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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 9: the Red River expedition. (search)
e than a mile by this charge. The whole of the reserves were ordered up, and the foe was completely routed, and pursued until dark. So ended, April 9, 1864. in complete victory for the Nationals, the battle of Pleasant Hill. It was desperate and sanguinary, said General Banks in his report. The defeat of the enemy was complete, and his loss in officers and men more than double that sustained by our force. General Banks reported his losses in the severe battles of the 7th, 8th, and 9th of April, at 3,969, of whom 289 were killed, 1,541 wounded, and 2,150 missing. Most of the latter were prisoners. In addition to these, the Nationals had lost in the campaign, thus far, 20 pieces of artillery, 160 wagons, and 1,200 horses and mules, including many that died of disease. The gains were the capture of Fort De Russy, Alexandria, Grand Ecore, and Natchitoches, the opening of the Red River. and the capture of 2.300 prisoners, 25 pieces of artillery (chiefly by the fleet), and 3,000 b
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 18: capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, and Goldsboroa.--Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--Stoneman's last raid. (search)
s east and west, destroyed the railway for about ninety miles, Major E. C. Moderwell, of Palmer's brigade (from whom the author received a very interesting account of this raid), after describing the manner of destroying railroad tracks, similar to that mentioned in note 2, page 892, says, A regiment of men could destroy from three to five miles an hour. and then returned to Jacksonville. Having performed his prescribed duty, General Stoneman turned his face southward, and, on the 9th of April, struck the North Carolina railroad between Danville and Greensboroa. At Germantown several hundred negroes, who had joined the column, were sent back into East Tennessee. At the same time Colonel Palmer was sent to destroy the railroad between Salisbury and Greensboroa, and the factories at Salem, in North Carolina; while the main column moved on Salisbury, forcing the Yadkin at Huntsville, April 11. and skirmishing near there. Palmer performed his duty well, and near Deep River Brid
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 19: the repossession of Alabama by the Government. (search)
t was evidently no longer tenable. Its fire, in response to the continued bombardment, became more and more feeble, and, before midnight, ceased altogether. Other troops pressed into the works, and by a little past two o'clock in the morning, April 9. Bertram's brigade entered it without opposition, and was ordered to garrison it. So ended the siege of Spanish Fort. A greater portion of the garrison had escaped. About six hundred of them were made prisoners; and the spoils of victory were ndrews, of the Thirteenth Corps, formed the center, and Garrard's division of the Sixteenth Corps composed its left. Other divisions of the Sixteenth Corps were near, ready to afford aid to the battle-line, if necessary. It was Sunday, the 9th of April. Half-past 5 o'clock in the afternoon was appointed as the time for the. assault. At that hour dark clouds were rolling up from the west, and the low bellowing of distant thunder was heard. That artillery of heaven was soon made inaudible to
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
now saw that his only hope was in cutting his way successfully through Sheridan's line. This he attempted at daybreak. April 9. Of all the grand Army of Northern Virginia, which menaced the National Capital a year before, not quite ten thousand ef Appomattox Court-House. There the two commanders met, with courteous recognition, at two o'clock on Palm Sunday, the 9th of April. Grant was accompanied only by his chief aid, Colonel Parker. Lee was attended by Colonel Marshall, his adjutant-geno attend to the details of the surrender. Lee lost, during the movements of his army, from the 26th of March to the 9th of April, about 14,000 killed and wounded, and 25,000 made prisoners. The remainder, who were not present at the surrender, hament of the quarrel with the United States. These two gentlemen held a consultation with Governor Vance, at Raleigh. April 9. The result was their appointment as commissioners, to carry to General Sherman a communication from the Governor, propo
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 22: prisoners.-benevolent operations during the War.--readjustment of National affairs.--conclusion. (search)
e 19th of February, 1866, he vetoed the act for enlarging the operations of the Freedmen's Bureau, established for the relief of freedmen, refugees, and abandoned lands. On the 27th of March he vetoed the act known as the Civil Rights Law, which was intended to secure to all citizens, without regard to color or a previous condition of slavery, equal civil rights in the Republic. This Act became a law, after it was vetoed by the President, by the vote of a constitutional majority, on the 9th of April. He made uncompromising war upon the legislative branch of the Government, and caused members of his Cabinet, who could not agree with him, to resign, with the exception of the Secretary of War. The friends of the Republic urged that officer to remain, believing his retention of his bureau at that critical period in the life of the nation would be for the public benefit. He did so, and became the object of the President's hatred. On the 2d of April, 1866.the President, by proclamati