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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The true story of Andersonville told by a Federal prisoner (search)
ours together. It will here be asked, as it has often been asked before, Why did not the Confederate authorities at Andersonville give our men wooden huts in a woody country? This question has been often asked, and never answered. Yet it can be fairly, if not quite satisfactorily, explained. Day after day in May and June the papers were bringing us authentic reports that exchange was at hand. Exchange became a fixed fact for some time. The commissioners had met at City Point, and General Grant had gone to Fortress Monroe, and the basis of exchange, as arranged by the commissioners, had been approved by the Lieutenant-General. But disappointment was sure to follow, and no exchange was visible. At one period, during a long interval of disappointment, I saw a plan drawn up at headquarters for the erection of wooden barracks, so ingenious and comprehensive that 40,000 men could be conveniently housed in prison; and the wood was commenced to be cut down for the purpose. In mid-c
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of the crater, July 30, 1864. (search)
a small number of the Twenty-sixth regiment, with the cooperation of Wright's battery, prevented Grant from entering Petersburg that day and capturing the whole of Beauregard's army. Pegram's salieft to right-Twenty-sixth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Twenty-second and Twenty-third regiments. Grant had massed 65,000 men opposite this brigade. Beauregard's whole force in the line was only threhe 17th South Carolina Volunteers lost135men.     677  The enemy's loss, according to General Grant's estimate a short time afterwards, was above 5,000 men, including 23 commanders of regimentthe explosion of the mine Kelly's battery was on detached service in North Carolina. When General Grant crossed to the south side of the James River my battalion was in position in front of General Butler at Bermuda Hundreds, and was moved upon the lines in front of Petersburg, when Grant made his first attack upon that place from City Point. In the defence of Petersburg, therefore, my comma
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The story of the attempted formation of a N. W. Confederacy. (search)
attack on Washington, for I made none; but finding the defenses of that city occupied by a force much superior to my own, and that the greater part of two corps of Grant's army had arrived about or a little before the time of my own arrival, I retired across the Potomac, in order to save my command from destruction, as Hunter had apart of General Lee's plan that I should make an attack on Washington, but his instructions were that I should threaten that city in order to draw troops away from Grant's army. When I suggested to him the idea of capturing Washington, he said very emphatically that it would be impossible to do so. After I reached Sharpsburg, on mre and Washington; and he had started and crossed the railroad between Washington and Baltimore, when, having learned that two corps had arrived at Washington from Grant's army, he informed me of the fact by a courier who reached me in front of Washington on the night of the 11th of July. Realizing the fact then that there was no
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Notes and Queries. the wounding of Stonewall Jackson. (search)
William Jones, Secretary Southern Historical society: Dear Sir,--I have just read in your January and February number, a letter to you from my brother-in-law, W. M. Polk, with a chapter from a forthcoming work — The Life of Leonidas Polk. I read also with interest a letter from Rev. H. E. Hayden. I will add another to the list of towns wantonly burnt by Federal officers during the war. There were no Confederate forces in this part of the country, when General Smith, belonging to General Grant's army, ordered this town to be burnt. All the houses around the square (except a small fire-proof store), the court-house, Jacob Thompson's residence, James Brown's house, and many other private dwellings were destroyed, and an officer ordered to burn the University. Finding only peaceful occupants, literary and philosophical apparatus, he said he would rather lose his commission than carry out such a vandal order, and so it was spared. The only reason that General Smith gave for s
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), History of Lane's North Carolina brigade. (search)
ous reputation — especially in their first dash at the enemy's picket line, which called forth a complimentary communication from superior Headquarters; in their double-quick deployments and advance and captures in the battle at Jones's farm; in their sudden rush into the enemy's disordered ranks and large captures at the Pegram house, and in the part they bore in the recapture of the hill taken from us the day of Gordon's attack on Fort Steadman. They also behaved with great gallantry when Grant broke our lines at Petersburg, and on the retreat to Appomattox Courthouse they were frequently thrown forward to fight the enemy when the brigade was not engaged. Quartermaster Department. Our first quartermaster was Major Joseph A. Engelhard, an efficient officer, who continued with the brigade until the promotion of General Pender, when he was transferred to his staff as the Assistant Adjutant-General of the Light division. General Branch states in his official report of the battle
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Addresses of Rev. J. K. Gutheim and Rev. Dr. Palmer, at the great meeting in New Orleans. (search)
happiest empire on the globe. And can it be denied that great and fundamental principles lay at the heart of the civil war in which the two sections of this country were lately engaged? I am not here to discuss these principles upon the one side or the other, but it is due to historic truth that both should be set forth by the advocates who were willing to submit them to the gauge of battle. I would have the Southern expounder and the Northern expounder stand face to face, as did Lee and Grant at Appomattox, and argue the case before the nations of the earth. For this cause let the documents be preserved upon which the argument is to be founded, and the verdict is to be rendered. I assign as a third reason for the perpetuation of this Society, my conviction that the result of the conflict between the North and the South will be the preservation of the principles and institutions of our fathers, in all the grand future which I hope is before us. Mr. President, we hear on every
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Captain Irving and the steamer Convoy --supplies for prisoners. (search)
t an early and favorable response will be made. Respectfully, your obedient servant, Ro. Ould, Agent of Exchange. A copy of this letter was sent on the 7th October to Secretary Stanton. It seems that these letters were forwarded to General Grant, and he communicated with General Lee on October 19th, 1864, who replied with the following letter on the 19th: Headquarters army of Northern Va., 19th October, 1864. Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Commanding Armies of the United StateLieutenant-General U. S. Grant, Commanding Armies of the United States: General,--I have received your letter of the 18th instant accompanying letters from Judge Ould, Commissioner of Exchange of prisoners on the part of the Confederate States, and the Honorable E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War, and Lieutenant-Colonel Mulford, Assistant Commissioner of Exchange of United States. I understand your letter to be an acceptance of the general proposition submitted by Judge Ould for the relief of the prisoners held by both parties, and shall transmit it to him that
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Defence and fall of Fort Fisher. (search)
in concurred in one report, that if repulsed once they would immediately retreat (re-embark) the work being considered too strong for them. Believing my-self that Grant's army could not storm and carry the fort, if it was defended, I felt perfect confidence that the enemy had assumed a most precarious position, from which he wouldauga, in full view of the General's camp, it is hard to understand his ignorance of their presence on the beach. The letter proceeds: Believing myself that Grant's army could not storm and carry the fort, if it was defended, I felt perfect confidence that we were not only safe, but that the enemy had assumed a most precarious position, from which he would escape with great difficulty. If the fort had remained in the condition in which General Bragg saw it previous to January 13th, Grant's army could not have stormed and carried it. It had twenty heavy guns bearing on the beach, supplemented with one mortar and four Napoleons. In front was a perfe
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sketch of the Third Battery of Maryland Artillery. (search)
was elected Junior Second Lieutenant, to fill the vacancy caused by Lieutenant Ritter's promotion. The battery remained encamped at Jett's plantation until General Grant crossed his army at Grand Gulf; when it accompanied Pemberton's army to meet him at Baker's Creek, and was engaged in the battle fought there. On the 18th of river to fire upon the boats which were continually passing. The object of the Confederates was to prevent, as much as possible, reinforcements from reaching General Grant at Vicksburg. Soon after the arrival of Ritter's section, a transport appeared in view, ascending the river. Lieutenant Ritter opened fire on her, some of livious of it all. The news had came in through the scouts that lined the river for many miles above, that a number of transports laden with reinforcements for General Grant's army at Vicksburg were coming down, and would reach Carter's Bend that morning. Immediately all was life and bustling activity, and the soldier's peculiar f
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Terms of surrender at Vicksburg--General Pemberton replies to General Badeau (search)
fer to the first volume of Badeau's Life of U. S. Grant, you will find a marked discrepancy between to the council, and approved, was sent to General Grant, under a flag of truce, by the hands of Ma the 3d: Vicksburg, July 3, 1863. Major-General Grant, Commanding United States Forces near V, very respectfully, your obedient servant. U. S. Grant, Major General. I, at once, expressed tnder unconditionally. He then stated that General Grant would like to have an interview with me, irily serving on my personal staff, I found General Grant, and a number of his Generals, and other oyour men before you will enter Vicksburg. General Grant did not, as Badeau represents, reply, Very course, as it was in fact a withdrawal by General Grant from the position he had so unqualifiedly nterchange of views by the officers named, General Grant and I remained apart from them, conversing to the chances of a surrender on the 4th. General Grant replied through the same medium, mentionin[14 more...]
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