Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Col. George St Leger Grenfell
- You will find a lot of information about this man's experiences as a
Confederate spy in the book "Confederate Agent", by James D.Horan,
Crown Publishers,NY, 1960.
I haven't read it for some time but I recall that he was involved in
the attempt to free Confederate prisoners held at Camp Douglas in
Chicago, and wound up in the POW camp on Dry Tortugas Island.
On Sunday, August 10, 2003, at 12:06 AM, hartshje wrote:
> Does Ted Turner know about this guy (Grenfell)? This guy's life,
> embellished or not, would make one heckuva terrific movie.
> --- In email@example.com, John Powell <jwpowell2001@y...>
> > A short biiography of the colonel is at this URL
> > Mark Peters <col_freemantle@y...> wrote:
> > Due to the recent discussions on the merits of various CSA cavalry
> > commanders, I have been looking at cavalry operations throughout
> > Western Theatre.
> > I have come across brief reference to a character called Colonel
> > George St Leger Grenfell, who performed adjutant duties for Morgan.
> > He was English, but seems to have been a bit of a 'black sheep',
> > being described as a 'soldier of fortune' and one who might have
> > embellished his service record. What is known, is that he claimed
> > have been a participant of the Charge of the Light Brigade (during
> > the Crimean War), helped put down the Sepoy Rebellion in India,
> > fought with the French in Alegeria, and fought alongside Garibaldi
> > South America. Despite this, there is very little mention of him
> > the net, that I have yet to find, other than credit being given to
> > him for teaching Morgan's cavalry 'Cheer, Boys , Cheer'. A web-
> > dedicated to preserving Morgan and his cavalry's memory doesn't
> > mention him. I also note, he hasn't yet been referred to in the
> > Discussion Group.
> > With regards to his association with the CSA, I'm aware that he was
> > introduced to Morgan, who made hime adjutant, by Robert E. Lee who
> > recommended him for any position. He was given the task of
> > Morgan's Brigade, basic discipline and basic cavalry drill.
> > From there, the trail goes cold. Is anybody aware of this
> > character, and would be able to direct me to possible further
> > of information? As always, any assistance is greatly appreciated!
> > Best wishes,
> > Mark
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