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THE ANGLO-BELGIAN MILITARY MEDALS SOCIETY

'THE GLIMPS OF WAR REFLECTED IN THE BRAVERY AND SERVICE OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR OTHERS'

CONFEDERATE FLAG OF THE 10TH ALABAMA REGIMENT

JULIUS H.J. VAN DEN CORPUT

 

VAN DEN CORPUT WAS A BELGIAN BORN SOLDIER WHO FOUGHT IN MANY OF THE GREAT BATTLES DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1861-1865, WITH THE SOUTHERN ARMY IN THE 10TH ALABAMA REGIMENT. HE SAW ACTION IN MANY BATTLES AS FREDERICKSBURG, GETTYSBURG, THE SIEGE OF TURKEY RIDGE AND WAS WOENDED AT SALEM CHURCH ON THE 2ND OF MAY 1863.

 

HE SURVIVED THE WAR AND LIVED A LONG LIVE IN GEORGIA WITH HIS WIFE AMANDA AND HIS THREE CHILDREN UNTIL HE DIED ON THE 11TH OF NOVEMBER 1911 AND WAS BURRIED AT PAYNE CEMETRY,TRENTON, DADE COUNTY, GEORGIA, USA.

 

MANY PEOPLE WILL JUDGE SOLDIERS LIKE JULIUS BECAUSE IN THERE EYES THEY FOUGHT FOR TIRANNY AND SLAVEOWNERSHIP. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. PRIVATE JULIUS H J VAN DEN CORPUT DESERVES THE SALUTE WHICH I GAVE HIM ON OUR WEBSITE, BECAUSE HE AND MOST OTHER SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR FOUGHT FOR EACH OTHER AND MOST OF ALL TO GIVE THERE FAMILY ALL THE COMFORTS OF A LIVE IN FREEDOM .

MILITARY HISTORY


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MAARTEN CALLAERTS

PRESIDENT

THE SIEGE OF HARPER'S FERRY

The battle of Harpers Ferry was fought from 12 till 15 September 1862. It was the first battle in wich private Julius Van Den Corput confronted the Union Army. Julius had just enlisted a month before on the 17th of August 1862 in the 10th Alabama regiment. The battle came during the so called Maryland campaign, where the confedered Army under Lieutenant-General Thomas J "Stonewall" Jackson invaded the North in Maryland. 

 

Private Julius arrived was rapported on the battlefield from 13 till 15 September 1862. This means he will be with the second group of the Confedered Army that arrived on the 13th of September, and took part in the fighting of the Maryland heights under the command of General Lafayette McLaws. The battle was quickly decided when the Union Army was surrounded and was taken under heavy artillery fire on the third day. Union General Miles surrendered together with some 12.000 Union Soldiers.

 

From here the Confedered Army went to Sharpsburg and prepared the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). Do private Julius was rapported absent during the battle.

Private Julius was nearly a year in the Confedered army in may 1863 and had already parted in two major battles during the American Civil War. On the second of may 1863 he was rapported to be present at the battle of Chancellorsville. The battle began on the 30th april and took over a week to end at the 6th of May 1863. 

 

On the 2nd of May, Lieutenant General Thomas J "Stonewall" Jackson led a force of 28.000 soldiers to attack the Union right flank. The objective was to take the town Chancellorsville. Jackson ordered a suprise attack in the afternoon wich let to the annihilation of the  Union XI Corps under the command of Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard. 

 

The 3th of May, became the second bloodiest day of the Civil War. Lieutenant General Jackson was wounded the day before and was temporarely replaced by Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill. General Lee orderd many attacks on the Union held city wich resulted in many casualties. Private Julius was repported wounded on the Salem Church battlefield.

 

The battle of Salem Church was a battle during the siege of Chancellorsville on the 3th and 4th of May 1863. It was during this battle that the the Alabama brigade of Brig. Gen. Cadmus M. Wilcox halted a large force of the Union Army led by the Generals Newton and How. This resulted that a new position was taken at the Salem Church point. Here Brig. Gen. Wilcox was accompanied with three brigades from McLaws and Anderson and made together their last stand with a force of 10.000 troops, who Julius was one of them.  Both sides resulted in 21,357 casualties that day alone, it is no wonder that Private Julius was repported wounded during the battle. He was evacueted from the battlefield and taken to a field hopsital, afterwich he recovered from his wound(s).

THE BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE

Three months after the Confedered defeat on Gettysburg, Private Julius was repported to have been present a the battle of Bristoe Station in Virginia. The battle was a confrontation between the Union Army of Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren and Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill that has taken place on the 14 of October 1863. The Union army repelled the attack of Lt. Gen. Hill wich made the Corps to retreat.

BRISTOE STATION

On the 30th of November 1863, private Julius served in the skirmish of Mine Run, where the Union Army failed to defeat the Army of Nothern Virginia.

MINE RUN

Private Julius was rapported for duty as present at the battle of Fredericksburg on the 13th of December 1862. The battle of Fredericksburg began on the 11th of december when the Confedered army dugged themself in on the heights behind the city. The Union army charged for days on the town and the heights and suffered three times more casualties than the confedered army. Julius regiment was attached to Lieutenant-General Thomas J "Stonewall" Jackson's second corps. During the battle south of the city the 19th Georgia's flag was captured by the adjutant of the 7th Pennsylvania Reserves; it was the only Confederate regimental flag captured and retained by the Army of the Potomac in the battle. The battle was eventually won by the Confedered army wich substained around 5.000 casualties, of wich 608 were killed. The union suffered a massive 12.000 casualties of wich 1.284 were killed and another 9.000 were severly wounded. The battle of Fredericksburg was the second victorius battle for private Julius. After the battle Julius unit was transferred to General Longstreet's corps in may 1863.

THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG

Julius Van Den Corput was released from the confedered army for 2 months to recover from his injuries at the battle of Salum Church. On the 2nd and 3th of July he was mensioned beeing present at the battle of Gettysburg. This beeing the third major battle in the American Civil War he was placed in. The 10th Alabama regiment was under the command of Colonel William Henry Forney. Forney however was wounded twice and captured during the battle and was replaced by Lt. Colonel James Shelley. The regiment broke the Union line on the 2nd of July on Emmitsburg Road capturing two guns and pursuing rapidly took many prisoners and six more guns. They were charged by union reinforcements and had to abandon the captured guns at Plum Run. During Picket's charge on the 3th of July, the regiment was ordered to support the attack, but came under heavy Union resistance and had to withdraw. The next day the regiment marched to Hagerstown. The regiment suffered 104 casualties of wich 15 were killed. The 10th Alabama regiment was honored with a statue on the battlefield of Gettysburg for there succesfull involvement in the battle.

THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

For six months, we do not find any record of Julius beeing in any major confedered conflict. Julius however turned up present at the battle of the Wilderness on the 6th of May 1864. The first battle when Ulesius Grant took command over the Union Army. During the battle Confedered General Longstreet was hit by 'friendly fire'. After three days of fighting, General Grant disengaged and moved to the south east, preparing for the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. The 10th Alabama regiment, of private Julius  suffered about 50 casualties, including Captain John A. Cobb. Private Julius came out unharmed.

BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS

The battle of the Spotsylvania Court house began on the 8th of May 1863 and took till the 19th. Making it one of the longest battles in the American Civil War. Although private Julius was present at the battle of the wilderness just two days before he was only reported to be present at the 12th of May. Probably because the 10th Alabama was given some releave after the battle, but was recalled for duty in the heat of the battle. The battle that took place on the 12th of May 1864 became known as 'Bloody Angle'.

BATTLE OF THE SPOTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE

The next engagement we find Private Van Den Corput in is the Hanover Junction defensive line. This area provided the south a railwayroad to Richmond and other major southern citys. General Grant of the Union Army wanted to control to area and sent troops for the assault. General Lee provided such a defensive strategy that it was impossible for the Union to engage without any chance of victory.

NEAR HANOVER JUNCTION

Atlee station was the nearest telegraph officer north of Richmond. On the first of June 1864 confederate soldiers attacked the station and drove off the Union troops who where stationed nearby.

ATLEE STATION

BATTLE OF COLD HARBOR

The battle of Cold Harbor was not mentioned in the battleorder of Van Den Corput but instead we found the name 'Turkey Ridge', better known as Turkey Hill. De Confederate army assaulted this hill in the battle of cold harbor and concquered the hill from a small union force during the fighting on the 2nd of June 1864.

SIEGE OF TURKEY RIDGE

TO BE CONTINUED

PERSONAL HISTORY


Julius H.J. Van Den Corput was born in Belgium on the 4th of July 1828. Ironecly his birthdate is the American Independence Day. 

 

He immegrated to America in 1850 and settled down in Georgia where he got married in 1858 with the 7 year younger Amanda P Hudson, who was born in 1835 in Alabama.  The familly gets three children Maxamillian (1861), Mary L (1865) and Lulu L (1869).

 

He had an occupation of beeing a silver smith.   A year after the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted  the confedered Army on the 17th of August 1862. He fought in numerous major battles during his service with the 10th Alabama Regiment. He was honorable discharged and lived at Township 7 Range 8, De Kalb, Alabama since 1870 were he became a miller. In 1908 Julius filed a pension application as a indigent soldier. In 1910 his marriagestatus was changed to Widdow. He

lived the rest of is live in Mainstreet, Trenton, Georgia until his death on 11 November 1911.

 

Private Julius H.J. Van Den Corput rests at the Payne Cemetry, Trenton, Dade County, Georgia, U.S.A.

 

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