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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, chapter 2 (search)
nthusiastic and happy gatherings I ever knew. The day was perfect, and there was nothing but success. I forgot to say, that, in the midst of the services, it was announced that General Fremont was appointed Commander-in-Chief,--an announcement which was received with immense cheering, as would have been almost anything else, I verily believe, at that moment of high tide. It was shouted across by the pickets above,--a way in which we often receive news, but not always trustworthy. January 3, 1863. Once, and once only, thus far, the water has frozen in my tent; and the next morning showed a dense white frost outside. We have still mocking-birds and crickets and rosebuds, and occasional noonday baths in the river, though the butterflies have vanished, as I remember to have observed in Fayal, after December. I have been here nearly six weeks without a rainy day; one or two slight showers there have been, once interrupting a drill, but never dress-parade. For climate, by day,
Union army before Vicksburgh, raised the siege of that town by reembarking his army on his transports, and sailing out of the Yazoo.--(Doc. 91.) General J. E. B. Stuart, with his rebel cavalry, returned to Richmond this morning from his expedition to Occoquan, Dumfries, and Anandale,Va., having been absent seven days, during which time he burned several bridges on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and captured or destroyed large quantities of National stores.--Richmond Dispatch, January 3, 1863. The iron-clad steamer Monitor, Commander Bankhead, sprung a leak and foundered a few miles south of Cape Hatteras, N. C. Four officers and twelve men were lost in her.--(Doc. 93.) The battle of Parker's Cross-Roads, Tenn., was this day fought between a detachment of Union troops, under the command of Colonel C. L. Dunham, and a large rebel cavalry force, under General Forrest. After a desperate conflict of several hours' duration, during which neither party obtained the vict
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., chapter 5.63 (search)
ngagement Forrest retired toward the Tennessee. Forrest's estimate of his force in this battle is 1800 men. On January 2d, the whole command recrossed the Tennessee at Clifton.-editors. and on the 23d of December he ordered Sherman to delay his expedition. But Sherman was already on the way to Vicksburg, whence, after making an ineffectual attempt to capture the place [see p. 462], he reimbarked his army and retired to Milliken's Bend. McClernand arrived at Milliken's Bend on the 3d of January, 1863, and the next day assumed command of the expedition. Having nothing better to do, he determined to capture the Post of Arkansas, and to occupy the State. Accordingly, on the 4th of January, he embarked his army, 32,000 strong, on transports, and set sail for the Arkansas, accompanied by Porter's fleet--3 iron-clads and 6 gun-boats. Reaching the vicinity of the Post on the 9th he disembarked his men the next day. The garrison consisted of about five thousand men under command of Brig
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The assault on Chickasaw bluffs. (search)
d the enemy was driven back to his trenches. My division consisted of the brigades of Sheldon, Lindsey, and De Courcy. General Blair's brigade, as already stated, had been detached from Steele's division, and ordered to report to me. December 28th, I directed Blair, then on the north side of the bayou, to reconnoiter his front, and with De Courcy, who was on the opposite side of the bayou from Blair, I reconnoitered First Vicksburgh campaign or Chickasaw Bayou December 27 1862--January 3, 1863. the front of his brigade; and then passed to McNutt Lake,--an enlargement of Chickasaw Bayou,--and with Colonel D. W. Lindsey (whose brigade, with that of Colonel L. A. Sheldon, was in the woods bordering on the lake) reconnoitered his front. The enemy had relied on the depth and width of the lake as a sufficient defense, and at that place had neither troops nor works of any kind between the lake and the bluffs. I determined to bridge the lake during the night, and at dawn on the 29t
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The opposing forces at Chickasaw bluffs (or First Vicksburg), Miss.: December 27th, 1862--January 3d, 1863. (search)
The opposing forces at Chickasaw bluffs (or First Vicksburg), Miss.: December 27th, 1862--January 3d, 1863. The composition, losses, and strength of each army as here stated give the gist of all the data obtainable in the Official Records. K stands for killed; w for wounded; m w for mortally wounded; m for captured or missing; c for captured. The Union army. Right wing. Thirteenth army Corps. Major-General William T. Sherman. First division, Brig.-Gen. Andrew J. Smith (also in command of the Second Division December 29th). Escort: C, 4th Ind. Cav., Capt. Joseph P. Lesslie. First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Stephen G. Burbridge: 16th Ind., Col. Thomas J. Lucas; 60th Ind., Col. Richard Owen; 67th Ind., Col. Frank Emerson; 83d Ohio, Lieut.-Col. William H. Baldwin; 96th Ohio, Col. Joseph W. Vance; 23d Wis., Col. Joshua J. Guppey. Brigade loss: k, 1; w, 1==2. Second Brigade, Col. William J. Landram: 77th Ill., Col. David P. Grier; 97th Ill., Col. Friend S. Rutherford; 108th Ill.,
ty-first Massachusetts, Company E: From rolls attached to regimental history.--Sergeant Thomas Plunkett; lost both arms while carrying regimental U. S. flag at Fredericksburg; discharged May 9, 1863. Twenty-first Massachusetts, Company C: From rolls attached to regimental history.--Sergeant Elbridge C. Barr; killed at Fredericksburg while carrying the State flag. Twenity-first Massachusetts, Company A: From rolls attached to regimental history.--Sergeant Joseph H. Collins; died Jan. 3, 1863, of wounds received at Fredericksburg while carrying the colors. Seventh Wisconsin, Company H:--Jefferson Coates; wounded at South Mountain and Gettysburg; loss of both eyes; brevetted Captain, with medal of honor for gallantry at Gettysburg. Forty-sixth Pennsylvania, Company D:--Charles D. Fuller detected as being a female; discharged, date unknown. One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Pennsylvania, Company F:--Sergeant Frank Mayne: deserted Aug. 24, 1862; subsequently killed in battle
he Cumberland: sir: I have the honor to report the following as the part taken by the Thirteenth regiment, Ohio volunteer infantry, in the series of battles before Murfreesboro, Tennessee, commencing December thirtieth, 1862, and ending January third, 1863. At eight o'clock A. M., Wednesday, December thirty-first, our regiment, under command of Colonel Joseph G. Hawkins, was ordered in from outpost duty, and we took our place in line and started soon after for the south side of Stone River,ride to seek promotion by the means that alone succeed nowadays. I would speak of others, but my letter is already too long. Perhaps I may write again. Wapello. Cincinnati commercial account. battle-field of Stone River, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 3, 1863. A week of horrors, a week of carnage, a week of tremendous conflict — and battle still raging! At this moment there is angry rattle of musketry and deep, sullen roar of cannon, echoing in the forest within Minie range of our marquee.
uring the day's operations the only casualties on our side are five or six men slightly wounded. My long-range guns are now shelling the rebel camp across the river, five miles below this place. If the enemy does not retire during the night, I shall endeavor to cross my troops over the river in the morning, and offer them battle. Respectfully, James G. Blunt, Brigadier-General Commanding. Missouri Democrat account. headquarters, army of the frontier, Fayetteville, Ark., January 3, 1863. Since my last report of the battle of Prairie Grove, another dash has been made by our gallant army of the frontier, which, as I suppose, will be soon again forgotten, like all other efforts for the success of the Flag of our country made by this far-off Western army. In the battle of Prairie Grove, it was principally our artillery and infantry that vindicated their valor as veteran soldiers. The incident of which this is to be but a mere recapitulation, must now pass entirely to
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 91.-General Sherman's expedition. (search)
Doc. 91.-General Sherman's expedition. Missouri Democrat account. Milliken's Bend, La., January 3, 1863, Twenty-five miles above Vicksburgh. we have met the enemy and they are not ours, but, on the contrary, quite the reverse. It was a favorite axiom of Sam Patch that some things could be done, as well as others ; but that is a rule that has many exceptions, and General Sherman's expedition is one of them. Veni, vidi, vici--in a horn. In other words, we came, we saw, and did not conquer. Having failed to take Vicksburgh, the next best thing was to prevent being taken ourselves, and we did it nobly. A dark night is sometimes an excellent institution, especially if it be accompanied with plentiful showers of rain, with a due infusion of fog. Under cover of such a fortunate concentration of events, the right wing of the Thirteenth army corps,under command of Major-Gen. W. T. Sherman, saved its bacon, else your correspondent would now probably be the forced recipient of
on14th Louisiana 55 Taliaferro's4th, Col. Pendleton15th Louisiana145 Taliaferro's4th, Col. PendletonLusk's Battery 77    5167172 Report Op Major-General R. H. Anderson. headquarters Anderson's division, near Fredericksburg, Va., January 3, 1863. To Major G. Moxley Sorrel, A. A. General, Headquarters First Army Corps: Major: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my division, in the battle of Fredericksburg: Upon the signal being given, on the mornin engagement is three killed and twenty-four wounded. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, J. B. Walton, Colonel of Artillery, commanding. Report of Colonel Crutchfield. headquarters artillery command, Second army corps, January 3. 1863. Lieutenant-General T. J. Jackson, commanding Second Army Corps, A. N. V.: General: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the artillery of this corps in the engagement near Fredericksburg, December thirteen,
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