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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 20 0 Browse Search
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Thursday evening (September 5) of last week, the gunboats Tyler and Conestoga received orders to convoy a large body of troops to Paducah. The Ninth Illinois regiment, formerly commanded by General Paine, and now under command of the gallant Major Phillips, and the Twelfth Illinois regiment, under command of Colonel John McArthur, with four pieces of Smith's Chicago Artillery, under command of Lieutenant Charley Willard, embarked on the steamers G. W. Graham and W. H. B., and left this port at and a large number of the most violent secession letters to rebels in the South were found. A large detachment of five companies of infantry and a battery of Smith's Light Artillery--the gallant Lieut. Charles Willard commanding, all under Major Phillips, were detached and marched rapidly down the railroad about seven miles. No enemy was discovered; but, as Pillow was reported in large force advancing, a large bridge and trestle work were burned in order to prevent his taking us by surprise.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 33. capture of Lexington, Missouri. (search)
rked by them splendidly. The cavalry company had only their side-arms and pistols, and having no carbines or rifles, could do nothing at long range. Several mines were laid in front of the intrenchments by our men. The attack on Thursday the 12th, was led by Gen. Rains in person, with a battery of nine pieces of artillery on the angle least prepared to resist assault. The enemy were repulsed with heavy loss. In the fight Companies I, Capt. Fitzgerald, K, Capt. John Quirk, and G, Capt. Phillips, did gallant service. As stated, the hospital had been located on the bank below the new town, and contained about twenty-four patients. The attacking party did not spare or respect this building. They were met by the Montgomery Guards, Capt. Gleeson, who made a brave resistance, but were driven back with the loss of twenty-five of their men killed and wounded. Capt. Gleeson was shot through the jaw and badly wounded. The gallant Montgomery made many of the Texans bite the dust.
miles distant from Paducah, with three companies of the Illinois regiment, under command of Major Phillips, and conjointly they have had a handsome and successful skirmish, in which the rebels broke , knives, &c. Lieut. Corn. Phelps, and the officers and crew of the Conestoga, as well as Major Phillips and his men, are deserving of the highest credit for their bearing in this expedition. I air: On board Steamer Lake Erie No. 2. Eddyville, Ky., Oct. 26, 1861. Last evening, Major Phillips, with three hundred of the Ninth Illinois regiment, started on an expedition from Paducah. mpment of rebels. The brave boys marched the whole distance in the night, without a murmur--Major Phillips, ever active and watchful, giving his orders with promptness and decision, which the soldierfriends, but quickly perceiving their mistake, formed across the road and commenced firing. Major Phillips ordered a charge, which the boys executed at a double-quick, but the enemy broke and fled in
apts. McCook and Dresser, had their horses shot from under them; Capt. Challenor, of the Twenty-second. regiment, Company K, and seven of his men, were killed instantly. I can only learn the names of five at present, as the official reports are not made: P. Fogan, Thomas Bowles, H. Stroul, John McCauley, and P. Welch, and eighteen missing, including Capt. Challenor, Col. Henry Dougherty, badly wounded and missing. Capt. Abbott, Company C, and Lieut. Fraleck, supposed to be killed; Benedict Phillips, Sergeant Welch, Joseph Adams and Martin Hartnor, wounded. There are at least seventy-five wounded now in the hospital, and one, named Zimmerman, died this morning on the boat. Major McClurken, of the Thirtieth, was badly wounded and fell from his horse while gallantly encouraging his men, and is missing. Capt. Markle, of Company B, Thirtieth regiment, was instantly killed while receiving an order from Col. Fouke, his last words being, Colonel, I am killed, and died instantly, bei
d run, some so frightened that they threw away their knapsacks and all they had, but gun and knife to defend themselves with. It required great effort upon the part of the officers, who were somewhat cool, to prevent a perfect rout. The enemy seemed to have the advantage, and pursued faster than our men could retreat, and came upon them even with the cannon, and fired six shot upon the rear of the brigade. The road was so bad and muddy, that the brigade could not march more than eight miles a day. There had been so much rain and wagoning along the road that it was a perfect mire, about half a leg deep, and all had to wade right through it. After this day the brigade continued its retreat on toward Pack's Ferry, but with a great deal of toil and difficulty, and finally encamped here on the 24th of November. This encampment is near Peterstown, in the south edge of Monroe County, and it is expected that the brigade will winter near here. W. L. B. Dalton Guard, Phillips' Legion.