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Oklahoma (Oklahoma, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
een Washington and Parachifta, in observation of the enemy, about five thousand strong, at Fort Smith, and guarding the approaches east of the Arkansas line, while General Maxcy with two brigades of cavalry, watched those leading through the Indian Territory to North Texas. On the twenty-third March, Steele moved out from Little Rock with about eight thousand men. On the twenty-first, Thayer left Fort Smith with about three thousand. They effected a junction at Archidelphia about the thirty-fi The cavalry was in two divisions, one under Marmaduke, and one under Fagan. General Maxcy was ordered with all his force, except such as was needed to prevent small raids, to hold himself at Logansport, in the extreme south-east corner of Indian Territory, so as to support General Rice, and operate on his left should he be forced back by Steele. Steele's plan was, to move by Washington to Red River, cross near Fulton, and destroy the stores and shops at Jefferson and Marshall, taking us in r
Cheneyville (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
half P. M. on the afternoon of the fourteenth. Two hundred and sixty prisoners and ten heavy guns were captured. Our loss was slight. The troops and transports under General A. J. Smith, and the Marine Brigade under General Ellet, with the gunboats, moved to Alexandria, which was occupied without opposition on the sixteenth of the same month. General Lee, of my command, arrived at Alexandria on the morning of the nineteenth. The enemy in the mean time continued his retreat through Cheneyville, in the direction of Shreveport. Officers of my staff were at Alexandria on the nineteenth, and I made my headquarters there on the twenty-fourth, the forces under General Franklin arriving on the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth of March; but as the stage of the water in Red River was too low to admit the passage of the gunboats or transports over the falls, the troops encamped near Alexandria, General Smith and his command moving forward twenty-one miles to Bayou Rapids, above Alexandria.
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
troops brought from the Texas coast. This fight occurred on the----, and virtually closed the campaign. Before being relieved from command, had given up his idea of a campaign against New Orleans, and had ordered all his infantry back to the vicinity of Alexandria, there to rest and prepare for future operations. I have given you, as clearly as I am able, the details of this campaign. I doubt if they will be interesting to you in view of the great events now transpiring in Virginia and Georgia. But, as I have said, they are data from which you may judge the merits of a case which I am sure will not long fail to be discussed at Richmond. General Taylor has warm supporters there — men who will not be deterred from carrying their points by any scruples of honor or veracity. General Smith's policy and motives, as well as many facts connected with his operations, will be misrepresented. It will doubtless be asserted in the east, as it has already been here, that the movement of tr
Saline River (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
lace at four A. M. of the twenty-seventh. Our advance entered at seven. It took us all night and all day to construct a bridge over which the infantry could pass. At sunrise on the morning of the twenty-eighth, the troops commenced crossing. The enemy had twenty-six hours the start of us. On the night of the twenty-ninth, the head of our infantry was at Tulip, fourteen miles from the Saline, at Jenkins's Ferry, and forty-nine miles from Camden. A brigade of our cavalry was at the Bottom Saline, three miles from the river. Our rear was at Princeton, twenty-two miles from Jenkins's Ferry, and thirty-two miles from Camden. The rear of the enemy's column had passed Tulip at eight that A. M. The Saline Bottom was, however, a quagmire, five miles wide, and it was possible his trains had not been gotten over. We had but little expectation of getting a fight. Our pontoon train had not come up, and even with it we could not cross the river in face of the enemy. General Fagan had not b
Osage (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
eamboats from Thompson's Creek, on the Mississippi. Colonel Bailey had suggested the practicability of the dam while we were at Grand Ecore, and had offered to release the Eastport when aground below Grand Ecore, by the same means, which offer was declined. Material was collected during these preparations, and work commenced upon the dam on Sunday, May first. Nearly the whole army was engaged at different times upon this work. The dam was completed on Sunday, May eighth, and the gunboats Osage, Hindman, and two others came over the rapids about four o'clock in the afternoon. The water had been raised upon the dam, for a mile and a quarter, about seven feet, with a fall below the dam of about six feet, making in all a fall of about thirteen feet, above and below the falls. The pressure of the water at its completion was terrific. I went over the work at eleven o'clock on the morning of the eighth, with one of my staff officers, and felt that the pressure of the water was so grea
Aransas Pass (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
nabled to transport troops to Mustang Island. The troops were under the command of Brigadier-General T. E. G. Ransom, who carried the enemy's works commanding Aransas Pass, after a gallant assault, capturing nearly one hundred prisoners and the artillery with which the place was defended. The troops instantly moved upon Pass Cav to the main land by the peninsula near the mouth of the Brazos. The occupation of Brownsville and Brazos Santiago, the capture of the works and garrison at Aransas Pass, and the defeat of the enemy and the capture of his works at Fort Esperanza, by our troops, left. nothing on the coast in his possession but the works at the in consequence of our movement against the works at Sabine Pass, the occupation of the Rio Grande, and the capture of the works constructed for the defence of Aransas Pass and Pass Cavallo, on the Texas coast. To carry the works at the mouth of Brazos River, it was necessary to move inland, and to attack the enemy in the rear, i
Atchafalaya River (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
less than eighteen thousand (18,000) men. On the Atchafalaya, the water communications toward Red River were defended by strong works at Butte à la Rose, and on Bayou Teche by strong land fortifications near Pattersonville, called Fort Bisland, extending from Grand Lake on the right to impassable swamps on the left of the Teche Bayo Washington and Barre's Landing, within six miles of Opelousas; and upon reaching Alexandria, we were enabled to establish a third line of communication by the Atchafalaya and Red Rivers. These were interior waters, wholly inaccessible to the enemy, and made perfectly safe lines of communication during our occupation of that counton and Houston from an anticipated movement from Matagorda Peninsula, still held by our troops. Walker's division, numbering seven thousand men, were upon the Atchafalaya and Red Rivers, from Opelousas to Fort De Russy; Mouton's division between the Black and Washita Rivers, from Red River to Monroe, numbering six thousand men; w
Galveston Island (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
d by the information which had been received of a proposed attack by the enemy, as well as by the advice of the naval and military authorities of the department. Three companies of this regiment, under command of Colonel Burrill, arrived at Galveston Island on the twenty-seventh of December, 1862, and by the advice of the naval officers, landed on the twenty-eighth. On the morning of the first of January, 1863, they were attacked by about five thousand (5,000) of the enemy, who gained possessiheir officers, the steamer Harriet Lane, two coal transports, and a schooner; and the steamer Westfield was blown up by its commanding officer. The losses in killed and wounded were but slight. The balance of the regiment did not arrive at Galveston Island until the second of January, the day after the attack. Upon the discovery of the condition of affairs by the capture of one of the rebel pilots, they returned to New Orleans. This attack upon our forces had been in contemplation for a lo
Pattersonville (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
rred in the department during my command. Galveston, as a military position, was second in importance only to New Orleans or Mobile. The defensive positions of the enemy in the department were Port Hudson on the Mississippi, which was strongly fortified and held by a force of not less than eighteen thousand (18,000) men. On the Atchafalaya, the water communications toward Red River were defended by strong works at Butte à la Rose, and on Bayou Teche by strong land fortifications near Pattersonville, called Fort Bisland, extending from Grand Lake on the right to impassable swamps on the left of the Teche Bayou. Butte á la Rose was defended by the gunboats of the enemy, and a garrison of three hundred to five hundred men; and Fort Bisland on the Teche, by a force of twelve thousand to fifteen thousand men, distributed from Berwick's Bay to Alexandria and Grand Ecore on Red River. These positions covered every line of communication to the Red River country and the upper Mississippi.
Eastport (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 89
the entire fleet was free,--transports and gunboats,--and that Admiral Porter, in charge of the Eastport, which had been aground several miles below Grand Ecore for several days, sent me word by Colony, were equally confident that it would not rise. The difficulties attending the voyage of the Eastport were incident to the condition of the river, for which the army was in no wise responsible. I Colonel Bailey, after consultation with the general officers of the army, offered to float the Eastport over the bars by the construction of wing dams, similar to those afterward built at Alexandria;sted the practicability of the dam while we were at Grand Ecore, and had offered to release the Eastport when aground below Grand Ecore, by the same means, which offer was declined. Material was coll the river near Fort De Russy that our cavalry captured the two gunboats above referred to. The Eastport, one of the finest iron-clads in the western waters, was sunk by the enemy about fifty miles ab
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