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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The treatment of prisoners during the war between the States. (search)
ope you will soon be able to remove all difficulties about officers by the revocation I have mentioned. By reference to the map, you will see that Fort Delaware is en route to Fort Monroe. It is used as a depot for the collecting of prisoners, sent from other places for shipment here, and is, from its peculiar position, well adapted for convenience for exchange. If any mistake be found in the account of men paroled by Lieutenant-Colonel Richards, at Oxford, Mississippi, on the 22d of December, 1862, it can be rectified when we meet. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Wm. H. Ludlow, Lieutenant-Colonel and Agent for Exchange of Prisoners. Mr. Ould to Lieutenant-Colonel Ludlow. Richmond, April 11th, 1863. Lieutenant-Colonel William H. Ludlow, Agent of Exchange: Sir — Your letters of the 8th instant have been received. I am very much surprised at your refusal to deliver officers for those of your own who have been captured, paroled, and released by us
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 22: the siege of Vicksburg. (search)
overnment was fully alive to the importance and difficulties of the undertaking, and had sent him re-enforcements for the purpose. He had already adopted an important measure for the promotion of the efficiency of his army, by organizing it Dec. 22, 1862. into four corps, known as the Thirteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Army Corps. By a General Order issued on the 22d of December, 1862, in which the new organization was announced, the command of the Thirteenth Corps was assig22d of December, 1862, in which the new organization was announced, the command of the Thirteenth Corps was assigned to Major-General John A. McClernand. It was composed of the Ninth Division, General G. W. Morgan; Tenth Division, General A. J. Smith, and all other troops operating on the Mississippi River below Memphis, not included in the Fifteenth Army Corps. The command. of the Fifteenth Corps was assigned to Major-General W. T. Sherman. It was composed of the Fifth Division, General Morgan L. Smith; the division from Helena, Arkansas, General F. Steele, and the forces in the District of Memphis.
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
ent on the topic and strongly urged against it. But what's the use? A man must march when it is his plain duty; and all the more if he has had, in this world, more than his slice of cake! On August 10th Lyman wrote the following letter to General Meade, in command of the Army of the Potomac:-- As your time is valuable I will write in few words. I arrived here from Europe, with my family, some few weeks since; all well. In your letter to me, dated, Camp opposite Fredericksburg, December 22, 1862, you were kind enough to say: I shall be delighted to have you on my staff ; and you go on to suggest that I should come as Volunteer aide with a commission from the Governor of the state, and getting no pay; only forage for my horses. I clearly understand that this is no promise, only an expression of good will. Therefore I ask you frankly if you are now able and willing to take me as a Volunteer Aide? I am assured that Governor Andrew would, for his part, give me a commission. My
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
for the Tennessee is no obstacle to them. The passage of the Tennessee is so difficult and slow that we shall be unable to use the same troops on both sides of the river until next summer. Two thousand cavalry will be sent to break up the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, and four thousand will be employed in the same way in West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. The latter may delay General Grant. Most respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General. Vicksburg, December 22, 1862. Mr. President: From such information as I have been able to obtain, I think that we shall require, to hold this department and the Mississippi River, an active army of about forty thousand men, to oppose the troops of Grant and Banks, and for garrisons at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, capable of holding those places against combined attacks until succored by the active army. Major-General Smith has about five thousand nine hundred artillery and infantry for duty to defend a line
able and indefatigable Quartermaster of the brigade, who, on different occasions, accompanied me to the field, and under fire, in the midst of the worst perils of the fight, rendered me essential service in the most generous and gallant style. I have the honor to be, very truly, your obedient servant, Thomas Francis Meagher, Brigadier-General Commanding the Irish Brigade. Colonel Stevens's report. headquarters Thirteenth regiment N. H. Vols., opposite Fredericksburgh, Va., December 22, 1862. To His Excellency Nathaniel S. Berry, Governor of New-Hampshire: sir: I have the honor to report to you the operations of the regiment under my command since their departure from Camp Casey, near Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, including the battle of Fredericksburgh, on the thirteenth inst. My regiment moved from Camp Casey on the first inst., with the First brigade of Casey's division, consisting of the Fifteenth Connecticut, Thirteenth New-Hampshire, Twelfth Rhode Island, and Twe
king the passage, at times, difficult and dangerous. Col. Mallett, the conscription officer, was captured and paroled. The troops arrived here on Friday and Saturday, having fully and literally fulfilled the objects of the expedition. The different regiments and batteries did nobly. To particularize would be invidious, especially where every body did well. We await the publication of the official report with eager interest. Boston Traveller account. Newbern, N. C., December 22, 1862. Since the advent of Gen. Burnside into North-Carolina, the capture of Roanoke, Newbern and Beaufort, but little has occurred in the way of aggressive warfare, up to within a couple of weeks back, save a few small expeditions having insignificant results, to claim an adequate share of public attention. One great reason of this was the fact that Gen. Burnside left but few troops here when he went to reenforce the army before Richmond, for it left Gen. Foster too small a force with w
Doc. 79.-surrender of Holly Springs, Miss. Missouri Democrat account. Oxford, Miss., December 22, 1862. from persons just arrived from Holly Springs, we begin at last to get some particulars of the rebel raid into that place on Saturday. About daybreak in the morning the enemy's advance-guard rode into the east side of that town, and from that time for two hours or more, they continued to pour in until every street and byway of the town was filled by Van Dorn's twenty-two regiments of cavalry. The railroad depot is on the eastern side of the town, and on the track near it were two trains of cars, one empty and one loaded with cotton, both of which in a few minutes more would have been off, as they were all ready to start, one for the North and the empty train for this place. The rebels began their day's work by setting fire to the two trains, which were soon in a blaze. It seems they came prepared for such business, as all their canteens were filled with turpenti
Doc. 84.-Governor Shorter's appeal to the people of Alabama. Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 22, 1862. In view of the anticipated effect of the conscript law upon the militia system of the State, on the twelfth day of May last, I invited the able-bodied men of Alabama, not subject to conscription, to form volunteer companies. That invitation did not receive the attention it merited. The Legislature has adopted no law for the improvement of the militia organization of the State. The impaired condition of that system leaves no means of making the remaining military strength of the State available for its protection and defence except by the formation of volunteer companies. The State is now threatened from several directions. Our unscrupulous foe has collected all his resources for one stupendous effort to subjugate and enslave us. He can never repeat the effort. He makes it the crisis of his cause. If foiled in this last desperate struggle, exhausted an
, Brigadier-General, commanding, &c. Report of Brig.-Gen. Featherston. headquarters Featherston's brigade, December 22, 1862. Thomas S. Mills, Major and A. A. General: Major: In obedience to orders, I submit the following report of the padier-General. Report of Brigadier-General Semmes. headquarters Semmes' brigade, camp near Fredericksburg, December 22, 1862. Major J. M. Goggin, Assistant Adjutant-General: Major: I have the honor to report herewith a list of the casual, commanding brigade. bivouac on Rappahannock River, headquarters Second brigade, A. P. Hill's Light division, December 22, 1862. Major R. C. Morgan, A. A. G.: Major: In obedience to orders from division headquarters, I have the honor to forded, and missing. Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Rice. headquarters Third battalion South Carolina infantry, December 22, 1862. Captain: On Saturday morning, thirteenth instant, the Third battalion, Kershaw's brigade, McLaws's division, So
Doc. 52.-expedition to Hartsville, Tenn. Report of General Braxton Bragg. see rebellion record, volume 6, page 245, documents. headquarters army of Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, December 22, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmond, Virginia: Sir: Having been informed by acting Brigadier-General John H. Morgan, whose cavalry brigade covered my front in the direction of Hartsville, Tennessee, that the enemy's force at that point was somewhat isolated, I yielded to his request and organized an expedition under him for their attack. On the fifth instant Hanson's brigade, of Breckinridge's division, was moved forward on the road towards Hartsville, and halted at Baird's Mills, a point nearly due east from Nashville, and half way to Hartsville, when it was joined by Morgan's cavalry force. Two regiments, the Second and Ninth Kentucky infantry, with Cobb's Kentucky artillery, moved from this point, with the cavalry, at 10 P. M. on the sixth,
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