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est but 30 miles per day; and compelled to tie up at night, which enabled him easily to keep up with them. At length, April 12. a more determined attack was made from the right or south bank, by 2,000 infantry (Texans) with 2 guns, led by Gen. Tom Green, whose head was blown off by a shell and one of his guns disabled, before his men could be quieted. Never was attack more reckless than that made by his infuriated, rum-crazed followers, who fancied that they could carry gunboats in that nar set on fire, and destroyed. No further annoyance was experienced in reaching Alexandria. Admiral Porter estimates that he had killed and wounded at least 500 of the Rebels on his way down; while his own loss was less than 100. The loss of Gen. Green was severely felt by the enemy. Porter attributes his reverses to the low state of the river; saying: I can not blame myself for coming up at the only season when the river rises. All the [other] rivers are full and rising; but Red river
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Battle of Pleasant Hill--an error corrected. (search)
et were repulsed, and so far as the attack on the right was concerned, it was unsuccessful; but the left-centre and left wing of the Confederate line, composed of Polignac's small division of infantry and the cavalry corps dismounted, under General Tom Green, were not defeated or driven back; they drove their foes within the line of their entrenchments, and held them there, although not able to break it, and in that position night found them. I retired from the field after dark to the hill on y assistance within the scope of our limited ability, and to refer the question of their status to the Commanding-General. I thus show that Captain Burns' statement, of course made from hearsay, that these same surgeons received a flag of truce from the Confederates during that morning, is incorrect. I do not propose to write up the battle of Pleasant Hill--only to correct positive inaccuracies. H. P. bee, Ex-Brigadier-General C. S. A., Commanding First Division, Green's Cavalry Corps.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Chalmers' report of operations of cavalry division on line of Memphis and Charleston R. R., from 5th to 18th October, 1863. (search)
could not accurately be ascertained, as they removed many of their dead and wounded from the field while the fight was going on, but it is reported by reliable persons, who had an opportunity of knowing, to have been forty-seven killed and one hundred and three wounded, besides five prisoners, whom we brought off. Colonel Richardson joined me on the night of the 8th instant with his brigade, consisting of the Twelfth Mississippi cavalry (Colonel Inge), Twelfth Tennessee cavalry (Lieutenant-Colonel Green), Thirteenth Tennessee cavalry (Colonel Neely), Fourteenth Tennessee cavalry (Colonel Stuart), the Reneau battery of two six-pounders (Captain Palmer), and the Buckner battery of four steel breech-loading two-pounders (Lieutenant Holt), the whole amounting to about nine hundred and fifty men. The enemy were reinforced at La Grange by the Sixth and Ninth Illinois and Third Michigan cavalry, and on the following evening (9th) the whole force, amounting to nine regiments of mounted men
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Powhatan troop of cavalry in 1861. (search)
ear porch, there came, borne upon a gentle breeze from the camp of our neighbors, First Virginia infantry, the sweet strains from their band, Do they miss me at home, do they miss me? It was a sweet coincidence, as they knew nothing of our sadness. We were not then used to death and carnage, and had not grown callous. After the departure of the Black horse, by general order the Albemarle troop of cavalry and later the Rappahannock cavalry, commanded by that excellent officer, John Shack Green, reported to Captain Lay to whom the command was assigned. This, however, was temporary; but a permanent squadron, consisting of the Powhatan troop, the Little fork rangers, of Culpeper county, Captain Utterback commmanding, and a Fauquier troop, commanded by Captain Adams, was formed, to be attached and report directly to headquarters, and Captain Lay was assigned to the command. This squadron, as such, passed through the battles of Bull Run on the 18th and of Manassas on the 21st--on the
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 8.70 (search)
s the insurrection. Although the facts had been kept entirely concealed, he perceived that something unusual was transpiring, and volunteered his services as Aid to Colonel Lee. The part taken by Stuart in this brief war has been so often misstated that I give his own account taken from a letter to his mother written in January, 1860. He distinctly disclaims the honor, so often ascribed to him, of having led the storming party against the Engine House; but testifies to the gallantry of Lieut. Green, commander of the marines, and of Major Russel, paymaster in the same corps, who, side by side led the assault. He says: I was deputed by Colonel Lee to read to the leader, then called Smith, a demand to surrender immediately; and I was instructed to leave the door after his refusal, which was anticipated, and wave my cap; at which signal the storming party was to advance, batter open the doors, and capture the insurgents at the point of the bayonet. I approached the door in the presenc
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A tribute to the army of Tennessee. (search)
routed, to return pursued along roads just passed over as pursuers, this tests men, and all this tested these men, and they stood the test. As to their behavior in beleagured Vicksburg, its fame has filled the world. In their Georgia retreat from Dalton to Atlanta, fighting by day and withdrawing by night — and how it rained — preserving their morale, their faith in their leader strengthening with every retreating step; in this they proved themselves the peers of their fathers, following Green through the Carolinas or Washington through the Jerseys, so that they wrung from their adversary the confession that, It was a dark day for the Federal arms when they confronted the Confederates on the Chattahoochee. And when the leader changed, and the plan changed, when retreat gave way to advance, and defence to attack, the same soldierly qualities shone even more conspicuously. Take that series of fragmentary and unsuccessful attacks from Peach Tree creek, July 20, passing in swift s
of the enemy, with several transports containing troops, from making a landing at that point, and next day he was reinforced by Reily's Texas regiment. On the left bank the remainder of our little army was waiting. On the extreme right were Tom Green's Texas cavalry and Walker's battalion, both dismounted. On the left of Green's command was the Valverde battery; Colonel Gray's Louisiana regiment held the center, with a section of Cornay's St. Mary's Cannoneers and Semmes' battery. A 24-poGreen's command was the Valverde battery; Colonel Gray's Louisiana regiment held the center, with a section of Cornay's St. Mary's Cannoneers and Semmes' battery. A 24-pounder siege gun, worked by Cornay's battery, was in position, commanding the approach by the west bank. In the upper Teche the Diana was waiting to be made useful in supporting her new masters by steaming down the bayou along the west bank. It was Taylor's idea that, by moving on a line with an attacking column, the vessel could drive the enemy back, throw him into confusion and so force him into withdrawal of the troops he was essaying to land in our rear to the assistance of his army in
n near the town of Opelousas he moved, through Green's efficient cover of his rear, across the Boeunt's Louisianians, under Major Blair, and from Green's Texans, all under Maj. Sherod Hunter. With e dim dawn to carry news to Boeuf. A nod, and Green was on the road, galloping after the runaway. ctuality, had been the attack, main and rear. Green and Major, starting from points more than 100 issippi, was an earthwork called Fort Butler. Green, after some correspondence with Mouton, decideassault the place. In the night of June 27th, Green attacked, with the support of Colonel Major's brigade, in all 800 men. Neither Green nor Major knew the ground—a fatal mistake in a night movemeny alone, they returned and made him prisoner. Green dropped a laurel or two at Fort Butler. Taynaldsonville. The new battery did good work. Green's men,, dismounted, were ready to affright alle. Taylor had been waiting for them. Joining Green, he found him with an excellent plan of battle[6 more...]
dently evacuated by Taylor. A step backward at Alexandria was to stiffen his muscles for the triumphant leap to Mansfield. From Alexandria, Taylor for once turned to Pleasant Hill. Reinforcements, specially of horse, were slow in reaching him. Green's Texans, three companies of which came first, were ill provided with arms. To Taylor, impatiently waiting at Pleasant Hill, came Walker and Mouton; Green joined him the same day. Major, with the remainder of the Texans, had not come up. To giveGreen joined him the same day. Major, with the remainder of the Texans, had not come up. To give him time to reach the hill, Taylor halted two days. Thus far the enemy had made no serious advance; and on April 4th and 5th he marched to Mansfield. In the cavalry arm, the Texans were well represented by Debray's and Buchel's Buchel, who had served in the Prussian army, was an instructed soldier. Three days after he joined us he was mortally wounded in action, and survived but a few hours. The old Fatherland sent no bolder horseman to battle at Rosbach or Gravelotte.—Destruction and Rec
at Pleasant Hill Monett's Ferry death of General Green official reports. In the road between phy of arms for the honor of Louisiana Leaving Green, of the cavalry, in command of the front, Tayl from Shreveport. The enemy attacked 3,000 of Green's mounted Texans, but, being unable to dislodg astonishing ardor and courage of our troops. Green, Polignac, Major, Bagby and Randal, on the lefight, he sent forward his entire cavalry under Green. With the cavalry he ordered the infantry to While Pleasant Hill was still in the balance, Green, commanding the cavalry, was with his accustommiles from the Hill. In making this movement, Green found himself delayed by the lack of a pontoon protected by gunboats. The loss inflicted by Green upon the transports was terrible. Several time. The transports suffered the more for this, Green being compelled to renew the fire on them by rl in danger, strong in attack, never flurried, Green was a commander whom his soldiers had learned [1 more...]
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