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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, May, 1863. (search)
tween the vessels and the fort, had, of course, suffered considerably during the bombardment. When the works are complete they will be much more formidable. To our great joy Colonel Logan decided that our vessel should proceed at once to Trinity, which is fifteen miles nearer Natchez (on the Mississippi) than Harrisonburg. We arrived there at 8 P. M., and found that the gunboats had only just left, after having destroyed all the molasses and rum they could find, and carried away a few d at this time of year, and the river itself is infested with the enemy's gunboats, which have run past Vicksburg and Port Hudson, the passage can only be made by a tedious journey in small boats through the swamps and bayous. Our party left Trinity at 6 A. M. in one big yawl and three skiffs. In my skiff were eight persons, besides a negro oarsman named Tucker. We had to take it in turns to row with this worthy, and I soon discovered to my cost the inconvenience of sitting in close proxi
ction was taken for the Volunteers' Home Fund amounting to $450--to which a member of the congregation after-wards added $100. Dr. Bethune's sermon was from the text: In the name of our God we will set up our banners. In Dr. Bellows' church the choir sang The Star-Spangled Banner, which was vigorously applauded by the whole house. At Grace church (Episcopal) Dr. Taylor began by saying, The Star-Spangled Banner has been insulted. The gallant Major Anderson and his wife attended service at Trinity. At Dr. McLane's Presbyterian church, Williamsburg, The Star-Spangled Banner was sung. Dr. T. D. Wells (Old-School Presbyterian) preached from the words: He that hath no sword, let him buy one. Dr. Osgood's text was: Lift up a standard to the people. Many of the churches — of all denominations — are sending some of their most active members to the field as volunteers.--Independent, April 25. The Fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Militia, Col. Lawrence, with the Boston Flying Artiller
At St. Louis, Mo., the Union Merchants' Exchange unanimously adopted a stirring and patriotic address to the people of Missouri. Unfaltering and unconditional fidelity to the Union was the sentiment, and liberal aid to the volunteer fund was pledged.--The City Council of Philadelphia appropriated five hundred thousand dollars for the payment of bounty of fifty dollars to each volunteer to supply the quota for the city under the recent call of the President. A skirmish took place at Trinity, near Decatur, Ala., between a small party of Union troops under the command of Captain Harman, Thirty-first Ohio, and a much superior force of rebels, resulting in the retreat of the latter with a loss of ten or twelve killed and thirty wounded.--(Doc. 157.) In consequence of the fear entertained by the Irish and other foreign residents of St. Louis of being forced into the militia service of the State, General Schofield issued an order informing them that the subjects of foreign powe
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 22: the siege of Vicksburg. (search)
possessed, were wrested from it within a month after Banks's arrival. Let us see how it happened. We have observed how Galveston was surrendered to Commodore Renshaw without resistance, See page 538. when the civil and military authorities retired to the main land. To make the possession of the city and island The City of Galveston is at the northeastern end of Galveston Island, an extensive sand-spit near the entrance to Galveston Bay, into which empty the rivers San Jacinto and Trinity. The island, at the time we are considering, was connected with the main land by a wooden bridge about two miles in length. Its harbor is one of the few on that cheerless coast of the Gulf of Mexico that may fairly claim the dignity of that title. more secure, General Banks, at the request of Renshaw, sent thither from New Orleans the Forty-second Massachusetts, Colonel Burrill. Three companies (two hundred and sixty men) of that regiment arrived there at near the close of December, and w
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 43: operations of the Mississippi squadron, under Admiral Porter, after the Red River expedition. (search)
drives Confederates out of Waterproof. important services rendered by tin-clads. expedition up Black and Washita Rivers. gun-boats drive Confederates out of Trinity and Harrisonburg. heroic seamen. Plot to blow up fleet. Confederate secret service. letters of Confederate Secretary of the Navy and others. names of persons She was a very formidable vessel for such operations. On the 29th of February the expedition proceeded up the Red River into the Black. as far as the town of Trinity, where they were attacked by a battery of field-pieces, under the Confederate General, Polignac, the town at the same time hanging out white flags. The gun-boatss, as a warning to the inhabitants not to assist in attacking river-boats, which often had women and children on board. Two excellent earth-works were found at Trinity, in which were mounted three 32-pounders. These were hoisted on board the vessels and carried away. This expedition was well planned and executed, and put a s
nsville capture of Aransas Pass and Pass Cavallo Fort Esperanza abandoned Indianola in our hands Banks returns to New Orleans. Galveston has one of the very few tolerable harbors which indent the continental shore line of the Mexican Gulf. The sand, everywhere impelled landward by the prevailing winds and currents, and almost everywhere forming a bank or narrow strip of usually dry beach closely skirting the coast, is here broken through by the very considerable waters of the rivers Trinity and San Jacinto, with those of Buffalo bayou, which unitedly form Galveston Bay; and the city of Galveston is built on the sand-spit here called Galveston Island, just south-west of the outlet of the Bay. It is the natural focus of the commerce of the larger, more fertile, more populous half of Texas, and by far the most considerable place in the State; having had, in 1860, regular lines of steamers running to New York, to New Orleans, and to the smaller Texan ports down the coast, with a
19. a vision of January 4th. Lying on my couch a night or two ago, I had a solemn vision of penitential woe; Of that great time of fasting and of humiliation Proposed by pious James unto our sinful nation. All the stores were closed, the whole length of Broadway, As on that great occasion, the Prince's procession day, And the solemn chimes of Trinity through the air began to swim, Tolling the grand Old Hundred and Luther's Judgment Hymn. Ah, soon the great procession moved slowly from the Park; 'Twas headed by the Mayor, and brought up by men of mark, Barefooted marched through mingled mud and snow; Girdled with rope, and ashes-strewn, and clad in weeds of woe. There were some Republican leaders, feeling very blue indeed, That their party, after hard fighting, had the ill luck to succeed; They were all for “conciliation,” “concession,” and “compromises;” Hungry to eat their own words and back out of their own devices. Houses in Southern trade, although their skirts were
ded up Black River. At four P. M., when about fifteen miles below Trinity, we were fired into by sharp-shooters, concealed behind the levee.rapnel, grape, and canister, and drove them away. When we reached Trinity, white flags were shown on the lower side of the town, but as soonround, and connect the forts. At dark, I anchored two miles above Trinity. At daylight on the third, I got under way and proceeded to TriniTrinity. At this place, two excellent earthworks are thrown up, one of which commands the river for more than two miles. It was my intention to b Little River, I sent the Cricket up, and burned it. I remained at Trinity until the morning of the fourth, when we proceeded down Black Rive and are here at our old anchorage of the night before, just above Trinity. Our losses are considerable. Fort Hindman is disabled, with angs us the intelligence that the rebels are assembling in force at Trinity. If this information proves to be correct, and I have no doubt it
f the Portsmouth Savings Bank Society, and William H. H. Hodges, Cashier of the Merchants and Mechanics' Savings Bank, citizens of Portsmouth, Virginia, the first-named being over sixty years of age, and the other a cripple, have been arrested and sentenced to hard labor at Hatteras, North-Carolina, by order of Major-General Butler, or some other officer of the Federal Government, for alleged fraudulent disposal of the funds of their banks; and that the Reverend John I. Ringfield, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, had been put to hard labor in the public streets of that city, with a ball and chain to his leg, because he refused to renounce his allegiance to his native State; therefore, Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That the Governor of the Commonwealth be, and he is hereby requested to invite the attention of the confederate government to the arrest and sentence of these three worthy citizens of this State, and to respectfully ask that the facts may be invest
his estimate of the strength of the enemy was given in my despatch of February second, but was thought, upon information received by the government, to be exaggerated. The defences of the enemy consisted of a series of works covering the approaches to Galveston and Houston from the south, the defences of Galveston Bay, Sabine Pass, and Sabine River, Fort De Russy, a formidable work, located three miles from Marksville, for the defence of the Red River, and extensive and formidable works at Trinity, the junction of the Tensas and Washita at Camden, commanding approaches from the north. To meet these forces of the enemy, it was proposed to concentrate in some general plan of operations fifteen thousand of the troops under command of General Steele, a detachment of ten thousand from the command of General Sherman, and a force of from fifteen thousand to seventeen thousand men, from the army of the Gulf, making an army of thirty-five thousand to thirty-seven thousand men of all arms,
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