Raynors HCA 2017-02
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/23/2017
Signed CDV, bust shot of soldier signed on the front mount “Lt. Geo. H. Gamble Adjt. 8th Illinois Cavalry” Gamble enlisted 8/25/1861 and transferred into 8th IL Cavalry, serving with that unit the entire war. Gamble was captured and provides the following as his experience “I was captured at Madison Court House, Virginia, on the 22nd of September 1863, while on the staff of General Chapman, and taken to Libby Prison. I remained there until the movements of General Grant in June 1864, when I was taken to Danville, virginia, and from there to Macon Georgia, where I remained two months. from Macon I was taken to Charleston, South Carolina and kept under fire of the United States guns for six weeks, to stop firing on the city. wee were then moved to Columbia where I remained until the 22nd of November, 1864, when I escaped and reached General Sherman’s lines in front of Savannah, South Carolina after twenty nights’ travel through the swamps of South Carolina and Georgia, going a distance of about three hundred miles. I made five escapes before, but was recaptured every time. (excerpted from “A Surgeon of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry”).In June 1864, the Confederate Army imprisoned five generals and forty-five Union Army officers in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, using them as human shields in an attempt to stop Union artillery from firing on the city.
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