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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
ble arm of the sea, and was connected by railway with Beaufort harbor at Morehead City, and Raleigh, the capital of the State. The land and naval forces left Hatteras Inlet on the morning of the 12th of March, 1862. and at sunset the gun-boats and transports anchored off the mouth of Slocum's Creek, about eighteen miles from New Berne, where Burnside had determined to make a landing. His troops numbered about fifteen thousand. The landing was begun at seven o'clock the next morning, March 18. under cover of the gun-boats; and so eager were the men to get ashore, that many, too impatient to wait for the boats, leaped into the water, waist deep, and waded to the land. Then they pushed on in the direction of New Berne, in a copious rain, dragging their heavy cannon, Among them were six naval howitzers that Rowan put ashore, under Lieutenant R. S. McCook, to assist in the attack. with great difficulty and fatigue, through the wet clay, into which men often sank knee deep. The
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
day, March 8, 1862. issued another order, directing that no change of the base of operation of that army should be made without leaving a competent force for the protection of Washington; that not more than fifty thousand troops should be moved toward the scene of intended operations, until the navigation of the Potomac from Washington to the Chesapeake should be freed from the enemy's batteries and other obstructions; that the new movement on Chesapeake Bay should begin as early as the 18th of March, and that the General-in-Chief should be responsible that it so moves as early as that day; and that the army and navy co-operate in an immediate effort to capture the enemy's batteries upon the Potomac, between Washington and the Chesapeake Bay. At this moment events were occurring that caused a material modification of the plans of the General-in-Chief. A new war-power had just been created, and was about to manifest its strength in Hampton Roads. The Monitor, whose exploits we sh
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
nt into Congress on the day of the conference July 12. was not acted upon by that body. It was evident that the majority of the people, and their representatives in the National Legislature, were not in a mood to make any further compromise with the great enemy of the Republic, or concessions to its supporters. Meanwhile a bill providing for the confiscation of the property of rebels, which involved the emancipation of slaves, had been passed by Congress and approved by the President, March 18. entitled An act to make an additional article of War, to take effect from and after its passage. It prohibited all officers or persons in the military or naval service of the Republic from using any force under their commands for the purpose of restoring fugitive slaves to their alleged masters, on penalty of instant dismissal from the service. Congress had also recently passed An Act to Suppress Insurrection, to Punish Treason and Rebellion, to Seize and Confiscate Property of Rebels, a