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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Van Dorn's operations in Northern Mississippi--recollections of a Cavalryman. (search)
nd store-houses. of the North. It was a terrible disaster to General Grant; and as censure had to rest on some one, Colonel Murphy, the commander of the post, was selected as the scapegoat. Incompetency, negligence, and all sorts of charges were bd and by-path in the country, it may readily be supposed that he did not have to rely on citizens for information. Colonel Murphy's cavalry had been active and vigilant. There was no hostile force near the town at dark on the evening of the 19th.fied with the condition of affairs at the post. Holly Springs was connected with army headquarters by telegraph, and Colonel Murphy might very properly have supposed that if any considerable portion of the enemy's cavalry were withdrawn from Generaln the suspicious direction taken by.Van Dorn, that some intimation of the fact would reach him. The truth is, that if Colonel Murphy was censurable at all, it was for sharing in the feeling which seemed to pervade the whole army from General Grant do
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The naval fight in Mobile bay, August 5th, 1864--official report of Admiral Buchanan. (search)
ght gallantly, and I was gratified to hear from officers of the enemy's fleet that their fire was very destructive. The Gaines was fought until she was found to be in a sinking condition, when she was run on shore near Fort Morgan. Lieutenant-Commandant Murphy was closely engaged with the Metacomet, assisted by the Morgan, Commander G. W. Harrison, who during the conflict deserted him, when, upon the approach of another large steamer, the Selma surrendered. I refer you to the report of LieuLieutenant-Commandant Murphy, for particulars of his action. He lost two promising young officers--Lieutenant Comstock and Master's-mate Murray--and a number of his men were killed and wounded, and he was also wounded severely in the wrist. Commander Harrison will no doubt report to the Department his reasons for leaving the Selma in that contest with the enemy, as the Morgan was uninjured; his conduct is severely commented on by the officers of the enemy's fleet, much to the injury of that office