Saturday, October 13, 2007

ON THIS DAY: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1861

In western Virginia, the adventure-hungry Capt. Tom Taylor of the 47th Ohio sets out to strike back at bushwhackers plaguing Union forces while Confederate regulars lie low. Armed with rifle, revolver, and bowie knife, Taylor leads a force of 15 soldiers, plus a lieutenant and two local guides. Taylor’s expedition leaves in the morning and by midnight is approaching the house of a notorious Confederate civilian guide named Nutter. Beginning with Nutter, Taylor will lead his little force on two days of marauding behind enemy lines. By the 16th he can sit down in camp and write wife Netta about what happened.

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