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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)
een depicted in this work, See pages 511, 512, and 514, volume I. came to destruction. We have observed that, after the disastrous Battle of Bull's Run, General Butler, in command at Fortress Monroe, was compelled to reduce the garrison at Newport-Newce, and to abandon the village of Hampton, the latter movement causing a general exodus of the colored people living there, July 26, 1861. who flocked into the Union lines. The whole country between Old Point Comfort and Yorktown was now left open to Confederate rule; and General Magruder, commanding at the latter post, moved down the peninsula with about five thousand men, infantry, cavalry, and artillery, to menace Newport-Newce, and take position at or near Hampton, for the close investment of Fortress Monroe. A deserter Mr. Mahew, of the State of Maine. He was in Georgia when the war broke out, and had been pressed into the Confederate service. had swum across Hampton Creek, and given General Butler such timely notice of
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
ces under Beauregard, at Manassas. Returning to New York, he started on a tour to Niagara, Canada, and the Western prairies, with the princess. At the middle of September, he went from New York to Boston and Halifax in his yacht, and so homeward. It was only a few days before Prince Jerome's departure from New York that the Prince de Joinville arrived there, with members of his family. He came to place his son, the Duke of Penthievre (then sixteen years of age), in the Naval School at Newport. He brought with him his two nephews above named, who offered their services to the Government, with the stipulation on their part that they should receive no pay. Each was commissioned a captain, and assigned to the staff of General McClellan. They remained in the service until the close of the Peninsula campaign, in July, 1862, and acquitted themselves well. McClellan had organized every necessary department thoroughly, and had endeavored to place at the head of each the best men in
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
d made their appearance in the James River, a short distance above Newport-Newce. The sailing frigate Congress, commanded by Lieutenant Josetemporary command, were lying in the mouth of the James River, off Newport-Newce. The Congress carried fifty guns, and the Cumberland twenrt W. Leading. The writer saw that spar, yet above the water, near Newport-Newce, in the spring of 1865, when on his way to Richmond, just afouave, she was run aground, under cover of the strong batteries at Newport-Newce. There the Merrimack also assailed her, sending raking shotirty-four men responded to the call of their names next morning at Newport-Newce. It is supposed that a capital object in this raid of thek was to destroy these two vessels, and seize the National camp at Newport-Newce. During the conflict, many shells were thrown into that cams Point when she was passing, and when within a mile and a half of Newport-Newce she ran aground. There she was attacked by the Merrimack an
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 17: Pope's campaign in Virginia. (search)
ment toward Washington in full force, Halleck ordered him to withdraw his army from the Peninsula immediately, and transfer it to Aquia Creek, on the Potomac. That this might be done with the expedition demanded by the exigency of the case, McClellan was authorized to assume control of all the vast fleets of war-vessels and transports on the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Already Burnside's army, which had been ordered from North Carolina, as we have observed, See page 315. and was at Newport-Newce, had been ordered August 1. to Aquia Creek. We have observed that when it was first proposed to withdraw the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula, General McClellan placed himself in decided opposition to the measure. With every disposition compatible with the highest public good to give him an opportunity to recover what he had lost by disastrous slowness and indecision, the Government, when on the 17th he asked for Burnside's entire army in North Carolina to be sent to him, c