I thought it would be helpful to make an entry near the historical date of a battle so as to better remember the sacrifices of the 8th Missouri Cavalry. So in commemoration, in just a few days, on July 4th, 144 years ago, the 8th Missouri and other Confederate forces under supervision of General Holmes and General Price, suffered at great and crippling defeat in Helena, Arkansas.
For a pretty good narrative of the battle, check out this link: Just make sure you scroll down the page a bit for the account of the battle.
One of the neat quotes in this story demonstrates the sentiments of a Confederate officer that was badly wounded that day.
Years later, a Confederate officer who had lost both hands on Graveyard Hill to a shell from the Tyler wrote, "Since that day at Helena I tell the boys I would rather buck against a voodoo than to try to down Old Glory on the Fourth of July... Yes, the union is good enough for me on the Fourth of July and every other day in the year, and I don't regret the price I paid for finding out!"
Strong words from that veteran. Surely it is a lesson we all can learn, but hopefully keep all our body parts intact in the process!
Here are some quotes of some Union soldiers who surveyed the damage later that day.
A Wisconsin soldier who visited the area around Graveyard Hill shortly after the battle wrote, "The battlefield is no pleasant place to visit, covered with men wounded in all ways-some with brains exposed, others shot through the body with grape shot, or a larger ball still sufficient to nearly cut the body in twain. But if there is anything that calls on the sympathy of a man it is to look upon a wounded man, with deathlike and pale face, groaning and wreathing with the greatest possible pain." Another Wisconsin soldier wrote to his father, "[J]ust to see the rebels lying in piles where they charged up the hill. it was awful. I never want to spend another such a Fourth of July."