Friday, September 28, 2012

Major Levi H. Utt & Private John James.Seventh Kan., Cavalry.

Levi H. Utt.

First Lieutenant, Utt Levi H., residence White Cloud, enlisted Aug. 31, 1861. Promoted Captain October 28, 1861.

Captain, Utt Levi H. residence White Cloud, mustered Oct. 28, 1861 Promoted Major November 17, 1864; wounded in action April 2, 1863, Leighton, Ala. Major, Utt Levi H., residence Leavenworth, mustered Nov. 17, 1864 Mustered out with regiment September 29, 1865.

Captain Utt was one of the most fearless men that I ever saw; when in the greatest hazard he seemed entirely unconscious of danger. He lost a leg at Leighton, Ala., April 2, 1863, while charging a battery with his mounted company; his horse was killed under him. As soon as the stub healed sufficiently, he outfitted himself with a wooden leg and came back to the command of his company. He was promoted major November 17, 1864, which rank he held until finally mustered out with the regiment. Although a young man, the name "old timber-toes" became his familiar appellation.

Side note. Captain Utt's leg was carried away and his horse killed beneath him by a charge of grape. The company was compelled to retreat.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, June 9, 1865.
Major HANNAHS,Acting Assistant Adjutant-General: Major Utt reports that a scout of ten men from Seventh Kansas Cavalry, under command of a sergeant, went to Eleven Points River and killed the notorious Dick Bowles, captured five bushwhackers in arms. Can I relieve Adjutant Fox, post adjutant Pilot Knob?By order of F. M. Malone, lieutenant-colonel commanding:W. L. STAFFORD,

John James.

Private, John James residence Wyanet, Ill., enlisted. Nov 1, 1861, mustered in  Nov. 1,18'61 Re-enlisted Veteran.

Private, John James, residence Wyanet, Ill., enlisted Jan. 1, 1864, mustered in Jan. 1, 1864.  Mustered out with regiment September 29, 1865.

John James Kills Dick Bowles.

John James, a mere boy, a member of company D, killed the guerrilla leader, Dick Bowles, in open fight, the guerrilla having the decided advantage, being -behind a fence with a Winchester, while the boy dismounted under fire and, kneeling in the open road, sent a bullet from his Spencer through the brain of the desperado. Dick Bowles was as conspicuous in his neighborhood as Bill Anderson used to be in his.

John James is now living in Olathe Kansas.  His list known address was 413, South Cherry Street, Olathe Kansas. 

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