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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
nds, is also here delineated, together with three grains of the powder employed in projecting the bolt, drawn the exact size of the original. The evacuation of Charleston was not known to the Nationals until the next morning, when Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. Bennett, commanding on Morris Island, having hints to that effect, dispatched a boat toward Fort Moultrie for information. When near Fort Sumter, it was met by another, containing some musicians, which Hardee had left behind. They attestedlag over the ruins of that notable fortress, where it had been so dishonored nearly four years before. It was done at nine o'clock in the morning. Feb 18, 1865. Flags were also raised over Forts Ripley and Pinckney; and at 10 o'clock, Lieutenant-Colonel Bennett arrived at Charleston. He found some of the Confederates still lingering, and engaged in incendiary work, while a portion of the city was a glowing furnace of flame. Mayor Macbeth gladly surrendered the city, that the remainder of i
d, their walls wounded, their pillars demolished, and within the pews filled with plastering. From Bay street, studded with batteries, to Calhoun street, our shells have carried destruction and desolation, and often death, with them. Lt.-Col. A. G. Bennett, commanding on Morris island, receiving information which justified a belief that Charleston had been evacuated, at once dispatched a boat toward Fort Moultrie; which boat, when 40 yards east of Fort Sumter, was met by one from Sullivan'as sent to raise the flag over recovered Fort Sumter; which was effected at 9 A. M. Fort Ripley and Castle Pinckney submitted promptly and gracefully to a like embellishment — their guns having been left in a serviceable condition. At 10 A. M., Bennett reached the city, which the enemy had not yet wholly evacuated; a mounted force being still engaged in setting fires. He at once demanded of Mayor Macbeth a surrender, which was promptly accorded. A small force was brought up so soon as possib
d troops, we deem it but justice to that distinguished officer, in view of his departure from this post, to state that, so far as our own observation has extended, his conduct toward that class of troops has been all that the sincerest friends of the colored race could desire; and it affords us great pleasure to testify to the uniform kindness, courtesy, and liberality with which he has treated the officers and men of this command. We have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servants, A. G. Bennett, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Regiment. R. H. Willoughby, Captain Commanding Company B. E. R. Fowler, Captain Commanding Company E. Henry sharp, Captain Commanding Company C. Edgar Abeal, Captain Commanding Company D. C. A. Dow, Lieutenant Commanding Company A. Copy: W. H. Bradshaw, Lieutenant and A. D.C. But fourth. As you may possibly consider the case of Robert Small, a brave fellow, whose conduct deserves more consideration than it has yet received — as an exception — I su
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Chapter 14: Charleston and Savannah. (search)
ses no enemy could be seen at Sumter, James, or Sullivan's Island, although Rebel flags were over the works. Lieut.-Col. A. G. Bennett, Twenty-First United States Colored Troops, commanding Morris Island, gave orders for his force to gather at Cuese points, about 9.30 A. M., the Rebel flags gave place to the stars and stripes planted by these officers. Lieutenant-Colonel Bennett, with Lieut. J. F. Haviland, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh New York, joined on the way by other boats containi flames, which threatened the total destruction of the city. Major Hennessy was despatched to the arsenal, and Lieutenant-Colonel Bennett with the remainder of his force, which had been increased by the arrival of some of the Third Rhode Island Artiny F, on the 18th, proceeding from Morris Island in rowboats, reached Charleston after the advance troops under Lieutenant-Colonel Bennett. Being the first considerable body of colored soldiers to arrive, their march through the streets was a contin
liam B., 155, 159,161,162,163, 179. Bates, Edward, 150. Battery Island, S. C., 52. Bayne, Dr., 10. Beacon house, 89, 106, 122, 189. Beard, Oliver T., 4. Beaufort, S. C., 36, 37, 38, 55, 105, 176, 265. Beaufort National Cemetery, 173. Beauregard, G. T., 54, 55, 112, 120, 122, 135, 150, 157, 178, 185, 264, 281, 282, 313, 314. Becker, Theodore J., 34. Bee, Battery, 282, 314. Beecher, James C., 243, 247, 250. Belvedere Creek, S. C., 284. Bemis, George, 16. Benham, H. W., 54. Bennett, A. G., 201, 282, 283. Bennett, Horace, 302. Bennett, William T., 245, 247, 314. Benton, Samuel J., 309. Berry, William, 10. Big Rafting Creek, S. C., 304. Birney, William, 193, 199, 208, 210, 212. Black Committee, 11, 140, 181. Black Island, S. C., 129, 186, 187, 189,191, 192, 207, 213, 219, 234. Black River, S. C. 291, 292. Blair, Frank, 266, 271. Blair's Landing, S. C., 255. Blake, Charles, 98. Blau, Gustav, 211. Block House No. 1, 191, 192, 193. Blockade running, 194,195.
, 41, 42; VIII., 47, 55; arrival of wagon trains, VIII., 55. Bellows, H. W., VII., 68, 73, 328, 330. Belmont, Mo., I., 354; X., 44. Benefit,, U. S. S., VI., 228, 229. Benevolent Society of Tenn. VII., 247. Benham, H. W., V., 236, 242, 244. Benham's wharf, Belle Plain, Va. , V., 236. Benicia, Cal., V., 144; arsenal at, V., 154. Benjamin, J. P., V., 58; VII., 29, 36, 210; X., 13. Benjamin, M., V., 86. Benneau, F. W., VII., 133. Bennett, A. G., III., 246. Bennett, F. M., VI., 306. Bennett, J. G., yacht of, VI., 181. Bennett House, Durham Station, N. C. , III., 247. Bennett's Mills, Mo., I., 350. Benning, H. L., X., 127. Benning's bridge, Md., V., 96. Benson, B., VII., 79, 151; escape of, from Elmira prison, VII., 147 seq.; X., 2. Benton, S., X., 155. Benton, W. P., X., 203. Benton,, U. S. S., I., 221, 222, 362; 366; VI., 150, 214, 220, 222, 316. Bentonville, Ark
ew up four rams which were in the inner harbor, near to the city. I noticed only one private house in flames. I was told that the owner applied the torch a few minutes before the rebels left the city. General Hardee was in command, and by his order two thirteen-inch Blakely guns on a wharf battery were bursted. The remaining guns, six in number, mounted on the wharf batteries, were spiked, and the carriages disabled. The first one of our men who entered the city was Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. Bennett, Twenty- first United States colored troops, who arrived about half an hour after the last of the rebel forces had left. He was followed by Colonel Ames, of the Third Rhode Island artillery. The city is now held by troops sent over from James and Morris islands. Captain H. M. Bragg, of General Gillmore's staff, went over to Fort Sumter in a small boat, and planted the American colors on the parapet. In Sumter are nine guns, four columbiads and five howitzers. Captain Br
The Daily Dispatch: March 3, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
eated. The first troops which reached Charleston was a detachment of nine men, under a Lieutenant-Colonel Bennett. They started in a boat, and having waved the "old flag" over Sumter, went on to the wharf. A letter says: On landing it was not deemed advisable by Colonel Bennett to advance into the city, as he was informed that a rebel brigade was still at the depot, taking the cars, and heir houses. I have the honor to be, Mayor, very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. G. Bennett, Lieutenant-Colonel commanding United States forces, Charleston. To this demand, Colonel Bennett was subsequently handed, by a committee from the Mayor, consisting of Aldermen Gilland and Williams, a letter which he was about to dispatch to Morris island: To the Genera Charles Macbeth,Mayor. After a brief interview, in which the Aldermen informed Colonel Bennett that the city had been fired by the rebels in various places, and that the town was threat