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e nothing more than common percussion muskets, and the cartridges proved almost useless, being filled with very old, common, large-grained blasting powder. Our ports were blockaded; the North had free communication with Europe; exchequer we had none; our opponents could raise millions at home or abroad; our leaders were few, of inferior rank and little reputation; our foes had one at their head fondly called by themselves the greatest general of his age. Save Lee, Johnston, Beauregard, and Cooper, we had riot one single officer of note; and the first-named was only a colonel of dragoons in the old United States service. It is true that several officers (among them Van Dorn, Longstreet, Ewell, and Evans) in the Indian countries, or on the Border, immediately threw up their commands, and joined the fortunes of their respective States; but little was expected of them, since they could only be regarded as men of theory, with but little experience in warfare. Common expectation, however
Longstreet, and others, did not rank higher than major of cavalry or infantry, and had seen but little service, except on the frontier among the Indians; Bragg was a retired captain of artillery; T. J. Jackson was professor of mathematics and of tactics in the University of Virginia; D. H. Hill was a lawyer; Polk, an Episcopal bishop in Louisiana, etc. This was all the talent we had, and much of it was only said to be promising. General Lee was at Richmond, acting as Secretary of War; General Cooper was there also as adjutant-general; Bragg and Polk were in Tennessee, and Johnston in the Valley; Beauregard was alone at Manassas, having Evans, Ewell, Longstreet, and a few less known names, as subordinates in the approaching struggle. Of Beauregard I knew little, but had heard much. He was continually moving about from place to place, his appearance and escort being so unostentatious that many met and passed without knowing him. It was his custom to walk in the garden of the cott
leasantness of the weather generally, and the delightfulness of Shelbyville. There was a piano in the room, and finally, after having occupied her attention jointly with O'Brien for some time, I took the liberty to ask her to favor us with a song; but she pleaded an awful cold, and asked to be excused. The apple-jack excused her. The Storeys are pleasant people, and I trust that, full as we were, we did nothing to lessen their respect for us. From Mr. Storey's we went to the house of Mr. Cooper, President of the Shelbyville Bank, but were not invited in, the family having retired. Our last call was at the residence of Mr. Weasner, whilom member of the Tennessee Legislature. The doors were here thrown open, and a cordial invitation given us to enter. A pitcher of good wine was set out, and soon after Miss Weasner, a very pretty young lady, appeared, and played and sang many patriotic songs. When finally we bade this pleasant family good night, it was bordering on the Sabba
the last three months of 1862 the battles of Newtonia and Maysville mentioned the charge led by Capt. S. J. Crawford, Second Kansas cavalry, and capture of Gen. Cooper's artillery the battle of Cane Hill brave charge of Col. Lewis R. Jewell, Sixth Kansas cavalry his mortal wound and death remarks on his character aftin every engagement. At the battle of Maysville or Old Port Wayne, Cherokee Nation, on the 20th of October, we gained a substantial victory by capturing from General Cooper four pieces of light artillery, brass twelve pounders. The Second and Sixth regiments Kansas cavalry led in the charge which resulted in the capture of theseely routed in less than half an hour after the engagement commenced, and besides his artillery, a considerable number of small arms, which were thrown down by General Cooper's troops in their flight, fell into our hands. Passing over minor engagements and skirmishes, we come next to the battles of Cane Hill and Prairie Grove.
to have a camp of instruction here again. We were encamped near here upwards of a week last October, after the battle of Old Fort Wayne, in which we captured General Cooper's artillery. It looks now as if our chief occupation, for a while at least, is going to be that of fighting and chasing bushwhackers. Captain Anderson, ost division was encamped in this vicinity last fall, we consumed nearly all the forage that could be found for miles around. A large force of the enemy under General Cooper, had also been foraging off this section before our arrival. And as this is not much of an agricultural region, it will be seen that there is just cause for ries near camp,for the purpose of spending a few hours in artillery practice. This is the battery that I have already referred to as the one we captured from General Cooper's command at Old Fort Wayne, three miles west of our present camp, the 21st of last October. The guns are in excellent condition, and though most of the arti
in organizing their demoralized forces for the spring and summer campaigns. They say that General Cooper will have command of the rebel forces in the Indian Territory, and that General Cabell will t commander, for such punishment as he may deem proper. He claims to have been sent here by General Cooper, who is now encamped near Webber's Falls, for the purpose of getting information in regard ticinity of Cane Hill a few days ago, with upwards of a thousand cavalry; and the force under General Cooper near us on the opposite side of the Arkansas River, in the vicinity of Webber's Falls, looksired but few rounds when they fled in disorder towards Fort Smith and North Fork town, where General Cooper's main force is encamped and organizing. We did not pursue them a great distance, as our ance to Webber's Falls, two rebel officers came into our camp here, under a flag of truce from General Cooper, in regard to exchanging prisoners. They were detained until our return.. We perhaps hold a
heights south of the Arkansas River in sight of Fort Gibson picket firing across the River all day long strength of General Cooper's force he is preparing to capture Colonel Phillips' supply train name of post of Fort Gibson changed to Fort Bluntour carbines, will not likely very often venture inside of this range. If they do they are sure to be brought down. General Cooper seems to have command of all the rebel troops operating against us, and they are reported to be composed mainly of Tethe direction of the Creek Agency, on south side of the Arkansas, captured about sixty head o/f horses and mules from General Cooper's command. This bold movement of our troops on the south side of the river,will probably prevent the enemy from send near Webber's Falls and made a night's march. With General Cabell's division operating along the Arkansas line, and General Cooper's force directly in our front within four or five miles of us, it is impossible for Colonel Phillips, with the force
nted. They did, however, capture and plunder one sutler's wagon. The teamster for the sutler seems to have got frightened and left his team, which became separated from the train and wandered about on the prairie. We received information through our scouts, that the enemy had another strong force above us on Grand River, which failed to co-operate with the force that engaged us in the morning. So far as we can find out, demonstration at the Rapid Ford, Sunday evening, in front of General Cooper's camp, caused him to change his plans in regard to the point where he had intended to attack our train. The force which fought us in the morning, either returned to defend and save their camp after starting out, or remained in camp longer than they had intended on account of our threatening attitude in that direction Sunday evening, thus preventing them from carrying out the pre-arranged plan of forming a junction with the force north of us at a certain point and at a certain hour Mond
en in the army they have no Alcestis to die for them General Cooper's army moves back twenty miles, perhaps to find bettere 9th some sort of an agreement was arrived at between General Cooper and Colonel Phillips, by which the pickets of the two nformation was received at this post on the 10th, that General Cooper's command on the south side of the Arkansas river has nts soon, he would no doubt cross the river and attack General Cooper in his camp. If successful, this would be better thanlikely to occur. It is barely possible, however, that Generals Cooper and Cabell have contemplated joining forces to reduce h. Should General Cabell undertake to co-operate with General Cooper, Colonel Phillips will have his hands full. This moveGrand River, and thus easily co-operate with any force General Cooper might send to the west of us. Instead of making a demohwart the movement, or he may cross the river and join General Cooper's force on the west side. They, no doubt, think that
s crossed Cabin Creek under fire General Cabell unable to join General Cooper's division on account of high water arrival of supply train atthe vicinity of Baxter Springs, it is thought sends couriers to General Cooper every three or four days, and that they must either travel at nts intimate that this force has marched out to join the cavalry General Cooper sent out a few days ago to attack our train. That their pickete states that just before he left the enemy on the 28th ultimo, General Cooper had sent out another division of cavalry to join the force thatnding officer of the expedition has sent any dispatches back to General Cooper at Elk Creek, it is not likely that they show anything definitef Grand River, the day before, and was unable to cross and join General Cooper's divisions on account of high water. It is likely that Generare the rebel troops with whom we had to contend. We heard that General Cooper's assistant adjutant general, did mole than any other officers
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