By the time the Civil war broke out my Great Grandmother Fannie Lamb’s family had been in
Henry Lamb, either a cousin or a younger brother, was the youngest of the three Lambs to also be mustered into F Company on August 14 and 15, 1862. He was twenty-two years old.
That July, prior to the Lambs’ August, 1862 enlistment, General McClelland’s (USA), four month long Peninsular Campaign that focused on taking Richmond, the Confederate Capital, ended when General Lee (CSA) threw McClelland’s forces back across the Chickahominy in a disastrous rout.
The Seven Days Battles was a series of six major battles fought over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, that drove the Union Army into retreat. These battles were within ear shot of the residents of Richmond and it was not unusual for a Confederate officer to go home for supper. This Northern defeat probably initiated a more urgent recruitment of enlistments in
The Lambs were not drafted. The Union draft did not pass into law until March of 1863. The puzzle of why two almost middle aged men with large families would walk off to war may have more to do with their poverty than their patriotism. They could have been, and probably were, “bought”. It was common practice..and legal..to pay someone $300 and get them to go fight for you. If you were trying to farm rocky
It was common for men to get a crop in (they enlisted at summer’s end) and figure the “Bonus Money” would last the family until they got back. But they didn’t always get back.
My Grt Grt Grandfather Harlow Lamb’s war lasted about seven months. He died of disease, probably dysentery, at
His record says he deserted and he probably did. He lived to bring his family and children to
Henry, who was just 22 years old when he mustered in, stuck it out through the May 8,1863, Battle of the Wilderness, one of the most horrific of the Civil War battles wherein the woods were set ablaze by gunfire so heavy that it mowed down trees a foot thick. The fire killed more than the gunfire and wounded survivors crawled to save their lives. Many could not crawl fast enough and were burned alive. Henry Lamb was wounded, lived to fight other battles and discharged in 1864.
I believe he went home to his family and remained in