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retired from Hopkinsville to Clarksville, February 7th, Forrest covered his retreat. Thence he went to Fort Donelson, in time to take part in the defence there. The following letters to the Secretary of War explain the situation in Kentucky in December. It will be remembered that it was at the date of the second of these letters, Christmas-day, that General Johnston addressed his energetic appeal for aid to the Southern Governors: headquarters, Western Department, Bowling Green, December 8, 1861. Sir: The enemy, from the best information I am able to obtain, have made no material change in the disposition of their forces in front or on either flank. Their advance in front is six miles north of Bacon Creek, near the Louisville Railroad, a large force at Nolin, and, farther north, toward Louisville, they are massed in considerable force at different points convenient for concentrating them. I do not doubt that the Federal Government is augmenting their force in Kentucky in
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 2: Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (search)
d, France, and Spain, entered into negotiations for a triple alliance, ostensibly for the purpose of compelling Mexico to pay its debts due to citizens of those countries, or punishing it for wrongs inflicted on those citizens. The treaty was signed on the 21st of October, 1861. Diplomatic relations with Mexico were broken off by those powers, and each ally sent a fleet with troops to the Gulf of Mexico, numbering in all 61 vessels and 88,000 men. They appeared off Vera Cruz on the 8th of December, 1861, where they landed without much difficulty, the commanders assuring the Mexicans that there was no intention to interfere with their form of government, or to abridge their liberties. It was soon discovered by the representatives of Great Britain and Spain that the French Emperor was playing falsely and selfishly in the matter, and in the spring of 1862 the British and Spanish troops left Mexico and returned home. The real designs of Louis Napoleon were now made apparent. His pol
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 217. affair near Williamsport, Md. (search)
hot and shell we have picked up, their guns appear to be of the latest improved pattern. The enemy appear to have left this district, with the exception of some few pickets, as nothing is observable of them in force from Fankell's Ferry or the Dam, at which place they left behind them a considerable quantity of intrenching tools. I have the honor, &c., Gilbert Robinson, Captain Commanding Post. An eye-witness gives the following account of the attack: Williamsport, Md., Sunday, December 8, 1861. I have just returned from Dam No. 5, about seven miles above this on the Potomac, where a sharp skirmish has been going on all day. When the firing was first commenced, about four o'clock last evening, by the rebels on the other side of the river, Capt. Robinson's Company, of Col. Lehman's regiment, the Virginia First, who were on picket duty at that point, were the only men we had present; but they were reinforced this morning about two o'clock by Company C, Capt. Wm. H. Jackso
dashed on shore—he having struck out, in the opposite direction, for the mainland—between two ledges of rock, separated only by a span of sand beach. If he had been driven upon the rocks, instead of the beach, he must have been instantly dashed in pieces. The reader will, perhaps, pardon me, for having remembered these eventful scenes of my life, as I wrote in my journal, on board the leaky little Sumter, amid the howling of another gale, the eighth day of December. On this eighth day of December, 1861, however, the record is very different, it being as follows: ”At ten A. M. descried a sail from the deck, startlingly close to; so thick has been the weather. The stranger being a bark, taunt-rigged, with skysail poles, and undertop-sails, we mistook him at first for a cruiser, and raised our smoke-stack, and started the fires in the furnaces. Having done this, we approached him somewhat cautiously, keeping the weather-gauge of him, and showed him the United States colors. He s<
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 4 (search)
, and after dining, rode out to camp. Here I find orders from McCall for another expedition towards Dranesville to-morrow, I believe for foraging purposes, though he does not state. I am, however, to have the command and to be in front this time, and should not object to having a little brush with the enemy, if there are any about the neighborhood where we are going. I am very much pleased with my new horse, all except the price, which is pretty digging. camp Pierpont, Va., Sunday, December 8, 1861. My last letter was written on Thursday evening. The next day I went, in command of my brigade, on a foraging expedition. We proceeded some ten miles from here, and within two of Dranesville, to the farm of a man named Gunnell, who was reported not only as an active Secessionist, but one who was making arrangements to place his crops in the possession of the Confederate Army. We arrived on the ground about 12 M., and in two hours loaded some sixty wagons, stripping his place o
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Kentucky, 1861 (search)
ght Arty. Dec. 1: Skirmish, Whippoorwill CreekKENTUCKY--26th Infantry. Dec. 1-2: Skirmishes, Goggin's CampConfederate reports. Dec. 4-7: Expedition to Bacon Creek BridgeConfederate reports. Dec. 5-8: Scout to RussellvilleConfederate reports. Dec. 8: Skirmish. Fishing Creek near SomersetOHIO--35th Infantry. Union loss, 1 killed, 1 wounded, 15 missing. Total, 17. Dec. 8: Skirmish, Fishing CreekKENTUCKY--1st Cavalry. Dec. 12: Skirmish, GradysvilleKENTUCKY--5th Cavalry. Dec. 12: Skirmish, BaDec. 8: Skirmish, Fishing CreekKENTUCKY--1st Cavalry. Dec. 12: Skirmish, GradysvilleKENTUCKY--5th Cavalry. Dec. 12: Skirmish, Bagdad, Shelby CoKENTUCKY--6th Infantry. Union loss, 1 wounded. Dec. 17: Action, Rowlett's StationINDIANA--32d Infantry. Union loss, 10 killed, 22 wounded. Total, 32. Dec. 18: Reconn. to Mill Springs(No Reports.) Dec. 23-Jan. 30, '62: Operations in Eastern Kentucky. Garfield's against Humphrey MarshallKENTUCKY--1st Cavalry; 14th and 22d Infantry. OHIO--McLaughlin's Squadron Cavalry; 40th and 42d Infantry. WEST VIRGINIA--1st and 2d Cavalry. Dec. 28: Skirmish, Grider's Ferry(No Reports.) Dec. 2
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Missouri, 1861 (search)
arsawDestruction of U. S. Stores. Nov. 24: Skirmish, LancasterMISSOURI--21st Infantry. Union loss, 1 killed, 2 wounded. Total, 3. Nov. 24: Skirmish, JohnstownMISSOURI--Cass County Home Guard Cavalry. Nov. 26: Skirmish, Independence, Little BlueKANSAS--7th Cavalry. Nov. 29: Skirmish, Black Walnut Creek, SedaliaMISSOURI--4th Cavalry (Detachment). Union loss, 15 wounded. Nov. 30: Skirmish, Grand RiverMISSOURI--Cass County Home Guard Cavalry. Dec. 1: Skirmish, ShanghaiOHIO--39th Infantry. Dec. 8: Skirmish, SalemMISSOURI--Bowen's Battalion Cavalry. Union loss, 4 killed, 8 wounded. Total, 12. Dec. 3-12: Scout through Saline CountyMISSOURI--2d Cavalry. UNITED STATES--Detachment of Cavalry. Union loss, 6 killed, 10 wounded. Total, 16. Dec. 4: Skirmish, DunksburgCitizens. Dec. 5-9: Expedition through Current HillsMISSOURI--Bowen's 1st Battalion Cavalry. Dec. 9: Skirmish, Union Mills(No Reports.) Dec. 11: Skirmish, BertrandILLINOIS--2d Cavalry. Union loss, 1 killed. Dec. 13: Skirmis
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Virginia, 1861 (search)
llePENNSYLVANIA--1st Cavalry. Union loss, 2 wounded. Dec. 2: Skirmish, Annandale ChurchNEW YORK--1st Cavalry; 45th Infantry. Union loss, 1 killed, 14 missing. Total, 15. Dec. 3: Skirmish, ViennaPENNSYLVANIA--3d Cavalry (Cos. "F," "M"). Dec. 4: Skrmish, Burke's StationNEW JERSEY--3d Infantry (Detachment). Dec. 6: Expedition to Grinnell's Farm, near DranesvillePENNSYLVANIA--Batteries "A" and "G" 1st Light Arty.; 1st Rifles; 2d, 3d, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Reserve Infantry. Dec. 8: Skirmish, Dam No. 5(No Reports.) Dec. 11: Skirmish, Dam No. 4, Potomac(No Reports.) Dec. 18: Reconnoissance to Pohick ChurchNEW JERSEY--1st Cavalry (1 Co.); Battery "B" Light Arty. PENNSYLVANIA--5th Cavalry (Cos. "C," "F," "H"). Dec. 20: Engagement, DranesvilleNEW YORK--49th Infantry. PENNSYLVANIA--1st Cavalry; Battery "A" 1st Light Arty.; 1st Rifles; 6th, 9th, 10th and 12th Reserve Infantry. Union loss, 7 killed, 61 wounded. Total, 68. Dec. 22: Skirmish, New Market BridgeNEW YORK--20th
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, West Virginia, 1861 (search)
2 killed, 1 wounded, 6 missing. Total, 9. Nov. 12: Skirmish, Cotton HillOHIO--13th Infantry. Nov. 12: Skirmish, Laurel Creek, Fayette CountyOHIO--12th (Co. "H") and 13th (Co. "A") Infantry. Union loss, 1 killed, 2 wounded. Total, 3. Nov. 13: Skirmish near RomneyPENNSYLVANIA--Ringgold Cavalry. Nov. 14: Skirmish, McCoy's MillsOHIO--7th, 13th and 37th Infantry. Nov. 19: Skirmish, Wirt Court HouseWEST VIRGINIA--1st Cavalry (Detachment). Nov. 30: Skirmish, Little Cacapon River(No Reports.) Dec. 8: Skirmish, RomneyOHIO--5th Infantry. Dec. 12: Skirmish, Greenbrier RiverINDIANA--9th Infantry. Dec. 13: Engagement, Camp Allegheny, Allegheny Mountain, Buffalo MountainINDIANA--Bracken's Cavalry Company; Wilder's Battery Light Arty.; 9th and 13th Infantry. OHIO--25th and 32d Infantry. WEST VIRGINIA--Battery "G" Light Arty.; 2d Infantry. Union loss, 20 killed, 107 wounded, 10 missing. Total, 137. Dec. 15-21: Expedition to Meadow BluffOHIO--36th Infantry (Cos. "B," "E," "H"). Dec. 25: Skir
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
with 52nd Illinois Infantry, October 25, 1861. Attached to Dept. of Missouri to March, 1862. 2nd Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. District of Corinth, Miss., to December, 1862. Service. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., December 8, 1861; thence to Cairo, Ills., January 16, 1862, and to Smithland, Ky., January 24. Moved to Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 10-17. Guard prisoners from Fort Donelson to Chicago, Ills., February 18-March 6. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., March 6wounded and 1 Officer and 134 Enlisted men by disease. Total 250. 52nd Illinois Regiment Infantry. Organized at Geneva, Ill., and mustered in November 19, 1861. Moved to Benton Barracks, Mo., November 28, thence to St. Joseph, Mo., December 8, 1861. Attached to Department of the Missouri to February, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, District of Cairo, February, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of West Tennessee, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, District o
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