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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
erland just below the town. The garrison, startled by the general panic, fled, and, in defiance of the wishes and remonstrances of the citizens of Clarkesville, set fire to the fine railway bridge that spanned the river at that place. Colonel Webster, Grant's chief of staff, and Lieutenant Phelps, immediately went ashore and hoisted the National flag over the fort. Two-thirds of the terrified citizens of Clarkesville had fled when Foote arrived. At the suggestion of the late venerable Cave Johnson, and one or two others, he proclaimed full protection to all peaceable citizens, at the same time warning them not to display any secession flags or other evidence of rebellious feeling. General Smith, with the advance of the National army, marched up to Clarkesville and took command there; while Foote returned to Cairo for more gun-boats, for the purpose of attacking Nashville. In the mean time General Johnston and his forces from Bowling Green had continued their flight southward as
e some troops, or whip them out, Gen. Milroy determined to send a sufficient force to do it. The force detailed for this service was composed of four hundred of the Twenty-fifth Ohio, three hundred of the Second Virginia, and a detachment of thirty-eight from Bracken's Indiana cavalry, under Lieut. Dalzell; the whole force being under command of Major Webster, Twenty-fifth Ohio; Major Owens, Second Virginia, had the immediate command of the Virginians. Capts. Askew, Williams, Washburne, Johnson, Green and Crowell, and Lieuts. Higgins, Houghton, Jones, Bell, Berblus and Blandy, Twenty-fifth Ohio, commanded the Ohio boys; but I do not know the company officers of the Virginians. Tuesday afternoon--the last day of the waning old year, 1861--we left camp, and turned our faces toward the interior of the Old Dominion. And a beautiful day it was, and beautiful scenery, even in mid-winter, greeted us. Precious little rest did any of us get New Year's night. It was freezing cold, an
of great service in carrying off and attending to the wounded. Capts. Hamilton, Boyle, J. F. Taylor, Carroll and Shorter, the three young tigers, were through the entire battle, where none but the brave and gallant go, and continually pressed forward with their men when the battle raged the hottest, and rebels were found most plenty. Capt. Vanarsdall, of Co. B, was present, and discharged his duty faithfully, until the right wing was drawn off. Lieutenants Cobb, Coben, McAdams, Van Natts, Johnson, McCoy, Bush, Boswell, Shumate and Hunt, deserve the highest praise for their brave and gallant conduct. Lieut. McAdams fell while nobly leading on his men. Lieut. Bush commanded Company G, and quite distinguished himself. Second Lieuts. Rodman, Colwell, Merritt, Lutz, Miller, Stall, Simpson, Scott and Wilds, fully merit all that can be said in their praise, as do all the non-commissioned officers and privates that were present during the engagement. Many individual acts of bravery mig
into our ranks. I halted my men, and ordered the signal for cease firing to be sounded by my bugler, which was understood by all the troops in the vicinity. At that moment the cry came to charge, when all charged, my right wing arriving at the fort first. Capt. J. G. Wright, of company A, color company, arrived with his company, and planted the American flag upon the ramparts, in advance of any other regiment. It was the first American flag in the fort. Capt. Sims, of company G, and Capt. Johnson, of company I, took possession of the guns of the fort. I led the left wing down the main road, followed by the Ninth New-York, crossed the moat, and halted inside the fort. On arriving inside of the fort, Lieut. Springweller, of company K, brought me a wounded officer, who was a lieutenant in the Wise Legion, of Virginia, whom he found lying a short distance off. After remaining at the fort about fifteen minutes, I rallied my men, formed line, and started up the main road in pursui
Doc. 52.-the capture of Clarksville. The following is the official announcement by Commodore Foote of the capture of Clarksville, in Tennessee: Clarksville, Tenn., February 20, 1862. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: We have possession of Clarksville. The citizens being alarmed, two thirds of them have fled, and, having expressed my views and intentions to the Mayor and Hon. Cave Johnson, at their request I have issued a proclamation assuring all peaceably disposed persons that they may with safety resume their business avocations, requiring only the military stores and equipments to be given up, and holding the authorities responsible that this shall be done without reservation. I left Fort Donelson yesterday with the Conestoga, Lieut. Commanding Phelps, and the Cairo, Lieut. Commanding Bryant, on an armed reconnoissance, bringing with me Col. Webster of the Engineer Corps, and chief of Gen. Grant's staff, who, with Lieut. Commanding Phelps, took possessio
he rebels became the recipients of the condiment above named, both in front and rear, which, in addition, being thoroughly punched in by the bayonets of the veteran Smith's division, they were glad to get out of their pickle by a surrender. Cave Johnson was also seized with the prevailing hopefulness and the despatch-mania, and from the safe distance of Clarksville, cheered the rejoicing spirits of Nashville as follows: The fighting on yesterday was mainly between two gunboats and theonquered. A Virginia regiment, McCaustin, took one of their batteries night before last without any loss on our side. Reports of the capture of Russellville and Elkton not believed. Their whole loss, it is thought, exceeds one thousand. Cave Johnson. Of course the virtuous and Christianly traitors of Nashville were highly delighted Sunday morning, to receive these encouraging assurances of the thrifty progress of rebellion. They were mingling this glad intelligence with their devotion
a detachment of the Fourth Illinois cavalry, eighty-six men, company M, Captain George Dodge, at the head of the column, followed by company I, Lieut. Hopeman commanding, and a part of company L, Lieut. Merriman commanding; and all followed by a detachment of the Fifth Ohio cavalry, three hundred and fifty men, in regimental order, commanded by Lieut.-Col. Thomas T. Heath; Lieut. Charles Chapin, with a platoon of company L, of the Fourth Illinois, preceded the column as advance-guards. Col. Johnson, of the Twenty-eighth Illinois, and the undersigned, accompanied the expedition, Lieut.-Colonel Heath having the chief command. The march was conducted with the utmost caution, to guard against surprise, and had proceeded without interruption a distance of about five miles, when at a place known as Black Jack Forest, about nine o'clock, the presence of the enemy was discovered by Lieut. Chapin, across and near the road, with their pieces ready to fire on the advance-guard. Lieut. Chap
sorts of things to us and about us, until I was obliged to tell them that I was a prisoner, and had nothing to say. On our way to Richmond, when we reached Gordonsville, many women crowded around the cars, and asked my wife if she cooked, if she washed, how she got there. Finally, Mrs. Ricketts appealed to the officer in charge, and told him that it was not the intention that we should be subjected to this treatment, and if it was continued she would make it known to the authorities. General Johnson took my wife's carriage and horses at Manassas, kept them, and has them yet for aught I know. When I got to Richmond, I spoke to several gentlemen about this, and so did Mrs. Ricketts. They said, of course, the carriage and horses should be returned; but they never were. There is one debt, says this gallant soldier, that I desire very much to pay, and nothing troubles me so much now as the fact that my wounds prevent me from entering upon active service at once. The case of Louis
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cabinet, President's (search)
d R. Francis Aug.24, 1896 Cornelius N. Bliss March 5, 1897 Ethan A. Hitchcock Dec. 21, 1898 March 5, 1901 Postmasters-General. Samuel OsgoodSept.26, 1789 Timothy PickeringAug. 12, 1791 Joseph Habersham Feb.25, 1795 Gideon Granger Nov.28, 1801 Return J. Meigs, Jr March17, 1814 John McLean June 26, 1823 William T. BarryMarch 9, 1829 Amos Kendall May 1, 1835 John M. Niles. May 25, 1840 Francis GrangerMarch 6, 1841 Name.Appointed. Charles A. Wickliffe Sept.13, 1841 Cave Johnson March 6, 1845 Jacob Collamer March 8, 1849 Nathan K. Hall July 23, 1850 Samuel D. Hubbard Aug. 31, 1852 James Campbell March 5, 1853 Aaron V. Brownarch 6, 1857 Joseph Holt March14, 1859 Horatio King Feb. 12, 1861 Montgomery Blair March 5, 1861 William Dennison Sept.24, 1864 Alexander W. RandallJuly 25, 1866 John A. J. Creswell March 5, 1869 Marshall JewellAug. 24, 1874 James N. TynerJuly 12, 1876 David McK. KeyMarch12, 1877 Horace Maynard June2, 1880 Thomas L. JamesMarch
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Johnson, Cave 1793-1866 (search)
Johnson, Cave 1793-1866 Jurist; born in Robertson county, Tenn., Jan. 11, 1793; elected circuit judge in 1820; served in Congress, 1829-37; and appointed Postmaster-General in 1845. He died in Clarksville, Tenn., Nov. 23, 1866.
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