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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Going to the front: recollections of a private — I. (search)
ocure substitutes. He has, moreover, been fierce and uncompromising toward the ex-Confederates since the war. From the first I did not believe the trouble would blow over in sixty days ; Mr. Seward, speaking in New York two days after the secession of South Carolina, said: Sixty days more suns will give you a much brighter and more cheerful atmosphere. nor did I consider eleven dollars a month, The monthly pay of Union privates was: cavalry , artillery and infantry ; from August 6th, 1861, for all arms, and from May 1st, 1864, . Confederate privates received: in the cavalry and light batteries ; in the artillery and infantry ; increased June 9th, 1864, to and per month for a period of one year from that date.--editors. and the promised glory, large pay for the services of an able-bodied young man. It was the news that the 6th Massachusetts regiment had been mobbed by roughs on their passage through Baltimore which gave me the war fever. Concerning this encounter C
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., chapter 14.54 (search)
this paper was read by General Burnside before the soldiers' and sailors' historical Society of Rhode Island, July 7th, 1880, and is included here by permission of the Society, the text being somewhat abridged to conform to the plan of this work.-editors. Ambrose E. Burnside, Major-General, U. S. A. Soon after the 1st Rhode Island regiment was mustered out of service, I was appointed by President Lincoln to the office of brigadier-general. My commission was given to me on the 6th of August, 1861, and I was ordered to report to General McClellan, who placed me in charge of the division and brigades which were formed of the new troops as they arrived in Washington. My duty was to look after the drill and discipline of these brigades, with a view to giving the men the efficiency necessary for assignment to the older divisions of the army, which were then organizing in Washington under the name of Union lookout, Hatteras Beach. From a war-time sketch. the Army of the Potomac.
at danger that the closing paragraph, in relation to the confiscation of property and the liberating slaves of traitorous owners, will alarm our Southern Union friends and turn them against us; perhaps ruin our rather fair prospect for Kentucky. Allow me, therefore, to ask that you will, as of your own motion, modify that paragraph so as to conform to the first and fourth sections of the act of Congress entitled, An act to confiscate property used for insurrectionary purposes, approved August 6, 1861, and a copy of which act I herewith send you. This letter is written in a spirit of caution, and not of censure. I send it by a special messenger, in order that it may certainly and speedily reach you. But the headstrong general was too blind and selfish to accept this mild redress of a fault that would have justified instant displacement from command. He preferred that the President should openly direct him to make the correction. Admitting that he decided in one night upon t
Commanding hopes that their conduct hereafter will justify the exercise of the authority which has made them free men. The following is a copy of one of the free papers issued to the colored soldiers: Headquarters Department of the South, Port Royal, S. C., August 1, 1862. The bearer, Prince Rivers, a sergeant in First regiment South-Carolina volunteers, lately claimed as a slave, having been employed in hostility to the Unite I States, is hereby, agreeably to the law of the sixth of August, 1861, declared free for ever. His wife and children are also free. D. Hunter, Major-General Commanding. A party of rebels, under the guerrilla Dunn, attacked Canton, Mo., to-day, and shot a man named William Craig, in order to get possession of some rifles stored in his warehouse. They then took possession of the rifles, and plundered all the stores in the place. John H. Winder, the rebel General, issued the following from his headquarters at Richmond. Va.: The obtaining of
ereby holds to come in order of seniority with himself. With the fact constantly in view that the argument rests on an imaginary basis, it is a sort of anomaly to the understanding to follow it in detail through the outside points presented by General Butler. In his concluding remarks he affirms that there is no act of Congress which has or can settle seniority of rank. But certainly there are many precedents which go to show that they can and do settle such questions. The Act of August sixth, 1861, made General Butler senior to brigadier-generals appointed on or after July twenty-second, 1861, and gave him his only claim to seniority upon the ground of superior rank when appointed. General Butler adds, that questions of seniority now are only useful in points of etiquette and service upon courts-martial. But these questions involve something more than etiquette; they are questions of rank, and of rank under such circumstances as often to convey the most positive control and
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Ball's Bluff and the arrest of General Stone. (search)
ries. If they pass Leesburg and take the Gun Spring road you will not follow far, but seize the first good position to cover that road. Their design is to draw us on, if they are obliged to retreat, as far as Goose Creek, where they can be reinforced from Manassas and have a strong position. Report the opposing forces at Ball's Bluff, Va.--October 21ST, 1861. Union Forces: Colonel Edward D. Baker Colonel Baker received the appointment of Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, August 6th, 1861, to rank from May 17th, 1861. This he declined, August 31st, 1861. On September 21st, 1861, he was appointed Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, but at the date of his death he had neither accepted nor declined the appointment. General McClellan was then the only other officer in the Army of the Potomac holding that rank.--Editors. (k); Colonel Milton Cogswell (w and c): 15th Mass., Col. Charles Devens; 20th Mass., Col. William R. Lee (c); 42d New York (called Tammany regiment ), Col. M
proclamation be so modified, held, and construed, as to conform with, and not to transcend, the provisions on the same subject contained in the Act of Congress entitled An act to confiscate property used for insurrectionary purposes, approved August 6, 1861; and that the said act be published at length with this order. Your obedient servant, A. Lincoln. In view of the sailing from Fortress Monroe of the Port Royal expedition against the Sea Islands and coast of South Carolina, General Instersons, afterward coming into the city of Washington, are liable to be arrested by the city police, upon the presumption, arising from color, that they are fugitives from service or labor. By the 4th section of the Act of Congress approved August 6, 1861, entitled An act to confiscate proeprty used for insurrectionary purposes, such hostile employment is made a full and sufficient answer to any further claim to service or labor. Persons thus employed and escaping are received into the milita
; died in Confederate prisons (previously included), 13. battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. Belmont, Mo. (8 Cos.) 74 Kenesaw Mountain, Ga. 1 Fort Donelson, Tenn. 2 Marietta, Ga. 1 Shiloh, Tenn. 12 Atlanta, Ga. 4 Corinth, Miss. 28 Allatoona, Ga. 1 Resaca, Ga. 15 Guerrillas 2 Dallas, Ga. 1     Present, also, at Fort Henry, Tenn.; Iuka, Miss.; Jonesboro, Ga.; Jenkins's Bridge, Ga.; Savannah, Ga.; Lynch Creek, S. C.; Bentonville, N. C. notes.--Leaving Iowa August 6, 1861, it proceeded to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where it was assigned to Prentiss's Division. It was engaged on active duty in Missouri for several months, during which it fought at Belmont, sustaining the heaviest loss of any regiment in that battle. The first man killed at Belmont was one of the skirmishers of the Seventh; its loss was 51 killed, 127 wounded, 39 captured, and 10 missing; a total of 227 out of 410 engaged. Lieutenant-Colonel Augustus Wentz and three line officers were killed t
Doc. 159.-confiscation act. Approved August 6, 1861. an act to confiscate property used for insurrectionary purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That if, during the present or any future insurrection against the Government of the United States, after the President of the United States shall have declared, by proclamation, that the laws of the United States are opposed and the execution thereof obstructed by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the power vested in the marshals by law, any person or persons, his, her, or their agent, attorney, or employee, shall purchase or acquire, sell or give, any property of whatsoever kind or description, with intent to use or employ the same, or suffer the same to be used or employed, in aiding, abetting, or promoting such insurrection or resistance to the laws, or any person or persons engaged th
Doc. 164.-skirmish near point of Rocks, Md. Berlin, Md., August 6, 1861. Messrs. Editors: You will please announce in your morning paper that a sharp skirmish took place this morning opposite the Point of Rocks, in Virginia. A detachment of sixty men of the Twenty-eighth regiment of New York Volunteers, stationed at our place, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Brown, crossed the river at this place last night and marched through the county, and came on a party of cavalry of Captain Mead's company, of the Confederate army, opposite the Point of Rocks. The Colonel, with his party, came on them about sunrise, and ordered them to halt, which was not obeyed, and they fired on them and killed three, wounded two, and took twenty horses, with their equipments, and seven prisoners. They brought them into camp this morning about ten o'clock, without getting a man hurt. Among the killed is George Orrison, of Loudon County. Among the prisoners are a son of Mrs. Dawson, one M
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