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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 1: effect of the battle of Bull's Run.--reorganization of the Army of the Potomac.--Congress, and the council of the conspirators.--East Tennessee. (search)
the highest glories of the Administration and the nation. In this organization of that army, and the discipline which it received during the seven months that it remained at Washington City and in the vicinity we may fairly look for the groundwork of those successes which it achieved long afterward, to the glory of the Administration and the nation. One of the most serious difficulties encountered by the Government, at the beginning of the war, was a lack of arms. We have seen how Secretary Floyd stripped the arsenals and armories in the Free-labor States, and filled those of the Slave-labor States, when preparations were making for rebellion. See volume I., page 121. The armories at Harper's Ferry and Springfield were the principal ones on which the Government could rely for the manufacture of small arms. The former was destroyed in April, and the latter could not supply a tithe of the ,demand. It was necessary to send to Europe for arms; and Colonel George L. Schuyler was
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
the Western troops, 96. flight and escape of Floyd insubordination of Wise, 97. Reynolds's comm River, 101. Benham's unsuccessful pursuit of Floyd Rosecrans retires Kelley in Western Virginiaat Wheeling, threaten Western Pennsylvania. Floyd took a strong position between Cox and Rosecraveral of his best Western regiments, to attack Floyd, wherever he might be found, leaving the remai mountains south of the Gauley, to Reconnoiter Floyd's position. A part of the ascent was made at commenced. Union cavalry dashed forward, and Floyd's vedettes were soon seen scampering toward Sunchburg (Va.) Republican. The expulsion of Floyd from Carnifex Ferry was soon followed by a const twenty thousand men. When Lee arrived at Floyd's camp at Meadow Bluff, he wrote to Wise, adviit approval of Wise's insubordination offended Floyd; but the concentration of all the forces underproached within twelve miles of Charleston. Floyd's batteries now commanded the road over which [36 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
o, in the shape of invaders from Texas. Like Halleck and Hunter, he attacked the monster quickly and manfully. We have seen the loyal people of Texas bound hand and foot by a civil and military despotism after the treason of General Twiggs. See chapter XI., volume I. The conspirators and their friends had attempted to play a similar game for attaching New Mexico to the intended Confederacy, and to aid Twiggs in giving over Texas to the rule of the Confederates. So early as 1860, Secretary Floyd sent Colonel W. H. Loring, of North Carolina (who appears to have been an instrument of the traitor), to command the Department of New Mexico, while Colonel George B. Crittenden, an unworthy son of the venerable Kentucky senator, who had been sent out for the same wicked purpose as Loring, was appointed by the latter, commander of an expedition against the Apaches, which was to start from Fort Staunton in the Spring of 1861. It was the business of these men to attempt the corruption of
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
commanding eminence, built by the National troops under the direction of Captain Flood and others, but which was never made use of. From the hill overlooking the water batteries I made the accompanying sketch, and had just finished it when a steamer came in sight below, at the point where Foote's armored vessels, ranged in a line, assailed the Confederate works. Remounting our horses, we hurried back to Dover, reaching there just as the steamer was moored at the gravelly bank. It was the Emma Floyd, one of the most agreeable boats on the Cumberland, and with its intelligent pilots, John and Oliver Kirkpatrick, and their wives and children, the writer spent most of the day in the pilot-house, listening to the stories of the adventures of these men while they were acting as pilots in the fleets of Farragut and Porter, during those marvelous expeditions on the Mississippi, its tributaries, and its mysterious bayous, carried on in connection with the armies of Grant and Banks. After a d
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
ksville, 232. flight of Confederate troops from Nashville Floyd and Pillow again on the wings of fear, 233. surrender of N This sketch was made by the writer from the deck of the Emma Floyd, while lying at Clarksville, looking down the River. thnt that Johnston took position at Murfreesboro. leaving General Floyd, the fugitive from Fort Donelson, with a few troops to o had come down from Bowling Green, were directed to assist Floyd in the business. The assignment to the perilous duty of ret the dreaded Nationals seemed like punishment inflicted on Floyd and Pillow by Johnston for their cowardice. If so, it was fered terribly from fear, and counseled flight, as before. Floyd, on hearing that Foote's gun-boats were coming, gave orderschief reliance for support, of his orphaned daughters. But Floyd and Pillow wished to put a gulf between themselves and the ostponed until Tuesday night, when they were both burned by Floyd's order; and he and Pillow literally scampered away southwa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
out of that harbor, when her commander was deposed. and it was thirty days after he left the capes of Virginia before he debarked at Ship Island. March 25. There was no house upon that desolate sand-bar, and some charred boards were all the materials that could be had for the erection of a shanty for the accommodation of Mrs. Butler. The furniture for it was taken from a captured vessel. When the war broke out, there was an unfinished fort on Ship Island, to which, as we have observed, Floyd, the traitorous Secretary of War, had ordered heavy guns. See page 128, volume I. The insurgents of that region took possession of it in considerable force July, 1861. and, during their occupation of it for about two months, they made it strong and available for defense. They constructed eleven bomb-proof casemates, a magazine and barracks, mounted twenty heavy Dahlgren guns, and named it Fort Twiggs. When rumors of a heavy naval force approaching reached the garrison, they abandoned t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
city by railway; the consulates were crowded with foreigners depositing Twiggs's House. this was the appearance of Twiggs's residence when the writer visited it, in the spring of 1866. it was a large brick House, at the junction of camp and magazine streets, and was then used by General Canby, the commander of the Department, as the quarters of his paymaster. their money and other valuables for safety from the impending storm; and poor old Twiggs, the traitor, like his former master, Floyd, fearing the wrath of his injured Government, fled from his home, leaving in the care of a young woman the two swords which had been awarded him for his services in Mexico, to fall into the hands of the conquerors who speedily came. Parton's Butler in, Yew Crleans, page 264. On his way to New Orleans, Lovell had ordered General Smith, who was in command of the river defenses below the town, known as the Chalmette batteries, These were on each side of the river. There were five 82-
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
henandoah Valley. Movements to this end had been made very soon after the close of the campaign in Western Virginia, recorded in Chapter IV. Early in January, the gallant and accomplished General Lander, who was suffering from a wound received in a skirmish at Edwards's Ferry, a few days after the battle of Ball's Bluff, in October, took command of a force to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railway. He had a wily and energetic opponent in Stonewall Jackson, who was endeavoring to gain what Floyd, and Wise, and Lee had lost, and to hold possession of the Shenandoah Valley. Lander, with a force of about four thousand men, made a series of rapid movements against him. With only four hundred horsemen, he dashed upon him in the night at Blooming Gap, in the middle of February, Feb. 14. captured Frederick W. Lander. seventeen of his commissioned officers and nearly sixty of his rank and file, and compelled him to retire. Lander also occupied Romney, but fell back on the approach of