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re now collecting hops, brooms, and the various et ceteras necessary for housekeeping. A refugee friend, who will change her location, has lent us her furniture, so that we expect to be very snug. Of course we shall have no curtains nor carpets, which are privations in our old age, but the deficiencies must be made up by large wood fires and bright faces. The war has taught useful lessons, and we can make ourselves comfortable and happy on much less than we ever dreamed of before. October 24, 1863. Since writing in my diary, our plans have been entirely changed. Our old friend, Mrs. R., offered us rooms in Richmond, on such terms as are within our means, and a remarkable circumstance connected with it is, that they are in the house which my father once occupied, and the pleasant chamber which I now occupy I left this month twenty-nine years ago. It is much more convenient to live in Richmond than in Ashland, so that we have rented the little cottage to another. One room answ
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
Doc. 200.-destruction of blockade Runners. Rear-Admiral Bailey's report. United States flag-ship San Jacinto, key West, October 24, 1863. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: I have to report the destruction of the blockade-running steamer Scottish Chief and the sloop Kate Dale, in Hillsborough River, by an armed expedition from the United States gunboats Tahoma and Adela. Having learned that these vessels were loading with cotton and about to sail, and being apprehensive that by reason of their light load and draft they would escape the blockading vessel, I sent Lieutenant Commander Semmes to Tampa Bay to destroy them. It was planned between myself and Captain Semmes that he should, with the Tahoma, assisted by the Adela, divert attention from the real object of the expedition by shelling the fort and town, and that, under cover of the night, men should be landed at a port on old Tampa Bay, distant from the fort, to proceed overland to the port on the Hill
Doc. 206.-impressment of slaves. Rebel General order. Adjutant and Inspector-General's office, Richmond, Oct. 24, 1863. General order, no. 138: The following instructions are published for carrying into effect the ninth section of the act of twenty-sixth of March, 1863: To regulate impressments in respect to labor on fortifications and other public works in States in which provisions have not been made on this subject: 1. The Commanding General, or the officer of Engineers in charge of the work, shall have power to decide upon the necessity for making impressments of slaves for this purpose, after making suitable efforts to secure the necessary labor by contract. He must be satisfied of the necessity of the measure before he resorts to it. 2. He may authorize the impressment of male slaves between the ages of seventeen and fifty years, but before the first day of December next shall abstain from impressing slaves from plantations exclusively devoted to the prod
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
956 31 do Oct. 17, 1863 Sagamore. Schooner Agnes 435 00 165 17 269 83 do Oct. 24, 1863 Sagamore. Schooner Adventure 2,046 97 521 63 1,625 34 do Oct. 17, 1863 H2 Key West   W. G. Anderson. Schooner By-George. 512 76 209 45 303 31 do Oct. 24, 1863 Sagamore. Schooner Brave. 893 18 196 85 696 33 do Oct. 24, 1863 OctoraraOct. 24, 1863 Octorara. Schooner Bettie Kratzer 4,642 00 1,081 28 3,560 72 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 Flambeau. Sloop Bright 5,672 85 614 95 5,057 90 Key West Feb. 29, 1864 De Soto.5 18,390 08 do Oct. 9, 1863 Octorara. Sloop Ellen 235 00 161 06 73 94 do Oct. 24, 1863 Sagamore. Sloop Elizabeth. 841 12 266 25 574 87 do Oct. 23, 1863 Hattera 32 do Oct. 16, 1862 Susquehanna. Schooner Prize 837 84 237 54 600 30 do Oct. 24, 1863 Octorara. Sloop Pioneer 2,366 92 1,058 18 1,308 74 New York April 27, 18ey West Oct. 15, 1863   Schooner Two Sisters 3,698 30 684 34 3,013 96 do Oct. 24, 1863 Albatross. Schooner Theresa 2,990 04 626 23 2,363 81 do Oct. 14, 1863  
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
ut in our honor, and we drove in great state to General Halleck's office; where General Meade went in and held a solemn pow-wow; the two came forth presently and walked over to the White-House, where they held another pow-pow with the President. Captain George and I, meanwhile, studied the exterior architecture, and I observed a blind had been blown off and broken and allowed to lie outside. In fact they have a nigger negligence, to a considerable extent, in this half-cooked capital. October 24, 1863 We went to Willard's after the pow-pow and got a very good dinner; only poor General Meade was bored to death and driven out of all peace of mind, by dirty politicians who kept coming up and saying: Ah, General Meade, I believe; perhaps you do not recollect meeting me in the year 1831, on a Mississippi steamboat? How do you do, sir? What move do you propose to execute next? Have you men enough, sir? What are the intentions of Lee, sir? How are the prospects of the rebellion, sir
nterests of the country require it, or because it is demanded by justice, equity, or necessity, will be made to the enrolling office in writing, and will be disposed of by him according to the general directions contained in the regulations published in Orders No. 26, under the act to organize forces to serve during the war. IV. For the execution of the sections in the foregoing act, relative to the employment and impressment of slaves, the provisions of Orders No. 138, of the twenty-fourth October, 1863, will afford the requisite rules for the guidance of the military bureaus and the commanding Generals, with modifications hereafter mentioned. 1st. That slaves shall not be impressed when the services of free negroes can be obtained. 2d. Slaves under the age of eighteen and above the age of fifty are exempt. 3d. The hire for slaves impressed shall be according to the rates fixed by the appraisers under the act to regulate impressments. 4th. The limitation as to the term for
ry and gallantry. When every one did so well, it is impossible to particularize individual instances of gallantry, but in the death of Captain Ford and Lieutenant Crozier, Second Tennessee cavalry, I have lost two brave and gallant officers, whose places it will be most difficult to fill. Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. L. Scott, Colonel, commanding Brigade of Cavalry. Report of Brigadier-General B. R. Johnson, commanding division. headquarters Chattanooga, October 24, 1863. Major-General Sellers, Assistant Adjutant-General: Sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the division under my command in the action of the Chickamauga: At five o'clock A. M., September eighteenth, 1863, four brigades and three batteries of artillery from Catoosa Station, and vicinity of Ringgold, Georgia, moved, under my command, with orders from headquarters Army of Tennessee, to proceed via Pleasant Grove Church to Leet's Tan-yard. Law's br
ion. In conclusion, I am convinced that I made the attack too hastily, and at the same time that, a delay of half an hour and there would have been no enemy to attack. In that event, I should equally have blamed myself for not attacking at once. I enclose my official report of killed, wounded, and missing. I am, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, A. P. Hill, Lieutenant-General, commanding Third Corps. Report of General Heth. headquarters Heth's division, October 24, 1863. Captain W. N. Starke, A. A. G., Third Army Corp: Captain; I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my division on the fourteenth instant: The division moved from camp near Warrenton at half-past 5 o'clock A. M., on the fourteenth instant, following General Anderson's division. When within a mile of New Baltimore, orders were received to pass General Anderson's artillery, by keeping to the right, as it was designed that my division should follow a diff
rganized February 17, 1862, and Grant was at its head until October 16th. His forces were known as the Army of West Tennessee, and were included in those of the Department of Mississippi, under Major-General Halleck. With this force, consisting of six divisions and some unassigned troops, Grant fought the battle of Shiloh. On October 16, 1862, the Department of Tennessee was created to include Cairo, western Kentucky and Tennessee, and northern Mississippi. Grant was commander until October 24, 1863, when the Military Division of the Mississippi was organized to include the Departments of the Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and of Arkansas. The troops in the Department of Tennessee were designated the Thirteenth Army Corps until December 18, 1862, when they were reorganized into the Thirteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth corps. Succeeding Grant, this force, usually called the Army of the Tennessee, was successively commanded by Major-Generals W. T. Sherman, James B. McPhe
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