Our first 'Emergency Man', is Charles Coatesworth Pinckney Rawn.
|courtesy of the Historical Society of Dauphin County|
An interesting note about Byers' Company is that upon being mustered out of state service on September 24, 1862, every man in the Troop was paid a due for supplying their own horses.
I had the pleasure several years ago, while in grad school, to become "acquainted" with Charles Rawn. For a period of roughly 35 years (1830s - 1865), Rawn kept a daily journal. The majority of this 29 volume journal is in the collection of the Dauphin County Historical Society in Harrisburg. One of the research projects I worked on was the transcription of a portion of the Rawn journals, which can be read here. Rawn is a truly fascinating figure in history. Aside from serving in an Emergency Militia unit, before the war, Rawn led the city's militia outfit, the "Harrisburg Greys". He was an ardent abolitionist, and many times defended runaway slaves in court. He also seemed to know, or have "run ins" with some of the biggest names of the early 19th Century, from Daniel Webster to Simon Cameron to Abraham Lincoln. In late July, 1861, Rawn traveled to Washington, and northern Virginia, and had a front row seat to the confusion and aftermath of the Battle of Bull Run.
Because I cannot pass up the opportunity to make a couple of Battle of Antietam connections, I must note that while in Washington, Rawn met and discussed the coming war with Gen. Joseph Mansfield. On the morning of September 17, 1862, Mansfield would be killed while leading the XII Corps through the East Woods and beyond, becoming one of six generals killed during the Battle of Antietam. Also, while on his Washington trip, Rawn visited his son, Charles Jr., who was an officer in the 7th U.S. Infantry. Rawn's son would serve with the 7th throughout the Civil War, later fighting Indians on the frontier alongside John Gibbon, who, at Antietam, lead the famed "Iron Brigade" (the Western one) along the Hagerstown Pike and through the bloody Cornfield. Both Rawn Jr. and Gibbon would witness the grizzly aftermath of the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.
Charles Rawn (Sr.), as to be expected, kept track of the events during his two weeks in the Emergency Militia. His journal entry during this time period will be highlighted at a later time. I highly recommend reading through his journals, and get a fascinating look through history.
(to "meet" other militiamen, click here)
Barton, Michael. "Introducing Charles Rawn, his Journals, and their Editors," accessed 25 June 2011; available from http://rawnjournals.com/about/; Internet.
Bates, Samuel P. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5 : prepared in compliance with acts of the legislature. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, State Printer, 1869.
Griffin, Dustin, compiler. "Biographical Profile of Charles Coatesworth Rawn, Jr. (1837-1887). in the possession of Dr. Michael Barton, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA.
The Rawn Collection, MG 062, The Historical Society of Dauphin County, Harrisburg, PA.
Unattached Cavalry Units Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, RG 19, Series# 19.11, Carton 134, folder 1, Muster-Out Rolls, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA.