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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The War's Carnival of fraud. (search)
4), and, on the 21st, the jury, after deliberating only twenty minutes, brought in a verdict of guilty. The court promptly sentenced him to ten years imprisonment, at hard labor, at Sing Sing, and the rich Kohnstamm made his exit from the busy scene of his tradings and his triumphs. So unexpected, but so welcome, was this result to the Secretary of War that, upon receiving the news, he telegraphed back a characteristic message, which, as I recall it, was as follows: War Department, May 21st, 1864. Colonel H. S. Olcott, New York: I heartily congratulate you upon the result of to-day's trial. It is as important to the government as the winning of a battle. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Since I have anticipated events somewhat, to give a connected history of the Kohnstamm case, it may as well be said here that the civil suit was duly prosecuted to a successful issue, and a large sum of money paid over to the Treasury by the trustees of the felon's estate. As a far
The Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign: May 1 - September 8, 1864., Part I: General Report. (ed. Maj. George B. Davis, Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley), chapter 32 (search)
icers. May 17, marched to within two miles of Adairsville on duty as train guard. May 18, followed the enemy seven miles in the direction of Kingstoll and encamped for the night. On the 19th drove the enemy about ten miles, passing through the village of Kingston. and encamped within one mile of Cassville, Ga. Our division was in front and had considerable skirmishing. May 20, built a line of works in front of the position we occupied the night before, and remained there during the day. May 21 and 22, still in camp near Cassville, Ga. May 23, left camp near Cassville at 1,30 p. m.; we reached Cartersville at 10 p. m. and encamped for the night. Moved on the morning of the 24th at 6 a. m., and marched nearly all day in a southerly direction, crossing the Etowah River about 4 p. in.; marched about eight miles and encamped for the night. May 25, left camp at 6 o'clock and marched about five miles in a southerly direction, reaching camp about 10 p. m. May 26, left camp at 9.30 a. m
The Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign: May 1 - September 8, 1864., Part I: General Report. (ed. Maj. George B. Davis, Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley), chapter 117 (search)
took position, with our brigade as reserve to First Division, on the battle-field of Resaca. The regiment remained in reserve until May 15, when it moved about one mile to the left and took position on the front in the second line of the Third Brigade, on the right of the division. Here the regiment remained under the fire of the enemy, protected by earth-works, until May 16, when the enemy having fled the previous night, the regiment started in pursuit. The pursuit was continued until May 21, 1864, during which and the following day, May 22, 1864, the regiment laid in camp making preparations for a farther advance. On the morning of May 23 the regiment again broke camp, crossed the Etowah River at Island Ford, and camped on Euharlee Creek. The march continued until May 26, 1864, on which day the regiment reached the vicinity of the enemy and formed line of battle. On May 27 the regiment moved to the extreme left to support the Fourth Corps, and about 5 p. m. were ordered into ac
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Through the Wilderness. (search)
their left rested at the bridge. Brooke's and Brown's brigades were in front, or south of the Shady Grove road. North-east, and to their rear one and a half miles, Field's guns were planted in intrenchments, sweeping the ground behind them and covering the pontoon-bridge over the Po. Hancock drew back Brooke and Brown to the right and to the rear; and then Miles and Smyth retired to the crest south of the pontoon-bridges. Relative positions of the opposing Corps at Spotsylvania, May 8-21, 1864. These troops formed a tete-du-pont facing south. Heth's division, of Hill's corps, attacked the two right brigades with vigor, but was twice repulsed. The Union loss was very heavy. Hancock, finding the enemy repulsed and the woods on fire in the rear of his line, crossed to the north side of the Po River. One gun, the first ever lost by the Second Corps, was jammed between two trees in the midst of this fire, and was abandoned by Birney's men. Many of our wounded perished in the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
Corps, who came to their assistance, but not until after Ewell had been repulsed. They did not fight with the caution of the veterans, and lost heavily. They and their gallant leader have the honor of repulsing Ewell; and they share with others in the credit of scattering the foe in the woods up the Valley of the Ny, and capturing several hundred of them. By this attack Grant's flanking movement was disturbed and temporarily checked, but it was resumed on the following night, May 20, 21, 1864. after he had buried his dead and sent his wounded to Fredericksburg. His fearful losses up to the 13th had been greatly increased, The official returns show that from the 12th until the 21st of May, when the Army of the Potomac moved from Spottsylvania Court-House, its losses were 10,381, making an aggregate of loss, since it crossed the Rapid Anna, of 39,791. The Confederate losses were never reported, but careful estimates make them over 80,000. yet with full hope and an inflexible
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
Price, W. H. Brown. [718 bales of cotton still pending.] Schooner Cecilia D 5,399 88 1,009 95 4,389 93 New Orleans May 21, 1864 Antona. Schooner Cassandra 40 00   No proceeds Washington       Canoe, 1; 1 box tobacco 27 30   No proceeds do  2,343 64 203 66 2,139 98 Key West June 2, 1864 San Jacinto. Schooner Excelsior 2,630 88 678 31 1,952 57 New Orleans May 21, 1864 Katahdin. Steamer Emilie 28,305 97 3,929 13 24,376 84 Philadelphia April 26, 1865 Flag, Restless. Schooner Expernes and Clifton. 700 00 376 75 323 25 New Orleans   Vincennes, Clifton. Schooner Helena 5,595 51 922 02 4,673 49 do May 21, 1864 Ossipee. Schooner Henry Colthirst 4,434 56 851 42 3,583 14 do June 8, 1864 Virginia. Steamer Hattie 18,000 00 727,728 84 3,110 22 34,618 62 New Orleans April 23, 1864 Kennebec. Schooner J. T. Davis 9,925 00 1,465 04 8,459 96 do May 21, 1864 Cayuga. Schooner John Douglas 41,011 62 3,402 52 37,609 10 do June 18, 1864 Penobscot. Schooner Jupiter 35,982 4
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
built an equally strong line immediately in front of him across the neck ; and it was therefore as if Butler was in a bottle. He was perfectly safe against an attack; but, as Barnard expressed it, the enemy had corked the bottle and with a small force could hold the cork in its place. This struck me as being very expressive of his position, particularly when I saw the hasty sketch which General Barnard It will be remembered that Barnard was the engineer sent down by Halleck on the 21st of May, 1864, to examine my defences and report whether I could move my army for offensive operations. He reported to Grant on the 24th of May recommending that for offensive operations twenty thousand of my troops be sent out of the bottle to reinforce and rescue Grant at Cold Harbor, which was done. And it also appears that Barnard in attempting to describe my fortifications by a picture, used this phrase, which Grant remembered and put in a report to Halleck. It is a just criticism to say, h
[no. 76. see page 695.] City Point, July 8, 1864. Maj.-Gen. W. F. Smith, Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps: There will probably be no movements for a week or ten days, and you have permission to use this time to visit New York. Communicate this to General Butler with whom the lieutenant-general has spoken. By command of Lieutenant-General Grant: John A. Rawlins, Brigadier-General and Chief of taff. [no. 77. see page 696.] headquarters armies of the United States, in the field, May 21, 1864, 7 A. M. (Received 10.35 A. M.) Maj.-Gen. H. W. Halleck, chief of staff: I fear there is some difficulty with the forces at City Point which prevents their effective use. The fault may be with the commander, and it may be with his subordinates. General Smith, whilst a very able officer, is obstinate, and is likely to condemn whatever is not suggested by himself. Either those forces should be so occupied as to detain a force nearly equal to their own, or the garrison and the intrenchme
ton, required that the regulations of trade should be uniform. Therefore the requirement that one half of the cargo of every outward-bound vessel should be for account of the confederate States, cannot be relinquished as an exception in your favor. April twenty-seventh, Mr. Lamar applied for a clearance for the steamer, and was informed that she could not go out until she had complied with the regulation. C. G. Memminger, Secretary of Treasury. Executive Department, Milledgeville, May 21, 1864. Your telegram of the tenth did not reach me till yesterday. The act of Congress to which you refer, which prohibits the exportation of cotton and other productions, except under such uniform regulations as shall be made by the President, has in it this express proviso, that nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit the confederate States or any of them from exporting any of the articles herein enumerated on their own account. The three hundred bales of cotton upon the Littl
py of my orders to Lieutenant-Commander Chaplin, and a sketch showing the points occupied and covered by the forces under my command. Hoping I have carried out your instructions to your entire satisfaction, I remain respectfully, Your obedient servant, Edward E. Stone, Lieutenant-Commander U. S. Navy. Rear-Admiral J. A. Dahlgren, Commanding S. A. B. Squadron, Port Royal Harbor, S. C. Report of Lieut.-Com. J. C. Chaplin. United States steamer Dai-Ching, Saint Helena Sound, May 21, 1864. Admiral: In obedience to orders from Lieutenant-Commander Stone to cooperate with General Birney, in his expedition to cut the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, I have to report as follows: The transports, with the exception of the Boston, arrived here at half past 6 P. M., May twenty-fifth. I immediately called on General Birney for instructions, telling him I had no pilot, but thought I could find one on Ash Island. He replied, if I did not find one he would send the Captain of
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