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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 121.-skirmish near Mayfield, Kentucky. (search)
, with orders to bring back the prisoners at all hazards, even if they had to burn and destroy every thing combustible in the country. The residents generally treated the detachment with the greatest courtesy, as it passed through to the town of Murray, some twenty-two miles from Mayfield, and not far from Louisville. Once, however, some rebel sympathizers misdirected Lieutenant Murphy, and delayed him several hours. He was accompanied by companies A and B, from which the killed, wounded, andy, intent only upon rescuing their comrades, or taking bloody revenge upon the rebels. While upon this march, Lieutenant Murphy was the recipient of orders to report with companies A and B at Cairo, as quickly as possible. Upon his arrival at Murray, a consultation was held, and it was hurriedly debated whether it was his duty to obey orders or keep on until he found his missing men. It was finally decided to make one last and desperate effort, and in the event of its failure, to march to Ma
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
1. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 15-22, and duty there till March 2. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., March 2-6, and duty there till May 9. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., May 10-12. Near Island No.82. Mississippi River, May 11. At Milliken's Bend, La., guarding supplies till May 24. At Sherman's Landing till July 4. Moved to Paducah, Ky., July 20-27, and duty there till October 15. Consolidated to a Battalion of 4 Companies September 16. Expedition to Mayfield and Murray, Ky., October 15-20. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., October 20-29. Regiment consolidated with 29th Illinois Infantry November 15, 1863. Regiment lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 11 Officers and 282 Enlisted men by disease. Total 294. 132nd Illinois Regiment Infantry. Organized at Camp Fry, Chicago, Ill., and mustered in for 100 days June 1, 1864. Moved to Columbus, Ky., June 3. Attached to District of Columbus, Ky., 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, Dept. of the Ten
but changed its designation to the District of Cairo, and placed Paducah also within his jurisdiction. He kept Grant organizing and disciplining his troops for nearly two months, allowing no forward movement in all that time. But in the early part of January, 1862, in pursuance of orders from McClellan, then generalin-chief, Halleck sent directions to Grant, and the latter at once moved a force of six thousand men under McClernand, from Cairo and Bird's Point, towards Mayfield and Murray, in west Kentucky; he also sent C. F. Smith, with two brigades from Paducah, in the same direction, threatening Columbus and the rebel line between that place and Bowling Green. These movements were made in favor of certain operations of Buell in the Department of the Cumberland. The object, said Halleck, is to prevent reenforcements being sent to Buckner, who was then in command at or near Bowling Green. See Appendix for McClellan and Halleck's instructions for this movement, in full. They demo
aris, Teun. Gen. Van-Dorn passed through Nashville on yesterday, and presumed to be en route to Bowling Green. Nashville,Jan. 21.--Passengers by to-day's train report that Federals to the number of between ten and twelve thousand are at Murray, Cailoway county, Ky. about 22 miles from Paris, Tenn. and it is further reported that they intend to march to, or are already marching in the direction of Paris. There is nothing however definitely known of their movements or intentions. If tse of seizing the railroad there and burning the bridges, to prevent communication between Columbus and Bowling Green. Memphis,Jan. 21.--The latest intelligence received from Paris, Tenn., is to the effect that a large Federal force is at Murray, Ky., threatening Fort Henry and the Memphis and Ohio Railroad. Their object is to cut of communication between Memphis and Bowling Green. There was some excitement prevalling at Paris, (25 miles from Murray,) and several slaveholders have re
No appearance of Federal vessels at Paducah — the Yankee force in Murray — Early movements looked for. Nashville, January 23. --The Fort Henry correspondent of the Nashville Union and American says, that the Confederate steamer Dunbar went down the Tennessee river on Saturday last within twenty-five miles of Paducah, and reports that no Federal gun-boats were seen. Scouts from Fort Henry report the Federal force in Murray, Kentucky, to be between six and ten thousand infantry, two thousand cavalry, and thirteen pieces of artillery. The heavy rains on the 19th and 20th instant rendered the water courses and roads almost impassable, and greatly impeded their movements. The intelligence direct from Green river is, that the Federals intend making early forward movements, and they have commenced the erection of fortifications on the South bank of the river. The heavy freshet in the Green river had washed away Gen. Buell's pontoon bridges, and also damaged the wood
Tenn., have held meetings with a view to furnish the distressed and routed soldiers with clothing, beds, and blankets. Later — a small force of Yankees at Murray, Ky. The Bowling Green Courier, of the 22d says, that instead of ten or twelve thousand. Yankees occupying Murray, Calloway county, as reported, the number consMurray, Calloway county, as reported, the number consists only of 3,000 infantry and 500 cavalry. They are under command of Gen. Smith, from Paducah. His object doubtless is to destroy the railroad at Paris, Tenn., and thus break the communication between Memphis and Bowling Green, and capture or destroy the army stores there. Federal progress in North Tennessee--occupation ofs: Three gentlemen who arrived at Paris before the departure of the train for this city, brought information that the Federals had advanced in force to Murray, Kentucky, only twenty-five miles north of Paris. That they would continue their march to Paris, between which and Murray, we learn, there is no Confederate force su
th, the winter rains set in, and Gen. Grant's army found itself out off by the freshens, and Clark's river and Blood creek. Gen. Tilghman promptly caused the bridges at Blood creek to be destroyed, on the night of the 20th, when the enemy were at Murray, within sixteen miles. These obstructions caused the enemy to fall back towards Paducah, having destroyed part of their baggage train near Murray. In the meantime a brigade had advanced from Columbus, to threaten the enemy. Reinforcements, Murray. In the meantime a brigade had advanced from Columbus, to threaten the enemy. Reinforcements, to the number of 300 infantry and 400 cavalry, (new levies,) were sent by Gov. Harris from Nashville. A regiment of new troops were sent to the Tennessee River Bridge. Some heavy columbiads, &c., were sent to Forts Donelson and Henry, and rapidly mounted. From that time till the 8th of February Gen. Tilghman was everywhere at his post. All the defences were pushed with vigor, and repeated appeal, made for assistance. --Before the reinforcements intended for Gen. Tilghman had arrived, the