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army, who had been sent from Montgomery with authority to offer increased rank and pay to all who would take service with the Rebels. His mission was a confessed failure. A few of the higher officers had participated in Twiggs's treason; but no more of these, and no private soldiers, could be cajoled or bribed into deserting the flag of their country. Col. Waite was still at San Antonio, when news reached Indianola April 17, 1861. of the reduction April 13. of Fort Sumter; and Col. Van Dorn, with three armed steamers from Galveston, arrived with instructions from Montgomery to capture and hold as prisoners of war all Federal soldiers and officers remaining in Texas. Maj. Sibley, in command at that port, had chartered two small schooners and embarked thereon a part of his force, when he was compelled to surrender again unconditionally. Col. Waite was in like manner captured at San Antonio, by order of Maj. Macklin, late an officer in our service, under Twiggs; Capt. Wilcox,
was joined March 3, 1862. and backed by Earl Van Dorn, late a captain See page 18. of U. S. rthe numbers of the Rebels to about 20,000. Van Dorn promptly resolved to give battle, and to fighorthward to Keytesville and Springfield. But Van Dorn perceived neither the necessity nor the wisdoe dead and the dying. Curtis, finding that Van Dorn had concentrated all his forces on this pointnd did not reach headquarters till 2 A. M. Van Dorn slept that night at the Elkhorn Tavern, from at 35.000 than a lower figure. I believe Gen. Van Dorn was confident that not a man less than 25,le. Pollard says: About 9 1/2 o'clock, Van Dorn had completed his arrangements to withdraw hion was placed in position to follow; while Gen. Van Dorn so disposed of his remaining force as besthe world that the Federals were worsted by Gen. Van Dorn; but fails to mention the fact that the Co as 12-pounders running around on wheels. Gen. Van Dorn, in his official report of the battle, doe[4 more...]
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were appointed majors-general to command them. Bonham's, Early's, and Rodes's brigades, formed Van Dorn's division; D. R. Jones's, Ewell's, and Cocke's, joined Longstreet's; those of S. Jones, Toomb to Centreville — a position much stronger in front, as well as less easily and safely turned. Van Dorn's and Longstreet's divisions occupied the ground between Union Mills and the village of Centreen frequently made against me orally, by Mr. Benjamin, then acting Secretary of War. Major-General Van Dorn reported to me that he had information, from an excellent source, that the left Federal this exposure, and attack it. I had daily intelligence that contradicted this, but desired General Van Dorn to send one of our best scouts, who belonged to his division, to obtain accurate informatiohe attempt he suggested should the intelligence brought justify it. A day or two after this General Van Dorn told me that the scout's report had satisfied him that the report he had previously made to
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 4 (search)
on me; your excellency's known sense of justice will not hold me to that responsibility while the corresponding control is not in my hands. Let me assure your excellency that I am prompted in this matter by no love of privileges of position, or of official rights, as such, but by a firm belief that, under the circumstances, what I propose is necessary to the safety of our troops and cause. The suggestion made in this letter was not accepted. Early in the month the army lost Major-General Van Dorn, and in the latter part of it General Beauregard, who held the first place in the estimation of much the larger number of the troops; both were sent by the Government to the valley of the Mississippi. What was known in the army as the bounty and furlough law went into effect on the first day of the year. It was intended to encourage engagement in the service by those who had volunteered for but one year. Either from defects in the law itself, or faults in the manner in which it
at or near Jacinto will report at once, in person to General Van Dorn, for orders, and will, until further orders, receive all of his orders from General Van Dorn. V. The commanding officer of the troops at Chewalla and Cypress will hold their r-General Hardee, one to General Bragg, and one to Major-General Van Dorn, independently of the regiment now at Jacinto, alrnding. (C.) memorandum of movements on Baldwin for General Van Dorn. headquarters Western Department, Corinth, Miss., Maor-General Hardee, one to General Bragg and one to Major-General Van Dorn, independently of the regiment now at Jacinto, alrhree o'clock in the morning by the cavalry pickets of Generals Van Dorn, Bragg, and Polk. 8. All Artesian and other wells tern Department, Baldwin, June 6, 1862, 5 P. M. I. General Van Dorn's army will start at three h. A. M., on the seventh i. P. M., on the seventh instant, via the same road as General Van Dorn's army, stopping for the night at a creek, about nine
but I trust you will be able, through intelligent and effective staff officers, in correcting some of the evils soon. It is with deep regret I see you lose General Villepigue, as I consider him equal to any officer in the service. Brigadier-General Duncan, and perhaps others exchanged, will soon be with us, when you shall be attended to. I am, General, Most respectfully and truly yours, Braxton Bragg. General, commanding. M. M. Kimmel, Major, and A. A. G. General Bragg to General Van Dorn. headquarters Department No. 2, Chattanooga, Tennessee, August 27, 1862. Major-General Earl Van Dorn, commanding District of the Mississippi, Jackson, Miss.: General: We move from here immediately — later, by some days, than expected, but in time, we hope, for a successful campaign. Buell has certainly fallen back from the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, and will probably not make a stand this side of Nashville, if there. He is now fortifying at that place. General E. K. S
id Bend. Care Colonel Pickett, Union City: Van Dorn proposes to attack enemy in reverse at New Ma only about thirty-five thousand effectives. Van Dorn may possibly join us in a few days with fourtGenl. Corinth, Miss., May 18th, 1862. Maj.-Genl. Van Dorn, Danville Road, etc.: Position B is s to-morrow. Will see you in the morning. Earl Van Dorn. Telegram. Headquarters, Corinth, May 1hat number going in that direction to-day. Earl Van Dorn. Corinth, May 20th, 1862. Maj.-Genl. Van discovery. Bragg is ready near, waiting for Van Dorn. He will soon be ready. I send you his mess Memorandum of movements on Baldwin.-for General Van Dorn. Headquarters Western Department, Cd and wounded; will probably have a fight. Earl Van Dorn, Maj.-Genl. Telegram. Headquarters, May2. Genl. Beauregard: Will send brigade. Earl Van Dorn. Headquarters, Western Department, Corinsportation, may have him in a tight place. Van Dorn will be able to hold his own with about twent[23 more...]