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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore) 36 0 Browse Search
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gunboats, commanded by Capts. Dove, Walke, Stemble, Paulding, Thompson and Shirk, and four mortar-boats, in charge of Capt. Phelps, United States Navy, assisted by Lieut. Ford, advance corps United States Army, and three transports, conveying Col. Buford's Twenty-seventh Illinois regiment, and a battalion of the Fifty-fourth and Seventy-fourth Ohio, and Fifty-fifth Illinois, commanded by Majors Andrews and Sanger, the whole brigade being under Brig.-Gen. Sherman, who rendered the most valuable the bluffs. It was greeted by the hearty cheers of our brave tars and soldiers. The force consisted of six gunboats, four mortar-boats, and three transports, having on board three regiments and two battalions of infantry, under command of Col. Buford. Gen. Cullom and General Sherman being in command of the troops. The former leaving a sick-bed to go ashore, discovered what was evidently a magazine on fire, at both extremities, and immediately ordered the train to be cut, and thus saved
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 104 1/2.-capture of Union City, Tenn. (search)
n Sunday two transports arrived at the levee, bringing up the Twenty-seventh Illinois, under Colonel Buford, and the Fifteenth Missouri, Colonel Hogg. The thing was managed very quietly, so much so t nor were even the Union citizens of Hickman admitted into the plans of the worthy commander, Col. Buford. By mere chance I had gone up to the town in the morning, and thus was present when they arrived, without suspecting the object of their coming. Soon after arriving, Col. Buford gave out that he had come to the town merely to show the people a specimen of National troops; and furthermoreAbout three P. M., conceiving that the cavalry and artillery had obtained a sufficient start, Col. Buford struck for Union City, under the pretence of giving the men a little march into the country a big drunk as soon as the news of our defeat should arrive. Thus on Sunday and Monday, did Col. Buford cleanse one of the sinks of treason in a style that will effectually prevent the necessity of
from her moorings. It was during the height of this storm that Col. Roberts performed his daring mission. Yesterday morning, the flag-officer, Capt. Phelps, Col. Buford, Secretary Scott, and other officers, held a conference upon the flag-ship, at which it was decided to make a night reconnoissance of the upper battery, the details of which were left to Col. Buford. He selected Col. Roberts and forty picked men of his regiment to be the chosen few. Each gunboat furnished a yawl, manned by six of their hardiest seamen. At two o'clock, in the thickest of the storm, the little party embarked. The flag-officer and his subordinates, with Col. Buford, stoodCol. Buford, stood upon the deck of the Benton, giving the final orders. The yawls set out on their perilous journey, and they retired anxiously to await the result. Col. Roberts had previously made several very close reconnoissances at night by pulling through the overflowed brush, and had ascertained the locality of the battery. The boats w
daring exploit of that boat: Henry Walke, U. S.N. R. M. Wade, First Master. Relieved by Wm. R. Hoel, First Master of U. S. gunboat Cincinnati Richard H. Cutter, Second Master. Edward C. Brenard, Third Master. O. Donelson, Fourth Master. Daniel Weaver, John Deming, Pilots. Joseph S. McNeely, Surgeon. Geo. J. W. Nixson, Paymaster. W. H. Faulkner, Chief-Engineer. Chas. H. Caven, First Assistant. Samuel Brooks, Second Assistant. A. T. Crowel, Third Assistant. Francis Buford, Gunner. T. S. Gillmore, Master's Mate. J. S. Gilpson, Master's Mate. Oliver Donelson, Carpenter. R. J. Van Ness, Paymaster's Clerk. tip. the letter of thanks. The following letter of thanks was issued from the Navy Department, addressed to Flag-Officer Foote: Navy Department, April 12, 1862. Sir: The Department desires to convey to the commander, Henry Walke, and the officers and men of the Carondelet, also to Acting First Master Hoel, of the Cincinnati, who v
trong force, to attack the rear. I am, with gunboats and mortars, ready to attack in front, and Buford is ready to cooperate; but it seems as if the place is to be surrendered without further defence instant returned, after having had an interview with the late commandant. I have requested Gen Buford, commanding the troops, to proceed immediately, in company with two of the gunboats, and take po-storm,) crossed the river in force, and was ready, as well as the gun and mortar-boats, and General Buford and his troops, to have made a simultaneous attack on the rebels had they not so hastily evae island and the works upon the Tennessee shore by the gunboats, and troops under command of General Buford. Seventeen officers and three hundred and sixty-eight privates, besides one hundred of theird join the Louisiana for active work, in case the rebels should make their appearance there. Col. Buford despatched a regiment of infantry to the same place. No rebel soldiers, however, made their
d of impracticability. Col. Bissell having reported a road impracticable, but that a route could be found for a channel sufficient for small steamers, I immediately directed him to commence the canal, with the whole regiment, and to call on Col. Buford, commanding the land — forces temporarily on duty with the flotilla, (which had been placed under my command,) for any assistance in men or material necessary for the work. Supplies of such articles as were needed, and four steamers of light res and supplies, and of all the enemy's batteries on the main land. He also brought in almost two hundred prisoners. After posting his guards and taking possession of the steamers not sunk or injured, he remained until the forces landed. As Col. Buford was in command of these forces, Col. Elliott turned over to his infantry force the prisoners, batteries, and captured property for safe keeping, and proceeded to cross the country in the direction of Tiptonville, along Reelfoot Lake, as direct