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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 3.27 (search)
supporting the artillery for a time, General Bragg ordered the Fourth Kentucky and a small part of the Thirty-first Alabama to the right and front to intercept the enemy, who were advancing in force, promising us the support of a brigade or two from some other part of the line. We moved as directed, and found the Federals had stopped behind bags of corn, watching us move on to our position. We marched toward them a short distance, when we lay down and commenced firing. We were fighting Bull Nelson's division, and we numbered about 250 men all told. I think the troops set apart for our support tried to reach us, but it was suicidal to attempt an advance in the face of such a deadly storm of bullets. This unequal contest was carried on for about twenty minutes, when we fell back, leaving a larger number of us lying dead and dying in the line than we retreated with. We retired from the field about sundown, weary and sick at heart. If the life of General Albert Sidney Johnston
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Kirby Smith's campaign in Kentucky in 1862. (search)
distinguished courage and judgment with which he led them in action. urgent remonstrances checked his pace, and the brave Nelson, of Columbus, who commanded a cavalry company of eighty young gentlemen of the best families of Georgia, which composed the escort, came up and begged to be let go. The much longed for permission was given, and Nelson and his splendid fellows dashed forward in gallant style into the very midst of the melee, and captured three hundred prisoners. The Federals were againpment. Much to our surprise they cheered vociferously. This, we afterwards learned, was caused by the arrival of Major-General Nelson. Brigadier-General Manson had commanded in the combats of Mount Zion's Church and Wheat's farm. A three-inch Parrrrendered in crowds, and of the few who escaped not one in ten carried his musket with him. Manson was captured here, and Nelson barely escaped capture by concealing himself in a field of growing corn. In Richmond a half dozen political prisoners
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 72 (search)
t visible line drawn for their observation and exultation. General E. Kirby Smith in the meantime moved from Knoxville, flanked the Federal General G. W. Morgan, who was in the occupancy of Cumberland Gap, got into the enemy's rear, whipped Bull Nelson at Richmond, Ky., capturing many prisoners and a superabundance of supplies, clothing, and camp equipage, and succeeded in reaching and occupying Lexington, establishing an outpost at Covington, on the Ohio river, just opposite Cincinnati. tercept Crittenden's corps, came up, at the intersection of two roads, with the advance guard of General E. Kirby Smith's army hastening to General Bragg's support, and they being all dressed in new Federal suits, the spoils at Richmond, where Bull Nelson had the discretion, under the cloak of big-hearted generosity, to supply the much needed requisitions of the haughty Confederate (this was about twelve miles north of Harrodsburg, near the Louisville turnpike), Major W. C. Richards's (who had
ing: The scene in the "Narrows" during the fight represent as having been awful. The ed men filled the road in heaps, and the wounded screamed terrifically. The enemy was repulsed and fairly driven back twice only when the flanking movement was attempted that Capt. May withdrew his command. The blood of the killed and surrounded ran in streams into the river, and in the panic and fright many of the Hessians there crowded on the perpendicular bank and fell into the water. Gen. Bull Nelson intended to surround and Col. Williams, as he dispatched he had but his plans missed. He divided his force into two columns, one of which was to match on Pineton by way of the Sandy, and by up John's Creek. The fight took place at G y Bridge over Ivy Creek. Capt. May had with him, all told, only 260 men who were taken from the several com es of Col. Williams command. The force of the Hessians, it was supposed amounted to with one battery of artillery. Messrs. Richards
ts result was immediate marching orders — time, double-quick. Their forced march through brake and briar, over hill and dale, day and night, sunshine and rain, is represented as almost beyond endurance. Numbers fell by the wayside, sick, exhausted, and dying. Baggage, arms, munitions of war, food, was left behind at various points, in their hurried flight.--They took time neither to eat nor sleep.--After two days of intolerable marching they succeeded in reaching a place of safety. Gen. Nelson, it is said, has withdrawn his entire brigade as unfit for active service. In some of its regiments more than three hundred men are reported on the sick list Truly, if the boastful legions of the Kentucky Falstaff quail thus early in the war, and fly before an enemy is in sight, what would they do if a few shining bayonets were to appear in actual pursuit? The people of St. Louis for the South--Germans . A gentleman connected with the famous New Orleans Washington Artillery, wh
and fifth shots fell short, and probably did no damage, as she was now too far off. Things in Northern Kentucky--heavy reinforcements of the Yankees. The Louisville Courier, of the 26th November, contains the following: Movements at Louisville and elsewhere unmistakably indicate a speedy advance move of the Yankees in overwhelming numbers. For some ten days past two or three regiments have arrived at Louisville daily and been sent forward towards Bowling Green. Gen. Bull Nelson's command has been withdrawn from Prestonsburg to the mouth of Sandy, whence it was taken to Louisville by steamboats. The Wildcat and Camp Dick Robinson troops seem to be concentrating about Danville and Crab Orchard. Arrest of a Lincoln recruiting officer. The Bowling Green, Kentucky, special correspondent of the Memphis Argus, writing under date of November 23, says: A man named Bartow made his appearance at the office of the Provost Marshal yesterday for the purpose
Gen. Bull Nelson. --The following "order" of Gen. Bull Nelson is a genuine Yankee-Mexican document: Headquarters Camp Hopeless Chase, Piketon, Ky.,Nov. 10, 1861. Soldiers: I thank you for what you have done. In a campaign of twenty days you have driven the rebels from Eastern Kentucky, and given repose to that portion of the State. You have made continued forced marches over wretched roads; deep in mud, badly clad, you have bivouacked on the wet ground, in the November rainGen. Bull Nelson is a genuine Yankee-Mexican document: Headquarters Camp Hopeless Chase, Piketon, Ky.,Nov. 10, 1861. Soldiers: I thank you for what you have done. In a campaign of twenty days you have driven the rebels from Eastern Kentucky, and given repose to that portion of the State. You have made continued forced marches over wretched roads; deep in mud, badly clad, you have bivouacked on the wet ground, in the November rains, without a murmur.--With scarce half rations, you have pressed forward with unfailing perseverance. The only place that the enemy made a stand, though ambushed and very strong, you drove him from it in the most brilliant style. For your constancy and courage I thank you, and, with the qualities which you have shown you possess, I expect great things from you in the future. W. Nelson.
of the Kentucky Federal Brigadiers, date in command at Columbia and Greensburg has re gad on account of the President's emancipation policy. Speech of Gen. Bull Nelson to this Brigade, 1862">November The Frankfort correspondent of the Louisville Courier says the following is a verbatins literatim copy of Gen. Nelson's Gen. Nelson's address, delivered to his lers on leaving that place. If was copied from a fly-leaf on which the talentedGeneral had written it: Men and Fellow-Soldiers! I am about to take my final lave of you But Before parting I shall endever to return you my sincere thanks for the promptness with which you have discharged your duty as sot the necessary Clothing for this season of the year you have Been successful driving the enemy from Kentucky and again restoring her to law and order. Brig general Nelson. U. S. A. Later from New Madrid, Mo.--Jeff. Thompson at work. The Memphis Avalanches, of the 31st ult, has the following information from New M
Gen. Bull Nelson is the officer sent by the Yankees to take military command of Nashville. He is a self-conceited, vain, pompous, bad fellow, and will rule the people with an iron hand. Gen. Washington Barrow, of Nashville, a member of the Tennessee Legislature, and a prominent leader in the Southern cause, was arrested by the Yankees at his residence, in Edgefield, immediately after their arrival there. Eight companies of the North Carolina "Bethel" regiment, which disbanded at the expiration of its term of service, are again in the field. That's the way to do it. Gov. Brown, of Georgia, has come out in a long letter against the planting of the usual amount of land with cotton this year, and in favor of making a large provision crop. Hon. Robert Toombs, in his letter declining an election to the position of Senator, says he has determined that he can now better serve his State and country in the army than in the Senate. In Pickens and Anderson Distric
Barbarities. --While the members of Lincoln's Congress are laboring to excite the horror of the civilized world by the investigation of imaginary barbarities practiced upon their dead at Manassas, we have it in our power to late a dead more atrocious than any that has ever before come under our observation, period, used by one of Bull Nelson's soldiers at the fight at Piketon, Ky. This fiend carried to Catiattburg, after the fight, for exhibition, the gory head of a former friend, whom he had found wounded, and, demanding a surrender, was answered by a pistol shot from the hand of the dying man, which so enraged him that, after killing his brave opponent, he cut off his head. Having exhibited the trophy until it became offensive, he boiled off the fresh and preserved the skull. This statement is vouched for by territer in the Wilmington Journal, who was at the time under arrest in Catlettsburg on suspicion of sympathy with the South, and received it from his guards. If history
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