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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blackwater, battle of the. (search)
Blackwater, battle of the. Late in 1861 the Department of Missouri was enlarged, and Gen. Henry W. Halleck was placed in command of it. General Price had been rapidly gathering Confeder ate forces in Missouri; and Gen. John Pope was placed in command of a considerable body of troops to oppose him. Pope acted with great vigor and skill. He made a short, sharp, and decisive campaign. Detachments from his camp struck telling blows here and there. One was inflicted by Gen.. Jefferson C. Davis on the Blackwater, near Milford, which much disheartened the Confederates of that State. Davis found the Confederates in a wooded bottom opposite his own forces. He car ried a well-guarded bridge by storm, and fell upon the Confederates with such vigor that they retreated in confusion, and were so closely pursued that they surrendered, in number about 1.300. cavalry and infantry. The spoils of victory were 800 horses and mules, 1.000 stand of arms, and over seventy wagons loaded with tents
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
e, Va., captured by National cavalry. Expedition went out from Suffolk, Va., and recaptured a Pittsburg battery.—4. General Banks and a part of his expedition sailed from New York for New Orleans.—5. Skirmish near Coffeeville, Miss.—6. Confederates repulsed at Cane Hill, Ark.— 7. California steamer Ariel captured by the Alabama.—9. Concordia, on the Mississippi, burned by Union troops.—10. National gunboats shell and destroy most of the town of Front Royal, Va.—11. Skirmish on the Blackwater, Va., and National troops pushed back to Suffolk.— 12. National gunboat Cairo blown up by a torpedo on the Yazoo.—13. National troops surprise and capture Confederates at Tuscumbia, Ala.—14. Gen. N. P. Banks succeeded General Butler in command of the Department of the Gulf. Plymouth, N. C., destroyed by Confederates.—15. Confederate salt-works at Yellville, Ark., destroyed.—21. A body of Union cavalry destroyed important railroad bridges in eastern Tennessee, with locomo