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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, chapter 2 (search)
mas Eve with pattern simplicity. We omitted, namely, the mystic curfew which we call taps, and let them sit up and burn their fires, and have their little prayer-meetings as late as they desired; and all night, as I waked at intervals, I could hear them praying and shouting and clattering with hands and heels. It seemed to make them very happy, and appeared to be at least an innocent Christmas dissipation, as compared with some of the convivialities of the superior race hereabouts. December 26, 1862. The day passed with no greater excitement for the men than target-shooting, which they enjoyed. I had the; private delight of the arrival of our much-desired surgeon and his nephew, the captain, with letters and news from home. They also bring the good tidings that General Saxton is not to be removed, as had been reported. Two different stands of colors have arrived for us, and will be presented at New Year's,--one from friends in New York, and the other from a lady in Connec
ng or division to another, and the substitution of General Thomas for Gilbert as a corps commander. The army was thus compact and cohesive, undisturbed by discord and unembarrassed by jealousies of any moment; and it may be said that under a commander who, we believed, had the energy and skill necessary to direct us to success, a national confidence in our invincibility made us all keen for a test of strength with the Confederates. We had not long to wait. Early on the morning of December 26, 1862, in a heavy rain, the army marched, the movement being directed on Murfreesboroa, where the enemy had made some preparation to go into winter-quarters, and to hold which town it was hoped he would accept battle. General Thomas moved by the Franklin and Wilson pikes, General Crittenden by the Murfreesboroa pike, through Lavergne, and General McCook by the Nolensville pike-Davis's division in advance. As McCook's command neared Nolensville, I received a message from Davis informing me
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The battle of Stone's River. (search)
The battle of Stone's River. By G. C. Kniffin, Lieut.-Colonel, U. S. V., of General Crittenden's staff. On the 26th of December, 1862, General W. S. Rosecrans, who on the 20th of October had succeeded General Buell in the command of the Army of the Cumberland, set out from Nashville with that army with the purpose of attacking the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg, then concentrated in the neighborhood of Murfreesboro‘, on Stone's River, Tenn. The three corps into which the army was organized moved by the following routes: General Crittenden by the Murfreesboro' turnpike, arriving within two miles of Murfreesboro' on the night of the 29th; General Thomas's corps by the Franklin and Wilkinson turnpikes, thence by cross-roads to the Murfreesboro' pike, arriving a few hours later; and General McCook's corps, marching by the Nolensville pike to Triune, and bivouacking at Overall's Creek on the same night. The forward movement had not been accomplished without som
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
d), and some mortar-boats. the plan was to make an attack upon Vicksburg in the rear, with a strong force, and for that purpose the fleet and army passed up the Yazoo (which, in a great bend, sweeps: round within a few miles of Vicksburg the Yazoo River is a deep and narrow stream formed by the Tallahatchee and Yallobusha Rivers, which unite in Carroll County, Mississippi. It runs through an extremely fertile alluvial plain.) twelve miles, to Johnston's Landing, the troops debarking Dec. 26, 1862. at points in that vicinity along the space of three miles, without opposition. to understand the difficulties in Sherman's way, we must consider, for a moment, the topography of his field of intended operations. The bluffs or hills on which Vicksburg stands rise a little below the city, and extend northeast twelve or fifteen miles to the Yazoo River, where they terminate in Haines's Bluff. In the passing rear of the city the ground is high and broken, falling off gradually toward t
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ting the obstructions from the Monitors and New Ironsides, so that no one could tell any more of their character than was known to Dupont when lie relinquished his command. To show the Confederate determination to hold Charleston at all hazards, we here insert tile circular of General Ripley. It shows that the Confederates were alive to everything necessary to circumvent an enemy. Circular.Headquarters First Military District, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Charleston, December 26, 1862. In case the proposed attack on this harbor is known beforehand, special directions will be given for the service of the different batteries. As, however, it may happen that a surprise may be attempted, or that the intervening time between the knowledge of the intention and the event may be too short, the instructions hereinafter contained will be carefully attended to. Each commanding officer of a fort or battery will give his attention immediately to the strengthening of his c
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
l way the existence and locality of the obstructions; but their opportunities for observation were seldom as good as our own, for none but those engaged in the work were allowed opportunities of knowing more than could be seen from a short distance, and the rebels were singularly fortunate in the precautions to keep their own counsel as to the nature of the submerged defences. The general existence of obstructions at an early date was set forth in a circular order of General Ripley (December 26, 1862, regarding the defence to be made against our attack. In speaking of these impediments it says: The obstructions will also be designated, and under no circumstances will the enemy be permitted to reconnoitre them. Besides the obstructions at the entrance, the middle channel was closed by a double row of piles extending some distance across the harbor, which were distinctly visible when the first operations were initiated against Charleston. In the Hog Island Channel was also a
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)
gia Thomas's A. P. Hill's 10 79 -- 89 25th North Carolina Ransom's Ransom's 13 75 -- 88 7th North Carolina Lane's A. P. Hill's 5 81 -- 86 31st Georgia Lawton's Ewell's 15 63 -- 78 1st South Carolina Gregg's A. P. Hill's 15 58 -- 73 Phillips's Legion Cobb's McLaws's 13 56 -- 69 28th North Carolina Lane's A. P. Hill's 16 49 -- 65 19th Georgia Archer's A. P. Hill's 15 39 -- 54 16th North Carolina Pender's A. P. Hill's 6 48 -- 54 Chickasaw Bluffs, Miss.             Dec. 26-29, 1862.             42d Georgia Barton's Stevenson's 10 18 -- 28 28th Louisiana ---------- Lee's 9 25 9 43 31st Georgia ---------- Lee's 9 16 -- 25 Stone's River, Tenn.             Dec. 31, 1862--Jan. 1, 1863.             8th Tennessee Donelson's Cheatham's 41 265 -- 306 29th Mississippi Walthall's Withers's 34 202 -- 236 30th Mississippi Walthall's Withers's 63 146 -- 209 13th Louisiana Adams's Breckenridge's 46 168 102 316 20th Louisiana
rt of operations of troops under my command since leaving Nashville, December twenty-sixth, 1862: The Nineteenth brigade, which I have commanded since its organiz(Second brigade, Second division, left wing,) Fourteenth army corps, from December 26, 1862, to January 1, 1863. The Nineteenth brigade, of Nelson's old Fourth diazen, Forty-first Ohio volunteers, commanding the brigade. On the twenty-sixth December, 1862, the brigade moved with the division on the Nashville pike to La Vergon to furnish a report of the operations of my command, from the twenty-sixth day of December, 1862, to the fourth day of January, 1863, inclusive, I have the honor of the Fourteenth army corps, from the advance from Nashville on the Twenty-Sixth December, 1862, including the battles before Murfreesboro: Regiments.Killed.Wound on thirty-first December, 1862, and second January, 1863. On the twenty-sixth December, 1862, we left our camp near Nashville, with two hundred and eighty-two men
Doc. 52.-Morgan's rebel raid. Colonel Hoskins's report. headquarters Post Lebanon, Ky., January 6, 1863. Brigadier-General C. C. Gilbert, Commanding Tenth Division Army of the Cumberland. General: I have the honor to submit the following report of operations before Lebanon, commencing on the twenty-sixth of December, 1862, at which time I was notified by Brig.-Gen. Boyle by telegram that the rebel Morgan was again in our State, and ending on the second of January, 1863, at which time the pursuit of him was abandoned by order of Brig.-Gen. Speed S. Fry three miles beyond Columbia. At the time I received notice of Morgan's invasion of the State and movements in the direction of Bardstown or Lebanon, I had under my command the Seventh Tennessee, consisting of two hundred and fifty-eight men; Twelfth Kentucky infantry, consisting of four hundred and twenty-five men; and Sixteenth Kentucky infantry, six hundred and fifty. I was informed by the Post-Quartermaster that he had
Doc. 81.-fight at Davis's Mills, Miss. Colonel Morgan's official report. headquarters Twenty-Fifth regiment Indiana volunteers, Davis's Mills, Miss., December 26, 1862. Capt. A. J. Buchanan, Assistant Adjutant-General, District of Jackson: Captain : The following brief report of the engagement between the forces of my command stationed at this place, composed of parts of companies A, F, D, I, C, and H, of the Twenty-fifth regiment Indiana volunteer infantry, with companies B and M, of the Fifth Ohio cavalry, and the rebels, under Major-General Van Dorn, on Saturday, the twenty-first inst., is respectfully submitted. Information that a large rebel force was moving northward with the evident intention of capturing or otherwise disposing of the troops left as a guard along the line of the Mississippi Central Railway, as well as of destroying the Government stores and the road at various points, had been previously received. I at once set to work to erect such defences
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