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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
h the head while urging these forward in the notable charge, with the words charge, mes enfans! charge, Zouaves! in honor of this brave and devoted soldier, General Burnside named one of the captured batteries Fort de Monteuil. as among the killed. The number of his prisoners amounted to about three thousand. Many of the troops on the Island escaped to Nag's head, and thence, accompanied by General Wise and the remainder of his Legion, they fled up the coast toward Norfolk. on the 18th of February, Wise issued a characteristic special order no. 1, from Canal Bridge, Currituck County, N. C., informing the public that the flag of Captain O. Jennings Wise would be raised for true men to rally around. the spoils of victory were forty-two heavy guns, most of them of large caliber, three being 100-pounders. New names were given to the forts. Fort Bartow was changed to Fort Foster; Fort Huger to Fort Reno and Fort Blanchard to Fort Parke. the Confederate flotilla was immediately
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
ous skirmishing by day, resulting ultimately in forcing the enemy to surrender without conditions. The victory achieved is not only great in the effect it will have in breaking down rebellion, but has secured the greatest number of prisoners of war ever taken in any battle on this continent. Fort Donelson will hereafter be marked in capitals on the map of our united country, and the men who fought the battle will live in the memory of a grateful people. McClernand, in a field-order (February 18th), said: You have continually led the way in the Valley of the Lower Mississippi, the Tennessee, and the Cumberland. You have carried the flag of the Union farther South than any other land forces, marching from the interior toward the seaboard. Being the first division to enter Fort Henry, you also pursued the enemy for miles, capturing from him, in his flight, six field-pieces, many of his standards and flags, a number, of prisoners, and a great quantity of military stores. Fol
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
lion in Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, the National troops, under Samuel R. Curtis. Generals Curtis, Sigel, and others, were carrying the standard of the Republic, in triumph into Arkansas,, in the grand movement down the Mississippi Valley toward the Gulf. We have observed how Price was expelled from Missouri and driven into Arkansas. He was closely followed by the National forces under the chief command of General Samuel R. Curtis, of Iowa, who crossed the line on the 18th of February, his troops cheering with delight as they saw the old flag waving in triumph over the soil of another of the so-called Confederate States. On the same day, General Halleck sent a thrill of joy to every loyal heart, by telegraphing to General McClellan, The flag of the Union is floating in Arkansas . . . The army of the Southwest is doing its duty nobly. Curtis pushed on, notwithstanding his effective fighting force was continually diminishing, by the planting of guards along his ext