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Chattanooga. Longstreet, when last heard from, was at Knoxville. Meade, on the Rapidan, after having been in line of battle for several days, has fallen back, finding that General Lee was ready to meet him. December 6, 1863. I this morning attended the funeral of Mr. John Seddon, brother of the Secretary of War. It was a most solemn occasion; he was a man of fine talents and high character. The Rev. Dr. Moore, of the Presbyterian Church, preached a most beautiful sermon. December 12, 1863. To-day I was examined on arithmetic-Denominate numbers, vulgar and decimal fractions, tare and tret, etc., etc., by Major Brewer, of the Commissary Department. I felt as if I had returned to my childhood. But for the ridiculousness of the thing, I dare say I should have been embarrassed. On Monday I am to enter on the duties of the office. We are to work from nine till three. We have just received from our relatives in the country some fine Irish and sweet potatoes, cabbage
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
such one. I think they would not try a western general, after Pope's experience. The only one I can think of is Hancock, for a long while laid up by his Gettysburg wound, and not yet in the field. He belongs in this army, is popular, and has an excellent name. The New York Herald insists on General Pleasonton, which is an original idea. I heard of an officer who asserted that he had seen the order putting him in command; a rather unlikely assertion. Headquarters Army of Potomac December 12, 1863 I still think, and more strongly than ever, that no change will be made in our chief command; and those who have been to Washington think the same. I am more and more struck, on reflection, with General Meade's consistency and self-control in refusing to attack. His plan was a definite one; from fault of his inferiors it did not work fast enough to be a success; and he had firmness to say, the blow has simply failed and we shall only add disaster to failure by persisting. By this
Doc. 15.-movements on the Rapidan. New-York Tribune account. headquarters Third division, Sixth corps, army of the Potomac, December 12, 1863. at half-past 6, on the morning of November twenty-sixth, (Thanksgiving,) the Second corps, Major-General G. K. Warren, left its camp on Mountain Run and marched to Germania Ford, with a battery of four four and a half-inch guns and one battery of six twenty-pounder Parrott guns from the reserve artillery, with three hundred cavalry, under the command of Captain Schwartz, of the Fourth New-York cavalry, and a pontoon train, under the command of Captain Mendell of the Engineers corps. The head of this column reached the steep embankments at Germania Ford, at half-past 8 A. M. Here a thick growth of almost impenetrable woods was met, and considerable time was occupied in felling trees, cutting out roads, and placing the artillery in position. All this was done with the greatest rapidity, and in the face of the enemy's pickets on th
Doc. 24.-Gen. Grant and rebel deserters. The oath he prescribed for their acceptance. headquarters military division of the Mississippi, in the field, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec. 12, 1863. General orders, No. 10. To obtain uniformity in the disposition of deserters from the confederate armies coming with-in this military division, the following order is published: I. All deserters from the enemy coming within our lines will be conducted to the commander of division or detached brigade who shall be nearest the place of surrender. II. If such commander is satisfied that the deserters desire to quit the confederate service, he may permit them to go to their homes, if within our lines, on taking the following oath: The oath. I do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of States there-under, and that I will, in like manner, abide by an
Doc. 118.-the retreat of Longstreet. Bean Station, Tenn., Rutledge road, December 12, 1863. Ascertaining that the enemy had raised the siege, See the Siege of Knoxville, Doc. 19, ante. and were on the retreat early on Saturday morning, December fifth, General Shackleford, commanding the cavalry corps, was ordered in pursuit. He commenced skirmishing with the enemy's rear-guard eight miles from Knoxville, on the Rutledge and Morristown road. He drove them steadily to Bean Station, forty-two miles from Knoxville, where he found the enemy's cavalry in line of battle. On Thursday mornings, Colonel Bond's brigade, of Woodford's division, was in the advance. He charged, and drove the enemy from the place. The treating army had been foraging right and left along their line of retreat. He captured about one hundred and fifty prisoners during the pursuit as far as to Bean Station. Many of the rebels, both infantry and cavalry, purposely fell out and gave themselves up. T
tion on the Gulf coast, and left the western Gulf blockading squadron, numbering one hundred and fifty vessels, and mounting four hundred and fifty guns, free to pursue the pirates that infested our coast and preyed upon our commerce. The army would have been at liberty to operate upon the Mississippi, or to cooperate with the army of the Tennessee, by the Alabama River and Montgomery, in the campaign against Atlanta. These general views are substantially expressed in my despatches of the twelfth and thirtieth of December, 1863. If successfully accomplished, it would have enabled the government to concentrate the entire forces of the department of the Gulf, as occasion should require, at any point on the river or coast, against an enemy without water transportation or other means of operation than by heavy land marches, or to move by land into the rebel states east or west of the Mississippi. The winter months offered a favorable opportunity for such enterprise. I remain, sir,
Abolitionists. The enemy's boats retired immediately after the skirmish, leaving in their hasty retreat one of their splendid barges, capable of transporting seventy or eighty men. The next morning not a sign of the Abolition fleet was to be seen in the upper waters of Broad River. I have the honor to remain, Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, C. J. Colcocke, Colonel, commanding. headquarters Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, Charleston, S. C., December 12, 1863. Report of the Casualties in the command of Brigadier-General W. S. Walker in the affair with the Abolitionists at Pocotaligo and Yemassee, October twenty-second, 1862. name.rank.Company.killed, wounded, and missing. C. PetersPrivateNelson Va. BatteryKilled. John F. FulcherPrivateNelson Va. BatteryKilled. Wm. A. ThackerPrivateNelson Va. BatteryKilled. Thomas J. AllenPrivateNelson Va. BatteryKilled. E. E. Jefferson1st LieutenantNelson Va. BatteryWounded slightly F. T. Massie
d, when General Frazier, recognizing the inutility as well as futility of resistance, surrendered on September 9, 1863. Some of the garrison of Cumberland Gap escaped, and stated to General Jones that the surrender had been made without resistance, on the demands of the smaller detachments which had preceded General Burnside, and I was not advised of the fact that Buckner had previously retreated toward Chattanooga, and that Burnside was in possession of Knoxville. In my message of December 12, 1863, I referred to the event, as reported to the War Department, as follows: The country was painfully surprised by the intelligence that the officer in command of Cumberland Gap had surrendered that important and easily defensible pass, without firing a shot, upon the summons of a force still believed to have been inadequate to its reduction, and when reenforcements were in supporting distance and had been ordered to his aid. The entire garrison, including its commander, being still he
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 6 (search)
ooker Thomas's army. I have very kind letters from Gibbon and Hancock, both hoping I will not be relieved, and each saying they had not lost a particle of confidence in me. Many officers in the army have expressed the same feeling, and I really believe the voice of the army will sustain me. This, though, goes for nothing in Washington. I will not go to Washington to be snubbed by these people; they may relieve me, but I will preserve my dignity. Headquarters army of the Potomac, December 12, 1863. The mail has just come in and brings to-day's Washington Chronicle, which announces I am not to be relieved. As this paper is edited by Forney, who is supposed to have confidential relations with the Administration, I presume this announcement may be considered semi-official. Headquarters army of the Potomac, December 16, 1863. I received yesterday your letter of the 13th inst., and would have answered it at once, but about 2 P. M. we had a sudden invasion of Muscovites, s
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Georgia, 1863 (search)
40th, 51st, 66th, 76th, 94th and 99th Infantry. PENNSYLVANIA--Indpt. Battery "E," Light Arty.; 28th, 29th, 109th, 111th and 147th Infantry. Union loss, 65 killed, 367 wounded. Total, 432. Dec. 5: Reconn. from Rossville to Ringgold(No Reports.) Dec. 12: Scout from Rossville toward DaltonKENTUCKY--4th and 6th Cavalry (Detachments). Dec. 12: Skirmish, LaFayetteKENTUCKY--4th and 6th Cavalry (Detachments). Dec. 13: Skirmish, RinggoldKENTUCKY--6th Cavalry (Detachment). Dec. 14: Reconn. from Ross147th Infantry. Union loss, 65 killed, 367 wounded. Total, 432. Dec. 5: Reconn. from Rossville to Ringgold(No Reports.) Dec. 12: Scout from Rossville toward DaltonKENTUCKY--4th and 6th Cavalry (Detachments). Dec. 12: Skirmish, LaFayetteKENTUCKY--4th and 6th Cavalry (Detachments). Dec. 13: Skirmish, RinggoldKENTUCKY--6th Cavalry (Detachment). Dec. 14: Reconn. from Rossville to LaFayette(No Reports.) Dec. 21-23: Scout from Rossville to LaFayetteKENTUCKY--4th and 6th Cavalry (Detachments).
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