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George V. Manrice (search for this): article 5
re fighting, our vessel sunk, the Stars and Stripes still waving.--That flag was finally submerged but after the hull grounded on the sand, fifty four feet below the surface of the water, our pennant was still flying from the topmost above the waves. None of our men were captured, but many were drowned as the vessel went down. We had about four hundred on board, and I suppose from one hundred and fifty to two hundred were killed during the engagement and drowned at the sinking. Lieutenant George V. Manrice was in command of the vessel, Captain Radford being absent on the Roanoke, at a Court of Inquiry; and, though he hurried back to reach his vessel, he could not arrive till after she had sunk — Very few of our men swam ashore, most of those who were rescued from the water being saved by small boats. The Merrimac seemed to be uninjured, although her small boats and flag-staff were shot away in the commencement of the action. Engagement with the Congress. The Merrimac then
ashore. These and other reasons may suffice to show why the Monitor did not follow among the batteries of Craney Island and Norfolk. Gen. Wool, I understand, has ordered all the women and children away from Fortress Monroe, in anticipation of the Merrimac's reappearance.--During all Sunday morning, while the battle was raging between the two iron-clad vessels, the high cliffs of Newport News and vicinity were crowded with spectators, earnestly watching the progress of the fight. War Gazette. Executive Mansion, Washington, January 27th, 1862. President's General War Order, No. 1. Ordered, that the 22d day of February, 1862, be the day for a general movement of the land and naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces. That especially, The army at and about Fortress Monroe, The army of the Potomac, The army of Western Virginia. The army near Munfordsville, Ky., The army and flotilla at Cairo, And a naval force in
Donaldson (search for this): article 5
fought nobly until more than one-half of the company were numbered with the dead. With his artillerymen cut down, and his supports reported killed, wounded and flying from the field, Captain McCray six down calmly and quietly on one of his guns, and with revolver in hand refused to fly or desert his flag. He thus fought to the last, and gloriously died like a hero, the last man by his guns.--The Texans suffered terribly in this charge. Many of our officers distinguished themselves. Major Donaldson, who was the chief aid of Colonel Canby, acted bravely, and was conspicuous in every part of the field. His horse was wounded, but the Major was not injured. Kit Carson, in command, of a regiment of volunteers, deployed as skirmishers, did good service during the action, and behaved well. We have to name the loss of Lieuts. Micellar and Stone, who, like Captain McCray, nobly and bravely maintained the honor of our flag to the last. Many other officers were wounded. Our loss is abou
h his artillerymen cut down, and his supports reported killed, wounded and flying from the field, Captain McCray six down calmly and quietly on one of his guns, and with revolver in hand refused to fly or desert his flag. He thus fought to the last, and gloriously died like a hero, the last man by his guns.--The Texans suffered terribly in this charge. Many of our officers distinguished themselves. Major Donaldson, who was the chief aid of Colonel Canby, acted bravely, and was conspicuous in every part of the field. His horse was wounded, but the Major was not injured. Kit Carson, in command, of a regiment of volunteers, deployed as skirmishers, did good service during the action, and behaved well. We have to name the loss of Lieuts. Micellar and Stone, who, like Captain McCray, nobly and bravely maintained the honor of our flag to the last. Many other officers were wounded. Our loss is about two hundred killed and wounded; that of the enemy is bell eyed to be much greater.
Kit Carson (search for this): article 5
h his artillerymen cut down, and his supports reported killed, wounded and flying from the field, Captain McCray six down calmly and quietly on one of his guns, and with revolver in hand refused to fly or desert his flag. He thus fought to the last, and gloriously died like a hero, the last man by his guns.--The Texans suffered terribly in this charge. Many of our officers distinguished themselves. Major Donaldson, who was the chief aid of Colonel Canby, acted bravely, and was conspicuous in every part of the field. His horse was wounded, but the Major was not injured. Kit Carson, in command, of a regiment of volunteers, deployed as skirmishers, did good service during the action, and behaved well. We have to name the loss of Lieuts. Micellar and Stone, who, like Captain McCray, nobly and bravely maintained the honor of our flag to the last. Many other officers were wounded. Our loss is about two hundred killed and wounded; that of the enemy is bell eyed to be much greater.
III. That forces left for the defence of Washington will be placed in command of Brigadier-General James Wadsworth, who shall also be Military Governor of the District of Columbia. IV. That this order be executed with such prompters and dispatch as not to delay the commencement of the operations already directed to be undertaken by the army of the Potomac. V. A Fifth army corps, to be commanded by Major-General N. P. Banks, will be formed from his own and Gen. Shields's, late General Lander's, division. Abraham Lincoln. Executive Mansion,Washington, March 11, 1862. President's War Order, No. 3. Major-General McClellan having personally taken the field at the head of the army of the Potomac until otherwise ordered, he is relieved from the command of the other military departments, he retaining command of the Department of the Potomac. Ordered further, That the two departments now under the respective commands of Generals Halleck and Hunter, toget
nd skirmishers, and soon became general. Towards evening most of the enemy's guns were alleged. They however, made a desperate charge on the Howitzer battery, but were repulsed with great loss. Captain McCray's battery was defended by Captain Plumpton's company of United States infantry, and a portion of Colonel Pino's regiment of Mexican volunteers. The Texan rebels charged furiously and desperately with their picked men about six hundred strong. They were armed with carbines, revolveround bowie-knives. After discharging their carbines at close distance, they drew their revolvers and reached the battery amid a storm of grape and cannister. The Mexicans of Pino's regiment now became panic stricken and ingloriously fled. Captain Plumpton and his infantry bravely stood their ground and fought nobly until more than one-half of the company were numbered with the dead. With his artillerymen cut down, and his supports reported killed, wounded and flying from the field, Captain M
or ready to receive them. On Sunday morning the Monitor moved close up to the Merrimac, and, side by side, engaged her for four hours and twenty minutes. Once the Merrimac dashed her iron prow quarterly against the Monitor, but did not injure that vessel in the least. The Monitor in turn determined to try her force in a similar operation, but in some unaccountable manner the wheel or other steering apparatus became entangled, it is said, and the Monitor rushed by, just missing her aim. Captain Worden is confident that he put three shot through the ball of his antagonist — probably through the ports. The Monitor fired 178-pound cast iron shot. The wrought-iron shot were not used, because their great weight and peculiar construction render the guns much more liable to burst.--The Merrimac fired about forty shots on the Monitor, which replied unrapidly as possible, but so far as is known, neither vessel is damaged. Those on board on the Monitor say the balls rattled and rang upon
to February 23d, giving details of a recent battle at Fort Craig. The figat commenced on the morning of the 21st, between a portion of our troops, under Col. Roberts, and the enemy, across the Rio Grande, with varied success, until 2 o'clock, Col. Canby then crossed the river in force with a battery of six pieces, under Capt. McCray of the cavalry, but detailed in command of the battery — He had also a small battery of two howitzers. The enemy are supposed to have had eight pieces. The battl desert his flag. He thus fought to the last, and gloriously died like a hero, the last man by his guns.--The Texans suffered terribly in this charge. Many of our officers distinguished themselves. Major Donaldson, who was the chief aid of Colonel Canby, acted bravely, and was conspicuous in every part of the field. His horse was wounded, but the Major was not injured. Kit Carson, in command, of a regiment of volunteers, deployed as skirmishers, did good service during the action, and beha
Joseph Smith (search for this): article 5
o hundred yards to the South of where the Cumberland was. The Merrimac came up under her stern, and her crew fired their pistols into the ports of the Congress as she approached. I saw her fire on the Congress. --The sailors of that vessel say that the Merrimack struck her; but of this I am not sure. The Congress had a good crew of fifty men from the Cumberland previously taken on board, fifty from the Minnesotans, fifty of the Naval Brigade, fifty from the Roanoke, and some others. Lieut Joseph Smith, who was in command, was killed by a shot. A great many of the Naval Brigade were also killed. The entire command seemed to have acted bravely during the engagement, which probably lasted not over half an hour, when the white flag was run up. During that night some sailors and men of the Congress returned and set fire to her, and she blow up about twelve o'clock. Neither the shot of the Cumberland or Congress appeared to have any effect on the Merrimac, bounding off harmlessly, with
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