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vertaken by W. B. C., on horseback. We were surprised and delighted. He soon explained his position. Jackson's Brigade has been ordered to take charge of the Valley, and is coming to-day to Strasburg, and thence to Winchester. He rode across on R's horse. He dined with us, and told us a great deal about the army, particularly about our own boys. We are greatly relieved to have that noble brigade in our midst; we have felt, for a long time, the want of protection. Monday night, November 11, 1861. To-day M. P. and myself went to Winchester, and thence to the camp. We took Mr. P. N's children to see their father. There we saw W. B., J. M. G., and many other young friends, and were much pleased at their cheerfulness. They look sunburnt and soldierly. I returned to Winchester to see my dear S. S. R. C. was sitting with her, looking well and happy. Camp-life agrees with him. These poor boys expect to be ordered to Romney; but wherever they go, they hope, by God's help, to r
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
already preparing for them? The official recognition referred to by Mrs. Fremont is indicated in the following electrographs:-- St. Louis, Missouri, November 11, 1861. Maj.-Gen. George B. Mcclellan, Commanding-in-Chief, Washington, D. C.:-- I would regard it as an act of personal courtesy and kindness to me, if yon willowe more than the usual consideration accorded to the rank and file of the army. J. C. Fremont, Maj.-Gen. U. S. A. Headquarters of the Army, Washington, Nov. 11, 1861. Maj.-Gen. J. C. Fremont:-- Before receiving your dispatch, I had given instructions that the cavalry corps, known as your Body-Guard, should be otherwise dthe Confederate loss as it is above recorded. Ms. Reports of Acting Brigadier-General R. M. Russell, Nov. 9, and of Colonels E. Ricketts, Jr., and T. H. Bell, Nov. 11, 1861. Cotemporaries and eye-witnesses on both sides related many deeds of special daring by individuals. The repulse of Grant did not relieve the Confederates of
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
s by far the most powerful of the defenses, and upon it the bolts of the fleet were chiefly hurled. The order of battle comprised a main squadron ranged, in a line ahead, and a flanking squadron, which was to be thrown off on the northern section of the harbor, to engage the enemy's flotilla (Tatnall's), and prevent them taking the rear ships of the main line when it turned to the southward, or cutting off a disabled vessel. Report of Commodore Dupont to the Secretary of the Navy, November 11th, 1861. The main squadron consisted of the Wabash, Commander C. R. P. Rogers, leading; frigate Susquehlanna, Captain J. L. Lardner; sloop Mohican, Commander L W. Gordon; sloop Seminole, Commander J. P. Gillis; sloop Pawnee, Lieutenant commanding T. H. Stevens; gunboat Pembina, Lieutenant commanding J. P. Bankhead; sailing sloop Vandalia, towed by the Isaac P. Smith, Lieutenant commanding J. W. A. Nicholson. The flanking squadron consisted of the gunboats Bienville, Commander Charles Steedm
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ation. The flag-officer fully sympathizes with the officers and men of the squadron in the satisfaction they must feel at seeing the ensign of the Union flying once more in the State of South Carolina, which has been the chief promoter of the wicked and unprovoked rebellion they have been called upon to suppress. S. F. Dupont, Flag-Officer, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Report of Flag-officer Dupont. United States Flag-Ship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., Nov. 11, 1861. Sir — I have the honor to submit the following detailed account of the action of the 7th of November: From the reconnaissance of the 5th we were led to believe that the forts on Bay Point and Hilton Head were armed with more than twenty guns each, of the heaviest calibre and longest range, and were well constructed and well manned, but that the one on Hilton Head was the strongest. The distance between them is two and two-tenths nautical miles-too great to admit of their being ad
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Letters relating to the battle of Port Royal and occupation of the Confederate forts. (search)
ation. The flag-officer fully sympathizes with the officers and men of the squadron in the satisfaction they must feel at seeing the ensign of the Union flying once more in the State of South Carolina, which has been the chief promoter of the wicked and unprovoked rebellion they have been called upon to suppress. S. F. Dupont, Flag-Officer, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Report of Flag-officer Dupont. United States Flag-Ship Wabash, Port Royal Harbor, S. C., Nov. 11, 1861. Sir — I have the honor to submit the following detailed account of the action of the 7th of November: From the reconnaissance of the 5th we were led to believe that the forts on Bay Point and Hilton Head were armed with more than twenty guns each, of the heaviest calibre and longest range, and were well constructed and well manned, but that the one on Hilton Head was the strongest. The distance between them is two and two-tenths nautical miles-too great to admit of their being ad
Doc. 137 1/2. capture of Beaufort, S. C. A correspondent of the New York Herald, gives the following account of this capture:-- Fort Walker, Port Royal harbor, S. C., November 11, 1861. On Saturday noon last, in pursuance of the orders of Flag-officer Dupont, the gunboats Seneca, Lieutenant-Commanding David Ammen; Pembina, Lieutenant-Commanding John Bankhead, and the Curlew, Lieutenant Whortmough, proceeded up the Beaufort River to reconnoitre, and to take possession of two lightd between the cities of Savannah and Charleston is miserable enough, and not capable of doing the business that will now be demanded of it. Another account: by an officer of the frigate Pawnee. steam-frigate Pawnee, Port Royal Bay, November 11, 1861. Our gunboats went up to Beaufort yesterday, land found the town and the river banks deserted by the white residents. Parties of negroes were breaking open houses and plundering at leisure. The panic exceeds description. We are info
A. Greer will take charge of the third cutter, which accompanies you, and assist you in these duties. I trust that all those under your command, in executing this important and delicate duty, will conduct themselves with all the delicacy and kindness which become the character of our naval service, I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax, U. S. N., Executive Officer San Jacinto. United States steamer San Jacinto, At sea, November 11, 1861. gentlemen: You will report to me in writing all the facts which transpired under your observation on board the mail steamer Trent, bound from Havana to St. Thomas, whilst hove — to under our guns on the 8th inst., and boarded by you under my orders. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax; Lieutenant Jas. A. Greer; Second Assistant Engineer James B. Houston; Third Assistant Engineer Geo. W. Hall; Paymaster's clerk R. G. S
s no good but to destroy a few of them. I have just learned from a spy that a steamboat arrived at Piketon yesterday with supplies to the enemy. Maj. Howes wants more money; he has bought hogs, horses, wagons, &c., &c. Your obedient servant, John S. Williams, Colonel C. S. A. H. W. Chilton, A. A.-General. Account by a participant. The following description is given by a Union soldier who participated in the battle: camp “hopeless chase,” Pikesville, Pike County, Ky., Nov. 11, 1861. I take the first opportunity of writing to you that I have had since I sent my last to you. I have been in an engagement; have heard the cold lead balls fly past my ears; I have seen men struck dead by my side by those same balls; and yet, by the goodness of God, have escaped unhurt. Let me now give you a full description of the fight. We marched from Salyersville the day after I wrote my last, and after marching one whole day and a half, we arrived at Preston-burg, fording the B
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 147. drawing Lots at Richmond, Va. (search)
mode best calculated to prevent the commission of so heinous a crime. Your obedient servant, J. P. Benjamin, Acting Secretary of War. To Brig.-Gen. John H. Winder, Richmond, Virginia. Headquarters Department of Henrico, Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 11, 1861. sir: In obedience to your instructions contained in your letter of the 9th instant, one prisoner of war of the highest rank in our possession was chosen, by lot, to be held for execution in the same manner as may be adopted by the enemy fgdes; Captains Rockwood, Bowman and Keffer. Respectfully, your obedient servant, John H. Winder, Brigadier-General. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Sec. of War, Richmond. How the ballots were drawn: account by an officer. Richmond prison, Va., Nov. 11, 1861. sir: This lets you know that I am in as good health and spirits as could be expected under confinement so long. It is now sixteen weeks since I was taken, with many more, on the battle-field at Bull Run, and since that many more have bee
h acts ought to be recorded, such men rewarded with promotion. I asked him what his motive was in halting a whole column of the enemy. He said his plan was to give intimation to the reserve of their advance that they might open upon them on their left flank, and so, perhaps, arrest their progress. Colonel Benham is preparing to-day to move in pursuit of the retreating force under Floyd. D. B. --Cincinnati Commercial. Another account. camp Loup Creek, near Gauley, Va. November 11, 1861. In my last letter I informed you of an early preparation for a general battle, but up to this time nothing of the sort has transpired, although we are momentarily expecting it; and will surely have it, if some unforeseen event does not transpire. If such a thing as a battle takes place, it will be one of extermination on either side. For it will be the great battle for supremacy in the Kanawha Valley. The strength of the Southern forces is variously estimated at from seven to ei
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