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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 23: siege and capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson. (search)
h his entire army the following morning. Porter opened fire accordingly, and all night long he kept six mortars playing upon the town and the works, and sent the Benton, Mound City, and Carondelet to shell the water batteries and other places where troops might be resting. It was a fearful night in Vicksburg, but the next day wad took with him thirteen prisoners. Meanwhile the colors of the Forty-eighth Ohio and Seventy-seventh Illinois had been raised on the bastion, and the brigades of Benton and Burbridge, inspirited by the success of Lawler and Landrum, had carried the ditch and slope of another strong earthwork, and planted their colors there. At tning of the assault, from half-past 9 until half-past 10 o'clock, to annoy the garrison while the army should attack. Accordingly, in the morning the Mound City, Benton, Tuscumbia, and Carondelet were sent down the river, and made an attack at the prescribed time on the hill batteries, opposite the canal, and soon silenced them.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 9: the Red River expedition. (search)
th, with his powerful fleet of fifteen iron-clads and four light steamers, Porter's fleet consisted of the following vessels: Essex, Commander Robert Townsend; Benton, Lieutenant-Commander James A. Green; Lafayette, Lieutenant-Commander J. P. Foster; Choctaw, Lieutenant-Commander F. M. Ramsey; Chillicothe, Acting Volunteer Lieue troops on the site of Simms' Port (the town had been destroyed), nine of the gun-boats turned into the Atchafalaya, followed by the transports. The crew of the Benton landed, and drove back Confederate pickets upon their main body, three miles in the rear; and when the divisions of Generals Mower and T. Kilby Smith landed, Marn which Smith's troops had re-embarked at Fort de Russy. These landed and occupied the town. General Smith had left a small force behind to assist the Essex and Benton in destroying the fort, so that it could not be reoccupied by the Confederates. General Franklin was not ready to move with Banks's column from the Teche regio
Index.  page Adams, Rev. Nehemiah58, 248 Average of Mankind188 Army, Patriotism of189 Abolition and Secession192 Americans in England251 Buchanan, James6, 7, 29, 32, 128, 129 Benton, Thomas, his estimate of John Y. Mason16 Bird, Rev. Milton80 Bancroft, George106 Bickley, K. G. C.111 Bliss, Seth136 Brooks, Preston182 Beaufort, the Bacchanal of197 Bodin on Slavery303 Butler, General317, 318, 320, 322 Burke, Edmund, an Emancipationist328 Bachelder, Dr., a Funny Physician312 Buxton, Fowell384 Choate, Rufus45, 58, 84 Choate, Rufus Scrambles of his Biographers102 Cumberland Presbyterian Church68 Cumberland Presbyterian Newspaper79 Columbia (S. C.), Bell-Ringing in125 Commons, House of, on Gregory's Motion168 Colleges, Southern172 Cotton, Moral Influence of201 Congress, The Confederate222, 238 Clergymen, Second--Hand224 Carlyle, Thomas323 Davis, Jefferson42, 274, 279, 282, 283, 288, 380, 388, 3
or more, before my visit to it. A mild, kind, hospitable, law-abiding man: one would naturally think that he — the founder of the town, the richest of its citizens, and a slaveholder, albeit, who had never once uttered an abolition sentiment — would not only have escaped the enmity, but even the suspicion, of the border ruffians of the State. But he did not escape. He owned the press and office of the Parkville Luminary, a paper which supported the party, or the wing of the party, of which Benton was the peerless chief. In one number of the Luminary a paragraph appeared condemning the course of the invaders of Kansas. Enough! The press was destroyed and thrown into the river by a mob of pro-slavery ruffians. Col. Park also got notice to leave, and was compelled to fly for his life. I went over to Parkville from Kansas city, Missouri, to attend to some business there. I had previously made the acquaintance of several of its ruffian citizens. I rode into the town about one o'
a negro burned to death no chance of justice for negroes in courts of law against white men a Southern Gubernatorial confession of this fact slave breeding Col. Benton's statement refuted by statistics a Southern confession who hate negroes in the Southern States can the Southern staples be cultivated without slavery? prooice or humanity. I have felt constrained, in a majority of the cases brought to my notice, either to modify the sentence, or set it aside altogether. XII. Colonel Benton, in a lecture that he delivered in Boston, had the audacity to assert that slaves are seldom sold by their masters, excepting for debt or faults, or crimes. e commits a capital offence, he may be pardoned by being sold out of the State--the owner of him pocketing the proceeds of the auction? But statistics refute Colonel Benton's statement. It is capable of demonstration that twenty-five thousand negroes are annually sold from the Northern or slave-breeding to the Southern or slave-
d but one of them was captured. Herron's cavalry being sent after the fugitives, however, they were all--22 in number — burnt or sunk, either at this time or when Walker was sent back by Corn. Porter to bring away the guns, &c., of the De Kalb; so that the Yazoo was thenceforth clear of Rebel vessels. Herron captured and brought away 300 prisoners, 6 heavy guns, 250 small arms, 800 horses, and 2,000 bales of Confederate cotton. He moved July 16-17. across, by order, from Yazoo City to Benton and Canton, in support of Sherman's advance to Jackson; but countermarched immediately, July 18-19. on information of Johnston's flight from Jackson, and, reembarking, returned July 21. to Vicksburg. While the siege of Vicksburg was in progress, Gen. Grant, compelled to present a bold front at once to Pemberton and to Johnston, had necessarily drawn to himself nearly all the forces in his department, stripping his forts on the river above him so far as was consistent with their saf
and his stationary foes, repelling the former, and routing the latter; capturing and destroying a train, taking 500 prisoners, and dispersing the force at Egypt. Among their killed was Gen. Gholson. Making feints in different directions, Grierson now moved south-westward; striking the Mississippi Central at Winona, and tearing it up for miles on either hand; while the 4th Iowa pushed south to Bankston, destroying there Confederate cloth and shoe factories. Grierson moved from Winona to Benton; where Col. Osband engaged and defeated Col. Wood's Rebel cavalry. The expedition made its way thence to Vicksburg with 500 prisoners, 800 beeves, and 1,000 negroes; having destroyed immense amounts of Rebel property, most of it of great military value, including 95 cars, 300 wagons, 30 full warehouses, &c., with a total loss of 27 killed, 93 wounded, 7 missing. Among its prisoners were 100 who had been recruited from among our men famishing in Rebel prison-camps, who had taken this course
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 7 (search)
my order to him to evacuate the place, informed him that he could not be reinforced, and told him to march toward Jackson. This dispatch was never delivered, Port Hudson being invested before the arrival of the courier who bore it. On the 24th such demonstrations were made by the enemy, beyond the Big Black and along the Yazoo, that Walker was sent with his division to Yazoo City, with orders to fortify that point. And these demonstrations being repeated, Loring's division was sent to Benton on the 31st. In order to superintend the preparation necessary to enable the troops to march as far as to the position of the army investing Vicksburg, and at the same time be ready for military operations near the Yazoo, I divided each day between Jackson and Canton. I can give no better account of the siege of Vicksburg than that contained in Lieutenant-General Pemberton's dispatches to me during its operations, of which I had ten, and occasional verbal messages by the officers who bo
hurch; le should have followed the old Fairfax road as far as the Pohick. By taking the road toward Pohick Church, his scouts came in sight of our troops in advance of the church, and mistook them for the enemy drilling. Our skirmishers saw them, and reported the rebel cavalry and infantry on that road. Gen. Heintzelman advanced a force to meet them, but after sending forward no one could be discovered, and the troops were withdrawn. Of the Lincoln Cavalry Sergeant O'Brien is killed; Bugler Benton mortally wounded, since dead; Private Miller wounded, missing; Private Mitchell wounded slightly; Capt. Todd, missing; Private Johnson, missing; and seven horses missing. This loss was sustained by the negligence of the officers of this cavalry in permitting their men to straggle in the presence of the enemy, and to plunder. The rebels evidently occupy several points on the railroad in force, have a cavalry force at or near Elsey's and Sangster's crossroads, and a force at Wolf Run Sho
ision of Gen. Pope was under orders to move. It consisted as follows: First Brigade, Acting Brig.-Gen. Steels:--Twenty-seventh reg. Ohio Volunteers, Col. Kennett; Twenty-second reg. Indiana Volunteers, Col. Hendricks; First reg. Kansas Volunteers, Col. Thayer; One battery First Missouri Volunteers, Lieut. Marr; four companies regular cavalry, Col. Armory. Second Brigade, Acting Brig.-Gen. Jeff. C. Davis.--Eighteenth reg. Ind. Volunteers, Col. Patterson; Eighth reg. Ind. Volunteers, Col. Benton; Twenty-fourth reg. Ind. Volunteers, Lieut.----; one battery First Missouri artillery, Lieut. Klaus; one squadron First Iowa Cavalry, Maj. Torrence. The whole were under the immediate command of General Pope. The four companies of regular cavalry mentioned above must be understood to be only the fragments of the original companies, B, C, D, and E, and number in all, now, but a little over a hundred men. They are all under the command of Captain Crittenden, of the regular army, (son of
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