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a. I had anticipated this movement, and had by signal and telegraph ordered General Corse to reinforce that post from Rome. General Corse had reached Allatoona with a brigade during the night of the fourth just in time to meet the attack by French's division on the morning of the fifth. In person I reached Kenesaw Mountain about ten A. M. of the fifth, and could see the smoke of battle and hear the faint sounds of artillery. The distance, eighteen miles, was too great for me to make in tl Corse was admirably conducted, and the enemy repulsed with heavy slaughter. His description of the defence is so graphic, that it leaves nothing for me to add; and the movement of General Cox had the desired effect of causing the withdrawal of French's division rapidly in the direction of Dallas. On the sixth and seventh, I pushed my cavalry well toward Burnt Hickory and Dallas, and discovered that the enemy had moved westward, and inferred that he would attempt to break our railroad again
o decide. Should you accede to this, you will be treated in the most honorable manner as prisoners of war. I have the honor to be, very respectfully yours, S. G. French, Major-General Commanding Forces C. S. To which I made the following reply: headquarters Fourth division, Fifteenth army corps, Allatoona, Ga., 8.30 A. M., October 5, 1864. Major-General S. G. French, C. S. Army, etc.: Your communication demanding surrender of my command, I acknowledge receipt of, and respectfully reply that we are prepared for the needless effusion of blood, whenever it is agreeable to you. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, John M. Corse, orders to maintain their position at all hazards. This was the disposition of the companies of the regiment at the time that General Corse sent to the rebel General French his refusal to surrender the town and his command. The engagement opened at nine o'clock A. M., between our skirmishers and those of the enemy. The latter i
being lost to our Government. double-Ender. Another account. United States gunboat Miami, off mouth of Roanoke River, May 6. We have just passed through the second engagement with that ugly little ram, the Albemarle. Yesterday afternoon, at two o'clock, the ram, consorted by the steamer Cotton Planter and the Bombshell, which last they sunk at the attack on Plymouth and afterward raised, made its appearance at the mouth of the river. We retreated slowly, and they followed. Captain French sent the steamer Massassoit ahead to inform the remainder of the fleet. At four o'clock they came in sight, running up at full speed. When the rebel fleet saw our reenforcements they tried to back out; but it was no go, as some of our vessels can steam eighteen knots, while the ram can make but eight or nine. At half-past 4 we fired the first gun — our one hundred pounder rifle. That was the signal for the commencement of a most furious cannonading, which lasted over three hours. T
ery and some sixteen hundred prisoners. Major-General French, commanding the Third, Second, and Firsveral columns were directed to move. Major-General French, commanding the Third corps, was directral officers were sent to communicate with General French, and to urge him forward. About one P. M. a dispatch was received from General French saying the enemy were throwing a force to his right flaipt of this a peremptory order was sent to General French to move forward at once, and that if the eg it, was received at half-past 2 P. M. by General French, who protested against it as hazardous to ssume the responsibility of suspending it. General French, in his report, herewith submitted, statesg division, to ascertain his position, he (General French) became satisfied the head of the column hake the left-hand road, and so reported to General French, and awaited orders. After a delay of twos judgment, together with the fact that Major-General French had given an adverse opinion to assault[1 more...]
to threaten his communications by seizing favorable positions below Westover, from which to attack the transports in the river. That officer selected Coggin's Point, opposite Westover, and the conduct of the expedition was committed to Brigadier-General French. On the night of the thirty-first General French, accompanied by Brigadier-General Pendleton, Chief of Artillery, placed forty-three guns in position within range of the enemy's shipping in the river, and of the camps on the north sidGeneral French, accompanied by Brigadier-General Pendleton, Chief of Artillery, placed forty-three guns in position within range of the enemy's shipping in the river, and of the camps on the north side, upon both of which fire was opened, causing consternation and inflicting serious damage. The guns were withdrawn before daybreak, with the loss of one killed and two wounded by the gunboats and batteries of the enemy; this attack caused General McClellan to send a strong force to the south bank of the river which intrenched itself on Coggin's Point. In the latter part of July, the enemy's cavalry from Fredericksburgh attempted to cut Jackson's communications by destroying the Central Rail
a, and Forty-Sixth North Carolina regiments, and Second Georgia battalion, Captains French and Branch's light batteries, and Captain Goodwin's cavalry company, in ale o'clock, P. M. A heavy fire of artillery was kept up between a section of Captain French's battery, under Lieutenant Cooper, a section of Captain Branch's battery, hth regiment North Carolina troops, none. Second Georgia battalion, none. French's battery, seven wounded, three severely. Branch's battery, one wound slight I proceeded with six rifle guns, taken by sections, from Brem's, Branch's, and French's batteries, with the Thirtieth Virginia as a support, down the road toward theiate command at the rifle battery. Captain Branch, First Lieutenant Cooper, of French's battery, and First Lieutenant Coleman, of Brem's battery, served their pieces howitzers.Parrott Rifles.Three-inch Rifles.Efficiency.Where Situated.remarks. French's Battery.Virginia Company detached. Total not known exactly.986 312Excelle
199 Third ArkansasWalker's,Walker's,27155182 French's BatteryWalker's,Walker's,112 Eighth Georgiaand consternation produced. The report of General French is herewith submitted. This officer had cac. At daylight on the fourteenth, I sent Captain French, with two Parrott guns and two rifle piece On our side we lost Lieutenant Robertson, of French's battery, killed; Major Wyatt, Forty-eighth North Carolina troops, and two privates of French's battery wounded. Our guns and horses sustained n Colonel Van H. Manning, to which was attached French's and Branch's light batteries, after participanding, after re-forming, was sent by me, with French's and Branch's light batteries, to reenforce Gs filled with rifle ammunition, from which Captain French that night replenished his exhausted limbery respectfully, Your obedient servant, S. G. French, Brigadier-General. Brigadier-General on, for the Fifteenth Georgia; and that of Captain French, for the Seventeenth Georgia. It only rem[7 more...]