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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
ust as we were leaving the town. About dark we met General Grant's staff-officer near Bolton Station, who turned us to the right, with orders to push on to Vicksburg by what was known as the upper Jackson Road, which crossed the Big Black at Bridgeport. During that day (May 16th) the battle of Champion Hills had been fought and won by McClernand's and McPherson's corps, aided by one division of mine (Blair's), under the immediate command of General Grant; and McPherson was then following theurg by the Edwards's Ferry road. General Blair's division had come up from the rear, was temporarily attached to McClernand's corps, taking part with it in the battle of Champion Hills, but on the 17th it was ordered by General Grant across to Bridgeport, to join me there. Just beyond Bolton there was a small hewn-log house, standing back in a yard, in which was a well; at this some of our soldiers were drawing water. I rode in to get a drink, and, seeing a book on the ground, asked some so
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 16 (search)
f your force beyond thirty days from the date you reach Red River. As soon as he has taken Shreveport, or as soon as he can spare you, return to Vicksburg with all dispatch, gather up your detachments, wagons, tents, transportation, and all property pertaining to so much of the command as belongs to the Sixteenth Army Corps, and conduct it to Memphis, where orders will await you. My present belief is your division, entire, will be needed with the Army of the Tennessee, about Huntsville or Bridgeport. Still, I will leave orders with General Hurlbut, at Memphis, for you on your return. I believe if water will enable the gunboats to cross the rapids at Alexandria, you will be able to make a quick, strong, and effective blow at oui enemy in the West, thus widening the belt of our territory, and making the breach between the Confederate Government and its outlying trans-Mississippi Department more perfect. It is understood that General Steele makes a simultaneous move from Little Ro
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 21 (search)
d, whom I placed in command of the two divisions (Wagner's and Morgan's), was to move up Lookont Valley this A. M., to intercept Hood, should he be marching for Bridgeport. I will order him to join you with the two divisions, and will reconstruct the road as soon as possible. Will also reorganize the guards for posts and block-hrt of the Committee on the Conduct of the War, is full on all these points. After striking our road at Dalton, Hood was compelled to go on to Chattanooga and Bridgeport, or to pass around by Decatur and abandon altogether his attempt to make us let go our hold of Atlanta by attacking our communications. It was clear to me thatexcellent forts that already covered Nashville. At Chattanooga, he had General Steedman's division, about five thousand men, besides garrisons for Chattanooga, Bridgeport, and Stevenson; at Murfreesboroa he also had General Rousseau's division, which was full five thousand strong, independent of the necessary garrisons for the ra
the tarpaulin was allowed to fall. Some of the men who were with him will soon be here on the schooner John S. Smith. They knew of these boats running, and thought if there was any thing coming ashore they might get some news. They waited until 2 o'clock in the morning; and during the four hours they were there, one of the boats went off and came back with another load. There were at least a dozen carts, and those which returned were not gone over three-fourths of an hour. The number of bodies carried away must have been nearly 100. The next night also they went down to the Battery, and saw more bodies brought on shore, about half as many as on the first night. Some men who had been wounded in the hotel in Moultrieville were brought to the city in the daytime. One of this party learned from a hand on one of the boats, that the first shot at Fort Moultrie entered an embrasure and killed 30 odd men. This man was a cooper, and belonged in Bridgeport.--N. Y. Tribune, May 10.
. 68; his order cutting off supplies from Fort Pickens, Doc. 42 Brass missionaries, P. 112 Brady, James T., letter to the Union meeting, New York, Doc. 92 Breckinridge, Rev. Dr., article of, in the Danville (Ky.) Review, opposing secession, D. 97 Breckinridge, J. C., protests against the war, D. 35 Brengle Guard, of Frederick, Md., D. 61 Breshwood, Capt., surrenders the cutter Robert McClellan, D. 16 Brown, George M., of Mobile, Ala., D. 13 Bridgeport, Conn., Union meeting at, D. 35 Briggs, G. N., Governor of Massachusetts, D. 83 Bright, Mr., remarks in English House of Commons, May 23, Doc. 303 Bronson, Greene C., Doc. 135 Brooklyn, N. Y., D. 15; Union meeting at, D. 42; war spirit in, D. 50; steam frigate, ordered to Charleston, S. C., D. 9; P. 10; Navy Yard, the threatened attack upon, P. 21; Heights Seminary, D. 50 Brooks, Sarah Warner, P. 45 Brooks, William M., of Ala., D. 12 Broome Co., (N. Y.,)
Another Snake story.--Between the point of Lookout Mountain and Bridgeport, down the Valley of the Tennessee, lie twenty-five miles of dead mules, in one continuous string, the head of the first carcass lying on the quarter-deck of the one beyond him, and so on throughout the entire distance. Just imagine a convulsion of nature of sufficient magnitude to bury these remains as they now lie, and phancy the pheelinx of a future Agassiz, who, in his geological researches, strikes either of the termini, and attempts to exhume the entire snake. Won't it knock the socks off the saurians of the diluvian period? Twenty-five miles of vertebrae, with two pedal arrangements every three feet! What a bully sideshow for a future circus! It will probably be called the old he-Copperhead of the Rebellion period --admission ten cents--Peace Democrats half-price.--Chattanooga Gazette.
essage from the General to this effect: Drop all work on the Railroad east of Bear Creek; put your command toward Bridgeport till you meet orders. Instantly the order was executed, and the order of march was reversed, and all columns directerossed Elk, and proceeded to Winchester and Decherd. At Fayetteville I received orders from General Grant to come to Bridgeport with the Fifteenth army corps, and leave General Dodge's command at Pulaski and along the railroad from Columbia to Decthe Third by University Place and Sweiden's Cave. In person I proceeded by Sweiden's Lane and Battle Creek, reaching Bridgeport at night of November thirteenth. I immediately telegraphed to the Commanding-General my arrival and the position of position for use. There was in the department of the Cumberland one regular bridge-train, which was scattered from Bridgeport to Chattanooga; this, by the strenuous exertions of Lieutenant Geo. W. Dressen, Fourth artillery, was collected in the
ped about Gaylesville, in the rich valley of the Chattooga, abounding in corn and meat, and I determined to pause in my pursuit of the enemy, to watch his movements and live on the country. I hoped that flood would turn toward Guntersville and Bridgeport. The army of the Tennessee was posted near Little River, with instructions to feel forward in support of the cavalry, which was ordered to watch Hood in the neighborhood of Wills's Valley, and to give me the earliest notice possible of his turike his communications south of the Etowah, he would turn on him. When General Corse moved, it was yet uncertain as to Hood's intention. He was, therefore, directed, with the force at Rome, to act against any attempt of the enemy to move on Bridgeport from the direction of Gadsden. General Sherman further directed, by verbal instructions, that this force act as an observing one ready to strike in any direction the enemy might be discovered moving. As soon as Hood's intentions were fully
Rome, Georgia, on the twenty-sixth of September, ultimo. In pursuance to orders from Major-General Howard, I moved that portion of the division at East-Point to Rome via Atlanta, where we obtained transportation, and arrived in Rome on the twenty-seventh of September, at two A. M. The Special Order No. 217, headquarters department and army of the Tennessee, directed that, on reaching Rome, I should unite the division, and be prepared to act against any force that might attempt to threaten Bridgeport from the direction of Gadsden. Verbal instructions from General Sherman, received while passing through Atlanta, indicated in addition, that the division was placed at Rome in observation, ready at all times to strike in any direction the enemy might be discovered taking. The commanding officer at Rome was relieved on the twenty-ninth, and I assumed command at once, bending all energies to organizing, drilling, and equipping the command for rapid work. The First Alabama cavalry, Col
ut four thousand (4,000) men, as many as could be advantageously employed in defending the line, with about twenty (20) pieces of field artillery. So strong was the position that my greatest, almost only, apprehension was a flank movement by Bridgeport or Baldwin's Ferry, which would have endangered my communications with Vicksburg; yet this position was abandoned by our troops almost without a struggle, and with the loss of nearly all our artillery. I speak not now of the propriety or of thy was it greatly weakened by the absence of General Loring's division, but also by the large number of stragglers, who, having abandoned their commands, were already making their way into Vicksburg. The enemy, by flank movements on my left, by Bridgeport, and on my right by Baldwin's or other ferries, might reach Vicksburg almost simultaneously with myself, or perhaps interpose a heavy force between me and that city. Under these circumstances nothing remained but to retire the army within the
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