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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 19: Chancellorsville. (search)
gloriously begun; that the interest of the reader in it may be briefly satisfied. About dark on Saturday evening, General Jackson had directed Brigadier-General Pender, to send him a regiment for a special service. The 16th North Carolina, Colonel McElroy, was sent. Jackson commanded him to accompany a squadron of cavalry detached by General Stuart, to Ely's Ford, where they would find a corps of Federal troops encamped; to approach them as nearly as possible, and at a preconcerted signal, to fire three volleys into them, with loud cheers, and then make their way back to their Brigade. Colonel McElroy reached the enemy's encampment about midnight, and carried out his instructions to the letter. He returned to the field of battle at three o'clock in the morning; and remained for a time ignorant alike of the reasons and results of this strange proceeding. The Federal officers of Reynolds' corps at last revealed it. They, stated that while resting for the night at Ely's Ford, on
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)
ed guns of General Ferrero, the skillful commander of the fort, were playing fearfully on the, Confederates, under the direction of Benjamin. Yet the assailants pressed on, gained the ditch, and attempted to scale the parapet. One officer (Colonel McElroy) actually gained the summit, and planted the flag of the Thirteenth Mississippi there, but a moment afterward his body, pierced by a Operations in Tennessee, Georgia and Northern Alabama. dozen bullets, rolled, with his flag, into the dinders was saved, and with it, without doubt, Knoxville, and possibly Burnside's army. The ground in front of the fort was strewn with the dead and wounded. In the ditch, alone, were over two hundred dead and wounded, including two colonels — McElroy, of the Thirteenth Mississippi, and Thomas, of the Sixteenth Georgia--killed. In this terrible ditch, says a Confederate historian, the dead were piled eight or ten feet deep. In comparatively an instant of time we lost 700 men, in killed, wou
en. W. P. Sanders, of Kentucky, killed. Shelling and skirmishing barely served to break the monotony for ten weary days, when — having been reenforced by Sam Jones, and one or two other small commands from Virginia — Longstreet delivered an assault, Nov. 28-9. by a picked storming party of three brigades, on an unfinished but important work known as Fort Sanders, on our left. but was bloodily repelled by Gen. Ferrero, who held it — the loss of the assailants being some 800, including Col. McElroy, 13th Mississippi, and Col. Thomas, 16th Georgia, killed; while on our side the entire loss that night And now — Bragg having been defeated by Grant before Chattanooga, and a relieving force under Sherman being close at hand — Longstreet necessarily abandoned the siege, and moved rapidly eastward unassailed to Russellville, Virginia: our entire loss in the defense having been less than 1,000; while his must have been twice or thrice that number. Sherman's advance reached the city,
killed at Hartsville, 447. McDowell, Gen. Irvin, to command a corps in Army of the Potomac, 108; retained for defense of Washington, 180-1: position of, during McClellan's advance, 136; ordered to the Valley. to intercept Jackson, 136; his testimony relative to pursuit of Jackson, 137; in the Army of Virginia, 172; he marches on Gainesville, 181; retreats on Manassas Junction, 183; fights at Gainesville, 185; general order respecting Slavery, 237. McDowell, Va., battle at, 132-3. McElroy, Col., killed at Fort Sanders, 432. McIntosh, Gen., killed at Pea Ridge, 28; 30. McKean, Gen., at Corinth, 225. McKee, Col., killed at Stone River, 281. McLaws, Gen., at Malvern Hill. 165; at Harper's Ferry, 200; attacks Maryland Heights. 200; at Antietam, 207; at Chancellorsville, 363; at Gettysburg, 380 to 387; at Chickamauga, 422. McLean, Major, wounded at Manassas Gap, 393. McLean, Col., killed at Gaines's Mill, 157. McNairy, Col., killed at Fort Donelson, 283.
further mischief. Our entire loss during the night and day is within one hundred. The rebels removed their dead and wounded, and the occasion was improved to exchange the wounded of other occasions. Among ours, I note the gallant Major Byington, of the Second Michigan, who was wounded in the charge of his regiment upon the rebel works on Tuesday last. His wounds are severe, but not mortal. He speaks highly of the kindness of the rebel surgeons. Among the rebel officers killed was Colonel McElroy, of the Thirteenth Mississippi. His lieutenant, John O'Brian, a brother of Mrs. Parson Brownlow, is our prisoner. The rebels were posted on the fight between Grant and Bragg, and have two stories concerning it. As one of them agrees with ours, we believe that. As Longstreet has now tried the siege plan and the assault, and failed in both, we can conceive no further necessity for his longer residence in East-Tennessee, and if he be not gone to-morrow, we shall be unable to account for
t and destroyed. Oh! such destruction! I do not believe that you or any one would know the place. There is not a fence in Meridian. I have not one rail left. Some of the ladies about town have but one bed left, and but one or two quilts. Mrs. McElroy (her son is colonel in the rebel army) has not one thing left, except what she and her daughter ran out of the house with on their backs — just one dress. The soldiers told me, when I asked them the reason she was done so, that Mrs. McElroy aMrs. McElroy and daughter had insulted an officer and a private the day her house was burned down. Ragsdale, her son-in-law, brought her here, and asked me to take care of them. I went out in the passage and encountered the General, and told him what Ragsdale had asked of me. He said: If you do, your house will be burned in an hour, for I cannot prevent it. So I had to tell them that I could not take them. I could not write you of every thing, if I were to consume the whole day; but I can tell you that
several daring charges. The Sixteenth North Carolina, Colonel McElroy, and Twenty-second, Lieutenant-Colonel Gray, at one tiHoke, J. H. Lane, Cowan; Lieutenant-Colonels Folsom, Gray, McElroy, Simpson, H. H. Walker; Majors C. C. Cole, Vandegraff; Lieand Lieutenant-Colonel Fisher, Lieutenant-Colonel Luse, Major McElroy, and Captain Brooks, on whom the regimental commands des was the Sixteenth North Carolina, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel McElroy. Upon reaching Mechanicsville, I was ordered bye going farther, I must particularize a little. Lieutenant-Colonel McElroy, commanding Fifteenth, Lieutenant-Colonel Gray ants, leading it promptly and well to the front. Lieutenant-Colonels McElroy and Ray, the latter assisted by Major Cole, disp. The command in the Thirteenth regiment devolved upon Major McElroy; in the Seventeenth, on Lieutenant-Colonel Fizer; in th, Captain Company I, commanding Regiment. Report of Major McElroy. headquarters Thirteenth Mississippi regiment, Jul
he field, while nobly leading his regiment in the fight. Lieutenant-Colonel McElroy, of the Thirteenth regiment, although wounded, remained it twelve-pound guns, (Napoleon,) under Captain M. B. Miller, Lieutenants McElroy, and Hero, in reserve. About noon, on the twenty-ninth, t front of the town; the third company, Captain M. B. Miller, Lieutenants McElroy and Hero, with four twelve-pounder Napoleons, to the right ogain into position. Lieutenant Hero having been wounded, and Lieutenant McElroy having been left to watch the movements of the enemy on the re of the guns that had been ordered to this position, leaving Lieutenant McElroy to command his section; and he continued the fight until its n defence of the centre for several hours; to Lieutenants Hero and McElroy, Sergeants Ellis, Bier, (chief artificer,) and Dempsey, (artificerng in my duty, however, were I not to mention Lieutenants Hero and McElroy, and my non-commisioned officers, Sergeants McNeil, Handy, Collins
and suffered severely. General Pender was himself wounded. The Sixteenth North Carolina, Colonel McElroy, which had been thrown out as a support to Latimer's battery, became warmly engaged with a Twenty-second North Carolina, to dislodge them, which was handsomely done. The Sixteenth, Colonel McElroy, which had been thrown out as a support to Latimer's battery, became pretty hotly engaged wve them back, which he did, and held them in check long after his ammunition had given out. Colonel McElroy, with his regiment, the Sixteenth North Carolina, had been placed, early in the morning, neacross the fields, to within a short distance of their batteries. Owing to a great many of Colonel McElroy's men not having cartridge-boxes, they got out of ammunition; but, getting into the ditch aand Brown, first company; two twelve-pounder light Napoleon guns, under Captain Miller and Lieutenant McElroy, third company; and two twelve-pounder howitzers and two twelve-pounder light Napoleon gun
Being fired upon by one of the enemy, he rushed forward and killed him with his sword. Lieutenant Williamson, also recommended, as well as Lieutenant Smith, continued throughout the fight, after receiving a flesh wound through the thigh. Colonel McElroy and Lieutenant-Colonel Stowe, Sixteenth North Carolina, both behaved as finely as officers could, until they were both seriously wounded. And I cannot refrain from mentioning private Wiggins, of the same regiment, for his gallantry and endument,314766 151095 Twenty-second North Carolina regiment,228712211410164 Thirty-fourth North Carolina regiment,1173107 204144 Thirty-eighth North Carolina regiment,218770 11999 Grand total,81083653226645710 I should have stated that Colonel McElroy, with his regiment, the Sixteenth North Carolina, after getting within three quarters of a mile of the point where the battle opened Sunday morning, was directed to report to General Stuart, who took him to some point in rear of the enemy, w
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