By Major Van Harl
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- One of my pre-Revolutionary War grandfathers was a Horton from Long Island, New York.
Many of his direct descendants with that surname were in Iowa when the Civil War broke out. Three brothers from Muscatine, Iowa joined the Union Army, Charles, James and Edwin. Lt. James L. Horton became an officer in the 8th Iowa Cavalry.
In August of 1864 the 8th Iowa Cavalry was with Sherman on his march to Atlanta, Georgia. As the Confederates were being pushed out of Atlanta, they fell back to Lovejoy’s Station, which was a major supply depot.
Sherman wanted it destroyed and this turned into the last win for the Confederates on the battlefield in the Civil War.
Young Lt. Horton had just taken command of his unit.
On the morning of 20 August, in a rush to arms, he grabbed one of his Sergeant’s jackets and rode off into battle. Lt. Horton was killed that day.
He was wounded so many times that he either took a volley of rifle fire or was the victim of artillery grape shot.
Grape shot is where you substitute the large cannon ball for a cloth packet of small rifle balls. When the bag is fired into a crowd of men, it opens up, spreads out and works like a giant shotgun. It is extremely nasty stuff and to this day the military still uses a form of grape shot.
Lt. Horton’s body was not really recognizable, but his men knew it was him and they buried their young leader at Lovejoy’s Station.
In 1866 James’ two brothers drove a horse and wagon team from Muscatine, Iowa to Lovejoy’s Station to remove his body from the battlefield grave site and return it to Iowa. On the Iowa State Civil War Monument there is a statue of Lt. James Horton representing the cavalrymen of that state. The family was never really sure it was James they buried until years later at a reunion of the 8th Iowa Cavalry. The Sergeant whose jacket James had mistakenly put on that morning of his death was there to tell the family the story. With sadness the Horton family was relieved.
Several years ago I got a phone call from a man named Hord. He had the pistol his Civil War grandfather had carried and wanted some information on restoring the handgun. We had such an enjoyable time speaking on the phone that we met for lunch later that week. Mr. Hord’s grandfather was in the First Texas Light Artillery known as the Douglas Artillery. It was the only Texas artillery unit to fight east of the Mississippi River. My civil war grandfather Private George Bennett (on my mother’s side) was in the 24th Indiana Light Artillery. The 24th Indiana and the Douglas Artillery were in multiple engagements, facing off against each other from 1863 to 1865.
On 20 August 1864, the 24th Indiana Light Artillery, the Douglas Texas Artillery and the 8th Iowa Cavalry were all at Lovejoy’s Station. There is a good chance that Lt. Horton was killed by canon grape shot, but from whose canon? The battlefield was very fluid and mistakes were made on both sides as to who they were firing at. It was a running gun battle with artillery firing and then moving quickly to a new location to fire again. Artillery units were firing counter battery fire at each other, as well as troops in the open.
Mr. Hord’s grandfather was trying to kill my grandfather, and my grandfather Bennett was trying to kill Sergeant Tom Hord. In the process my distant relative Lt. Horton was killed. I can only assume if a Hord had killed a Bennett or the other way round at Lovejoy’s Station, I would not have been having a very enjoyable lunch that day. One of us would not have been there.
So what, this is old history? The word is secession.
That was what the eleven southern states did when they left the Union in 1861. Secession is a word I see all too often in today’s communication. Texas and secession appear more and more on the internet.
You can laugh it off at first but it really is not funny.
The above story was only a small part of my families’ involvement in the Civil War. I had Union and Confederate members fighting on the maternal and paternal sides of my family. I am not sure all the wounds of our last Civil War have completely healed.
With the current political climate and our upcoming election I continue to hear the word secession. I, for one, find it sadly funny as people on both sides say if the other person wins “I am moving to Canada.” I have lots of relatives up there and the Canadians do not really want us to move en masse to their country and bring all of our problems with us.
I do not envision States against States and new borders drawn up like back in 1861, but I do believe there will be an increase in pockets of violence and opportunity driven crime.
Fifteen minutes after Obama was declared the winner of his re-election four years ago the phones were ringing off the hooks at the ammunition selling websites. The retail ammo sales went through the roof in hours and stayed there for over two years.
22LR ammunition was nowhere to be found and to this day there is still a shortage.
If you are planning on getting a new firearm for yourself this Christmas I suggest you get your holiday shopping done before the November election.
If “she” is not elected then you simple have beat the Christmas retail rush this year. If “she” is elected and you did not make that purchase, you will be standing in line behind many a desperate and, yes perhaps foolish, potential new, want-to-be gun owner, who will be feverishly trying to buy anything left on the shelf.
Am I using scare tactics and trying to incite panic in the uninformed, and desperately tardy firearms buying consumer base, I truly do not believe so?
Secession is ugly and civil war is even uglier. Be advised the Department of Defense still has grape shot for their artillery in the form of flechettes–known as beehive rounds and they are the ugliest.
Secession is ugly, but long before that ever happened in 1861 there were many a dead American who died at the hands of his fellow American. Died because of politically driven violence, and the fact that so many average citizens were improperly armed and unprepared to defend from evil coming to their door step.
You must ask yourself, can you delay evil?
The Italian banks are about to crash and Italy will most likely leave the Euro, hoping to get out before the entire EU crashes. We in the US are fixing to have a lame-duck in the Whitehouse who cannot or more sadly will not make the right defense decisions to protect this nations. And now, Putin has orders all the non-essential Russian citizens home ASAP.
If you are Russian and living or even studying outside of mother Russian you are expected to get on a plane and get home now. Do not wait until the end of the school semester. This is what the Germans did just prior to invading Poland.
Putin was counting on $100 a barrel oil for years-to-come to pay for the re-arming of the Red army. Oil is not going to get much better for Putin, so why wait. If the EU is going to crash and the US is going to be rudderless for the foreseeable future, then why not act now if you are Russia? You are going to do it anyway.
The minute you hear that Russian planes have landed in bulk on Swedish soil, it will have started.
Suggestion, go to Wal-Mart , buy some fresh ammo and lots of Twinkles (they have a long shelf life).
Ammo is cheap and plentiful for a few more weeks.
Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School. A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI. His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training. He believes “evil hates organization.” [email protected]
Grapeshot really? Does he think the new civil war will be set piece battles in echelon like during the first Civil War? Does he expect a second Picket’s Charge. No. Think Vietnam and you will have the next Civil War. Oddly enough, It will be a lot like the original Red Dawn only the nonseceding would play the role of the invading Russians. Also note that most firearms, cannon, and aircraft manufacturers are located in states that would be prone to do such a secession. Forming a new country is not desirable though and would play into certain globalists hands.… Read more »
Better to Die Fighting on Your Feet than to Live as a Slave on Your Knees.
Best of all is not to Die Fighting and win the War.
But Alas, tis Better for me to fight than my Children and Grandchildren.
Those of us here who know our world history, IMHO, have to decide what our roles will be in the coming chaos and beyond. Initially, this may be as cataclysmic as nukes flying everywhere. In the following several years, if that is the case, there will be abject devastation but probably not everywhere. Including myself and two of my sons, both sides of my family have served since ww1. We all took the same oath to protect and defend. Not the government, not the politicians and not a flag but the constitution of the United States. The concept of individual… Read more »
Pretty good article…right up until Major Van Harl tried to put the blame for the approaching danger of WWIII on Russia. But, what else could we expect from a career soldier? Ooh-rah!! Yada, yada, yada. More warmongering, Neo-Con propaganda. Major General Smedley Butler (1881-1940), USMC, double-recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and author of “War is a Racket”, stated: “I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country’s most agile military force–the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent… Read more »
The balkanization of the United States is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Major Harl’s sub positions in this article ring rather true: economically, neither the United States nor the EU can stand on our own two feet anymore! Politically, United States is even more divided now than we were in 1860. There is no room for compromise, because the Left is utterly and completely in control of the Democrat Party and is socialist in the Marxist sense, to its very core. Marxists despise capitalism, and capitalism is the core Doctrine of what remains of the GOP (sans RINO’S) and of… Read more »
‘Soap box, ballot box, cartridge box’ – Abraham Lincoln.
RonH – This is what liberals always do. If they can’t fight it on it’s face they try to make it look bad!
Did you ever notice that when an article is published in social media that is conservative or patriotic in nature, how the paid Trolls attack it like a pack of starving hyenas?
Yep, it surely does as sh17 attracts flies…
Fomenting anarchy in America is the only way those on the ‘Left’ can achieve the “Hope and Change” they really desire!
You say Anarchy, you mean chaos. Anarchy is the only thing that will save humanity.
Relying on Government to fix the problem they’ve created isn’t the solution.
Anarchy or chaos your post only proves you’ve never been in the middle of either. If you’re a Libertarian maybe you should move to Yemen? There’s neither law or government there. A Libertarian Paradise. LOL
The Government using your money in order to steal more money from you seems like a much better idea. Let me know how that works out for you.
Every problem in the world is either caused by Government or religion. I’m sure Yemen would be a lovely place to live in the absence of both.
Maybe you should move to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where flag worship is mandatory and everyone loves the Government. A statist paradise…
no problem caused by religion.. but by government using religion as a tool to dominate by just one more means. “Religion” itself is so personal it cannot be a means of control unless abused by those “in authority>
talking about anarchy.. how’s this….
“the head of every man is Christ”. no earthly central control. The truest form of anarchy….. every man doing what is right…. per the commands and direction of Christ. THAT would work. But its never been tried.
@Lysander Spooner – Whatever gave you the idea I’m for “The Government using your/my money in order to steal more money”? “A statist paradise”, is the Obama, Clinton, and Democratic Party ‘wet dream’!
Lock and load because a storm is coming!
Who is the “lame duck” in the White House you are talking about? Hillary Clinton?
If you’re speaking about Trump, it just shows what a tool of the establishment you have become.
You have already spoken so much BS previously on this channel, with all your pro-New World Order nonsense, that I would not be surprised you are on here talking your crap, once again.
Ummm, Harry, just to let you know, neither HRC nor DJT qualifies for lame duck status. Websters dictionary defines it as: ‘an elected official or group continuing to hold political office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor’; ‘an elected official whose time in an office or position will soon end’ I believe the Major was talking about BHO. PS…I have no argument with anything in this article…he doesn’t say when, he says if…big difference…if we would get into a war with Russia, extra ammo and Twinkies will be the least of our problems. More… Read more »
BH Obama – Nov 8, 2016 to Jan 20, 2017 – a lame duck president. Learn to read.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste…
You have no idea what “lame duck” means? If you did, you wouldn’t be asking the question.