Company F, 4th Arkansas Infantry, CSA - Montgomery Co. Hunters
Sanders, Isaac Died illness or injury
Was there two Isaac Sanders from Montgomery Co. AR? One probably survived.
Found this on the www
Isaac SANDERS in Montgomery fought first as a Confederate then as a Union soldier. He also seems to have come from MS to Montgomery Co, AR, returned to MS and come to AR. The part of Montgomery County, AR, where he lived is now on the bottom of Lake Ouachita near Mount Ida.
Many CSA soldiers were captured and told they could switch armies or be imprisoned. Those who switched were called "Galvanized Yankees." Most joined the Confederate Army at the beginning of the war because they did not want to fight against friends and neighbors. Isaac's son Aaron remained with the Confederate forces throughout the war. Did this Isacc survive?? What Union Unit was Isaac Sanders with?
Galvanized Yankees was a term used to refer to former Confederate POWs who had sworn allegiance to the Union. Due to doubts about their ultimate loyalty, Galvanized Yankees were generally assigned to garrison forts far from the Civil War battlefields or in action against American Indians in the west. War weariness, limited commitment to "the cause," Unionist sentiment, class resentments, and hardships at home shifting civilian loyalty away from the Confederacy all contributed to soaring desertions from the Confederate army.
Below is a song written by Jas. W. Ellis, a private of Company E., 4th Arkansas Regiment
page 70 Gammage. W.P. The Camp, the Bivouac, and the BATTLEFIELD
As "Sixty-Two" lay down to die,
He'd scarcely reached his tomb
When "Sixty-Three" was ushered in
'Mid cannon's awful boom:
Whilst on the East the New Year blushed
Ere Phobus rose in view:
Full many a Patriot breathed his last,
And went with "Sixty-Two."
Their names are dropt at roll-call now.
Nor will they answer more:
Yet will their deeds of valor live,
Remembered as before.
The fatal ball their bosoms pierced.
And shed their warm life-blood
On Southern soil - for "Southern rights"
To water Freedom's sod!
Ho! living men behold their deeds.
And see their nameless graves;
Come forth, avenge their death on fields
Where died these Southern braves;
Their names a Nation now reveres,
For nobly did they fall
Defending right - religion's cause -
At Freedom's sacred call!
They rushed to arms and joined the ranks
In which they fought and bled.
Come, emulate the example set
By Murfreesboro's dead;
The mercenary hordes;
Strike, strike! remembering all the while
"The battle is the Lord's"
Should the invader dare advance
And desecrate their graves.
Then charge and shout "we'd rather die
Than live and be his slaves."
Their children in our sunny land
When Peace is smiles shall shed
Can proudly say, our fathers sleep
With Murfreesboro's Dead."
Shelbyville, Tenn., Feb. 15th 1863