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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 1: operations in Virginia.--battle of Chancellorsville.--siege of Suffolk. (search)
estimation in which Moseby was held; by the Government is shown by the expressions of the Assistant Secretary of War, in the following account. of an exploit in October, 1864:-- War Department, Washington, October 17, 9:40 P. M. Colonel Gansevort, commanding the Thirteenth New York Cavalry, has succeeded in surprising the rebel. camp of the guerrilla and freebooter, Moseby, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, capturing his artillery, consisting of four pieces, with munitions complete. C. A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War. A few days after Moseby's bold exploit, the first purely cavalry battle of the war occurred, not far from Kelly's Ford, on the Rappahannock, between National troops, under General W. W. Averill, and Confederates under General Fitzhugh Lee. Averill was sent out to cut off Stuart and Lee, who, it was reported, were with a, strong party enforcing the draft in Fauquier County. On the 28th of February, General Stuart asked Governor Letcher's leave to collec
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 5: the Chattanooga campaign.--movements of Sherman's and Burnside's forces. (search)
mportuned to do so, especially by Halleck, who deplored the danger of losing Knoxville, and with it East Tennessee. But Grant had plans for relief, which he could not communicate to the General-in-Chief, but which were perfectly satisfactory to Mr. Dana, the Assistant Secretary of War, then at Headquarters in Chattanooga. If, as Grant believed he could, Burnside should hold out at Knoxville until Sherman's approaching re-enforcements should arrive, he felt certain that a double victory might br he could then scatter the forces of Bragg on the Missionaries' Ridge, and by such blow possibly so demoralize and weaken Longstreet's force as to compel him to raise the siege of Knoxville. He sent Colonel Wilson, of his staff, accompanied by Mr. Dana, to Knoxville, to communicate his plans to Burnside, and immediately after Sherman's arrival he proceeded to put them into execution. The two leaders proceeded, together with General Smith, in a personal reconnoissance of Bragg's position, and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
wherever they may be, unite in common thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God. At the National Capital the excitement on that day was intense, and the loyal people went by thousands in a procession, with music and banners, to the White House, to congratulate the President. Then came Grant's dispatch, May 11. declaring that he proposed to fight it out on that line if it took all summer, to which were added Meade's congratulatory address on the 13th, and cheering dispatches from Grant and Mr. Dana, the Assistant Secretary of War, sent on the same morning. Grant spoke of the success of Hancock and the capture of prisoners, and said: The enemy are obstinate, and seem to have found the last ditch. We have lost no organization, not even a company, while we have destroyed and captured one division (Johnson's), one brigade (Dobbs's), and one regiment entire, of the enemy. From the 13th to the 18th of May, the two armies confronted each other with sleepless vigilance, engaged in ma
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 15: Sherman's March to the sea.--Thomas's campaign in Middle Tennessee.--events in East Tennessee. (search)
estroyed. Let us leave the victorious army in repose at Savannah, while we consider the fortunes of the strong and co-operating force assigned to General Thomas for the defense of Tennessee against Hood. Before doing so, let us take a brief glance at some operations by National troops, sent out from the Lower Mississippi, to prevent the concentration of forces west of Georgia against Sherman during his march to the sea. One of these expeditions, composed of mounted men, was led by General Dana, who went out Nov. 25, 1864. from Vicksburg, fought and vanquished Confederates on the Big Black River, and destroyed several miles of the railway connecting New Orleans with Tennessee, with its bridges and rolling stock, much cotton and valuable stores. Another cavalry expedition, led by General Davidson, was sent out from Baton Rouge, and struck the same railway at Tangipaha, Nov. 30. laying waste its track and other property. Then Davidson pushed on eastward, in the direction of Mo
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
en to Mr. Benson J. Lossing to visit the various battle-fields of the present war, so far as they are within our lines, and to make all drawings that he may require, of the same, for historical purposes. He will be allowed to take with him, as assistants, F. J. Dreer and Edwin Greble. This permission is subject to the approval of the generals commanding in the various Departments, where the battle-fields, which he desires to examine, may be situated. By order of the Secretary of War. C. A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War. To this the following was subjoined:-- I shall be obliged for Mr. Lossing to have every facility consistent with the public service. A. Lincoln. Navy Department, December 6, 1864. To the Commanding Officers of the Navy:-- Benson J. Lossing, Esq., who is engaged upon a history of the present Rebellion, is about to visit the various places connected with the different battles, accompanied by F. J. Dreer, Esq., and Edwin Greble, Esq., and ha
o the Mississippi, 2.525. Cushing, Lieut., destroys the ram Albemarle, 3.472. Custer, Gen., raid of to Berner's Bridge, 3.291. Custom-house at Charleston, seized by the State, 1.139. Cynthiana, burnt by the guerrilla Morgan, 3.232. D. Dahlgren, Admiral John A., in command of the sq<*>tadron off Charleston, 3.200. Dahlgren, Col., Ulric, raid of on the James River Canal, and death, 3.290. Dalton, Gen. Palmer's movement on, 3.241; visit of the author to in 1866. 3.399. Dana, expedition of from Vicksburg, 3.415. Davidson, Gen., expedition of from Baton Rouge, 3.415. Davis, Jefferson, Buchanan's indecision condemned by, 1.73; soft words of in the Senate, 1.81; his proposition to amend the Constitution, 1.220; chosen President of the Confederacy, 1.252; inauguration of, 1.257; his cabinet, 1.258; sketch of, 1.259; character of contrasted with that of Lincoln, 1.275; leaves Montgomery for Richmond, 1.547; remarkable speech of at Richmond, 1.548; caprice and ob