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d, after a careful survey of the ground, ordered Gen. Wise to maintain his position until further orders. The enemy had meanwhile advanced to within three or four miles, and several skirmishes had taken place between his outposts and the remaining cavalry of the Legion, under Major Bacon, formerly captain of mounted rangers in Nicaragua, and afterward aid to Gen. Garnett, and wounded by the side of that General when he fell. The rest of the cavalry was still under its gallant colonel, J. L. Davis, and Lieut.-Col. Ciarkson, south of the New River, where they had pushed a daring and successful foray up to within twelve miles of Charleston. One night Gen. Wise, with a few picked companions, including the Richmond Blues and Mississippi Rangers, of the Second regiment, under Capt. Imboden, attempted to feel and ambuscade the enemy and drive in their outposts, killing three of them, the General himself lying down for several hours in a pitiless shower. Notwithstanding, all that coul
hiloh. I thank God that this detachment, at least, has flung that foul disgrace from its shoulders — washed the stain of imputed cowardice from its skirts in the blood of the enemy. I cannot close this letter without mentioning the name of J. L. Davis, of company B. The enemy claimed to have cut the telegraph-wire between this and Fort Henry, and he feared they had intercepted our telegram for help. The question was: Who will run the gauntlet of the enemy's lines, (as they had us quite surun the gauntlet of the enemy's lines, (as they had us quite surrounded,) and carry a despatch to Colonel Lowe? Mr. Davis, though unable to walk without a crutch, from a sprained ankle, promptly volunteered, and mounted and was off. It was heroic. He met Colonel Lowe's forces about three miles on their way. We captured a number of guns, and among them some of those the rebels took from our boys at Clarksville. Respectfully yours A. L. Mckinney, Chaplain Seventy-first Regiment O. V.I.
uld be reached by our sailors the rebels at Apalachicola City had gained a knowledge of our intentions, and the result was that shortly after a troop of cavalry came down from an adjoining town to protect the sloop, with her load of cotton. Our men were obliged to seek a place of greater safety by moving out into the river, and sent a boat down to the Sagamore and Fort Henry for help. Two more boats were sent up the river as soon as possible, also an additional boat from the storeship J. L. Davis, and still another from the United States steamer Somerset--a steamer that had just arrived from Cedar Keys, Fla. As soon as all the boats had collected up the river, two of them were sent to capture the sloop. The rebels were secreted in ambush, and taking deliberate aim, fired upon our advance, wounding three of our men. The fire was immediately returned from the howitzer in the Sagamore's launch, in the direction from which the rebel bullets had come. The canister must have had some
k, Commander J. L. Worden, whose inclosed report states succinctly the interesting particulars. The department is aware that I have had this vessel blockaded for eight months, and I am indebted to the extreme vigilance and spirit of Lieut. Commander J. L. Davis, of the Wissahickon, Acting Lieut. Barnes, of the Dawn, and later of Lieut. Commander Gibson, of the Seneca, that I have been able to keep her so long confined to the waters of the Ogeechee. For several months the Nashville was loadroaching close to the battery, reach and destroy her with my battery, I moved up at daylight this morning, accompanied by the blockading fleet in these waters, consisting of the Seneca, Lieut. Commanding Gibson; the Wissahickon, Lieut. Commanding Davis, and the Dawn, Acting Lieut. Commanding Barnes. By moving up close to the obstructions in the the river, I was enabled, although under a heavy fire from the battery, to approach the Nashville, still aground, within the distance of twelve hundr
periment a success. The vessel was brought around from Norfolk with great care and without accident, in tow of the United States steamer Sassacus, Lieutenant Commander J. L. Davis, who directed his whole attention to the matter in hand, and though he experienced some bad weather and lost one of his rudders, he took her safely ie flagstaff on the Mound battery, and he silenced the guns there in a very short time, the Keystone State and Quaker City cooperating effectively. Lieutenant Commander J. L. Davis, with both rudders disabled, got his vessel, the Sassacus, into close action, and assisted materially in silencing the works; and the Santiago de Cubof escape; and from the first start from Norfolk, we have received every desired assistance. The vessel was towed to Wilmington bar by the Sassacus, Lieutenant Commander J. L. Davis, who gave us at all times a cordial support. The Tacony, Lieutenant Commander Truxtun, sent us a relief-crew after the gale. Both vessels furnished
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2, I. List of officers from Massachusetts in United States Navy, 1861 to 1865. (search)
F. A.,-Mass.Mass.Feb. 2, 1864.Actg. Asst. Surgeon.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.Jan. 20, 1865.Resigned.Actg. Asst. Surgne,Mass.Mass.Mass.July 1, 1863.Actg. Asst. Paymr.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.Jan. 25, 1866.Discharged.Actg. Asst. P.R. I.Mass.Mass.Nov. 16, 1862.Actg. Master's Mate.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.--- Dodge, G. H., Credit, Buckland.gartown. Mass.Mass.Mass.Dec. 7, 1861.Actg. Master.J. L. Davis; St. Lawrence.East Gulf.Apr. 5, 1867.Resigned.Act, Boston.Mass.Mass.Mass.Dec. 7, 1861.Actg. Master.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.May 5, 1864.Resigned.Actg. Master. Hanhn G.,Prussia.Mass.Mass.Mar. 4, 1864.Actg. Ensign.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.June 6, 1865.Hon. discharged.Actg. Ensienjamin S.,--Mass.Dec. 9, 1861.Actg. Asst. Paymr.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.Dec. 10, 1862.Resigned.Actg. Asst. Payss.Mass.Mass.Dec. 23, 1862.Actg. Ensign.Savannah; J. L. Davis.Practice Ship; E. Gulf.Apr. 4, 1863.Resigned.Actgoseph,-Mass.Mass.Sept. 28, 1861.Actg. Vol. Lieut.J. L. Davis.East Gulf.July 24, 1862.Resigned.Actg. Vol. Lieu
up across the stream, in which Taliaferro lost 28 killed and wounded, the enemy's loss being much greater. The Confederates opened the fight with cheers for President Davis, and twice drove back the enemy from the ford, but finally, having exhausted their ammunition, withdrew in good order to the next ford, about a half mile to trnment was forced to rely upon the ability of the West Virginians to defend themselves, and that failing, upon the mountains as a line of defense. Wise left Col. J. L. Davis at Richmond for the organization of Wise's legion from Virginia and North Carolina volunteers, and proceeded to Lewisburg and thence to Charleston. As eartely resulted. Floyd, also an ex-governor of Virginia, as well as ex-secretary of war of the United States, had been telegraphed to at Abingdon, May 14th, by President Davis, asking him if he could raise a brigade of your mountain riflemen with their own tried weapons. Floyd immediately responded that he could and would, and he w
ed the disadvantages of the rugged country. For weeks it rained daily in torrents, and the roads became hardly passable. The army was provisioned with the greatest difficulty, and the troops, deprived of proper food and shelter, suffered a terrible scourge of measles and fever. In preparation for active operations, Gen. Alfred Beckley and Gen. A. A. Chapman, commanding militia brigades in western Virginia, were ordered to collect as much of their forces as possible. On the 10th, Colonel Davis, occupying the advanced post at Meadow Bluff, reported the enemy in his front, and Floyd advanced to that place, peremptorily ordering Wise to follow on the 14th, to which Wise responded that he would execute the order as early as possible, and as forces and means of transportation are available. He did not have half enough wagons, his horses were without shoes, and his command was in a very unsatisfactory condition. But he sent forward such men as he believed available, about 2,000, a
Col. W. H. Boyd, encountered Confederate skirmishers at Edenburg, who contested their advance, and at Mount Jackson, in the Shenandoah valley, had a sharp fight with Maj. Robert White commanding his battalion, a portion of Gilmor's battalion, Captain Davis' company, and a section of McClanahan's battery. Major White then took position on Rude's hill and the enemy was handsomely repulsed, after which Davis pursued the Federals and compelled them to break camp near Woodstock. On the same day, tDavis pursued the Federals and compelled them to break camp near Woodstock. On the same day, the 16th, Captain McNeill, with his own indomitable company and a detachment from the Sixty-second regiment, in all 100 men, attacked a train of eighty wagons near Burlington, en route to Averell, whipped the escort of 100 infantry, and brought away 25 prisoners and 245 horses, though hotly pursued by 600 cavalry. This caused a Federal court-martial. Early in December another movement against the Virginia & Tennessee railroad was ordered by Halleck, the Federal commander-in-chief, Sullivan (
ls. Brigadier-General Imboden, in command of the Valley district since July, 1863, broke camp May 2d, at Mount Crawford, and moved to Woodstock to observe Sigel, who was coming up the valley with Sullivan's and Stahel's divisions and five batteries. Imboden's whole force then was a little less than 1,500 men, included in the Sixty-second infantry, mounted, Col. George H. Smith; Twenty-third cavalry, Col. Robert White; Eighteenth cavalry, Col. George W. Imboden; Gilmor's Maryland battalion; Davis' Maryland battalion, McNeill's rangers, and McClanahan's battery. As soon as he had discovered the strength of the approaching enemy he fell back to Mount Jackson. By skillful maneuvers he dealt severe blows to Sigel's reconnoissances and held him back, while reinforcements came up from Breckinridge. On the 14th, Sigel's advance finally reached Rude's hill, near New Market, pressing back Colonel Imboden. Colonel Smith, in command of Imboden's force during that general's absence to meet
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