A Union Captain Trades His Sword for a Musket at Stones River

WatermanMy latest Civil War News profile is now available. Capt. Richard Mason Waterman of the Thirty-first Indiana Infantry fought courageously at Stones River, where he was captured by Confederates.

An excerpt:

Waterman, “with some of his men were surrounded in the cedar thickets,” according to a newspaper account. “When he was satisfied that his capture was a certainty he pulled his shoulder straps off and hid his sword and side arms, and claimed to be a hospital steward” when questioned by his captors. The article noted, “His action was considered no reflection upon his bravery, but was always considered sharp by his fellow officers, as the rebel authorities were at that time giving union officers very harsh treatment.”

Read his full profile and learn what happened to Waterman and what became of his sword.