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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 33. capture of Lexington, Missouri. (search)
the brigade telling well as the brave fellows toiled in the trenches. This went on for three days, or until Thursday, the 12th, at which time the portion of the works assigned to the Irish Brigade was well advanced, that of the Home Guard, being stiAfter these several days of anxious watching and unremitting toil by the little force, on the afternoon of Thursday the 12th inst., scouts and advanced pickets driven in, reported the near approach of the rebels. At this time Col. Mulligan had a porl. Mulligan's Irish Brigade, (of Chicago,) Col. Marshall's cavalry, and the Missouri Home Guards. On the morning of the 12th, skirmishing commenced between Mulligan's men and the enemy, and Companies A and E of Peabody's command, attacked the mainington. Although the attack on the intrenchments did not begin till the 19th, the place was invested by Gen. Price on the 12th, and the skirmishing of pickets began then. We, therefore, take up Lieut. McClure's narrative on that day: Sept. 12--S
to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. Semmes. The following letter from a passenger or sailor on the Sumter gives a sketch of her voyage and summary of its results: Porto Cabello, New Granada, July 26, 1861. dear Andy: After nearly one month's sailing around the West India Islands and the Spanish Main, we have at length arrived at this ancient dilapidated city. As you doubtless remember, the Sumter went into commission on June 5. Her trial trip took place on the 12th, and she left New Orleans on the 18th for the forts, between which (Forts St. Philip and Jackson) she lay at anchor for eleven days, and ran the blockade on June 30. Before this event occurred, however, I should have mentioned that an unsuccessful attempt was made to run the gauntlet of the hostile fleet; and also that a party from the Sumter landed at the lighthouse at Pass-a-l'outre and destroyed all the Government property there. As I said before, the Sumter ran the blockade on June 30.
To Geo. L. Hartsuff Assistant Adjutant-General Department Ohio: sir: The operations of this brigade for the past few days may be summed up as follows: On the 12th inst. the enemy, nine thousand strong, with eight to twelve pieces of artillery, under command of Gen. R. E. Lee, advanced on this position by the Huntersville Pike. d not at any time succeed in getting sufficiently near the field redoubt to give Dunn's battery an opportunity of firing into him. So matters rested at dark on the 12th, with heavy forces in front, and in plain sight of both posts' communication cut off, and the supply train for the mountain, loaded with provisions which were needommanding Post: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my command at the skirmishes which occurred four miles from Camp on the 12th instant:-- My command was composed of ninety men, detailed thirty each from the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Ohio Infantry and the Fourteenth Indiana, accompanied
is possible that there are more, and probably with heavier armaments. This is a fine prospect for us; we are not able to reach them, while they can stand off and deliver their shell on our decks without let or hindrance from us. Certainly not a very enviable position. We have sent off for more guns, but they may not arrive in time to save us from a humiliating retreat or possible capture. October 13th.-Our worst fears are now fully realized. About four o'clock on the morning of the 12th instant the much-heard — of Boomerang Battering Ram, or whatever it may be called, came down upon us, but failed in her object, although the blow was a heavy one; she only succeeded in starting three planks on our port bow, producing a very inconsiderable leak. As soon as she struck they sent up a rocket, and started up the river. We slipped our cable, and started the engines so as to bring the ship clear, and gave her two or three broadsides. She was struck, but being iron cased our shell did
the temporary command of Lieut. I). M. Fairfax, U. S. N., who was ordered to await at Fernando Po, the arrival of Capt. Charles Wilkes, U. S. N. On the 26th of August, Capt. Charles Wilkes took command of this ship, Lieut Fairfax returning to his former position as executive officer. We left Fernando Po on the 20th August, cruising close to the shore for the purpose of ascertaining if any of the Confederate privateers had taken any prizes to that coast. Arrived at Monrovia, Liberia, on the 12th, and at St. Vincent, Cape Verd, on the 25th September. Seeing by the papers, that several Confederate privateers had run the blockade, and taken several prizes in the West India Islands, Capt. Wilkes determined to cruise about these islands, and to capture some of them before returning with the San Jacinto to New York. We arrived at St. Thomas on the 10th of October, and found the Powhatan and Iroquois there. On the 11th, the British brig Spartan arrived in port; her master called on Capt.
ccount of the reconnoissance to the Occoquan River, Va.: The rebels having made a demonstration against our pickets on the 11th Nov., General Heintzelman sent out two small parties of cavalry to reconnoitre. They returned with a report that the rebels, with four hundred cavalry and two regiments of infantry, were encamped near Pohick Church. General Heintzelman, believing he could disperse them, telegraphed to the Commanding General, and was authorized to prepare an expedition. On the 12th inst., at three A. M., Gen. Richardson's brigade, with Company G of the Lincoln Cavalry, and Capt. Thompson's and Capt. Randolph's batteries of artillery, advanced upon Pohick Church by the telegraph road, followed, an hour later, by Gen. Jameson's brigade, and Company G, Lincoln Cavalry. Their instructions were for Gen. Richardson to divide his brigade at Potter's house, just beyond Piney Run, he to follow the telegraph road, and the other two regiments, with a battery and a company of caval
cennes, off Southwest Pass, Mississippi River, Oct. 14, 1861. sir: I have to report my safe arrival at this place, having left the head of the Passes on the 12th instant, in company with the Richmond and Preble. On my route down it was my misfortune (as anticipated) to ground some distance from the bar, going head on. The threthe leading facts of the case, many incidents were omitted which I will now report. After the first blow given to this ship by the ram on the morning of the 12th instant, it remained under our port quarter, apparently endeavoring to fix herself in a position to give us a second blow, but the slipping of our chain and the ship r22, 1861. sir: In obedience to your order, I have to make to you the following statement of the occurrences at the head of the Passes, on the morning of the 12th instant. This ship was anchored about one hundred and fifty or two hundred yards distant from the Richmond, and about two points on her starboard bow, being the mos
rs of the capture of the privateer Beauregard: The W. G. Anderson, Lieutenant Commanding W. C. Rogers, United States Navy, entered the port of Key West, Fla., from a cruise the morning of the 20th of November. She was accompanied by a prize schooner carrying on her desk an ugly-looking rifled gun. On boarding the Anderson, we learned that the prize was the rebel privateer Beauregard, of and from Charleston, S. C., and commanded by Capt. Gilbert Hay. She was captured on the morning of the 12th, one hundred miles east-northeast of Abaco. No resistance was made by the Beauregard, the superiority of the armament of the Anderson being so great that it would have been madness to measure their strength. While the Anderson was approaching her, the crew were engaged in throwing over shot, shell, muskets, &c., and before the capture, most of the ammunition was lost — only powder, a few pistols, one or two rifles, and the pivot gun on deck, remaining. The crew, twenty-seven in number, wer
's Mills, about six miles up from the left fork toward this place, and the remainder, being part of the Thirty-seventh regiment, to endeavor to reach me at Cotton Hill by a march to the left of Cassidy's Mills by Nugent's. On the morning of the 12th, in accordance with the directions given, with the first-named force, and four mounted howitzers, and two rifled six-pounders, we moved up the left bank of the Kanawha, four miles from the mouth of Loup Creek to Gauley Falls; thence to the right, awha and commenced the attack. Floyd found himself hard pressed, and was obliged to fall back gradually from all his positions, except Cotton Hill, near the junction of the three rivers. Here he became rapidly hemmed in, until the night of the 12th, when he took advantage of the darkness to escape, and with so much adroitness that it was not immediately known. He was, however, followed to Fayetteville and thirty miles beyond, where one regiment was overtaken. Our brigade opened the action
ivisions and brigades, and chiefs of staff, were present. Col. Stone, the junior line officer, spoke twice and decidedly against an advance, advocating a direct movement to Sheppardstown and Charlestown. All who spoke opposed an advance, and all voted against one. On the same day, he informed the General-in-Chief of the condition of affairs in the valley, and proposed that he should go to Charlestown and occupy Harper's Ferry, and asked to be informed when he would attack Manassas. On the 12th he was directed to go where he had proposed, and informed that Manassas would be attacked on Tuesday, the 16th. On the 13th he was telegraphed: If not strong enough to beat the enemy early next week, make demonstrations so as to detain him in the valley of Winchester. He made the demonstrations, and on the 16th, the day General Scott said he would attack Manassas, he drove the enemy's pickets into his intrenchments at Winchester, and on the 17th marched to Charleston. On the 13th he tele
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