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which he was not willing to take the lead. He fulfilled that promise to them literally, as he and his command were ever in the van until the fall of Vicksburg and the lifting of the blockade from the Mississippi. The general had a very delightful staff: Colonel Townes, Colonel Hotaling, Colonel Yorke, Colonel Lloyd Wheaton, now retired major-general of the regular army and on whose escutcheon there is not a blot after his many years of service. Major Whitehead, Major J. H. Hoover, Major Holcomb, and others were also on the staff, and were untiring in the discharge of their duties and in trying to make everything agreeable. They treated me always with the most distinguished consideration. General Logan had some cousins in his old regiment which was encamped quite a distance from where we were staying. Major Hoover wanted me to go and see them very much. I was very anxious to do so, and General Logan desired me to go and look after them and to visit the headquarters of the re
o has just had his leg amputated to save his life, and who is now doing very well. Our forces remained in the position I have described till after dark Sunday night, when they were withdrawn, and occupy the same places they did for the eighteen days previous. Our whole loss, killed, wounded, and missing, was about seven hundred and fifty. But a very small proportion were killed, and many are very slightly wounded, the enemy not opening at all with artillery. Among the killed are Colonels Holcomb, First Louisiana; Galway, One Hundred and Seventy-third New-York; Bryan, One Hundred and Seventy-fifth New-York; and Smith, of the One Hundred and Fourteenth New-York, mortally wounded. Account by a Participant. bivouac of the Thousand Stormers, before Port Hudson, June 22. Some days since I wrote and sent to New-Orleans by a friend, a few lines, which I hope are ere now in your hands. From them you will know of my whereabouts. I know the date line of this letter will see
med you how, step by step, we were encroaching upon the enemy, until all resistance would be useless. Some — where about midnight of the seventh, a Lieutenant of Holcomb's battery came to the tent of Major-General Augur's Assistant Adjutant-General, and said that the enemy were sounding a bugle, which foreboded he knew not what. dispensed with; but to whom the country is no less indebted — taking the will for the deed. These were followed by two picked regiments from each division, with Holcomb's and Rawle's battery of light artillery, and the gunners of the naval battery. The rebels were drawn up in line, and an immense line they made, their officersfortifications to the land side, every thing told of the terrible efficiency of our artillery, which never did its work better. Foremost among these were Mack's, Holcomb's, and Rawle's batteries, the Indiana battery, and the naval battery of heavy guns, under the gallant Lieutenant Terry, of the Richmond, and his fine crew, who se
on on this day we halted at Slatersville to feed our horses and refresh ourselves. There the enemy charged suddenly on the Fifth Pennsylvania cavalry, creating quite a panic on our surprised men; but the Mounted rifles came to the rescue in most gallant style, and charging with irresistible fury upon the presumptuous foe, drove him in confusion a distance of four miles, inflicting severe punishment on him meantime. The enemy's force was, in all, five hundred effective men, consisting of Holcomb's Legion of South-Carolina troops, and the Fifth Virginia. In this splendid counter-charge of our troops we killed a major, an orderly sergeant, and two privates, and wounded fifteen men. On the twenty-ninth we returned to Williamsburgh, and were sent immediately to this point. The national loss was very slight, we having only one killed and two wounded, whose names are as follows: Killed.--John Noetting, Fifth Pennsylvania cavalry, troop A. Wounded.------Riley, Fifth cavalry, tro
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
armed tugs, intended for the purpose of towing the mortar-schooners into position. were in the river, and Butler, with about nine thousand troops, Butler's troops, borne on five transports, consisted of the following regiments: On the Mississippi, the Commanding General and the Twenty-sixth Massachusetts, Colonel Jones; Thirty-first Massachusetts, Colonel Gooding, and Everett's Sixth Massachusetts battery. On the Matanzas, General Phelps, with the Ninth Connecticut, Colonel Cahill, and Holcomb's Second Vermont battery. On the Great Republic, General Williams, with the Twenty-first Indiana, Colonel McMillen; Fourth Wisconsin, Colonel Paine, and Sixth Michigan, Colonel Cortinas. On the North America, the Thirtieth Massachusetts, Colonel Dudley, and a company each of Reed's and Durivage's cavalry. On the Will Farley, the Twelfth Connecticut, Colonel Deming. was ready at the Southwest Pass, just below, to, co-operate On that day the Confederates sent down a fire-ship --a fiat-b
8. upon, whereby the garrison became prisoners of war; our forces entering and taking formal possession next morning; when thousands of the victors and the vanquished met and fraternized rather as friends who had been temporarily estranged, than as enemies so lately confronted in mortal strife. Gen. Banks does not report his aggregate loss in this siege; but it can hardly have fallen short, in the entire 45 days, of 3,000 men; including, beside those already named, Cols. Bean, 4th Wise., Holcomb, 1st La., Smith, 160th N. Y. (Zouaves), Lt.-Cols. Lowell, 8th N. H., Rodman, 38th Mass., and other valued officers. Brig.-Gen. Paine was wounded in the assault of June 14th. Banks says the Rebels admitted a loss during the siege of 610 only; but he is confident that it could not have been less than 800 to 1,000; as he found 500 wounded in the hospitals — most of them severely in the head, by the bullets of our sharp-shooters. His prisoners captured in the Port (the sick and wounded inclu
s-machine. Fig. 3139, C, shows a machine with reciprocating shakers, with knockers for clearing the meshes of the cloth. In this machine the suspended shaker a is pressed against the ratchet-wheel b by a spring c, the rotation of the wheel causing a vibration of the shaker; d is a rock-shaft, pivoted at c, loosely connected with the shaker by a slot and pin at f, and provided with an arm g carrying a hammer, which strikes the bottom of the shaker at each reciprocation. Huntley and Holcomb's middlings-machine. Fig 3140, D, shows whippers or beaters in connection with an air-blast for operating on the middlings before bolting. A fan a produces an air-blast which is carried upward through an inclined trunk; middlings from the hopper b are caught by a revolving cone or disk c, provided with upwardly projecting pins, disengaging particles of dirt which adhere to the coarser particles of the meal; these are carried off by the blast, while the valuable portions slide down an i
861. 32,710PaddockJuly 23, 1861. 35,972EnsignJuly 22, 1862. 37,505HenryJan. 27, 1863. 38,662DownesMay 26, 1863. 39,160MorrisonJuly 7, 1863. (Reissue.)1,569Blake et al.Nov. 10, 1863. 43,657WillcoxJuly 26, 1864. 46,790GaskillMar. 14, 1865. 47,629GaskillMay 9, 1865. 47,630Gaskill et al.May 9, 1865. 47,632GoebelMay 9, 1865. 52,646OverhiserFeb. 13, 1866. 52,749RoseFeb. 20, 1866. 58,210Browning et al.Sept. 25, 1866. 58,670OgburnOct. 9, 1866. 67,753HaggertyAug. 13, 1867. 69,095HolcombSept. 24, 1867. 76,720DavisApr. 14, 1868. 6. Hemmers. (continued). No.Name.Date. 80,090RehfussJuly 21, 1868. 80,558MorrisonAug. 4, 1868. 84,454Welder et al.Nov. 24, 1868. (Reissue.)3,402BlodgettApr. 27, 1869. 92,692BartlesonJuly 20, 1869. 96,180YeutzerOct. 26, 1869. 96,809HowellNov. 16, 1869. 96,901EnlassNov. 16, 1869. 101,147MorehouseMar. 22, 1870. 101,988EldridgeApr. 19, 1870. 102,082Boomer et al.Apr. 19, 1870. 103,611HawkinsMay 31, 1870. 106,155HarrisAug. 9, 1870. 1
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
ried to Miss Sallie E. Mahon, and they have seven living children: Thomas R., William H., Mary L., David R., Bettie R., Sallie Ann and Allie A. Captain Thomas Booker Martin Captain Thomas Booker Martin, of Spartanburg county, a survivor of Holcomb's legion, was born near his present residence, in 1833, son of John P. and Elizabeth (Borner) Martin. His parents were of Virginia and English descent. He first entered the Confederate service in the fall of 1861, as orderly-sergeant of Company I, Holcomb's legion, was elected lieutenant, and was promoted to captain early in 1863. After some service on the coast of South Carolina, he was ordered to Virginia in 1862, and participated in the battle of Second Manassas, where his brother John was among the killed. Then returning southward he took part in the battle of Kinston, N. C., and Goldsboro, and under Gen. J. E. Johnston fought on the lines at Jackson against Sherman, immediately after the fall of Vicksburg. After this he was
of Huntsville, on the road to Elkhorn; that three regiments of Missouri cavalry and two pieces of artillery, under Colonel Shelby, were 4 miles nearer Elkhorn, on the same road; that four regiments of Texas cavalry, under Colonel Bass, were at Holcomb's, 9 miles above Fayetteville; that the Indian troops and two white cavalry battalions, with four pieces of artillery, had gone west, toward Maysville, on the Cherokee and Arkansas line, and that the unarmed infantry were at McGuire's, about to e camp. Their advance was resisted by Shelby's brigade; several killed and General Schofield's cook captured. Shelby fell back about 4 miles and prepared to fight, but that night the enemy was seized with a panic, and retreated rapidly toward Holcomb's. Notwithstanding the Confederates had been for months in camps of instruction, the infantry on Mazzard prairie, near Fort Smith, where they were organized and drilled by officers appointed by General Hindman, were poorly equipped to meet t
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