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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
Confederate honor. Walker, the Secretary of War, ordered Polk to withdraw his troops from Kentucky, while Davis, his superior, telegraphed to the same officer in approval of his movement--The necessity justifies the act. This was denied by some of the partisans of Davis. I have before me an autograph letter, written by Nash H. Burt to Governor Harris, dated at Nashville, September 6, 1S61, in which he says: The following dispatch is received this morning, dated Union City, 12 P. M., Sept. 5, 1861, directed to Governor Harris:-- On last evening I had the honor of telegraphing to you the necessity I had been under, of seizing the town: of Columbus in advance of the enemy, who had already taken all the preparatory measures to do so. On this. evening I received from his honor the Secretary of War, an order to withdraw the troops from Kentucky; but while issuing the appropriate orders to that effect, had the gratification to receive from the President the following dispatch, viz
he Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers in the Navy of the Confederate States, issued at Richmond, Jan. 1, 186., contained several hundred names — over two hundred of them being noted as leaving formerly been officers of the U. S. Navy. Some of these lacked even the poor excuse--I go with my State, --as at the head of the list stands their only Admiral, Franklin Buchanan, of Maryland; who entered the service of the United States Jan. 28th, 1815, and that of the Confederacy Sept. 5th, 1861. Of the Captains (twelve) who follow, three were born in Maryland, though one of them (Geo. N. Hollins) claims to be a citizen of Florida; as did another (Raphael Semmes) of Alabama. Of the thirty-six Provisional Captains and Commanders, twelve were born in non-seceding States, though most of them claimed to have since become residents of the sunny South. Very great ingenuity and nautical (or pyrotechnic) skill was evinced during the war, by the Rebel navy thus constituted, in the
k, Miss. 3 Rome, Ga. 1 Jackson, Tenn. 1 Nancy's Creek, Ga. 1 Grenada, Miss. 1 Atlanta, Ga. 2 Bear Creek, Tenn. 1 Milledgeville, Ga. 3 Salem, Miss. 5 Orangeburg, S. C. 1 Montezuma, Tenn. 1 Place unknown 1 Present, also, at Saratoga, Tenn.; Cherokee; Florence; Athens; Moulton; Flint River. notes.--The Ninth lost the most men, killed in action, of any Illinois regiment. After serving in the three months service, the regiment enlisted for three years, leaving Cairo September 5, 1861. It proceeded to Paducah, Ky., where it was stationed until February, 1862, when it moved with Grant's Army to Fort Donelson. It was then in McArthur's Brigade of C. F. Smith's Division; its loss at Fort Donelson was 36 killed, 165 wounded, and 9 missing, total, 210. At Shiloh, the Ninth sustained the heaviest loss of any regiment in that battle; it fought there in W. H. Wallace's Division, encountering a severe fire, but holding its ground until ordered to retire, which it did in g
least degree injured. The enemy's loss was not officially reported to us, but was ascertained to be twelve or fifteen killed and thirty-five wounded. I enclose herewith the official report of the rebel wounded, by Dr. Wm. M. King, of the United States storeship Supply. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Benj. F. Butler, Major-General United States Army, Com. Volunteers Maj.-Gen. John E. Wool. Official report of Col. Weber. Fort Hatteras, Sept. 5, 1861. Major-General Butler:-- sir: I take the first opportunity which is offered to me by the arrival of a steamer from Fortress Monroe, to report to you the action of the troops who were landed and acted under my command in the capture of Fort Hatteras. On Wednesday morning, the 29th ult., at ten o'clock, the landing of troops commenced; the surf was running very high, and continued to run higher and higher, so that but three hundred and eighteen men could be landed. The condition of
Doc. 29. Naval engagement at Hickman, Kentucky. A correspondent of the St. Louis Democrat gives the following account of this affair: Cairo, Sept. 5, 1861. We had quite an exciting time here yesterday. Late in the afternoon the fleet of gunboats arrived here bringing important news from Hickman, Kentucky, and other points. Yesterday morning the Tyler and Lexington, before stationed at Columbus, Kentucky, went down to Hickman, Kentucky, on a reconnoitring expedition, but hardly expecting to meet an enemy. On approaching within a short distance of the town, before turning the bend which brings it into full view, they discovered a small stern-wheel steamer, painted black, evidently a gunboat, which took to her heels. On turning the bend they discovered, by the aid of glasses, a huge side-wheel gunboat — the Yankee--of immense power, formerly used as a tugboat in New Orleans in towing up ships from the Balize. She was plated strongly with railroad iron of the T pat
Doc. 30. speech of Governor Andrew, at New York, September 5, 1861, on the occasion of the reception of the Massachusetts Twentieth regiment. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen: This occasion in no sense, and by no right, is mine. No part of its honors pertains to me. Here, present in the city of New York, called by engagements which pertained to my duty, I have the happiness to find myself in a position to be enabled to unite with you in doing honor to the Twentieth regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, (cheers,) commanded by my friend Colonel Lee, (applause, and three cheers for Colonel Lee,) who, with generous devotion and patriotic alacrity, without a moment's delay or hesitation, drew his sword, at my invitation, to lead a regiment of Massachusetts soldiers — citizens, of brave and accomplished officers and brave men. Upon the heads of such as they Divine Providence will pour its benignest benediction, and upon their memories the most fragrant gratitude of our posterity shall rest
rama. In the latter we see one of the innumerable drills with which the troops were kept occupied and tuned up for the active service before them. Across the Mississippi was the battery at Bird's Point, on the Missouri shore. This and Fort Darling were occupied by the First and Second Illinois Light Artillery, but their labors were chiefly confined to the prevention of contraband traffic on the river. The troops at Cairo did not see any campaigning till Grant led them to Paducah, Ky., September 5-6, 1861. Uncompleted earthworks, Camp defiance Drill grounds of the defenders of Cairo, Ill. By this brilliant and important victory Grant's fame sprang suddenly into full and universal recognition. President Lincoln nominated him major-general of volunteers, and the Senate at once confirmed the appointment. The whole military service felt the inspiriting event.--Nicolay and Hay, in Life of Lincoln. The grasp of a great section of western Kentucky and Tennessee by
n practicable to do so, it would surely have been proper to keep a large force in reserve for the defense of the capital, so often and vauntingly proclaimed to be the object of the enemy's campaign. Perhaps the propriety of such provision gave currency and credence to rumors that we had a large force at Richmond. This even led to the application for a detachment from it to reenforce our Army of the Potomac, which caused me to write to General J. E. Johnston at Manassas, Virginia, on September 5, 1861, as follows: You have again been deceived as to the forces here. We never have had anything near twenty thousand men, and have now but little over one fourth of that number. . . . Since the date of your glorious victory the enemy have grown weaker in numbers, and far weaker in the character of their troops, so that I had felt it remained with us to decide whether another battle should soon be fought or not. Your remark indicates a different opinion. . . . I wish I could send addit
ent. The enclosed prospectus will show you why I make these inquiries. I propose giving, as you see, some account of the flags of the Confederacy, and shall illustrate the account with a page giving a colored representation of eighteen varieties of flags. I wish to obtain, for that purpose, a correct drawing of the State flag of Louisiana. Excuse my trespassing upon you in this matter, and I am Yours, respectfully, George Henry Preble, Capt. U. S. Navy. Manassas, Sept. 5th, 1861. Dear General,—Colonel Miles informs me that the flag committee voted down any change of our flag by a vote of four to one, he being alone in favor of it. I wrote to him then to propose that we should have two flags—a peace or parade flag, and a war flag, to be used only on the field of battle—but Congress having adjourned, no action will be taken in the matter. How would it do for us to address the War Department on the subject for a supply of regimental, war, or badge flags, made<
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Missouri, 1861 (search)
pt. 1-3: Expedition through Jefferson CountyMISSOURI--10th Infantry. Sept. 2: Skirmish, DallasMISSOURI--11th Infantry. Union loss, 2 killed. Sept. 2: Action, Drywood Creek, Fort ScottKANSAS--5th, 6th and 9th (1 Co.) Cavalry; 1st Battery Light Arty. Union loss, 4 killed, 9 wounded. Total, 13. Sept. 2: Expedition to Belmont and CharlestonILLINOIS--12th Infantry. Sept. 2: Expedition to Columbia and IberiaIOWA--5th Infantry. Sept. 4: Action, ShelbinaIOWA--3d Infantry. KANSAS--2d Infantry. Sept. 5: Skirmish, PapinsvilleKANSAS--5th Cavalry. Sept. 6: Skirmish, Monticello Bridge(No Reports.) Sept. 7: Expedition to Big SpringsINDIANA--24th Infantry. Sept. 8-9: Expedition against Green's GuerrillasILLINOIS--16th Infantry. IOWA--3d Infantry. Sept. 8-19: Reconnoissance of Columbus and Engagement at Lucas BendU. S. Gunboat "Lexington." Sept. 10: Reconnoissance toward NorfolkILLINOIS--8th Infantry. Sept. 11: Defence of LexingtonILLINOIS--1st Cavalry; 23d Infantry. Sept. 12: Skirmish, B
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