Alfred Sully in Southern VictoryEdit
Alfred Sully had been a captain in the US Army when the War of Secession began in 1861. He recruited forces for the Union and drove rebels out of St. Joseph and Independence, Missouri. The following year, Sully was promoted to brevet colonel and later brigadier general of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers. While in command of this unit, Sully fought in the Peninsula campaign and later at the Battle of Camp Hill. After the war, Sully continued his military career.
By 1881, Sully was a regular colonel. When the Second Mexican War began that year, he found himself once again in command of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers for the campaign in Kentucky. His troops were among the first soldiers to cross the Ohio into Louisville, and immediately his regiment came under heavy fire, on Sixth Street along the water front, and he started suffering tremendous casualties, wilting away to a couple of hundred men. Unable to go either forwards or backwards, he wired General Willcox for artillery support quickly or he would have to surrender.
Willcox promised him the support and ordered him to regain his position for the planed offensive. Failing that he was to hold his position at all costs. After the order was dispatched, Willcox made no attempt to arrange the promised artillery support as all his artillery was committed elsewhere.