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Victory at Suffolk. The following official dispatch from Gen. Pickett, giving an account of a very handsome affair at Suffolk, Wednesday, by Gen Ransom, was received at the War Department yesterday: Petersburg, March 10. To Gen. Cooper, A. & I. G.: The following dispatch has been received at these headquarters. G. E. Pickett, Maj. Gen. Suffolk, Va, March 9th,via Weldon, March 10th. The enemy occupied Suffolk in force on Sunday. We attacked them to-day, and after a short struggle drove them in a rout out of the town, killing a number and capturing one piece of artillery, and a large quantity of quartermaster and commissary stores. The enemy are flying to Portsmouth, burning the bridges and leaving everything behind them. We pursued them beyond Bernard's Mill. M. W. Ransom, Brig. Gen.
newed attack of the enemy with Emory's and Smith's troops. He not only gallantly maintained his own ground, but forced the enemy, which was 20,000 strong, under Kirby Smith, to retire hastily and in great disorder. We captured several pieces of artillery and a large quantity of small arms, three battle flags, and five or six hundred prisoners, including three Lieutenant Colone's and thirty line officers. Our entire loss is three thousand, that of the enemy much greater. Gen Ransom, commanding the 13th army corps, was wounded, but is rapidly recovering. Col Benedict, of the 162d New York, was killed. Gen Banks will advance again shortly. The rebel Gen Mouton was killed. Gen Banks will advance again shortly. (Signed)James. S. Bredin, Col. U. S. A, of Gen. Emory's staff. Affairs in the Southwest. The Memphis Bulletin, of the 13th, says a dispatch from Washington to Missouri calls for troops to be sent to the frontier as soon as possible.
The Daily Dispatch: May 2, 1864., [Electronic resource], History of the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina. (search)
ering for position, our infantry did nothing. Toward evening, however, it became evident that something was on foot; and Ransom's brigade, with the 8th N C, was drawn up in the woods facing the works on the Washington, Lee's Mill and Bath roads. A he had fought gallantly at Warren Neck.--Hoke's men had taken Fort Wessell with three guns and sixty prisoners. It was now Ransom's turn. The Columbia road, which enters the town at its eastern extremity, running parallel with the river and near it, crosses Conabay creek about a mile from town To this point Ransom's brigade, the 8th North Carolina and Pegram's battery marched late in the evening of the 19th behind a screen of woods, which hid the movement from the enemy, and reached the creek skirmishers was thrown out before the brigade under command of Capt Durham, Q M, 29th N C T, but acting temporarily on Gen Ransom's staff. The assault. At just 3½ in the morning of the 20th our line began to move forward, slowly at first, d
ssed forward, and finally met the rebels in strong force under Kirby Smith, Dick Taylor, Mouton, Greene, and Price, with from eighteen to twenty two thousand men. There was brisk skirmishing, and final the rebels came on in force, Gens. Banks and Ransom being upon the field. Franklin was sent for, but before he came up the rebel successes had been great. They made desperate charges in mass, and were desperately resisted The losses on both sides were frightful. Finally, after Franklin had come up, the Federal force was driven back three and a half miles, but the enemy were checked with fearful slaughter by two brigades under Gen. Emory.--Night put an end to the contest. The Federals were under Banks, Ransom, Stone, and Lee.--Many guns were lost On the rebel side it is known that General Mouton was killed. The third day's battle a Union victory. By falling back Gen. Banks had effected a junction with Gen A J Smith, and arrangements were made to receive the enemy with effect.
ch was taken up, and, preceded by the Armory Band, they were conducted to their respective quarters, the officers being taken to No. 4 Hospital, on 10th street, and the privates and noncommissioned officers proceeding to Chimborazo. The following is a list of the officers who were sent to the hospital. The balance of those who came up by flag of truce have taken quarters at the different hotels and the private residences of friends in the city: Lt Col J J Jolly, 43d Ala; Major L M Ransom, 1st Ark; Adjt J P Gaston, 64th N C; Adjt J S Williamson, 14th Ala. Captains — F A Bond, co A, 1st Md cav; J G Thomasson, E, 52d Tenn; R G Howard, I, 21st S C; R Bingham, G, 44th N C; J A Himrant, C, 12th S C; M J Taylor, C, 13th Ala; T H Francis, A, 4th Tenn; J R Coley, H, 10th Ga; E D Oliver, I, 18th Va; W A Blankinship, F, 25th Va. Lieutenants — M E McKewen, co B, 1st Md cav; T R Bean, F, 24th Texas cav; J K McBride, C, 9th Ala; W J Byrd, C, 16th N C; T H Griffin, C, 18th Miss;
The Daily Dispatch: May 7, 1864., [Electronic resource], Change in the Department command of Richmond. (search)
reported for duty, pursuant to Special Orders, 105, A & I G O, current series, is hereby assigned to the command of the Post of Richmond, and will conduct the Military Police of the City and Department until further orders. By command of Major General Ransom. [Signed,]T O Chestney, A A Gen'l. Headq'rs Department of Richmond, May 6th, 1864. General Orders, no. 29-- I. Major J W Pegram, A A General, is hereby announced on the Staff of the Department of Richmond. II. The Departmeng been consolidate by Special Order 105, A and I C O, current series, all the military business heretofore transacted at the headquarters of the Department, exclusive of the military police of the department and matters immediately pertaining to the post of Richmond, will be attended to in future at these headquarters, and communications relating thereto will be addressed to Major J W Pegram, A A General, at these headquarters. By command of Major Gen Ransom. (Signed)T O Chestney, A A G.