On With The Assault

Colonel John N. Daly is lying to the right of Colonel Rogers 

       The most famous commander killed at the Battle of Corinth on October 4, 1862 was William Peleg Rogers who commanded a brigade of Texas Infantry. Killed in the attack on Battery Robinette alongside of Colonel Rogers was Colonel John Daly, commander of the 18th Arkansas Infantry.

       I’ve attempted to write a blog about Colonel Daly for some time now, but there is very little information to be found about him. After months of research, I decided to publish what is known about this brave Arkansas colonel.

       John Daly was born in Tennessee and eventually became a lawyer in Ouachita County, Arkansas. He was 29 years old in the 1860 census and had married a lady named Mary Ann McCollum. Together they had one son named Richard Hugh Daly. Mary Ann was born in 1838 making her seven years younger than John.

       When the war began, John was elected lieutenant of Company I, 18th Arkansas Infantry which was organized Camden, Arkansas. He was soon elected lieutenant colonel and eventually colonel of the regiment.

       The regiment having been 1000 strong when organized was down to 425 men by September, 1862 because of sickness. They fought in the Battle of Iuka on September 19, 1862. They then marched to Corinth where they formed for battle on October 4, 1862 with just over 300 infantrymen. They advanced against Battery Robinette and received enfilading fire from Battery Williams to the south. Colonel Daly led the regiment forward over felled trees and up to the enemy breastworks.

       He was wounded as he led the assault with his sword in hand. He yelled, “On with the assault!” before collapsing on the ground mortally wounded. The fire at the works was so severe, that only 43 men returned from the charge.

       One soldier in the 18th Arkansas wrote, “On Saturday, our gallant colonel John Daly, leading his men, was mortally wounded in that sheet of fire and lead which no troops could withstand. On Monday, after the charge on Saturday, I found our Colonel John Daly, who commanded the 18th Arkansas, and a number of others of the regiment. A detail of Federals were burying the Confederate dead. It was horrible to contemplate the scene and look upon the blackened and bloated corpses.”

       Studying the photograph of Colonel Daly beside Colonel Rogers, I had assumed he was shot in the head. There appears to be blood on his forehead, but eyewitness accounts say he didn’t die until sometime the next day. He possibly was struck in the head and survived until the following day. I also wanted to find where he was buried and the best I can figure is that he rests where he fell near Battery Robinette. There is a marker there dedicated to Colonel Rogers and one to Brigadier General Joseph Lewis Hogg who died in Corinth of dysentery on May 16, 1862. I asked one of the Park Rangers there at the Battery Robinette Civil War Museum if Colonel John Daly was buried there alongside of Colonel William Peleg Rogers and she replied, “I’ve never heard of the man.”

       If you study the above picture, you’ll notice what appears to be blood above Colonel Daly’s right eye. 

Amazon Reader Review

“I couldn’t put this book down. The dialogue is believable and leads the reader to understand that these men were humans, as well as soldiers. His description of the battles helped me to better follow what was often, in real life, very confusing movements. I was never a Civil War devotee. Now I am. I hope Tim Kent is around for a very long time.” - SilverSpringsGirl

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“When I ordered this book, I didn’t realize it was a novel; however, the author so skillfully weaves the imagined dialog and character portrayals into known historical facts that I found it difficult to put down. We’ve always wondered what really happened at Spring Hill? We’ve always wondered what was said in the war councils and what the generals thought of each other and of their commander. This novel provides very plausible answers.” - Michael “Michael”

Brief Review of “Die Like Men”

Tim Kent’s “Die Like Men”, published by Bluewater Publications, is a historical novel portraying the Civil War battles of Franklin and Nashville and the events leading up to these tragic slaughters. Generals Hooke, Forrest, Cheatham, Brown, Cleburne, Lee, Smith, Thomas, Schofield, Opdycke, Wilson, Shy, and others come alive. Author Kent obviously lives and breathes the lives of these officers since he demonstrates an intimate knowledge of their personalities and backgrounds. Although we know the outcomes of those battles, Tim makes the story live and writes in such a way that one looks forward to each new page. Sparingly the language is raw where needed; omitting that would be an injustice to history. The chapters alternate between the CSA and the USA plans. Mr. Kent presents a balanced description that is fair to both sides of the conflict. He adeptly shows how certain subordinate decisions drastically affected the outcome. You can sample his book at his blog: www.trrcobb.blogspot.com. I eagerly look forward to the “histories” of other battles by this exciting young historian.

© 2012 Dr. David R. Curott, UNA Prof. Emeritus

Confederate General Killed by D.U.I.?

William Edwin Baldwin
Brigadier General William Edwin Baldwin
Confederate Brigadier General William Edwin Baldwin was born in 1827 in South Carolina. He moved with his family at an early age to Columbus, Mississippi and that is where he would call home. As an adult, Baldwin owned a book store and served in a local militia company. He served as an officer in that company for twelve years.
When the Civil War began, he was made captain and the company became a part of the 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. The regiment was assigned to Pensacola, Florida where Baldwin became colonel commanding the regiment. He would soon be sent to Cumberland Gap and placed in charge of a brigade.
From there he was sent to Fort Donelson, Tennessee where he was placed in command of a brigade of Tennessee and Mississippi Infantry. His brigade led the breakout attempt there and he was commended for his courageous leadership. He was surrendered there with the rest of the fort and held prisoner of war for six months.
After being exchanged, Baldwin was promoted to brigadier general and sent to Mississippi. His brigade fought at the Battle of Port Gibson. During the siege of Vicksburg, Baldwin was wounded, but was soon back in command of his men. When Pemberton approached all his officers looking for support in surrendering his command, he received approval from all but one man. That man was William Baldwin who voted to hold out to the last man.
Baldwin was exchanged and sent to Mobile where he took command of a garrison of sixteen-hundred men. It was here that Baldwin would meet an early death. Although, many disagree as to what happened, we know that he died from a fall from his horse. It was reported that a stirrup broke and the fall resulted in his death.
As with all of history things are a little murky. Rumors were soon being spread that Baldwin had been intoxicated and riding his horse at high speed when he fell from the saddle. Many believe the story was changed to a broken stirrup in an attempt to save the man’s reputation.
Regardless of whether the rumors are true or not, William Edwin Baldwin was a brave officer and hero of the Civil War. Everyone makes mistakes and this should have no impact on the man’s war record.
William Edwin Baldwin was 36 years old. Initially buried in Mobile, he would be re-interred in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Mississippi where he rests today.
Resting place of General Baldwin