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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.10 (search)
then gave his only order: Get under way, Captain Johnson; head for the leading vessel of the enemyh were the orders of Admiral Farragut. Captain Johnson, in the pilot-house, gave the word to off, silent and rigid, awaited their fate. Captain Johnson then shouted out: We are all right! TheyI haven't time. I am carrying orders for Captain Johnson. So up I went; asked some officer whom I up on the deck and received reports from Captain Johnson regarding the progress of the fight. CapCaptain Johnson soon came down in person, and the admiral greeted him with: Well, Johnson, they have now how. In the course of half an hour Captain Johnson again made his appearance below and reporwhich showed their condition mentally. Well, Johnson, said the admiral at this precarious junctureIn twenty minutes more the firing ceased, Captain Johnson having bravely gone up alone on the exposerkins. Our pilot, in pointing it out to Captain Johnson, said: That d—d iron-clad is hanging to u[1 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.13 (search)
red men and eighty-eight guns, besides a fleet of gunboats and monitors. The Confederate forces, commanded by General Beauregard, consisted of Gracie's, Kemper's, Hoke's and Barton's brigades, forming Ransom's division; Corse's, Clingman's, Bushrod Johnson's and Hagood's brigades, forming Hoke's division, and Colquitt's and Ransom's brigades under Colquitt. Attached to this force were three battalions of artillery and three small regiments of cavalry, the whole or gross number being given arton's brigade, supported by Hoke—all constituting Ransom's division, while to our extreme left were some dismounted cavalry skirmishers stretching out in a thin line to the river. To the west of Ransom was Hoke's division, with Hagood's, Bushrod Johnson's, Clingham's and Corse's brigades, Corse having the extreme right, near the railroad, while Colquitt with his brigade and Ransom's, was held in reserve. The fight begins. It was two o'clock in the morning of the 16th, and consequently
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A plan to escape (search)
k and position of their organization. 5. Block one shall be under the command of General J. R. Jones, Virginia; two, of Colonel D. Howard Smith, Kentucky; three, of Colonel B. D. Fry, Alabama; four, of Colonel L. M. Lewis, Missouri; five, of Colonel D. M. Shannon, Texas; seven, of A. G. Godwin, North Carolina; eight, of Captain L. W. Allen, Virginia; ninth, of General J. W. Frayser, Tennessee; ten, of Colonel R. M. Powell, Texas; eleven, of Colonel J. R. Herbert, Maryland; twelve, of Captain Johnson, Kentucky, and thirteen, General M. Jefferson Thompson, Missouri. 6. The commander-in-chief, the corps commanders, and of each block respectively, shall constitute a board of officers, who shall direct, arrange and superintend the formation of all plans and arrangements otherwise, concerning the escape of prisoners from this prison and of their return to the Confederate States, leaving all details of executing said plans to the direction of the commanderin-chief. 7. Commanders of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A Confederate survivor who led a Federal charge. (search)
spoils I had appropriated a brand new Federal cavalry hat, so I did not look unlike a Yankee officer. In the main street of Selma I met an aid named Brown—a gallant fellow. He shouted to me that our line had been broken and that Armstrong was falling back, and told me to get out or I'd be taken. Just then Armstrong and his staff galloped past, and the general recognizing us, called out: You must hurry out of this, gentlemen. They are close on our heels. Brown had a dispatch for Colonel Johnson, and he said he would wait and deliver it if he died for it. While we were talking, pistols in hand, a column of Federal cavalry swung into the street where we stood, coming full tilt. We were so taken by surprise that we could not get away. Brown had on a new uniform that had just run the blockade, and he was a good target. Half a dozen troopers dashed out from the line to catch him. We were riding for our lives, Brown a little in the lead, so that it looked as though I was chasi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.58 (search)
e of this incident in his friend's life many years ago, and my impression is, some mention was made of it in a sketch of his life. Saluted Virginias flag. Soon after Captain Harrison had finished the Psalm we saw coming along the lines all the generals and their aids. Our regiment had no Confederate colors, but only the standard of Virginia emblazoned on its folds, Virginia, Sic Semper Tyrannis. General John B. Floyd passed us, looking sternly to the front. Generals Buckner and Bushrod Johnson simply touched their caps to our flag. Then came General Gideon J. Pillow, superbly mounted and splendidly dressed. General Pillow's Tribute. He reined in his horse and facing our regiment said so that all could hear, pointing to our glorious banner: I trust to old Virginia my safety and my honor. The effect was electrical, and inspired the Virginians with renewed hopes and courage. Buckner beloved. But all the officers and men centered their confidence in Buckner. He had