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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Recollections of Foote and the gun-boats. (search)
I prepared and presented for the inspection of Secretary Welles and his able assistant, Captain Fox, plans of vessels drawing five feet. They were not acceptable to Captain Fox, who said: We want vessels much lighter than that. But you want them to carry a certain thickness of iron? I replied. The Osage (twin of the Neosho ). from a photograph. Yes, we want them to be proof against heavy shot — to be plated and heavily plated,--but they must be of much lighter draught. The Chickasaw (type of the Milwaukee, Winnebago, and Kickapoo ). from a photograph. After the interview I returned with the plans to my hotel, and commenced a revision of them; and in the course of a few days I presented the plans for the Osage and the Neosho. These vessels, according to my recollection, were about forty-five feet beam on deck, their sides slanting outward, and the tops of the gunwales rising only about six inches above the surface of the water, so as to leave very little space to
the 2d of last July, when we captured Colonel Clarkson and his command of one hundred and ten men. Even Colonel Jewell, who was also present on that occasion, did not display more conspicuous bravery than Colonel Phillips. The night's march, the short and decisive engagement, just at the dawn of that lovely summer's morning, will be remembered by those who participated, while they live. Colonel Phillips received much praise for the ability with which he handled his brigade at Indian Creek, Neosho, and Newtonia, last September. On other occasions, too, he has shown himself to be a brave officer, and yet one who never loses his head. It was mainly through his exertions that authority was obtained from the War Department to organize and equip the three Indian regiments. Having been a staff correspondent of the New York Tribune, and a personal friend of Assistant Secretary of War, Dana, perhaps no one in Kansas could command more respectful attention from the authorities at Washington
warfare sickness and heavy mortality among the Indian refugees at Neosho sick and wounded being removed from Fayetteville to Fort Scott thnty, Missouri, on the Cowskin river, twenty-two miles south west of Neosho, and about the same distance north of our old camp at Maysville. Ton. The active operations of this command, and of the troops at Neosho under Major John A. Foreman, against the guerrillas in this sectionet worsted. On the first instant, a detachment from the command at Neosho had a skirmish with a company of guerillas on Burkhart prairie, twehem sometimes to return to their homes for a few days. But between Neosho and Fort Scott, a distance of eighty miles, there is no point, excebtless engage the attention of legislators. Parties coming from Neosho report that there is a great deal of sickness among the Indian solddanger of being intercepted and captured. Only a few weeks ago, at Neosho, our pickets were fired into one night, as was supposed, by quite a
Chapter 8: Colonel Phillips invited to address a mass meeting of the Union citizens of northwestern Arkansas, at Fayetteville the great difficulty in getting forage a scouting party returns from Van Buren the Indian division encamped on the edge of the battle field of Pea Ridge an account of the battle from data collected on the field and from eye Witnesses rebel raid on Neosho and capture of negroes a deserter from the enemy gives position and strength of their forces the enemy's wounded from Prairie Grove at Cane Hill still great mortality among them skirmish with bushwhackers arrival of forage trains from white River horses eat each others manes and tails off the small-pox among the Indians very few of them vaccinated only a few cases among the white soldiers remarks on the disease the Government should stock with animals to furnish Vaccine virus for the army. On the morning of March 4th, Colonel Phillips, with an escort of one hundred men, set out
comes more inviting and the vegetation more advanced rebel scouting party near Fayetteville arrival at Park Hill and meeting of the Indian refugee families from Neosho great manifestations of joy and affecting scenes Stanawaitie commanding the rebel Indians Colonel Phillips sends out a strong reconnoissance Webber's Falls hdred miles above here on the Grand River. I saw an inscription on a tombstone yesterday, that a Lieutenant of the Regular Army was drowned at the mouth of the Neosho river in 1836, from having fallen overboard a steamboat at that point. The point where the military road to Fort Scott crosses the Neosho river is nearly a hundred Neosho river is nearly a hundred miles from Gibson. But I have heard from those who have lived here for many years, that there has been very little steamboating above this place. There has been no great inducements, no great commercial interests involved, to make it worth while to keep the river in a navigable condition. It requires a considerable rise in the
ating at Webber's Falls celebrating the event of hoisting the United States Flag at Fort Gibson a sad accident arrival of supply train from Fort Scott part of Neosho burned the enemy attack Fayetteville and are defeated a young man as a spy caught dressed in a woman's suit the troops commence to throw up fortifications at F this respect. Colonel C. W. Blair, the commanding officer at Fort Scott, will probably furnish escorts strong enough to guard our trains to Baxter Springs or Neosho river. Should the enemy at any time throw a force between this post and either of those points, with the view of attacking a train, Colonel Phillips will reinforce own via Neosho, Missouri, but will return on the old Military road, which runs along on the west side of Grand River. Those who came down with the train from Neosho, state that a large portion of the town was recently burned. It was not definitely known whether the fire was started accidentally, or by an incendiary. It was
r point. As nothing substantial can be gained by this continuous firing across the river, it will probably cease altogether soon. It has now been going on until there is getting to be very little novelty in it. Our commissary train started back to Fort Scott on the evening of the 30th, and crossed Grand River twelve miles above this post, on account of its being too high to ford in this vicinity. Nearly all the cavalry here have been ordered to escort it as far as Baxter Springs or Neosho River. When this duty shall have been performed, the troops belonging to this division will return to this station. While it is not likely that the enemy would make a very great effort to capture or destroy our empty train returning, they would doubtless make some effort to destroy it, if they found that it had only a feeble escort. And we, from information received through Indians who have been gathering whortleberries in the mountains, are not sure that they have not already a considerable
better. What their prison discipline should be I am not prepared to say, except that I believe it should be of such a nature as would have a tendency to reform them instead of hardening their perverse natures. Colonel Phillips sent out Major Foreman on the 20th instant, with a force of about six hundred men and one twelve-pound howitzer, to meet our supply train, which has probably left Fort Scott, and is now on the way down. It it is not delayed by high water at the crossing of the Neosho River, he should meet it between that point and Cabin Creek. He will have time to march leisurely, and to send out scouting parties to the east and west of his column to ascertain if the enemy have as yet shown any signs of activity in the country above here, with the view of making another effort to capture our train. From information received from the enemy's camp on the south side of the river, it is evident that they are making preparations to attack our train at some point above this
Federal supply train detained by high water at Neosho River Federal supplies running short at Fort Gibson sary train was detained on the north side of the Neosho river, on account of high water. He thought, however,erning the cause of delay since they crossed the Neosho River at Hudson's ford. But we may now go back of the Neosho River to Fort Scott, and trace the progress of the train to Fort Blunt or Gibson. The train left Fortfteen miles south of Baxter to Hudson's Ford on Neosho River, where they were detained two days on account ofhaps within a day or two after they crossed the Neosho River, by a large force of the enemy. He, therefore, determined to march his colored regiment to Neosho River, and offer its services to Lieut. Colonel Theo. R. Doof his skin. The first day's march south of the Neosho River, Major Foreman, with a force of cavalry, on the owest place. The rains which caused the rise in Neosho river, also caused the high waters in Cabin Creek; bes
emselves to be under Colonel Phillips. When I saw hundreds of men, women and children, bathing perfectly nude in the Neosho River a little over a year ago, the thought never entered my mind that the men could be used as soldiers to fight an enemy, ed not more than ten or fifteen miles from Cabin Creek, on the east side of Grand River. We went into camp, on the Neosho River, on the 10th. The escort under Lieutenant Colonel Dole returned to Fort Gibson on the evening of the 9th, having accompanied us fifteen miles north of Cabin Creek. The crossing of the Neosho River is just about half way between Forts Scott and Gibson. The only trouble north of this point to be apprehended is from guerrillas. Livingston operates through this sec miles northeast of Baxter Springs, a few days ago, and is perhaps watching for our train. The train and escort left Neosho River on the morning of the 11th, and, after marching leisurely, passed Baxter Springs about three o'clock. We went into cam
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