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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Investment of Fort Donelson-the naval operations-attack of the enemy-assaulting the works-surrender of the Fort (search)
n the officers of McClernand's division, for most of the killed and wounded fell outside their works, in front of that division, and were buried or cared for by Buckner after the surrender and when Pillow was a fugitive. It is known that Floyd and Pillow escaped during the night of the 15th, taking with them not less than 3,000 men. Forrest escaped with about 1,000 and others were leaving singly and in squads all night. It is probable that the Confederate force at Donelson, on the 15th of February, 1862, was 21,000 in round numbers. On the day Fort Donelson fell I had 27,000 men to confront the Confederate lines and guard the road four or five miles to the left, over which all our supplies had to be drawn on wagons. During the 16th, after the surrender, additional reinforcements arrived. During the siege General [William Tecumseh] Sherman had been sent to Smithland, at the mouth of the Cumberland River, to forward reinforcements and supplies to me. At that time he was my se
all together. They were to alternate in holding their places in the besieging line and thereby make the ammunition last as long as possible. They supported each other until the victory was won, but at a terrible cost to themselves and the gallant regiments they commanded, every man of whom was ready to follow either leader into the very jaws of death, as attested by the number who fell before the capitulation of Fort Donelson. The Telegraph announced that Fort Donelson had fallen February 15, 1862, and also gave a list of the killed and wounded; in the list of killed appeared the names of Colonel John A. Logan, Lieutenant-Colonel John H. White, four captains of the 31st Regiment, of Illinois, and a great number of the men, all of whom I knew personally. There were many Illinois troops in General Grant's command, and consequently the State lost heavily of her officers and soldiers in the expedition against Forts Henry and Donelson. On receipt of the overwhelming news of my h
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
uis, thirty-six hit the Louisville, twenty-six wounded the Carondelet, and twenty shot were received by the Pittsburg. and lost fifty-four men killed and maimed. After consultation with General Grant and his own officers, Foote set out for Cairo, for the purpose of having the damages to his flotilla repaired, and to bring up a competent naval force to assist in carrying on the siege with greater vigor. Report of Commodore Foote to the Secretary of the Navy, on board his flag-ship, Feb. 15th, 1862. Grant resolved to wait for his return and for large re-enforcements, meanwhile strengthening his own weak points, holding the Confederates tightly in their intrenchments, and cutting off their supplies, with a possibility of starving them into a surrender. The besieged were conscious of their peril, which would increase with every hour of delay. The officers of divisions and brigades held a council of war on the evening of the 14th, February, 1862. over which Floyd, the chief comman
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington, Chapter 15: Confederate losses — strength of the Confederate Armies--casualties in Confederate regiments — list of Confederate Generals killed — losses in the Confederate Navy. (search)
  12th Georgia E. Johnson's ---------- 6 37 4 47 Dranesville, Va.             Dec. 20, 1861.             10th Alabama Stuart's ---------- 15 45 6 66 6th South Carolina Stuart's ---------- 18 45 -- 63 Mill Springs, Ky.             Jan. 1, 1862.             15th Mississippi Zollicoffer's Crittenden's 44 153 29 226 20th Tennessee Zollicoffer's Crittenden's 33 59 18 110 25th Tennessee Zollicoffer's Crittenden's 10 28 17 55 Fort Donelson, Tenn.             Feb. 15, 1862.             8th Kentucky Simonton's Pillow's 27 72 -- 99 26th Tennessee Baldwin's Buckner's 11 85 -- 96 3d Tennessee Brown's Buckner's 12 76 -- 88 26th Mississippi Baldwin's Buckner's 12 69 -- 81 New Berne, N. C.             March 14, 1862.             33d North Carolina Branch's ---------- 32 28 144 204 26th North Carolina Branch's ---------- 5 10 72 87 Kernstown, Va.             March 23, 1862.        
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 10: the woman order, Mumford's execution, etc. (search)
where he has been promoted for his gallantry, in the rebel service, leaving his commercial partner, Mr. Kruttschnidt, now acting Prussian consul, who has married the sister of the rebel secretary of war, to embarrass as much as possible the United States officers here, by subscriptions to city defence fund, and groundless complaints to the Prussian minister. I have thus endeavored to give a faithful and exact account of the state of the foreign population of New Orleans, on the 15th day of February, 1862. In October, 1861, the city had voted to erect a battery out of this defence fund. On the 19th of February, 1862, the city council, by vote published and commented upon in the newspapers, placed in the hands of the Confederate General Lovell, fifty thousand dollars, to be expended by him in the defences of the city. It will, therefore, clearly appear that all the inhabitants of the city knew that the city council was raising and expending large sums for war purposes. On t
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 8: from the battle of Bull Run to Paducah--Kentucky and Missouri. 1861-1862. (search)
wly, but we will effect it in time. Yours truly, H. W. Halleck. And subsequently, in a letter to lion. Thomas Ewing, in answer to some inquiries involving the same general subject, General Halleck wrote as follows: St. Louis, February 15, 1862. Hon. Thomas Ewing, Lancaster, Ohio. dear sir: Your note of the 13th, and one of this date, from Mr. Sherman, in relation to Brigadier-General Sherman's having being relieved from command in Sedalia, in November last, are just received. l Cullum went with me to Cairo; General Halleck's purpose being to push forward the operations up the Tennessee River with unusual vigor. On reaching Paducah, I found this dispatch: headquarters Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, February 15, 1862. Brigadier-General Sherman, Paducah, Kentucky: Send General Grant every thing you can spare from Paducah and Smith land; also General Hurlbut. Bowling Green has been evacuated entirely. H. W. Halleck, Major-General. The next day
of your command. You have shown how much maybe done in the worst weather and worst roads, by a spirited officer, at the head of a small force of braye men, unwilling to waste life in camp when the enemies of their country are within reach. Your brilliant success is a happy presage of what may be expected when the army of the Potomac shall be led to the field by their gallant general. [Signed] Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. New-York Tribune account. Cumberland, Md., February 15, 1862. A small portion of Gen. Lander's force being at Pawpaw Tunnels, a station on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, half-way between Hancock and Cumberland, he joined it from New-Creek with a portion of the force there, and ordered the construction of the Great Cacapon Railroad bridge. This was completed on the evening of the fourteenth instant. At four o'clock P. M. on the thirteenth instant, Gen. Lander started south with a small cavalry force. At eight o'clock the same evening, wor
Doc. 42.-vessels destroyed in Bull's Bay. Lieutenant Conroy's report. United States bark restless, off Bull's Bay, S. C., Saturday, February 15, 1862. sir: I have the honor to report that on the thirteenth instant, about eleven o'clock A. M., we discovered a vessel ashore on a shoal in Bull's Bay. I sent two armed boats in for the purpose of reconnoitring, and, if possible, to bring her off. On boarding, they found her to be a very old and worthless craft, without a cargo, and with only four negroes on board. While on board the sloop, they discovered three vessels lying at anchor inside the shoals, apparently laden with rice, etc. At half-past 1 A. M., on the fourteenth instant, I sent another armed vessel, with orders to cut these vessels out or destroy them. There not being enough wind all day to bring them out, they were destroyed after dark, and their flags, papers, and arms taken in the boat and brought off with two prisoners. The following are the names of the v
Doc. 45.-occupation of Bowling Green, Ky. Gen. Buell's despatch. Louisville, February 15, 1862. To Major General-McClellan: Mitchell's division, by a forced march, reached the river at Bowling Green to-day, making a bridge to cross. The enemy burned the bridge at one o'clock in the morning, and were evacuating the place when he arrived. D. C. Buell, Brigadier-General Commanding. Gen. Buell's General order. The following is a general order, issued by Gen. Buell to the troops of General Mitchell's division, after their advance upon Bowling Green: General order no. 70. headquarters Third division, Camp John Q. Adams, Bowling Green, February 19, 1862. soldiers of the Third division: You have executed a march of forty miles in twenty-eight hours and a half. The fallen timber and other obstructions, opposed by the enemy to your movements, have been swept from your path. The fire of your artillery, and the bursting of your shells, announced your arrival. S
Doc. 46.-capture of Fort Donelson. Commodore Foote's report. U. S. Flag-ship St. Louis, near Fort Donelson, via Paducah, February 15, 1862. To the Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: I made an attack on Fort Donelson yesterday, at three o'clock P. M., with four iron-clad gunboats and two wooden ones, and after Cruft, Commanding First Brigade, Third Division: Sir: In obedience to your order, the regiment left its camp near Fort Donelson on the morning of the fifteenth February, 1862, with an effective force of seven hundred and twenty-seven men. The order given to Lieut. Col. Osborn, was to follow the Twenty-fifth Kentucky regiment an defence of our rights and the just cause of our country. Gid. J. Pillow, Brig.-Gen. C. S. A. New-York times account, in camp near Port Donelson, Saturday, Feb. 15, 1862. It was determined by Gen. Grant to make the attack upon Fort Donelson from two directions — by land from the direction of Fort Henry, and by water up
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