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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 19. the siege of Suffolk, Virginia. (search)
rgh, to favor Longstreet. All were regarded as real. Ten thousand men were asked for North Carolina, and it was thought I would have to contribute for Williamsburgh also. Longstreet's Army General William Hays, United States Army, was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville, third May, and passed through Lee's army to Richmond. He thinks Longstreet took four divisions, of eight thousand each, in January or February, to Suffolk--thirty-two thousand men. General Hooker telegraphed, April thirteen: All of Longstreet's forces that have gone from here, left in January and February. May second, he telegraphed: Longstreet has three divisions at Suffolk. When they left Lee they were each eight thousand strong. D. H. Hill is ordered from Washington to reinforce Longstreet's corps. May second, General Hill reported by letter to Longstreet, the arrival of an entire division. This arrival was in addition to the forces from Washington, North Carolina. Spies sent into his camp re
f his expedition, General Smith returned to Memphis. During the months of March and April, this same force under Forrest annoyed us considerably. On the twenty-fourth of March it captured Union City, Kentucky, and its garrison, and on the twenty-fourth attacked Paducah, commanded by Colonel S. G. Hicks, Fortieth Illinois volunteers. Colonel H., having but a small force, withdrew to the forts near the river, from where he repulsed the enemy, and drove him from the place. On the thirteenth of April part of this force, under the rebel General Buford, summoned the garrison of Columbus, Kentucky, to surrender, but received for reply from Colonel Lawrence Thirty-fourth New Jersey volunteers, that, being placed there by his Government, with adequate force to hold his post and repel all enemies from it, surrender was out of the question. On the morning of the same day, Forrest attacked Fort Pillow, Tennessee, garrisoned by a detachment of Tennessee cavalry and the First regiment Al
Stoneman's attack. Without hesitation, a general charge was made by our men, resulting in the capture of all the enemy's artillery, fourteen pieces, and one thousand three hundred and sixty-four prisoners. The remainder scattered, and were pursued. During the two days following, the troops were engaged destroying the immense depots of supplies of all kinds in Salisbury, and burning all the bridges for several miles on all the railroads leading out of the town. On the afternoon of April thirteenth, the command moved westward to Statesville and Lenoir, at which latter point General Stoneman left the troops to be disposed of by General Gillem, and proceeded with the prisoners and captured artillery to East Tennessee, reporting his arrival, on the nineteenth, at Greenville, and detailing the disposition of his troops, which was as follows: Palmer's brigade, with headquarters at Lincolnton, North Carolina, to scout down the Catawba river toward Charlotte; Brown's brigade, with headqu
of the Warrior, which, as well as its tributaries, was greatly swollen. April twelfth. Moved by the Jasper road to Wolf creek, finding it impassable. April thirteenth. Marched around the head of Wolf creek. April fourteenth. Crossed Lost creek at Holly Grove, and marched to Cormack's mills on the Black Water, finding tr roads which were impassable until they were corduroyed. On many occasions I had from three to five hundred men at work carrying rails to build roads. April thirteenth. Marched eleven miles, passing through Montgomery on the Columbus road. April fourteenth. Marched at 1 P. M. in rear of the First and Fourth divisions, ains a large number of elegant residences. It is situated on the south side of the Alabama river. This river is navigable to the city by small steamers. April thirteenth. Hospital train came into the city at five o'clock P. M., and was unloaded at St. Mary's hospital. The transportation of so many sick and wounded had been