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The town was garrisoned by a company of the Thirteenth Virginia volunteer infantry, under the command of Captain Carter. They intrenched themselves in the court-house, where they were attacked by the rebels, but after a four hours contest, in which the rebels had twenty killed, twenty-five wounded, and twenty-seven of their number captured, they hastily retreated from the town, many of them throwing away their booty.--(Doc. 153.) General McClernand took possession of the town of Richmond, Miss., with a small force, driving the rebel cavalry from the place after two hours sharp fighting. The rebel schooner Expeditious was captured in the Savannah River. The vessel was from Nassau, N. P., with a cargo of three hundred and forty sacks of salt, and attempted to run past Fort Pulaski up to Savannah. In the darkness she missed the channel and went into Calibogue Sound, where she was discovered at daylight. A detachment of the Forty-eighth regiment was at once put on board th
hanics organized themselves into military companies for the defence of the city; business was suspended, all the bars, restaurants, and drinking-saloons were closed, and the sale or giving away of liquors stopped. --Chambersburgh, Pa., was entered by one thousand eight hundred rebel cavalry under General Jenkins, who sacked the town and its vicinity.--(Doc. 33.) The army of the Potomac, on its march to intercept the rebels in Pennsylvania, reached Bull Run, Va.--the rebel forces at Richmond, Miss., numbering four thousand, under the command of Major-General Walker, were attacked and driven from the town by the Union troops under Brigadier-General Ellet.--(Doc. 14.) Pbesident Lincoln issued a proclamation announcing that the rebels were threatening Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and calling for troops for their defence.--(Doc. 69.) At nine o'clock this morning, on the return of the gunboat Lackawanna toward Mobile, in company with the steamer Neptune, captured yesterd
ndeed, was the usual resource of the enemy whenever disappointed in the accomplishment of military results. While Grant was thus operating against Vicksburg, an attempt was made by the lower Federal fleet, under Farragut, to pass the batteries at Port Hudson, so as to co-operate with Admiral Porter's fleet on the upper waters. On the night of the 14th March, the Hartford, Farragut's flagship, steamed slowly up the river, passing the first of the line of batteries, followed by the Richmond, Mississippi, Monongahela, Genesee, Albatross, Kineo, the iron-clad Essex, the gunboat Sachem, and a mortar flotilla of six schooners. The Confederate batteries were silent, waiting to bring the whole fleet under their guns before they went to work. Presently there was one grand, long, deafening roar, and the battle was commenced. A great fire had been lighted on the river's bank, near one of the most formidable works, to throw light across the stream and to illumine the enemy's vessels. The
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
approaches both from above and below. This difficult operation once accomplished, Banks was to commence the siege by land, while some of Farragut's ships would ascend the river to within sight of Vicksburg. On the 13th of March everything was ready, and Farragut was giving his last instructions, always practical and clear, to the captains whom he had already led in enterprises not less perilous. The fleet which was to force the passage was composed of the sloops-of-war Hartford, Richmond, Mississippi, and Monongahela, and the three gunboats Albatross, Genesee, and Kineo. During this operation the mortar-boats were to bombard the enemy's batteries; and on the 13th, Banks, having arrived at Baton Rouge a few days previously, had pushed his reconnoissances as far as in front of Port Hudson in order to harass the garrison. At half-past 9 o'clock on the evening of the 14th the fleet received the signal for departure. The three gunboats were each fastened to a sloop-of-war in orde
l with the Moccasin batteries yesterday were not Alexander's fine parrotts as reported; they were taken up to-day, and will render the enemy's position in Lookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the river at Brown's ferry. There was but one brigade of infantry (Law's) on picket at the time, and that was strung along the river from Lookout mountain to a point five miles below. It was impossible for so small a force, thus widely distributed, to prevent a landing in the night. It is reported that the President has offered Gen. Polk his choice of three commands, viz: At Richmond, in Mississippi, (under Johnston,) and in the tran. Mississippi Department. It is also reported that Gen. Hardee is already on his way to join this army. Sallust.