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cruiting his nearly worn <*>ut horses for twenty-four hours, moved his command forward toward Blountsville, on the evening of the thirteenth. A reconnoitring party of the Seventh Ohio volunteer cavalinstantly expired. Early on the morning of the fourteenth, the ball opened four miles from Blountsville, and the firing continued all day, the rebels making stands on all the hills, but they were driven from their positions and retreated through Blountsville at dark, toward Zollicoffer, on the East-Tennessee and Virginia railroad. Night coming on, we encamped near Blountsville for the night. Blountsville for the night. The rebels becoming alarmed, evacuated their stronghold, Zollicoffer, during the night, and retreated toward Saltville, evidently thinking we were making for the Salt Works at that place. Our troops large amount of salt, sugar, etc. The rebels had thrown down the fences in the vicinity of Blountsville, and thrown up breastworks, and boasted that they intended to give the Yanks a good thrashing
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
d turning abruptly southward, Dec. 30. he made his way into Tennessee by way of Springfield and Campbellsville. A counter-raid was made at about this time, by a National force under Brigadier-General S. P. Carter, the object being the destruction of important railway bridges on the East Tennessee and Virginia railway, which connected Bragg's army with the Confederate forces in Virginia. Carter started from Winchester, in Kentucky, on the 20th of December, and crossed the mountains to Blountsville, in East Tennessee, where he captured one hundred and fifty North Carolinians, under Major McDowell, with seven hundred small arms, and a considerable amount of stores. He destroyed the great bridge, seven hundred and twenty feet long, that spanned the Holston there. He then pushed on toward Jonesboroa, and destroyed a railway bridge over the Watauga, at Clinch's Station, where, in a skirmish, he captured seventy-five men. He menaced Bristol, but went no farther east at that time. Then
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 15: Sherman's March to the sea.--Thomas's campaign in Middle Tennessee.--events in East Tennessee. (search)
is own request, at Tupelo, in Mississippi. It was during the active campaign in Middle Tennessee, just considered, that the stirring events in which Generals Gillem and Breckinridge were chief actors, occurred, as recorded on page 287. General Stoneman then took command in that region, and concentrated the forces of Gillem and Burbridge at Bean's Station. Thence he moved toward Bristol, Dec. 12, 1864. when his advance struck a force under Basil Duke, one of Morgan's officers, opposite Kingsport, dispersed them, captured their train, and took eighty-four of them prisoners. Burbridge pushed on to Bristol and Abingdon, capturing both places, with nearly three hundred prisoners, and destroying five loaded railway trains, and large quantities of stores and munitions of war. At Abingdon, Gillem joined Burbridge, Dec. 15. when Stoneman menaced the important salt-works at Saltville, in that vicinity. By this rapid advance into Virginia, Vaughan, in command of the Confederate frontie
aided up to Bards own, where he turned Dec. 30. abruptly southward, being threatened by a far superior force; retreating into Tennessee by Spring-field and Campbellsville; having inflicted considerable damage and incurred very little loss. But his raid was fully countered by one led Dec. 20. about the same time by Brig.-Gen. H. Carter (formerly Col. 2d Tennessee) from Winchester, Ky., across the Cumberland, Powell's, and Clinch mountains, through a corner of Lee county, Va., to Blountsville and Zollicoffer (formerly Union Station), East Tennessee, where 150 of the 62d North Carolina, Maj. McDowell, were surprised and captured without a shot, and the railroad bridge, 720 feet long, over the Holston, destroyed, with 700 small arms and much other material of war. Pushing on ten miles, to Clinch's Station, Carter had a little fight, captured 75 prisoners, and destroyed the railroad bridge, 400 feet long, over the Watauga, with a locomotive and several cars; returning thence by J
ent, withdrew from this neighborhood quite as rapidly as he had advanced; while Gen. Ammen, just arrived with 1,500 men from Chattanooga, was pushed out to Strawberry plains on his track. Stoneman, as directed by Thomas, started Dec. 6. from Knoxville in pursuit of the now ever-matched and retreating foe: taking three mounted brigades, led by Burbridge and Gillem; at whose head, he swept Dec. 12. rapidly eastward, skirmishing, to Bristol; while Gillem, on his right, struck Duke at Kingsport, capturing 300 prisoners, with several well-laden trains, and dispersing Duke's command. Pushing Burbridge on to Abingdon, Va., where he was rejoined Doc. 15. by Gillem, Stoneman captured that place also; destroying there a large quantity of stores. Vaughan, with the Rebel frontier force of cavalry, had been flanked by this rapid advance, but had moved parallel with our column to Marion; where Gillem now struck Dec. 16. him and chased him 30 miles into Wytheville; capturing 200 m
lave-Trade. 237. Gilbert, Gen., in battle of Perryville, 220. Gillem, Gen., captures 300 prisoners from Duke at Kingsport, Tenn., 688; captures 200 men and 8 guns from Vaughan at Wytheville, Va., 688. Gillmore, Gen. Quincy A., routs Pegram nesends a brigade to Cedar Mountain, 175; retreats on Manassas Junction, 183; fights Jackson near Gainesville, 183. Kingsport, Tenn., Gillem takes 300 prisoners at, 688. Kingston, Tenn., abandoned by Buckner, 429. Kirk, Brig.-Gen., drives Wheehnsonville, Tenn., 679. Jonesboroa, Ga., 636. Jonesville, Va., 598. Kelly's Ford, Va., 98. Kernstown, Va., 114. Kingsport, Tenn., 688. Kinston, N. C., 80. Kirksville Mo., 35. Knoxville, Tenn., 432. Lavergne, Tenn., 281. Lawrence. KansasGeo. D., on the Peninsula, 122-7; 159; his orders, 353; his raid. 365; his disastrous raid to Macon. 633-4: takes Kingsport, Tenn., and Abingdon, Va., 688; carries Salisbury, N. C., 689; destroys railroad, 751. Stone river, or Murfreesboroa, ba
brigade in motion, so as to bring himself, on Thursday evening, within a night's march, by the south side of Holston River, down the valley of Buck Creek; while Colonel Giltner, commanding Brigadier-General Williams's brigade, was to move from Kingsport and its vicinity, on the north side of the river. During the afternoon of the fifth Colonel Giltner concentrated his command, and went into camp at Kingsport, and ordered his force to move at six o'clock P. M. Owing to great difficulty in passKingsport, and ordered his force to move at six o'clock P. M. Owing to great difficulty in passing the fords, it was nearly eleven o'clock when the column had passed the river, with a march of twenty-one miles between them and the enemy's camp. The intense darkness of the night, with rain, made the march one of great difficulty and discomfort, but it was cheerfully encountered by officers and men, who seemed to have no doubt of the success which awaited them. At Lyons's Store the head of the column encountered the brigade of General Jones, who was understood to have started for Dodson'
a River, four hundred feet long, with a lot of commissary stores, and captured a locomotive and ten cars, a lumber train. We destroyed the locomotive, and burned the cars. The deed was done. The country was roused. Now for the return. Rumors rife! enemies in our front! enemies in our rear! enemies on our right flank! enemies on our left flank! Bushwhackers popping at us on all sides, while we pursue the even tenor of our way. On Wednesday night, while crossing Holston River at Kingsport, the bushwhackers under Colonel Johnson, of Kentucky notoriety, attacked our advance. A brisk skirmish was kept up for half an hour, without any loss on our side. On the first instant, we recrossed Clinch Mountain through Moccasin Gap. Here, again the bushwhackers commenced, and kept up the fire, until we reached Jonesville, county-seat of Lee County, Va., where we had another brisk skirmish for an hour or so, in which the rebels lost several in killed and wounded; we none. We recrosse
ommand halted at Easly's, on Horse Creek, five miles from Kingsport, and fed the horses. From this point I communicated withner. headquarters Second cavalry brigade, near Kingsport, Tennessee, November 10, 1863. Major T. Rowland, A. A. G.: ence to orders from district headquarters, I moved out of Kingsport at six P. M., on the fifth instant. You are already furnbe rapid, and in the night. You can go a few miles below Kingsport, so as to reach Rogersville easily in the night of Thursdto the infantry on the north side of the Holston, east of Kingsport. Brigadier-General Williams, commanding cavalry brigade, will move, by way of Kingsport, across the North Fork of Holston, and join in the attack at the same time as yourself. Afte Rogersville. In that event you may make your way out by Kingsport. Reports from Kingsport and Rogersville represent the Kingsport and Rogersville represent the enemy camped on Big Creek, four miles above Rogersville. Give directions so that your wagons may not get into any difficul
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Stoneman, George 1822-1894 (search)
igades reached Atlanta without much loss; another was dispersed, and the remainder, 1,000 strong, led by Stoneman himself, were surrounded by Iverson, and 700 of them made prisoners. The remainder escaped. Iverson had only about 500 men. Late in 1864 General Stoneman took command in east Tennessee, and concentrated the forces of Gillem and Burbridge at Bean's Station. He moved towards Bristol (Dec. 12), where his advance struck a force under Basil Duke, one of Morgan's officers, near Kingsport, dispersed them, and captured their trains and eightyfour of their men. He menaced the salt-works at Saltville, in southwestern Virginia. General Gillem was very active in that region, and Stoneman proceeded to destroy the salt-works. Breckinridge, who was defending them, was driven over the mountains, and they were laid waste. Late in the winter Stoneman, who had returned to Knoxville, was ordered to make a cavalry raid into South Carolina, in aid of Sherman's movements. Before he was
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