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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 1 (search)
could obtain from scouts and intelligent people of the country, they amounted to about eighteen thousand men. The organization of this army, as published in a newspaper of Hagerstown, corresponded very well with this estimate; for twenty-four regiments of infantry were enumerated in it, and several small bodies of regular artillery and cavalry. This statement is from memory. The garrison of Harper's Ferry had then been increased to almost seven thousand men of all arms. At sunrise on the 13th the Hon. James M. Mason brought from Winchester intelligence, received there the night before, that two thousand Federal troops, supposed to be the advanced guard of General McClellan's army, had marched into Romney the day before. That place is forty-three miles west of Winchester. As this information had come from the most respectable sources, it was believed, and Colonel A. P. Hill immediately dispatched to Winchester with his own (Thirteenth) and Colonel Gibbons's (Tenth Virginia) regi
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 6 (search)
rce General Rosecrans in Middle Tennessee. In the reply to this dispatch, he was instructed to return Stevenson's division, or send an equal number of other troops to General Bragg, should he discover that his surmise was correct. On the 11th General Pemberton expressed the opinion that most of General Grant's forces were being withdrawn to Memphis; and said that he was assembling troops at Jackson; and was then ready to send four thousand to Tennessee. This dispatch was received on the 13th, and on the same day he was desired to send forward the troops. In another telegram of that date, after announcing that he would send General Bragg eight thousand men, he added, I am satisfied that Rosecrans will be reinforced from General Grant's army. On the 16th, however, General Pemberton expressed the belief that no large part of Grant's army would be sent away. For that reason he thought it proper to transfer then but two brigades from his army to that of Tennessee. His dispatche
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
of War. move to the relief of General Pemberton. receive news of the fall of Vicksburg. army retires to Jackson. I set out for Mississippi on the first train that left Tullahoma, after the order of the Secretary of War was received. It was in the morning of the 10th of May. The intelligence of the assassination of the gallant Van Dorn had been received, and General Bragg and myself joined in recommending General Forrest as his successor. At Lake Station, in Mississippi, on the 13th, a dispatch from Lieutenant-General Pemberton, dated Vicksburg, May 12th, was sent to me from the telegraph-office. I was informed in it that the enemy is apparently moving in heavy force toward Edwards's Depot, on Southern Railroad. McClernand's Thirteenth Corps was apparently mistaken for the heavy force. With my limited force I will do all I can to meet him. That will be the battle-field, if I can carry forward sufficient force, leaving troops enough to secure the safety of this plac
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
ed prisoners, the same number killed, many wounded, and the colors of the Twenty-eighth, Forty-first, and Fifty-third Illinois regiments. The attacking troops did not advance far enough to be exposed to the fire of Breckenridge's line. On the 13th the Federal lines had been so extended that both flanks rested upon Pearl River. Colonel C. A. Fuller, of Lieutenant-General Pemberton's staff, arrived from Vicksburg, and informed us of the terms of the capitulation. The garrison was paroled anrdner's adjutant-general, who stated that the stock of provisions was exhausted, and but twenty-five hundred of the garrison were fit for duty at the time of surrender. Federal forces advanced against Yazoo City, both by land and water, on the 13th. The attack by the gunboats was handsomely repulsed by the heavy battery, under the direction of Commander J. N. Brown, Confederate States Navy. The De Kalb, the flag-ship of the United States squadron, an ironclad, carrying thirteen guns, was s
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 11 (search)
front of the summit of Pine Mount, and the right extended across the Burnt Hickory and Marietta road. The cavalry of the Federal right was held in check by Jackson's division, aided by the line of intrenchments constructed by our infantry between Lost Mountain and Gilgal Church; but that of the left was very active and encountered ours daily, occasionally in large bodies. According to Major-General Wheeler's reports, these affairs were always to our advantage. In the evening of the 13th, Lieutenant-General Hardee expressed apprehension that Bate's division, posted on Pine Mount, might be too far from the line occupied by his corps, and requested me to visit that outpost, and decide if it should be maintained. We rode to it together next morning, accompanied by Lieutenant-General Polk, who wished to avail himself of the height to study the ground in front of his own corps. Just when we had concluded our examination, and the abandonment of the hill had been decided upon,
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 12 (search)
eleven hundred in number, being recalled by Governor Magrath, left the army and returned to the State. Lieutenant-General Hampton placed Wheeler's division on the Raleigh road, and Butler's on that to Goldsboroa. The former was pressed on the 13th, eight or ten miles from Fayetteville, but held its ground; and on the 14th, at Silver Creek, where it was intrenched under General Hampton's direction, it easily drove off the Federal cavalry that felt its position. During this time, the Fayeut.-Gen. Hampton had been desired to take measures to discover any movements of the Federal troops by the Pittsboroa road, and all others by which they could turn directly toward Charlotte or Salisbury. I left Greensboroa on the evening of the 13th, to rejoin the army, and, although detained on the way the greater part of the night by one of the accidents then inevitable on the North Carolina Railroad, met Stewart's column at Hillsboroa early in the morning of the 14th, just as it was begin
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 14 (search)
in Mississippi, the reader is referred to pages 204-211. The assertions concerning the little siege of Jackson are contradicted by the very correspondence See it as published by Confederate Congress, and in Appendix, pages referred to, and in pages 207 and 208. On the first day, July 9th, I telegraphed to Mr. Davis that I should endeavor to hold the place. On the 11th: It (the intrenched line) is very defective; cannot stand a siege, but improves a bad position against assault. On the 13th: The enemy's rifles (cannon) reached all parts of the town, showing the weakness of the position, and its untenableness against a powerful artillery. . . . If the position and works were not bad, want of stores, which could not be collected, would make it impossible to stand a siege. These were my only dispatches to the President on the subject. Stores were not lost, for we had none in Jackson. We were supplied by the railroad from the East, and our depot was at its terminus east of Pea
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
eral Stevenson being directed to keep well closed up on the rear of General Loring's column. On the evening of the 12th I moved my headquarters to Bovina, to be nearer the scene of active operations. The command arrived at Edwards's Depot on the 13th, and was placed in position, covering all approaches from the south and east in the following order, viz.: Bowen on the right, Loring in the centre, and Stevenson on the left. This position was occupied from the night of the 13th until the morning of the 15th. On the 13th the following dispatch was sent to General Johnston: General Forney reports, from Vicksburg this morning, four transports loaded with troops, arrived at Young's Point this morning. Five regiments and a battery passed down by Brown and Johnson's. Wagon-trains continue to pass back and forth. My reinforcements will be very small, and arrive very slowly. If possible, Port Hudson should be reenforced. I have been forced to draw largely from there. I have no major-