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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 6: the campaign in West Virginia. (search)
sed at once, so that We conquer or die together, a most extravagant and unusual form of speech for him to adopt. You have spoken, said he to Wise, of want of consultation and concert. Let that pass till the enemy is driven back. I expect this of your magnanimity. Consult that and the interest of your cause, and all will go well. Just say, then, replied Wise, where we are to unite and conquer or die together, and I will delight to obey you. Rosecrans had advanced to the top of Big Sewell Mountain and had placed his army in a strong position. General Lee, with the troops of Wise, Floyd, and Loring --about eight thousand men — occupied a position on a parallel range. The two armies were now in close proximity to each other, both occupying strong defensive positions. Lee and Rosecrans, having been officers of the engineers, were fully aware of the great disadvantage an attacking army would have, and each waited, hoping the other would attack. After occupying these positions f
most valuable prize. October 16, 1861. We had a pleasant evening. While N. read the papers we were knitting for the soldiers. An account is given of some small successes. Our men, near Pensacola, have broken up the camp of Billy Wilson's zouaves, of which we have heard so much; and Captain Hollins of the navy has broken the blockade at New Orleans, sunk the Vincennes, and captured a sloop, without the least damage to himself and men. Rosecranz has retreated before our men at Big Sewell Mountain. For these things we desire to be truly grateful, without rejoicing in the misfortunes of our enemies, except as they tend to the welfare of our invaded and abused country. Sunday night, October 20, 1861. To-day went to church, and heard an admirable sermon from Mr. J. As we returned, we called at the post-office, and received a newspaper from Dr. Drane, of Tennessee, in which is recorded the death of his son James. He belonged to the army in Western Virginia, and died there o
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
the ferry-boat, and hastened to Dogwood Gap, and thence to a secure spot on the summit of Big Sewell Mountain, near New River, thirty miles distant from the battle-field. After resting there a few dain became insubordinate, and, as we have observed in the text, remained on the summit of Big Sewell Mountain, and established Camp defiance there. There, on the 18th, he made a speech to his Legion to fight great odds, front and rear, for successive days. strengthened the position on Big Sewell Mountain, and called it Camp defiance. The Battle of Carnifex Ferry was regarded as a decided vforce at Huntersville, to watch Reynolds. He now proceeded to fortify Wise's position on Big Sewell Mountain, which confronted the Nationals on and near the Gauley River and New River, and there, asement had lasted about seven hours. Reynolds fell back to Elk Water. Lee's position on Big Sewell Mountain was directly in front of that of Rosecrans, who occupied the country in the crotch formed
tack of the enemy, in the neighborhood of Carnifex Ferry, was one of the most remarkable incidents of the campaign in Western Virginia. The force of Gen. Floyd's command was 1,740 men; and from 3 o'clock P. M. until night-fall it sustained, with unwavering determination and the most brilliant success, an assault from an enemy between eight and nine thousand strong, made with small-arms, grape, and round-shot, from howitzers and rifled cannon. He rapidly retreated some thirty miles to Big Sewell Mountain, and thence to Meadow Bluff, whither he was not closely followed. Wise strengthened the position on Big Sewell, named it Camp Defiance, and there remained. Gen. Lee, arriving from the North with a considerable Rebel force, took command of both Floyd's and Wise's troops, swelling his army to 20,000 men. Rosecrans, after remaining several days in his front at Big Sewell, retreated thirty miles to the Gauley, and was not pursued; Gen. Lee being soon after recalled to take a command
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 136. siege of Cotton Hill, Va., October 30 to November 7, 1861. (search)
ant Welhedel has just left for home, and ere many days, unless we have a big fight, you may see, Yours truly, Kentuckian. Col. Sedgewick's letter. Headquarters Second Ky. Regiment, U. S. A., camp at Tompkins farm, Western Va., Nov. 4. 1861. The health of the regiment is very excellent, and we now number more men for duty than any regiment in Virginia, (eight hundred and eighty-four men,) although we have followed and fought the rebels since July last, from Guyandotte to Big Sewell Mountain, and back to this place. The rebels have been gathering for some time past on the opposite side of the river, and during the last three days a constant and terrific fire of artillery and musketry has been kept up on both sides. On yesterday they succeeded in killing a private of the Thirteenth Ohio Volunteer regiment, and private Hyer of Company D (Woodward Guards) of our regiment. The two men lay where they fell for some time — the fire from the rebel side being so hot that it w
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Carnifex Ferry, battle of. (search)
on the Gauley River, 8 miles from Summersville, the capital of Nicholas county, Va. Already a detachment of Floyd's men had surprised and dispersed (Aug. 26, 1861.) some Nationals, under Col. E. B. Taylor, not far from Summersville. At the summit of Gauley Mountain Rosecrans encountered Floyd's scouts and drove them before him; and on Sept. 10, Floyd's camp having been reconnoitred by General Benham, Rosecrans fell upon him with his whole force (chiefly Ohio troops), and for three hours a desperate battle raged. It ceased only when the darkness of night came on. Rosecrans intended to renew it in the morning, and his troops lay on their arms that night. Under cover of darkness, Floyd stole away, and did not halt in his flight until he reached Big Sewell Mountain, near New River, 30 miles distant. The battle at Carnifex Ferry was regarded as a substantial victory for the Nationals. The latter lost fifteen killed and seventy wounded; the Confederates lost one killed and ten wounded.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lee, Robert Edward 1807- (search)
Virginia. He had sent General Floyd to drive the Nationals out of the Kanawha Valley, but the latter was defeated (Sept. 11) at Carnifex Ferry, and fled to Big Sewell Mountain. Reynolds's command consisted of Indiana and Ohio troops. With them he held the roads and passes of the mountains of the more westerly ranges of the Alleg back. He was satisfied that his plan for seizing and destroying Reynolds's army and opening a way to the Ohio had failed, and he hastened to join Floyd on Big Sewell Mountain, between the forks of the Kanawha. In the encounters during two or three days, Reynolds lost ten men killed, fourteen wounded, and sixty-four made prisoners. The Confederates lost about 100 killed and wounded, and ninety prisoners. The joint forces of Lee and Floyd, on Big Sewell Mountain, numbered about 20,000 men, and there they were confronted by 10,000 Nationals, under Rosecrans, assisted by Generals Cox, Schenck, and Benham. The belligerents remained in sight of each other fo
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
, 1862. Kanawha Division, District of West Virginia, Dept. Ohio, to March, 1863. Averill's 4th Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps, Middle Department, to June, 1863. Averill's 4th Separate Brigade, West Virginia, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, West Virginia, to April, 1864. Reserve Division Dept. West Virginia to July, 1864. Service. At New Creek, W. Va., till August, 1861. Battle of Carnifex Ferry, W, Va., September 10. Moved to Camp Lookout and Big Sewell Mountain September 15-23, thence to Camp Anderson October 6-9. Operations in Kanawha Valley and New River Region October 19-November 16. New River October 19-21. Moved to Gauley and duty there till May, 1862. Advance on Virginia and Tennessee R. R. May 10. Princeton May 11, 16, 17. Wolf Creek May 15. At Flat Top Mountain till August. Flat Top Mountain July 15. Blue Stone August 13-14. Movement to Washington, D. C., August 15-24. Maryland Campaign September 6-22
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New York Volunteers. (search)
is May 16. Salem May 17. Hunter's Raid to Lynchburg May 26-July 1. New Market May 26. Woodstock May 31. Harrisonburg June 2. Piedmont June 5. Occupation of Staunton June 6. Near Staunton June 8. Waynesboro June 10. Lexington June 13. Buchanan June 14. New London June 17. Diamond Hill June 17. Lynchburg June 17-18. Liberty June 19. Buford's Gap June 20. Catawba Mountains June 21. Salem June 21. Leetown June 26. Charlestown and Big Sewell Mountain June 27. Leetown July 3. Martinsburg July 3. Williamsport July 5. Frederick City July 8. Ashby's Gap July 9. White's Ford July 14. Harper's Ferry July 15. Lovettsville and Hillsboro July 15. Purcellville July 16. White's Ford and Snicker's Ferry Juy 17-18. Ashby's Gap July 18-19. Near Kernstown July 23. Kernstown, Winchester, July 24. Bunker Hill and Martinsburg July 25. Bloomer's Gap July 27. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August
to June, 1865. Service. Action at Carnifex Ferry, W. Va., September 10, 1861. Moved to Camp Anderson and Big Sewell Mountain September 15-23, thence to Camp Anderson October 6-9. Operations in the Kanawha Valley and New River Region Octeadow Bluff December 4, 1863. Scammon's demonstration from the Kanawha Valley December 8-25, 1863. Action at Big Sewell Mountain and Meadow Bluff Deber 11. Lewisburg and Greenbrier River December 12. Near Meadow Bluff December 14. Cro and to Summerville September 7-9. Battle of Carnifex Ferry, W. Va., September 10. March to Camp Lookout and Big Sewell Mountain September 15-23. Retreat to Camp Anderson October 6-9. Operations in the Kanawha Valley and New River Region August, 1865. Service. Battle of Carnifex Ferry, W. Va., September 10, 1861. Advance to Camp Lookout and Big Sewell Mountain September 24-26. Retreat to Camp Anderson October 6-9. Operations in the Kanawha Valley and New River Region
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