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The Lords of Shiloh

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  • Martin Williams
    Earlier I mentioned three daughters of Abner Lord: one married John Pope s uncle, one apparently married the father of Irvin and John A. McDowell, and the
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 12, 2003
      Earlier I mentioned three daughters of Abner Lord: one married John Pope's uncle, one apparently married the father of Irvin and John A. McDowell, and the third married a brother of Lewis Cass (I'll get back to him in a moment, and drop another name as well).
      There was a fourth Lord daughter who married first a Mr. Frazer and secondly the great Benjamin Tappan of Ohio.  Tappan's first wife, Nancy Wright, was a sister of John Crafts Wright, another prominent Ohio judge and congressman, who passed away while attending the Peace Convention in Washington in February, 1861.  His son, Crafts James Wright, graduated from West Point in 1828 and resigned the same year.  He accompanied his father to Washington for the convention. 
      Later in 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 13th Missouri, which at Shiloh was assigned to the 2nd Brigade (McArthur's), 2nd Division (W. H. L. Wallace).   During the first day's fighting the 13th Missouri somehow got separated from its own brigade, found its way into Sherman's lines and fought well under his command the rest of that day and all of the next.  However, on the 8th, Tuttle, now in command of the 2nd Division and trying to reassemble it and advance at the same time, had trouble getting the 13th Missouri back into the fold and more trouble finding Wright to order him to do something about it.  (From the OR excerpts generally available on the web; Daniel doesn't mention him by name.)  Wright resigned sick later in the year.
      So, at this point Wright, the McDowell brothers and Pope are all first cousins- not the most direct of first cousins, but close enough to count.
      Getting back to the Cass family, it was George Washington Cass, Senior, who married Sophia Lord.  George Washington, Junior, graduated from West Point in 1832- four years behind Wright, six years ahead of Irvin McDowell and ten years ahead of Pope.  Cass was fourth in his class, but for whatever reason he was commissioned into the infantry.  He resigned in 1836, went on to a long and prominent career as a civil engineer, and had absolutely nothing to do with the Battle of Shiloh.
      And as for this other name, the Cass brothers- Lewis, George W., Sr., and Charles L.- the latter also served in the Regular Army- had a sister Deborah.  She married yet another prominent Ohio judge, Wyllis Silliman.  Their daughter Deborah married the elder Charles Champion Gilbert, the first mayor of Zanesville, and it was their son Charles (West Point, Class of 1846) who had a brief and unrewarding career as a volunteer general and division and wing commander under Buell during the Perryville campaign.
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      Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 1:40 PM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Shiloh Geography 101

      In a message dated 4/10/2003 9:10:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, williams484@... writes:

      Sherman mentions him at least twice in his memoirs.  The first time referred to when Sherman actually took Worthington to task for being so forthcoming in the weeks before Shiloh.  The second citation commended Worthington for skillfully leading his regiment at that battle.

      I am well aware of much of the history of Thomas Worthington.  I did not know the connections with McDowell, Pope, or Lewis Cass (first governor of Michigan I believe).  I do know from letters sent to the adjutant general of Illinois and of Iowa, that he was considered by others a pompous blowhard, who blamed everything and anything on others.  His book on the "History of the 46th Ohio"  could have been the model for the book "Advance and Retreat"  <g>  He was cashiered from the service in Memphis by Sherman for gross insubordination.  His book is defineately a work of vindictive vengence.  For example , he stated that Stephen Hicks (commander of the 40th Illinois) was totally ignorant and could not even write a decent sentence let alone how to write.  Like Worthington, Hicks did serve in the Mexican War but rather than getting into politics after the war like Worthington did, he studied and became a lawyer.  BTW, he was also a Democrat.  <g>.  His letters to the adjutant general totally contradict Worthington's assessment of him.  Biographies of him also state that after he was court martialed, that the court martial was set aside and he was offered a command again but refused.  There is no military documentation either in the OR's or at Carlisle that substantuates this claim, and only comes from the word of Worthington in later years.  The only thing good that Worthington had going for him was the political pull of his family and a few friends.



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