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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 6: siege of Knoxville.--operations on the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia. (search)
a and Florida, prepared to co-operate with General Hunter, the new commander of the Department of thapture Charleston. See page 328, volume II. Hunter worked with zeal toward that end. Martial law r, May 19, 1863. and President Davis outlawed Hunter. On the 21st of August following, Davis issued an order at Richmond, directing that Generals Hunter and Phelps (see page 225, volume II.) shou command of General Benham, accompanied by General Hunter; and it was nearly a week later before Genvolume II. who had been left in command by General Hunter a few days before, deter mined to carry ths Headquarters in the building occupied by General Hunter, and began, with his usual vigor, to plan , went to Fortress Monroe for siege-guns, when Hunter took command of the newly-arrived troops, brokirectly. These, under General Truman Seymour, Hunter's chief of artillery, were posted behind a thiroops had nothing to do. A mere spectator, General Hunter wrote to Admiral Dupont the next day Apri[7 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 7: the siege of Charleston to the close of 1863.--operations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. (search)
e fortifications on that strip of land, for it had been determined to seize it, and begin a regular and systematic siege of Charleston by troops and ships. General Hunter was relieved of the command of the Department of the South, and General Q. A. Gillmore, who captured Fort Pulaski the year before, See page 819, volume II.ded and burnt a little while before. The weak garrison in Fort Buchanan, at Brashear, was then in command of a sick colonel, and illy prepared for an attack. Major Hunter, with three hundred and twenty-five Texans, crossed the bayou below it, and assailed and carried the fort June 24, 1863. in a few minutes. Ryder had fled with his gun-boat on the approach of danger, and before ten o'clock on the day of the capture, Taylor and Green, Mouton and Hunter, were in conference in Brashear as victors, with one thousand prisoners, a strong fort mounting ten guns, and a large amount of small-arms, munitions, stores, and other National property, the whole valued
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
their patriotism should cause a breach of the public peace. So they waited until called for. More than a year later, General Hunter, as we have seen, Page 185. directed the organization of negro regiments in his Department of the South. It raiserough a resolution of the House of Representatives, several questions touching such a measure, and, among others, whether Hunter had organized a regiment composed of fugitive slaves, and whether he was authorized to do so by the Government. The Secretary answered that he was not authorized to do so, and allowed General Hunter to make explicit answers. General Hunter said: To the first question, I reply, that no regiment of fugitive slaves has been or is being organized in this Department. TGeneral Hunter said: To the first question, I reply, that no regiment of fugitive slaves has been or is being organized in this Department. There is, however, a fine regiment of persons whose late meters are fuqlitive rebels--men who everywhere fly before the appearance of the National flag, leaving their servants behind them to shift as best they can for themselves. Yet a few weeks lat
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 9: the Red River expedition. (search)
re cut by the shot, and she drifted helplessly down the stream. After that, the vessels were not impeded on their way to Alexandria. The land and naval forces of the Red River expedition were now all at Alexandria. What next? Banks found General Hunter there, April 25, 21864. with orders from General Grant to close up the campaign against Shreveport as speedily as possible, for Sherman's troops were wanted eastward of the Mississippi. Hunter was sent back with a letter to Grant, telling hHunter was sent back with a letter to Grant, telling him that the fleet was above the rapids, and would be in danger of capture or destruction if abandoned by the army, and informing him that it would require some time to get them below, if it could be effected at all. Any attempt to renew the Shreveport campaign of course was now out of the question, and all eyes were turned toward the Mississippi, as the next point of destination for the expedition. To get the fleet below the rapids was the first work to be accomplished. Porter did not believe
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
is train, and his hospitals. Grant immediately relieved General Sigel, and General Hunter took command of his troops, with instructions to push swiftly on to Stauntotter had departed, and the former had no safe alternative but to follow. General Hunter, on assuming command of Sigel's troops, immediately advanced on Staunton witerly demoralized crowd of beaten men never fled from a field, wrote one of General Hunter's staff. Their leader, General Jones, was killed by a shot through his heauns, and three thousand small-arms. Three days after the battle of Piedmont, Hunter was joined, at Staunton, by the forces of Crook and Averill, when the whole bodt a considerable force to assist in holding Lynchburg. Hence it was, that when Hunter arrived before it, and made an attack June 18. upon the southern side of the city, its garrison and the strong works around it were able to defy him. Hunter soon perceived its strength, and the fact that an overwhelming force was gathering to c
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
ughly exhausted by the troops that had just passed over it; and had Lee attempted such a movement, Grant could have sent troops from the James, by way of the Potomac, for the protection of the Capital, much sooner than Lee could have marched upon it. He struck and broke the Richmond and Fredericksburg road at Chesterfield Station, and then, pushing across the upper branches of the North Anna, smote the Virginia Central railway at Trevilian's Station, where he expected the co-operation of General Hunter. That leader, as we have seen, See page 815. was at Staunton, and Sheridan was left to deal, alone, with the gathering Confederates on the railway. At Trevilian's he encountered and routed some horsemen under Hampton, and then destroyed the road almost to Louisa Court-House, where he was attacked by a much larger force. After a contest, he was compelled to retrace his steps to Trevilian's, where he fought a sanguinary battle, and then withdrew. He swept around, by Spottsylvania Co
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
ched an opportunity for the movement. It was offered when Hunter fled from before Lynchburg into Western Virginia, with an tired to Maryland Heights. Grant, meanwhile, had directed Hunter, who was then on the Kanawha, to hasten to Harper's Ferry ate leader offered as an excuse for the act, the fact that Hunter a few weeks before had burned the house of Governor Letched by him, calling on the people of that region to bushwack Hunter's men, that is to say, murder them by bullets from concealn Chambersburg was burnt, and were there joined by some of Hunter's long-expected troops, coming from West Virginia; and theled the Middle Military Division, under the command of General Hunter. The latter expressed a willingness to be relieved, aah Valley, executing on the way an order given by Grant to Hunter, to see to it that nothing should be left to invite the enemy to return. Grant directed Hunter, whom Sheridan succeeded, to take all provisions, forage, and stock, wanted for *the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 15: Sherman's March to the sea.--Thomas's campaign in Middle Tennessee.--events in East Tennessee. (search)
nd at one time, the former, with his staff, and the Eighth Indiana and Ninth Michigan, was, through a misunderstanding of orders, cut off from the main body and nearly surrounded by the foe. They fought their way out with very little loss, and rejoined their companions. Wheeler still pressing, Kilpatrick chose a good position, dismounted his men, cast up a breastwork, and received a desperate charge from his antagonist. It was repulsed at all points. Soon after this, Kilpatrick was met by Hunter's brigade of Baird's division of the Fourteenth Corps, which Davis had sent out to his relief. The peril was over. Wheeler was keeping at a respectful distance, and Kilpatrick joined the left wing of the army near the Ogeechee River. Meanwhile the right wing, under Howard, had been moving toward the Ogeechee, southward of the railway, and on the 30th, November, 1864. Sherman's entire army, with the exception of the Fifteenth Corps, which covered the right wing, had passed that stream, an
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
shington to confer on the subject. These were Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Campbell, and R. M. T. Hunter. The latter was one of the most active members of the Confederate Senate. They were perminor admit the separate independence of States that were a part of the Union. That, he said to Mr. Hunter, who had urged him to treat with Davis as the head of a Government de facto, would be doing whurope to do, in vain, and be resigning the only thing the armies of the Union are fighting for. Hunter made a long reply, insisting that the recognition of Davis's power to make a treaty was the firs But my only distinct recollection of the matter is, that Charles lost his head. That settled Mr. Hunter for awhile. From the Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle, cited in Raymond's Life, Public Services, athe people of the Confederate States. And at a great war-meeting held on the 9th, at which R. M. T. Hunter presided, it was resolved they would never lay down their arms until their independence was