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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 5: events in Charleston and Charleston harbor in December, 1860.--the conspirators encouraged by the Government policy. (search)
ally, a report of the Committee on Military Affairs, of the House of Representatives, revealed some startling facts. According to that report, so early as the 29th of December, 1859, Secretary Floyd had ordered the transfer of sixty-five thousand percussion muskets, forty thousand muskets altered to percussion, and ten thousand percussion rifles, from the armory at Springfield in Massachusetts, and the arsenals at Watervliet in New York, and Watertown in Massachusetts, to the arsenals at Fayetteville in North Carolina, Charleston in South Carolina, Augusta in Georgia, Mount Vernon in Alabama, and Baton Rouge in Louisiana; and these were distributed during the spring of 1860. The distribution was as follows:--   percussion muskets. altered muskets. Rifles. To Charleston Arsenal 9,280 5,720 2,000 To Fayetteville Arsenal 15,480 9,520 2,000 To Augusta Arsenal 12,380 7,620 2,000 To Mount Vernon Arsenal 9,280 5,720 2,000 To Baton Rouge Arsenal 18,580 11,420 2,000  
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
t buildings and archives there. At the same time the conspirators, in several places, acting upon the counsel of those of South Carolina, began to plunder the National Government, by seizing its property in the name of certain States in which such property happened to be. Even in the loyal State of North Carolina, where there was no pretense of secession until four months later, May, 1861. the Governor, John W. Ellis, seized the forts within its borders, January 8. and the Arsenal at Fayetteville (into which Floyd had lately thrown seventeen thousand small arms, with accouterments and ammunition), under the pretext of securing them from occupation by mobs. He then wrote a letter to the President, telling him that if he (the Governor) could receive assurances that no troops would be sent to that State prior to the 4th of March (the day fixed upon by many as the one on which the first blow at the life of the Republic should be struck), then all would be peace and quiet there. If,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. (search)
no harm should come nigh their dwellings, and perceiving war to be inevitable, were hastening to make the Border States the theater of its operations, and, if possible, secure the great advantage of the possession of the National Capital. At various points on his journey northward, Stephens had harangued the people, and everywhere he raised the cry of On to Washington! The New York Commercial Advertiser of April 25th had an account of the experience of a gentleman who had escaped from Fayetteville to avoid impressment into the insurgent army. He traveled on the same train with Stephens from Warsaw to Richmond. At nearly every station, he says, Stephens spoke. The capture of Washington was the grand idea which he enforced, and exhorted the people to join in the enterprise, to which they heartily responded. This was the only thing talked of. It must be done! was his constant exclamation. That cry was already resounding throughout the South. It was an echo or a paraphrase of t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
t an election awed by bayonets Senator Mason's letter, 384. North Carolina ruled by usurpers Ordinance of Secession adopted, 385. seizure of the Arsenal at Fayetteville mischievous work begins in Tennessee, 386. Tennessee leagued with the Confederacy, 387. usurpation and fraud in Tennessee, 388. designs against Harper's Fed seized, for the second time, the National forts on the sea-coast; See page 161. also the Mint at Charlotte, April 20, 2861. and the Government Arsenal at Fayetteville, April 23. in which were thirty-seven thousand stand of arms, three thousand kegs of gunpowder, and an immense amount of munitions of war. Within three weeks Arsenal at Fayetteville, North Carolina. after the passage of the Ordinance of Secession, there were not less than twenty thousand North Carolina volunteers under arms. They adopted a flag which was composed of the colors red, white, and blue, differently arranged from those in the National flag. The colors were arranged as
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
t his artillery into a commanding position, and with it drove his foes into the woods. Hearing the continued roar of Lyon's heavy guns, Sigel now pressed forward to attack the Confederate line of battle in the rear. He had passed along the Fayetteville road, as far as Sharp's farm, with about a hundred prisoners whom he had captured,when the firing at the northward almost ceased. Seeing at the same time large numbers of the Confederates moving southward, he believed that Lyon had won a victon's column contending with the Confederates in front, when each party in turn had been compelled to give way, but, equally brave and determined, had renewed the contest with vigor. At length, as we have seen, when Sigel was pushing along the Fayetteville road, to strike the Confederate rear, the firing had ceased along almost the entire line. The exception was on the extreme right of the National forces, where the First Missouri, assisted by the First Iowa and Kansas regiments, were valiantly
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
rred according to arrangements, the troops would have fought in the most determined manner. Hunter failed to do so, and at eight o'clock in the evening Fremont issued the order of battle, and the entire camp was alive with enthusiasm. Lyon's plan for surrounding and capturing the Confederates was substantially adopted. They were to be assailed simultaneously by Generals Pope and McKinstry in the front, by Generals Sigel and Lane in the rear, and by General Asboth on the east, from the Fayetteville road. General Hunter arrived at Headquarters at midnight, and Fremont, after informing him of the position of affairs, laid before him all his plans. The order for battle was countermanded, Price seems not to have moved his army from Pineville, but his scouts penetrated to the front of the National troops, and thus caused the alarm. and nine days afterward Major-General H. W. Halleck was appointed to the command of the Missouri Department. On the morning of the 4th, Fremont and
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)
atteries now commanded the road over which Rosecrans's supplies had to pass to his camp at the junction, and it was resolved to dislodge or capture him. Troops were thrown across for that purpose. An attempt of General Schenck to cross behind Fayetteville, and strike Floyd's rear, was frustrated by a sudden flood in New River, and the Confederates were struck only in the front, opposite the mouth of the Gauley, by the First Kentucky. Region of military operations in Western Virginia. under M rear, to intercept him. This was not accomplished in time, and Floyd fled precipitately, strewing the way with tents, tent-poles, working utensils, and ammunition, in his efforts to lighten his wagons. Benham pressed his rear heavily through Fayetteville, and on the road toward Raleigh; and near the latter place he struck the Confederate rear-guard of four hundred cavalry, under Colonel Croghan, St. George Croghan was a son of the eminent Colonel George Croghan, who so gallantly defended Fo
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 7: the siege of Charleston to the close of 1863.--operations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. (search)
scaped into Arkansas. With a part of his force he took post at Batesville, on the White River, where he was attacked Feb. 4. by the Fourth Missouri Cavalry, Colonel G. E. Waring, and driven across the stream, with the loss of a colonel and several men made prisoners. At about the same time a small force, under Major Reeder, broke up Feb. 3. a band of guerrillas at Mingo Swamp, and killed their leader, McGee; and, on the 28th of the same month, Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, scouting from Fayetteville (the National outpost in Northwestern Arkansas), with one hundred and thirty cavalry, captured, near Van Buren, on the Arkansas River, a Confederate steamer, with about three hundred prisoners. A month later, March 28. the steamer Sam Gaty, on the Missouri River, was captured at Sibley's Landing by a gang of guerrillas, led by George Todd, who committed great atrocities. They robbed the boat and all persons on board, and then murdered several of the white passengers, and about twenty ne
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 14: Sherman's campaign in Georgia. (search)
valry, about five thousand in all, and move by the left around Atlanta to Macdonough, while McCook, with his own, and the fresh cavalry brought by Rousseau (now commanded by Colonel Harrison, of the Eighth Indiana), was to move by the right to Fayetteville, and, sweeping round, join Stoneman on the railway south of Atlanta leading to Macon, at Lovejoy's Station, on the night of the 28th. These bodies of mounted men moved simultaneously. McCook went down the west side of the Chattahoochee to Rivertown, where he crossed the stream on a pontoon bridge, tore up the track of the railway between Atlanta and West Point, near Palmetto Station, and pushed on to Fayetteville. There he captured five hundred of Hood's wagons and two hundred and fifty men, and killed and carried away about a thousand mules. Pressing on, he struck and destroyed the Macon railway at the appointed time and place, but Stoneman was not there. McCook had no tidings of him; so, being hard pressed by Wheeler's caval
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 18: capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, and Goldsboroa.--Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--Stoneman's last raid. (search)
North Carolina, 496. the National Army at Fayetteville, 497. March on Goldsboroa, 498. battle ofy reached Sherman's Headquarters at Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the 12th, at one o'clock in theh, to confront the conqueror coming up from Fayetteville. Schofield moved forward on the 20th, Mar the railway bridge behind him, and fled to Fayetteville, leaving as spoils for his pursuers, twenty. Sherman now pushed on toward Fayetteville, in North Carolina. The right wing of the army crosh Sherman's whole force was concentrated at Fayetteville, from which Hardee had also retreated. The mouth of the stream. Just before reaching Fayetteville, Sherman had sent two of his best scouts to. column, March 8, 1865. in its retreat on Fayetteville. Learning from prisoners that Hampton was ee were made prisoners. Kilpatrick reached Fayetteville on the day Feb. 11. when the army was conc. The National army rested three days at Fayetteville, during which time the United States Arsena
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