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Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 43
, a steamer loaded with stores of all kinds, and furnished with a permit from Washington to trade within the military lines, appeared at the mouth of the river. The a message to the effect that he would make it so hot for the naval officer in Washington that the latter would have to resign his command, etc., etc. On receiving thiak for itself: Newport, R. I., June 2d, 1880. Admiral D. D. Porter, Washington, D. C. Dear Sir: Fifteen years have elapsed since the fatal repulse of a portjoin it. The same day, the army moved fourteen miles to Campte, and thence to Washington. Near the latter place it encountered the Confederate Generals, Marmaduke and chosen; two branches diverge from the main road to Shreveport--one going to Washington, the other to Camden. Here some artillery firing took place which lasted unthe 12th of April, Steele turned the enemy's left flank and the latter fled to Washington, followed by the cavalry sent by General Steele to make the enemy believe the
Bayou Rapides (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
cer to find himself attacked in the newspapers at home while devoting all his energies to overcome the enemies of his country, and to be reviled by a lot of people who had neither the courage nor the inclination to take part in putting down the Rebellion — Northern copperheads, who did all in their power to shake the confidence of the public in the men at the head of the armies and fleets. General Banks, having delayed long at Alexandria, directed General Smith's command to advance to Bayou Rapides, where the latter encamped on the 27th of March, 1864. On the 30th, part of Banks' army passed General Smith; but it was not until April 2d that Smith received orders to embark his men in the transports, and proceed to Grand Ecore, where they disembarked, and encamped at Natchitoches, near by. No opposition had thus far been met with, and one or two guns fell into the hands of the Navy a few miles below Grand Ecore. Up to this time the opinion seemed general that the Confederates did
Alexandria (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
Arkadelphia. March 29th, where, for the present. we will leave them. General Banks had informed the Admiral that he would march an army of 36,000 men to Alexandria, La.. and would meet him at that place on the 17th of March. On the 10th of March the naval vessels had assembled at the mouth of Red River, and, on the 11th, Geroops. As it was hardly possible to communicate with Steele in any other manner, the General proposed sending one of the fast naval dispatch steamers down the Red River, up the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, thence via Little Rock to Camden, Arkansas, a distance of over five hundred miles. A messenger was sent accordingly, butd on the 26th and 27th the whole force marched into Alexandria in excellent condition and went into camp. From Cane River the road to Alexandria diverged from Red River, and, of course, the transports and Eastport could expect no further support from the Army. The Admiral had, therefore, to depend upon his own resources for get
Cane (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
dge and General Kilby Smith. the Army and Navy at Grand Ecore. minor engagements. battle at Cane River. the Eastport blown up. the attack on the little Cricket. fearful scene of carnage. the Juy, with orders to follow him. So that Franklin was virtually in command until the army reached Cane River. The evacuation left Grand Ecore in the solitude of a wilderness. A. J. Smith's division mm all we can learn, the enemy took up a position to oppose the Union troops at the crossing of Cane River. Franklin gave orders to attack the enemy early the following morning; but, suffering great7th the whole force marched into Alexandria in excellent condition and went into camp. From Cane River the road to Alexandria diverged from Red River, and, of course, the transports and Eastport coty of commanding officer. Two iron-clads had been ordered to meet the fleet two miles below Cane River, near where the flotilla was attacked, and the flag-ship hastened to meet them and hurry them
Red River (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy undePorter an expedition to Shreveport, La., via Red River; but on careful inquiry it was found that th not think the time propitious for ascending Red River, and when he arrived in Natchez he found thao co-operate with him in an advance into the Red River region, and in his answers the Admiral had tthat he had certain information of a rise in Red River, and hinted that if he failed in his expedithaving abandoned the idea of undertaking the Red River expedition, he had promised General Banks tols could barely pass the bar at the mouth of Red River, owing to the low stage of water, the Admiratified that a movement would soon be made up Red River, had used all their energies in preparing towhile the rest of the gun-boats pushed on up Red River, with instructions to remove the obstruction, while the Admiral agreed to proceed up the Red River, with all the gun-boats and transports, and [4 more...]
Little Rock (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 43
alleck had determined to send an army into Arkansas under General Steele. This force reached Little Rock early in March, and, after providing themselves with stores and munitions of war. departed frand fall back. On the night of April 26th the army crossed the Washita and marched towards Little Rock, by way of Princeton and Jenkins' Ferry, on the Sabine. On the 27th, a pontoon bridge was thrown across the Sabine at the latter point, and the army reached Little Rock, and it was learned that General Fagan, with fourteen pieces of artillery and a large force of infantry, was moving up the river to attack Little Rock. The combined forces of Confederates, under Price, made the attack, and were repulsed with great slaughter, losing a large part of their artillery and munitions of waraval dispatch steamers down the Red River, up the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, thence via Little Rock to Camden, Arkansas, a distance of over five hundred miles. A messenger was sent accordingly,
T. Kilby Smith (search for this): chapter 43
d in heavy columns, completely outflanking and overpowering my left wing--composed of the 3d brigade and a brigade of General Smith--which broke in some confusion. My right stood firm and repulsed the enemy handsomely, and the left would have done s given, poured in such a murderous fire that the Confederates were checked immediately. Then General Mower charged with Smith's men into their midst, the other Union forces keeping up a fire all along the line. This was a great surprise to the ene them, and, panic-struck, they turned and fled in the utmost confusion, throwing away their arms and accoutrements. General Smith's victorious troops followed close upon their heels, capturing prisoners, arms and several pieces of artillery, until darkness prevented any further pursuit. Had the mounted force been kept in reserve to act in conjunction with Smith's infantry reserves, they would have killed or captured half the Confederate army; but here was another great military blunder co
D. B. Dudley (search for this): chapter 43
nd in front and cultivated fields in the rear. Nims' Battery was posted on a hill near the road, two hundred yards to the left of the belt of timber, and was supported by the 23d Wisconsin infantry. The 67th Indiana supported the battery on the right, together with the 77th and 130th Illinois, 48th Ohio, 19th Kentucky, 96th Ohio, a section of light artillery, and the 83d Ohio--in all, 2,413 infantry. The cavalry and mounted infantry under Lee were posted on the flanks and rear, having Colonel Dudley's brigade on the left, and Colonel Lucas' on the right, with skirmishers deployed in front of the infantry. The enemy attacked this position at 4 P. M. His first line was driven back in confusion, but, recovering, he again advanced; unable, however, to withstand the fire from the Federal troops, the Confederates laid down 200 yards in front and returned the fire; at the same time a force was pressing the Federal left flank and driving the mounted infantry back. The 1st Indiana and Ch
D. D. Porter (search for this): chapter 43
y after, they fled from the field, leaving many of their dead, among them General Green, who had his head blown off. General Kilby Smith says, on offering Admiral Porter's letter to A. J. Smith, praising his conduct, for the inspection of the Committee on the conduct of the war: The Admiral was not thoroughly posted in regard statement: At noon the enemy planted two guns on the other side of the river [which side?], and opened upon the fleet. We lay under shell for five hours. Admiral Porter, with the most effective gun-boats, having taken the advance, had reached Grand Ecore in safety. The Osage and Lexington were the only effective gun-boats leling forth all the objections to an advance that he could in order to justify his course, and to say that his desire to advance on the enemy was overruled! Admiral Porter had already told him that he could not now advance, if he depended on the gun-boats and transports; but he never advised him to leave Grand Ecore. General
Thomas O. Selfridge (search for this): chapter 43
e, had the Lexington also under his orders. Selfridge reported that he had taken the Black Hawk--lwell cared for. These men informed Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge that the party who had attacked himan had not the General fallen. Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge could only survey the battle-fieldavery and hard fighting, which, according to Selfridge, never took place. In justice to General hat is known of the affair is from Lieutenant-Commander Selfridge's written report at the time, Generegard to the battle, of which we have given Selfridge's account: On the 12th of April I sailedwas difficult to reconcile the discrepancy. Selfridge, who was long under the Admiral's command, aofficer. He must leave it to him and to Captain Selfridge to settle between them the facts of the antly run by. I remain, yours truly, Thos. O. Selfridge, Commander, U. S. N. It was nearly al Kilby Smith coming down, and knowing that Selfridge could take care of himself in case of furthe[10 more...]
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