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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—the naval war. (search)
fortunately, not very numerous—which had not been entirely brutalized by field-slavery. The Planter was a small steamer carrying two guns which happened to be in the port of Charleston, and which General Ripley, who was in charge of the defences of the bay, made use of, both in his tours of inspection, and for transporting soldiers and materiel of war. She was commanded by a white officer, but the pilot, named Robert Small, the engineer and fireman were mulatto slaves. On the morning of the 13th, the vessel had just shipped four guns of heavy calibre, destined for the armament of exterior works. She was lying at the wharf under steam; the whites, for some reason or other, had all gone ashore. The pilot Small perceived this, and a bold idea immediately passed through the mind of this slave, whose master thought he had a right to control and to employ for his profit not only his body, but also his intelligence. He suddenly gave the signal for departure; he was obeyed as usual. Ther
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Maryland. (search)
ward; the latter entered the town of Frederick on the 12th, after a slight engagement with the enemy's rear-guard. On the 13th the whole army had crossed the Monocacy, and the greater portion of it was concentrated around Frederick. By this time Legns of his adversary, clearly indicating the course he ought to pursue. On his arrival at Frederick on the morning of the 13th, a scrap of paper picked up from the corner of a table in the house which had served as headquarters to the Confederate D.thstanding their zeal, always conform strictly to the orders he gave them. It followed that Sumner, on the evening of the 13th, had not left Frederick, that only a single corps of the right wing, Reno's, had reached Middletown, while the greater poy fire with the Federals who were posted there, and had been compelled to postpone the attack till the next day. On the 13th, the day on which McClellan found Lee's order of march, the Federal troops cooped up at Harper's Ferry numbered fourteen t
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Kentucky (search)
were connected by a long breastwork, only mounted four guns in position. The Federal garrison, commanded by Colonel Wilders, consisted of two batteries of field-artillery, about two thousand men belonging to the depots of five or six different regiments, and a company of regular infantry. Two brigades, under General Chalmers, formed the advance of Hardee's corps, which was marching at the head of the Confederate army. They arrived in front of the Federal entrenchments on the evening of the 13th, which they vigorously attacked at early dawn the next day. Fort Craig, recently constructed in the centre of a wood, was surrounded by large abatis. A fierce fight was engaged among the fallen trees; the Federals were soon driven back into their works, but the assailants could not dislodge them, and finally retired after having sustained considerable losses. Encouraged by this success, the small garrison resolved to continue the defence of the positions confided to its honor. On the 15th
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—Tennessee. (search)
vided into two separate commands; the two divisions from Corinth were under Hamilton, the other three divisions had been brought over from Boliver by McPherson. The latter had occupied Lamar with ten thousand men since the 8th of November; on the 13th, his vanguard was at Holly Springs, the first important station after Grand Junction. The Federal cavalry, both numerous and active, extended far and wide, and reached the banks of the Tallahatchie, toward which Grant was leading all his forces. d taken the Virginia into battle for the first time. The infantry was taken on board; the artillery and cavalry, having been left on the other side of the Atchafalaya, ascended the left side of the Teche between this river and the lake. On the 13th the flotilla appeared before Pattersonville. The obstacle which the Confederates had raised in this place was insurmountable. It consisted of a boat sunk crossways, resting upon the scaffolding of an old bridge; the guns placed on the enemy's w
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VI:—Virginia. (search)
ifteen men disabled, the defenders of Marye's Hill and the whole ridge commanding Fredericksburg had only lost nine hundred and fifty-two in killed and wounded, while six thousand three hundred of their adversaries had fallen. The Confederate army was not only slightly weakened by its losses, but the easy victory it had achieved had inspired it with still greater confidence than it possessed before the battle. Fresh troops had everywhere taken the place of those who had been engaged on the 13th; new entrenchments had been erected during the night along the whole line occupied by Jackson and Hood; consequently, when daylight came, Lee was ardently wishing that his opponent would renew the fight. In the battle of the 13th his part as general-in-chief had not been of great importance, for the troops, once placed in line, had only to remain steady in the advantageous positions they occupied. But he too easily believed what he desired, and only made preparations for repelling a new ass