldiers,
but they are not all complete. They usually identity the soldier, his age,
ht., complexion, eye color, hair color, his birthplace, occupation, when he
enlisted and for how long. For some companies there are registers showing
deaths and deserters. Then there are many orders issued by different
officers; some involve procedures, or transfers or behavior in camp and many
name individual soldiers.
The only two references I could find to refugee families are the following:
On Dec. 14, 1863, Gen. George Spencer issued the following order:
2nd Lt. E.D. Coe, Co. B 1st Ala. Cav. is hereby detailed and will proceed to
Corinth and take charge of refugee families there. He will report to these
HQs weekly in writing the condition of families of soldiers in camp and what
they require to make them comfortable. He is also directed to require all
soldiers visiting camp on passes to cut wood for the families and to police
the camp and do all other work necessary.
On November 7, 1863, Lt. Col. O.J. Dodds issued an order which included this
All women must leave this camp at once. A man cannot do his duty as a
soldier and keep house at the same time.
Unfortunately, the orders appear to begin in late 1863 or in 1864; there are
very few from earlier. My Dugan and Peoples ancestors were refugees in the
Spring of 1863, after being run out of Pikeville. They went to Glendale
where they found Richard S. Dugan in Co. C of the 1st Ala. Cav. and he was
directed to accompany them north to Illinois. After returning to the Army
that Summer, he became ill and died in the hospital at Glendale in Sept.
1863. Because the books contain virtually no orders from the early years of
the war, I could find no references to the group of refugees my ancestors
would have been in. Nor did I find any mention of Richard S. Dugan, other
than his listing in the Co. register.
Hope this is of interest to some of you.
David C Frederick wrote:
> Has anyone been to the National Archives in Wash DC and read the
> Regiment Letter (Order ?) books of the 1st Alabama Cav USA and found any
> information on the Unionist refugees sent north. Any documents with
> names of families ? Was this order given by Col. John Morrow (1st Ala
> Cav) ?
> Thank you
> Dave Frederick
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