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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 18: capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, and Goldsboroa.--Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--Stoneman's last raid. (search)
had also retreated. There, on the following day, Sherman received the cipher dispatch from Schofield, at Wilmington, already mentioned. See note 1, page 493. On that morning the army-tug Davidson, commanded by the stalwart and fear-less Captain Ainsworth, after much peril in ascending the Cape Fear River, arrived from Wilmington, with intelligence of what had occurred there and at the mouth of the stream. Just before reaching Fayetteville, Sherman had sent two of his best scouts to Wilmington, with intelligence of his position and plans. By Captain Ainsworth, who returned the same day, he sent. dispatches to Terry and Schofield, informing them that he should move on Goldsboroa on the 15th, feigning Raleigh to deceive the foe. Sherman had met with very little opposition in his march from the Catawba to the Cape Fear. The most serious encounter was by Kilpatrick with Hampton's cavalry. As the former was advancing on the extreme-left, by way of Rockingham, he struck the rear
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
ed a general letter of introduction to naval commanders, which is hereby given, to facilitate him in any investigations which Mr. Lossing may consider essential in preparing his work. The usual courtesies, not interfering with the public service, may be extended to them. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. for no passes were issued from the War Department for many days after the assassination. We went down the Chesapeake to Fortress Monroe on Sunday night, where we met the gallant Captain Ainsworth, See page 497. who took us in his tug to the double-turreted monitor Monadnoc, to visit Rear-Admiral Radford. We found him in another vessel, when he gave an order for a tug to take us to City Point, but finding better accommodations on a transport, we went up the river in that ship. We arrived at Headquarters at evening, and the next morning April 18, 1865. went up to Richmond in the mail steamer Trumpet, thridding our way among nests of torpedoes, indicated by the floats and fl