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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 4: going to Montgomery.-appointment of the Cabinet. (search)
well-closen English books, was the hardest to relinquish of all our possessions. After all was secured, in the best manner practicable, I went to New Orleans en route to Montgomery, and remained a few days at my father's house. While there, Captain Dreux, at the head of his battalion, came to serenade me, but I could not command my voice to speak to him. when he came on the balcony; his cheery words and the enthusiasm of his men depressed me dreadfully. Violets were in season, and the captaious. Perhaps Mr. Davis's depression had communicated itself to me, and I could not rally or be buoyed up by the cheerfulness of those who were to do battle for us. The morituri te salutant always greeted me as our men entered the arena, Captain Dreux was of the French type of soldier, not quite of the average size, with flashing eyes, and an exceedingly pleasant address. His blood was the first spilled on the Peninsula, near Yorktown. In the ardor of his attack he exposed himself too so
of our position at Yorktown. I determined to go at night into the swamp lying between the James and York River roads, remain quietly under cover, and, upon the advance of such a party, to move out upon its rear, and capture it if possible. In accordance with this plan, I concealed my troops in the swamp several nights, when finally a battalion of infantry came forth upon the James River road. I moved out in the rear of the Federals, overtook and attacked them upon the same spot where Colonel Dreux, of Louisiana, had been killed. Our assault in rear produced great consternation, and the enemy ran in all directions through the woods. However, we killed several of their number, and captured some ten or fifteen prisoners whom we sent to Yorktown, where the infantry climbed to the house and tree tops to see the first boys in blue I presume many of them had ever beheld. Through orders from Richmond, these cavalry companies were then organized into a regiment. Colonel Robert Johnso
distinction between the opposing forces in this respect: arms, saddlery, accouterment, down to blankets, haversacks, and canteens—all bore the stamp of some United States arsenal— requisition on the spot, without process of Ordnance or Supper with soldiers of the ninth Mississippi—1861 Ignorance of military conventionalities was of course the rule among Confederate volunteers of 1861. In the matter of meals especially many amusing instances arose. There was the reply of a soldier of Dreux's Louisiana battalion of Magruder's division, when that force was holding the lines of Yorktown. Prince John, who was noted for putting on side, had bespoken dinner for himself and staff at a nearby farmhouse. Meanwhile the full private put in a petition to be fed. The good lady of the house, who was no respector of official rank, so long as one wore a gray jacket, and confident of the abundance of her provision, readily acceded to his request. When the somewhat belated staff entered the <
r left and front, to advance two regiments to front and right as a support to our batteries there massed. Order to Captain Hodgson, of Washington Artillery, to make a reconnoissance to front and left, where a four-gun battery of the enemy was reported in position; and, if the ground admitted it, to advance his battery in that direction and silence them. Visited one of the captured camps and then reported to you the straggling there going on for the purpose of plunder. You then ordered Captain Dreux, of your escort, with part of his company, to clear the camps. Was employed collecting stragglers, and men leaving field with wounded, and sending them back to the front. At 11 h. 10 m., by your order, took command of the 27th Tennessee regiment, reported without a field-officer and without ammunition. Reorganized the regiment, and, while trying to procure ammunition, caused them to rest and refresh themselves with coffee, etc. Having distributed ammunition, and finding the major f
The Daily Dispatch: June 20, 1861., [Electronic resource], The work for the Northern Congress. (search)
Gone. --The Richmond and York River Railroad conveyed away yesterday towards Yorktown, the Battalion of Louisiana Volunteers, which have been encamped for several days in this city. They numbered 585 men, were under the command of Col. Dreux, and consisted of the Crescent Rifles, Capt. Fisk; Orleans Cadets, Capt. Collins; Shreveport Grays, Capt. Beard; Grevot Guards, Capt. Goods; and Louisiana Guads, Capt. Todd.
The dead. --The body of the lamented Col. Dreux, of New Orleans, and that of Mr. Hackett, of Shreveport, Louisiana--the one Commander, the other a member of the battalion of Louisiana Cadets, who lost their lives recently on the Peninsula, were brought to this city yesterday evening, via York River Railroad, attended by a guard of honor en route for Louisiana.
The Daily Dispatch: July 10, 1861., [Electronic resource], Red Sulphur Springs and the Giles county Volunteers. (search)
Letter from "Oats."the affair near Newport News--Colonel Dreux's remains-some words to the ladies of Richmond.[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Camp Page, July 8, 1861. I was in Yorktown yesterday afternoon, for the purpose of attending Divine service, and learned some things from a conversation with parties who wdashing madly away, left them on the field, behaved just as such men were expected to do by all who know their merits and their metal. The fall of the lamented Col. Dreux by fire from an ambuscade, threw the small force accompanying him into momentary confusion. The Howitzer men, with true spirit, drew their revolvers, and calliys stood their ground nobly and bravely, and whipped back the enemy. The infantry, and whipped back the enemy. The infantry and Howitzers it was who recovered Col. Dreux's body. A metallic coffin arrived on yesterday at Yorktown, to receive the remains of that brave and lamented officer. They were just making preparations
[for the Richmond Dispatch] Yorktown, July 9, 1861. Editors Dispatch: Gentlemen — I see in your paper of the 8th inst. a letter from your correspondent at "Camp Page, near Williamsburg," giving an account of the skirmish near Newport News, in which the lamented and gallant Col. Dreux was killed, which states that he was "accompanied by a detachment of the Nottoway Cavalry," and in some remarks just preceding the letter, headed "The Skirmish near Newport News," it is said that "the sudden dash of their horses startled the horses of the Howitzers" I beg to say that the Nottoway Cavalry bore no part whatever in the skirmish, being stationed at Yorktown on the day it took place. Your kindness in giving this note an insertion in your paper, so as to correct those misstatements, which are doubtless unintentional, will much oblige, Very respectfully,Your obedient servant,John E Jones,Captain Nottoway Cavalry.
The Daily Dispatch: July 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. (search)
confident. Not a single man of our force received the least scratch. The hand of God was evidently there. Major Hood is a cautious, brave and excellent officer. He, such of our Captains as were present, and our other officers, conducted themselves very manfully; and Major Hood told us privates, after the action was over, that he had never seen a more spirited set. The action lasted about thirty minutes. I cannot omit to mention four brave Louisiana soldiers who came from Yorktown and volunteered to go in advance as sharp shooters and scouts. They acted well their part, and avenged the death of their noble Colonel Dreux. In the charge, the Cumberland Troopers were attended by other detachments, and followed, I believe, by a majority of those with guns in the rear. One detachment was not more eager to be engaged than another. If all were not it was because they were ordered to another post. Not more than fifty of our men were actually engaged, I believe. Robert.
The Daily Dispatch: July 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Confab between Old are and Old Scott. (search)
Funeral of Lieut. Col. Dreux. New Orleans, July 15 --Lieut. Col. Dreux's remains were conveyed to their last resting place this evening. The procession eclipsed every thing yet seen in this city. The line of march, from the starting point to the Cemetery, was thronged with people and the ceremonies were of the most solemn and impressive character. Funeral of Lieut. Col. Dreux. New Orleans, July 15 --Lieut. Col. Dreux's remains were conveyed to their last resting place this evening. The procession eclipsed every thing yet seen in this city. The line of march, from the starting point to the Cemetery, was thronged with people and the ceremonies were of the most solemn and impressive character.
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