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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Closing scenes of the war about Richmond. (search)
o the night before was an attack made on the centre of our line, halfway between Petersburg and Chaffin's, where, owing to Pickett's Division having been drawn off to reinforce the extreme right, theat movements would soon take place in my own command, I mounted at sundown and galloped back to Chaffin's farm. Here I found more of the confusion which I had left in Richmond, but there was only,e exposure would be certain to draw a shot. Ever since I had been attached to the command at Chaffin's, however, we had kept the truce. I remember one morning standing in front of and very nearout twenty along our front (not to speak of some twenty-four mortars and twenty heavy pieces at Chaffin's, etc., all of which latter were abandoned), the enemy did not get an intimation of what we wecommand followed the route in the rear of Kershaw, across Wilton bridge, some two miles back of Chaffin's. The wagon-train meanwhile had passed through Richmond to cross one of the upper fords and
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First Marine torpedoes were made in Richmond, Va., and used in James river. (search)
stantaneous; up went a column of water fifteen or twenty feet; many stunned or dead fish floated around; the officials on the wharf applauded and were convinced, and shortly after a naval bureau of coast harbor and river defense was created, and Captain Maury placed at its head with abundant funds for the work, and the very best of intelligent, able and zealous younger naval officers for assistants. Mined the river. In a month or two he had mined the channel of the river just opposite Chaffin's Blluff, with fixed torpedoes to be exploded by contact, having then no insulated wire with which to explode by electricity, and during that summer and fall several attempts with floating torpedoes were made against the Federal squadron at Fortress Monroe, one of which he personally directed (July, 1861); another (October, 1861), by one of his skillful associates, Lieutenant Robert D. Minor, also of Fredericksburg. He thus describes them: These torpedoes were in pairs, connected