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Stout's Bayou (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
the plateau in its widest extent, from north to south, for a distance of about six miles and a half; at the bottom of this valley flows a little stream called Stout's Bayou, which connects with Big Bayou a little above the gap that the latter stream has opened for itself in the bluff. North-east of Vicksburg is the culminating point of the plateau, forming the continuation of the heights which separate Stout's Bayou from Big Bayou. A ridge, running westward toward Vicksburg, becomes detached from it to form a junction with the summit of the cliffs which line the borders of the river below the town, thus encircling the whole of the small basin of Stout's Stout's Bayou. A deep ravine with steep banks which pours its stream into the very city of Vicksburg, and whose bottom is covered in certain places with an impenetrable thicket, separates at the north this first ridge from a second, which follows a parallel course as far as the river. They are connected, for a certain distance north-east
Buena Vista (Illinois, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ar as Moon Lake. A combined expedition was immediately organized for the purpose of penetrating into it. Two gunboats, partially armored, the Chillicothe and the De Kalb, accompanied by five steamers of light draught carrying two regiments from Missouri The Twelfth and Seventeenth regiments, from Sherman's corps.—Ed. intended fur men killed and fifteen wounded. On the 13th, the impossibility of an attack by land having become manifest, the two gunboats fired up again: for a while the De Kalb silenced the guns of the fort, but Ross did not dare to land his troops on the only accessible point, which was too much in sight of the enemy's works, for the pueturned to Vicksburg, after having followed the course of the Yazoo for a distance of forty-four miles. A few days previously Porter had sent five ships The De Kalb, Choctaw, Linden, Petrel, and Forest Rose, under the command of Lieutenant-commander John. G. Walker.—Ed. to visit this river and to destroy all the enemy's vesse
Forsyth, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
eces of artillery he is to invade Missouri, destroy the provision-depots on the road, and advance as far as possible in the direction of St. Louis, thus compelling Blunt, who will be reduced to starvation, to evacuate Arkansas without striking a blow. Marmaduke starts from Clarksville in the early part of January, and speedily reaches the Missouri frontier, keeping sufficiently eastward of Blunt to escape from him altogether. On the 6th of January he gains the borders of White River, near Forsyth, without any suspicion of his approach having been entertained by the Federals.. At last one of their patrols meets him south of Ozark village, and gives the alarm to the troops which occupy this place just in time to prevent their capture. On the evening of the 7th, Marmaduke takes up his quarters at Ozark, and the news of his invasion is conveyed to Springfield. Since the battle of Wilson Creek this little town has assumed great importance: besides the storehouses of which we have spoke
Utica (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
t is the county-town, and the junction of a certain number of roads, which radiate thence toward Jackson at the east, New Auburn and Cayuga at the west-south-west, Utica at the south-west, and Bridgeport at the north-west. As we have stated, the Confederate forces were very much divided. Pemberton had at first committed an almoe 9th, at Cayuga, on the bank of Sandy Creek, along the Rocky Springs road, while McPherson, turning suddenly to the right, passed behind him, and took the road to Utica. On the 10th the latter took position about six miles beyond this town, in the direction of Raymond. McClernand was on the bank of Five-Mile Creek, on the road l had joined it; finally, McArthur, who commanded the Third division of McPherson's corps, had brought on one of his brigades, under Ransom, and was marching toward Utica. These reinforcements swelled Grant's active force to twenty-four brigades, or about forty-eight thousand men. Thus distributed, McClernand had eight brigades, di
Steele's Bayou (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
azoo City and Haines' Bluff. A reconnoissance made in Steele's Bayou, which ordinarily is only a large ditch, where he founboats. Grant had accompanied it on the 14th as far as Steele's Bayou. On his return to Milliken's the general-in-chief was ascending it from its mouth, one meets, first of all, Steele's Bayou, which at times runs within three-quarters of a mile oer down the Black Bayou conveys those of Deer Creek to Steele's Bayou. Deer Creek empties into the Yazoo in front of Haines'es higher up. Porter's plan was to ascend successively Steele's Bayou, Black Bayou, Deer Creek, and the Rolling Fork in orde spite of many difficulties, he had reached a point in Steele's Bayou which is only separated from the Mississippi at Eagle ready to support Sherman's movement. After leaving Steele's Bayou the navigation became extremely difficult. Porter hade months, devoted to the expeditions of Yazoo Pass and Steele's Bayou, in the vain attempts to open the Williams channel and
Comite River, La. (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
t Hudson. Thanks to the rapidity of his movements, he succeeded in taking possession of it on the evening of the 1st of May, two hours before the arrival of a column of infantry which had been sent to dispute his passage. Henceforth he was almost without opposition. Having encountered on his route the camp of Hughes' cavalry, sent in pursuit of him, he surprises and destroys it, taking a large number of prisoners; a little farther on another detachment of cavalry, charged with guarding Comite River, experiences the same treatment, leaving forty men in his hands. After this last success the Union general, fording the river, arrives at Baton Rouge on the 2d of May, where his small band is received with acclamations by Augur's division, which had come in solid phalanx to meet these bold partisans, who were thus emerging from the very heart of the enemy's country. They only left behind them three men killed, seven wounded, five sick (one a surgeon), and nine missing; they had taken mo
Bovina (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ere are four principal stations, at nearly equal distances from each other: Bovina Station, first in going from west to east; Edwards' Station, beyond the Big Black; of it comprised between the latter city and the Big Black. He had selected Bovina Station as a point of concentration for his troops, not intending to crosss the Bigncounter, would make some demonstrations calculated to detain Pemberton between Bovina and Edwards' Stations. At the same time, while the centre of the army was marcack into Vicksburg with their commander. The position taken by the latter at Bovina and Edwards' Stations, which left Jackson with the rest of the railroad entirelwenty-five thousand men. On the 14th he received Johnston's first despatch near Bovina, where he had his Headquarters. The instructions it contained upset all his plonfusion, did not stop until one o'clock in the morning, in the vicinity of Bovina Station. The battle of Champion's Hill, considering the number of troops engaged
Tallahatchie River (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
mportant point, which occupied a portion of the territory of the State of Arkansas, and he kept an advance post at Clarendon on the White River. McPherson, who still occupied Holly Springs, and whose cavalry kept watch over the banks of the Tallahatchie, started again by the Memphis road on the 21st, and everything was ready for transporting a considerable portion of the army by water as far as Vicksburg. Grant reserved for himself the right of directing this great expedition in person. By e columns rendezvoused at a given point early in the morning, some arriving there during the day or in the evening, others marching part of the night in order to reach such point sooner or later according to the task assigned them. Between Tallahatchie and the village of Pontotoc there were found several camps of instruction which served as depots to the newly-organized regiments of Confederate cavalry. The detachment sent forward by Grierson dispersed them on the 19th, and encamped south o
Terrebonne (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
own expression, about one thousand stolen negroes. On the 20th, avoiding Donaldsonville, he passed through Thibodeaux, which had been abandoned by the enemy; then he continued his march along the right bank of Bayou Lafourche in order to reach Terrebonne and destroy the railroad at this point, the only line of retreat for the garrison of Brashear City. At the news of his approach Colonel Stickney, who commanded the garrison, brought the all able-bodied men he was able to get together to TerrebTerrebonne—say, about three or four hundred. He had posted himself with this small band in a work forming the entrance to the bridge on the right side of the bayou, and repulsed the attacks which Major directed against him on the 21st. But, in the mean while, a Confederate detachment had taken possession of the railroad west of this work, which was thereby turned. Major hastened to take advantage of it: leaving Stickney and his troops behind him, he pushed his heads of column toward Brashear City,
Little Harpeth River (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
tchell's cavalry, which covered the encampments of Granger's corps, taking a few prisoners, but soon found himself in the presence of a numerous force, which compelled him to beat a speedy retreat, not without sustaining serious losses. Rather than retrace his steps, Starnes took advantage of the occasion to make an excursion to the rear of the Federal lines: he again pushed forward in the direction of Nashville, reached Brentwood, where he once more burned the railroad-bridge on the Little Harpeth River, and, passing west of Franklin, returned to Spring Hill. Not having found the results of this reconnoissance sufficiently remunerative, he determined to repeat it without delay and with a larger force. Leaving a few outposts in front of Franklin, he started eastward with his division, receiving, on the other side of the Harpeth, two regiments that had been detached from Wheeler's division, which covered the centre of Bragg's army, and on the 20th of June he marched upon Triune, driv
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