Sowle, George H. – November 7, 1864

Michigan Civil War Collection Rare and Notable


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Regiment: 5th Michigan Cavalry

Battles Mentioned:

Historical Figures: George A. Custer, John S. Mosby

Head Quarters U.S. Forces
Winchester, Va. Nov. 7th 1864
Colonel,
I have the honor to state that G.H. Sowle Co. G 5th Michigan Cavalry
this day entered on lines from the direction of Berryville and reported as follows.
He was take prisoner by men of Mosby’s command on the Maeadanuged Road near Newtown
and by them taken to a camp on the Berryville and Winchester Turnpike. There he was placed with a squad of Federal Prisoners numbering about Twenty two and with them compelled to draw lots for the purpose of determining upon a certain number who should be hung. Of the twenty three men, seven were to be executed in retaliation for alike number of Mosby’s command who were hung by General Custer. Of the seven men upon whom the lot fell three were hung, two shot and two escaped. The wounded men one of whom escaped alive by feigning death and being cared for by Union families in the vicinity of the camp. The men who escaped have reported at the post.
The accompanying note was formed by a citizen who cut down and buried the bodies, pinned
to the clothing of one of the men who were hanged, Capt. Brewster, CS of General Custer’s Command was among the parties captured.
The name of one of the men hanged was ascertained to George S. Pronley. He was a member of
Co. L, 5th Michigan Cavalry.
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt. Servt.
O. Edwards
Col. Comd. Post
C. Kingsbury Jr.
Lt. Col. & A.A.F.
Mid. Mil. Div.
Official
Jas. W. Forsyth
Lt. Col. & Chief of Staff
Hd. Qrs. Mid. Mil. Division
Cedar Creek, Va.
Nov. 8th, 1864
These men have been hung in retaliation for an equal number of Colonel Mosby’s men hung by order of General Custer at Front Royal. Measure for Measure.
Official
Jas. W. Forsyth
Lt. Col. & Chief of Staff

Head Quarters Mid. Mil. Div.
Cedar Creek, Va.
Head Quarters 1st Cavalry Division
Nov. 13, 1864
Official
A.E. Dana
Asst. Adgt. Genl.
Head Qrs. 1st Brig 1st Cav. Div. Nov. 14, 1864
Official
Chas. H. Safford
Capt. & A.A.A.G.

Head Qrs. Cavalry M.M.D.
Nov. 15, 1864

Official copy furnished for the information of Division Commanders
Wm. Russell Jr.
Major & A.A.G.

Head Quarters 1st Cavalry Division
Nov. 13, 1864
Official
A.E. Dana
Asst. Adgt. Genl.

Head Quarters 1st Brig. 1st Div. Cav.
Nov. 14, 1864
Official
Chas. H. Safford
Capt. & A.A.A.G.