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ted men in camp at Long Island 127. Total number of enlisted men on duty at Long Island, 379. All of which is respectfully submitted. We have quoted the whole of this report, because it shows the exact condition of our coast defences near the close of the year 1863, the third year of the war. The letters of the Governor, from this time to the end of the year, relate to a variety of subjects, but chiefly in regard to the coast defences. Colonel Ritchie, of his staff, was sent to Europe, Sept. 16, to contract with parties in England for heavy ordnance, which was the great necessity of the times. His letters from England, acquainting the Governor with the progress of his negotiations, were written with great ability, and displayed an intimate knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of the different manufacture of heavy arms, not surpassed by many of the regular United-States army officers. The letters, also, in reply, of Mr. John M. Forbes and of Governor Andrew, show e
Blount's Creek (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
detailed with other troops twice for important detached service. On the 8th of April, it joined a column under General Spinola, and made a forced march to Blount's Creek; had a slight engagement with the enemy. During this expedition, the troops marched thirty miles, and had a skirmish with the rebels, in one day. On the 1 part of an expedition on April 8, under command of Brigadier-General Spinola, to reinforce General Foster, at Washington, N. C.; met and engaged the enemy at Blount's Creek. April 16.—The regiment formed part of an expedition under command of General Prince; left Newbern for the purpose of reconnoitring in the vicinity of the Twenty-fifth Regiment. April 7.—It joined an expedition under Brigadier-General Spinola, for the relief of Little Washington. It came up with the enemy at Blount's Creek. After a short artillery duel,—the regiment supporting a battery,—it was ordered to retreat. April 11.—It proceeded to the blockade, on Pamlico River,
Long Island City (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
s. The whole number of drafted men, and substitutes for drafted men, who were sent to camp at Long Island, was 3,068. Of these, 2,720 were assigned and sent to regiments in the front, 224 were organCaptain George E. Worcester, Fort Warren, 137 men. Co. H, 8. Captain Loring S. Richardson, Long Island, 111 men. Co. I 9. 9 Captain Leonard Gordon, Long Island, 111 men. Co. K, 10. Captain CLong Island, 111 men. Co. K, 10. Captain Cephas C. Bumpas, Long Island, 112 men. Company L (11), Captain Thomas Herbert, has 147 men enlisted, 36 of whom are claimed as drafted men; and therefore he has not been able to have his company mLong Island, 112 men. Company L (11), Captain Thomas Herbert, has 147 men enlisted, 36 of whom are claimed as drafted men; and therefore he has not been able to have his company mustered in. He lacks six men to be mustered in as a minimum company, exclusive of the men claimed as drafted. The men are at Fort Independence. Company M (12), Captain J. M. Richardson, reported regate of enlisted men in camp at Long Island 127. Total number of enlisted men on duty at Long Island, 379. All of which is respectfully submitted. We have quoted the whole of this report,
days rest, he set off towards Manassas. I got the account from Major Thompson. If they carried a newspaper reporter along, he would make quite a raid of their Ashbury Gap skirmish. I saw three of their wounded yesterday, one with an ounce-ball apparently in the centre of his brain. On the 21st of July, Mr. Forbes again writes to the Governor in regard to the purchase of the guns referred to in his preceding letter. He says,— They were built in ‘61 and ‘62, and captured in the Bermuda and Princess Royal ; and Major Wise thinks they are quite as likely to be as good as Blakely's present guns, which we are buying at such high rates. If you doubt about buying a pig in a poke, very likely you may have time to send on and examine them. I have no idea the War Ordnance Department will bestir themselves to build guns, and I think Massachusetts has got to take the risk of doing it. I hear Ericsson is building a gun at Bridgewater; and Wise says, that is the place for you to bui<
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
roe, and requisition for transportation to Massachusetts to be mustered out of service. While awaiState, and very few of the men belonged to Massachusetts. They came from other States, stimulated only colored infantry regiments raised in Massachusetts, before proceeding to other matters, we providing suitable defences for the coast of Massachusetts, and recruiting men for new regiments, andthe army of the Union; and it must be had. Massachusetts is summoned to supply her proper contingen re-enlist and be credited to the quota of Massachusetts. 3d, It also provided that volunteers thu have the total number of men furnished by Massachusetts for the military service, from April 16, 1932). The number of men who enlisted in Massachusetts for the naval service during the year 1863, making the aggregate of men furnished by Massachusetts from the commencement of the war to Dec. 3 men furnished for the military service by Massachusetts, and the total number of men furnished by[21 more...]
Dover, N. H. (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
On the 17th of January, 1863, the brigade proceeded upon a reconnoissance towards Trenton, for five days; after which, until April 25, it acted as provost-guard in Newbern. On the 28th of April, two companies, commanded by Captains Minot and Tappan, under the orders of Major Sturgis, were sent on an expedition up the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, to endeavor to ascertain the strength of the enemy. Captain Bumstead's company was directed to proceed to the cross-road leading to the Dover road, to explore, and communicate with Brigadier-General Palmer, whose column was on that road. The remainder of the troops immediately started upon the expedition, the enemy being reported in some force in the neighborhood of the junction. An engagement took place, resulting in the defeat of the enemy; and the colors of the regiment were planted upon their works. During the remainder of the term of service, the regiment remained encamped near Fort Spinola; and, on June 24, it proceeded
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
Vicksburg by General Grant, and the fall of Port Hudson, culminating as they did within a few days on the 26th they reached Sandy Creek, near Port Hudson, and laid a bridge two hundred and eighty fbel sharpshooters. After the occupation of Port Hudson, they proceeded to Donaldsville in an expedole Nineteenth Corps having marched towards Port Hudson, for the purpose of making a diversion, whit together, the line of march was taken for Port Hudson. A section of Arnold's Battery was put upovanced with General Auer's division towards Port Hudson; and, on the 21st, it participated in the b.—It participated in the first assault upon Port Hudson, in which it lost seventy-six killed and wot made a reconnoissance in the direction of Port Hudson, marching up under the guns of the rebel foy. May 24.—The army having moved towards Port Hudson, the Fifty-third was detailed as guard for n in the assault upon the fortifications at Port Hudson. This assault cost the regiment heavily. [26 more...]<
Fitchburg (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
of June, the Fifty-third was ordered to the front in support of a battery, where it remained till the surrender of Port Hudson, July 9. It was then ordered on picket duty five miles from Port Hudson, when it marched with the brigade to Baton Rouge. On the 15th, it embarked for Donaldsville and remained in camp, engaged in drill and picket duty until Aug. 2, when it returned to Baton Rouge, and, on the 12th, was ordered to Massachusetts, via Cairo. It arrived at Cairo Aug. 19, and at Fitchburg, Mass., the 24th, where, after a public reception, it was furloughed one week, and mustered out of service Sept. 2, by Captain I. R. Lawrence. There was but one light battery raised for the nine months service. It was recruited by Major Edward J. Jones, of Boston, in a very short time, at Readville Camp, without expense to the Commonwealth. Major Jones was commissioned captain. It was mustered into service Aug. 25, 1862, at Readville, where it remained until Oct. 3, when it was ordere
Pattersonville (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
up the river, where it encountered, and drove in, the enemy's pickets. On the 13th, it marched with the division in the expedition to Port Hudson; but, arriving after the object of the expedition was accomplished, it returned to Baton Rouge, where it remained till April 1, and was ordered to Algiers with the rest of the division, and, on the 9th, took passage for Brashear City, to join in the movement through the Teche country, which began April 11. The enemy having been encountered at Pattersonville on the 13th, the Fifty-third was engaged in supporting a battery, and skirmishing towards the fortifications, when it was under fire of musketry and shell five hours. The flag of the Fifty-third was the first to be placed upon the ramparts of Fort Bisland. The regiment lost in this action, one officer and thirteen privates, killed and wounded. But eight companies were engaged, two being on detached service. On the 15th, it marched with the division in pursuit of the retreating en
Paris, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
early in the year 1864 the regiment was raised, and designated the Fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Cavalry. On the 26th of September, the Governor received a confidential letter, from a gentleman of the highest respectability, from which we make the following extracts:— Commander Maffit, of the Confederate steamer Florida, was formerly engaged in the service of the Coast Survey, and is as familiar with our coast and harbor as any pilot. I am told that he had recently said, while in Paris, that it had been his intention to run into Boston and New York, and shell those cities, but that he was prevented by the attempt of Reed at Portland, as he feared that occurrence had alarmed our Government, and that we were now prepared to prevent his entrance. During the present week, I have endeavored to inform myself how well we are prepared. I learn, with astonishment, that at this late day there is nothing to prevent the Florida and Alabama, or any other vessel, from coming directly
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