1864 : Company K Displays Courage at Battle of the Crater (Part 3)

July 30, 2018 all-day

“Among our troops was a company of Indians, belonging to the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. They did splendid work (at the Battle of the Crater), crawling to the very top of the bank, and rising up, they would take a quick and fatal aim, then drop quickly down again”

Lieutenant William H. Randall of Company I, captured during the Battle of the Crater, remembered that the “Indians showed great coolness. They would fire at Johnny and then drop down. Would then peak over the works and try to see the effect of their shot.”

Liutenant Bowley claimed to have seen that “some of them were mortally wounded, and clustering together, covered their heads with their blouses, chanted a death song, and died — four of them in a group”

Source : Jack Dempsey, Michigan and the Civil War : A Great and Bloody Sacrifice, Charleston, S.C. : History Press, 2011, p. 130.

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