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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, chapter 2 (search)
er-sponge, which floated to the river-bank. As winter advances, butterflies gradually disappear: one species (a Vanessa) lingers; three others have vanished since I came. Mocking-birds are abundant, but rarely sing; once or twice they have reminded me of the red thrush, but are inferior, as I have always thought. The colored people all say that it will be much cooler; but my officers do not think so, perhaps because last winter was so unusually mild,--with only one frost, they say. December 20, 1862. Philoprogenitiveness is an important organ for an officer of colored troops; and I happen to be well provided with it. It seems to be the theory of all military usages, in fact, that soldiers are to be treated like children; and these singular persons, who never know their own age till they are past middle life, and then choose a birthday with such precision,--Fifty year old, Sah, de fus' last April, --prolong the privilege of childhood. I am perplexed nightly for countersigns,
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 44: the lack of food and the prices in the Confederacy. (search)
et20.00 Sherry35.00 Liquors, per Drink. French brandy3.00 Rye whiskey2.00 Apple brandy2.00 Malt Liquors, per Bottle. Porter12.00 Ale12.00 Ale, one-half bottle6.00 Cigars. Fine Havana1.00 Game of all kinds in season. Terrapins served up in every style. Bill for a dinner for nine poor Confederates at the Oriental, January 17, 1864. Soup for nine$13 50Brought forward$132 50 Venison steak31 50Apples12 00 Fried potatoes9 005 bottles of Madeira250 00 Seven birds24 006 bottles of claret120 00 Baked potatoes9 00Urn cocktail65 00 Celery13 50Jelly20 00 Bread and butter14 00Cake20 00 Coffee18 001 dozen cigars12 00 $1132 50$631 50 Approximate value of gold and Confederate currency from January 1, 1862, to April 12, 1865. Date.Gold.Currency. January 1, 1862$100$120 December 20, 1862100300 December 20, 18631001,700 January 1, 18641001,800 December 20, 186410002,800 January 1, 18651003400 February 1, 18651005,000 March 1, 18651004,700 April 10, 18651005,500
t eight dollars a gallon, and other necessaries of life in proportion.--Richmond Examiner. Salutes in honor of the confirmatory proclamation of the President of the United States, declaring freedom to the slaves of rebels, were given in many portions of the loyal States.--Boston Transcript. Union prisoners captured at Galveston, yesterday, arrived at Houston, Texas. In noticing the event, the Telegraph said: They are a fine-looking body of men, and ought to be ashamed of themselves for volunteering their services in the villainy of trying to subjugate a chivalrous people. --Colonel Hoskins, commanding military post at Lebanon, Ky., made report of his operations before that place, commencing on the twentieth day of December, 1862, at which time he was notified by General Boyle that the rebel forces under General Morgan had again entered Kentucky, and ending on this day, when the pursuit of them was abandoned, by order of General Fry, three miles beyond Columbia, Ky.--(Doc. 52.)
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., Ransom's division at Fredericksburg. (search)
brick-walled graveyard upon Willis's Hill. [See below.] About sundown Brigadier-General Kemper was brought up, and relieved the 24th North Carolina with two of his regiments and held the others in closer supporting distance. On the 20th of December, 1862, he sent me a list of his casualties, with this note: headquarters, Kemper's Brigade, December 20th, 1862. General: I inclose herewith the statement of the losses of my brigade on the 13th and 14th inst. while acting as part of yDecember 20th, 1862. General: I inclose herewith the statement of the losses of my brigade on the 13th and 14th inst. while acting as part of your command. While a report of my losses has been called for by my permanent division commander, and rendered to him, it has occurred to me that a similar one rendered to y ourself would be proper and acceptable. Permit me to add, General, that our brief service with you was deeply gratifying to myself and to my entire command. I have the honor to be, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. L. Kemper, Brigadier-General. Brig.-Gen. Ransom, Commanding Division. As stated in
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
troying railway tracks and bridges, attacking small National forces, and threatening and capturing posts. He crossed the Tennessee at Clifton, in the upper part of Wayne County, on the 13th of December, and, moving rapidly toward Jackson, seriously menaced that post. Sweeping northward, destroying tracks and bridges, he captured Humbolt, Trenton, and Union City, and menaced Columbus, the Headquarters of General Sullivan. At Trenton Forrest captured and paroled seven hundred troops, Dec. 20, 1862. under Colonel Jacob Fry, making the number of his paroled prisoners since he crossed the river about one thousand. On his return he was struck at Parker's Cross Roads, between Huntington and Lexington, first by a force of sixteen hundred men, under Colonel C. L. Dunham, and then by General Sullivan, Dec. 31. who came suddenly upon the raiders with two fresh brigades under General Haynie One Hundred and Sixth and One Hundred and Nineteenth Illinois, Thirty-ninth Iowa, and Iowa Union
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
several occasions, notice of the approach of guerrillas was given in time to save the place from pillage. Sherman left Memphis with a little more than twenty thousand troops in transports, on the day of the sad disaster at Holly Springs, Dec. 20, 1862. leaving Ie as a guard to the city a strong force of infantry and cavalry, and the siege-guns in place with a complement of artillerists. He proceeded to Friar's Point, a little below where Hovey landed, where he was joined by Admiral D. D. iously, he caused his men to rest on their arms without fire, preparatory to another struggle in the morning. During the night he visited Admiral Porter on board his flag-ship, and concerted a fresh plan of attack, but on the following day, Dec. 20, 1862. after a careful estimate of his chances for success, and despairing of any co-operation on the part of Grant, he concluded to abandon the attempt to penetrate the Confederate lines, but to try and turn them. He proposed to go stealthily up
Doc. 24.-the battle of Prairie Grove, Ark. Official report of General Blunt. headquarters army of the frontier, Rhea's Mills, Ark., Dec. 20, 1862. Major-General S. R. Curtis, Commanding Department of the Missouri: General: I have the honor to report that, on the second instant, and four days subsequent to the battle of Cane Hill, or Boston Mountain, of November twenty-eighth, I obtained reliable information that the entire force of infantry and artillery of Gen. Hindman's army had crossed the Arkansas River, and joined Gen. Marmaduke at Lee's Creek, fifteen miles north of Van Buren, to which point the latter had retreated after the battle of the twenty-eighth ultimo. I further learned that the united forces under Gen. Hindman's command numbered between twenty-five and thirty thousand men, and that he designed advancing upon me in case I did not attack him south of the mountains. Determined to hold my position at Cane Hill, unless driven from it by a superior force, I
Doc. 77.-expedition of Colonel Dickey to the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. headquarters cavalry division, U. S. Forces, Thirteenth army corps, in the field, near Oxford, Miss., December 20, 1862. Lieut.-Colonel John A. Rawlins, A. A. General: Colonel: I beg leave to report to Major-Gen. U. S. Grant, commanding the department, that his order commanding me to take a part of my division of cavalry and strike the Mobile and Ohio Railroad as far south as practicable, and destroy it as much as possible, was received about eleven o'clock on the night of the thirteenth instant, a few miles east of Walter Valley. Col. Hatch, commanding the Second brigade, was ordered to report to me at half-past 8 A. M., of the fourteenth, with eight hundred picked men from his command, properly officered, well mounted, well armed, and with fifty rounds of ammunition, with rations of hard bread and salt, and ready for six days scout, with no more wagons than necessary to haul the rations. Major Rick
Doc. 80.-affairs at Trenton and Humboldt, Tennessee. Colonel Jacob Fry's report. Benton barracks, Mo., January 17, 1863. Captain Harris, Assistant Adjutant-General: I herewith transmit a report of the raid of General Forrest, of the rebel army, on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, and the attack upon Trenton and Humboldt, on the twentieth of December, 1862. Some eight days previous to the attack I received a telegraphic despatch from Major-General Grant, giving information from Major-Gen. Rosecrans, that Forrest was moving with his force toward the Tennessee River, and ordering me to be on the look-out. I immediately despatched a detachment of the Second West-Tennessee cavalry to look after the enemy, and to watch his movements. I also prepared this place for defence, by throwing up earthworks and digging rifle-pits, on an elevation completely commanding the depot and other public property. These were completed on the seventeenth, in a most secure manner, of sufficien
corps, A. N. V., near Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 20, 1862. Brigadier-General R. H. Chilton, Assistan-General. headquarters First army corps, December 20, 1862. Much credit is due Major-General s division, camp near Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 20, 1862. Major G. M. Sorrel, Assistant Adjutant-Geigade headquarters, Fredericksburg, Va., December 20, 1862. Major James M. Goggin, Assistant Adjutaquarters Second South Carolina regiment, December 20, 1862. Captain C. H. Holmes, Assistant Adjutan brigade, General A. P. Hill's division, December 20, 1862. Major R. C. Morgan, A. A. G.: Major:ones. headquarters Jones's brigade, December 20, 1862. To Captain Taliaferro, Assistant AdjutaWashington artillery, near Fredericksburg, Dec. 20, 1862. To Major G. M. Sorrel, A. A. General Firseadquarters artillery reserve.battalion, December 20, 1862. To Major G. M. Sorrell, Adjutant-Generadquarters Third South Carolina regiment, December 20, 1862. Captain C. B. Holmes, A. A. G.: Sir:[3 more...]
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