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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Kentucky (search)
nd to delay their movements, thus giving the Confederates time to concentrate themselves to begin a retreat which had now become inevitable. The battle of Perryville may, therefore, be considered as a reverse to both parties. The attack of the Confederates paralyzed Buell at a time when his united army could have crushed them. They did not, however, realize the success they had anticipated, and the resistance they encountered made them despair of securing Kentucky. On the morning of October 9th the ridge commanding the right bank of Chaplin's Creek was only occupied by a small detachment as a rear-guard. The three divisions which had fought the battle of Perryville, leaving behind them twelve hundred of their wounded and most of the cannon captured the day before, retired toward Harrodsburg, where they arrived at nine o'clock in the evening of the 9th. The next day they crossed Duck River and took position at Bryantsville, while Kirby Smith, recalled in great haste, brought hi
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
the bar. A fort erected by the Confederates, at the extreme end of Galveston Island, opened fire upon him, but two or three well-directed shells soon silenced its guns. The battery on Pelican Island, from which the Federals had expected to receive numerous projectiles, was found to be only armed with bogus wooden cannon. It was immediately occupied; and Renshaw, bringing his vessel to bear upon the town, allowed the Confederates to evacuate it. The place was delivered up to him on the 9th of October, but the few troops he had at his disposal rendered its possession more dangerous than useful, as we shall presently see. Meanwhile, he continued the system of occupation prescribed by Farragut and on the 26th of October two of his gun-boats. the Westfield and the Clifton, took possession of the village of Indianola, in the Bay of Matagorda, without opposition. Similar bold strokes were attempted along that portion of the coast of the Mexican gulf which extends east of the mouths