From: Richard Dugan Subject: Re: Unionist refugees Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 13:36:34 -0400
Dave and list,
There are 6 volumes of Regt. order books for the 1st Ala Cav in the National Archives.I have gone through them.Most of the information in them is divided by Company, but there is little organization of the information after that.The books include company registers of officers and soldiers, but they are not all complete. They usually identity the soldier, his age, ht., complexion, eye color, hair color, his birthplace, occupation, when he enlisted and for how long.For some companies there are registers showing deaths and deserters. Then there are many orders issued by different officers; some involve procedures, or transfers or behavior in camp and many name individual soldiers.
The only two references I could find to refugee families are the following:
On Dec. 14, 1863, Gen. George Spencer issued the following order:
2nd Lt. E.D. Coe, Co. B 1st Ala. Cav. is hereby detailed and will proceed to Corinth and take charge of refugee families there.He will report to these HQs weekly in writing the condition of families of soldiers in camp and what they require to make them comfortable.He is also directed to require all soldiers visiting camp on passes to cut wood for the families and to police the camp and do all other work necessary.
On November 7, 1863, Lt. Col. O.J. Dodds issued an order which included this provision :
All women must leave this camp at once.A man cannot do his duty as a soldier and keep house at the same time.
Unfortunately, the orders appear to begin in late 1863 or in 1864; there are very few from earlier.My Dugan and Peoples ancestors were refugees in the Spring of 1863, after being run out of Pikeville.They went to Glendale where they found Richard S. Dugan in Co. C of the 1st Ala. Cav. and he was directed to accompany them north to Illinois.After returning to the Army that Summer, he became ill and died in the hospital at Glendale in Sept. 1863.Because the books contain virtually no orders from the early years of the war, I could find no references to the group ofrefugees my ancestors would have been in.Nor did I find any mention of Richard S. Dugan, other than his listing in the Co. register.