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John D. Billings, The history of the Tenth Massachusetts battery of light artillery in the war of the rebellion 2 2 Browse Search
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1 2 2 Browse Search
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Daniel Ammen, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.2, The Atlantic Coast (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 2 2 Browse Search
Benjamin Cutter, William R. Cutter, History of the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, ormerly the second precinct in Cambridge, or District of Menotomy, afterward the town of West Cambridge. 1635-1879 with a genealogical register of the inhabitants of the precinct. 2 2 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 2 2 Browse Search
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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 2 2 Browse Search
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 2 2 Browse Search
Adam Badeau, Grant in peace: from Appomattox to Mount McGregor, a personal memoir 2 2 Browse Search
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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 6: siege of Knoxville.--operations on the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia. (search)
s given to National vessels. The Confederates at Charleston had been informed that the two larger ships of the blockading fleet lying off the bar (Powhatan and Canandaigua) had gone to Port Royal to coal, so two Confederate armored gun-boats, of the rain class (Palmetto State, Captain Ingraham, Duncan N. Ingraham, formerly a useful officer of the National Navy, who had abandoned his flag and given his services to the Conspirators. and Chicora, Captain Tucker), went out before day-light Jan. 31. and in a shrouding haze, to strike the weaker National vessels then watching the harbor entrances. Softly they stole over the bar, when the Palmetto State, acting as a ram, struck the Mercidita, Captain Stellwagen, with full force, amidships, and at the same time fired a 7-inch rifled shell into her side, that went crashing through her machinery, releasing steam that scalded many men, and so completely disabling her that she could neither fight nor fly. The victor then attacked the Keysto
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
thway of desolation. No public property of the Confederates was spared. The station-houses and the rolling stock of the railway were burned; and the track was torn up, and the rails, heated by the burning ties cast into heaps, were twisted and ruined, and were often, by bending them when red-hot around a sapling, converted into what the men called Jeff. Davis's neck-ties. In regard to the treatment of the people, General Sherman thus discoursed in a long letter to his Adjutant-General Jan. 31. just before setting out on his expedition: To those who submit to rightful law and authority, all gentleness and forbearance; but to the petulant and persistent secessionists, why, death is mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of, the better. Satan, and the rebellious saints of heaven, were allowed a continuous existence in hell, merely to swell their just punishment. To such as would rebel against a government so mild and just as ours was in peace, a punishment equal would not b
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 18: capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, and Goldsboroa.--Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--Stoneman's last raid. (search)
rman's march to that place. Grant had communicated Jan. 21. to that leader that Schofield had been ordered to the sea, where he would have under his command over thirty thousand troops. The grand object of all the movements now was the dispersion of Johnston's army gathering in North Carolina, and the capture of Lee's at Richmond and Petersburg. Grant went down to Fort Fisher with Schofield, and conferred with General Terry and. Admiral Porter, and on his return to City Point he issued Jan. 31. instructions to Schofield to move on Goldsboroa either from Wilmington (if he should capture it), or from New Berne. Sherman, he said, may be looked for in the neighborhood of Goldsboroa any time from the 22d to the 28th of February. Two days after Schofield's arrival at Fort Fisher with General J. D. Cox's. division, Terry was pushed forward. Feb. 11. He drove the Confederate pickets, and established an intrenched line so close to Hoke's, that the latter was compelled to defend his i
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
n the basis of disbandment of the insurgent forces, and the recognition of the National authority throughout the Republic; also, that the complete restoration of the National authority, everywhere;, was an indispensable condition of any assent, on the part of the Government, to whatever form of peace might be proposed. He declared that he should not recede from the position he had taken on the subject of slavery. The commissioners were then informed that Congress had, three days before, January 31. adopted an amendment to the Constitution, which would doubtless be ratified by the requisite number of States, See page 454. for the prohibition of slavery throughout the Republic. The conference had no other result than that of the efforts made in July, which was to more clearly define the views of the Government and the Conspirators. At that conference, it is related that Mr. Lincoln insisted that the States had never separated from the Union, and consequently he could not reco
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
andaigua, had to proceed to Port Royal for coal, leaving some lighter vessels to continue the blockade. The Confederates had two ironclad rams, the Chicora and Palmetto State, under Commodore D. N. Ingraham, in Charleston Harbor, and on the 31st of January, about 4 A. M., they succeeded in crossing the bar unperceived in the darkness and attacked the Mercedita, Captain H. S. Stellwagen, which had just returned from the chase of a strange vessel. The captain was below, and Lieutenant-Commandckade and placed inside, the blockade may be raised by the rebel rains coming out of Charleston harbor at night by Maffit's Channel, in which case she could give no assistance to the fleet outside. But for the New Ironsides, the raid of the 31st of January would have been repeated with more serious effect. The lower and greater part of Morris Island exhibits a ridge or row of sand-hills, affording to the enemy a natural parapet against the fire of shipping and facilities for erecting batter
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
ainst an attack by the river, the enemy in the sounds of North Carolina were doing their best to make an impression on the Federal posts established along those waters. Great victories over the Union forces were constantly reported, which existed only in the vivid imagination of the Confederate reporters. To show how war news was manufactured, we quote the following from the Raleigh Weekly: Colonel Griffin, Confederate forces, telegraphed to the War Department from Jackson, on the 31st of January, as follows: Yesterday morning engaged the enemy with a force of two hundred men and a rifled field piece. After a fight of two hours, in which we engaged twelve hundred men of the enemy and three pieces of artillery, the Yankees were driven from Windsor, N. C., to their boats. We lost six men; loss of the enemy not known. Lieutenant-Commander C. W. Flusser, indignant at such a report, in a communication to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee, writes as follows: The report is false from b
ad passed the Senate. There were scruples to vanquish, objections to remove or to soften, and machinery to adjust, in order to give the measure a chance of success. Meantime, the hum of public dissatisfaction rose louder and louder, and members who were soon to face Northern constituencies were reasonably reluctant to vote for it, unless the Democratic majorities in their districts were well-nigh impregnable. A House bill (nearly a copy of that of Mr. Douglas) having been reported January 31st. by Mr. Richardson, of Illinois, from the Committee on Territories, Mr. English, of Indiana--a most unflinching Democrat--from the minority of said Committee, proposed to strike out the clause which we have seen reported by Mr. Douglas to the Senate, and adopted by that body, repealing the 8th section of the Missouri act, and insert instead the following: Provided, That no this act shall be so construed as to prevent the people of said Territory, through the properly constituted legis
nd, and doing likewise, but to little purpose; since the Rebels had taken to their heels at the first sound of guns from the water, leaving 150 dead and an equal number of prisoners behind them. Harding estimates their wounded at 400, and makes his own loss 16 killed, 60 wounded, and 50 prisoners. Wheeler, as if satisfied with this experience, returned quietly to Franklin. Gen. Jeff. C. Davis, with his division of infantry and two brigades of cavalry, under Col. Minty, had been sent Jan. 31. westward by Rosecrans, as if to intercept Wheeler on his way southward. He captured 141 of Wheeler's men, including two Colonels; but returned Feb. 13. to Murfreesboroa without a fight and without loss. Gen. P. H. Sheridan next made March 4. a similar demonstration southward, nearly to Shelbyville, then turning north-westward to Franklin; having two or three skirmishes with inferior forces, under Forrest and Van Dorn, who fled, losing in all about 100, mainly prisoners; while o
ward, and took refuge behind the shoals in the Swash channel; thence making their way back to Charleston, and issuing there a bulletin declaring the blockade raised and the port open; Headquarters land and naval forces, Charleston, S. C., Jan. 31. At about 5 o'clock this morning, the Confederate States naval force on this station attacked the United States blockading fleet off the harbor of the city of Charleston, and sunk, dispersed, or drove off and out of sight for the time, the enerate States naval and land forces in this quarter, do hereby formally declare the blockade by the United States of the said city of Charleston, South Carolina, to be raised by a superior force of the Confederate States from and after this 31st day of January, A. D. 1863. G. T. Beauregard, General Com'ding. D. N. Ingraham, Flag-officer Com'ding Naval Forces in South Carolina. the British consul at Charleston and the commander of H. B. M. ship Petrel corroborating the statement; and the foreign
animity is attainable, unless some deference shall be paid to the will of the majority, simply because it is the will of the majority. In this case, the common end is the maintenance of the Union; and, among the means to secure that end, such will, through the election, is most clearly declared in favor of such Constitutional Amendment. Mr. Ashley accordingly called up Jan. 6, 1865. in the House his motion to reconsider the vote above given; and the question was at length brought Jan. 31. to issue — a motion to lay it on the table having been defeated by 111 to 57--when the reconsideration was ordered: Yeas 112 ; Nays 57. The vote was then taken on concurring with the Senate in passing the Amendment, in the shape reported by Mr. Trumbull from the Judiciary Committee of the Senate — as follows: Be it resolved, &c., That the following article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which, when ratifi
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