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arrived, and the Second Michigan cavalry to rest from a march of sixty miles in less than twenty-four hours, men and horses being completely exhausted. The siege-guns, which were anxiously expected, having arrived on the morning of the twenty-fifth December, at one o'clock, I immediately put a force to work to manufacture the proper technical fixtures, (which I was pained to learn had been entirely neglected in shipping the guns,) and place them in position on the north side of the river. A, the regiments by Duke, Gano, Cluke, Chenault, Bennett, Stoner, and Breckinridge, with White's battery of eight guns, the largest a twelve-pounder. White's name is supposed to be Robinson, formerly of Kentucky. At five o'clock A. M., December twenty-fifth, I again ordered the Twelfth Kentucky cavalry, Col. Shanks, to Cave City and beyond to Bear Wallow, with the first and second battalions; the third, under Major Stout, being ordered on the Greensburgh road to Burnt Bridge Ford, north of (
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 91.-General Sherman's expedition. (search)
urgh, and we arrived there about dark on the evening of the twenty-fourth December. The next day would be Christmas, and many of the soldiers had the idea that the fleet would sail right in without difficulty, and that they would take their Christmas dinner in Vicksburgh. Many invitations were given among friends for a dinner at the Preston House. They little dreamed of the disappointment in store for them, or that New Year's day would find them on the wrong side of the hill. On the night ousand troops at the outside in Vicksburgh; and that, although there were rifle-pits and breastworks in the rear of the city, there were no soldiers posted there or batteries erected. To take the city was thought to be an easy job. All of Christmas day the fleet lay at Milliken's Bend, with the troops on the transports, in a state of total inactivity. Nobody knew what it meant, and every body was suffering from listlessness and ennui. A few ineffectual attempts were made to get up Christm
fourth ultimo, ahead of the rest of the force. Clarke's salt-works is situated near the mouth of Goose Creek, and has never yet been in the hands of the rebels. They attempted to take the place some six months ago, but the mountaineers, being nearly all strong Union men, met them, and drove them from the field ; killing four, and wounding eight. They have notified Mr. Brown, the Superintendent, several times, that they were coining to take it; but have, as yet, failed to do so. On Christmas-day, a courier arrived from Gen. Carter to move up Goose Creek to Hurd's, where he would join us. At noon General Carter came up with ten companies of the Ninth Pennsylvania cavalry, under command of Major Russell, two battalions Second Michigan cavalry, under Lieutenant-Colonel Campbell, our forces thus united making one thousand and five, rank and file, officers, servants, etc., all told. After feeding, here on secesh hay, we proceeded to the Red Bird Fork of the Kentucky River; followi
in Galveston, up to within a week of the attack, absolutely no troops, the place being held merely by the naval arm. Two regiments had been ordered thither, the Forty-second Massachusetts, Col. Burrill, the Twenty-third Connecticut, Colonel----, with one battery, the Second Vermont, under command of Capt. Holcomb; also a fraction of the First Texas cavalry, the expected nucleus of a regiment. Of these troops, only the Forty-second Massachusetts embarked for Texas, on or before the twenty-fifth of December, the Twenty-third Connecticut remaining at Ship Island, where it still is. The first-mentioned regiment went in three transports, under the respective charges of its Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Major. The vessels being slow, only three companies of this regiment, under Col. Burrill, had arrived, landing on a wharf near the upper part of Galveston. There they took possession of one of the churches as a look-out, and waited the arrival of their comrades. They were, in all, abo
xas, the first thing the General set about was a thorough examination of the ground, and a full canvass of such plans as presented themselves for the work. He also gathered all the forces from the various parts of the State that could be spared from other lines of defence. He might have got ready sooner but for the want of field-artillery, which Major Bloomfield, Chief Quartermaster, was pushing from the Mississippi as fast as he could. They reached here only last week. On Thursday, December twenty-fifth, it was determined to delay no longer, and orders were at once issued to prepare for the attack. It was then hoped that every thing might be got ready by Saturday night, which would have given four hours of darkness for the attack, the moon setting at about two A. M. But the gunboats could not be fixed in time. The utmost energy was displayed, but the work of putting up the bulwarks was not completed in time. It was found that all things could not be got in readiness before
urgh, captured twenty wagons with a guard of about ninety men, and returned safely to his camp. On the sixteenth December he again crossed the river with a small force, proceeded to Occoquan, surprised the pickets between that place and Dumfries, captured fifty wagons, bringing many of then across the Occoquan in a ferry-boat, and beating back a brigade of cavalry sent to their rescue. He reached the Rappahannock with thirty wagons and one hundred and thirty prisoners. 4. On the twenty-fifth December, Gen. Stuart, with detachments of Hampton's, Fitz-Hugh Lee's, and W. F. Lee's brigades, under the command of their officers, respectively, made a force reconnoisance in the rear of the enemy's lines, attacked him at Dumfries, capturing men and wagons at that place, advanced toward Alexandria, drove his cavalry with considerable loss toward Occoquan, captured his camp on that stream, burned the Accotink bridge on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, then passing north of Fairfax Court-