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arms, which his men threw away to expedite their flight. The darkness was intense, and Burbridge admits a loss of 220 men only. He took refuge in Knoxville, leaving Breckinridge transiently master of the situation. Johnson's island, Lake Erie, near Sandusky, Ohio, having been made a prison-camp, where several thousands of captive Rebels were usually confined, plots were laid by certain of the Rebel agents and refugees in Canada to liberate them. To this end, the unarmed steamboat Philo Parsons, on her way Sept. 19. from Detroit to Sandusky, stopping at Malden, Canada, there took on board 20 passengers, sengers, who, at 6 P. M. proclaiming themselves Confederate soldiers, seized the boat, and with her captured the Island Queen ; soon scuttling the latter; then standing in for Sandusky, where they expected, in concert with secret allies in that city, to capture ture the U. S. gunboat Michigan ; but their signals were not answered, and they soon put off; running the boat on th
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ed a few days. The town overflowed with luxuries from every market, imported into Mexico by the French and exchanged for cotton. Brandy and champagne were the daily beverages of rough fellows who had never before drank anything better than corn whiskey. On the way to San Antonio, and after reaching that place, Shelby was joined by such gallant Confederates as Ex-Governor Polk, Generals Kirby Smith, Hindman, Magruder, Lyon, Clark, Prevost, Bee, Watkins, Price, Governors Reynolds and General Parsons, Commodore Maury, and a lot of colonels, congressmen and soldiers. Crossing the river the little army had many bloody encounters with Mexicans and Indians, coming out victorious in every fight. Shelby's messengers could get no satisfaction from Maxamilian, and at last the order came from Bazaine for the Confederates to report to him in the city of Mexico. The story of that adventurous march cannot be told in this brief article. It was one of the most heroic on record, full of
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n on the right of Savage, and enters the fight. A soldier falls here, and now there; the battle is on. The Sixteenth Tennessee makes a splendid movement, staggering at times under the furious fire of the Nineteenth Indiana battery and other artilleryists and their infantry supports, but again advances and scores the first victory in the Confederate line. It was a costly one, though—forty-one gave their lives and over thrice that number sealed their devotion to duty with their blood—and Parsons and Stone and Bush pour furiously their hurricane of shrapnel and shot in death-dealing blows upon the advancing men of Cheatham on the Federal left. Stewart is held for a brief space in reserve, then thrown in on the left of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Tennessee, and the Federal left is broken by the combined movement of the three brigades. Sheridan, of Gilbert's Corps, on the Federal center, was ordered forward across Doctor's creek, covering the Springfield pike, with Mitchell to his
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ernoon, and that attacks should be made on Camps Douglas, Chase, and Morton. In company with Beall, Cole boarded the Philo Parsons, which ran between Detroit and Sandusky. She stopped at the various places on the Canada side of the Detroit river. cut, the hatchets and revolvers which it contained distributed among the Confederates, and in a trice the crew of the Philo Parsons were prisoners below the hatches. The Stars and Stripes were hauled down, and the Stars and Bars floated from the fler Island Queen, bound for Cleveland, with 300 passengers, mostly unarmed soldiers, on their way to be mustered out. The Parsons quickly ran alongside, made fast, and captured her. The two vessels were then steered to Fighting Island, and the prisonds and accomplices made good their escape. Beall scuttled the Island Queen in sight of the Michigan, and running the Philo Parsons over the Canadian shore, sank her also. Beall was shortly after captured, and, despite the persistent efforts of his
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Berkeley 332; Dr. C. L. C., 129. Montague, Governor A. J., 360. Moorman, Major M. N., 110, 306, 372. Mosby's Command, 90. Mott, Dr., Valentine, 81. Mulford, General J. E., 84. Natchez Miss., War times in, 135. Negro, The, Problem, 337. Newbern, Federal fleet at, 205. Nicholls, General F. T., 284. Nightingale, Florence, 228. North, Inconsistency of the, 82. O'Ferrall. Hon. C. T., 260. Ould, Hon., Robert, 84. Palmer, colonel, Wm. H., 112. Parker. Theodore, 25. Parsons, Capture of the Philo, 261. Passy, Frederick 227. Patteson, Captain, Camm, 154. Payne, General, Wm. H.. 144. Pegram, General, John, 105. Pelham. Charles Thomas, 345 Major John, Lines to by J. R. Randall, Sketch of his career, 338. Pelham and Breathed's Battery, Roll of, 348. Pender, General W. D. 112. Pendleton, Major A. S., killed, 372. Perryville, Battle of, 238 Peters, Colonel W. E., 218, his noble conduct at Chambersburg, Pa., 266; Winfield, 116. Phi Beta Kapp
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much excitement in the North, and the Federals made extra effort to capture him, which occurred. He was put in close confinement with Lieutenant B. G. Burley and 20 men, all manacled with heavy irons. Captain Beall sent a note to Secretary Mallory, stating his case, and the Secretary of the Confederate Navy forthwith placed the same number of General B. F. Butler's soldiers in close confinement. It had the desired effect, and General Butler soon granted an exchange. Capture of the Philo Parsons and Island Queen. Captain Beall yearned to release the Confederate prisoners on Johnson's Island. September, 19, 1864, he and several Confederates boarded the Philo Parsons at Sandwich, Mich. When the vessel arrived at Amhertsburgh, sixteen men boarded her, with one trunk, containing arms. Very soon Captain Beall exclaimed: I take possession of the boat in the name of the Confederate States. Resist at your peril! Quite a commotion prevailed, but when Captain Beall explained matter