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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Birge, Henry Warner, 1825-1888 (search)
Birge, Henry Warner, 1825-1888 Military officer; born in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 25. 1825; was one of Governor Buckingham's aides when the Civil War began. He entered the service in June, 1861, as major, and early in 1862 was made colonel. For services on the lower Mississippi he was made brigadier-general, Sept. 19, 1863. He was in the Red River campaign and in Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. In June. 1865, he was appointed to command the military district of Savannah. For his services in the army he was brevetted major-general of volunteers, and voted the thanks of the Connecticut legislature. He died in New York City. June 1, 1888.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Red River expedition. (search)
ent to retreat than to advance. The army was now again upon the Red River. The water was falling. With difficulty the fleet passed the bar at Grand Ecore (April 17). From that point the army moved on the 21st, and encountered 8,000 Confederates, on the 22d, with sixteen guns, under General Bee, strongly posted on Monet's Bluff, at Cane River Ferry. On the morning of the 23d the van of the Nationals drove the Confederates across the stream, and after a severe struggle during the day, General Birge, with a force of Nationals, drove the Confederates from the ferry, and the National army crossed. Its retreat to Alexandria was covered by the troops under Gen. Thomas K. Smith, who skirmished at several points on the way—severely at Clouterville, on the Cane River, for about three hours. The whole army arrived at Alexandria on April 27. At that place the water was so low that the gunboats could not pass down the rapids. It had been determined to abandon the expedition against Shrev