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ffled General Bragg's previous efforts. He advanced in that direction portions of Anderson's and Gibson's brigades, two detached batteries, and several battalions just formed from stragglers and scattered commands. At this moment Colonel Marshall J. Smith's Crescent regiment, of New Orleans, came up from the extreme left, with Colonel Looney's 38th Tennessee, and, seeing General Beauregard, raised a gallant cheer, which immediately drew upon the spot the concentrated fire of the enemy. General Beau regard, bidding them go forward and drive the enemy into the Tennessee, Colonel Marshall J. Smith's Report, Confederate Official Reports of Battles, p. 343. attached to them another battalion formed of stragglers, and sent them in the same direction, to support two batteries (Hodgson's and another) which he had just ordered ahead. Here a vigorous artillery fire was now combined with the efforts of the infantry, under Generals Polk and Ruggles, and the stubborn enemy began to relax hi
the Dispatch.] Charleston, April 12, 1861. And such another day never dawned on America, nor, perhaps, upon the world. The birth-day though it is of the immortal Clay, yet it shrouds the nation and the world in mourning, not on account of the slain, but that the same family should be so alienated and enraged with each other, that an engagement in deadly strife should be the result.--I write at 10 o'clock P. M., and will try to describe the scenes of the day. Last evening Gen. Beau-regard demanded Fort Sumter, and it was denied. At 3 o'clock A. M. he visited Maj Anderson in person, to see if some arrangement could not be made to save the effusion of blood. Major A. would enter into no negotiations. At 4:27 A. M. the first gun was fired, and in quick succession another. An interval of 15 minutes and off go two others. Three war steamers reported outside last night must be about to enter, and the batteries are playing upon them. Off goes the fifth. Its d
e firing occasioned great consternation in Washington, and was followed by a perfect stampede from the city. One hundred and three shots were sent across the river, and consisted of bombs, round shot and spherical case. The last that was seen of the Federals they were in full retreat towards Washington. The Massachusetts officer says that several regiments were sent immediately up to support those fired on, but nothing has been seen of them. He also says that there are thirty thousand men near Alexandria, but that they are maintained on this side of the river with great difficulty. They live in perfect terror and under constant apprehension of an attack. To-night I have nothing to report, except that every thing is quiet. Our men patchily bide their time and make no complaint at the delay imposed upon them. They have great confidence in and great respect for Gen. Johnston, and an ardent love for Gen. Beau regard. Both Generals have won the hearts of their men. G. M.
creditable to himself as it was gratifying to his parents. After reaching Old Point, he was subjected to rigid search, and this report taken from him. His youthful ambition, wounded by so unexpected an occurrence as the taking away of that he prized so highly, he begged them to give it to him that he might show it to his mother. But they refused, doubtless finding nothing else upon which they might claim revenge. Young Gregory had concealed in his pants likenesses of President Davis and Gen. Beau regard, but fearing that they might fall into their hands, he watched his chance and slipped them from their place and gladly destroyed them. The day on which the flag of truce arrived from Norfolk, on leaving, he plead earnestly for the paper — the testimonial from his teacher — when, at last yielding to his entreaties, they gave it to him, and he was suffered to depart with it. Such acts of meanness deserve the sternest rebuke from the people of the South, and doubtless do. A s
Official reports of the battles. We are enabled this morning to lay before our readers General Joseph E. Johnston's report of the battle of Manassas, which, after a long delay, Congress has graciously permitted to be made public. We shall follow it up, as early as possible, with other official reports of battles fought in 1861, which are necessary to complete the history of the great events of that period. We find that some portion of General Beau. regard's reports, as originally written, has been excised; but that gallant officer's own concluding words will reconcile the country to partial omissions of the "sufficient causes that prevented the advance of our forces, and prolonged, vigorous pursuit of the enemy to and beyond the Potomac. The War Department has been fully advised long since of all of those causes, some of which only are proper to be here communicated."
which springs from discipline and drill. His efforts can hardly have been thrown away, but his troops, after all, are but soldiers of six months standing, so that, if discipline is to be their chief reliance, they can have but little to depends upon.--There is probably not a battalion in his army which would be considered in this country as qualified for active service. These accounts give a sufficient explanation of the military inaction which is at once so costly and so unpopular. General Beau regard is not strong enough to advance against the entrenchments by which Washington is protected, and behind which the Federal troops would fight to great advantage. Gen. McClellan dares not invade a country impassable for his artillery and baggage, and occupied by a wary enemy who has twice taken him at a disadvantage, and who could probably perplex him more than ever by retreating before him without a blow. In the remote districts the successes of the belligerents are pretty evenly b
The Daily Dispatch: August 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], From Gen. Lee's army — fight in Culpeper county. (search)
ough the office of Hon. Robt. Ould, Commissioner of Exchange, New York papers of the 30th ult. We give the following summary of the news they contain: The Intercepted. Dispatches from President Davis and Gen. Cooper--the force around Richmond etc. The New York Heralds publishes the following intercept dispatches from President Davis and Gen Cooper to Gen. Lee, sent while the Confederate army was in Pennsylvania, in reference to a proposition for assembling an army at Culpeper under Gen. Beau regard, and the late Union operations on the Peninsula: Adjutant General's Office,Richmond, June 28, 1863. General: While with the President last evening I received your letter of the 23d inst After reading it to the President he was embarrassed to understand that part of it which refers to the plan. If assembling an army at Culpeper Court Hon. Gen. Beraugard.This is the that he has had that such a plan was ever in contemplation, and, taking all things into consideration, h
l to-day. Mr. Wigfall, of Texas, introduced a bill to organize a Bureau of Polytechnics for the examination, experiment, and application of warlike inventions. Referred to the Military Committee. On motion of Mr. Henry, the Senate adjourned. The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the bill for the appointment of an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Trans Mississippi Department, so as to change it to an agent for the war. A joint resolution of thanks to Gen. Beau-regard and the officers and men of his command, for their gallant defence of Charleston, by Mr. Miles, was referred. A resolution by Mr. Smith, of Ala., was adopted, to instruct the Committee of Ways and Means to inquire into the expediency of allowing rations to clerks in the Executive and Legislative Departments. Mr. Perkins, of La., introduced resolutions, which were adopted, expressing sympathy with Confederate prisoners in the hands of the enemy, and expressing the cordial c