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them here longer. I have taken measures which, I trust, may insure better conduct in the future. No rockets were sent up, because positive attacks were not made. The ricochet practice from Sullivan's Island was very handsome. The fire from Johnson was very bad, the balls passing directly over the fort. Private T. Whester, Company D, 1st S. C. Artillery, was wounded slightly in the head yesterday by a brick. I respectfully request that, if practicable, Captain Harleston be retained hrmanently. In fact, this has been called the Department of Refuge. Moreover, my recommendations of and applications for officers are seldom, if ever, heeded. With the exception of Brigadier-General Walker, Colonels Elliott and Harris, and Captain Johnson (the last two engineers), not one of my officers has been promoted since the beginning of the memorable siege of Charleston, although I have recommended several. This is encouraging neither to myself nor to those under my orders. Since y
e is also due to the prompt action of General Bushrod Johnson and his Tennesseeans, 1168 in number,nies of the 25th South Carolina Regiment. General Johnson had marched from Drury's Bluff, in the dimmand with judgment and energy. Hagood and Johnson were thrown forward, with a section of Eschelnumber of prisoners, and, in conjunction with Johnson, five pieces of artillery—three 20-pounder Pae, as the occasion of a mistake by Ransom. Johnson, meanwhile, had been heavily engaged. The li sent two regiments from Clingman, to protect Johnson's flank. These partially partook of the sameefore they retired. In front of Hagood and Johnson the fighting was stubborn and prolonged. The enemy, slowly retiring from Johnson's right, took strong position on the ridge in front of Proctoruse and grove of Charles Friend. At length Johnson, having brushed the enemy from his right flannd supported by the reports of Generals Hoke, Johnson, Colquitt, and Hagood. As to General Ransom'
d General Lee of the necessity of calling Bushrod Johnson from the Bermuda hundred lines. War Depasponsibility, but blames General Beauregard. Johnson's arrival. three Federal Corps assault Peter This force now consisted only of part of Bushrod Johnson's division, about 3200 strong, holding thhe abandonment of the Bermuda Hundreds line. Johnson's division was accordingly transferred to Pet and re-form the troops, Gracie's brigade, of Johnson's division, consisting of about 1200 men—the directed to retire upon it. Generals Hoke and Johnson were instructed to see that their staffofficeat nightfall on the 15th of June; part of Bushrod Johnson's division—which had been so seasonably won the 17th, not only after the withdrawal of Johnson from the Bermuda Hundreds line, but after hisen made upon him, and did his best to replace Johnson's division with troops drawn from the Army ofident. At what hour during the night did General Johnson make the movement? Did you inform Genera[6 more...]<
In these preliminary operations against Petersburg, which may be brought together under the definition of the period of assaults, though no large action had taken place, the rolls of the army showed a loss of 15,000 men. Swinton, Army of the Potomac, p. 515. If we cannot here inscribe the names of all those who figured in that bloody drama, we may at least make mention of their commanders and of those whose untiring efforts aided them successfully to maintain their ground. Hoke, Johnson, Wise, Hagood, Colquitt, Gracie, Martin, Dearing, are names that should be remembered. To the men who fought under them the highest praise is due; and whatever of glory belongs to the former belongs also to those whose strong arms and stout hearts so effectually carried out their orders. Nor should the name of Harris, the able Engineer and fearless officer, be omitted from that list of heroes. When the war-cloud settled upon that part of Virginia, and the fate of Petersburg hung in the
ovement of the enemy North of the James. Bushrod Johnson's division. its position along the workse. combined attack under Generals Mahone and Johnson. slight resistance on the part of the enemy.nce, and appoint a rendezvous with him at Bushrod Johnson's headquarters, near Cemetery Hill. He tcene of combat. Returning soon afterwards to Johnson's headquarters—where, he had been told, Generand was immediately borne to the rear. General Johnson's and Colonel McMaster's statements. Seelery and musketry from Wise's brigade. General Johnson's statement. See Appendix. At aboute's division, and the 17th South Carolina, of Johnson's division, moved on the left and rear of thehe 22d South Carolina on the right, under General Johnson. General Johnson's statement. See AppGeneral Johnson's statement. See Appendix. But before this last charge the Federals, thoroughly demoralized under the cross-fires of ouf the crater. Upon this very point General Bushrod Johnson, in his earnest and straightforward m[2 more...]
icable; but I may have to reinforce Hoke with Johnson's division, when lines would be lost. I advi what hour last night (15th) I ordered Major-General Johnson to evacuate the lines across Bermuda Hicable; but I may have to reinforce Hoke with Johnson's division, when lines would be lost. I advior to retake them by daybreak. I shall order Johnson to this point, with all his forces. General Accordingly, at 10.20 P. M. I ordered Major-General Johnson to evacuate the lines in front of Berm advise General Wise that Hoke's division and Johnson's brigade had been ordered to reinforce. Theral Lee, and your force consisted then of Bushrod Johnson's division, Dearing's small command of caermuda Hundreds to him (General Lee). General Bushrod Johnson arrived during Thursday night, and waeral A. P. Hill to command a brigade from Bushrod Johnson's division in the expected fight. BushroBushrod Johnson was holding the lines next to Hoke, and he sent no organized brigade, but a regiment from[31 more...]