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ks at New Orleans. John W. Kimball, who had served with distinction as major of the Fifteenth Regiment, three years service, was commissioned colonel of the Fifty-third. Before he could get home from the front, and take command, the regiment had left the State. He joined it, however, at New York, and went with it to Louisiana. The Eleventh Light Battery, to serve for nine months, was recruited by Captain Edward J. Jones, at Camp Meigs, at Readville. It left Massachusetts on the third day of October, under command of Captain Jones, with orders to report for duty to the Adjutant-General of the army at Washington. This was the only nine months battery raised in the State. Thus, in December, 1862, Massachusetts had in active service fifty-three regiments of infantry, one regiment and three unattached companies of cavalry, twelve companies of light artillery, two companies of sharpshooters, and three companies of heavy artillery, which were distributed as follows: Twenty-seven re
ug. 19, and at Fitchburg, Mass., the 24th, where, after a public reception, it was furloughed one week, and mustered out of service Sept. 2, by Captain I. R. Lawrence. There was but one light battery raised for the nine months service. It was recruited by Major Edward J. Jones, of Boston, in a very short time, at Readville Camp, without expense to the Commonwealth. Major Jones was commissioned captain. It was mustered into service Aug. 25, 1862, at Readville, where it remained until Oct. 3, when it was ordered to proceed to Washington, and report for orders to the Adjutant-General of the United States. The battery was assigned to General Casey's division, and was sent to Camp Barry, near Bladensburg Tollgate, D. C. Nov. 19, it was ordered to Hall's Hill, Va., where it was attached to General Abercrombie's command. On the 27th, it was ordered to report to Colonel Randall, Third Vermont Brigade, for active service in the field; the brigade being at that time near Fort Lyons, u
tember, and to reinforce the troops operating against Forrest. In compliance with verbal instructions from Major-General Sherman, I left Atlanta with Morgan's division to take immediate charge of affairs in Tennessee, and reached Nashville October third. On the withdrawal of Forrest's troops from Athens a garrison was sent to reoccupy the post by Brigadier-General R. S. Granger, commanding District of Northern Alabama, who also sent a scouting party from Huntsville toward Fayetteville to ugh Mount Pleasant and press him in the rear. Croxton's brigade of cavalry started from Farmington, and moving through Louisburg, pursued a southwesterly course toward Lawrenceburg. The above was the position of the troops on the morning of October third. On the same day information reached me that Major-General Washburn, with three thousand cavalry and fifteen hundred infantry, was moving up the Tennessee river to participate in the operations against Forrest. Directions were sent him on t
onel Powell), was ordered down the Luray valley to take position at Luray, and watch the country in that vicinity, On October second the First and Third divisions of cavalry (Brigadier-Generals Merritt and Custer) were disposed on the line of the North river, about seven miles in front of the army. About two P. M. the enemy made a reconnoissance in force, with infantry, artillery, and cavalry, and attempted to cross the river, but were prevented from doing so by the cavalry alone. October third, fourth, and fifth.--The cavalry remained somewhat in the same position, sending reconnoissances to Swift run and Brown's gap, and all the time skirmishing with the enemy. October fifth.--Three hundred men of the Second division, West Virginia cavalry, under command of Major Farabee (First Virginia cavalry), were sent from Luray to destroy the railroad bridge over the Rapidan river, to proceed from thence to Culpepper, and thence by Sperryville to Luray. He completely destroyed the
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 1: Whetting the sword. (search)
e cleaning of rifles and revolvers, and fired twelve shots, drilled, cleaned guns and loaded, received letters from J. and G. Smith. September 23, the record acknowledges the receipt of letters from Redpath and G. Smith; on the 30th the writer finishes reading G. Smith's speech, and states that efforts were made to raise a fund to send cannon and arms to Lane, but adds that they proved a failure. On the 1st of October the journalist visits Nebraska City with Mr. Jones and Carpenter. October 3d proves a lucky date to the writer, who records the receipt then of seventy-two dollars from friend Sanborn. The succeeding day (Sunday) our journalist improves his leisure by perusing speech of Judge Curtis, delivered before the students of Union College, New Jersey, and of Dartmouth College, and at the Normal School Convention, Westfield, Mass., and at Brown University, R. I. ; the entry of the same date continues, Read of the awful disaster to the Central America, formerly the George La
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Roster of the Nineteenth regiment Massachusetts Volunteers (search)
tson. William, priv., (—), May 20, ‘64; 25; (deserted Aug. 27, ‘64 in front of enemy at Reams Station.) Robbins, Thomas B., priv., (B), July 26, ‘61; 30; never left state. Robbinson, Henry, priv., (H), May 13, ‘64; 30; sub, for H. F. Sears; died Oct. 3, ‘64, Andersonville, Ga. Robinson, James, priv.(—), May 19, ‘64; 24; sub. for Thomas Hollis, Jr.; N. F. R. Robinson, John H., priv., (H), Aug. 20. ‘61; 19; transf. Dec. 1, ‘61 to Co. I.; M. O. Feb. 1, ‘65 medal of honor man. Robinson, John H., p; wounded July 3, ‘63; May 12, ‘64; transf. to V. R.C. Dec. 17, ‘63; disch. Aug. 28, ‘64. Salter, Solomon, priv., (B), May 19, ‘64; 26; sub. C. L. Young; M. O. June 30, ‘65. Sampson, Christopher C., 1st lieut., (I), July 26, ‘61; 22; resigned Oct. 3, ‘61. Sanders, Edward P., priv., (C), July 26, ‘61; 27; re-en. Dec. 21, ‘63; disch. disa. Apr. 28, 1864. Sanderson, Henry, priv., (H), Jan. 23, ‘65; 38; M. O. June 30, ‘65. Sargent, Geo. C., priv., (H),
n was always clean and without profanity. It is therefore not to be wondered at that he won and held the regard and affection of the officers and men under him, and that time has only served to enlarge the esteem in which he is held by the survivors of the regiment. The advantages of a capable and competent leadership were immediately manifest. The health of the regiment was conserved by the regular daily drills, they were well fed, and tents and overcoats were secured for them. On October 3d the Corps was reviewed by President Lincoln. Of the experiences in this camp Comrade Beckwith writes thus: I think the regiment was stronger and better for the experience it had gone through — the weeding out of the unfit men, the retiring of incompetent officers, and the acquiring of a young, intrepid, and skilled officer for its commander, who, with heroic purpose, unlimited patience and matchless skill, made it one of the best regiments in the army of the Potomac, and one which
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 26: transferred to the West; battle of Wauhatchie (search)
oint, with its hamlet, was Bridgeport, Ala. The railroad, which crosses at the bridge, keeps up the Tennessee Valley on the other side, without following the curvature of the river, and makes its way through gaps in the mountain ridges and across deep canyons, and, touching the Lookout range at its base and close to the water of the Tennessee, passes into the Chattanooga basin. From Bridgeport to Chattanooga the distance by this railroad route is but twenty-eight miles. On the evening of October 3d, at 9 P. M., my train arrived at Stevenson, a poor town with some half dozen miserable houses. Here we found an accumulation of supplies for Rosecrans's army. He was then obliged to transport everything by wagons from that point by roads north of the Tennessee River to Chattanooga. The next morning, October 4th, we passed on to Bridgeport, where the greater portion of the Eleventh Corps had already arrived and bivouacked as well as it could without wagons and with its mixed — up baggage
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 37: Battle of Lovejoy's Station and capture of Atlanta (search)
rest, had been granted a leave. In fact, Logan did not return to us till we reached Savannah, but Blair was able to join me. One of my divisions, General Corse's, was sent back to Rome upon the reports of the work of the Confederate cavalry in Tennessee under Forrest. Another division, General John E. Smith's, of Logan's corps, had its headquarters back at Cartersville, Smith commanding. About this time (September 29th), also, Thomas went to Chattanooga and as far as Nashville, while (October 3d) Schofield found his way, first to Knoxville, to attend to some official matters there, and thence to Chattanooga. All these personal movements naturally affected me, as I was inclined to be homesick during every lengthy period of rest. I went to Atlanta toward the latter part of the month of September and had a good talk with Sherman. He would not listen to my going either on inspection duty to other parts of my department, nor to my making a brief visit to any point away from Atlan
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 39: General Hood's northward march; Sherman in pursuit; battle of Allatoona (search)
that village which bears the name of Pumpkintown. There was a trestle bridge farther down the Chattahoochee, at Moore's Ferry, recently constructed. Over it he drew the supplies of his army. He reached Lost Mountain and was established there October 3d. Hood heard that we had an extensive subdepot at Allatoona Pass, so he directed Lieutenant General Stewart to cross a bridge over the Etowah River not far north of Allatoona and have it broken up; also to send one of his divisions to disablet's, Cheatham's, and Stephen D. Lee's corps were all included in the big northward raid. After Stewart had captured some garrisons he drew back to Hood, near Lost Mountain. Now we commenced the pursuit in earnest from Atlanta the morning of October 3d. By the 5th we had reached the vicinity of the battlefield, Kenesaw Mountain. As soon as Sherman heard that a division of the enemy had been seen marching northward not far from the railroad line he divined that the subdepot at Allatoona Pa
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