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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The opening of the lower Mississippi. (search)
ounting one 4-pounder rifled gun. Had I been able to cross the bar with my ship, I would have felt justified in going up to the city and calling on the authorities to surrender. I could easily have passed the forts under cover of the night without the aid of a pilot, as I had been up and down the river some thirty times in a large mail steamer. But the Powhatan drew three feet too much water, and there was no use thinking about such an adventure. This was the position of affairs on May 31st, 1861, only forty-nine days after Fort Sumter had been fired on. On the 9th of November, 1861, I arrived at New York with the Powhatan and was ordered to report to the Navy Department at Washington, which I did on the 12th. In those days it was not an easy matter for an officer, except one of high rank, to obtain access to the Secretary of the Navy, and I had been waiting nearly all the morning at the door of his office when Senators Grimes and Hale came along and entered into conversatio
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
sing back of it. The spectator is looking toward the northwest, up Acquia Creek, at the mouth of which is seen a sloop. The line of intrenchments is seen on the bluffs back of the landing. ceased. The Pawnee became the chief object of their attention. She was hulled four times, and nine shots in all struck her; and yet, neither on board of this vessel nor of those of Ward's flotilla was a single person killed or seriously injured. report of Commander Ward to the Secretary of the Navy, May 31 and June 1, 1861. report of Commander Rowan to Secretary Welles, June 2, 1861. during the engagement, the large passenger and freight House near the landing was destroyed by fire. at about this time, another aggressive movement was made by the United States forces. It was important to gain information concerning the advance of the insurgents, said to be at Fairfax Court House at the close of May. Lieutenant Charles H. Tompkins, with seventy-five of Company B. Of the Second Regiment of
in progress, intended to bar that coast against our arms. Gen. Butler heard their story, was satisfied of its truth, and said: These men are contraband of war: In this matter, he [Gen. Butler] has struck this Southern Insurrection in a place which is as vulnerable as the heel of Achilles; and we dare say that, in receiving and seizing the slaves of Rebels as contraband of war, this Southern Confederacy will be substantially suppressed with the pacification of Virginia.--N. Y. Herald, May 31, 1861. set them at work. He was, very soon afterward, invited to a conference by Maj. Carey, commanding opposite; and accordingly met the Major (in whom he recognized an old political compatriot) a mile from the fort. Maj. Carey, as agent of his absent friend Mallory, demanded a return of those negroes; which Gen. Butler courteously but firmly declined; and, after due debate, the conference terminated fruitlessly. Very naturally, the transit of negroes from Slavery to Fortress Monroe was the
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), Naval chronology 1861-1865: important naval engagements of the Civil war March, 1861-June, 1865 (search)
ctually established. May 18-19, 1861. Shots exchanged between U. S. S. Freeborn and Monticello and the Confed. battery at Sewell's Point, Va. U. S. S. Harriet Lane arrives off Charleston. May 26, 1861. U. S. S. Brooklyn commenced the blockade of the Mississippi River. Blockade of Mobile, Ala., commenced by U. S. S. Powhatan. May 28, 1861. U. S. S. Minnesota begins real blockade of Charleston. Blockade of Savannah initiated by U. S. gunboat Union. May 31, 1861. U. S. S. Freeborn, Anacostia, Pawnee, and Resolute attacked Confed. batteries at Aquia Creek, Va. June, 1861. June 27, 1861. Engagement between U. S. gunboats Freeborn and Reliance and Confed. batteries at Mathias Point, Va., Commander Ward of the Freeborn killed. July, 1861. July 2, 1861. U. S. S. South Carolina begins blockade of Galveston. July 4-7, 1861. U. S. S. South Carolina captures or destroys 10 vessels off Galveston. July 7, 1861.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the war. (search)
Reminiscences of the war. By General William Smith. Skirmish at Fairfax C. H., May 31st 1861. [None who knew him could fail to admire the enthusiastic courage with which Governor Wm. Smith, of Virginia, threw himself into the thickest of theare sure our readers will thank us for these interesting sketches by this gallant old hero.] On the night of the 31st of May, 1861, Lieutenant-Colonel Ewell (subsequently General Ewell), just out of the Federal lines, in which he was Captain of ca and no ammunition, and took no part in the affair. So here is the number and character of our entire force on the 31st of May, 1861, and the only force in any way concerned in the affair of the next morning. In this state of things, the enemy hastice they should be exposed. I repeat that the whole Confederate force at Fairfax Courthouse, on the night of the 31st of May, 1861, was composed of the companies and of the character and description I have heretofore named; and I will add, that th
Doc. 197 1/2.-Joseph Holt's letter on the pending R Evolution. printed from the Louisville edition. Washington, May 31, 1861. J. F. Speed, Esq.: My Dear Sir:--The recent overwhelming vote in favor of the Union in Kentucky has afforded unspeakable gratification to all true men throughout the country. That vote indicates that the people of that gallant State have been neither seduced by the arts nor terrified by the menaces of the revolutionists in their midst, and that it is their fixed purpose to remain faithful to a Government which, for nearly seventy years, has remained faithful to them. Still it cannot be denied that there is in the bosom of that State a band of agitators, who, though few in number, are yet powerful from the public confidence they have enjoyed, and who have been, and doubtless will continue to be, unceasing in their endeavors to force Kentucky to unite her fortunes with those of the rebel Confederacy of the South. In view of this and of the well-k
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 218.-N. Y. Seventh Regiment papers. (search)
will parade fully uniformed, in overcoats, armed and equipped for the march, at 3 1/2 o'clock P. M., 31st inst.--blankets rolled and strapped upon the knapsack. Each soldier must carry his canteen and haversack. Pistols, unloaded, must be packed in the knapsacks. The Commissary will provide two days rations for each man. By order of Col. Marshall Lefferts, J. H. Liebenar, Adjutant. Union defence Committee of the citizens of New York, office, No. 30 Pine street./addrLine> New York, May 31, 1861. In Executive Committee, Resolved, That this committee desire to express their cordial recognition of the efficient service rendered to the cause of the country at a critical emergency of its public affairs by the Seventh Regiment of the New York State Militia, commanded by Col. Marshall Lefferts, and sharing so fully in the general feeling of gratification which pervades this community at learning that the commanding general of the U. S. Army, under the sanction of the President of th
ff, including his adjutant, to effect such arrangements as were necessary. He left Richmond on the 1st of June, and reached Manassas the same night, under the following orders: Headquarters of the Virginia forces, Richmond, Virginia, May 31st, 1861. Special orders, no. 149. General P. G. T. Beauregard, of the Confederate States army, is assigned to the command of the troops on the Alexandria line. He is referred to the orders heretofore given to his predecessors in that command, fcommand in the following orders: New series. General orders, no. 1. Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, camp Pickens, June 2d, 1861. In obedience to Special Orders, No. 149, from Headquarters Virginia forces, Richmond, dated May 31st, 1861, assigning me to the command of the troops on the Alexandria line, I have this day relieved Brigadier-General M. L. Bonham of said command. All orders and instructions from these Headquarters will be obeyed accordingly. The Brigadier-Ge
egimentCavalryCol. Wm. W. AllenJuly 11, 1862.Promoted Major-General. Col. I. H. Clauton1861.Promoted Brigadier-General. 2dAlabamaRegimentCavalryCol. F. W. HunterMay 1, 1861.  3dAlabamaRegimentCavalryCol. James Hagan Promoted Brigadier-General. 1stAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. J. W. G. SteedmanMarch 4, 1861.  Col. H. D. ClaytonMarch 28, 1861.Promoted Major-General July 8, 1864. 2dAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. H. Maury   Col. W. S. Goodwyn1861.  3dAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. C. A. BattleMay 31, 1861.Promoted Brigadier-General. Col. T. Lomax1861.  4thAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. P. D. BowlesOct. 3, 1861.Promoted Brigadier-General. Col. E. McI. Law1861.  5thAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. J. M. HallJuly 17, 1861.  6thAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. Jas. N. LightfootMay 7, 1863.  7thAlabamaRegimentInfantry    8thAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. Y. L. RoysterJune 16, 1862.  Col. Thos. E. Irby1861.  9thAlabamaRegimentInfantryCol. Samuel HenryOct. 21, 1861.  10thAlabamaRegimentInfant
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New York Volunteers. (search)
ent State Militia Infantry. (See 82nd Regiment Infantry.) 3rd New York Regiment Infantry. Organized at Albany, N. Y., and mustered in May 14, 1861, for two years service. Reorganized May, 1863. Left State for Fortress Monroe, Va., May 31, 1861, and duty there till July 30. Moved to Baltimore, Md., July 30, and duty there till June 6, 1862. Attached to Fort Monroe and Camp Hamilton, Va., Dept. of Virginia, to July, 1861. Dix's Command, Baltimore, Md., to June, 1862. Mansftry. Failed to complete organization. Men enlisted transferred to 5th Regiment New York Veteran Infantry, October 14, 1863. 32nd New York Regiment Infantry (1st California Regiment). Organized at Staten Island, N. Y., and mustered in May 31, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., June 29, 1861. Attached to Davies' Brigade, Miles' Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Franklin's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Newton's Brigade
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