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en by my brigade on the thirtieth and thirty-first of December, in the battle of Stone River. The othe results of the engagements of the thirty-first of December and the second of January, 1863, as aespecially during the hottest fires of December thirty-first and second instant, the elevation the At early daylight Wednesday morning, December thirty-first the enemy was discovered moving in hea where we remained till next morning, (December thirty-first.) About daylight we were attacked by t the piece repaired which was disabled December thirty-first. Some field-officer, on December thDecember thirty-first, forced my forge into the train which started for Nashville, and it was captured and turd, 1863. At eight o'clock A. M., Wednesday, December thirty-first, our regiment, under command of Crtly after daybreak next morning, the thirty-first of December, Col. Schaeffer received orders to re Thus matters stood when the night of December thirty-first closed over us. During the night of[6 more...]
aggage, clothing, medicine and hospital stores. We had lost only three pieces of artillery, all in Breckinridge's repulse. A number of stands of colors, nine of which are forwarded with this report, were also captured on the field. Others known to have been taken have not been sent in. The list, marked 6, is here — with transmitted. A tabular statement of our forces, marked 7, is herewith transmitted, showing the number of fighting men we had in the field on the morning of the thirty-first of December, to have been less than thirty-five thousand, of which thirty thousand were infantry and artillery. Our losses are also reported in this same comprehensive table, so as to show how much each corps, division and brigade suffered, and in case of Breckinridge's division, the losses are reported separately for Wednesday and Friday. These reports are minute and suggestive, showing the severity of the conflict, as well as where, when, and by whom sustained. Among the gallant dead the
ollowed up any advantage that might have been gained by him. Believing that Morgan's command was suffering for rest, at three o'clock on the morning of the thirty-first December, I ordered out another reconnoitring party under command of Major Gratz, of the Sixth Kentucky cavalry, with instructions to press upon the enemy, cut off pringfield road, to ascertain whether the enemy was really advancing with a view of attacking us. Colonel Halisy left camp about seven o'clock A. M. on the thirty-first December, and at eleven o'clock A. M. sent back a courier with the information that he had proceeded as far as their camp of the night previous, which they had abanmand to Pinchem or Muldrow's Hill. Unfortunately, however, this courier was captured and paroled before he reached Colonel Wolford. At six o'clock P. M., December thirty-first, my command, consisting of a squadron of the Sixth Kentucky cavalry, under Major Gratz, a squadron of the Ninth Kentucky cavalry, under command of Major Ru
tween Generals Forrest and Sullivan. Mr. John P. Lee and Mr. Wm. Leady, of this place, returned to-day (Wednesday) from Clifton, Wayne County, Tennessee, where they met Gen. Forrest's forces returning from Parker's Cross-Roads, West-Tennessee, where they had a desperate fight with an overwhelming force of the abolitionists. These gentlemen were with Col. Russell's command twenty-four hours, and had a fine opportunity of learning the facts, and report them as follows: On the thirty-first of December, Gen. Forrest was returning from his successful expedition for cutting Grant's and Sherman's communications with the North, and destroying their supplies having destroyed the Mobile and Ohio Railroad bridges and trestles from Jackson to Union City, tearing up the road and burning the cross-ties and iron, and doing the same for the Memphis and Ohio Railroad--capturing and paroling two thousand prisoners, taking four cannon, and a large number of small arms. At Parker's Cross-Roads
t New-Orleans on or about December twenty-seventh. None of them, however, got off until two days later, when, as already related, the Mary A. Boardman steamed southward for Galveston, and with her the Honduras, leaving the slower Cumbria to bring up the rear, full forty-eight hours subsequent. The Mary A. Boardman parted with her companion at the Delta of the Mississippi, on the bar of the South-West Pass, and henceforward held on her way alone. At four o'clock on the afternoon of December thirty-first she arrived off Galveston. Here an ominous sight awaited her in the ruined lighthouse on Bolivar Point — a long sandy reach stretching toward the town from the east. The upper portion of the tower, of whitewashed brick, had been destroyed, the light extinguished, the house below burned, as afterward appeared, on the night of Sunday, the twenty-eighth, by the rebels, in anticipation of the arrival of Union troops. The signal of the Mary A. Boardman being answered by the flagship We
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 the thirty-first of December, and the night of the thirty-first was fixed for the attack. The Bayou City, a Houston and Galveston packet, had been taken by the State, and fitted up as a gunboat, under charge of Captain Henry Lubbock. She was armed with a thirty-two pounder rifled gun on her bow-deck. Bulwarks of cotton-bales were built on her sides, and a force of one hundred men put on board of her, and on Tuesday she left here to await orders at the head of Galveston Bay. Captain Weir, of company B, Cook's
see Doc. 96, page 344 ante. Manchester, February 10, 1863. The following letter and inclosure were received yesterday by the Mayor of Manchester, Abel Heywood, Esq.: Legation of the United States, London, February 9, 1863. sir: I have the honor to transmit to you, by the hands of Mr. Moran, the Assistant Secretary of this Legation, a letter of the President of the United States, addressed to you as chairman of the meeting of workingmen, held at Manchester, on the thirty-first of December, and in acknowledgment of the address which I had the pleasure to forward from that meeting. I am, sir, your obedient servant, Charles Francis Adams. Abel Heywood, Esq., Chairman, etc., Manchester. Executive mansion, Washington, January 19, 1863. To the Workingmen of Manchester: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the address and resolutions which you sent me on the eve of the new year. When I came on the fourth of March, 1861, through a free and constitutiona
ugh not driven from his position, was severely punished, and as the (lay was far spent, it was not deemed advisable to renew the attack that evening, and the troops held the line they occupied for the night. The following morning, instead of finding him in position to receive a renewal of the attack, showed that, taking advantage of the night, he had abandoned his last position of his first line, and the opening of the new year found us masters of the field. This battle of the thirty-first of December developed, in all parts of the field which came under my observation, the highest qualities of the soldier among our troops. The promptness with which they moved upon the enemy, whenever they were called to attack him, the vigor and éclat with which their movements were made, the energy with which they assaulted his strong positions, and the readiness with which they responded to the call to repeat their assaults, indicated a spirit of dauntless courage, which places them in the ve