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ed. They would state, however, that it would appear from the testimony that the surrender was opposed by nearly if not quite all the officers of Colonel Hawkins's command. Your Committee think that the circumstances connected with the surrender are such that they demand the most searching investigation by the military authorities, as, at the time of the surrender, but one man on our side had been injured. On the twenty-fifth of March, the enemy, under the rebel Generals Forrest, Buford, Harris, and Thompson, estimated at over six thousand men, made an attack on Paducah, Kentucky, which post was occupied by Colonel S. G. Hicks, Fortieth Illinois regiment, with six hundred and fifty-five men. Our forces retired into Fort Anderson, and there made their stand — assisted by some gunboats belonging to the command of Captain Shirk of the navy — successfully repelling the attacks of the enemy. Failing to make any impression upon our forces, Forrest then demanded an unconditional surrende
mes River as Brandon, (which is near Harrison's Landing,) without the least opposition. From the Gen. Jessup a detachment of men were landed, under charge of Captain Lee, of the Harbor Police. Two other detachments were sent ashore, under Captain Harris, of one of the boats, and Captain Brown, of the Twenty-first connecticut regiment. Supported by the latter, the men of Captain Lee penetrated the interior of the country to the distance of three miles. Here was a signal-station of the rebelsge and provisions was captured, with two overseers. From a plantation near by, about one hundred and thirty negroes, field hands, were taken. These were not the only trophies; for, while these active and exciting operations were going on, Lieutenant Harris, the commander of the Gen. Jessup, captured a blockade-runner schooner heavily laden with tobacco, jewelry, state bonds, and specie, belonging to some Jews. In addition to this, a smaller vessel, a sloop, was taken. The captures are fully
g a largely superior force of the enemy, who possessed every advantage of position, he demonstrated what has already been shown, that courage and determination will overcome greatly superior numbers. Captain Rouch, of the Eleventh cavalry, who was, toward the last of the engagement, unfortunately taken prisoner by the enemy, by reason of his horse being shot from under him, displayed great coolness, decision, and promptness in obeying all orders given by me. To Lieutenants Warrington and Harris great praise is due for the gallantry and determination displayed by them during the entire fight, always in the front, encouraging the men under their command, and by their personal efforts in retarding the pursuit, and in rallying and forming the men in line on each successive stand made by us, contributed largely to the safety of the remaining portion of my command. My loss, I regret to state, is severe; nearly one half of the portion of the command engaged in the action being killed,
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 95.-reconnoissance to Dalton, Ga. (search)
re was no force of the enemy to oppose, to move along the summit, until he could assail the rebel works upon their right flank. In the mean time, two pieces of Hotchkiss's battery opened upon the rebel battery from the hill upon the right of the road. An animated duel continued for some time. The rebels threw missiles with much precision. Captain Hotchkiss planted his shells where they would have been very effective, had they not for some unknown reason mostly failed to explode. Captain Harris moved two guns of his battery (Nineteenth Indiana) over into the fields upon the left, and fired a few effective shots. Between the two, the rebel battery had too much of it, and withdrew at about half-past 3 P. M., just as General Morgan's men were seen marching along the summit of the ridge, toward the rebel works. Seeing themselves thus outflanked by General Morgan upon their right, and seriously threatened by Colonel Hambright upon the left, the rebels abandoned their position an
o be got out, armed, provided, and despatched to the assistance of the army expedition, and telegraphed to General Butler on the subject. Soon afterward Acting Ensign Harris, of the navy, who is on service with the army, and was in this expedition, came off in the fog to our picket-boat, Commodore Jones, and reported that the d of the army gunboats or transports were then at Smithfield to protect or bring off the detachment. The fog still prevailed. I sent Ensign Miller, with Acting Ensign Harris, and General Graham's letter to me, to General Butler, that General Butler might understand the situation, and if he thought proper, might send troops in t. Letter from Acting rear-admiral Lee to Lieutenant Commander J. H. Gillis. flag-ship Minnesota, February 1, 1864. sir: I send this by the Barney. Ensign Harris has just come off on the Commodore Jones, and reports that the first detachment fell back upon Smithfield at eight P. M. yesterday, where they are surrounded a