REPRINTED FROM THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE September 09, 1896.
DENIS KILHOOL - Company C, Private
WINCHESTER BATTLE, AND SOMETHING OF THE LAST DAYS AT RALEIGH UNDER SHERMAN.
Editor National Tribune : Comrade Porter, in his letter of Aug. 27, called me Denis Wilhool. My name is Denis Kilhool. I enlisted on July 2, 1863, at Harrisburg, PA, in the 13th PA. Cav., and was mustered out in North Carolina, at Raleigh. I was detached to Battery D, 2d U.S. Art., at Lighthouse Point, VA, and was not absent one day from the regiment until detached to Battery D.
We came through Bunker Hill on that road to the right of our line and took our position on the left of the road, and the artillery on the hights and the battle of Winchester were the same.
Now, Comrade Porter may remember the cavalry that charged on the left of the road and was on our right. He refers to a fort on our left, and I happened to look to the left and I saw that. I took that more for an out-house than anything else, and the rebel line of battery extended in front of our battery.
It was a double charge of powder that we put into the long rifle piece at the battle of Winchester and the way that shell went humming up the Valley, and the rebels on the retreat for Fisher's Hill, was a caution. When we came into Raleigh, NC, our regiment was the second in advance. When we were going through Raleigh the first regiment on provost duty, and we took the advance. Gen. Kilpatrick was at the head of the regiment when we charged down the road. I saw him coming back with a rebel prisoner.
That was the last charge made in Raleigh, NC, under Sherman's Cavalry. Then we were relieved by another regiment until we went into camp. Then we lay in front of Johnston's army, and Johnston surrendered; and this is the history of one of the boys who was there. - Denis Kilhool, Carbondale, PA.