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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)
rth Carolina. Spies sent into his camp reported the forces on the Blackwater from thirty thousand to thirty-two thousand. Union men, deserters, prisoners, and contrabands, placed the force that crossed, tenth April, at thirty thousand and over. Governor Wise had five thousand (Hooker's figures) or more. After his demonstration upon Williamsburgh, he withdrew, and beyond doubt sent a portion of his force to Longstreet. The troops from North Carolina commenced arriving about the eighteenth or nineteenth of April, having left Little Washington on the fifteenth, under orders. Not less than twelve thousand came under Hill, French, and others. General Foster's estimates were very high, and I have not adopted them in consequence. These, independent of the forces about Richmond, which could always be drawn upon temporarily for any great operation, since Longstreet had two railways. Among the division commanders were Lieutenant-Generals Hill and Hood, French, Picket, &c. Maj
is cavalry was started on a raid against the Danville railroad, which he struck at Coalfield, Powhatan, and Chola stations, destroying them, the railroad track, two freight trains, and one locomotive, together with large quantities of commissary and other stores; thence crossing to the South Side road, struck it at Wilson's, Wellsville, and Black and White stations, destroying the road and station-houses; thence he proceeded to City Point, which he reached on the eighteenth. On the eighteenth of April, and prior to the movement of General Butler, the enemy with a land force under General Hoke and an iron-clad ram, attacked Plymouth, N. C., commanded by General H. W. Wessels, and our gunboats there, and after severe fighting, the place was carried by assault and the entire garrison and armament captured. The gunboat Smithfield was sunk and the Miami disabled. The army sent to operate against Richmond having hermetically sealed itself up at Bermuda Hundred, the enemy was enabled
except in this single instance, when he knew the enemy was ready to surrender or disperse, as advised by my letter of April eighteen, addressed to him when Chief of Staff at Washington city, and delivered at Washington on the twenty-first instant by close a war any longer without organized resistance, were the leading facts that induced me to pen the memorandum of April eighteen, signed by myself and General Johnston. It was designed to be, and so expressed on its face, as a mere basis for rto march at that hour on the routes prescribed in Special Field Order No. 55, April fourteen, from the positions held April eighteen. General Grant had orders from the President, through the Secretary of War, to direct military movements, and I execk had been Chief of Staff of the army at Washington, in which capacity he must have received my official letter of April eighteenth, wherein I wrote clearly that if Johnston's army about Greensboroa were pushed it would disperse, an event I wished
All were over and marching via Arkadelphia; we struck the Mulberry fork at Handly's mills, finding a good ferry-boat and a good place for swimming horses. April eighteenth. Crossed Mulberry fork, and reached Little Warrior at Menter's ferry, finding no boats but a few canoes with which we began crossing, and were over by sundow-four guns, was in our hands. This victory, which was the closing conflict of the war, was achieved with the loss of but thirty men killed and wounded. April eighteenth. At 8:30 A. M. the division marched for Macon via Double bridge and Thomaston, arriving and going into camp at East Macon on the evening of the twenty-firsttals of the city; Assistant-Surgeon Whetton, Third Iowa cavalry, was detailed to take charge of them. In all, thirty-five patients were left at Columbus. April eighteenth. Bridges over the Chattahoochie were burned, together with such public buildings as had escaped the day before. Commenced to move at nine o'clock on the ro