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hin very inconsiderable numbers. Later historical papers have not materially changed them; save, perhaps, some southern claims, still further to reduce Lee's army. While Grant was engaged in his pertinacious failures to flank Lee, General Sheridan-whose fame as a cavalry leader was already in the mouths of men in such pet names as Little Phil and Cavalry Sheridan --made a raid of considerable proportions toward Richmond. Flanking Lee upon the right, he proceeded over the North and South Anna, damaging the railroads at Beaver Dam and Ashland stations. Thence he moved toward Richmond, but was met at Yellow Tavern by General Stuart with a small body of his cavalry and a hastily-collected force of infantry. A sharp engagement resulted in forcing the enemy off; when he passed down the James to Turkey Island, where he joined Butler's forces. But the fight had one result far more serious to the South-the Death of General J. E. B. Stuart--the gallant and popular leader of Confedera
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 47: the Maryland line and the Kilpatrick and Dahlgren raid. (search)
d been sent by Secretary Stanton, they reached the James River at Dover Mills, where a ford was supposed to be. Finding none, they accused the negro guide of treachery, and barbarously hung him to a tree with a leather strap. In the winter of 1863-64, the Maryland line, consisting of the Second Infantry, First Cavalry, First, Second, and Third Maryland Artillery, were stationed at Hanover Junction to guard Lee's flank toward the Peninsula and the railroad bridges over the North and South Anna, on the preservation of which depended Lee's communications with Richmond. This movement around Lee's flank was at once discovered, and Colonel Johnson was directed by General Lee to look out for it. The Maryland line cavalry was extended in a picket line along the Pamunkey to New Kent Court House, leaving only seventy-five men in camp. With these, during the night, by his scouts, Johnson located Kilpatrick's column, and then started with sixty men and two pieces of artillery to clos
November 9. A snow-storm prevailed in Virginia this day.--A fight between a. party of guerrillas and National cavalry occurred on the Little River, in which the rebels were repulsed with a loss of fifty killed and forty captured. The rebel steamer Ella and Anna, while attempting to run the blockade into Wilmington, North-Carolina, was captured by the National gunboat Niphon.--Robert Toombs delivered a speech in the Hall of the House of Representatives of Georgia, in which he denounced the officials of the rebel government, though he adhered firmly to the cause of the South. He especially deprecated the depreciation of the rebel government's currency system and impressment policy, the latter of which he affirmed had sown the seeds of discontent broadcast over the land, and was generating hostility to the government itself.
December 16. A fire broke out this evening in the hospital of the One Hundred and Forty-eighth New York regiment at Yorktown,Va., and in a few moments the building was all on fire, and as there were no engines or water near, it was impossible to subdue it. The Government bakery also took fire, and communicated it to the Arsenal. For several hours, the loaded shell stored within exploded, until the magazine was reached, when a terrific explosion took place, scattering the building and shell in every direction. The loss was estimated at one million dollars.--Major-General Buford, commanding a division in the cavalry corps of the army of the Potomac, died at Washington, D. C.--the steamer Chesapeake was recaptured in Mud Cove, Sambro Harbor, Nova Scotia, by the National steamer Ella and Anna, under the command of Lieutenant Commander John F. Nichols.
consisting of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, probably to the amount of seven or eight thousand men, started from White House under instructions to proceed as far as Hanover Junction, and there, as completely as possible, destroy South and North-Anna bridges, and as much of the railway track as time and his strength would enable him to accomplish. This done, the rebels north of Richmond would be completely cut off from all railway communication with that capital — an imperative necessity to cvation, if possible, the design and object of a halt which seemed to me premature, considering the avowed original purpose of the expedition — to aid and abet General Getty in his attempt upon the upper bridges of the Pamunkey, the North and South-Anna bridges, and the railroads which connect Richmond with the North. Indeed, I had deemed the demonstration of the rebels on the previous day but so much of an incentive to advance brave troops as a general might desire. The blood of the men was se
and that the rights of private property, in other words, of private niggers, are not invariably respected in the dominions of Jeff Davis, as bear witness the following: The overseers and managers treat the property of private patriotic men at Vicksburgh more like the Yanks than I thought a Southern man could do. They are not only cruel but worse. They neglect them in sickness, whereas an hour's attention would save hundreds; but we must stand it, even if we lose all we have. Say not a word — the laws of State so order. I see not why Mississippi cannot remunerate our losses as easily as other States, but we run some things into the ground and entirely neglect other items equally as important. I pray the hated foe will all be sent to perdition, vessels and all, ere they gain one inch more foothold on any property of any kind that can benefit them. I would joyously see every thing we own crumble to ashes ere it should fall into the hands of the devils. Anna. August, 1863.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
weight. Grant paused, and for more than two days he studied the position of his adversary, and came to the conclusion that Lee could be dislodged only by a flanking movement, which he proceeded to make. He secretly recrossed the river on the night of the 26th, May. and going well east-ward, so as to avoid a blow on his flank, resumed his march toward Richmond, his objective being the passage of the Pamunkey, one of the affluents of the York, formed by the junction of the North and South Anna rivers, which would force Lee to abandon the line of those streams, and give to the Army of the Potomac an admirable water base of supplies, at White House. The chief base of the army, while it was at Spottsylvania Court-House, was at Fredericksburg; while it was on the North Anna that base was Port Royal, on the Rappahannock. Sheridan, who, as we have seen, See page 313. had just returned May 25, 1864. to the army after his great raid toward Richmond and across the head of the Pen
Portland, was seized Dec. 6, 1863. by 16 of her passengers, who, suddenly producing arms, proclaimed themselves Confederates, and demanded her surrender; seizing the captain and putting him in irons, wounding the mate, and killing and throwing overboard one of the engineers. After a time, they set the crew and passengers ashore in a boat, and, putting the steamer on an easterly course, ran her into Sambro harbor, Nova Scotia, where she was seized Dec. 16. by the Union gunboat Ella and Anna, taken, with a portion of her crew, to Halifax, and handed over to the civil authorities. The prisoners were here rescued by a mob; but the steamboat was soon, by a judicial decision, restored to her owners. During 1864, in addition to those already at work, three new British-Confederate corsairs, named the Tallahassee, Olustee, and Chickamauga, were set afloat; adding immensely to the ravages of their elder brethren. Up to the beginning of this year, it was computed that our direct loss
schooner which had been coaling the Chesapeake, preparatory to leaving, and found several trunks and packages, which the Captain of the schooner acknowledged to have been taken from the Chesapeake, and also one of the original seventeen who captured the steamer off Cape Cod, and whom we found secreted in the cabin, under buffalo skins. We took the packages and trunks on board the Chesapeake, transferring the pirate, together with the other two found. on board the Chesapeake, to the Ella and Anna, and placed them in double irons. I neglected to say that, when near the prize the American ensign was hoisted, Union down, by the engineer, one of the original crew held as prisoners by the pirates soon after the pirates had left her in boats. At one P. M. finished coaling, and put Acting-Master William McGlown in charge of the prize, with written orders to proceed to Boston, and report to the Commandant of the navy yard. I immediately got under way with prize alongside, and steamed o
. Oct. 14, 1724.  27Mary, b. May 15, 1729.  28Anna, b. Apr. 4, 1730.  29William, b. Aug. 14, 1733her's estate.  13Samuel, b. Jan. 17, 1696.  14Anna, b. Nov. 2, 1697; m. Benj. Dany, July 23, 1724. 81James, b. Apr. 8, 1733; d. Nov. 8, 1763.  82Anna, b. Mar. 17, 1735; m.----Brooks.  83Richard, b5, 1746, Martha Gibbs, who d. Feb. 1, 1756; 2d, Anna, dau. of William and Anna Coye; and had--  51-indwell, b. Feb. 8, 1798; m., James Phelps.  n.Anna, b. June 17, 1800.  o.Sarah, b. May 7, 1804; d1840. 51-116 a.Joseph removed to New Salem; m. Anna----, and had--  116 a.-225 a.Nancy, b. Apr. 19e, who d. July 15, 1684, by whom he had--  2-11Anna, b. Feb. 25, 1676.  12Peter, b. Jan. 27, 1678.1742; m. Thos. Brooks, jun., Dec. 29, 1762.  58Anna, b. Nov. 8, 1744; m. Peter Jones, May 2, 1765. 6Sarah, m. Joseph Adams. 38-68TIMOTHY Tufts m. Anna----, and had--  68-117Timothy.  118Abijah, b.  16Hannah, b. Jan. 22, 1703; d. same year.  17Anna, b. May 4, 1707.  18Eliot, b. Mar. 13, 1710; d 1 2 3 4 5 6 ...