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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official report of Colonel George William Logan, on the engagement between the Federal gunboats and Fort Beauregard, on the 10th and Sixth May, 1863. (search)
, of Captain Purvis's company, to the effect that our scouts opposite Alexandria had obtained information that four gunboats had left that place for the avowed purpose of capturing Fort Beauregard. At 4 o'clock A. M., on the 10th instant, G. Spencer Mayo, whom I had appointed, by your orders, Provost Marshall, at Trinity, and Superintendent of Scouts on Black River, brought me further information that four gunboats had laid up the night previous four miles above Major Beard's. The officers oer was mortally wounded by a large fragment of shell while gallantly discharging his duties. Private Ford, of Spencer's company, was severely wounded in the arm, and two others slightly wounded. These were the only casualties on our side. G. Spencer Mayo and George H. Wells, of the Engineer Department, volunteered for duty, and did good service. Great praise is due Lieutenant Buhlow, for having planned and executed this almost impregnable work. The nine and ten-inch rifled shells and hea
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Stray leaves from a soldier's Journal. (search)
us indiscriminately, each man taking as much as he can carry, none of us knowing when or where they would be again issued. About ten o'clock at night orders came for us to move on to Richmond as rapidly as possible, and cross the James river at Mayo's bridge. Everything now assumed the customary bustle and confusion of a camp preparing to be permanently abandoned. Captains gave orders to Lieutenants and they to Sergeants, whilst Sergeants called out lustily for out-of-the-way drivers, whoce; for from nearly every dwelling a loved one was going forth from his home, and was leaving all behind him. I soon bade my friends farewell, not knowing that I would ever see them again, and rejoined my command on Fourteenth (Pearl) street, near Mayo's bridge. Forward, Third Company! We were marching away—away from all we cherished and held most dear on earth. Three times had we, as a company, marched through noble old Richmond since the war commenced, and now we knew that we were going a