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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
he Republican (War) candidates. We rely on ourselves, under God, for independence. It is said Gen. Lee learned that 15,000 Republican voters were sent from Meade's army into Pennsylvania to vote, and hence he advanced and drove back the Federal army. Yet he says that Meade's army is more numerous than his. It is not known what our losses have been, but the following dispatch from Lee gives an accurate account of the enemy's loss in prisoners. headquarters army of Northern Virginia, October 23d, 1863. Gen. S. Cooper, A. and I. General. Gen. Imboden, on the 18th, attacked the garrison at Charlestown, Shenandoah Valley, captured 434 prisoners, with their arms, transportation, and stores. To these, add prisoners already forwarded, makes 2462. (Signed) R. E. Lee. Official.: John Withers, A. A. General. And Capt. Warner says he is now feeding them. Gen. Lee writes on the 19th inst., that it is doubtful whether Gen. Meade will remain where he is, behind his fortifications
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 1 (search)
Chapter 1 My first meeting with General Grant a conference at Thomas's headquarters Grant's manner of writing despatches opening the Cracker line Grant saluted by the enemy Grant's personal appearance While sitting in my quarters in the little town of Chattanooga, Tennessee, about an hour after nightfall, Friday, October 23, 1863, an orderly brought me a message from General George H. Thomas, Commander of the Army of the Cumberland, on whose staff I was serving, summoning me to headquarters. A storm had been raging for two days, and a chilling rain was still falling. A few minutes' walk brought me to the plain wooden, one-story dwelling occupied by the commander, which was situated on Walnut street, near Fourth, and upon my arrival I found him in the front room on the left side of the hall, with three members of his staff and several strange officers. In an arm-chair facing the fireplace was seated a general officer, slight in figure and of medium stature, whose
Doc. 188.-operations in Virginia. General Robert E. Lee's report. Headquarters army of Northern Virginta, October 23, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General: General: In advance of a detailed report, I have the horror to submit, for the information of the department, the following outline of the recent operations of this army: With the design of bringing on an engagement with the Federal army, which was encamped around Culpeper Court-House, extending thence to the Rapidan, this army crossed the river on the ninth instant, and advanced by way of Madison Court-House. Our progress was necessarily slow, as the march was by circuitous and concealed roads, in order to avoid the observation of the enemy. General Fitz Lee, with his cavalry division and a detachment of infantry, remained to hold our lines south of the Rapidan; General Stuart, with Hampton's division, moved on the right of the column. With a portion of his command he attacked the advance of
Doc. 197.-battle of Buckland's Mills, Va. General Custer's report. headquarters Second brigade Third division cavalry corps, army of the Potomac, October 24, 1863. Captain L. G. Estes, A. A. G. Third Division: In compliance with instructions received from the General commanding the division, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my command, from October ninth to October twenty-third, 1863: On the night of October ninth, my picket line, which extended along the north bank of Robertson River, in the vicinity of James City, was attacked, and a portion of the line forced back upon the reserves; at the same time my scouts informed me that the enemy was moving in heavy column toward my right; this report was confirmed by deserters. In anticipation of an attack by the enemy at daybreak, I ordered my entire command to be saddled at three A. M. on the tenth. At daylight the enemy began by cautiously feeling my line; but seeing his inability to s
nsign Randall and Kochler, and two seriously. Five were made prisoners. In reporting these losses, Lieutenant-Commander Semmes observes: I regret seriously our loss, yet I feel a great degree of satisfaction in having impressed the rebels with the idea that blockade-running vessels are not safe even up the Hillsborough River. I am respectfully, your obedient servant, Theodorus Bailey, A. R. Admiral, Commanding E. G. B. Squadron. A National account. key West, Fla., Oct. 23, 1863. On the twelfth instant, the United States gunboat Tahoma, Lieutenant-Commander Semmes, after three months repairing and preparation, and taking on board a two-hundred-pound Parrott rifle, left here for Tampa Bay, arriving on the evening of the thirteenth, where she found the United States steamer Adela, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Stodder, and schooners Stonewall Jackson and Ariel, blockading. The next morning both steamers started up for Tampa, the county seat of Hillsboro County
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., Comments on General Grant's <placeName reg="Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee" key="tgn,7017496" authname="tgn,7017496">Chattanooga</placeName>. (search)
eral Grant to the Secretary of War, which, though speaking of me in possibly much too high terms, is yet important in this connection from its date. It was written two weeks after the opening of the river, and two weeks before the battle of Missionary Ridge. It could hardly have been written from General Grant's previous knowledge of me, for he says he had no recollection of having met me, after my [his] graduation, in 1843, up to this time,--the night of his arrival at Chattanooga,--October 23d, 1863. It could not have been written because I had shown zeal in. establishing a saw-mill, making a steamboat or any amount of bridge material, nor yet because I had commanded two brigades in a surprise attack at Brown's Ferry. No other movement than the successful opening of the river had been made from the time of General Grant's arrival to the date of this letter. Was it possible that it rose from any other reason than that General Grant, appreciating fully the great and prompt change
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 5: the Chattanooga campaign.--movements of Sherman's and Burnside's forces. (search)
n in the passage, and made his way back to Bragg's lines, after a loss of about two thousand men. He had captured nearly as many as that, and destroyed National property to the amount of, probably, three million dollars in value. When Roddy, who had crossed the Tennessee at the mouth of Gunter's Creek, and moved menacingly toward Decherd, heard of Wheeler's troubles, and his flight back to the army, he retreated, also, without doing much mischief. When Grant arrived at Chattanooga, October 23, 1863. he found General Thomas alive to the importance of immediately securing a safe and speedy way to that post for supplies for the Army of the Cumberland. It could not exist there ten days longer, unless food and forage could be more speedily and bountifully furnished. In concert with General W. F. Smith, who had been appointed Chief Engineer of the army, he had been making preparations for the immediate concentration of Hooker's corps at Bridgeport, with the view of opening the river a
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
n 235 00 161 06 73 94 do Oct. 24, 1863 Sagamore. Sloop Elizabeth. 841 12 266 25 574 87 do Oct. 23, 1863 Hatteras. Schooner Emily 15,406 91 1,115 37 14,291 54 Washington Oct. 19, 1863   Steam54 154,321 87 do Aug. 16, 1865 Acacia. Schooner Kate $4,188 33 $593 23 $3,595 10 Key West Oct. 23, 1863 Roebuck. Schooner Kate, cargo of 98 00 51 25 46 75 Washington Oct. 23, 1863 Adolph Hugel.Oct. 23, 1863 Adolph Hugel. Steamer Kate Dale 370,708 39 14,910 27 355,798 12 Philadelphia Jan. 6, 1864 R. R. Cuyler. Steamer Kaskaskia 1,300 00 376 55 923 45 Springfield Jan. 11, 1864 Cricket. Steamer Kate 31,180 00 1,058 08 2,155 12 do Oct. 15, 1863 Tahoma. Schooner Stonewall 1,200 00 114 35 1,085 65 do Oct. 23, 1863 Tahoma, Wanderer. Schooner Sarah, cargo of 603 99 91 91 515 08 do Oct. 23, 1863 Hatteras.Oct. 23, 1863 Hatteras. Schooner Sarah and Caroline 4,322 61 1,118 25 3,204 36 New York Sept. 15, 1863 Bienville. Schooner Shark 4,811 44 1,253 22 3,558 22 do Jan. 14, 1863 South Carolina. Schooner Soledad Cos 3,9
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
me as to whether it would do; to which I replied that the joke was capital, but not in accordance with the etiquette of a commander-in-chief; so he substituted the other. Poor General Meade! Said he, I used to think how nice it would be to be Commander-in-Chief; now, at this moment, I would sooner go, with a division, under the heaviest musketry fire, than hold my place! Lee, finding that he could not outflank Meade, fell back, and Halleck apologized.] Headquarters Army Op Potomac October 23, 1863 And where do you think I was all yesterday? I will tell you. Early, the orderly, poked his head into the tent saying: Colonel Lyman, the General will have breakfast at seven (which was an hour earlier than he had said the night before). As soon as I sat down, says the General: I am going to Washington; would you like to go? . . . Major-General Humphreys said he too would go, and the General's son George completed the party. In much haste I ran, and crammed my best coat, pantaloons,
ring some of the heaviest engagements of the war, and have never seen the men more cool and determined, and that their falling back resulted from no fault of theirs, but from the great superiority of numbers and position of the enemy, and entire want of support, both in rear and prolongation of our lines. I have the honor to be, Respectfully, E. D. Hall, Colonel, commanding. Report of Major McIntosh. headquarters McIntosh's battalion artillery, in camp, near Beverly Ford, Oct. 23, 1863. Captain W. N. Starke, A. A. G. Third Army Corps: Captain: In accordance with your request, I have the honor to submit the following report, being duplicate of one already furnished Colonel Walker, of the part taken by this battalion in the engagement at Bristoe Station on the afternoon of the fourteenth instant: When within about a mile of the station, I received an order from Major-General Anderson, through Major Duncan, his staff officer, to move my battalion to the front. Pass
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