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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore) 15 1 Browse Search
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d upon to make my election as between the Union and the rebel cause as publicly as possible, that my old friends in the South might understand that they had nothing to expect from me, and to manifest before the country my sense of duty as an officer of the Government. Upon making my report at the War Office, and asking for orders, I was not long in discovering that the public affairs of Missouri--especially in the city of St. Louis — were very much under the influence of the two Blairs, Montgomery and Frank — the former the Postmaster-General, then in Washington; the latter a lawyer in St. Louis, who had recently been active in raising a volunteer force in the city of St. Louis, then immediately designed for the protection of the United States Arsenal on the Mississippi River, in the southern suburb of the city. It will be the province of history to recite the suspicious proceedings of the Legislature of the State of Missouri, in authorizing military organizations in different pa
nemy, but has been recovered from them; Lieutenant-Colonel Towers and Lieutenant Harper taken prisoners; Major Magruder seriously wounded; Captain Butler, Lieutenants Montgomery, Williamson, and Blackwell, all wounded; and thirteen men killed, sixty-three wounded, six missing, and fifteen prisoners. The Third Georgia supported thening, we continued our march, and reached Hollywood, near the scene of the terrible conflict of Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, our rifle pieces, Lieutenant Montgomery commanding, were sent to the front to reconnoitre, and returned in the evening. At this camp we remained until Friday morning, when, by your command, we r the officers, Colonel L. M. Lamar was seriously wounded; Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. Towers was taken prisoner; Major E. J. Magruder was wounded slightly; Lieutenant J. M. Montgomery, company E, was killed; Lieutenant C. M. Harper, of the same company, was taken prisoner; Captain A. F. Butler, company B, was wounded dangerously; Lieu
from cutting off my small brigade, being at the time alone, (General Ripley's brigade, on my right, being several hundred yards away, as I found by sending Captain Montgomery, First Georgia regulars, to report for orders, who reported him at least one fourth of a mile from my right, after a long search,) I ordered my brigade to mon bloody fields. I am under obligations to Lieutenant W. M. Owen, my always devoted and brave Adjutant, for distinguished services under fire, and to Color-Sergeant Montgomery, whom I detailed to assist me on the several days, for cool bravery and gallant deportment in carrying orders in face of the enemy, during the first and the two days, had I occasion to send him to distant parts of the field, under the heaviest fire. Gallantly and unhesitatingly he executed every order. Color-Sergeant Montgomery, as at the battle of Manassas, served me as Aid, and was generally under fire during the engagements of the two days. He is a deserving and brave gentlem
rande, Galveston, and Mobile would have led to the capture or destruction of all the enemy's river and sea transportation on the Gulf coast, and left the western Gulf blockading squadron, numbering one hundred and fifty vessels, and mounting four hundred and fifty guns, free to pursue the pirates that infested our coast and preyed upon our commerce. The army would have been at liberty to operate upon the Mississippi, or to cooperate with the army of the Tennessee, by the Alabama River and Montgomery, in the campaign against Atlanta. These general views are substantially expressed in my despatches of the twelfth and thirtieth of December, 1863. If successfully accomplished, it would have enabled the government to concentrate the entire forces of the department of the Gulf, as occasion should require, at any point on the river or coast, against an enemy without water transportation or other means of operation than by heavy land marches, or to move by land into the rebel states east or