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tic. If we do not, as the University boys say, pass, we are considered incompetent, and of course are dropped from the list of appointees. This requirement may be right, but it certainly seems to me both provoking and absurd that I must be examined in arithmetic by a commissary major young enough to be my son. If I could afford it, I would give up the appointment, but, as it is, must submit with the best grace possible, particularly as other ladies of my age have to submit to it. November 15, 1863. Went this morning to — Church and heard the Gospel preached, but in a manner so dull, and in a voice so monotonous, that I did not hear with much profit. I mourn that I did not, for I believe that some of the most God-serving, and therefore efficient ministers, are those who are not attractive as preachers, and there must be some defect in the listener who is not profited by the Gospel preached in spirit and in truth, though not set forth in an attractive form. I would that our b
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 1.1 (search)
lities I had for concentrating troops by railroad. The capture of Charleston was, after all,--and General Gillmore admits it,--the ultimate object in view. The possession of Morris Island and the demolition of Sumter by the Federal land and naval forces were mere incidents in the drama. These did not cause the fall of the much hated and much coveted rebel city; and General Gillmore, though he had overcome difficulties almost unknown in modern sieges, General Halleck's report of November 15th, 1863. did not achieve the ultimate object in view. The fact is that on or about the 10th of July, 1863, the Confederate forces available for the defense of the exterior lines of Charleston did not exceed 6500 men, distributed to the best advantage for the protection of James, Sullivan's, and Morris islands, and of the city proper; whereas General Gillmore had at that time, according to his own estimate, 11,000 men, whom he might have easily concentrated against any special point. Suppo
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
you often see fragments of shell scattered around; for all this country has been fought over, back and forth, either in skirmishes or battles; and here and there, you come on a little ridge of earth, marked by a bit of board, on which is scrawled the name of the soldier, who lies where he fell, in this desert region. Our people are very different from the Europeans in their care for the dead, and mark each grave with its name; even in the heat of battle. Headquarters Army of Potomac November 15, 1863 Yesterday the General made a start at six A. M. for Washington, taking with him Major Biddle, Captain Meade, and Captain Mitchell, and suppose he will perhaps get back to-morrow. A little before one o'clock came a telegraph that four officers of the Ghords were coming in the train, and that we were to send an officer, with ten men, also four led horses, to bring them up. So Major Barstow asked if I would go, whereat, there being nothing to do, I said I would. It is about eight mil
Doc. 12.-General Halleck's report of operations in 1863. Headquarters of the army, Washington, D. C., November 15, 1863. Sir: In compliance with your orders, I submit the following summary of military operations since my last annual report: Department of West-Virginia and army of the Potomac. When General Burnside relieved General McClellan from his command on the seventh of November of last year, the army of the Potomac was on the south side of the Potomac, under instructions to pursue Lee by a flank march on the interior line to Richmond, hugging closely to the Blue Ridge, so as to observe its passes and to give battle to the enemy whenever an opportunity occurred. On reaching Warrenton, however, General Burnside proposed to give up this pursuit of Lee's army toward Richmond, and to move down the north side of the Rappahannock to Falmouth, and establish a new base of supplies at Acquia Creek or Belle Plain. This proposed change of base was not approved by me, an
spatch of date the fourteenth, in reference to Burnside's position, the danger of his abandonment of East-Tennessee unless immediate relief was afforded, and the terrible misfortune such a result would be to our arms; and also despatches from Mr. C. A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War; and Colonel Wilson of my staff, sent at the instance of General Burnside, informing me more fully of the condition of affairs as detailed to them by him — I telegraphed him as follows: Chattanooga, November 15, 1863. I do not know how to impress on you the necessity of holding on to East-Tennessee in strong enough terms. According to the despatches of Mr. Dana and Colonel Wilson, it would seem that you should, if pressed to do it, hold on to Knoxville and that portion of the valley you will necessarily possess holding to that point. Should Longstreet move his whole force across the Little Tennessee, an effort should be made to cut his pontoons on that stream even if it sacrificed half the cav
ishment of the flag in Texas. Colonel Burrill and his men remained in captivity more than a year, and after much suffering, were exchanged in the spring of 1864. It is true, as stated by Major-General Halleck, in his report of the fifteenth November, 1863, as General-in-Chief of the army, that this expedition was not contemplated or provided for in General Banks's instructions; but having undoubted information of an immediate attack by the enemy, and of the purpose entertained by General d. It is now known, with absolute certainty, that the garrison on the night of the fourteenth of March, 1863, was not less than sixteen thousand effective troops. The statement of the General-in-Chief of the army in his report of the fifteenth of November, 1863, that, had our forces invested Port Hudson at this time, it could have been easily reduced, as its garrison was weak, was without any just foundation. Information received from Brigadier-General W. W. R. Beall, one of the officers in c
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Meeting at the White Sulphur Springs. (search)
mmand in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Mr. Davis refused to accept his resignation, but promoted him to the rank of Major-General, and assigned him to the command of North Mississippi and West Tennessee, and gave him permission to take with him his old battalion, now known as McDonald's, and Morton's battery, which he had organized, and whose guns he had captured — the whole force amounting to three hundred men and four guns. He reached Mississippi with this force on the 15th of November, 1863, and after reporting to General Joseph E. Johnston, and receiving the assistance of Major-General S. D. Lee to pass the enemy's line on the Memphis and Charleston railroad, he reached Jackson, Tennessee, on the 6th day of December, 1863, and for the fourth time during the war began to organize a new command. At this time West Tennessee was full of little companies of from ten to thirty men willing to fight, but unwilling to go far from home or into the infantry service. The arrival
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Arkansas, 1863 (search)
gstonARKANSAS--1st Cavalry. Nov. 10-18: Expedition from Benton to Mt. IdaIOWA--3d Cavalry; 32d Infantry. MISSOURI--1st and 7th Cavalry. Nov. 11: Skirmish, Caddo GapMISSOURI--1st Cavalry. Union loss, 3 wounded. Nov. 11: Skirmish, Fourche le Aix MtsKANSAS--2d Cavalry. Nov. 12: Skirmish, RosevilleKANSAS--2d Cavalry (2 Cos.). Union loss, 1 killed, 5 missing. Total, 6. Nov. 13: Skirmish, Mount IdaARKANSAS--1st Cavalry (Detachment). Nov. 14-17: Expedition from HelenaILLINOIS--10th Cavalry. Nov. 15: Skirmish, Newton CountyARKANSAS--1st Infantry. Nov. 19: Skirmish, DeGreen's Farm, near LawrencevilleMISSOURI--8th State Militia Cavalry (Detachment). Nov. 21: Skirmish, JacksonportMISSOURI--3d Cavalry (Co. "E"). Nov. 24: Skirmish, ClarksvilleKANSAS--2d Cavalry. Nov. 25: Skirmish, Crawford CountyARKANSAS--2d Cavalry. Dec. 1: Skirmish near BentonIOWA--3d Cavalry (Detachment). MISSOURI--1st Cavalry (Detachment). Union loss, 3 killed, 2 wounded. Total, 5. Dec. 1: Skirmish, Devall's Bluff
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, South Carolina, 1863 (search)
TS--24th Infantry. UNITED STATES--3d Colored Infantry. Union loss, 10 killed, 17 wounded, Total, 27. Sept. 1: Action, Morris IslandNEW YORK--"Enfans Perdu" Infantry. Sept. 7: Occupation of Forts Wagner and Gregg, Morris IslandCONNECTICUT--17th Infantry. MASSACHUSETTS--40th and 54th (Colored) Infantry. ILLINOIS--39th Infantry. NEW HAMPSHIRE--4th and 7th Infantry. NEW YORK--117th and 169th Infantry. OHIO--75th Infantry. RHODE ISLAND--3d Heavy Arty. Sept. 8: Night attack on Fort Sumpter413 U. S. Marines and Sailors. Union loss, 3 killed, 114 missing. Total, 117. Sept. 23: Action at Fort GreggNEW YORK--"Enfans Perdu" Infantry. Oct. 21: Action, Fort GreggNEW YORK--"Enfans Perdu" Infantry. Nov. 15: Demonstration on James IslandU. S. Navy. Nov. 24: Skirmish near Cunningham's BluffSOUTH CAROLINA--1st Colored Infantry (Cos. "E," "K"). Union loss, 2 killed, 7 wounded. Total, 9. Dec. 25: Action, LegaresvilleU. S. Gunboat "Marblehead." Dec. 28: Affair, John's IslandConfederate Reports.
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Tennessee, 1863 (search)
antry. Union loss, 10 killed, 42 wounded, 60 missing. Total, 112. Nov. 15: Skirmish near LoudonKENTUCKY--11th Infantry. OHIO--McLaughlin's SESSEE--1st Infantry. Union loss, 4 killed, 12 wounded. Total, 16. Nov. 15: Actions, Lenoir StationILLINOIS--Henshaw's Indpt. Battery Light Afantry. Union loss, 6 killed, 55 wounded, 59 missing. Total, 120. Nov. 15: Skirmish, Little RiverKENTUCKY--1st, 11th and 12th Cavalry. Nov.Nov. 15: Skirmish, Stock CreekKENTUCKY--1st, 11th and 12th Cavalry; 11th and 27th Mounted Infantry. MICHIGAN--9th Cavalry. OHIO--2d and 7th Cavalry; 45th Mounted Infantry. TENNESSEE--2d Mounted Infantry. Nov. 15: Skirmish, PillowvilleMISSOURI--4th Cavalry (Detachment). Nov. 15: SkirmNov. 15: Skirmish near LoudonILLINOIS--Henshaw's Indpt. Battery Light Arty.; 107th Infantry. KENTUCKY--13th Infantry. MICHIGAN--23d Infantry. OHIO--111th Infantry. TENNESSEE--2d Mounted Infantry. Nov. 15: Skirmish, MarysvilleTENNESSEE--2d Infantry. Nov. 15-16: Skirmish, Holston RiverKENTUCKY--
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