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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
ouri. Every thing at that moment seemed to justify the prediction. Lyon, with the only considerable National force in the field, was surrounded with the greatest peril, as we have seen; every county in the Commonwealth was in a state of insurrection, anc every post held by the Unionists — even St. Louis itself — was menaced with real danger. To avert the perils threatening Bird's Point and Cairo, Fremont secretly and quickly prepared an expedition to strengthen the latter post; for General Prentiss, its commander, had not more than twelve hundred men in garrison there at the close of July. Mustering about thirty-eight hundred troops on board of eight steamers, Empress, War Eagle, Jennie Dean, Warsaw, Oity of Alton, Louisiana, Jeanuary, and Graham. General Fremont and Staff were on the City of Alton. The squadron was in charge of Captain B. Able. at St. Louis, on the night of the 30th of July, he left that city at noon the next day with the entire squadron, and making a most im
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
concentrated about twelve thousand men at Springfield, where he put his army in comfortable huts, with the intention of remaining all winter, and pushed his picket-guards fifteen or twenty miles northward. This demonstration caused Halleck to concentrate his troops at Lebanon, the capital of Laclede County, northeastward of Springfield, early in February, under the chief command of General (late Colonel) S. R. Curtis. These were composed of the troops of Generals Asboth, Sigel, Davis, and Prentiss. In the midst of storms and floods, over heavy roads and swollen streams, the combined forces moved on Springfield Feb. 11, 1862. in three columns, the right under General Davis, the center under General Sigel, and the left under Colonel (soon afterward General) Carr. On the same day they met some of Price's advance, and skirmishing ensued; and on the following day about three hundred Confederates attacked Curtis's picket-guards, but were repulsed. This feint of offering battle was ma
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 10: General Mitchel's invasion of Alabama.--the battles of Shiloh. (search)
utlying picket, while those of McClernand and Prentiss were the real line of battle, with General C. skillful foil, fell with crushing force upon Prentiss's division. This was composed of the Twelfederates threw nearly their whole weight upon Prentiss. Only his first brigade, under Colonel Peabofficient. Then the brigades of Williams B. M. Prentiss. and Lauman were ordered to his assistancleft, which was in danger of being cut off if Prentiss's hard-pressed troops should perish. McArthuut McArthur was soon compelled to fall back. Prentiss's second division was hurried up, but it was away at the front of Sherman, McClernand, and Prentiss, his advance was more than half a day's usualap yokes for the bearers. and surrounded, as Prentiss had been. They took position in a line with The Nationals had lost a division commander (Prentiss), a large number of field officers, and aboutent of final victory. A remark made by General Prentiss seems to have been the cause of Beauregar[11 more...]