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immense booty our prisoners and their behavior a ride over the field of action incidents of the fight arrival of President Davis during the action, and its effect behavior of the New York fire Zouaves the victorious army did not advance upon Washington or Maryland Reconquers on the field of battle personal appearance of President Davis sketches of Evans and Longstreet. Though a general pursuit was ordered, it was found impossible to overtake the enemy, so precipitate had been theiad started at seven A. M., but from various accidents did not arrive sooner, was drawn into the station, and from it President Davis instantly alighted, and, mounting his horse, galloped towards the scene of action. The first person he met was his own brother, Colonel Joe Davis. Return, brother, said the latter, the day is lost — they have outflanked us, and will be here in less than half an hour. If that be true, the President replied, our right place is on the field with the boys. Rapidly
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Black Horse cavalry. (search)
point had been moved toward Spottsylvania Court-House, and to discover, if possible, at what point Grant was concentrating his army. The scouts, being entirely unacquainted with the country, were sent to General Early, in the hope of obtaining a guide. But while Early could not furnish them a guide, he concerted with them signals, which, being communicated to the pickets, would enable them to re-enter his camp at any hour of the night, and himself conducted them through the lines of General Joe Davis' Brigade. Protected by the darkness, they soon found themselves in the midst of Grant's moving army, and made the discovery that the troops from Chancellorsville had been moved up to Spottsylvania Court-House, and that the centre of Grant's camp was south thirty degrees east from a particular house which had been marked on General Lee's diagram of the country, and furthermore that the Federals were throwing up earthworks. As soon as this information was communicated to General Lee, h
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 5 (search)
me broken by alternations of cleared spaces and dense forests. In the woods there was a thick tangled undergrowth of hazel, dwarf pine, and scrub-oak. A little before eight o'clock on the morning of May 9, the general mounted his horse, and directed me and two other staff-officers to accompany him to make an examination of the lines in our immediate front. This day he rode a black pony called Jeff Davis (given that name because it had been captured in Mississippi on the plantation of Joe Davis, a brother of the Confederate president). It was turned into the quartermaster's department, from which it was purchased by the general on his Vicksburg campaign. He was not well at that time, being afflicted with boils, and he took a fancy to the pony because it had a remarkably easy pace, which enabled the general to make his long daily rides with much more comfort than when he used the horses he usually rode. Little Jeff soon became a conspicuous figure in the Virginia campaign.
and never accounted for. All bridges were either burned or demolished and the forage destroyed.--partisan guerrillas burned the railroad bridge over the Little Harpeth River, at Brentwood, Tenn.--the battle of Milliken's Bend was concluded this day. After a most desperate fight, the rebels were repulsed, and retired, leaving over one hundred dead on the field. The Union loss was three hundred and ten killed and wounded.--(Doc. 8 and 27.) The plantation of Jefferson Davis was visited by a party of Union troops, who rifled it completely, destroying every implement of husbandry, all his household and kitchen furniture, defacing the premises, and carrying off every negro on the place. The plantation of Joe Davis, brother of the President, was treated in the same way, if we except four or five domestic servants which the robbers left. --Jackson Mississippian, June 11. The schooner Alfred H. Partridge, belonging to Gloucester, Mass., was captured by the rebel privateer Clarence.
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
me. It was a volume of the Constitution of the United States, and on the title-page was written the name of Jefferson Davis. On inquiry of a negro, I learned that the place belonged to the then President of the Southern Confederation. His brother Joe Davis's plantation was not far off; one of my staff-officers went there, with a few soldiers, and took a pair of carriage-horses, without my knowledge at the time. He found Joe Davis at home, an old man, attended by a young and affectionate niecJoe Davis at home, an old man, attended by a young and affectionate niece; but they were overwhelmed with grief to see their country overrun and swarming with Federal troops. We pushed on, and reached the Big Black early, Blair's troops having preceded us by an hour or so. I found General Blair in person, and he reported that there was no bridge across the Big Black; that it was swimming-deep; and that there was a rebel force on the opposite side, intrenched. He had ordered a detachment of the Thirteenth United States Regulars, under Captain Charles Ewing, to s
w on sick leave in November, 1863, and died in Washington on December 16th, receiving a commission as major-general only on the day of his death. As a Confederate colonel at the first Bull Run battle, General Early reported: Stuart did as much toward saving the battle of First Manassas as any subordinate who participated in it; and yet he has never received any credit for it, in the official reports or otherwise. His own report is very brief and indefinite. In a letter to President Davis, General J. E. Johnston recommended Stuart's promotion, which was made September 24, 1861: He is a rare man, wonderfully endowed by nature with the qualities necessary for an officer of light cavalry. Calm, firm, acute, active, and enterprising, I know of no one more competent than he to estimate the occurrences before him at their true value. If you add a real brigade of cavalry to this army, you can find no better brigadier-general to command it. In an account of the raid i
ncinnati, also a present from a gentleman in St. Louis, who on his death-bed sent for Grant and presented him with the finest horse in the world. The little black pony to the right is Jeff Davis, captured in a cavalry raid on the plantation of Joe Davis, brother of the Confederate President, near Vicksburg. Jeff Davis looks indifferent, but Cincinnati and Egypt have pricked up their ears. Perhaps they were looking at General Grant. The battle chargers of the general officers of the Convis, a pony that won General Grant's approval at the siege of Vicksburg by his easy gait. General Grant was suffering with a carbuncle and needed a horse with easy paces. A cavalry detachment had captured a suitable mount on the plantation of Joe Davis, brother of the President of the Confederacy, and that is how the little black pony came by his name. The great Union general was more apt to call him Little Jeff. The general used him throughout the siege, but he felt that the commanding gen
halmers and Col. Phillips, are encamped in a very pretty location in the pine woods, within a quarter of a mile of the bay, and with a fine stream of fresh water flowing through the camp. Their encampment presents a very picturesque aspect, and was quite en regle in all its arrangements. Col. Chalmers's report for the day, of the two regiments, showed 1,628 men ready for duty. Four of the companies of Col. Phillips, the Second or Southern Regiment, were stationed in Fort McRae, under Capt. Joe Davis, of Canton, nephew of the President, a very intelligent and gallant officer. Besides these there are three independent Mississippi artillery companies, which are placed in charge of batteries. They are Capt. Carr's Jackson Artillery, 63; Capt. Lovell's Quitman Artillery, of Natchez, 75; Capt. Tull's Vicksburg Artillery company, 60; making in all 1,826 Mississippians who are enrolled in this army! Next to the Mississippians are the Alabamians, who have two regiments encamped on the
the extent of Southern resources, and it might float eventually over Faneuil Hall itself. Such being the publicly avowed belief of the Secretary of War of the Confederate States, we quote in illustration of similar threats, the following excerpts taken from leading Southern journals, merely premising that we could greatly add to their number if it were essential to the purpose: From the Richmond Enquirer, of April 13. attention, volunteers!--Nothing is more probable than that President Davis will soon march an army through North Carolina and Virginia to Washington. Those of our volunteers who desire to join the Southern army as it shall pass through our borders, had better organize at once for the purpose, and keep their arms, accoutrements, uniforms, ammunition, and knapsacks in constant readiness. From the New Orleans Picayune, of April 18. The first fruits of a Virginia secession will be the removal of Lincoln and his Cabinet, and whatever he can carry away, to th
. H. Spain, 2d Lieutenant. Company H, George A. Allen, Captain; J. Gordon, 1st Lieutenant; M. Wychoff, 2d Lieutenant. Company I, S. R. Huselton, Captain; T. M. Stout, 1st Lieutenant; W. W. Abbott, 2d Lieutenant. Company K, W. Castner, Captain; S. Roff, 1st Lieutenant; G. M. Stelle, 2d Lieutenant. Non-commissioned staff-officers, J. Anderson, Serjeant-Major; T. C. Stryker, Quartermaster-Sergeant. Fourth Regiment.--Staff: Col., Miller; Lieut.-Col., Straub; Quartermaster, Linton; Paymaster, Davis; Adjutant, Hatch; Surgeon, Woolston; Assistant Surgeon, Satterthwaith. Company A. Cook Rifles, Captain Perine, Bordentown. Company B, Captain Gale. Company C, Stockton Cadets, Captain Jackson; Company D, Gloucester Guard, Capt. Stratford. Company E, Camden Artillery, Capt. Mickle. Company F, (flag company,) Camden Zouaves, Captain Hunt. Company G, Cook Rifles, Captain Cunningham. Company H, Anderson Guards, Captain Lear. Company I, Johnson Guards, Salem, Captain Dinneghson. Company K, Mari
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