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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
Story of the Confederate armored ram Arkansas. From the Sunday news, Charleston, S. C., Nov. 12, 1905. Her achievements Unmatched in Naval warfare. By Rev. John Johnson D. D., ( Major of Engineers C. S. Army.) The recent appearance of Volume 19, Series I, of The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies, has given fresh impulse to the study of the short but brilliant career of the Confederate armored ram, Arkansas. The scene of her engagements was on the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers, near and at Vicksburg, and in the vicinity of Baton Rouge. The heroic fighting of four distinct actions within a week, viz: from the 15th to the 22nd of July, 1862, inclusive, by this single vessel, against the heaviest odds recorded in naval history, places her name in the same class as that occupied by the Virginia (Merrimac) in Hampton Roads, March, 1862, and by the Tennessee in Mobile Bay, August, 1864. But it is no disparagement of the gallant fighting on board of those last bo
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.19 (search)
ays and nights stood in the trenches suffering from hunger and thirst, with a semitropic sun beating down upon them, with sickness decimating their ranks, exposed both night and day to a terrific fire from the Federal fleet stationed in the Mississippi river above and below the fort, repelling assault after assault from the land forces of General Banks and Augur, fighting only as Confederate soldiers could fight, and holding out even after Vicksburg had surrendered to General Grant. If ever thudiced, it is to be hoped that General Frank Gardner, the brave defender of Port Hudson, and the gallent men under him will receive their word of praise for their devotion to the Confederate cause. Port Hudson is located on a bend in the Mississippi river, about 150 miles above New Orleans, and twenty-five miles from Baton Rouge, at the terminus of the Clinton and Port Hudson railroad. Shortly after the fall of New Orleans, the Confederate Government, realizing the importance of Port Huds
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Some of the drug conditions during the war between the States, 1861-5. (search)
selling until this created a scandal almost equal to that of speculating in cotton, and it was finally stopped by a strong proclamation. A large contraband trade was carried on by an almost continuous line of house-boats floating on the Mississippi river. When opposite Memphis the goods were either sent in at night or into the interior of Arkansas, where trusty parties soon disposed of the stock*. The great bulk of this trade was sent out by traders and speculators in Paducah, Ky., and Cait was on the Mississippi, at the mouth of the Arkansas river, it was at one time a rival of Memphis for trade. This village was entirely destroyed by flood in 1869 or 1870; the last vestige of the large marine hospital was carried into the Mississippi river in 1874, and to-day there is not a human habitation to show where Napoleon once flourished. One of my Alabama lawyer friends, an ex-Confederate, famous for learning, for valor as a soldier, and for delightful humor as a reconteur, once r
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Roster of the Battalion of the Georgia Military Institute Cadets (search)
military command are of the highest order, and entitle him to a prominent position. They have been brilliantly illustrated by the corps of cadets, whose gallantry, discipline and skill equal anything I have ever seen in any military service. I cannot speak too highly of these youths, who go into a fight as cheerfully as they would enter a ball-room, and with the silence and steadiness of veterans. The Georgia Cadets were the last organized Confederate soldiers on duty east of the Mississippi river, and their last service, as the first, was on provost duty, guarding the city of Augusta, Ga., and the Confederate arsenals and army stores at that city. They obeyed the last order of a Confederate officer, Major-General Lafayette McLaws. The order was issued after the surrenders of General Lee and General Johnston, and was dated May 1, 1865, and they served under that order till the 20th day of May, 1865, when they were relieved from their duties by a Yankee garrison, who came to Au