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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 31 1 Browse Search
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f service expired, and was relieved by Colonel Luckett and his command, who remained for some time at Fort Brown. Colonel Ford was ordered to San Antonio by General Bee in May, 1862, and by his suggestion was placed on conscript duty at Austin, and there organized his command for the discharge of that duty, with Capt. Wm. E. Walsh, Henry Trask, lieutenant and adjutant; Wm. Stowe, quartermaster and commissary; and Dr. Rogers, surgeon. A camp of conscription was located near Tyler with Lieut. Willie Thomas in command, aided by Lieutenant Broker. Similar camps were established in different parts of the State from time to time. Their purpose was to hunt out persons liable to military duty that did not volunteer, and send them into some regiment. That fact itself caused many to volunteer, to escape arrest by the conscript force. There is now no means of telling the number and location of those camps and the operations performed by them, further than that it is known they were continued
ng been ordered to Mississippi, and I have no report from him, but his brigade acted with the greatest gallantry. . . . . I am satisfied that there were more than Thomas' corps engaged. . . The unequal contest of four brigades against such overwhelming odds is unparalleled in this revolution, and the troops deserve immortal honor Deshler's brigade and Douglas' battery formed the left wing of Cleburne's division, which drove the enemy on the evening of the 19th back a mile and a half to Thomas' breastworks. The report of Col. Roger Q. Mills describes the advance of the brigade that evening, the crossing of the stream, the hurried march forward through pture of wagons, guns and prisoners, and were gallant participants in the last desperate fight on a spur of Missionary ridge, almost in the rear from the south of Thomas' line. The regiment had 177 officers and men on the first day. Its loss was not reported separately, but the brigade is reported as losing 652 out of 1,425. K
a memorable one. He retreated from that field in the direction of Jackson, where he was reinforced by other commands, forming the force that was being assembled under Gen. J. E. Johnston, with the design of raising the siege of Vicksburg. After the fall of Vicksburg and the evacuation of Jackson, when forces were being concentrated in Georgia to enable Bragg to defeat Rosecrans, Gregg's brigade was one of those sent for that purpose. On the second day at Chickamauga the heavy pressure on Thomas caused Rosecrans to support him by sending troops which left a gap in the Federal line. Into this Longstreet immediately pushed the brigades of McNair, Gregg, Kershaw, Law, Humphrey, Benning and Robertson. This caused the Federal disaster that gave the Confederates the brilliant victory of Chickamauga. Subsequently his old brigade was separated, the Texas regiment going into Granbury's brigade; and when Longstreet returned to Virginia in the spring of 1864, Gregg went with him in command
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Bond of heroism. (search)
told by General Joe Reynolds, who was on the staff of General Thomas. This officer pointed out on the map the elevation in front of Chattanooga where General Grant and General Thomas took position to see the grand advance of the divisions againste both of these movements were being executed, the army of Thomas, on the plain of Chattanooga, was to advance to the foot oand move up to the summit at the proper time. Grant and Thomas, said General Reynolds, watched the advance through teep, General Grant lowered his glasses and turning to General Thomas, asked: What does that mean? General Thomas turGeneral Thomas turned to me and said: General Grant wishes to know what that means. I had already recognized the command which had goneixth Indiana, I think, and it is going up the hill. General Thomas turned to General Grant and said: General Reynolds had seemed to be an impregnable position for Bragg. Then, turning once more to Thomas, he said: Are battles chance?
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.23 (search)
Said he: I knew Stonewall Jackson from infancy. I remember a visit to his father at Clarksburg, where he practiced law a few months before he died. His death, when Stonewall was three years old, left his family very poor. His wife, a proud, high-spirited woman, for a time supported herself and children by teaching and needle-work. Finally she married a lawyer named Woodson, and her children were scattered among their several uncles and aunts. A year or so later the mother died. Thomas, then a lad of eight, was adopted by his Uncle Cummins, and he lived here on this farm until the remainder of his boyhood was passed. Zzzhis Nephew. Cummins Jackson was intemperate, fond of gambling, betting and horse-racing, but still a man of honesty and integrity. He was warmly attached to his nephew, and took care that the boy should not become addicted to his own vices. The uncle, who always owned a number of blooded horses, and had on his farm a four-mile racecourse, early
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.24 (search)
tal at Pulaski. Clower, William Parks, Surgeon, Aug. 31, ‘63, 29th Georgia Regiment headquarters, Nov. 16, ‘63, April 30, ‘64, 29th Georgia Regiment. Cosby, Thomas R., promoted to Assistant Surgeon, appointed by Secretary of War Nov.,‘61, rank from same day. Passed Board at Jackson, Miss., Aug. 31, ‘63, 1st Battalion, Georgiecretary of War, ordered to report to Colonel 14th Georgia Regiment. Coffman, Benjamin F., detailed Dec. 31, ‘62, 7th Arkansas. Returned to ranks. Cottman, Thomas T., Surgeon. Passed Board Nov. 24, ‘62, Nov. 30, ‘62, Russell's Alabama Cavalry, 4th Alabama Cavalry, March 31, ‘63, Headquarters A. T., April 15, ‘63. Cowan,. July 15, ‘63, ordered to report to S. H. Stout. McAllister, Wm. Thos. Passed Army Board, as Surgeon, Aug. 12, ‘62. Ringgold, Ga., July 31, ‘63. Mattingly, Thomas, Surgeon, appointed by Secretary of War to rank Dec. 4, ‘61. Dec. 31, ‘62, Cleveland, Tenn. Jan. 9, ‘63, ordered to Rome, Ga. (General Br
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.26 (search)
and has stated that public opinion is more likely to be erroneous on military affairs than any other, because of their secrecy preventing complete knowledge. It clamored against him when he did not win victory in West Virginia; against Jackson before the Valley Campaign; against Albert Sidney Johnston before he fell at Shiloh; it demanded Joe Johnston's removal when he retreated before Sherman, and as loudly demanded his restoration when Hood advanced and failed. On the other hand, when Thomas was defeating Hood at Nashville, the message was on its way to supersede him for not fighting, and was drowned out in the shouts of his victory. While he yielded to the current of opinion respecting Early's operations, General Lee, in addressing him the letter relieving him from duty, on March 30, 1865, declared therein his own confidence in his ability and zeal and devotion to be unimpaired, and concluding with an expression of thanks for the fidelity and courage with which you have always
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.27 (search)
s under command of Captain James B. Angle, with Sergeants Cosby, Brooks, and Acting-Seargents Talley and Allen, while Captain E. J. Hulce, with Seargents Epps and Thomas, directed the movements of the second part. In all there were forty police in line. Zzzthe children's Division. Following the police and just preceding theroaddus, Mrs. Vaughan Webster, Miss Mary Ellett, Mrs. G. Percy Hawes, Mrs. John S. Ellett, Miss Lee Robinson, Mrs. E. R. Robinson, Mrs. David C. Richardson, Miss Willie Thomas, Miss May Williams, Mrs. William H. Williams, Mrs. David A. Brown, and others. The following members of the Monument Association had charge of the stand:mpany from North Carolina was in the great parade, this being Company G, of the First Regiment of Infantry of the North Carolina State Guard, from Washington, Captain Thomas commanding. Thirty-two men were in ranks in the full-dress dark-blue and white uniform of their State. North Carolina was also represented by Brigadier-Ge