1st Illinois Light Artillery soldiers writes of a Confederate guerrilla being executed

There was a prisoner shot this morning at nine o’clock for being a guerrilla. Our regiment was ordered out. We formed a three square, the prisoner was brought out, his eyes was blindfolded. Ten of Gregory’s state militia was ordered out to shoot him. The prisoner fell pierced by nine balls, he was then buried. The citizens that were at work on the entrenchments were marched out to see him shot…

Perry Powell, 1st Illinois Light Artillery

Lot #549 - Civil War Archive of Perry Powell, 1st Illinois Light Artillery

Lot #549 – Civil War Archive of Perry Powell, 1st Illinois Light Artillery

Source: Cowan’s auction, item description excerpted

Powell makes some mentions of other work while in the 134th, including an account of a scouting expedition to a plantation where they discovered a small force of guerrillas, capturing a man attempting to infiltrate their lines, and a notice of a nearby engagement between the 34th New Jersey and guerrillas. More typically, he describes taking hogs and other goods from “secesh” farms and picking berries or apples, though he does relay an interesting incident of military discipline:  There was a prisoner shot this morning at nine o’clock for being a guerrilla. Our regiment was ordered out. We formed a three square, the prisoner was brought out, his eyes was blindfolded. Ten of Gregory’s state militia was ordered out to shoot him. The prisoner fell pierced by nine balls, he was then buried. The citizens that were at work on the entrenchments were marched out to see him shot…

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