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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 12 (search)
. H. Hill, who commanded the troops referred to, was, for the object in view, placed under General Bragg's orders. The troops were united at Kinston on the 7th. Clayton's division, the remnant of it rather, which reached Smithfield during the day, was sent forward also, and joined General Bragg's forces at Kinston next morning. After receiving these accessions to his force, together less than two thousand men, General Bragg attacked the enemy, supposed to be three divisions under Major-General Cox, with such vigor as to drive them from the field, three miles during the afternoon. Fifteen hundred prisoners and three field-pieces were captured in the engagement and pursuit. In reporting this success by telegraph, at night, General Bragg said: The number of the enemy's dead and wounded left on the field is large. Our own loss, under Providence, is small. Major--Generals Hill and Hoke exhibited their usual zeal, energy, and gallantry. The two parties skirmished a little on the
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
sit you very soon. Most respectfully. Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General. Chattanooga, February 25, 1863. Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War, Richmond: General Bragg reports reinforcements continue to reach Nashville. Major-General Cox arrived last week with a division from West Virginia, and Major-General Sigel is just in with more troops. Should not our troops in West Virginia follow the movement of the Federals? It seems to me urgent. J. E. Johnston, General. Mcavalry was added to it. Dividing that army might be fatal to it. Major-General Jones reported some time ago that the enemy was sending troops from the Kanawah Valley. Soon after, our friends about Nashville informed General Bragg that Major-General Cox had arrived with his division from Western Virginia, and a little later that Major-General Siegel's division had also joined Rosecrans. I therefore suggested that the troops which had been opposed to those in Virginia should be sent to Gen
Prayer-books and Scalping-Knives.--The following letter, picked up by an officer of Gen. Cox's staff, on the ground from which Governor Wise's troops fled, shows the affecting tone of true piety that runs through all the Confederate operations:-- Way up on the hill, below Charleston four miles. Mat.:--I want you to put every thing in the sergeant's room — every thing that belongs to us. And if there is any engagement, break my little trunk open, and take out my Bible and prayer-book, and those Boone County bonds, and save them for me. I have not read my Bible for sixteen years, but I want them saved. Cook all the provender up there, and put all our cooking utensils together in the sergeant's room. The news is that the enemy is coming up on both sides of the river in a d----d strong force. I am the second company to have a shot. The orders are to scalp all we get near to. J. W. M. Sherry, Captain of Boone Rangers. --Phila. Bulletin, Aug. 2.
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 16: capture of fortifications around Richmond, Newmarket Heights, Dutch Gap Canal, elections in New York and gold conspiracy. (search)
tarting at a point at or near Cox's Ferry, at a station called by them Signal Hill, running thence easterly in the rear of Cox's overseer's house, from thence to a point in the rear of J. Aikens' house, to the hill in rear of the point marked Newmare Bushrod Johnson's (Tennessee) brigade, about four hundred and fifty (450) men for duty, with its pickets advanced beyond Cox's overseer's house toward Dutch Gap, holding the line nearly three quarters of a mile beyond that point to a point near thtersection, where it may be necessary to turn the works by a flank movement to the left in the direction marked on the map Cox, but that, like the other method of attack, must be left largely to the discretion of General Birney. As soon as possibings at my headquarters at Bermuda Hundred, and took possession of a beautiful grove in which the house of a planter named Cox was situated, This house and its outbuildings I turned over to my guards and attendants. I had headquarters built of logs
Jan. 16.--Amongst the prisoners lately returned from Richmond, is Capt. Ralph Hunt, of the First Kentucky regiment. In September last, his regiment formed a part of the force under Gen. Cox, encamped near Gauley Bridge, in Western Virginia. The enemy were desirous of dislodging the General, and about the third of September attempted a reconnoissance in some force. The pickets were driven in, and Capt. Hunt was ordered out with his company to make observations of the force and movements of the enemy, and report thereon. The whole country thereabouts is thickly covered with scrubby pine and cedar, so that a man may escape notice at a few yards distance. Pushing his way through the bushes and scrub-by trees until he obtained a position commanding the road by which the rebels must advance, the Captain halted his men where they were well concealed from observation, and ordered them to lie quiet and await orders. A few men had been sent in advance as scouts, but it seems that these
Rebuilding of Gauley Bridge.--A correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial, under date of February seventeenth, says: The Gauley Bridge, burnt by the rebel General Wise, has been rebuilt by Captain E. P. Fitch, the brigade quartermaster, attached to the staff of Gen. Cox. It was constructed in twenty-three working days from the date of making the contract, and was open for travel on the first day of this month. This bridge is about five hundred and eighty-five feet long, ten feet in width, divided into three spans. The main sustaining parts are one and one quarter inch wire ropes. The roadway is of wood and so ingeniously braced that detachments of cavalry ride over it at a charge, producing no more, or in fact not as much vibration as is induced under similar circumstances on a thorough truss-bridge. The Twenty-eighth regiment, Ohio volunteers, Col. Moor, Capt. Simmons's battery, and Capt. Schonberg's cavalry, marched and counter-marched across it some days since, for
A Patriotic Clergyman.--John P. Bruce, Esq., editor of the St. Joseph (Mo.) Journal, writes thus to his paper: I travelled, in coming here, in company with Rev. Dr. Cox, of Chicago, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He had been to St. Louis, and bought one of the Presbyterian churches, that originally cost eighty-seven thousand dollars, for thirty-seven thousand dollars. He intends to have a purely Union church. The flag with the Stars and Stripes will be placed on the top of the e to unite themselves to the Church, will be: Are you for the Union, and have you always been true to the flag? If these questions cannot be answered affirmatively, the applicant is rejected, no matter how truly penitent the poor sinner may be. Dr. Cox is rather of the opinion that there is no room in heaven for those who do not love this glorious Union, and who have rebelled against the best government in the world without a cause. The Doctor is an energetic, able preacher, and will visit St
g groups before the sutler's tent—1864 This and the facing page show the first light artillery sent to the Union armies from what were then far-Western States. This battery was commanded by Captain Jacob T. Foster, and consisted of six 20-pounder Parrott guns. On April 3, 1862, they accompanied an expedition under General Morgan to Cumberland Gap, hauling their heavy guns by hand over the steep passes of the mountains. After the retreat from Cumberland Gap they joined the forces of General Cox at Red House Landing, Virginia, and December 21, 1862, they proceeded down the Mississippi to take part in Sherman's movement against Vicksburg. On the first of January, 1863, Sherman withdrew the army and moved to Arkansas Post. During Grant's campaign in Mississippi the battery fired over twelve thousand rounds. Their guns were condemned at Vicksburg, being so badly worn as to be unserviceable. They were then furnished with 30-pounder Parrotts, and ordered with the Thirteenth Army C
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General J. E. B. Stuart's report of his cavalry expedition into Pennsylvania in October, 1862. (search)
and also eight or ten prisoners of war, from whom, as well as from citizens, I found that the large force alluded to had crossed but an hour ahead of me towards Cumberland, and consisted of six regiments of Ohio troops and two batteries, under General Cox, and were en route via Cumberland for the Kanawha. I sent back this intelligence at once to the Commanding General. Striking directly across the National road, I proceeded in the direction of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, which point was reachechine shops and depot buildings of the railroad and several trains of loaded cars were entirely destroyed. From Chambersburg, I decided after mature consideration to strike for the vicinity of Leesburg as the best route of return, particularly as Cox's command would have rendered the direction of Cumberland, full of mountain gorges, particularly hazardous. The route selected was through an open country. Of course I left nothing undone to prevent the inhabitants from detecting my real route a
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of Lee and Gordon at Appomattox Courthouse. (search)
il at Appomattox — years pregnant with the unfinished history of a people whose efforts in support of principles can only be appreciated by those a generation removed from the prejudices of the hour — a people whose endurance and fame will be the theme for poetry and romance until the celebration of the next centennial. The 9th of April, 1865, was Sunday. The morning sun shone bright and lovely. The last charge of the last day, of Rodes' division, had been made under the lead of Brigadier-General Cox, of North Carolina (General Grimes having been wounded), directed by General Gordon, and the solid blue ranks had given way before the tattered, half-starved line of gray. But all at once the firing ceased, and the division was withdrawn to a ravine crossing the main road along which General Lee was moving towards Appomattox Court-house. The contour of the ground was such that from my point of observation the advance of both armies, and each movement made, could be distinctly seen.
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