I doubt Sgt Coy was looking for guerrillas eith pet lambs. Pet lambs are just Col. Ford's an affectionate nick name for his troopers. The 2nd Colorado were anything but sweet little lambs.O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME 9 [S# 9]
MARCH 14, 1862.--Battle of New Berne, N. C.
No. 11. -- Report of Lieut. Col. William S. Clark, Twenty-first Massachusetts Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-FIRST MASS. VOLS.,
Camp Reno, New Berne, N. C., March 16, 1862.
CAPTAIN: About 9 o'clock on the morning of the 13th instant the Twenty-first Massachusetts Volunteers, 743 strong, landed at the mouth of Slocum's Creek, and by order of General Reno advanced about 2 miles through the pine woods along the south bank of the river Neuse toward New Berne. Arriving out upon a large open field, the regiment stacked arms, to await the arrival of the general with the rest of the brigade. Company G, under Lieutenant Taylor, formed the advance guard, and discovered a short distance into the woods beyond the cleared space a large number of wooden barracks, which had been evacuated about two hours before by the rebel cavalry, whose equanimity had been disturbed by shells from the gunboats. An advance of 4 miles brought the regiment to Croatan, where we found a very extensive earthwork running at right angles to the highway.
Among the incidents of the day perhaps the following may not be out of place here: Capt. J. D. Frazer, of Company H, was wounded in the right arm just before charging, and dropped his sword. He, however, instantly picked it up with his left hand and led on his men with the colors. At the time of the retreat from the battery he was unable to clear the ditch, and fell into the water. As soon as the rebels discovered him they ordered him to get up, took him back over the parapet, and removing his sword, placed a guard of three men over him. When his captors in their turn retreated again he was unable or unwilling to move as rapidly as they, and when he had detained his guard sufficiently long to permit him to attempt it, he drew his revolver and declared he would shoot the first one who stirred. They surrendered to him and were delivered over to the Fourth Rhode Island as prisoners of war. The lieutenant to whom Captain Frazer gave his sword was also captured and the sword returned to its rightful owner. Captain Frazer, before the close of the fight, was again in command of his company. Private J. A. Miller, of Company A, in clambering over the parapet in the retreat, dropped his rifle into the ditch, and rather than leave his pet remained searching for it until captured. He was ordered to the rear of the enemy with a guard, and as the bullets were rather numerous in the air, he laid himself down between two logs and forgot to get up when his captors retreated.
Hoping this report of the part performed by the Twenty-first Massachusetts Volunteers at the memorable battle of New Berne may be satisfactory, I am, captain, very respectfully, yours,
W. S. CLARK,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Twenty-first Mass. Vols.
Capt. EDWARD M. NEILL,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Brigade.
O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLI/1 [S# 83]
AUGUST 1, 1864.--Skirmishes near Independence, Mo.
No. 2.--Report of Col. James H. Ford, Second Colorado Cavalry.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo., August 1, 1864.
I sent two scouts out to-day, one west under Lieutenant Parsons, and Sergeant Coy, with his pet lambs, south. Coy ran on two camps, one of twenty-five and one of forty; killed 1, wounded 2; our loss, 1. Enemy scattered every way; we hear of them in all directions from here. Scout leaves Pleasant Hill to-night; leave here to-morrow morning be fore daylight.
J. H. FORD,
Colonel Second Colorado Cavalry.
Harvey was a Bull Terrier that traveled with the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry–known as the Barking Dog Regiment because they had several dogs attached. Harvey, mostly white with some black markings, became part of the unit in 1862 when his owner, Daniel M. Stearns of Wellsville, Ohio, joined the regiment. Both Stearns and Harvey had had previous military experience with the Pennsylvania Reserve.
In November 1862 Stearns was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, and he proudly fitted Harvey with a special collar with a nameplate that read, “I am Lieutenant D.M. Stearn’s dog, whose dog are you?”
Because many of the soldiers in the 104th wrote home about the antics of the dogs, there are some anecdotes that live on about Harvey.
One letter from Captain William Jordan written to his children on February 14, 1864 described actions of three of the dogs. Two of them, Harvey and Colonel, were described as “having the run of the regiment.” They slept in whatever tent appealed to them on any given night, or sometimes the dogs could be encouraged to stand sentinel with the men on guard in the evenings.
The third dog, Teaser, makes an appearance in Jordan’s letter when the Captain tells of how Teaser made a run at one of squirrels that was considered a pet. According to Captain Jordan, Harvey saved the day by picking the squirrel up in his mouth and depositing it out of harm’s way.
Private Adam Weaver wrote to his brother that Harvey attended campfire sing-alongs and was known for barking and swaying from side-to-side. Weaver wrote that he thought this was because the singing hurt Harvey’s ears.
In 1864 the 104th was fighting in Georgia as part of the Atlanta Campaign. Harvey was wounded and captured near Kennesaw Mountain, but he was returned the next day under a flag of truce.
Several months later, Harvey’s owner was seriously injured at the battle of Nashville but healed well enough to be with the regiment in North Carolina when the Confederate Army surrendered and fighting stopped in the eastern theatre. Stearns and Harvey finished their term of service there and in June 1865 they traveled to Camp Taylor near Cleveland where they received pay and were mustered out of the military.
Harvey presumably went home with Stearns afterward. Though his final story is not known, he became a popular symbol for the regiment. The reunion badges carried Harvey’s picture, and an oil painting that had been done of him was featured in the reunion photo that was taken in 1886, long after Harvey could have lived.
Sally...was decked with a white paper collar round her neck labelled "13," and a white glove fastened on each paw. During the whole of the ceremony "Sally" trotted about in plain sight, a most ludicrous object, affording a deal of amusement to all who witnessed it. In spite of this ridicule the regiment made a fine appearance, and received the praise of General Reynolds, who liked neatness and orderly appearance in the soldier.”
[Three years in the army. The story of the Thirteenth Massachusetts volunteers form July 16, 1861, to August 1, 1864, by Charles E. Davis, (1894)]