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John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 12: West Virginia. (search)
d. His command of thirty-three hundred men and cumbrous trains thereby necessarily became very much scattered and disorganized. Although he had some fifteen hours the start of the Union pursuit, an column of three Federal regiments, led by Captain Benham of the Engineers, gained rapidly on the fugitives. Notwithstanding every effort of the rebels to impede them by felling trees in the narrow mountain defiles, the Union advance came up with their wagon-train at Carrick's Ford, one of the croscould only deliver an oblique fire and at a greater distance. Dumont's regiment was thereupon ordered to advance and scale a difficult height in order to turn the enemy's left flank. Two companies had well-nigh gained the coveted position, when Benham received a mistaken report that the ascent was impracticable. He therefore ordered Dumont to return, to march his regiment along the very base of the hill on which the rebels were posted, to their right flank, and make the ascent there. The man
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Index. (search)
tts soldiers in, 85 et seq., 98; authorities burn R. R. bridges, 89 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 141 Bates, Attorney-General, 122 Banks, General N. P., 208 Barrancas, Fort, 88 Beauregard, General G. T., 56; directs operations against Fort Sumter, 57, 59; placed in command at Manassas, 170; his first measures, 170, 171; his plan for the battle of Bull Run, 176 et seq.; composition of his army, 176, note Beckham, Lieut., 194 Bee, General, 185 Bell, adherents of, 8 Benham, Captain, 152 Beverly, 142, 146, 151 Black, Secretary, 26, 38 Blackburn's Ford, 176, note; engagement at, 178 Blair, Francis P., 109 Blair, Frank P., Jr., 116 et seq., 122 Blair, Montgomery, 122 Blair's Home Guards, 118 Blenker, General L, 174 Boonville, battle of, 123 Border Slave States, 80 Breckinridge, John C., Southern electoral votes cast for, 4, 8 Breckinridge party, character of, 8 Brown, John, 158 Brown, Governor, of Georgia, 12 Brown, M
t.) by the Weldon road and the Jerusalem plank-road, turning west from the latter before crossing the Nottoway, and west with the whole column before reaching Stony Creek. General Sheridan will then move independently under other instructions which will be given him. All dismounted cavalry belonging to the Army of the Potomac, and the dismounted cavalry from the Middle Military Division not required for guarding property belonging to their arm of the service, will report to BrigadierGeneral Benham to be added to the defenses of City Point. When I had gone over the entire letter I showed plainly that I was dissatisfied with it, for, coupled with what the General had outlined orally, which I supposed was the other instructions, I believed it foreshadowed my junction with General Sherman. Rawlins thought so too, as his vigorous language had left no room to doubt, so I immediately began to offer my objections to the programme. These were, that it would be bad policy to send me down
way to Petersburg with the officers of the three commands, we met the United States engineer brigade under command of General Benham, whom I knew prior to the breaking out of the war as one of the captains of my own corps-engineers. He did not apt began talking to General Ewell, in a loud tone of voice which could be distinctly heard by all around. I heard General Benham say, among other things, that General Weitzel had found, soon after his entrance into Richmond, a letter from Generahe letter was immediately sent to General Grant. In answer to some doubt expressed by General Ewell or someone else, General Benham replied, Oh, there is no doubt about the letter, for I saw it myself. I received the impression at the time or afnswer to a resolution of the Confederate Congress asking for information in 1865. When I mentioned this statement of General Benham to General Lee, some time afterward, the latter said, This accounts for the energy of the enemy's pursuit. The firs
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 6: siege of Knoxville.--operations on the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia. (search)
hed Wappoo before a part of the troops. were landed June 2, 1863. on James's Island, under the immediate command of General Benham, accompanied by General Hunter; and it was nearly a week later before General Wright arrived with the remainder. Meanel J. G. Lamar, the Confederates constructed a formidable battery, which commanded the Union camp. Perceiving this, General Benham, See page 95, volume II. who had been left in command by General Hunter a few days before, deter mined to carry thnsued, and the attack was postponed. A battery was constructed to silence the Confederate guns. It failed to do so, and Benham proceeded to execute his. original plan of assault. He arranged about six thousand troops for the purpose, under General wounded were Colonel Lamar, their commander, and Lieutenant-Colonel Gaillard. The battle of Secessionville, in which Benham was in general command, in the field, was marked by great prowess on both sides. It was fatal to the plan of an immediat
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
that Grant was about to march by that route upon the Confederate capital. With this impression, he retired to the fortifications of that city, while Grant's army was making a rapid journey in another direction. Warren quickly followed the Nationals, and on the night of the 14th, June. a pontoon bridge, more than two thousand feet in length, was thrown across the James River, at Douthard's, This bridge was laid in the space of about fifteen hours, under the immediate supervision of General Benham. Its site was selected and the general directions for its construction were given by General Weitzel, chief engineer of Butler's Department of Virginia and North Carolina. a little below Wilcox's, over which the entire remainder of the army had passed before noon of the 16th, with very little molestation by the enemy, and was moving sin the direction of Petersburg. Grand meanwhile, had gone up to City Point, and there, upon the beautiful Grant's Headquarters, City Point. this was
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
de discretion was given to these commanders concerning attacks on the Confederate lines during the grand movement by the left. I would have it particularly enjoined upon Corps commanders, the General-in-chief said, that in case of an attack from the enemy, those not attacked are not to wait for orders from the commanding officers of the Army to which they May belong, but that they will move promptly, and notify the commander of their action. all dismounted men were ordered to report to General Benham, at City Point, who was left in charge of the immense depository of supplies at that place. Sheridan crossed the Appomattox from Bermuda hundred, passed to the rear of the Army before Petersburg, and Early on the morning of the 29th, March, 1865. marched down the Jerusalem plank road, see map on page 354. and turning westward, pushed on by way of Reams's Station, to Dinwiddie Court-House, where, at five o'clock in the afternoon, he halted for the night. meanwhile, the Corps of
6; his evacuation of Corinth, 2.293. Bell, John, nomination of for the Presidency, 1.30. Belle Isle, sufferings of Union prisoners in, 3.597. Belligerent rights accorded to the Confederates, 1.544, 567. Belmont, battle at, 2.87. Benham, Gen., his unsuccessful pursuit of Floyd, 2.102; in command at the battle of Secessionville, 3.187. Benjamin, Judah P., last speech of in the Senate, 1.232. Bentonsville, battle of, 3.500. Bentonville, Skirmish at, 2.253. Bermuda Hundredtion with Lee at Richmond, 2.414; movements of against Pope, 2.448; captures Harper's Ferry, 2.472; his flank movement at Chancellorsville, 3.27; death of, 3.31. Jacksonville, abandoned by the Confederates, 2.321. James Island, defeat of Gen. Benham at, 3.187; Gen. Terry's movement against, 3.201; battle on, 3.203. James River, crossed by the Army of the Potomac under Grant, 3.333. Jefferson City, proceedings of the loyal convention at, 2.55; threatened by Price in 1864, 3.278. J
on on the north bank of the Gauley, just below the mouth of Meadow river. Rosecrans ordered a reconnoissance in force by Benham, which was somewhat too gallantly executed, resulting in a short, but severe action, wherein the advantage of position warprise them, but was first defeated by a great flood in the river, rendering it impassable; and next by the failure of Gen. Benham to gain Floyd's rear and obstruct his retreat, as he had been ordered to do. The attack in front was duly made, November 12th. but Floyd retreated unmolested by Benham, and but faintly pursued. On the 14th, his rear-guard of cavalry was attacked and driven by Benham; its Colonel, St. George Croghan, being killed. No further pursuit was attempted. Floyd retreatBenham; its Colonel, St. George Croghan, being killed. No further pursuit was attempted. Floyd retreated to Peterstown, more than fifty miles southward. And thus died out the campaign in the southern part of West Virginia. In the north-east, Gen. Kelly, who held and guarded the Alleghany section of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, starting from N
nominated for President, 319; 325; 482; vote cast for him in Ky., 492. Bell, Joshua F., of Ky., 338. Belmont, Mo., battle of, 594 to 597; The Chicago Journal's report, 595-6; other reports, etc., 597. Bendix, Col., (Union,) 529; 530. Benham, Gen., 525; on Floyd's retreat, 526. Benning, Henry L., in Dem. Convention, 315. Benton, Col. Thomas, 106; 159; speech against the Annexation treaty. 164-5; his repugnance to Annexation overcome, 174; 207; on the Dred Scott decision, 253-9resigning, 409; an account of his defalcations, 410, 411; allusion to, 413; Pollard's enumeration of the services of. 414; allusion to, 442; 506; supersedes Gen. Wise in West Virginia; the battle of Carnifex Ferry, 525; effects his escape from Gen. Benham, 526. Flournoy, Francis B., of Ark., 309; 315. Foote, H. S., of Miss., 197; opposes Clay's Compromise measures, 203; does not object to abolishing the Slave-Trade in the District, 204; 207; chosen Union Governor of Mississippi, 211.
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