6 Kentucky Mtd Inf, Co. H
“C. W. Allen on furlough”
Captured at Chickamauga 24 Nov 1863, died of variola 13 Mar 1864; buried
grave number 807 south of prison barracks at Rock Island Barracks, Illinois.
of the First Kentucky Brigade, by Edwin Porter Thompson (1868),
pg. 122 – “One attack upon the “Arkansas” occurred on the morning of the
22nd, shortly after sunrise. The Essex came down to where the ram
lay, at the levee, and having given it a furious broadside, attempted to
grapple and board it, but was foiled, and withdrew. A detail from Helm’s and
Preston’s brigades had been made to supply the place, temporarily, of those
who had been killed and wounded, on the morning of the 15th. Some
of them were on board and assisted in repelling the attack of the “Essex;”
and one, Caleb W. Allen, distinguished himself by his exertions and
intrepidity in working a heavy gun, and anticipating the movements of a
Federal officer who attempted to enter a port-hole during a pause between
discharges of his piece, and whom he killed with a pistol-shot."
author supplies a biography, (pg. 816) of this Kentucky volunteer to the
Arkansas: "Caleb W. Allen, Burksville, Ky., fought at Shiloh; during the first
siege of Vicksburg, he was transferred to the navy, and fought heroically on
the ram "Arkansas" July 22, 1862.... He returned to the Sixth Regiment in the
autumn, and fought at Murfreesboro', Jackson, and Chickamauga. He was taken
prisoner on the retreat from Mission Ridge, November 26, 1863, and died of
disease at Rock Island, Illinois."
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