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Springfield, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
citizens, and the contests of hostile forces in arms. One of the worst enemies of Missouri (the rebel Governor Jackson See page 201, volume I.) had died in exile at Little Rock, Dec. 6, 1862. in Arkansas, but Sterling Price, Marmaduke, Cabell, Reynolds (the former lieutenant-governor), and other rebel chiefs, were yet active and mischievous. Early in January, 1863, Marmaduke, with about four thousand men, mostly mounted, burst suddenly out of Northern Arkansas, and fell upon Springfield, in Missouri, then fairly fortified by five earth-works, and defended by a small force, under General E. B. Brown, of the Missouri militia. His force consisted of about 1,200 State militia, the One Hundred and Eighteenth and One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Iowa, under Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Cook, and 800 convalescents, who re-enforced the garrison lust as Marmaduke was approaching. The attack was sharp and heavy, but General Brown gallantly fought the assailants with his little band from ten o
Morris Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
t Wagner, 204. repulse of the Nationals at Fort Wagner, 205. Fort Wagner besieged, 206. bombardm, frequently, from the Confederate guns on Morris Island. The Nationals were completely masked by ning July 11. he led them to an assault on Fort Wagner. They pressed boldly up, and had reached tIt was now evident to General Gillmore that Fort Wagner was stronger than he supposed it to be, andless of the fire from both Fort ;Sumter and Fort Wagner, and poured upon the latter a continuous firong moved forward to within half a mile of Fort Wagner, when he advanced his whole column at the dieutenant Higginson, a mere lad, into the Fort Wagner at the Point of assault. this shows the 100-pounder Parrott guns, all trained upon Fort Wagner, Battery Gregg behind it, and Fort Sumter bcomposed wholly of bags of sand taken from Morris Island through the little creeks, in boats, durinforce at hand, were opened on Forts Sumter and Wagner and Battery Gregg, the first in command of Col[41 more...]
Texas (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ge 594, volume II. and the reoccupation of all Texas, by the Confederates, at the beginning of 1863housand followers, including a large number of Texas cavalry. He reoccupied Alexandria and Opelous Banks was ordered to move for the conquest of Texas, in a way according to the dictates of his own of Louisiana, between which State and that of Texas the Sabine River, for a long distance, forms tnus of a railway leading into the heart of Eastern Texas, and which was crossed by another leading abandoned the attempt, and determined to grasp Texas by the throat, as it were, by seizing and holdster. In order to mask his expedition against Texas by sea, Banks ordered General C. C. Washburne nth, promised a speedy closing of the coast of Texas to blockade-runners, and great advantage to thorks; and a greater portion of their troops in Texas, commanded by General Magruder, were concentranfederates had withdrawn to Galveston; and all Texas, west of the Colorado, was abandoned by them. [5 more...]
Kansas (Kansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
s loss was about the same. Four weeks later, a train of three hundred wagons, on the way from Kansas with supplies for Fort Blunt, under a convoy of ten cavalry companies, the First Kansas (coloredo hundred men killed, wounded, and prisoners. At the same time a most savage raid was made into Kansas from Missouri, by a band of desperadoes collected in the western part of the latter State, and le at the beginning of August numbered about six thousand men (including five hundred Indiana and Kansas cavalry), with twenty-two guns. He was soon joined by General Davidson (then operating in Arkanr. About a month after Blunt took possession of Fort Smith, he was on his way to that post from Kansas, with a small escort of cavalry (about one hundred Wisconsin and Kansas men), when he was attackKansas men), when he was attacked October 4. near Baxter's Spring's, in the Cherokee Reservation, by six hundred guerrillas, under the notorious Quantrell. Nearly the whole of Blunt's escort who remained to fight Blunt reporte
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
haw, of Staten Island, New York, and when the war broke-out was a member of the New York Seventh Regiment, so conspicuous in the movement for opening the way to Washington through Maryland. See chapter 18, volume I. He was with his regiment in those opening scenes of the war, and then received a commission in the Second Massachus861, made him his messenger to carry important military papers into the Southern States and to Fort Pickens. He was engaged in laying out the fortifications of Washington in the autumn of that year, when he was appointed Colonel of the Seventh New Hampshire Volunteers. With these he went boldly to the assault of Fort Wagner, andorces, on Mobile, the only place of importance then held by the Confederates on the Gulf eastward of the Mississippi. Influential loyalists from Texas, then in Washington, had the ear of the Government, and were strongly urging an attempt to repossess that State by force of arms. The Government yielded to their desires, and Bank
Minnesota (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
y events west of the Mississippi, to the close of 1863, only to take a glance at the trouble with the Indians, toward the head-waters of that stream, in the State of Minnesota. As these troubles had no immediate connection with the war, further than in drawing some troops from the grand theaters of strife, we must be content with only a brief passing note of the events. At midsummer, 1862, bands of the warlike Sioux Indians, in the State of Minnesota, made open war upon the white people in that region. It is not positively known by what special motive, or under what particular influence they were impelled; and the suspicion that they were incited to h was the most conspicuous of the leaders in the inauguration of the war, by the butchery of the white inhabitants at Yellow Medicine, New Ulm, and Cedar City, in Minnesota, in August and September, 1862. and at outposts beyond the boundaries of that State. For nine days in October the Indians besieged Fort Ridgeley. Fort Abercrom
Passaic, N. J. (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
n Forts Sumter and Wagner and Battery Gregg, the first in command of Colonel Alfred Rhett, the second under Colonel Lawrence M. Keitt, and the third under Captain Lesesene. Fort Sumter, lying at a distance of two miles and a half from Gillmore's batteries, was the chief object of attack, for it was necessary to make it powerless for offensive purposes before the siege of Fort Wagner might be prosecuted, without great loss of life. Upon it Gillmore's breaching-guns and the heavy ones of the Passaic and Patapsco (the monitors lying at a distance of two thousand yards) were brought to bear, and before night its walls had begun to crumble fearfully. The firing.was renewed every morning until the 24th, August when Gillmore sent a dispatch to Halleck, saying, I have the honor to report the practical demolition of Fort Sumter, as the result of our seven days bombardment of that work, including two days of which a powerful northeasterly storm most seriously diminished the accuracy and effe
Cedar City (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
elled; and the suspicion that they were incited to hostilities by emissaries of the Conspirators, with the hope of thereby causing a large number of troops fighting the rebellion to be drawn away to a distant point, rests only upon conjecture. The fact is, that a Sioux chief, named Little Crow, a most saintly-looking savage in civilized costume, was the most conspicuous of the leaders in the inauguration of the war, by the butchery of the white inhabitants at Yellow Medicine, New Ulm, and Cedar City, in Minnesota, in August and September, 1862. and at outposts beyond the boundaries of that State. For nine days in October the Indians besieged Fort Ridgeley. Fort Abercrombie was also besieged, and twice assaulted by the savages; and in that region they butchered about five hundred white inhabitants, consisting mostly of defenseless women and children. General H. H. Sibley, with a body of militia, was sent to crush the Indians, but the latter were too numerous to suffer more than pa
Napoleon (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ommanded by Lieutenant Wald Schmidt. A sharp engagement ensued, when Marmaduke was repulsed, with a loss of about three hundred men, including a brigadier-general (McDonald) and three colonels, killed. Merrell's loss was seventy-one men, seven of them killed. His ammunition was running low, so he fell back on Lebanon, while Marmaduke, having no spirit for further fighting in Missouri, fled swiftly southward that night, and escaped into Arkansas. With a part of his force he took post at Batesville, on the White River, where he was attacked Feb. 4. by the Fourth Missouri Cavalry, Colonel G. E. Waring, and driven across the stream, with the loss of a colonel and several men made prisoners. At about the same time a small force, under Major Reeder, broke up Feb. 3. a band of guerrillas at Mingo Swamp, and killed their leader, McGee; and, on the 28th of the same month, Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, scouting from Fayetteville (the National outpost in Northwestern Arkansas), with one hund
Warsaw Sound (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
d a half inches in thickness, covering thick oak and pine planking. She was armed with four of Brooke's (English) rifled cannon, whose projectiles were steel-pointed, and at her bow was an iron beak six feet in length, to which was suspended a submarine torpedo, charged with 50 pounds of gunpowder, for blowing up any vessel she might attack. Deserters from the Atlanta reported her ready for work, and Admiral Dupont sent the Weehawken, Captain Rodgers, and Nahant, Commander Downes, to Wassaw Sound, to watch her. She was considered by her commander a match for both, and on the morning of the 17th of June, she was seen moving rapidly down the Wilmington River to attack them, accompanied by two wooden gun-boats of Tattnall's Mosquito Fleet, which were intended to tow up to Savannah the captured monitors. After the battle, the Atlanta was to proceed to sea, and destroy or disperse the blockading squadrons off Charleston and Wilmington. She was provided with instruments, and with stor
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