By Donald C. Elder III
William Henry Harrison Clayton used to be certainly one of approximately 75,000 squaddies from Iowa to affix the Union ranks in the course of the Civil battle. owning a highschool schooling and better penmanship, Clayton served as a firm clerk within the nineteenth Infantry, witnessing battles within the trans-Mississippi theater. His diary and his correspondence together with his family members in Van Buren County shape a special narrative of the daily soldier existence in addition to an eyewitness account of serious battles and a prisoner-of-war camp. Clayton participated within the siege of Vicksburg and participated in operations opposed to cellular, yet his writings are targeted for the descriptions he supplies of lesser-known yet pivotal battles of the Civil conflict within the West. combating within the conflict of Prairie Grove, the nineteenth Infantry sustained the top casualties of any federal regiment at the eld. Clayton survived that conflict with simply minor accidents, yet he used to be later captured on the conflict of Stirling's Plantation and served a interval of ten months in captivity at Camp Ford, Texas. Clayton's writing unearths the complex sympathies and prejudices conventional between Union squaddies and civilians of that interval within the country's historical past. He observes with nice disappointment the brutal results of battle at the South, sympathizing with the plight of refugees and lamenting the destruction of estate. He excoriates draft evaders and Copperheads again domestic, conveying the intra-sectional acrimony wrought through civil battle. eventually, his racist perspectives towards blacks reveal a typical yet ironic angle between Union squaddies whose efforts helped bring about the abolition of slavery within the usa.
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The boys were all very merry on the way down cheering & being cheered by everybody. We got to Keokuk about sundown and were marched to the Simpson House5 where we remained until yesterday evening when we came here. The camp is situated on a rolling piece of ground overlooking part of the city a considerable distance from the river. I think it is a very healthy situation. There is said to be 12 or 13 companies6 here. The Drakeville7 company arrived last evening & is quartered at the "Simpson" where they have the pleasure of sleeping on the floor on as soft a board as they can find.
The land that comprised Davis County had once been part of Van Buren County, becoming a separate entity in 1844. Davis County had a population of 13,764 in 1861, and while farm residents predominated there as well, it did possess a number of towns. The closest burg to the Clayton's was actually in Davis County: the community of Troy. This town had come into existence on February 15, 1848, when Davis County officials platted land owned principally by Josiah I. Earhart. Earhart named the town after the Ohio community in which he had previously resided.