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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 1: effect of the battle of Bull's Run.--reorganization of the Army of the Potomac.--Congress, and the council of the conspirators.--East Tennessee. (search)
and one of England's poets was constrained to write-- Alas for America's glory! Ichabod-vanished outright; And all the magnificent story Told as a dream of the night! Alas for the Heroes and Sages, Saddened, in Hades, to know That what they had built for all ages, Melts like a palace of snow! This relative condition of the parties was temporary. The loyal people instantly recovered from the stunning blow, Five days after the Battle of Bull's Run, the Secretary of State wrote to Mr. Adams, the American Minister in London, saying: Our Army of the Potomac, on Sunday last, met a reverse equally severe and unexpected. For a day or two the panic which had produced the result was followed by a panic that seemed to threaten to demoralize the country. But that evil has ceased already. The result is already seen in vigorous reconstruction upon a scale of greater magnitude and increased enthusiasm. and in that recovery awakened from the delusive dream that their armies were invi
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
sels went up the Broad River, on the westerly side of Port Royal Island, to approach the Ferry by Whale Creek; and at the same time General Stevens's forces made their way to a point where the Brick Yard Creek, a continuation of the Beaufort River, unites with the Coosaw. There he was met by Commander Rogers, with launches, and his troops were embarked on large fiat boats, at an early hour in the morning. Jan. 1, 1862. The Ottawa, Pembina, and Hale soon afterward entered the Coosaw, and at Adams's plantation, about three miles below the Ferry, the land Port Royal Ferry before the attack. and naval forces pressed forward to the attack, two of the howitzers of the Wabash accompanying the former, under Lieutenant Irwin. Stevens threw out the Eighth Michigan as skirmishers, and the gun-boats opened a brisk fire into the woods in their front. The Seventy-ninth New York led. Very soon a concealed battery near the Ferry was encountered. It opened upon them with grape and canister,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
recipitate and unprecedented proceedings, as Mr. Adams termed it, of the British Government, and thecretary of State, in a confidential note to Mr. Adams, the American Minister in London, See pagt in the matter. At the same time he called Mr. Adams's attention to the fact that Captain Wilkes he Government of the United States. He gave Mr. Adams leave to read his note, so indicative of a d Minister), if he should deem it expedient. Mr. Adams did so, Dec. 19, 1861. and yet the British s semi-officially denied. letter of Charles Francis Adams to Mr. Seward, January 17th, 1862. and affirmed, without a shadow of justice, that Mr. Adams had suppressed it, at the same time suggestin stocks at panic prices. letter of Charles Francis Adams to Mr. Seward, January 17th, 1862. an officers of the Crown, in alluding to which Mr. Adams said, in other words, great Britain would ha the United States had insulted her more. Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward, Nov. 29th, 1861. in oppos[1 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 10: General Mitchel's invasion of Alabama.--the battles of Shiloh. (search)
t was raging with equal obstinacy. As indicated by the sounds, however, the enemy seemed retiring everywhere. Cheer after cheer rang through the woods, and each man felt the day was ours. Wallace's report. And so it was. Heavily pressed on all sides, the Confederates gave way, and flying through the National camps of Sunday morning, they burned their own, and with a powerful rear-guard under Breckinridge, Breckinridge's command was strengthened by the cavalry regiments of Forest, Adams, and the Texas. Rangers, making the effective force of the rear-guard about 12,000 men. they hurried, in a cold, drizzly rain that. soon changed to hail, with their sick and wounded in every conceivable conveyance, That retreat must have been a terrible experience for the sick and wounded. Here, wrote an eye-witness, was a long line of wagons loaded with wounded, piled in like bags of grain, groaning and cursing, while the mules plunged on in mud and water, belly deep, the water someti
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 11: operations in Southern Tennessee and Northern Mississippi and Alabama. (search)
o, in a forced march of twenty miles, had climbed over an almost impassable mountain, northeastward of Stevenson, surprised a Confederate camp of cavalry under General Adams at its foot, at a place called Sweeden's Cove, on the road between Winchester and Jasper, and drove them from it. After a very severe skirmish near Jasper, in and dispersed, leaving as spoils their ammunition and commissary wagons with supplies; also arms scattered along the pathway of their flight, and twelve prisoners. Adams escaped without his hat, sword, or horse, borrowing one of the latter from a negro on which to fly. Negley lost two killed and seven wounded. Report of General lful, active, and watchful. Mitchel had asked for re-enforcements, but they were not afforded. Finally, General Negley, three days after his successful attack on Adams, near Jasper, having made his way rapidly over the rugged ranges of the Cumberland Mountains, suddenly appeared opposite Chattanooga. It was on the morning of the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
ut. 25,000 men between his (McClellan's) army of 100,000 men and Richmond, Slocum's division crossed Alexander's bridge, and made Porter's forces about thirty-five thousand strong. It reached him at half-past 3 o'clock, when the whole of Lee's army on that side of the river was in the action. So imminent was Porter's peril that the re-enforcements were divided, even to regiments, and hastily sent to weak points. The conflict was terrible, especially on the left, between the houses of Adams and Dr. Gaines. Indeed,, the struggle along the whole line was fierce and persistent for hours, and. the issue for a long time was extremely doubtful. At five o'clock Porter again called for aid, and McClellan sent him the. brigades of French and Meagher, of Richardson's division. They went forward at a quick pace, but before they could reach the river the Confederates,, at about six o'clock, had rallied every available platoon in their ranks for a, desperate effort to break or crush th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
ary 2d. under the discouragements of early disasters and severe losses, Rosecrans officially reported his loss at nearly 12,000, while Bragg estimated it at 24,000. Rosecrans had 1,538 killed, 7,245 wounded, and about 8,000 made prisoners. Bragg claimed to have taken 6,273 prisoners. He admitted a loss on his part of 10,000, of whom 9,000 were killed and wounded. Among his killed were General G. J. Rains (see page 542, volume I.) and Roger W. Hanson, of Kentucky. Generals Chalmers and Adams were among his wounded. and the lips of the loyal were everywhere vocal with his praises. When the Confederates gave way Rosecrans would have chased, but darkness was coming on, and rain was falling copiously. Crittenden's entire corps was thrown across the river, and before morning it was sufficiently intrenched to defy the foe. Rain fell heavily the next day, but it did not repress the ardor of the victorious Nationals. At ten o'clock a long-expected ammunition train came up. Batterie
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
h Parliament, was the largest contractor in the business, and, in defiance of every obstacle, succeeded in getting pirate ships to sea. The first of these ships that went to sea was the Oreto, ostensibly built for a house in Palermo, Sicily. Mr. Adams, the American minister in London, was so well satisfied from information received that she was designed for the Confederates, that he called the attention of the British Government to the matter so early as the 18th of February, 1862. But nothcareer will be noticed hereafter. Jon Newland Maffit. The most famous of all these pirate ships built in England for the conspirators was the Alabama, made for the use of Semmes, the commander of the Sumter. As in the case of the Oreto, Mr. Adams called the attention of the British Government to the matter, but every effort to induce it to interpose its authority, in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Queen's proclamation of neutrality, See page 567, volume I. was fruitless