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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The treatment of prisoners during the war between the States. (search)
(second Kentucky cavalry), a terrific yell was given. This so incensed the Yankees that a certain valiant Captain, Gaffeny by name, marched his company, some eighty strong, up to our barracks; had the regiment formed and went up and down the line kicking the men, and swearing that his company, about eighty strong, could whip the whole camp of about five thousand. About this time Colonel Deland was ordered to the front. He was succeeded by Colonel B. J. Sweet as commandant of camp, Colonel Skinner as commissary of prisoners, and a fiend named Captain Webb Sponable as inspector of prisoners. From this time forward the darkest leaf in the legends of all tyranny could not possibly contain a greater number of punishments. Our whole camp was rearranged; the parapet guard were ordered not to fire unless some one tried to escape; a police guard was placed in the prison to do all the devilment which the infernally fertile mind of Captain Sponable could invent; starvation was carrie
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 8: battles around Richmond. (search)
creek. The musketry fire was now terrific, and reverberated along the valley of the creek awfully. General Ewell soon returned in a great hurry and directed me to move as rapidly as possible. As soon as the head of the brigade, led by Lieut. Colonel Skinner of the 52nd Virginia Regiment, emerged into the open ground, General Ewell turned to him and directed him to go directly across the flat in the direction he pointed, cross the creek, and then turn to the left through the woods into the rof the woods in such manner as to cause me to mistake them for the head of my brigade, I rode back to find if it was crossing the flat. I saw nothing of it then, and the fact was, as afterwards ascertained, that, after crossing the creek, Colonel Skinner had turned to the left too far, and moved towards the battlefield in a different direction than that indicated. His regiment had been followed by three others, the 13th, 44th, and 58th Virginia Regiments, but the 12th Georgia and 25th and
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Index. (search)
nandoah, 10, 74, 136-37, 160, 164- 165, 237, 239, 240, 284, 295, 332, 343, 366-369, 371, 396, 407, 414, 439, 455, 476 Shepherdstown, 139, 162, 253-54, 284, 408-09-10 Sheridan, General (U. S. A.), 40, 371, 379, 406-411, 414, 419, 427, 430, 433, 437, 441, 452-53, 456, 459, 461, 465-66, 475 Sherman, General (U. S. A.), 40, 393 Shields, General (U. S. A.), 241, 399, 475 Shippensburg, 263, 270 Sigel, General (U. S. A.), 102-03, 112, 158, 369, 370, 383-84, 393-94, 396, 399 Silver Spring, 389, 395 Skinner, Lieutenant Colonel, 80 Slaughter's Mountain, 93, 94, 96, 97, 101 Sloan's Regiment, 31 Smith, Captain, 20 Smith, Colonel Geo. H., 49, 386, 389 Smith, Colonel W. D., 50, 193, 333, 423 Smith, Colonel Wm., 32, 106, 120, 125-26-27, 142, 147, 153 Smith, General E. K., 33, 36, 38, 51, 52, 157, 468 Smith, General G. W., 51, 56, 58, 63 Smith, General, Wm., 186, 188, 191, 206, 221-22, 224-228, 230, 232- 234, 239, 242-43, 247-48-49, 253, 259, 267-272, 273, 275 Smith, Governor of Virginia, 30
d could not be seen by the men, though the distance was only about twenty yards. Colonel Farrar seeing that the object of the enemy's attack was the destroying of the pontoon trains, ordered a charge at once, and with cheers his men rushed to the guard, where a lively skirmish for about fifteen minutes took place, and he succeeded in driving the enemy back. The Unionists lost two men killed and four wounded. The enemy lost six killed, eleven wounded, and two prisoners, among whom was a Lieutenant Skinner, of the Twenty-sixth Tennessee cavalry, who stated that the strength of his regiment was two hundred and fifty, and that Brigadier-General Majors, with a body-guard of thirty men from a Louisiana cavalry regiment, was near, but did not take part in the charge; that his regiment had crossed Black River near Trinity City, La., on the evening of the thirteenth, to charge on Vidalia for the purpose of burning down the pontoon train; that besides his regiment there were two Texas cavalry r
nd the following may therefore be taken as a very close approximation of the actual casualties in my brigade. Those reported missing are supposed to be killed or taken prisoners:  Killed.Wounded.Missing.Total. Second Regt. Conn. Vols25916 First Regt. Conn. Vols--8917 Third Regt. Conn. Vols4131835 Second Regt. Maine Vols1540115170 Prisoners killed and wounded of Second Maine Regt.------4      Total,   242 In addition to the above reported loss of the Second Maine regiment, Lieut. Skinner, Surgeon Allen and his son, while assisting the wounded, were taken prisoners. The aggregate loss of this gallant regiment was therefore 174 out of 640, which was the complete strength on going into action. It was impossible to obtain exact returns of my brigade on the morning of the 21st, but I am certain its aggregate strength was about 2,500 men. We captured fifteen of the enemy and brought six prisoners to Washington. In concluding the account of the battle, I am happy to be able
gment; and at the proper moment he displayed capacity for command and personal gallantry. Col. Moore, commanding the 1st Virginia volunteers, was severely wounded at the head of his regiment, the command of which subsequently devolved upon Major Skinner, Lieut.-Col. Fry having been obliged to leave the field in consequence of a sun-stroke. An accomplished, promising officer, Major Carter H. Herrison, 11th regiment Virginia volunteers, was lost to the service while leading two companies ofdes alacrity, ardor and intelligence, mentions his special obligations to Cols. Moore, Garland, and Corse, commanding, severally, regiments of his brigade, and to their field-officers, Lieut.-Cols. Fry, Funsten, and Munford, and Majors Brent and Skinner, of whom he says: they displayed more coolness and energy than is usual among veterans of the old service. General Longstreet also mentions the conduct of Captain Marey, of the 17th Virginia volunteers, as especially gallant on one occasion, in
river entrance. Here is the list: AmazonCapt. SwiftNew Bedford. AmericaCapt. ChaseNew Bedford. AmericanCapt. BeardNew Bedford. ArcherCapt. WorthNew Bedford. CourierCapt. BraytonNew Bedford. FortuneCapt. RiceNew London. HeraldCapt. GiffordNew Bedford. KensingtonCapt. TiltonNew Bedford. LeonidasCapt. HowlandNew Bedford. Maria TheresaCapt. BaileyNew Bedford. PotomacCapt. BrownNew Bedford. Rebecca SimmsCapt. WillisNew Bedford. L. C. RichmondCapt. MaloyNew Bedford. Robin HoodCapt. SkinnerNew London. TenedosCapt. SissonNew London. William LeeCapt. LakeNew Bedford. They range from two hundred and seventy-five to five hundred tons, are all old whalers, heavily loaded with large blocks of granite, and cost the Government from two thousand five hundred dollars to five thousand dollars each. Some of them were once famous ships; the Archer, for instance, the Kensington, the Rebecca Simms, and the Robin Hood, once owned by Girard. The Tenedos is one of the oldest, if I m
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 121.-skirmish near Mayfield, Kentucky. (search)
re they had surrendered, ordered them to stack their arms, and concluding with the satisfactory threat that he was going to hang at least two of them on the spot. Young Tiffin, the lad mentioned as firing after he saw something to fire at, thinking this was a hint for him, said he couldn't see it, dropped his rifle to range, fired, killed the officer, and then made some tall walking into the timber, and escaped, although fired upon by the rebels several times. This example was followed by Skinner, of company B, another lad of only fifteen; he also bringing down his man, (it being proverbial with the Fifty-eighth that they leave but little for the rebel surgeons to do, when they get a chance to shoot,) and making good his escape to tall timbers. With the retreat of the two above, three others of the Fifty-eighth joined in; the entire five succeeding, as by a miracle, in reaching the Union lines that night in safety. It may be remarked of Tiffin that, before shooting the rebel off
. To my personal staff, I return my warmest thanks for their cheerful and ready assistance at all times. Major Helm, Acting Brigade-Surgeon, (now Division-Surgeon,) was faithful to sick and wounded, attending to his duties under the enemy's fire. Lieutenant Spear, A. A.C. S., acted as aid-de-camp, and carried my orders while the battle raged hardest. Captain Cornevin, A. A.D. C., Lieutenant Dawson, A. A.D. C., Lieutenant Swing, A. A.D. C., Lieutenant Cowan, Provost-Marshal, and Lieutenant Skinner, Acting Assistant Inspector-General, were always faithful and efficient. Lieutenant Cockley, A. A.D. C., deserves especial mention. At Waynesboro he thrice requested to go with his regiment, the Tenth Ohio volunteer cavalry, in its charge, and when permission was granted, dashed forward and fought bravely at its head. To Captain Smith, my Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, courteous, attentive, intelligent, cool, and brave under fire, I am greatly indebted for the harmonious working
operations of my brigade in the battle of the ninth instant near Port Republic. On arriving on the field of battle, the Fifty-second regiment, under Lieutenant-Colonel Skinner, was ordered to take position on the left flank, in order to support General Winder's brigade, then engaged with the enemy. The Forty-fourth and Fifty-ward the rear. The Fifty-second did not accompany these movements, but remained in the woods, drawn up in line of battle, where the brigade was first formed, Colonel Skinner, the commander, informing me that he heard no orders to move. In this action the Fifty-eighth lost eleven killed, and thirty-nine wounded, and three missin and thence up the fence toward the place from which the firing emanated, and was hottest. The Fifty-second did not follow these movements, as the commander, Colonel Skinner, says he heard no orders, but remained drawn up in the woods. Ultimately, you gave the command charge, to the First Maryland and Forty-fourth, which they did
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