Name: CASSITY, LEVI. Rank: PVT. Company: B. Unit: 10 IL US CAV. Personal Characteristics. Residence: AUBURN, SANGAMON CO, IL. Age: 26. Height: 5' 11. Hair: SANDY. Eyes: GRAY. Complexion: LIGHT. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: IL. Service Record. Joined When: SEP 20, 1861. Joined Where: BERLIN, IL. Joined By Whom: MAJ J S SMITH. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: NOV 25, 1861. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Remarks: DISCHARGED DEC 31, 1862 FOR DISABILITY.
To further strengthen his advance while forming his brigade in line of battle, Colonel Wickersham sent to its support a section of two-pounder steel howitzers attached to the Tenth Illinois Cavalry, under Corporal Levi Cassity. On proceeding down the road the Corporal passed a short distance beyond the line of the advance Federal squadrons with his howitzers when a Confederate force less than one hundred yards off fired a volley at him, wounded him in the arm severely, killed one of his horses and wounded the other. After this mishap the men in charge of the other gun fell back rapidly with it to the main column, then form ing in line and unlimbering, sent several rounds of canister into the Confederate force, causing it to retire into the timber. At the favorable moment, Lieutenant J. M. Simeral, First Iowa Cavalry, took twenty men, rescued the abandoned howitzer and Corporal Cassity, who had remained with it, and brought them back into the Federal line.