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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, chapter 2 (search)
Sunday, heard a colored exhorter at Beaufort proclaim, Paul may plant, and may polish wid water, but it won't do, in which the sainted Apollos would hardly have recognized himself. Just now one of the soldiers came to me to say that he was about to be married to a girl in Beaufort, and would I lend him a dollar and seventy-five cents to buy the wedding outfit? It seemed as if matrimony on such moderate terms ought to be encouraged in these days; and so I responded to the appeal. December 16, 1862. To-day a young recruit appeared here, who had been the slave of Colonel Sammis, one of the leading Florida refugees. Two white companions came with him, who also appeared to be retainers of the Colonel, and.I asked them to dine. Being likewise refugees, they had stories to tell, and were quite agreeable: one was English born, the other Floridian, a dark, sallow Southerner, very well bred. After they had gone, the Colonel himself appeared, I told him that I had been entertaining
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 23: battle of Fredericksburg (continued). (search)
athed; Chew's (Va.) battery, R. P. Chew; Hart's (S. C.) battery, J. F. Hart; Henry's (Va.) battery, M. W. Henry; Moorman's (Va.) battery, M. N. Moorman. cavalry, Organization of brigades as established November 10, 1862. On roster for December 16, 1862, Hart's, Breathed's, Moorman's, and Chew's batteries appear as attached, respectively, to the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Brigades. Commanders are given as reported December 16, 1862. Maj.-Gen. James E. B. Stuart:--First Brigade DetaDecember 16, 1862. Maj.-Gen. James E. B. Stuart:--First Brigade Detachment on raid to Dumfries.; Brig.-Gen. Wade Hampton; 1st N. C., Col. L. S. Baker; 1st S. C., Col. J. L. Black; 2d S. C., Col. M. C. Butler; Cobb (Ga.) Legion, Lieut.-Col. P. M. B. Young; Phillips's (Ga.) Legion, Lieut.-Col. William W. Rich. Second Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Fitzhugh Lee; 1st Va., Col. James H. Drake; 2d Va., Col. Thomas T. Munford; 3d Va., Col. T. H. Owen; 4th Va., Col. William C. Wickham; 5th Va. Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. W. H. F. Lee; 2d N. C., Col. S. Williams; 9th Va., Col. R. L
Doc. 20.-Captain Strout's expedition Against the hostile Indians. Minneapolis, December 16, 1862. when I received marching orders, my men were all out on ten days furlough. In order to fill up the company in the most expeditious manner, I solicited home volunteers, who, together with a part of my enlisted men, were, to the number of seventy, marching to the frontier in twenty hours from the time I received guns, ammunition, and orders, leaving Minneapolis on the evening of the twenty-fourth of August. On our way to points on the Mississippi and along the frontier, we were treated with much kindness by the remaining citizens, especially at Clearwater. We went from Forest City to Hutchinson and Glencoe. Along this route we found the country almost entirely deserted. To encourage those still remaining and also to attract to their homes those who had left, we returned to Hutchinson, and from thence on the second of October we went to Acton. We there camped in the yar
xpect to rejoin my regiment again in a few days. I left camp on the eighteenth instant. Respectfully your obedient servant, G. N. Morgan, Colonel First Minnesota. Lieutenant-Colonel Sawyer's report. in camp near Falmouth, Va., December 16, 1862. Captain E. D. Mason, A. A.A. General, etc.: sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Eighth regiment Ohio volunteers in the battle near Fredericksburgh, on the thirteenth instant. Pursuant to ordey; privates, S. S. Basna, side, badly; Rodger Noble, lost a hand. Thomas H. Hunt, Major Commanding Seventh Michigan Volunteers. Colonel Potter's letter. headquarters Fifty-First regiment N. Y. Volunteers, opposite Fredericksburgh, December 16, 1862. my dear----: We started to attack Fredericksburgh and the enemy's works in the rear of it, on the morning of Friday, the twelfth, and experienced so much difficulty in getting the pontoons across, that at headquarters they began to desp
story that firing was heard at my camp, and that I was thus notified that the little band was in distress, and failed to go to its relief, is known to have no shadow of truth in it, by Cols. Owen, King, Miller, and O'Brien, of the infantry, Captains Nicklin and Lilly, of the artillery, and by all the officers and men of my command. I appeal to them to relieve me of the imputation, and by their testimony I am willing to abide. E. Dumont. Chicago Tribune account. Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 16, 1862. The One Hundred and Fourth regiment Illinois volunteers arrived at Columbus, Ohio, this morning, and are now quartered in Camp Chase. I have heard their account of the Hartsville affair, and am sure many of your readers would like to see a narrative in which they are all agreed, and which I doubt is wholly reliable. The camp at Hartsville was more than a mile from the town, and upon the bank of the Cumberland, on ground which, according to the statement of the Adjutant of the One
Doc. 75.-proclamation by General Banks. headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New-Orleans, December 16, 1862. In obedience to orders from the President, I have assumed command of the Department of the Gulf, to which is added, by his special order, the State of Texas. The duty with which I am charged requires me to assist in the restoration of the Government of the United States. It is my desire to secure to the people of every class all the privileges of possession and enjoyment which are consistent with public safety, or which it is possible for a beneficent and just government to confer. In the execution of the high trust with which I am charged, I rely upon the cooperation and counsel of all loyal and well-disposed people, and upon the manifest interest of those dependent upon the pursuits of peace, as well as upon the support of naval and land forces. My instructions require me to treat as enemies those who are enemies, but I shall gladly regard as friends tho
Doc. 82.-skirmish on the Tallahatchie. see advance on Holly Springs, Miss., page 214 ante. camp First Kansas infantry, near Abbeville, Miss., December 16, 1862. Editors Missouri Democrat: It is with regret that we feel called upon to make this communication. We are not in the habit of fault-finding, but we feel that it is but justice to a brave and noble officer, and the men under his command, that the glaring and seemingly wilful mistakes of your correspondent, W. L. F., should be contradicted. That he is mistaken in his account of the skirmish north of the Tallahatchie on November thirtieth, every man and officer of the left wing ought to know, and how he, as the medium between the army, the press, and the people, can allow himself to state so palpable a falsehood, (he that should be the most correct of the correctly informed,) is beyond our comprehension. The facts are these: On the morning of the thirtieth, Colonel Deitzler, Colonel First Kansas infantry, comman
ampaign. To the Secretary of War: sir: The military objects contemplated by the orders which I received upon assuming command of the Department of the Gulf, dated November eighth, 1862, were, the freedom of the Mississippi, an expedition to Jackson and Marion after the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, and the occupation of the Red River country as a protection for Louisiana and Arkansas, and a basis of future operations against Texas. I assumed command of the department December sixteenth, 1862. The eighteenth of December, Brigadier-General Cuvier Grover, with ten thousand (10,000) men, was ordered to take possession of Baton Rouge, then held by the enemy. This was the first step toward the reduction of Port Hudson. The Island of Galveston, Texas, had been captured in October, and was then occupied or held by the navy. Information had been received, previous to my arrival at New Orleans, of a contemplated attack for the recovery of that position by the enemy. Upon c
tts, the bill was taken from the Speaker's table. Mr. Blake, of Ohio, moved to amend it, so as not to require discharges on surgeon's certificates. Mr. Richardson, of Illinois, and Mr. McPherson, of Pennsylvania, opposed the amendment, and Mr. Blake withdrew it. The bill was then passed without a division, and was approved by the President on the twenty-seventh day of December, 1862. No. Xl.--The Bill to improve the Organization of the Cavalry Forces. In the Senate, on the sixteenth of December, 1862, Mr. Wilson, of Massachusetts, introduced a bill to improve the organization of the cavalry forces, which was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. On the seventeenth, Mr. Wilson reported it back without amendment. It provided that thereafter each regiment of cavalry might have two assistant-surgeons, and that each company of cavalry should have from sixty to seventy-eight privates. Mr. Wilson explained that the object was to have a minimum number in the
illery. When it is recollected that this account takes in the losses on their left, where we used but little artillery, it would seem probable that their proportion of losses from the artillery in the battle in front of Marye's Hill was much greater. I have the honor to be, Major, very respectfully, H. C. Cabell, Colonel, and Chief of Artillery, Major-General McLaws's Division. Report of Captain D. Lang, of Eighth Florida regiment. headquarters Eighth Florida regiment, December 16, 1862. Major J. H. Whitner, Assistant Adjutant-General of Perry's Brigade: Major: I have the honor to report that, in conformity with orders, I moved my command on the night of the eighth instant, above Fredericksburg, near the canal, and relieved the Twelfth Mississippi regiment, then on duty as a reserve force for the support of our pickets. On the morning of the eleventh instant, at about five o'clock, I received orders, to report with my command at once, at the market-house, to Bri
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