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y imagined than described. On the 16th, General Mower reached Alexandria with about 5,000 men, io further progress up the river. This was General Mower's idea, apparently forgetting that the gun 100 guns. The Admiral endeavored to show General Mower, who was a fearless man, and in favor of pthose under General Smith, and both he and General Mower were worthy to lead them. When Smith's t might happen, and one dark, rainy night, General Mower, with a party of his men, fell in with a cwho was encamped some nine miles in the rear. Mower, assuming the character of a Confederate officity to capture the other outlying parties, General Mower would have accomplished it, but the Confedirst by a volley and then a charge, led by General Mower, which caused him to retreat more rapidly.hen the division appeared upon the field under Mower, the army had been forced back a considerable he 19th corps, and had been badly handled. As Mower broke through the ranks of the retreating troo[4 more...]
G. S. Franklin (search for this): chapter 43
y commenced arriving under the command of General Franklin. It was as fine a body of troops as were report to Lee at daylight next morning. General Franklin then ordered General Ransom to send a bried by the wagon train. He had applied to General Franklin to allow his train to move to the rear of the infantry; but Franklin told him he must take care of his own train, that he (F.) had already 75, although under the immediate command of General Franklin. He waited for no order from the latter,sisting on pushing ahead all the time, though Franklin intimated that if the enemy was in force in hld have happened at Sabine Cross Roads if General Franklin on that occasion had been allowed to postthat course was found to be practicable. But Franklin, although he might wish to see this plan carrs interview with Banks that Smith proposed to Franklin that the latter should assume command of the those officers; but on a subsequent interview Franklin gave such assurances that Banks intended to l[44 more...]
Frank Lucas (search for this): chapter 43
ear. 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 Chicago Mercantile Batteries had just arriv
eemed to be independent of the commissary department,every soldier was himself a commissary; and as for tents or barracks, they did very well without them. In less than twenty-four hours after their arrival in Alexandria, they had rummaged the country for ten miles up and down the river, one of the most fertile districts in the United States, where all their wants could be supplied without expense to the Government. Here Colonel Shaw luxuriated with his brigade on the plantation of ex-Governor Moore, the prime mover in the secession of Louisiana, who now had ample opportunity Of seeing for himself how the secession matter worked. It was a just retribution, for, notwithstanding the hospitality of the South, we have no doubt the exgovernor begrudged the soldiers the good things they were enjoying at his expense. Notwithstanding the Federal soldiers were scattered in all directions, they were not troubled by the Confederates, who hovered around in detached bands of a few hundred
Cornelius Carr (search for this): chapter 43
arched more than three hundred miles over the worst roads possible, with an active enemy harassing them at every step. Their difficulties, indeed, were far too numerous to mention in this short sketch. Whenever Steele was attacked, he defeated the enemy; and the only mistake he appears to have made was in sending back an empty wagon-train to be captured instead of retaining it with the army. General Steele was a soldier who knew his business, and he was supported by Generals Rice, Solomon, Carr, and Thayer, who inspired their men with their own martial spirit. They outwitted the Confederates as well as outfought them on every occasion; and we only regret that the dispatches sent off by General Banks in a gun-boat did not reach General Steele in time to save the large wagon-train captured by the enemy. But to return to affairs on Red River. When it was found that Banks would probably retreat to Alexandria, the Admiral got the Eastport and other large vessels over the bar at Gran
D. F. Lincoln (search for this): chapter 43
several passes to get cotton from the Red River country, but it had been seized by the gun-boats along the river, and turned over to the agents of the Treasury, or sent to an Admiralty Court for adjudication. Many persons had urged upon President Lincoln the importance of getting out of Red River all the cotton possible for the use of Union manufacturers, instead of forcing the Confederates to ship it abroad, which, perhaps, was a wise idea, if it could have been done under proper restrictin to these reports, and no evidence he afterwards gave before the Committee on the Conduct of the War eradicated the impression that they were true. It was attempted to divert attention from Banks by trying to throw the responsibility on President Lincoln for giving permits to Butler and Casey; but those men derived little benefit from their license to trade — their cotton was taken from them, and they returned from the expedition wiser and poorer men. As long as Admiral Porter had been a
e able to march on Shreveport in a few days. Notwithstanding this conversation, he commenced intrenching and fortifying his camp on the 16th inst. We must now turn to General Steele's movements. On the 1st of April, General Steele's army, which was intended to co-operate with Banks, was at Arkadelphia, waiting for General Thayer to join 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 Cabell, with a good-sized force, and, after considerable manoeuvring, Steele, while turning his army southward, was attacked in the rear by General Shelby near the crossing of the river. The enemy, although attacking with great bravery, were repulsed with heavy loss. On the 3d of April, Steele's entire command crossed the Little Red River at Elkins' Ferry — a movement so skillfully planned and so promptly executed that the enemy only by accident learned of it after it was accomplis
Dick Taylor (search for this): chapter 43
sports, and that they could not well proceed without its aid. Before leaving Springfield, a letter, dropped by a Confederate scout, was picked up, informing General Dick Taylor that the transports had from six to ten thousand soldiers on board, and were accompanied by four gun-boats, this force being for the purpose of flanking him. This idea of the enemy stood the expedition in good stead, for, perhaps, had Taylor known there were only 1,800 effective soldiers, the transports would have been attacked sooner than they were. On the way up the river, the fleet had met with little opposition from the enemy, although parties of soldiers were frequently seh the windings of the river make the distance by water much greater. Ten miles back from Pleasant Hill Landing is Pleasant Hill, then occupied by the army of General Taylor, who, notwithstanding his vainglorious boasts of the operations of his cavalry, had not yet assembled a corporal's guard of horsemen, and very little artiller
S. L. Phelps (search for this): chapter 43
with steam down. Owing to obstructions in the river, the dispatch-boat carrying the message was delayed five hours, and Phelps reached Alexandria just thirty minutes too late, the swiftest of the naval vessels arriving just in time to see six steamlls, except the Eastport, a long, heavy iron-clad, which detained the fleet two days. As soon as she was over, Lieutenant-Commander Phelps was directed to proceed to Grand Ecore and be ready to cover the army when it should arrive there. The followe turned over to the military authorities at Grand Ecore. The second day after the arrival of the expedition, Lieutenant-Commander Phelps, of the Eastport, reported to the Admiral that these two barges, which would hold three or four hundred bales er superintendence of an officer of General Banks' staff, the cotton being hauled to the bank by army wagons. Lieutenant-Commander Phelps was directed, as soon as the barges were loaded, to seize the cotton as prize to the Navy, which was according
of the most disastrous campaigns of the war. From 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 greatly from his wound, transferred the command to General Emory, who made the necessary disposition of the troops. In the morning the 1st division attacked the enemy directly in front, while the cavalry made a demonstration on the right, and General Birge with a picked force prepared to turn the enemy's left. After some sharp fighting General Emory carried the enemy's position with a loss of 400 men. In the meanwhile the enemy had attacked General A. J. Smith, who brought up the rear; but all their efforts were frustrated by the vigilance of that brave soldier, who administered a severe punishment to the enemy and took many prisoners. Before 1 P. M. the enemy had all been scattered. The Confederates having retreated, General Smi
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