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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The prison experience of a Confederate soldier. (search)
A list of the companions of Colonel Fulkerson, who shared his hardships and his hazards on Morris Island, under the fire of their own comrades in arms, is given in Vol. XVII, Southern Historical Society Papers, pages 34-36, inclusive. At the request of friends and old comrades I give my recollections of prison life in some of the Federal prisons, during the late war, prefaced by a few incidents occurring at, and immediately preceding my capture at Petersburg, Virginia, on the 17th day of June, 1864. After the battle of Drewry's Bluff, in May, 1864, by the failure of General Whiting to come up from Swift Creek, General Butler and his army escaped capture, and made good their retreat to the entrenched camp at Bermuda Hundreds, closely followed by General Beauregard's little army, which took position in front of Butler, on a line extending from the Howlett House, on James River, overlooking Dutch Gap, and reaching to the Appomattox River. The sand battery at the Howlett Hous
ston, 397; retreat to Charlotte, 424. Bell, Colonel, in command of brigade before Fort Fisher, III., 337-33; mortally wounded, 339. Bell's ferry, destruction of national gunboat at, III., 242. Belmont, battle of; 17-19; results, 20, 21. Benham, General Henry W., builds pontoon bridge over the James, II., 375. Bentonsville, battle of, III., 429-432. Bermuda hundred, position of II., 248; capture of, 248; Butler retreats to, 254; Smith arrives at, 354; battles of June 16 and 17, 1864, 363, 367, 368; fortifications at, III 4, 7. Big Black river, battle of, i., 275, 278. Birney, General D. B., in temporary command of Second corps before Petersburg, II., 369, 382; second movement at Deep Bottom, 505, 511; Butler's movement from Deep Bottom, III., 70. Blacks, employed in trench work at Vicksburg, i., 337; arming the, 407; at Spottsylvania, II., 208; at mine explosion, 477,481; enthusiasm for Lincoln, 381; arming of by rebels, III., 353. Blair, General frank P.,
Historic leaves, volume 7, April, 1908 - January, 1909, Company E, 39th Massachusetts Infantry, in the Civil War.—(Iv.) (search)
second lieutenant Company I, Fifth Regiment, from May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as captain of Company E; promoted to major July 13, 1864; promoted to colonel June 7, 1865; taken prisoner August 19, 1864; paroled March, 1865; lives at Dorchester, N. H. (Cheever P. O.). Kinsley, Willard C., enlisted in Company I, Fifth Regiment, from May 1 to July 31, 1861; went out as second lieutenant of Company E; promoted to first lieutenant November 13, 1862; to captain March 30, 1864; wounded June 17, 1864; mortally wounded March 31; died April 2, 1865. Locke, John F., taken prisoner (Salisbury, N. C.) August 19, 1864; returned May, 1865; discharged May 26, 1865; assistant in Public Library, Boston. Lovett, Washington, taken prisoner October 11, 1863; died at Andersonville, Ga., July 12, 1864. McCarthy, John, transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps September 12, 1863; died in Somerville November 2, 1907. McGurdy, Alexander, served all through the War and came home with the Company
elapsed ere the work was complete. The demand of the men in May, 1863, seems to have been acceded to, as we find that on April 9, 1864, another strike occurred, and that ten days later the men returned at the same wage as before, $1.50 per day. On May 2, 1864, their pay was raised to $1.65, and even this did not conciliate, for on June 1 another strike occurred. The laborers then got notice that the permanent men would get $1.66 and the transients $1.50 per day. The dam was finished on June 17, 1864, just eighty-nine years after Bunker hill day, and the pond began to fill. Water was not the only thing to rise, as we note that on July 1 the laborers' pay was increased to $1.80 per day, and no strike is mentioned. These were the days of the Civil War, when the high cost of living was equally apparent with present-day experience. At 1.30 A. M., September 30, 1864, the stop planks were put permanently into the dam and the water allowed to rise to the required elevation. This chang
uring the evening, and Time being again in our possession, the necessary repairs will soon be . Two miles of the track were destroyed, each side of Port Walthall June about sixteen miles from Richmond. It was reported yesterday that a fight took place on Thursday night below Drewry's Ford, resulting in the recapture of the Breastworks at Howlett's. This is considered by the following dispatch from Gen. Lee to the President, received last evening: Headq'rs army of Northern Va., June 17, 1864. His Excellency, Jefferson Davis At 11 o'clock last night we took the breast at Howlett's house. Other portions of the same line were taken. The battery at Hewitt's is being re-established. Five vessels have been sunk by the enemy Reach. Ten steamers are within behind the monitors. Some fighting has occurred near Petersburg this morning, without result. I have ordered that the railroad at Port Walthall Junction, destroyed by the enemy yesterday be repaired and r
From North Georgia. Three miles West of Marietta,June 17, 1864. The enemy made an attack in three lines of battle yesterday, on our extreme left, near Lost Mountain, and were received with a terrific volley of artillery and musketry.--They were driven back by our forces, and their dead strewed the ground from which they had been driven. The fight occurred at 2 P. M., and full accounts are not yet received. The enemy cannonaded our works in the centre of our lines furiously. Both lines remain substantially the same as yesterday. The enemy continue firing. They attempted to shell our signal corps on Kennessaw Mountain, but could not reach the top of the mountain. [Second Dispatch.] Three Miles West of Marietta, June 18. --The enemy has moved a large number of his forces on our left. Cannonading and musketry are constant, amounting almost to an engagement. The rain still continues, which renders the roads unfit for military operations. The indications on o
a full Major Generalship; but the President still hesitates to give him more than a temporary appointment as such, which, as the oldest brigadier in the Army of Northern Virginia, he very properly declines; but his neglect in official circles has never cooled his patriotism or lessened his military ardor, as his victories will show. I will close by giving you a Yankee letter as a sample of what the people "down to hum" think of Grant, Gen Lee, and matters generally. Boston, June 17, 1864. Dear Daniel: This is a public day in Boston. The streets are full of people. It seems a new route is taken towards Richmond, which seems to be a hard place to find. I notice the army is below Fort Darling, and that is some distance below Richmond. More men will be called, and many have fallen, and many more are to follow. I am some anxious to know if you accept the offer I have made, so as to return if your life is saved until your term of service has expired. I thought
ions for treatment, including subsistence, to certain officers and soldiers retired or discharged. An act to change the mode of filling vacancies among commissioned officers of companies, battalions and regiments. An act to authorize and regulate the allowance of naval storekeepers. An act to provide for paying, in cotton, annuities due the Seminole, Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations of Indians. An act further to amend the act to provide an invalid corps, approved June 17, 1864. An act to construe and declare more explicitly the meaning of an act to increase the compensation of the heads of the several Executive Departments, and the Assistant Secretary of War and the Treasury, and of the Assistant Attorney-General and the Comptroller of the Treasury, and other officers therein named. An act to regulate the compensation of Government officers, clerks and employees in the city of Petersburg. An act making appropriations for the construction and re
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