Sunday, October 14, 2007

ON THIS DAY: Monday, Oct. 14, 1861

After his men from the 47th Ohio, based in western Virginia, surround the house of a Confederate ally named Nutter, Capt. Tom Taylor enters Nutter’s home in the early morning hours and finds him hiding under a bed. Taylor orders him out—“the wildest looking man I ever saw and all from fright”—and turns him over to the soldiers, who bind his hands. The Ohioans move on, arriving outside the home of the reputed chief of the rebel scouts, Capt. John T. Amick, a man notorious for his depradations aginst Union forces. When Amick attempts to flee, Taylor fires and seriously wounds the Confederate in the back. Taylor has Amick returned to his home, bandaged, and left there, probably to die from his wounds. Still behind enemy lines, Taylor’s men push on, search a number of houses and capture one “secesh.” Tomorrow, Captain Taylor and his men will return to the 47th Ohio’s camp, where they will receive the congratulations of their fellows.

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