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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Responsibilities of the first Bull Run. (search)
er in these words: My commission is made to bear such a date that my once inferiors in the service of the United States and of the Confederate States shall be above me. But it must not be dated as of the 21st of July nor be suggestive of the victory of Manassas. I return to my first position. I repeat that my right to my rank as General is established by the Acts of Congress of the 14th of March, 1861, and the 16th of May, 1861, and not by the nomination and confirmation of the 31st of August, 1861. To deprive me of that rank it was necessary for Congress to repeal those laws. That could be done by express legislative act alone. It was not done, it could not be done, by a mere vote in secret session upon a list of nominations. If the action against which I have protested be legal, it is not for me to question the expediency of degrading one who has served laboriously from the commencement of the war on this frontier, and borne a prominent part in the only great event of that
bels, who, regarding him as their prisoner already, took few precautions to secure him. Lieutenant Bailey shot the foremost with his pistol, and wheeling about, rejoined his men in a few minutes. The bullets of the enemy whistled by him harmless, as he rode away, save wounding a horse belonging to one of the privates.--Philadelphia Inquirer, September 5. The following is the text of a circular or proclamation of the Captain-General of Cuba relative to the rebel flag: Havana, August 31, 1861. To the Collectors of Ports in the Island: First--Vessels with the flag of the Confederation of the South will be admitted into the ports of this island for the purpose of legitimate trade, provided the documents which they present do not inspire the least suspicion of piracy, fraud, or other crimes, which are punished by all national laws. Second--Once in our ports, said vessels will be under the safeguard of the neutrality proclaimed by the Governor in the royal decree of 17th J
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)
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. Milton Cogswell; 71st Pa. (also called 1st California), Lieut-Col.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 1: effect of the battle of Bull's Run.--reorganization of the Army of the Potomac.--Congress, and the council of the conspirators.--East Tennessee. (search)
epting Confedcrate bonds, money in hand or in bank, live stock, gold watches, gold and silver plate, pianos, horses, and pleasure carriages. It was officially reported that there were two hundred thousand soldiers in the field; and Davis was authorized to increase this force by an addition of four hundred thousand volunteers, to serve for not less than twelve months or more than three years. He was authorized to send additional commissioners to Europe; and on the last day of the session Aug. 31, 1861. an act was passed giving him authority to inflict retaliation upon the persons of prisoners of war. This measure had special reference to the captives of the pirate-ship Savannah, concerning whom, as we have observed, See page 557, volume I. Davis had already sent a threatening letter to the President, to which no reply was given. This letter was taken by Captain Thomas H. Taylor, with a flag of truce, to the Headquarters of General McDowell, at Arlington House, when the bearer wa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
inate officers; also of Commodore Barron and Major Andrews, of the Confederate service, September 1st, 1861. The number of troops surrendered, including the officers, was 715, and with them 1,000 stand of arms, 5 stand of colors, 31 pieces of cannon, vessels with cotton and stores, and 75 kegs of gunpowder. One of the flags was new. and had been presented, within a week, by the women of New Berne, North Carolina, to the North Carolina defenders. --General Wool's General Order, No. 8, August 31st, 1861. The capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet was a severe blow to the Confederates, and opened the way to most important results, beneficial to the National cause, as we shall observe hereafter. General Wool issued a stirring order, announcing the victory, and Secretary Welles congratulated Stringham and his men for the brilliant achievement accomplished without the loss of a man on the Union side. General Butler had been ordered to destroy the forts, and not attempt to hold th
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
en employed in a wider sphere of action. The duty in the Gulf was harrassing, and at the same time tedious and monotonous; and if not as brilliant as that performed by the Navy in other localities, it performed its share of the work of putting down the rebellion by maintaining the blockade of the Southern Coast, the most severe duty performed by any officers during the war. Gulf Squadron, 1861, vessels and officers. Note.--Names of officers obtained mostly from Navy Register of August 31, 1861. Flagship Niagara. Captain Wm. W. McKean, Flag Officer; Lieuts., John Guest, Wm. F. Spicer, J. C. P. De Krafft, Robt. L. May and Edw. E. Potter; Fleet Surg., G. R. B. Horner; Surgeon, J. Foltz; Asst. Surg., James McAllister; Chaplain, C. S. Stewart; Paymaster, G. B. Barry; Masters, J. D. Marvin, James O'Kane, T. L. Swan, H. B. Robeson and Silas Casey, Jr.; Capt. Marines, Josiah Watson; First Lieut., Geo. Butler; Chief Engineer, Robt. H. Long; Asst.-Engineers, D. B. Macomb, C. B. K
your obedient servant, S. H. Stringham, Flag-officer Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Commander Stellwagen's report. U. S. Chartered steamer Adelaide, August 31, 1861. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: I have to report that the expedition to Cape Hatteras Inlet has resulted in a signal victory over the rebeicers. I am very respectfully, your obedient servant, H. S. Stellwagen, Commander. Surgeon W. M. King's report. U. S. Chartered steamer Adelaide, August 31, 1861. Com. H. S. Stellwagen, U. S. Navy, Commanding Steamer Adelaide, on special service. sir: In obedience to your order, I have the honor herewith to furnish ery respectfully, your obedient servant, Wm. M. King, Assistant Surgeon. General Wool's order. Headquarters Department of Virginia, Fortress Monroe, August 31, 1861. General Order No. 8. The commanding general has great satisfaction in announcing a glorious victory achieved by the combined operations of the army and na
of service of many of these regiments was about expiring, and they were gradually replaced by perfectly raw new regiments. On the 19th of Aug. I had less than 42,000 effective of all arms, such as they were; and the most necessary defences still required about a week to enable them to resist assaults with tolerable certainty. On the 20th of Aug. I had 80 guns and less than 1,200 cavalry. On the 25th of Aug. I had about 50,000 effective of all arms and perhaps 100 guns. The return for Aug. 31, 1861, shows that, excluding Gen. Dix's command, there was an aggregate present of 76,415 of all arms. This comprised Banks's command near Harper's Ferry and above, and Stone's corps of observation at Poolesville. It included the sick, those under arrest, and all extra-duty men. Making the proper deduction on these accounts, the effective force, including Banks's and Stone's, is reduced to 58,680 officers and men of all arms; many of these being still unfit for service through lack of discip
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 1: The Opening Battles. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), Engagements of the Civil War with losses on both sides December, 1860-August, 1862 (search)
nion 3 wounded. Confed. 1 killed, 3 wounded. August 26, 1861: Cross Lanes or Summerville, W. Va. Losses: Union 5 killed, 40 wounded, 200 captured. August 27, 1861: ball's Cross Roads, Va. Losses: Union 1 killed, 2 wounded. August 28-29, 1861: Fort Hatteras, N. C. Union, 9th, 20th, and 89th N. Y. and Naval force. Confed. North Carolina troops under Col. W. F. Martin. Losses: Union 1 killed, 2 wounded. Confed. 5 killed, 51 wounded, 715 prisoners. August 31, 1861: Munson's Hill, Va. Losses: Union 2 killed, 2 wounded. September, 1861. September 1, 1861: Bennett's Mills, Mo. Losses: Union 1 killed, 8 wounded. September 2, 1861: Dallas, Mo. Losses: Union 2 killed. September 2, 1861: dry wood or Ft. Scott, Mo. Losses: Union 4 killed, 9 wounded. September 10, 1861: Carnifex Ferry, W. Va. Union, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 28th, and 47th Ohio. Confed., Gen. J. B. Floyd's command. Losses: Union 17 killed,
about two inches wide. It is said to owe its invention to an accident which occurred to Colonel Bowie during a battle with the Mexicans; he broke his sword some fifteen inches from the hilt, and afterward used the weapon thus broken as a knife in hand-to-hand fights. This is a most formidable weapon, and is commonly in use in the West and Southwest. As much space is devoted to the description of the bowie knife as is given to siege artillery. An illustration in the same journal for August 31, 1861, shows Mississippians practising with the bowie knife. The Mississippians are engaged in throwing the knives. The heavy blades are seen hurtling through the air and burying their points in a tree. Grasping his bowie knife in the above photograph stands E. Spottswood Bishop, who started out as a private, was promoted to captain in the Twenty-fifth Virginia Cavalry, wounded five times, and elected colonel of his regiment by its officers. On the right is David J. Candill, who was trans
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