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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
re defeat, and was quickly brought back after having lost half of its effective force. We have said that Prince de Polignac had recently taken the command of a Confederate brigade having charge of guarding at Harrisonburg the course of the Washita River. Having no enemy near at hand, and wishing to lead to battle as quickly as possible his brave though undisciplined soldiers, he resolved to attempt a coup de main against the Federal post at Vidalia, situated on the right bank of the Mississhis force consists of cavalry commanded by General Carr. He starts on March 24th. Three days before, General Thayer, who commanded the Army of the Frontier, had left Fort Smith to join him. The rendezvous was at Arkadelphia, on the banks of the Washita. Lower down this river is the town of Camden, which Price had fortified with great care. A detachment of the garrison of Pine Bluff, under Colonel Clayton, had orders to march on this position and to occupy it as soon as the movements of Steel
Fort Ouachita, and all the other Forts in the Territory, were evacuated by the Federal forces before the arrival of the Texas troops under Col. Young. The company to which Mr. Peel belonged, the Deadshot Rangers, from Jefferson, Texas, captured fourteen wagons belonging to Emory's command, which had been left behind. A company from Fannin county also captured several wagons. Emory, finding the Texans in close pursuit of him, threw away guns, ammunition, and Government stores into the Ouachita river, first destroying the guns by breaking the locks and taking them to pleces. The enemy left at Fort Ouachita a large quantity of clothing, some provisions and one field-piece. At Fort Arbuckle, also, they abandoned various Government stores and supplies, most of which were stolen and carried away by the Indians before the Texans got there. After taking possession of Fort Arbuckle, it was garrisoned by a company of Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians, under Capt. McKinney. Fort Ouachita w
orning. Lewis Merritt, Sr., aged about 80 years, died in the same city on Saturday. The blacksmiths at the Gosport Navy-Yard are on a "strike." Cause — disagreement with the naval officers. General Wool has not been ordered to Fortress Monroe, or any other point of active war operations, as reported. The New Haven Journal says that the 2d Connecticut Regiment brought home with them 25 Negroes from Virginia. Henry Lindeman, an old and respectable planter of Cusohita Parish, La., was drowned in the Ouachita river last week. Gen. Watkina, commander of the Southern forces in Missouri, is a half brother of Henry Clay. The steamer Kanawha was burnt last Monday morning, forty miles below Memphis No lives lost. The Great Eastern sailed from Quebec for Liverpool on the 6th inst. taking 365 passengers. John E. Pardy has been arrested in Norfolk for uttering treasonable sentiments. A young man, named John Buford, was drowned at Lynchburg last Friday.
Seizure of a steamer. --The Vicksburg Whig, of the 8th, learns that the steam boat Corale, a small stern-wheel craft, was seized at Trenton, on the Ouachita river, a few days ago, by some of the citizens of Monroe, on the ground that her owners are alien enemies, they being citizens of Ohio.
The enemy repulsed in Louisiana. We were yesterday shown a private letter to a gentleman from Louisiana now in this city, in which mention is made of the recent repulse of the Yankees at Harrisonburg, on the Ouachita river. The repulse was attended with heavy loss to them, whilst our loss is represented to have been very small — only some two or three killed and wounded. One commissioned officer was dangerously wounded.
Fight at Harrisonburg, La. --We have been shown the official report of Lieut,-Col. George W. Logan, commanding post at Harrisonburg, La, which was attacked by four of the enemy's gunboats on the 10th of May last. This engagement was briefly noticed by us shortly after its occurrence, but the facts before us at that time enabled us to convey a very inadequate idea of the real character of the engagement. Harrisonburg is on the Washita river, and is defended by a small fortification known as Fort Beauregard. At daylight on the morning of the 10th the enemy's gunboats were observed approaching this fort, and preparations at once made for their reception. When they arrived near enough to commence the attack, a yawl was sent out bearing a flag of truce, demanding the unconditional surrender of the place. Capt. Thos. O. Benton and Adjutant Jas. G. Blanchard were deputized by Col. Logan to respond that the point would be defended. Half an hour after the boats opened fire upon
Late from Louisiana. --The last Mobile Tribune publishes the following intelligence, received from a gentleman returned from the enemy's lines in the Trans Mississippi Department: He reports that when Gen. Sherman, with his forces, 22,000 strong, had returned to Vicksburg, they there formed in two columns. One column went up Red river, to attack Alexandria; the other column went up the Ouachita river, to attack Harrisonburg. They were met by Gen. Price, who whipped them badly, said to be a Waterion defeat. Our informant also confirms the report of a battle having occurred on Bayon Teche. between Gen. Banks and Gen. Dick Taylor and the defeat of the former, as was reported some days ago. A portion of our forces, commanded by Gen Ross, had attacked Major McRae at Yazoo City, and driven him from the city and river with great loss. Both are now in our possession. The Yankee gunboats having evacuated the river, Gen. Harrison (Confederate) has swept the Mississipp
to be a great resort for Texas traders. But all its glory has departed; and it is now dwindled into comparative insignificance — but few prestiges of its prosperity remaining. From Shreveport a railroad has been graded westward to Marshall, Texas, and sixteen miles beyond, making a line in all some sixty miles in length. The work on this railroad was stopped by the war. There is a fine wagon road running from Shreveport west to Texas. Many years ago a railroad route was projected to Vicksburg, which was completed from the latter place west as far as the Monroe or the Ouachita river. This was almost completely destroyed by the great freshet in 1863. It was afterwards repaired, but was destroyed by us when driven back by the Federals. We understand it has been repaired and used by them in transporting troops, &c. The rivers of Louisiana are navigable only during the spring freshets. After that time but few of them are deep enough for steamers or transports of any size.
d lands and his own flowery prairies. It is the father fighting for the homes of his children, and his sons are following their sire, for Shelby, Marmaduke and Clarke are there, while Cooper and "Bill Anderson" are swelling the train. The enemy attribute the commencement of their misfortunes to the scandalous defeat of Banks on Red river last spring. Since that time we have crossed the Red, the Arkansas, the White, and now the Missouri river; so that, instead of having the Red and Wachita rivers as a line of defence, the enemy have now their old work to do over again — to drive us from Northern Missouri. Price has taken Jeff. Thompson's old racing ground, leading from Clarendon, in Arkansas, to Batesville and Pilot Knob, in Missouri. He attacked Pilot Knob and Shepherd mountain in a way quite unexpected by them, cutting all communication with St. Louis, and attacked the garrison in its rear. He pursued the affrighted Ewing towards Rolla, and compelled him to give the orde
Washington boat, and landed at Annapolis. No one knows his whereabouts, although he is anxiously waited here. The Commission has proven that Butler received two-fifths of all cotton brought here, his brother-in-law one-fifth, and middle-men, of which Johnston was one, two-fifths, the Government getting but one-half of that which was rightfully due it. You may expect even more astounding revelations than these. Raids of the enemy. A telegram tells of a raid of the enemy up the Washita river, and their destruction of the people's provisions.--In another paper we find the following: Lieutenant Cushing, of the navy, has been on another expedition. On the night of the 4th instant, with four boats and fifty men, he took possession of the little town of All Saints, on Little river, South Carolina, holding it all next day, and capturing a large amount of cotton, some of which was destroyed and some carried off. On the 6th instant, some of his men routed a rebel force engage
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