Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Civil War Oddities #21

In the Confederate retreat as the battle of Shiloh ended, three gray-clad officers rode past Colonel A. K. Johnson, of the 28th Illinois regiment. Johnson chased and fired at one rider. The victim slumped on his horse’s neck, but Johnson, thinking this a feint, rode nearer and seized the Confederate by the hair to drag him from the saddle. A tug brought his a trophy, a wig. The Confederate officer was dead, and soon toppled to the ground.