William C Reiff, 'Prisoner by the scalp'.

Prisoner by the scalp

[William C Reiff, 'Prisoner by the scalp', National Tribune 28 February 1895, page 3]
[transcribed from Chronicling America, 9 June 2012]

Prisoner by the Scalp.

William C. Reiff, Co. H, 91st Pa., Hagerman, N.M., writes: "During the conflict at Gettysburg it will be remembered that the Union forces took possession of and held both Big and Little Round Tops, which were much coveted by the opposing force. During the third day [presumably 3 July 1863] the enemy's sharpshooters became so annoying that a small detachment of cavalry were ordered out in front of Big Round Top to dislodge them from their positions among the rocks some distance off, and not far from the Devil's Den.

"After getting there one of our cavalrymen seized a Confederate by the hair, and wheeling his horse started at full speed towards our lines. Those of us who witnessed this unusual procedure were thoughtless enough to utter a rousing and prolonged cheer from summit of one Top to the other.

"If the cavalryman who did this is alive, and this meets his eye, let him speak up. If the unfortunate soldier is yet alive that took that forced march, let us hear from him, too."

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