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Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
t further orders of Department. General Evans reports two brigades of enemy on Folly Island yesterday. Please answer. A letter to the same address, on the 11th of May, exhibited certain conditions and explained more fully my views on the subject of an attack, with the object of showing to the War Department the actual menacing aspect of the enemy on the coast of my Department. I transcribe an extract from that letter: * * * A week ago, under your orders, I put in motion for Jackson, Mississippi, two brigades, under Brigadier-Generals Gist and W. H. T. Walker, the former commanding South Carolina and the latter Georgia regiments—somewhat over 5000 infantry in all, and two light batteries of the best class in the Department. Your orders have been based, apparently, on the conviction that the troops of the enemy assembled in this Department for operations against Charleston have been mainly withdrawn and directed to other expeditions in North Carolina and the Valley of the M
Connecticut (Connecticut, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
ent of Morris Island, arrived in time to assist in the dislodgment of that portion of the enemy who had gained a footing in the southeastern salient, but not before the attack was made and the enemy repulsed. The assault was terribly disastrous to the enemy. His loss, in killed, wounded, and prisoners, must have been three thousand, as eight hundred bodies were interred in front of Battery Wagner on the following morning. The enemy's forces on this occasion consisted of troops from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and New York, and the 54th Massachusetts Negro Regiment, the whole said to be under the command of BrigadierGen-eral Strong, who died afterwards from the effects of wounds received on this, occasion. Brigadier-General Taliaferro reported that the garrison, with the exception of the 31st North Carolina Volunteers, behaved throughout with the utmost gallantry. The heroic conduct of the 51st North Carolina Volunteers counterbalanced the unworthy behavior of
Stono River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
my, on the 9th of July, was threatening Morris Island, he also made a strong demonstration against James Island by the Stono River. At 12 M. on that day Colonel Simonton, commanding at Secessionville, telegraphed: The enemy are landing on Batr troops, who have occupied the ground ever since. In the engagement the gunboat Pawnee was forced to retire down the Stono River, under fire from our light artillery. During the day the monitors, gunboats, and mortar-vessels shelled Battery Wand of Morris Island, all works to be pushed on day and night. On the morning of the 17th the enemy's fleet left the Stono River, after embarking his forces at Battery Island, and appeared to concentrate them on Little Folly and Morris islands. ely small. In my telegram of that date I mentioned that— Transports filled with troops arc reported going south from Stono, probably intended to operate against Savannah. Cannot some of my troops sent to General Johnston be ordered back immedi
Three Trees (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
for the construction, at once, of a new battery on Shell Point—Battery Simkins—in advance of Fort Johnson, for one 10-inch columbiad, one 6.40 Brooke gun, and three 10-inch mortars. The armament of o have Shell Point Battery constructed for three instead of two guns, the mortar-batteries at Fort Johnson to be converted into gun-batteries for one heavy rifled gun or 10-inch columbiad each. To stthe coast line were nearly denuded. Instructions were given for increasing the armament of Fort Johnson by two 6.40 Brooke guns turned over by the Navy Department, and to place floating torpedoes ient of certain portions of the new lines on James Island, and of a new battery thrown up near Fort Johnson. During the greater part of the 15th the enemy, both on land and sea, were unusually quiee harbor. The Chief-Engineer was instructed to strengthen Castle Pinckney with sand-bags. Fort Johnson to be arranged for two additional 10-inch guns, and positions to be prepared for three 10-inc
Lighthouse Inlet (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
laced during the preceding forty-eight hours in the works lately thrown up on Little Folly Island. Three monitors about the same time crossed the bar, and brought their formidable armaments to bear on the left flank of our position, while several barges with howitzers in Light-house inlet flanked our right. For two hours the enemy kept up the fire from these three different points, our batteries replying vigorously. The barges of the enemy, filled with troops, having been seen in Lighthouse Inlet in the direction of Black Island, and Oyster Point being the nearest and most accessible spot for debarkation from them, it was justly considered the one most necessary to protect, and therefore the infantry, consisting of the 21st South Carolina Volunteers, about 350 effective men, were stationed by Colonel R. F. Graham, the immediate commander of the island, on the peninsula leading to that point. In this position the infantry were unavoidably exposed to the fire of the boat howitz
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 7
s practicable, to which end the following arrangements will be made by the District Commander: 1. Two of the Confederate States ironclads should take up positions near Fort Sumter, with their guns bearing on Cummings's Point, and to the eastwaare of an Act of the Congress of the Confederate States, which expressly excluded armed negroes from recognition by Confederate States officers as legitimate means of war. You knew, moreover, that, in accordance with this position of the constituted ore, if not prepared to yield your consent, or obliged to exact an acquiescence on your side in the pretension of the United States, but recently set up, after two years of war, to employ negro soldiers, you were surely bound to demand definitely thturned under the cartel, on the grounds that they had declined to return, and had taken the oath of allegiance to the United States. I apprehend that, under no usage of war, were you warranted in permitting such an act, the aspect of which is by no
John's Island, S. C. (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
to a command simply competent to hold the works against a coup de main, also to furnish the troops on that island with several hundred rice-casks for the construction of rat holes in the sand-hills in rear of Battery Wagner. Instructions were given to the Chief of Subsistence to keep rations on Morris Island for 5000 men for thirty days, and on James Island rations for 5000 men for fifteen days, with a reserve supply in the city. On the same day the enemy's pickets along the Stono on John's Island were observed to be increased by the addition of negro troops. Brigadier-General Hagood made a reconnaissance of the enemy in his front on James Island. At daybreak, on the morning of the 16th of July, Brigadier-General Hagood, in accordance with instructions, attacked the enemy on James Island, driving them to the shelter of their gunboats and to Battery Island. The loss was small on both sides: 3 men killed, 12 wounded, and 3 missing on our side. The enemy lost 40 negroes killed,
Vincent Creek (Washington, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
morning of the 6th; that the fleet should prevent the landing of reinforcements at Cummings's Point; that Battery Wagner should be shelled fiercely by the ironclads; and on the morning of the 6th, on a given signal, the assault on Battery Wagner was to take place. This plan was frustrated, however, by the repulse of the attacking party on Battery Gregg. About 1.30 A. M.; on the morning of the 6th, they were seen approaching, in from fifteen to twenty barges, by the passages leading from Vincent and Schooner creeks that lie between James and Morris islands. The garrison at Cummings's Point was on the alert, and received them with a brisk fire of grape and musketry. The enemy was evidently greatly disconcerted, and, after discharging their boat howitzers, retired. On the 4th of September, 1863, I had convened a meeting of General Officers and the Chief-Engineer of the Department to assist me in determining how much longer the Confederate forces should attempt to hold batteries
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
863, to the Hon. Wm. Porcher Miles, M. C., from South Carolina, and volunteer aid on my staff. I doubt not thpartment (as then arranged) consisted of— In South Carolina. Infantry6,564 Artillery in position1,787 Fieight light batteries.    Total of all arms in South Carolina and Georgia, exclusive of (17) seventeen light e ironclad fleet, the troops at my disposal, in South Carolina and Georgia, gave an effective total of 30,040,only 10,000 infantry available for the whole of South Carolina and Georgia. Cannot send more without abandoni, leaving only 6000 infantry available in whole South Carolina and Georgia; the other 1000 will await further Gist and W. H. T. Walker, the former commanding South Carolina and the latter Georgia regiments—somewhat over effect, places negroes taken in arms in the State of South Carolina on the same footing with recognized soldierrters, Department of the South, Morris Island, South Carolina, August 21st, 1863, demanding the immediate eva
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 7
No pen could more truthfully describe the momentous incidents of that part of the siege of Charleston, and no authority could be of greater weight, in the eyes of the public, than General Beauregard's. All the more will this be the case, inasmuch as not one of his main averments will fail to be substantiated by undeniable proof: Headquarters, Department of N. C. And So. Va., in the field, near Petersburg, Va., September 18th, 1864. To General Samuel Cooper, Adjt. and Insp.-Genl., Richmond, Va.: General,—I have the honor to enclose herewith my report of operations on Morris Island, S. C., during the months of July, August, and September, 1863, which was commenced soon after the events referred to, but could not be finished, revised, and corrected until the present moment. The report has been made more in detail than otherwise would have been done in order to refute certain charges contained in a letter of the lion. James A. Seddon, Secretary of War, of August, 1863, to t
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