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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
ucky neutrality a help to the insurgents, 60. Cairo and its vicinity strengthened Pillow anxious is base of operations against Bird's Point and Cairo, and of preventing armed vessels descending thill, in all probability, increase his force at Cairo, and will have his three gunboats, mounting 30ernal and internal foes, and prepared to place Cairo in a condition of absolute security; for upon ops were within a circle of fifty miles around Cairo, in Kentucky and Missouri. Pillow, as we have to an immediate advance upon Bird's Point and Cairo, while Hardee, with a considerable force, was nd men. The deception had its desired effect. Cairo was re-enforced without opposition. Other poiing to seize Cape Girardeau, Bird's Point, and Cairo, and overrun Southern Illinois, fell back, andNew Orleans, to operate between New Madrid and Cairo. Autograph letter of Leonidas Polk to Gideovictory to gain possession of Bird's Point and Cairo, was tardy in his obedience, and the result wa[4 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
he puts an Army in motion Pillow's designs on Cairo, 71. Kentucky neutrality conference between ch upon that place, so as to flank and capture Cairo. General Robert Anderson, commanding in Kentuich he believed he could flank the position at Cairo, take it in reverse, and, turning its guns upo Columbus, were preparing to seize Paducah and Cairo, I judged it impossible, without losing importa part of the force stationed at Bird's Point, Cairo. and Cape Girardeau, to Fort Holt and Paducahngthened the forces in Eastern Missouri and at Cairo, that they might keep the Confederates so welland, Fremont sent an order to General Grant at Cairo, directing him to make some co-operating movemlW. H. L. Wallace, of Illinois, was sent from Cairo to re-enforce him. The movement on Belmont wouperation, Grant went down the Mississippi from Cairo, Nov. 6 1861. with about three thousand troop with the entire force, was on its way back to Cairo, carrying away two of Beltzhoover's heavy guns[2 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
sissippi by sweeping its banks of obstructions, from Cairo to New Orleans. See page 79. Approving of it in geffort to seize Louisville, Paducah, Smithville, and Cairo, on the Ohio, in order to command the most importantns at one extremity, furnishing men and arms, so was Cairo on the west; and as the one had a menacing neighbor ippi River, had been in preparation at St. Louis and Cairo, for co-operation with the military forces in the Wed men, was commanded by General McClernand, who left Cairo for Fort Jefferson, and other places below, in riverion by saying that the time was come. The troops at Cairo, strongly re-enforced, and those at Paducah would vedistricts, and he had given the command over that of Cairo to General Grant. This was enlarged late in Decembeose of the reconnaissance just mentioned, chiefly at Cairo and Paducah, and had directed General Smith to gain , the 2d of February, 1862. Flag-officer Foote left Cairo with a little flotilla of seven gun-boats These w
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
Tennessee and penetrate Alabama. Foote had already hurried back to Cairo with the Cincinnati, Essex, and St. Louis, to prepare mortar-boats ight require, he went into the pulpit of the Presbyterian church at Cairo, on the Sunday after the capture of Fort Henry, The congregation26,875 men, officers and privates. Re-enforcements were arriving in Cairo, where they were rapidly gathering. He reorganized his army, with ultation with General Grant and his own officers, Foote set out for Cairo, for the purpose of having the damages to his flotilla repaired, an Walke, in the Carondelet, carried the first news of the victory to Cairo, from which it was telegraphed to General McClellan by General George W. Cullum, Halleck's Chief of Staff, then at Cairo, saying: The Union flag floats over Donelson. The Carondelet, Captain Walke, brings th-Among the subjects that occupied my mind when I assumed command at Cairo, in the fall of 1861, was the regular supply of mails to and from t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
ille and took command there; while Foote returned to Cairo for more gun-boats, for the purpose of attacking Nas troops and munitions of war. When Foote returned to Cairo from Clarkesville, he collected a flotilla of six guneral Cullum, of Halleck's staff. The flotilla left Cairo before daylight on the morning of the 4th, March. apital of New Madrid County, Missouri, 79 miles below Cairo, and 947 miles above New Orleans, by the winding riv and sent Colonel Bissell, of the Engineer Corps, to Cairo for heavy cannon. Pope's Headquarters near New Mad Number10; it and on the 12th, when the cannon from Cairo arrived, there were about nine thousand infantry, bethe same hour, March 14, 1862. Commodore Foote left Cairo with a powerful fleet, composed of seven armored gunmers and two or three gun-barges were sent down from Cairo for use in the work; and, after nineteen days of thehat the great river would speedily be patrolled from Cairo to New Orleans by the almost invincible armored vess
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 10: General Mitchel's invasion of Alabama.--the battles of Shiloh. (search)
Buell did immediately after the fall of Fort Donelson, and the flight of the Confederates, civil and military, from Nashville. We left General Grant at the Tennessee capital, in consultation with General Buell. Feb. 27, 1862. His praise was upon every loyal lip. His sphere of action had just been enlarged. On hearing of his glorious victory at Fort Donelson, General Halleck had assigned Feb. 14. him to the command of the new District of West Tennessee, which embraced the territory from Cairo, between the Mississippi and Cumberland Rivers, to the northern borders of the State of Mississippi, with his Headquarters in the field. It was a wide and important stage for action, and he did not rest on the laurels he had won on the Tennessee and Cumberland, but at once turned his attention to the business of moving vigorously forward in the execution of his part of the grand scheme for expelling the armed Confederates from the Mississippi valley, For that purpose he made his Headquarter
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 11: operations in Southern Tennessee and Northern Mississippi and Alabama. (search)
same evening the flotilla of gun-boats Benton, Captain Phelps; Carondelet, Captain Walke; St. Louis, Lieutenant-commanding McGonigle; Louisville, Captain Dove; Cairo, Lieutenant Bryant. anchored at about a mile and a half above Memphis, and the ram fleet These consisted of the Monarch Queen of the West, Lioness, Switzerland,hen lying on the Arkansas shore, opposite Memphis, with steam up, and ready for action. At dawn on the morning of the 6th, June. the National vessels, with the Cairo in the advance, moved slowly toward the Confederate fleet, in battle order. When within long range, the Little Rebel hurled a shot from her rifled cannon at the CCairo, to which the latter answered by a broadside. So the conflict was opened in front of the populous city of Memphis, whose inhabitants, suddenly aroused from repose,, quickly covered the bluffs and roofs as most anxious spectators of what soon became a severe naval battle. This was waged for a time between the gunboats, when t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
ing the war of 1812), would be attached to his squadron, and these were to rendezvous at Key West. He was directed to proceed up the Mississippi so soon as the mortar-vessels were ready, with such others as might be spared from the blockade, reduce the defenses which guarded the approaches to New Orleans, and, taking possession of that city under the guns of his-squadron, hoist the American flag in it, and hold possession until troops could be sent to him. If the Mississippi expedition from Cairo should then not have descended the river, he was to take advantage of the panic which his seizure of New Orleans would produce, and push a strong force up the stream, to take all their defenses in the rear. Destroy the armed barriers which these deluded people have raised up against the power of the United States Government, said the Secretary, and shoot down those who war against the Union; but cultivate with cordiality the first returning reason, which is sure to follow your success. Wit
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)
army and navy of the Republic, issued an order on the 27th of January, 1862. known as General War Order No. 1, in which he directed the 22d of February following to be the day for a general movement of the land and naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces. He specially ordered the army at and around Fortress Monroe, the Army of the Potomac, the Army of Western Virginia, the army near Mumfordsville [Buell's] in Kentucky, the army and flotilla [Grant's and Foote's] at Cairo, and a naval force in the Gulf of Mexico [Farragut's and Porter's] to be ready to move on that day. He also declared that the heads of executive departments, and especially the Secretary of War and of the Navy, with all their subordinates, as well as' the General-in-Chief, with all commanders and subordinates of the land and naval forces, should severally be held to their strict and full responsibilities for prompt execution of the order. This proclamation sent a thrill of joy through e
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
and, and which, by a general order of the 16th of October, was much extended, and named the Department of the Tennessee, The newly organized Department included Cairo, Forts Henry and Donelson, Northern Mississippi, and those portions of Tennessee and Kentucky lying west of the Tennessee River. with Headquarters at Jackson. He ominal. In the mean time National war-vessels had ascended the Mississippi to Vicksburg, and above, and exchanged greetings with others which had come down from Cairo. When New Orleans was fairly in the possession of the military power under Butler, Commodore Farragut sent a portion of his force up the river, for the purpose ofeighteen miles below Natchez. They are of yellow clay, and rise from one hundred and fifty to two hundred feet above the water. (the elder having just died at Cairo), who had come down from Memphis. Williams, under the direction of Farragut, made an attempt, with twelve hundred negroes, to cut a canal across the peninsula opp
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