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Alfred Roman, The military operations of General Beauregard in the war between the states, 1861 to 1865 51 1 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 6 2 Browse Search
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tain Ells, one thirty-pounder Parrott; Captain Macon, two ten-pounder Parrott's and two six-pounders ; Cooper's, three ten-pounder Parrott's; Carlton's, two ten-pounder Parrott's Eubank's, one three-inch rifle; McCarthy's, two three-inch rifles; Dearing, one ten-pounder Parrott; Ross, three ten-pounder Parrott's; and, in addition, there were a number of smooth-bore pieces placed along the hills, to be used should the enemy advance near enough for their effectual range. One brigade was constanttery. Both of the Richmond guns did good service, but exploded during the engagement. Next one three-inch rifle, commanded by Lieutenant Taylor, of Captain Eubank's battery. Next, one ten-pounder Parrott, commanded by Lieutenant Blunt, of Captain Dearing's battery. Next, five pieces, under the command of Major S. P. Hamilton, consisting of two ten-pounder Parrotts, of First company Richmond howitzers, Captain McCarthy, and three rifled guns of Captain Ross's battery. Captain Mosely's batte
, District Ordnance Officer, was especially active and energetic in the supply of ammunition and material for the batteries. He was assisted by Lieutenant C. C. Pinckney. Captain B. H. Read, A. A. G.; Colonel Edward Manigault, and Lieutenant-Colonel St. Clair Dearing, volunteers upon the staff, were present during the action at Fort Sumter. Captain E. M. Seabrook, volunteer Aid-de-Camp, and Lieutenant Schmerle, Enrolling Officer and acting Aid-de-Camp, were generally with me during the active pph W. Seabrook. Several officers of General Ripley's staff were present during the engagement, and in the absence of General Ripley, tendered their services to me. Captain Benjamin Read, A. A. General; Colonel Edward Manigault and Colonel St. Clair Dearing were present, having tendered their services also. Mr. Lacoste also was present, and rendered efficient service. With regard to the conduct of the garrison, it is impossible for me to draw any distinction. Officers and men were a
s Bermuda base. You will take up your position to-night on Swift Creek, with Wise's, Martin's, Dearing's, and two regiments of Colquitt's brigades, with about twenty pieces, under Colonel Jones. Ataviest firing, to attack enemy in rear or flank. You will protect your advance and flanks with Dearing's cavalry, taking necessary precautions to distinguish friends from foes. Please communicate t vain. The firing heard was probably an encounter between Hearing and the enemy's rear-guard. Dearing had been ordered by Whiting to communicate with me; but, unsupported as he was by infantry or af Hoke's and Kemper's brigade now at Hicksford and Weldon. If they cannot come with you, order Dearing's cavalry to guard Petersburg until arrival of Walker. Baker's regiment will be sent to meet ydeniable merit, namely, Colonel Dunnovant and Colonel Baker (already at Drury's Bluff), and General Dearing, who was to come up with Whiting's forces, and of whose ability and dash General Beauregard
r to add here that, before these reinforcements were forwarded, General Beauregard had sent General Dearing and most of his cavalry, from the right of the Bermuda lines—where he had yet no works—to Ganning the three or four heavy guns in position; two small regiments of cavalry, under Brigadier-General Dearing, and the local militia already mentioned; in other words, an aggregate not exceeding 2n his extreme right, in the woods, outside of the lines of works, General Beauregard had thrown Dearing's command, whose duty was to guard that flank and give timely warning of any heavy body of the ck in the morning of the 15th of June W. F. Smith, after a hot engagement of several hours with Dearing's cavalry, in advance, moved upon the Confederate works by the Baxter road, in front of Batteriigade, which few commands in the service equalled, and of two small regiments of cavalry, under Dearing, who had infused into his men the dash and spirit that so eminently characterized him. The proo
sburg, which may be brought together under the definition of the period of assaults, though no large action had taken place, the rolls of the army showed a loss of 15,000 men. Swinton, Army of the Potomac, p. 515. If we cannot here inscribe the names of all those who figured in that bloody drama, we may at least make mention of their commanders and of those whose untiring efforts aided them successfully to maintain their ground. Hoke, Johnson, Wise, Hagood, Colquitt, Gracie, Martin, Dearing, are names that should be remembered. To the men who fought under them the highest praise is due; and whatever of glory belongs to the former belongs also to those whose strong arms and stout hearts so effectually carried out their orders. Nor should the name of Harris, the able Engineer and fearless officer, be omitted from that list of heroes. When the war-cloud settled upon that part of Virginia, and the fate of Petersburg hung in the balance, the noble women of the besieged city an
neral, Colonel Edward Manigault, and Colonel St. Clair Dearing were present, having tendered their lines and report the situation to you. General Dearing, who was in command of the cavalry forcesst two regiments) as might be spared from General Dearing's brigade, or other cavalry in the field, and Hood's battalions, Sturdevant's battery, Dearing's cavalry, and other transient forces, makingforce at all. At 7 A. M., on the 15th, General Dearing informs General Wise that his forces were) Swift Creek, June 15th, 1864:9 A. M. General Dearing reports at 7.35 A. M.: Enemy still in fore's brigade, some artillery, two regiments of Dearing's cavalry, and a few militia. During the nig the enemy had been strongly reinforced; that Dearing's pickets had been driven in; and that the enconsisted then of Bushrod Johnson's division, Dearing's small command of cavalry, and the local forted from General Hampton's cavalry. Brigadier-General Dearing, of that command, attracted my atten[5 more...]