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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
and Sabine Pass opened.—S. Circulation of the Chicago Times suppressed.—10. Official denial that the blockade at Charleston had been raised.—11. Confederates attempt to assassinate General Banks on his way to the Opera-house in New Orleans.—12. National currency bill passes the Senate. the Jacob Bell, from China, with a cargo of tea worth $1,000,000, captured and burned by the Confederate cruiser Florida. —14. National cavalry defeated at Annandale, Va.—15. Confederates defeated at Arkadelphia, Ark.—16. Conscription bill passed the United States Senate.—20. National currency bill passed the United States House of Representatives.—23. United States Senate authorized the suspension of the privilege of Habeas corpus. —25. English-Confederate steamer Peterhoff captured by the Vanderbilt. National currency act approved by the President.—26. Cherokee national council repeal the ordinance of secession.—28. Confederate steamer Nashville destroyed by the Montauk i
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jenkinson's Ferry, battle of. (search)
Jenkinson's Ferry, battle of. In 1864, General Steele, at Little Rock, Ark., tried to co-operate with the Red River expedition, but was unable to do so effectually, for he was confronted by a heavy body of Confederates. He started southward, March 23, with 8,000 troops, cavalry and infantry. He was to be joined by General Thayer at Arkadelphia, with 5,000 men, but this was not then accomplished. Steele pushed on for the purpose of flanking Camden and drawing out Price from his fortifications there. Early in April Steele was joined by Thayer, and on the evening of the 15th they entered Camden as victors. Seriously menaced by gathering Confederates, Steele, who, by the retreat of Banks, had been released from duty elsewhere, moved towards Little Rock. He crossed the Washita on the night of April 26. At Jenkinson's Ferry, on the Sabine River, he was attacked by an overwhelming force, led by Gen. Kirby Smith in person. Steele's troops, though nearly famished, fought despera
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Little Rock, capture of (search)
on the State capital, in two columns, led by Generals Steele and Davidson, having been reinforced. Gen. Sterling Price was in chief command of the Confederates. At Bayou Fourche, on the south side of the river, Davidson was confronted by Marmaduke, and, after a sharp struggle for two hours, the Confederates fell back towards the city. At the same time Steele was moving in a parallel line on the north side of the river. When the Nationals reached Little Rock the Confederates had abandoned it, and on the evening of Sept. 10 the city and its military appurtenances were surrendered to Davidson by the civil authorities. The troops had fled to Arkadelphia, on the Washita River. When the National troops entered the city eight steamboats, fired by the retreating Confederates, were in flames. In his campaign of forty days Steele lost about 100 men, killed, wounded, and prisoners, and captured about 1,000 prisoners. The National loss by sickness was very heavy— not less than 2,000 me