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Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 66 2 Browse Search
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ky, south of Green River, and has easy communication by railroad and turnpike to Nashville. Its local advantages for defense are good, though requiring a large force for that purpose, as it is situated in an amphitheatre of some extent. The place has been strengthened by good defensive works, requiring about 4,000 men for their defense, and to be supported by a large force. I have, as a further precaution, ordered intrenchments to be thrown up, under the direction of my chief-engineer, Major Gilmer, at Nashville. These arrangements are such that they perhaps double the efficiency of my force for the defense of this line. The enemy have recently reconstructed the bridge between Green River and Louisville, and have thrown forward a strong advance to Woodsonville, with which Terry's cavalry had a successful rencounter on the 17th instant, in which we had the misfortune to lose the gallant leader of it. These forces, in heavy masses, are stationed at Woodsonville, Bacon Creek, Noli
orders and preparations. warning to Polk. Major Gilmer, chief-engineer. his operations. Lloyd Tints. In the latter part of October Major Jeremy F. Gilmer reported to General Johnston, as his cfortifications, to hasten their construction. Gilmer's orders were: To arrange the works for thued to all the staff departments to furnish Major Gilmer funds, tools, materials, subsistence, transl almost always wash out a new channel. Major Gilmer reported, November 4th, that the armament o the defense of the Cumberland, accompanied Major Gilmer on this tour of inspection. He wrote to Geon for defense, the work admirably done, as Major Gilmer thinks . . . Fort Donelson is in a very badection from headquarters not to interfere with Gilmer. General Johnston, on November 21st, ordered posite Fort Henry; and on the 29th telegraphed Gilmer that these works should not be stopped. Push nd for two months and a half. Lieutenant-Colonel J. F. Gilmer was ordered by General Johnston, [7 more...]
that his loss was fifty-four killed and wounded. The fight lasted an hour and ten minutes. Foote believed he could have taken the fort in fifteen minutes more; but he was mistaken-further contest would have insured the destruction of his fleet. Gilmer's report tells us: Our batteries were uninjured, and not a man in them killed. The repulse of the gunboats closed the operations of the day, except a few scattering shots along the land-defenses. Pillow telegraphed to General Johnston then said, I pass it. Buckner assumed the command, sent for a bugler, pen, ink, and paper, and opened the negotiations for surrender. Pillow advised Forrest to cut his way out, and let all escape who could. Taking with him his staff and Colonel Gilmer, he crossed the river in a small skiff, and escaped by land. Floyd says in his supplemental report: One of the reasons that induced me to make this transfer to General Buckner was, in order that I might be untrammeled in the effort I w
kly too that I believed the effect upon his own reputation would be serious; that the public believed he had 80,000 troops then with him; that they had unbounded confidence in his success; reminded him that when he had ordered his chief-engineer, Gilmer, to fortify Nashville, the popular sense of security was such that Gilmer was laughed at for suggesting the necessity for fortifications, was called in derision Johnston's dirt-digger, and had to abandon the attempt in despair. Now, sir, said I,Gilmer was laughed at for suggesting the necessity for fortifications, was called in derision Johnston's dirt-digger, and had to abandon the attempt in despair. Now, sir, said I, your retreat will startle these people like a thunderbolt; the loss of positions and of States, so unlooked for, will, with as mercurial a people as ours, produce a clamor the like of which you, perhaps, have never heard, and I sincerely trust it may not strike from your grasp the sceptre of your future usefulness. He remained silent and thoughtful for several minutes, and then used words which are indelible in my memory. This, said he, is a step I have pondered well, and such a step as no ma
f the campaign. The following is an extract from it: Nashville was indefensible. General Johnston withdrew to Murfreesboro, determined to effect a junction with Beauregard, near Corinth. His two chief staff-officers, Colonels Mackall and Gilmer, deemed it impossible. Johnston persevered. He collected Crittenden and the relics of his command, with stragglers and fugitives from Donelson, and moved through Shelbyville and Fayetteville on Decatur. Halting at those points, he saved his prorinth by the way of Shelbyville and Decatur. As it has been suggested in certain quarters that General Johnston ought to have removed his army from Murfreesboro by the railroad to Stevenson and thence to Corinth, the writer propounded to General Gilmer the question of the practicability of such a move. The following is his reply: Being thus occupied, I had no conversation with your father at Nashville as to the after-movements of his army; nor did I have on the march to Murfreesboro.
short distance by a number of staff officials, and was of short duration, he names Generals Johnston, Beauregard, Polk, Bragg, Hardee (Hardee was not present, but Gilmer was), and Breckinridge, as taking part in it, and then furnishes this narrative: At least one division, if not the whole of Bragg's corps, was likewise inexed that some of the regiments had not brought provisions sufficient. A conference was held between Generals Johnston, Beauregard, Bragg, and Polk, at 5 P. M.; Major Gilmer being near. Some thought the long delay in the movement, of thirty-six hours, would put the enemy on the alert, and the want of provisions would endanger a fato attack early, and General Johnston determined to lead the attack in person, and leave General Beauregard to direct the movements of troops in the rear. General Gilmer says that Beauregard's proposition to retire without making an attack was not opposed, so far as he can remember. He adds: General Johnston appeared mu
e. Polk's report. Bragg's report. Bragg's sketch. Jordan's statement. Withers's and Ruggles's reports. Gibson's and Gilmer's letters. Duke's life of Morgan. Jordan's life of Forrest. Chalmers's account. consequences of the mistake. A fight arm in war; Breckinridge, bound to him by many ties and marked out by him for the highest military distinctions; and Gilmer, his trusted engineer. Around him was a staff who followed him with filial reverence-Preston, Brewster, O'Hara, Jack, anmunition, abandoned. I took one stand of colors from the colonel's tent, which was sent by me, next morning, through Colonel Gilmer, to General Beauregard. This, however, was one of Prentiss's camps. The correspondent of the Cincinnati Gazette,pend upon one head and one arm. The West perished with Albert Sidney Johnston, and the Southern country followed. General Gilmer, in a letter to the writer, dated September 17, 1872, gives the following statement in regard to the battle: It
yesterday while leading a successful charge, turning the enemy's right, and gaining a brilliant victory. (Here follow some details already given.) Last night Colonel Gilmer informed me he saw the enemy embarking under cover of their gunboats-and no commencement of the conflict was expected by General Beauregard. In spite of tt. Lieutenant-Colonel Ferguson, aide-de-camp, early on Monday, was assigned to command and direct the movements of a brigade of the Second Corps. Lieutenant-Colonel Gilmer, chief-engineer, after having performed the important and various duties of his place with distinction to himself and material benefit to his country, was wounded late on Monday. I trust, however, I shall not long be deprived of his essential services. Captain Lockett, Engineer Corps, chief assistant to Colonel Gilmer, after having been employed in the duties of his corps on Sunday, was placed by me on Monday in command of a battalion without field-officers. Captain Fremeaux