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Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 5 (search)
he shouting and the ringing of bells would penetrate to our ears through the closed doors and windows, he would pause and exclaim: Poor fools! They may ring their bells now, but they will wring their hands-yes, and their hearts, too-before they are done with it. This scene made a deep impression on my mind, as may be judged from the frequent allusions to it in the diary. My sister Metta and I were pouting in a corner because he would not allow us to go and see the fun. My two brothers, Henry and Garnett-Fred was on the plantation in Mississippi--were taking an active part in the celebration, and I myself had helped to make the flag that was waving in honor of the event, which he so bitterly deplored. It was the same Lone Star banner of which mention is made in the text. My brother Henry, who was about as hot-headed a fire-eater as could be found in the South, had brought the material to his young wife-Cora, of the journal-and we made it on the sly, well knowing that our Bonnie
Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 7 (search)
nces what they may. I would rather die than submit to such an indignity. July 2, Sunday. Henry's escapade threatens to turn out a very serious affair. Soon after breakfast there came an anonof his wrath will fall heavy on poor Henry, unless father can have influence enough to save him. Henry did wrong, undoubtedly, and he knows it. He is so mortified at the thought of his indiscretion t that he would have been glad to overlook the matter altogether, but his men were so incensed by Henry's language to them that he was obliged to impose some penalty in order to satisfy them. Julyat meeting at the courthouse the other day. None of us knows exactly what did happen. The boys (Henry and Garnett) wouldn't stay to hear, and we are all afraid to ask father, because some of us woudown, and cause fresh trouble. It wouldn't do for any of this family to raise another row while Henry's case is hanging in the balance. We have to submit to everything put upon us, or humiliate our
ions, and not knowing when supplies would arrive, the commanding general ordered Alexander's and Henry's brigades and Dodge's battalion, to march to Fort Winnebago (a distance of thirty-six miles), a-five miles). He directed General Posey to remain with his brigade at Fort Hamilton. Alexander, Henry, and Dodge, were to return to Fort Cosconong, as soon as provisions were procured. He gave verb raw pork and dough, which was their only food. On the 25th, the regulars, with Alexander's and Henry's brigades, moved to within three miles of the Wisconsin River. In Mrs. Johnston's letter, ad out; and, having made hasty preparation, were on the route of the enemy before sunrise, except Henry's and Alexander's brigades, for reasons before mentioned. About one hour after sunrise, a smallrses killed or captured. The loss on our part was five regulars killed and four wounded; six of Henry's wounded, one mortally; and one of Posey's brigade. This action was decisive; the remnant of t
snows to the depth, sometimes, of fifty feet, forming, too, in favorable sites, avalanches and land-slides of great extent. The Uintah Mountains break down in terraces to the foot-hills; and they, to the wide, arid, sterile plateau, over which the troops had toiled from the South Pass. The soil of this table-land, like that of many other deserts, contains the elements of fertility, but is unproductive from want of water. From the ravines of the mountains pour down the streams that form Henry's, Black's, Smith's, Muddy, and Sandy Fork, and other tributaries of Green River. These small rivers, bordered by sunken valleys, rich, alluvial, and teeming, traverse the Desert Basin. The valley of Henry's Fork is from one to five miles wide, and thirty miles long, abounding in luxuriant grass; that of Black's Fork is nearly a mile wide, and composed of rich, black mould; and others have similar characteristics. These valleys were, in the summer-time, oases, where wood, water, and fine
Davis. A few days prior to Buckner's movement, General Felix K. Zollicoffer, in accordance with arrangements previously made, advanced to Cumberland Ford with about four thousand men. In the west, Feliciana, thirty miles east of Columbus, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, and Hopkinsville, were garrisoned with small bodies of troops; and the territory between Columbus and Bowling Green was occupied by moving detachments, which created a vague apprehension of military force and projected enterprisut not half of them were armed, and these with country rifles and shot-guns; they were not yet fully organized or equipped; and nearly half their number were on the sick-list with measles and other camp epidemics. One regiment (foreigners), at Fort Henry, was in open mutiny. Besides these troops there were also some unarmed Kentuckians in Tennessee. On taking possession of Bowling Green, General Buckner, in General Order No. 2, September 19th, particularly charged his soldiers- To res
desirable, if it can be raised as promptly as the militia, as more economical and producing less inconvenience to the citizen; but now time is of the first importance, that I may cover the homes of your citizens, and save them from the sufferings always attending an invasion. The same call was made on the Governors of Alabama and Mississippi. General Johnston requested also that the troops of North Alabama, and slave-laborers recruited in the same region, should be sent forward to Fort Henry, on the Tennessee River; thus indicating, as clearly as it was possible, that it was to guard its own gate that the military force of the State was drawn upon. On the 29th of November, General Johnston says to the secretary: We are making every possible effort to meet the forces the enemy will soon array against us, both on this line and at Columbus. Had the exigency for my call for 50,000 men in September been better comprehended and responded to, our preparations for this grea
ries under Sherman; and Zollicoffer's 4,000 men had 8,000 or 10,000 men opposed to them in Eastern Kentucky, under General Thomas. Polk had small permanent camps at Feliciana and Mayfield, to guard his flank. Similar posts were established at Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, and Fort Donelson on the Cumberland, near the State line. General J. T. Alcorn had two or three regiments, principally Mississippians, at Hopkinsville. These commands reported to Buckner. Colonel Stanton's regiment, aimated the force there at 16,000 men, and sought to strengthen his line where most vulnerable by a detachment from it. For this purpose, he ordered Polk to send Pillow, with 5,000 men, to Clarksville, where, with the troops at Fort Donelson and Fort Henry, he could defend that section from sudden irruption. The battle of Belmont, however, intervened, delaying Pillow's removal; after which, on the ground of an imperious necessity, all his generals concurring, Polk suspended the order. It was re
ts were placed within the limits of Tennessee; Henry on the east bank of the Tennessee, Donelson onr the present, do not move the regiment from Fort Henry. The men are accustomed to the guns. New ohelling the banks, and fired a few shells at Fort Henry, at two and a half miles distance, without eitu from North Alabama. The general came to Fort Henry on the 15th-and then it was, when I left, de. Johnston. At the time of the attack upon Fort Henry, it had been well fortified, though not stroan, was threatened at an early day either at Fort Henry or Fort Donelson, or possibly on both at thein organization and equipment, did not go to Fort Henry. Impressed with the great deficiency in the latter. Subsequently, there arrived at Fort Henry reinforcements from General Polk, the Forty-ain body to Fort Donelson, while the guns of Fort Henry should return the fire of the gunboats. or the movement by standing a bombardment in Fort Henry. For this purpose, he retained his heavy ar[59 more...]
Your report of the effect of shots at Fort Henry should encourage the troops, and insure our ed from our shot. The effect of our shot at Fort Henry was not sufficient to disable them, or any otroy Fort Donelson on the 8th, and return to Fort Henry. Badeau says, This was the first mention of, January 31st: I have ordered an advance on Fort Henry and _Dover. It will be made immediately. Hey 2d, It is only proposed to take and occupy Fort Henry and Dover, etc. Buell, however, had recommenbad in the marshy country immediately around Fort Henry; but, after the first mile or two, they were. After leaving the bottom-lands around Fort Henry, a broad, good road, built by Tilghman, passat of opposing no obstacle to the march from Fort Henry. While these operations were going on ate, who had also brought over the troops from Fort Henry. Part of them were landed before daylight; eat confidence, based on their experience at Fort Henry; but, although the number of guns opposed to[10 more...]
Harris. letter to the Secretary of War. Forts Henry and Donelson had fallen, and the great wateGreen and Columbus would have been uncovered. Henry had no value, except as the gateway of the Ten that actually took place. Forts Donelson and Henry were nearly twice as far from Bowling Green bysaster. Grant moved February 2d; in four days Henry was in his hands. Ten days only intervened beand, by the time he reached the Mississippi, Fort Henry had fallen. Without undertaking at all tuary 7th, when they both knew of the fall of Fort Henry, and made their plans with reference to thatnt part of the time), it was determined that Fort Henry, on the Tennessee River, having fallen yestever by the enemy, resulting from the fall of Fort Henry, separates the army at Bowling Green from tho make demonstrations by water. Long before Fort Henry fell, in view of the disappointments to whiccretary of War, informing him of the loss of Fort Henry, and the condition of things at Donelson. H[1 more...]
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