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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A review of the First two days operations at Gettysburg and a reply to General Longstreet by General Fitz. Lee. (search)
ark. In reference to the numbers of the First corps, after it had fallen back from in front of the town, and reformed on Cemetery Hill, I have seen a statement in Bates' Battle of Gettysburg, page 82, fixing them at 2,450 men; but as to the correctness of this estimate, I cannot speak with any certainty. As to the Eleventh corpeary's divisions of the Twelfth corps, under Slocum-numbering together by return of June 30th, 8,056. The number collected in the First corps amounted to 2,450-(Bates, page 82, and also Doubleday's, its com mander's, testimony). Of the Eleventh, (see Hancock,) 1,200. Estimating Buford's cavalry at about 2,500, we would have a Favalry, viz., Buford's, Kilpatrick's, and Gregg's — the two last reaching the field after Buford left. The First corps went into battle on the 2d with 2,450 men (Bates' History of Gettysburg, page 52, and Doubleday's testirony — who commanded it after Reynolds' death-page 309, Committee on the Conduct of the War); the Second corp
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Remarks on the numerical strength of both armies at Gettysburg (search)
ampaign north of the Potomac, furnished to me by the archives of the United States War Department, this army contained 167 regiments of infantry, and not 163, as Dr. Bates has alleged ; and 167 multiplied by 360 and 313 would give us respectively 60,120 infantry men present, and 52,271 present for duty. These 167 regiments of infal corps, &c. present, 5,500; present for duty, 4,785. Total present, 105,000; present for duty, 91.250. The number of regiments of infantry was, according to Dr. Bates's table, 242, which, by a remarkable coincidence, gives an average of 361 men present per regiment, within one man the same average as in Early's division. The mere skeletons, and before the time of Grant very few of these were consolidated. The figures given by Meade and Butterfield, do not show, as has been alleged by Dr. Bates, all the men borne upon the rolls, nor, I think, as Confederate writers have asserted, only the men present for duty on the battlefield, but all the men who at t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Steuart's brigade at the battle of Gettysburg.--a narrative by Rev. Randolph H. McKim, D. D., late First Lieutenant and Aide-de-camp, Confederate army. (search)
rd North Carolina were the chief sufferers. Bates (author of The History of the Battle of Gettysached they were stricken down and disappeared.-Bates' Gettysburg, page 139. This is one of his manill itself, to the north of Spangler's Spring. Bates says: Passing over the abandoned breastworks fner's taken. The position thus so hardly Bates himself, on another page (147), makes an admishim to take Meade's entire line in reverse. Bates is of the same opinion: Had he known the advanperiod of rest, again returned to the front. --Bates, page 142. No such refreshing rest had our bred with unparalleled tenacity and vehemence. --Bates, page 142. Later in the morning he says: The ome distance at right angles to his main line.-Bates' Gettysburg, page 139. Moreover, there was a d following account of this memorable charge in Bates' book (page 144): Suddenly the quiet was brokeur fire. It was indeed dreadful to witness. --Bates' Gettysburg, page 145. These fearful losse
Munchauseniana. Houston, Texas, May 26. A reliable officer of Colonel Bates's regiment, who arrived last evening, brings the information that before he left Columbia a courier arrived from Corpus Christi with information that General Magruder had fitted out several small steamers at that place and attacked the blockading fleet. He succeeded in sinking two of the enemy's vessels, capturing fifteen prisoners, and raising the blockade. Hurrah for the horse marines! Hurrah for Magruder!--Houston Telegraph, May 26.
ereupon became convinced, and expressed the opinion in my official report, that no sufficiently effective number of cavalry could be assembled in the Confederacy to interrupt the enemy's line of supplies to an extent to compel him to retreat. From the 5th to the 19th of August no event of special importance occurred. I find naught recorded save the constant demonstrations of the enemy in front, whilst completing his movement to our left. A heavy demonstration was made on the 6th against Bates's Division which was twice assaulted; twice the foe were driven back in great confusion with a loss of two stands of colors, eight hundred killed and wounded, some small arms and entrenching tools. On the 7th General Cleburne's Division was transferred to our extreme left, and the 9th was made memorable by the most furious cannonade which the city sustained during the siege. Women and children fled into cellars, and were there forced to seek shelter a greater length of time than at any p
General Rousseau occupied Murfreesboroa, in rear of our right, with about eight thousand men heavily entrenched. General Bates's Division, Sears's and Brown's brigades, were ordered, on the 5th, to report at that point to General Forrest, who ws by Forrest's cavalry, at Lavergne; of the capture and destruction of three block houses on the Chattanooga Railroad, by Bates's Division; and of the seizure the day previous, by General Chalmers, of two transports on the Cumberland river, with thrght thousand, should he venture to reinforce Thomas at Nashville. He remained, however, behind his entrenchments. General Bates's Division was ordered to return to the Army; Forrest was instructed to direct Palmer's and Mercer's infantry brigaderoke at all points, and I beheld for the first and only time a Confederate Army abandon the field in confusion. Major General Bates, in his official report, refers to an angle having been formed upon the mound where the line first gave way. If su
I had sent Major General Forrest, with the greatest part of his cavalry and Bates's Division of infantry to Murfreesboroa, to ascertain if it was possible to takehaved badly, it was determined that nothing could be accomplished by assault. Bates's Division was then withdrawn, leaving Forrest with Jackson's and Buford's Divi in observation. Mercer and Palmer's brigades of infantry were sent to replace Bates's Division. Shortly afterwards Buford's Division was withdrawn and ordered to ll 3.30 p. m., when a portion of our line to the left of the centre occupied by Bates's Division suddenly gave way. Up to this time no battle ever progressed more fahe enemy, in almost every instance, was severely repulsed. On the 6th Major General Bates's Division of Hardee's Corps, which had reported to me temporarily in plthe attack, which was signally and handsomely repulsed. Much credit is due General Bates and his division for their conduct. The enemy was exceedingly cautious in
The Iowa troops under Col. Bates, who were detailed to guard the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, in Missouri, had some printers in their ranks, who seized a rebel printing-office at Macon City, and now publish the Register under the new title of Our whole Union. --Boston Transcript, June 25.
who will pretend to deny it — that's so; But I saw from the White House an impudent rag, Which they told me was known as Jeff. Davis' flag, A-waving above Alexandria high, Insulting my Government, flouting the sky; Above my Alexandria, (isn't it, Bates? Retrocession's a humbug; what rights have the States?) So I ordered young Ellsworth to take the rag down, Mrs. Lincoln, she craved it, to make a new gown; But young Ellsworth, he kinder got shot in the race, And came back in a galvanized burial 's got. Then sixty new iron-plate ships to stand shells Are loudly demanded (must have 'em) by Welles; For England, the bully, won't stand our blockade, And insists that we shall not embarrass her trade. But who fears the British? I'll speedily tune 'em As sure as my name is E Pluribus Unum, For I am myself the whole United States, Constitution, and Laws, (if you doubt it, ask Bates.) The Star-Spangled Banner's my holiday shirt-- Hurrah for Abe Lincoln, there's nobody hurt! --Baltimore South
days for kissing his hand at a lady unknown to him. The fact is, our volunteer armies are made up of gentlemen, and to an unprecedented degree of Christian gentlemen. If the Lincoln cabinet could visit our camps and witness the stuff our men are made of, and take one day's impression of their physical and moral stamina, we believe the last hope of subjugating such a people would die out of them. We learn with pleasure that a good state of religious feeling pervades the Southern army. In Col. Bates' regiment, now in Virginia, there are many Christians, among them Capt. Henry, a local preacher of the Methodist church from Summer County. Captain Henry has regular prayer meetings among the soldiers. When present, he leads; but when absent, some of the young men conduct the services. The interest, we understand, in these meetings is constantly increasing. Much good will be accomplished, and young men who have gone into the field bearing the name of Christ, will come back with their Ch
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