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to attack. He gradually retraced his steps from the Arkansas border, entering Springfield in triumph, and subsequently advancing to Osceola, on the Osage, thence pushing forward his forces unresisted over the greater part of southern and western Missouri, occupying in force Lexington and other points on the great river, where Slavery and Rebellion were strong, and subsisting his army on the State from which they might and should have been excluded. The village of Warsaw was burned, Nov. 19, 1861. and Platte City partially so, Dec. 16. by Rebel incendiaries or guerrillas; and there were insignificant combats at Salem, Dec. 3. Rogers' Mill, Dec. 7. near Glasgow, Potosi, Lexington, Mount Zion, Dec. 28. near Sturgeon, and some other points, at which the preponderance of advantage was generally on the side of the Unionists. Even in North Missouri, nearly a hundred miles of the railroad crossing that section was disabled and in good part destroyed Dec. 20. by a concert
am as the coming man of this war. He is a brusque, imperative, and rather overbearing man with his equals and superiors, but his rapidity of movement, fertility of resource, and consummate military capacity are recognized by the rank and file, with whom he is wonderfully popular. A. soldier's account. A private in the Thirteenth regiment of Ohio Volunteers, Colonel Smith, gives the following account in the Cincinnati Commercial: camp Huddleston, Thirteenth regiment O. V. I., Nov. 19, 1861. Editors Commercial: Knowing full well that the hearts of those at home are with those now fighting for the national welfare, and sacrificing their personal interests for the re-etablishment of our shattered Government upon its once firm footing, I take this opportunity of informing your patriotic readers of the last hazardous expedition in this part of Western Virginia. This brigade, consisting of the Thirteenth, Twelfth, and Tenth Ohio regiments, under Brigadier-General Benham, cro
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 177. proclamation of Gov. Harris. (search)
Doc. 177. proclamation of Gov. Harris. Executive Headquarters, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 19, 1861. To the Officers in command of the Militia of the State of Tennessee in the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions: The danger of invasion upon the part of the Federal forces is imminent. This invasion threatens the quiet and security of your homes, and involves the security of your sacred rights of person and property. The warning example of Maryland, Missouri and Kentucky bids you, if you would preserve your firesides, your homes, and the sanctity of your wives and daughters, to meet the despotic invader and his minions at the threshold of your State and drive him back. Let the soil of Tennessee be preserved from his unhallowed touch, and let him know that in defence of our liberties and our altars every Tennesseean is ready to yield up his life. General A. S. Johnston, commanding the forces of the Confederate States in this department, in view of this threatened danger, has call
Doc. 178. Message of Jefferson Davis, November 19, 1861. The Congress of the Confederate States met at Richmond, Va., on the 18th instant. There was barely a quorum present, and no business was done. The only interesting incident of the sitting of the 19th was the reception of the Message of Jefferson Davis, which is as follows: To the Congress of the Confederate States: The few weeks which have elapsed since your adjournment, have brought us so near the close of the year that we are now able to sum up its general results. The retrospect is such as should fill the hearts of our people with gratitude to Providence for His kind interposition in their behalf. Abundant yields have rewarded the labor of the agriculturist, whilst the manufacturing industry of the Confederate States was never so prosperous as now. The necessities of the times have called into existence new branches of manufacture, and given a fresh impulse to the activity of those heretofore in operation. The
Doc. 182. capture of the Harvey Birch. November 19, 1861. The voyage of the Nashville. The Confederate States steamer Nashville, Captain Pegram, left Charleston on the night of the 26th of October, at eleven o'clock, passing over the bar at twelve. When she started the weather was thick and cloudy, but just as she was crossing the bar the weather cleared up, and the moon rose brightly, lighting up in full view to the eastward, distant about four miles, two steamers of the blockading ates. This was denied by Commander Pegram and officers, who stated that the only document that Captain Nelson and officers were requested to sign was one of which the following is a copy: Confederate States steamer Nashville, at sea, November 19, 1861. We, the undersigned, officers and passengers on board the United States ship Harvey Birch, being now prisoners on board the Confederate States steamer Nashville, do pledge to our own captain our sacred honor not to bear arms against or
Doc. 197 1/2. Message of Gov. Brown, of Ga. Executive Department, Milledgeville, Nov. 19, 1861. To the Senate: In response to the call made upon me by the Senate, I herewith transmit copies of such correspondence between me and the Secretary of War, relating to the defence of the coast of Georgia, as is, in my judgment, proper to be made public at the present time. By reference to this correspondence it will be seen that I have, from time to time, since the middle of April last, urgently solicited the Secretary of War to place upon the coast of this State such force as was necessary to the protection and security of our people. While his responses to my various calls have been kind and conciliatory, promising the protection which might be needed, his sense of duty has caused him to withhold as large a force as I have considered necessary, or the embarrassments by which he has been surrounded have rendered it impossible for him to do what his sense of propriety dictated.
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)
Two launches and 40 men, commanded by Lieut. Jas. E. Jouett, from the U. S. frigate Santee, off Galveston, Texas, surprised and cut out the Confed. privateer Royal Yacht. November 8, 1861. Capt. Chas. Wilkes, commanding U. S. screw sloop San Jacinto, removed by force Confed. Commissioners Jas. M. Mason and John Slidell from British mail steamer Trent. November 18, 1861. U. S. gunboat Conestoga engaged Confed. batteries on the Tennessee River, and silenced them. November 19, 1861. The ship Harvey Birch was captured and burnt in the English Channel by the Confed. steamer Nashville. First flotilla of the tone Fleet sailed for the South, from Conn. and Mass. November 24, 1861. Tybee Island, in Savannah Harbor, was occupied by U. S. forces under Flag-Officer Du Pont. A sight for the old-time sailor — a gun-crew on the deck of the flagship Wabash Here is a sight that will please every old-time sailor — a gun-crew on the old Wabash under th
9, 1866, at West Point, New York. Major-General Henry Wager Halleck (U. S.M. A. 1839) was born in Westernville, New York, January 16, 1815. He served in California and on the Pacific coast during the Mexican War. He retired from the army with the rank of captain in 1854 to practise law, but after the outbreak of the Civil War reentered the regular service, with the grade of major-general. He was in command of the Department of Missouri (afterward Department of Mississippi) from November 19, 1861, to July 11, 1862, when he became general-in-chief of all the armies. Grant succeeded him, March 9, 1864, and Halleck was his chief-of-staff until the close of the war. He continued in the army as head, successively, of the Military Division of the James, the Department of the Pacific, and Department of the South until his death at Louisville, Kentucky, January 9, 1872. Major-General George Brinton McClellan (U. S.M. A. 1846) was born in Philadelphia, December 3, 1826. He serv
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter IV (search)
Chapter IV Halleck relieves Fremont of the command in Missouri a special State militia brigadier General of the Missouri militia a hostile Committee sent to Washington the Missouri quarrel of 1862 in command of the army of the Frontier absent through illness battle of Prairie Grove compelled to be Inactive transferred to Tennessee in command of Thomas's old Division of the Fourteenth Corps reappointed Major General a Hibernian Striker. on November 19, 1861, Major-General H. W. Halleck relieved Major-General Fremont of the command of the Department of the Mississippi. On November 21 I was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, and reported to General Halleck for duty. In the spring of 1861 a convention of the State of Missouri had assembled at St. Louis to consider the question of secession, and had decided to adhere to the Union. Nevertheless, the governor, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and the executive officers had joined the rebellion and fled from th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
l mail-contract packet Trent leaves Havana, Cuba, for England, Nov. 7, with Mason and Slidell on board; she is stopped by the United States war steamer San Jacinto, Captain Wilkes, and the envoys taken from her......Nov. 8, 1861 Department of Missouri constituted......Nov. 9, 1861 Department of the Ohio reorganized to include Kentucky and Tennessee, Nov. 9; Gen. Don Carlos Buell assumes command......Nov. 15, 1861 General Halleck assumes command of the Department of Missouri......Nov. 19, 1861 Second session assembles......Dec. 2, 1861 President Lincoln's first annual message to Congress......Dec. 3, 1861 John C. Breckinridge, Kentucky, expelled from the Senate......Dec. 4, 1861 [He had remained in the Senate until the end of the previous session.] Senate resolves that a joint committee of three members from the Senate and four from the House be appointed to inquire into the conduct of the war, with power to send for persons and papers, and to sit during the sessio
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