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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The treatment of prisoners during the war between the States. (search)
e Commissary General of Prisoners, dated Washington, August 10th, 1864, cut the prisoners off from the outside world, and all hope of assistance. No more food from friends; no more flour from the sutler; no more clothing; no prospect of exchange; no hope of release, no more visits from wife or mother. Under these circumstances the wonder is that more men did not join the United States army. Disease followed as a matter of course, and the death rate is fully accounted for. On the 10th October, 1864, being a British subject, I addressed a protest to Lord Lyons then the British minister at Washington, from which I make the following extracts: * * * I further declare that the food issued to us is unwholesome, insufficient and productive of disease; * * * that we are strictly prohibited by circular No. 4, dated Office of Commissary General of Prisoners, Washington, D. C., August 10th, 1864, from receiving, by purchase or otherwise, vegetables or other provisions, in consequence
f his mistake, has taken off his hands the coal and flour which he had stored away, and now all is straight. The Colonel and ourselves moved our goods and chattels to these rooms yesterday. The M's will be here in a day or two. We have a long walk to our offices, but it is very near my hospital. Mr.--‘s hospital is very far from every point, as it is on the outskirts of the city; but he thinks the walk is conducive to his health, so that we are, upon the whole, very comfortable. October 10, 1864. I am cast down by hearing that J. P. has been captured; he was caught while scouting in the enemy's lines, on James River. Poor child! I feel very, very anxious about him. Our army in the Valley has regained its foothold, the enemy having retreated. E. C. had his horse killed under him in a fight near Waynesborough, but he escaped unhurt. The Federal Army below Richmond advanced a few days ago, and took Fort Harrison. We live now amid perpetual firing of cannon. The los
er in this State there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude except in punishment of crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted; and all persons held to service or labor as slaves are hereby declared free. The decisive test of a popular vote accepting the amended constitution as a whole, remained, however, yet to be undergone. President Lincoln willingly complied with a request to throw his official voice and influence in favor of the measure, and wrote, on October 10, 1864: A convention of Maryland has framed a new constitution for the State; a public meeting is called for this evening at Baltimore to aid in securing its ratification by the people; and you ask a word from me for the occasion. I presume the only feature of the instrument about which there is serious controversy is that which provides for the extinction of slavery. It needs not to be a secret, and I presume it is no secret, that I wish success to this provision. I desire it on eve
The Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign: May 1 - September 8, 1864., Part I: General Report. (ed. Maj. George B. Davis, Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley), Report of Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U. S. Army, commanding armies of the United States, of operations march, 1864-May, 1865. (search)
o Sherman's right, he succeeded in reaching the railroad about Big Shanty, and moved north on it. General Sherman, leaving a force to hold Atlanta, with the remainder of his army fell upon him and drove him to Gadsden, Ala. Seeing the constant annoyance he would have with the roads to his rear if we attempted to hold Atlanta, General Sherman proposed the abandonment and destruction of that place, with all the railroads leading to it, and telegraphed me as follows: Centreville, Ga., October 10, 1864-noon. Lieutenant-General Grant: Dispatch about Wilson just received. Hood is now crossing Coosa River, twelve miles below Rome, bound west. If he passes over the Mobile and Ohio road, had I not better execute the plan of my letter sent by Colonel Porter, and leave General Thomas, with the troops now in Tennessee, to defend the State? He will have an ample force when the re-enforcements ordered reach Nashville. W. T. Sherman, Major-General. For a full understanding of the plan
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 4.27 (search)
fely between the enemy's extreme left and the river. Our exterior lines had already been attacked and partially carried by some of Butler's forces. It was 3 o'clock in the morning when I arrived at Drewry's Bluff. Without a moment's delay, I held a consultation with Colonel D. B. Harris and Colonel W. H. Stevens. The former was my chief engineer, a tried and most efficient officer, who served on my staff from the first Manassas up to the time of his death, which took place on the 10th of October, 1864; the latter was also an able engineer on duty in and around Richmond. They acquainted me with the exact state of affairs in our immediate front, and described the encounter of the previous evening between part of Butler's forces and ours. The outlook was not encouraging, although the damage incurred might have been more serious, and even General Butler, I thought, could have done better under the circumstances. Colonel Stevens had also given me, that morning, a succinct account of
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Resume of military operations in Missouri and Arkansas, 1864-65. (search)
invasion. In response to the governor's call, twenty-four regiments of militia were hastily organized, and took position along the eastern line of the State. Early in these preparatory operations for the defense of the border, Major-General George Sykes, General Sykes, who was relieved from the command of the Fifth Corps (Army of the Potomac) in March, 1864, was on duty in the Department of Kansas from April 20th, 1864, until June 7th, 1865. For a part of this time (September 1st-October 10th, 1864) he was in command of the District of South Kansas.--editors. commanding the District of South Kansas, was, at his own request, relieved, and Major-General James G. Blunt was placed in command. As soon as information was received that Price had been driven from Jefferson City and was moving westward, Curtis and Blunt took the field in person to direct the operations of their forces in defense of the border. Blunt took the available force of the volunteers and several sections of arti
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 14: Sherman's campaign in Georgia. (search)
he dinner, while so many of our brave men are languishing with wounds, or pining in cruel captivity. Nay, they may feast, possibly, while the very pillars of the Government are crumbling under the blows of the enemy. In obedience to these instructions, Hood now moved rapidly northwestward, and threatened Kingston and other important points on the railway. Sherman followed as rapidly. He pressed through the Allatoona Pass and across the Etowah, and by a forced march reached Kingston Oct. 10, 1864. and saved it. There he found that Hood had turned westward, threatened Rome, and was crossing the Coosa over a pontoon bridge, eleven miles below that town. Sherman then hurried on to Rome, Oct. 11. and pushed Garrard's cavalry and Cox's (Twenty-third) corps across the Oostenaula, to threaten Hood's flank should he turn northward. That vigorous leader had moved so rapidly that he avoided the intended blow, excepting a slight one by Garrard, which drove a brigade of Confederate cavalr
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
oots, 1 case, etc Waiting for prize list of the Robb. 355 95 95 39 260 56 Springfield   Alfred Robb. Steamer Boston. 23,036 03 2,308 49 20,727 54 Boston. Oct. 10, 1864 Fort Jackson. Steamer Banshee 111,216 65 6,268 17 104,948 48 New York Oct. 25, 1864 Fulton, Grand Gulf. Sloop Buffalo. 13,328 85 2,416 37 10,912 48 Phila28, 1864 Rachel Seaman. Schooner Mary Clinton 10,432 43 3,197 55 7,234 88 do Oct. 29, 1864 Powhatan. Steamer Minnie 353,943 42 9,070 16 344,873 26 Boston Oct. 10, 1864 Connecticut. Steamer Margaret and Jessie $54,426.59 distributed to owners, officers, and crew of the Fulton, army transport. 170,708 34 12 549 87 158,158Jacob Bell.   Tobacco, 2 hogsheads 708 66 156 44 552 22 Springfield Feb. 17, 1865 Key West. Steamer Tristram Shandy 418,873 81 6,801 26 412,072 55 Boston Oct. 10, 1864 Kansas. Steamer Thistle 163,392 90 2,539 07 160,853 83 do Jan. 14, 1865 Fort Jackson. Schooner Three Brothers 1,638 87 193 59 1,445 28 Key West Mar. 22,
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 7 (search)
neral Crawford commands the Corps, to the indignation, I presume, of old cocks like Griffin and Ayres; for C. was doctor in Fort Sumter, and thus got a star, and thus is an old brigadier, and thus ranks the regulars G. and A. General Grant was on a flying visit to Washington to-day. I like to have him down here: first, he gives a general balance and steadiness; then, what is most important, he can order — just order what groceries he pleases, and no questions asked behind the counter! October 10, 1864 General Humphreys deserted us to-night, for a brief leave — no, of course I mean he went early this morning, having taken his breakfast before us. The good General is fond of sitting awhile and talking after meals. He discourses sometimes on the art military and said it was a godlike occupation ! Ah, he said, war is a very bad thing in the sequel, but before and during a battle it is a fine thing! (Note by T. L.--I don't see it.) The Commander has been death on riding round lately <
dquarters First brigade, Fourth division, Fifteenth army corps, Rome, Ga., October 10, 1864. Captain L. H. Everts, Assistant Adjutant-General, Fourth Division, Fifteearters Twelfth regiment Illinois infantry volunteers, camp near Rome, Ga., October 10, 1864. Lieutenant P. P. Ellis, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General Second Brigade,ted headquarters, Second brigade, Fourth division, Fifteenth army corps, October tenth, 1864, I respectfully submit the following report of the part taken by my regi headquarters Fiftieth Illinois infantry veteran volunteers, Rome, Ga., October 10, 1864. In compliance with orders received from brigade headquarters, I took mquarters Fifty-Seventh Illinois veteran volunteer infantry, Rome, Georgia, October 10, 1864. Nelson Flansburg, Lieutenant and Assistant Adjutant-General: Lieutenadated headquarters Third brigade, Fourth division, Fifteenth army corps, October tenth, 1864, I would very respectfully submit the following report. Owing to an acc
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