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n body of the rebel army to attack Pope, before a junction could be formed between him and the army of the Potomac. On the sixteenth, I telegraphed to General Pope not to cross the Rapidan, and advised him to take position in rear of the Rappahannock, where he could be more easily reenforced. He commenced this movement on the seventeenth, and by the morning of the eighteenth had most of his forces behind that river, prepared to hold its passes as long as possible. He had been reenforced by King's division and a part of Burnside's corps, under Gen. Reno, from Fredericksburgh. I also directed Gen. Burnside to occupy Richard's and Barnett's Fords, which were between him and Gen. Pope's main army. The enemy made several attempts to cross at different points on the Rappahannock, but was always repulsed, and our troops succeeded in holding the line of this river for eight days. It was hoped that during this time sufficient forces from the army of the Potomac would reach Acquia Creek t
iring a shot from their rifled piece, apparently trying the range and feeling their way. The cavalry, under command of Colonel King, Third Missouri State militia, Colonel Hall, Fourth Missouri State militia, were ordered forward to meet the advancing. The firing gradually increased until about one o'clock P. M., when the forces on both sides were fiercely engaged. Colonel King was ordered to charge with his regiment the enemy's right. He drove them back, when they turned their artillery and s turn and gallop back, with small loss on either side. This did not last long. The Third M. S. M., (cavalry,) under Col. King, retired to a line running east from the fort; the Fourth M. S. M., (cavalry,) under Col. Hall, retired to a line running west from the fort, and the enemy made their first attack upon Col. King's side. The Seventy-second enrolled militia, (infantry,) under Colonel Henry Sheppard, were ordered forward with two or three companies of the Eighteenth Iowa infantry, and
he Colonel commanding. Owing to our hasty departure and the darkness, the surgeons were unable to dress the wounds of the soldiers save a few. Not being informed of the Colonel's intention to move, Dr. Peck, Acting Brigade Surgeon, and Assistant-Surgeon King of the Fifty-first, went on the field to look after our wounded, and were soon surprised to find themselves almost in the enemy's lines. Dr. Peck succeeded in escaping, but Dr. King was made prisoner and sent to Day's Gap. Just as we Dr. King was made prisoner and sent to Day's Gap. Just as we left, the enemy had received reenforcements, with three pieces of artillery. They shelled our rear, causing some commotion among the horses and miles. It was expected that they would follow, and no time was lost. Arriving at a favorable situation, Colonel Streight disposed his troops in ambush on both sides of the road, where they waited with almost breathless anxiety, and eyes weary with watching, for the approach of tile enemy. Two hours were lost and no enemy appeared. We moved on, reach
structed him as to the course he should pursue when the movement should commence. In a short time after this, Lieutenant Miller directed me to retire the moment the forces on my right were seen to fall back. The forces indicated soon after fell back, and I immediately took the necessary steps to bring off my line of pickets, which was accomplished under a most terrific artillery fire from the right, left and front. The regiment here suffered a heavy loss, Captains Strickland and Feder, Lieut. King, and thirty-seven enlisted men being found missing when the regiment rejoined the brigade within the breastworks on the left of the White House. Most of this number, I regret to say, must have been killed or wounded by the artillery fire while falling back through the woods, as they were known to have left the intrenchments with the regiment. The regiment having rejoined the brigade, took up position in line of battle on the left of the White House, where they remained Sunday, Monday, a
bridges over the Pamunkey and Mattapony, and a large. depot of corn and stores near and above the Rappahannock, and came in here in good condition. They deserve great credit for what they have done. It is one of the finest feats of the war. Rufus King, Brigadier-General Commanding Post. Colonel Kilpatrick's report. Yorktown, Va., May 8. Major-General H. W. Halleck, Commander-in-Chief, United States Army. General: I have the honor to report that, by direction of Major-General Stoon of his chiefs. Respectfully submitted, J. Kilpatrick, Colonel Comd'g First Brigade, Third Division Cavalry. Lieutenant-Colonel Davis's report. headquarters Twelfth Illinois cavalry, Gloucester point, Va., May 10, 1863. To Brigadier-General Rufus King, Commanding at Yorktown: General: In compliance with your request I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the Twelfth Illinois cavalry since leaving the main body of the cavalry corps, on the South-Anna,
fertile sources of alarm rendered the formation of a durable federal compact a gigantic labor. March 10, 1787, a convention of delegates from the several States was agreed upon, who should prepare a form of government which should render the Federal Constitution adequate to the exigencies of government and the preservation of the Union. This convention was to meet in Philadelphia on the second Monday of May next. The General Court appoint Francis Dana, Elbridge Gerry, Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King, and Caleb Strong as Delegates from Massachusetts. At this juncture, the late requisition of Congress, Aug. 2, 1786, for $3,777,062, calls on our Commonwealth to pay its proportion, which was $324,746. The murmurs of the people, under what they deemed excessive taxation, became loud and emphatic. There were those who were ready to rise in rebellion against the government, and throw the whole fabric of American liberty in ruins. This suicidal sophistry found its advocate in Shays, who
he old battle-field of Bull Run and by noon on the 28th the whole corps was once more united between Centreville and Sudley Spring. Late in the day he encountered King's division of McDowell's corps near the village of Groveton, and a sharp fight was opened and kept up till an hour after dark. The Confederates were left in posse Kearny back, captured one gun, several flags and a hundred prisoners. Night then closed over Second Bull Run: the fighting Forty-First New York and Brig.-Gen. Rufus King. C Company of the Forty-first New York after the Second Battle of Bull Run, August 30, 1862. When the troops of Generals Milroy and Schurz were hard pr when their first service was over they stepped forward to a man, specifying no term of service but putting their names on the Honor Roll of For the War. Brigadier-General King, a division commander in this battle, was a soldier by profession, and a diplomatist and journalist by inheritance — for he was a graduate of West Point,
July 16, 1862. Jamison, C. D., Sept. 3, 1861. Johnson, Andrew, Mar. 4, 1862. Jones, Patrick H., Dec. 6, 1864. Judah, H. M., Mar. 21, 1862. Kaemerling, Guitar, Jan. 5, 1864. Keim, Wm. H., Dec. 20, 1861. Kiernan, James L., Aug. 1, 1863. King, Rufus, May 17, 1861. Kirby, Edmund, May 23, 1863. Kirk, E. N., Nov. 29, 1862. Knipe, Joseph F., Nov. 29, 1862. Krzyzanowski, W., Nov. 29, 1862. Lander, F. W., May 17, 1861. Ledlie, James H., Dec. 24, 1862. Lee, Albert L., Nov. 29, 1862. Lighntry Jeremiah M. Rusk, originally Lieut.-Colonel of the 25th regiment. Charles S. Hamilton commanded a division at Corinth. John C. Starkweather commanded a brigade at Perryville. Halbert E. Paine commanded a division at Port Hudson. Rufus King commanded a division in the Army of the Potomac. Coates, J. H., Mar. 13, 1865. Cobb, Amasa, Mar. 13, 1865. Cobham, G. A., Jr. , July 19, 1864. Coburn, J., Mar. 13, 1865. Cockerill, J. R., Mar. 13, 1865. Coggswell, W., Dec. 15, 1864. Co
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
made the donations, and the real pleasure which it seems to have afforded him. From Mrs. C. A. Hamilton, Beaufort, South Carolina, a large collection of war issues of the Charleston and other papers. (The Society is anxious to secure even odd numbers of papers published during the war, as they help to complete our files, and are valuable as duplicates.) From Major H. B. McClellan, Lexington, Kentucky (formerly of General Stuart's staff), a package of Mss. containing the following: General J. E. B. Stuart's report of operations of his cavalry, from October 30th, 1862, to November 6th, 1862. An original letter from Major-General John Pope to Major-General Banks, dated July 21st, 1862, enclosing dispatch from Brigadier-General Rufus King, at Falmouth (giving account of his raid on Beaver Dam depot), and ordering Banks to send General Hatch at once to make cavalry raid on Gordonsville, Charlottesville, &c. (This letter was probably found when Stuart captured Pope's headquarters).
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Explosive or poisoned musket or rifle balls — were they authorized and used by the Confederate States army, or by the United States army during the Civil War?--a slander refuted. (search)
emy made a report to the Government of a trial of the Gardiner musket shell. In May, 1862, Mr. Gardiner offered to sell some of his explosive musket shells to the Government at a stipulated price. His application was referred to General Ripley with the following endorsement: Will General Ripley consider whether this explosive shell will be a valuable missile in battle? A. Lincoln. General Ripley replied that it had no value as a service projectile. In June, 1862, Brigadier-General Rufus King, at Fredericksburg, made a requisition for some of the Gardiner musket shells. On referring this application to the Chief of Ordnance, General Ripley, that old army officer, whose sense of right must have been shocked at this instance of barbarism, a second time recorded his disapproval, replying that it was not advisable to furnish any such missiles to the troops at present in service. In September, 1862, the Chief of Ordnance of the Eleventh corps, United States army, recomm
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