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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 136. siege of Cotton Hill, Va., October 30 to November 7, 1861. (search)
iege of seven days, during which we lost three men only, but had any number of narrow escapes. Their loss we do not know, but believe it large, as a number of bodies were seen carried off. The ferry is now making regular trips, and communication is uninterrupted. The troops in Western Virginia are now situated as follows: the First and Second Kentucky and Eleventh Ohio regiments constitute General Cox's brigade, the First Kentucky under Lieut.-Col. Enyart and the Eleventh Ohio under Col. DeVilliers, (who was captured with Col. Woodruff and has since made his escape,) occupy the ground around Gauley Bridge; the Second Kentucky, under Col. Sedgewick, with a cavalry company and one piece of artillery attached, are the body guard of General Rosecrans, and are encamped with him at Tompkins Farm. General Schenck's brigade is eight miles above; Col. McCook's, consisting of three German regiments, is five miles above; General Benham's brigade is at Cannelton, seven miles below Gauley Brid
h and fatally wounding a private. The other gun withdrew, and for a time the Virginians were disordered. But A. G. Jenkins came to the rescue and a rally followed in which Colonel Anderson and his men joined, with Bailey, Swann and Sweeney, and reinforcements from Captain Coons on Coal mountain, and the enemy were driven back and forced to recross the river. General Wise, whose report is followed in this account of the fight, reported the capture of Federal Colonels Norton, Woodruff and DeVilliers, Lieutenant-Colonel Neff, Captains Austin and Ward, and some o to 20 privates, and about 30 of the enemy killed. His loss was 1 killed and 2 wounded. Colonel McCausland with 800 men followed this up with an attack on Cox's position on the north side of the river, and drove back the enemy to the shelter of their guns on the Pocotaligo. This fight of July 17th was a very creditable affair for the Virginians and did much to restore confidence that had flagged under the influence of contin
the Federals, sinking one of the ferryboats, which served in lieu of the burned bridge. He hoped-that a concerted attack would be made from Meadow Bluff, but the force there was inadequate. General Lee soon returned to Richmond and in November was transferred to the department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, his military reputation for the time under an unwarranted eclipse. From Rosecrans' army, which was stationed along the river from Kanawha Falls to the Hawk's Nest, Colonel DeVilliers, of the Second Kentucky, was sent across the Kanawha at the mouth of the Gauley by ferry on November 10th, with several hundred men, and a brisk skirmish resulted in the repulse of his attack. On the next day the Federals being reinforced, renewed the advance, and after vigorous skirmishes, Floyd abandoned the front of the mountain and moved his camp to the rear. On the 12th, General Schenck crossed with his brigade and occupied Cotton hill, and General Benham moved from Loop creek t
The Daily Dispatch: July 27, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Maryland Regiment in the battle at Stone Bridge. (search)
The enemy also suffered seriously. Col. Lowe sent back during the action for ammunition, and Gen. Cox sent it forward with reinforcements, but our troops were met returning from the field. Lieutenant Pomeroy, of Ottawa, Ohio, was mortally wounded, and sent to this city on the steamer Dunlefth, but he expired at Gallipolis. One private in the Cavalry company, which forms part of Gen. Cox's Brigade, was killed. Col. Woodruff and Lieut. Col. Neff, of the 2d Kentucky Regiment, and Maj. DeVilliers, of the 8th Ohio, were at the engagement as spectators, and when Captain Campbell left Pocatella Creek, twenty hours after the conflict, they had not returned. The inference is strong that they were taken prisoners, and we are afraid our troops met with a severe reverse. Capt. Campbell reports that they fought gallantly, and did not retire until their ammunition was completely exhausted. A rebel's statement. Captain W. O. Roseberry, who, it will be remembered, was arrested at
The Daily Dispatch: December 2, 1861., [Electronic resource], The supply of Wood — no chance for the speculators — the members of the conference Visiting the Navy-Yard — the weather. (search)
Col. Devilliers. The reader will remember the escape of this unmitigated scamp from the custody of our miber 29, 1861. General: --In the matter of Col. DeVilliers, Lieut. Booker states positively, that Col. D. ch the signature was made had fully dried; that Col. DeVilliers told him it was written by your order; that by the paper. Surgeon Higginbotham states that DeVilliers frequently asserted that he had been paroled by orles L. Chapman, prisoner of war, states that Colonel DeVilliers was at one time Captain of his company, and that he was then known as DeVilliers, in both cases the prefix being Charles A. There can be no doubt as to the identity of DeVilliers and DeVilliers, as he was known to Chapman by both names. Your obedient servant, GeoDeVilliers, as he was known to Chapman by both names. Your obedient servant, Geo. C. Gress, Captain Com'dg. Brig. Gen. John H. Winder, Com'dg. [copy.] Richmond, Nov. 30, 1861. I am certain that Colonel DeVilliers was on parole when he made his escape. Jno. H. Winder, Brigadier