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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.10 (search)
everley to Harper's Ferry, and consequently never had his full brigade in camp together at one time. At this time he had less than 1,000 men with him. General John D. Imboden raised the Staunton Artillery before the war, and it was the first battery that took the field in Virginia. It took a very conspicuous part in the first battle of Manassas, and on account of the skillful way his guns were handled that day Imboden was promoted from captain to brigadier-general. Both Johnston and Beauregard complimented him in their official reports of that battle. Imboden's Brigade, at the time of the order mentioned above, was composed of the Sixty-second Virginia Mounted Infantry, commanded by that distinguished officer, Colonel George W. Smith, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute; the Eighteenth Virginia Cavalry, by the General's brother, Colonel George W. Imboden, now a prominent lawyer in West Virginia; White's Battalion, by Major Robert White, late Attorney-General of West
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.12 (search)
osition during the 18th prepared for battle. Finally, Palfrey writes, page 19: Tactically the battle of the Antietam was a drawn battle, with the advantage inclining slightly to the side of the Federals, who gained some ground and took more trophies than they lost. The Confederates, however, held most of the ground on which they fought, and held it not only to the close of the battle, but for more than twenty-four hours after, and then retired unmolested and in good order. Whether intentionally or not, the omission of all mention of General McClellan in the recent event at Antietam was most impolitic from a military, political or social standpoint. He was the general in command. It was his battle, and history will never permit a subordinate commander or any one else to steal the glory.. He acted wisely in not attacking Lee on the 18th, for his defeat would have been certain. The position held was a strong one. Alexander Robert Chisholm, Formerly Aid to General Beauregard.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.15 (search)
were convicted in the United States Circuit Court at Philadelphia upon an indictment of piracy. A message was then sent to the government at Washington by the Confederate government that if the seamen were executed, the Confederate authorities would likewise execute several prominent prisoners of war then in the hands of the Confederates, and the lives of the seamen were thus saved. The career of the Jefferson Davis reads like romance when the very interesting details of captures are told by those who remember when the Davis was as much feared along the Atlantic coast as the Alabama was a terror in other waters. Captain Coxeter, of the Jefferson Davis, after the wreck of his vessel, went into the blockade-running service and commanded the steamers Autonica and Beauregard. In his last trip to Charleston, in command of the Beauregard, he was fired at fifteen times by the Federal blockaders. He was very successful in the service, but, owing to ill-health, was compelled to resign.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Confederate States' flag. (search)
hard to distinguish one from the other. General Beauregard, thinking that serious mistakes might behat day. Flag for every Regiment. Generals Beauregard and Johnston met at Fairfax Courthouse at once to Fairfax Courthouse. I found Generals Beauregard and Johnston in General Beauregard's ofGeneral Beauregard's office discussing the kind of flag that should be adopted. General Johnston's flag was in the shape oof any kind was attached to this cross. General Beauregard's was a rectangle, red, with blue St. An rectangular flag drawn and suggested by General Beauregard should be adopted. General Johnston yeans, with a statement of that fact from General Beauregard. General Van Dorn's flag was made of a hssas. They were distributed by order of General Beauregard. One flag I had made and gave it to the red cloth suitable that they could get. Generals Beauregard and Johnston, being good draughtsmen, disoner is false. No living soul except Generals Beauregard and Johnston and myself knew anything a[4 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), First shot of the war was fired in the air. (search)
tainly say. The official statement of General Beauregard, as quoted by Mr. G. G. Alexander, of Calitary men to understand military language. Beauregard gave the order to James and his report means Sumter, should peaceful measures fail. General Beauregard was without a staff, and it was my privit Fort Sumter, which was done as fast as General Beauregard could walk, those on Morris island beingrd to capture Fort Sumter. Accordingly, General Beauregard ordered Captain George S. James to fire or Robert Anderson. Governor Pickens and General Beauregard, accompanied by their staff officers, wen Captain George James' company, to whom General Beauregard sent the order to open fire upon Major Aouth Carolina, while held in the arms of General Beauregard, pulled the lanyard of the first gun firieutenant in Captain James' company when General Beauregard ordered the captain to open fire on the ed the gun that sounded the note of war. General Beauregard in military parlance reported that Capta[3 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Biographical sketch of Major-General Patrick. R. Cleburne. (search)
of April. Cleburne's Brigade was of my corps, which formed the front line of attack. The enemy were steadily driven for three miles through their encampments, past the rich spoils with which a luxurious soldiery had surrounded themselves, and over the heaps of their dead and dying, until the broken and demoralized masses sought the shelter of the river's bank and the cover of their gunboats. Albert Sydney Johnston had fallen in action about 2 o'clock P. M. His successor in command, General Beauregard, deemed it best, late in the evening, to recall the pursuit. At the moment of recall Cleburne was passing on, within 400 yards of Pittsburg landing, behind the cliffs of which cowered the masses of hopeless and helpless fugitives. That night the enemy were re-enforced by the arrival of a fresh army under Buell; and on the evening of the 7th the Southern forces, after maintaining through the day the now unequal struggle, withdrew unpursued to Corinth. In this battle Cleburne's Brigad
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.46 (search)
his combined force, at the suggestion of General Beauregard, was reorganized into three army corps. h General Beauregard second in command. General Beauregard was specially charged with the duty of gd and arranged between Generals Johnston and Beauregard. The country intervening between the oppoall the intervening years, believed that General Beauregard displayed bad judgment in withdrawing tn front of Lick creek. In the meantime, General Beauregard sent his staff officers along the line wne of the bloodiest battles in history. General Beauregard officially stated his loss at 1,720 killd been fought until 2 P. M. Monday, when General Beauregard withdrew from an unprofitable combat. H, Vol. 4.) After 2 P. M. Monday, when General Beauregard withdrew, there was a complete lull in rmy was at Corinth. Generals Johnston and Beauregard met at 1 o'clock on the night of April 2, an 4th of April, whereas Generals Johnston and Beauregard confidently expected that by the night of th[20 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First Marine torpedoes were made in Richmond, Va., and used in James river. (search)
struction of the Cairo in Yazoo river by Masters McDaniel and Ewing, with a ground torpedo—a demijohn filled with powder and fired with a trigger by a string leading to the operator hidden on the bank. General Rains, chief of the army torpedo bureau, adopted the beer keg, filled with powder, and fitted with a percussion primer at each end, as the best form, and set hundreds of them afloat, to be carried by current and tide against the enemy's vessels below. Captain Francis D. Lee, of General Beauregard's staff, recommended the star torpedo—i. e., a torpedo set upon the end of a twenty-foot spar, rigged upon the bow of a boat, to be fired by impact upon the sides of the vessel attacked; and with Captain Maury designed and constructed, at his own expense, a semisub-marine torpedo, called a David, rigged with a star torpedo, with which at Charleston, Lieutenant Glassell struck and permanently disabled the new ironside, the most powerful vessel then afloat. Shortly after, and with a sub
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
ms, Hon. C. F., His defense of R. E. Lee, 89. Alabama, Mississippi, Department of, in 1864, 48; closing scenes in, 49. Allan, Colonel, William, 34. Anderson, Captain 49th Va., wounded, 26; Captain J. R., 177. Antietam or Sharpsburg, Battle of, 32; U. S. and C. S. forces engaged in, 36. Appomattox, C. H., 284, 347. Artillery. The Light, 297. Ashe, Captain S. A., 357. Atkinson, Colonel, John Wilder, 141. Bassinger, Major S. W., 134. Baylor, Captain, George, 365. Beauregard, General P. G. T., 76; unjustly blamed at Shiloh. 310. Benham Major Calhoun, 216. Benton, T. H., his eulogy of Lee, 87. Berkeley, Captain F. N. 14. Bethel, Battle of, 347. Bobbitt B. Boisseau, 339. Bond Captain, W. R., 235. Boteler, Hon. A. R., his house burned, 267. Bradford, U. S. Navy Admiral, 333. Breckinridge, General John C., 306. Bright. Captain R. A., 228, 356. Brooke, Colonel John M.,327. Brunswick Guards, Company H, 53d Va., roll of, 120. Buck, Captain