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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Seacoast defences of South Carolina and Georgia. (search)
ch General Long supposes — opposed to the mighty naval forces of Dupont and Dahlgren, acting in co-operation with the large army commanded by such an engineer as Gillmore, they would have proved almost as slight an obstacle as if they had been built of lath and plaster, and garnished with culverins. Pemberton, as I have always ssels, together with several land batteries, but remained in condition to inflict one of the bloodiest defeats known in history upon the powerful column that General Gillmore sent to storm it. Nor is this all: subjected to an incessant, daily bombardment from Dahlgren's fleet and Gillmore's breaching batteries and mortars for fiftGillmore's breaching batteries and mortars for fifty days, or until the Federal troops had dug their way up to the glacis and planted their flag on the very verge of the counter scarps of that work, such was the system that the defence was crowned by an evacuation of Battery Wagner and of Morris' Island, which has no parallel in ancient or modern warfare for its skill. Moreover,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Notes on the surrender of Fort Sumter. (search)
this point; in fact, one bold officer in command of a navy barge, armed with a boat howitzer, could have easily cleared the way for a hundred barges with men and supplies to pass to the fort. The night but one previous to the surrender was very dark. I was ordered to Hartstene between the fort and the fleet in the main ship-channel, and my boat touched his guards before it was seen. Later in the war, when Beauregard defended the fort, one of the bravest officers in his command pronounced the work untenable. Beauregard then informed me that if necessary he would go there and hold the fort with his staff; that on no condition would he consent to give it up to General Gillmore. It was after this that General (then Major) Stephen Elliott made his gallant defense of the ruins; when, with the exception of some guns buried under the ruins of the casemate facing Fort Moultrie, but one small gun remained mounted, and that was pointed toward the city, being used merely to fire the salutes.
Missouri State troops would resist it battle of Perryville and defeat of General Cooper General Blunt captures Fort Smith Generals Steele and Davidson capture little Rock Colonel Blair sends out a reconnoissance a new department wanted General Gillmore captures Forts Wagner and Gregg in Charlestown Harbor sympathizers of the rebellion receive anonymous notices to leave the City supposed to be the action of the Union League arrival of General Blunt and Staff and Colonel Judson the Bourom that State. He seems to have watched over the State from the beginning of the war with special interest, for which her loyal people will ever feel grateful. It is now officially announced that, after upwards of a month's bombardment, General Gillmore has captured Forts Wagner and Gregg, in Charleston Harbor, and that the city of Charleston is entirely under his guns. The vigorous bombardment of the city itself will now soon be commenced. The rebel strongholds are gradually crumbling be
General Sherman's order on his convention with General Johnston: special field order, no. 65. Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, In the Field, Raleigh, N. C., April 27, 1865. The General Commanding announces a further suspension of hostilities and a final agreement with General Johnston, which terminates the war as to the armies under his command and the country east of the Chattahoochee. Copies of the terms of convention will be furnished Major-Generals Schofield, Gillmore and Wilson,who are specially charged with the execution of its details in the Department of North Carolina, Department of the South, and at Macon and Western Georgia. General Schofield will procure at once the necessary blanks, and supply the Army Commanders, that uniformity may prevail; and great care must be taken that the terms and stipulations on our part be fulfilled with the most scrupulous fidelity, whilst those imposed on our hitherto enemies be received in a spirit becoming
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The military situation-plans for the campaign-sheridan assigned to command of the cavalry-flank movements-forrest at Fort Pillow-General Banks's expedition-colonel Mosby-an incident of the Wilderness campaign (search)
y of the James from South Carolina alone, with General [Quincy A.] Gillmore in command. It was not contemplated that General Gillmore should General Gillmore should leave his department; but as most of his troops were taken, presumably for active service, he asked to accompany them and was permitted to do s he can. It will be impossible for him to commence too early. Gillmore joins Butler with ten thousand men, and the two operate against Rirate with, W. F. Smith commanding the right wing of his forces and Gillmore the left wing. I will stay with the Army of the Potomac, increasestated, Banks is ordered to commence operations as soon as he can. Gillmore is ordered to report at Fortress Monroe by the 18th inst., or as she road connecting Richmond with all the South and South-west. Gillmore will join Butler with about 10,000 men from South Carolina. Butlerce will be commanded by Maj.-General W. F. Smith. With Smith and Gillmore, Butler will seize City Point, and operate against Richmond from t
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xvi. (search)
ton, to be present. The news had recently been received of the disaster under General Seymour in Florida. Many newspapers openly charged the President with having sent the expedition with primary reference to restoring the State in season to secure its vote at the forthcoming Baltimore Convention. Mr. Lincoln was deeply wounded by these charges. He referred to them during the sitting; and gave a simple and truthful statement of the affair, which was planned, if I remember rightly, by General Gillmore. A few days afterward, an editorial appeared in the New York Tribune, which was known not to favor Mr. Lincoln's renomination, entirely exonerating him from all blame. I took the article to him in his study, and he expressed much gratification at its candor. It was, perhaps, in connection with the newspaper attacks, that he told, during the sitting, this story. -A traveller on the frontier found himself out of his reckoning one night in a most inhospitable region. A terrific thunde
The Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign: May 1 - September 8, 1864., Part I: General Report. (ed. Maj. George B. Davis, Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley), Report of Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U. S. Army, commanding armies of the United States, of operations march, 1864-May, 1865. (search)
To the force you already have will be added about 10,000 men from South Carolina, under Major-General Gillmore, who will command them in person. Maj. Gen. W. F. Smith is ordered to report to you, to command the troops sent into the field from your own department. General Gillmore will be ordered to report to you at Fortress Monroe, with all the troops on transports, by the 18th instant, or as sr moved his main force up the James River, in pursuance of instructions, on the 4th of May, General Gillmore having joined him with the Tenth Corps. At the same time he sent a force of 1,800 cavalry,an's instructions. On the 10th [9th] of June General Butler sent a force of infantry under General Gillmore, and of cavalry under General Kautz, to capture Petersburg if possible, and destroy the raiworks on the south side and penetrated well in toward the town, but were forced to retire. General Gillmore, finding the works which he approached very strong, and deeming an assault impracticable, r
Greek fire. The rebel General Beauregard protests against the Federal General Gillmore's use of Greek fire against Charleston, as an outrage against humanity, unworthy of civilized nations, etc. The name Greek fire is applied to a peculiar compound of bitumen, naphtha, and pitch that burns on the surface or under water. It is composed largely of what the chemists call arsenical alcohol, most destructive in its effects, and, in course of its discharge, emitting a most offensive odor. Greek fire has frequently been employed in European wars, but not often in modern times. The secret of its preparation and use was derived from a native of Heliopolis, Syria, about a thousand years ago.--New-York Express.
Beauregard and Gillmore. At midnight, in his blackguard tent, “Old Beau” was dreaming of the hour When Gillmore, like a suppliant bent, Should tremble at his power. In dreams, through camp and street he bore The trophies of a conqueror. He sported Gillmore's gold-laced hat-- His red-topped boots, his gay cravat, As wild his faGillmore, like a suppliant bent, Should tremble at his power. In dreams, through camp and street he bore The trophies of a conqueror. He sported Gillmore's gold-laced hat-- His red-topped boots, his gay cravat, As wild his fancy as a bat, Or “any other bird.” An hour passed on--“Old Beau” awoke, Half strangled by a villainous smoke, Enough the very devil to choke, While all around the “stink-pots” broke And blinded him with smoke. He cursed the villainous compound, While stunk the pole-cats far around; Then roared with wild, demoniac shriek: “Lord! Gillmore's gold-laced hat-- His red-topped boots, his gay cravat, As wild his fancy as a bat, Or “any other bird.” An hour passed on--“Old Beau” awoke, Half strangled by a villainous smoke, Enough the very devil to choke, While all around the “stink-pots” broke And blinded him with smoke. He cursed the villainous compound, While stunk the pole-cats far around; Then roared with wild, demoniac shriek: “Lord! what a stink! the Greek! the Greek Put out this villainous Greek fire! Or in the last red ditch expire. 'Tis sweet to draw one's dying breath For one's dear land, as Horace saith, But dreadful to be stunk
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), The Landing on Morris Island, S. C. (search)
usand men in boats, and take them up Folly River in the Lighthouse Inlet; and at sunrise the batteries that had been erected (there were over forty guns and mortars in position) were to open, and the gunboats to engage the batteries on the opposite side of the island. The boats arrived with the troops in good time, preceded by eight boat-howitzers from the gunboats; the first boat contained General Strong and staff, and then came the battalion of the Seventh Connecticut volunteers. General Gillmore told Colonel Rodman that the General had concluded that our battalion was the most reliable, and could be trusted, and was selected for that reason. The batteries opened at daylight, and in a short time the enemy discovered the boats, and threw shell and solid shot, trying to sink them. The shot and shell struck and burst all around us, but only one boat was struck, containing some of the Sixth Connecticut volunteers, killing one, and wounding two or three. The General's boat got t
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