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twenty-eighth of January, 1864. No. Lvii.--The Joint Resolution expressive of the Thanks of Congress to Major-General Ambrose E. Burnside, and the Officers and Men who had fought under him. In the Senate, on the fifteenth of December, 1863, Mr. Anthony, of Rhode Island, introduced a joint resolution expressive of the thanks of Congress to Major-General Ambrose E. Burnside, and the officers and soldiers who had fought under him, which was read twice and referred to the Military Committeee, reported it back without amendment. The resolution provided that the thanks of Congress be presented to Major-General Ambrose E. Burnside, and, through him, to the officers and men who had fought under his command, for their gallantry, good condendurance; and that the President of the United States be requested to cause the resolution to be communicated to Major-General Burnside, in such terms as he might deem best calculated to give effect thereto. On the eighteenth, the Senate, on moti
al Jackson to remain one day longer on the front line. This request was granted. At daylight, our pickets were thrown forward, and the enemy found to be gone. Burnside had changed his base. We captured two hundred and ninety-two of the Yankee pickets and stragglers, and gathered up between three and four thousand excellent rifdy's twelve-pounder guns. When the fog lifted, the reserves of the enemy's pickets could be seen lying flat on their faces in the valley; in the language of General Burnside, holding the first ridge. A few well-directed shots by Captain Moody soon, however, broke this hold, and all who could not find fresh shelter fled in confusr of their artillery on the Stafford side of the river, they were nearly as secure from an attack by our infantry. A knowledge of this fact probably induced General Burnside to cross the river; and his boast that, after the fight of Saturday, he remained two days in the plain, waiting and inviting an attack from us, is simply rid
by me on the afternoon of the twelfth. General Burnside knew the strength in numbers and positiond of battle by an officer of the staff of General Burnside, who could have had no motive at the timecut off, I received a verbal message from General Burnside, by one of his staff, that General Sumnerd not make from any evidence derived from General Burnside's conduct to me when we were together, buthe battle. The committee have printed General Burnside's plan of attack as given by him. By the is, I print an extract from the letter of General Burnside to General Halleck, dated December nineteont and drive them out of their works. General Burnside's Plan of Attack, in his Letter to Generament during the fog. The statements in General Burnside's letter to General Halleck, his statemene who had been sent to make the attempt. General Burnside was informed of all this by General Hardi under both orders issued that morning by General Burnside, he imagined that he could seize certain [35 more...]
and he was brought to the hospital. The second scene that I witnessed in Libby Prison, was the selection of Captains Sawyer and Flynn, to be executed in the place of those two that were shot for recruiting within our lines by the order of General Burnside. An order came into our rooms that all the captains should report below, and there was a gay time among them. They said, Now we are going to be paroled, and go home. There was a smile upon every countenance, and we said to one another, dorooms. When they got down there, one of the officers came in with an order from General Winder, that from this number, then confined in Libby Prison, two were to be selected by lot to be executed in retaliation for the two that were shot by General Burnside. They stood there around the room in a circle. A box was placed in the centre, and in that box was put the lots. Two of the chaplains in the prison with me came down to witness the drawing of these lots. Old Father Brown, a man whose hea
to the enemy and little known to ourselves. 3. In case the enemy should fall back without accepting battle, he could make our advance very slow, and, with a comparatively small force posted in the gaps of the mountains, could hold us back while he crossed the Tennessee River, where he would be measurably secure and free to send reenforcements to Johnson. His forces in East Tennessee could seriously harass our left flank and constantly disturb our communications. 4. The withdrawal of Burnside's Ninth army corps deprives us of an important reserve and flank protection, thus increasing the difficulty of an advance. 5. General Hurlburt has sent the most of his forces away to General Grant, thus leaving West Tennessee uncovered, and laying our right flank and rear open to raids of the enemy. The following incidental opinions are expressed:-- 1. One officer thinks it probable that the enemy has been strengthened rather than weakened, and that he would have a reasonable prosp
rtillery amounted to fully seventy thousand, divided into four corps. About the same time, General Burnside advanced from Kentucky towards Knoxville, East Tennessee, with a force estimated by the Genrew a corps by way of Sequatchie Valley to strike the rear of General Buckner's command, whilst Burnside occupied him in front. One division already ordered to his assistance proving insufficient to tain between us. The nature of the country and the want of supplies in it, with the presence of Burnside's force on our right, rendered a movement on the enemy's rear with our inferior force extremely inadequate for a continuance of this movement, to follow up the railroad to Knoxville, destroy Burnside, and from there threaten the enemy's railroad communication in rear of Nashville. This I suprning, the twenty-fifth, I received orders to move with my entire command to meet the forces of Burnside at or near Harrison, which order was immediately obeyed. Having proceeded as far as Chattanoog
e or four different crossings, and, by ingeniously arranging their camp-fires and beating their calls, and the dexterous use of artillery, were made to represent a division of troops at each place. The object desired was fully obtained. I also placed all heavy stores on Waldon's Ridge, and, as the enemy threatened to cross his cavalry in heavy force, made preparations to receive him, and, failing to destroy him, to drive him up the valley beyond Pikeville, where he could be met by General Burnside. A battery and two regiments of infantry were placed opposite Chattanooga, and the enemy at that point annoyed and two of his boats disabled. I also established communication, by signal, between all the crossings near me and my headquarters. On the second, the enemy burned the Loudon Bridge, and Buckner's corps commenced moving slowly down the river, making strong demonstration upon its banks, as if to cross, at several places. They moved on Tyner's Station, reaching that point
e cavalry for a short time, retiring at dusk. Their loss is not known. Ours is five wounded. The same movement was again made by them on the evening of the twenty-sixth of October. In this affair our loss was three wounded and five missing. The enemy are known to have had three commissioned officers and several privates killed, and a number wounded. On the twenty-seventh of October I was informed that the notorious bushwhacker and robber, Bryson, had been sent, with his command, by Burnside, to get in my rear and obtain information as to our movements and intentions. I immediately gave Brigadier-General Vaughn a detachment of about one hundred men, and directed him to intercept and, if possible, to destroy the party. He succeeded in dispersing them, killing several, and taking among the prisoners a Captain. During the pursuit Bryson himself was killed. On the twenty-seventh of October Cheatham's division, commanded during the expedition by Brigadier-General Jackson, reac
ct. The forts made but a feeble resistance, and each column pressed on to the point of concentration, carrying everything before them. At the depot the fighting was severe, but of short duration; the enemy surrendered the town. My loss is three killed and eighteen wounded. That of the enemy, forty-six killed, forty wounded, and about thirteen hundred prisoners. We have captured eleven (twenty-four and thirty-two pounder) siege guns. Twenty-five hundred stand small arms (Enfield and Burnside rifles), and immense quantities of quartermaster. commissary, and ordnance stores. Some two thousand negroes, and between two and three hundred wagons and carts. I cannot speak too highly of the gallantry and good conduct of the officers and men under my command. All did their whole duty and deserve alike equal credit from our country, for our glorious and signal victory. I am, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Sherod Hunter, Major Baylor's Texas Cavalry, commanding