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that we may not only escape the toils set for us, but be able in turn to entrap the besiegers whose impudence is sublime. The erection of works and extension of their lines evince an intention to stay with us, and, as usual in such cases, a man on a white horse is seen riding along their lines. This mysterious rider, on a phantom horse, appears to be a favorite dodge of the rebels, since all correspondents east and west always observed it on similar occasions. Friday, November 20.--Colonel Pleasant, with a battalion of cavalry, scouted the road east to Boyd's Ferry and Conner's Ford, traversing the roads between, and reports no rebels for six miles up the river. Farmers have come in from Marysville, and our forage trains go back and forth unmolested for miles on the south of the river, and no enemy is known to be there. Skirmishing was light all day again. We wonder what the rebels mean. Some think they are making a feint upon us and are getting out toward Virginia. A train
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The gallant Pelham and his gun at Fredericksburg. (search)
that the praise which was bestowed by General R. E. Lee, General J. E. B. Stuart, and by others, upon Major John Pelham, of the Stuart Horse Artillery, for the gallantry with which he fought one Napoleon gun upon the extreme Confederate right, at the opening of the battle of Fredericksburg, on the 13th of December, 1862, really belongs to a gun of the second company of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion, which was served by Sergeant Pleasants himself. I make the following extracts from Sergeant Pleasant's letter. He says: Soon after the war, I read a volume of so-called history, written, I think, by Howison, in which was an account of the gallant conduct of Pelham's artillery in the battle of Fredericksburg, ascribing to Pelham and his command what was really the work of the first detachment of our old Second company, even crediting our killed and wounded to the Horse Artillery. Subsequently, I read substantially the same in General Lee's report of the engaement. I have al
iloh, Tenn. : L, 95, 194, 195, 198 seq., 200, 203 seq., 358, 360; II, 142; V., 44, 204; VI., 216; Confederate battery at, VI., 312; IX., 95. Pittsburgh,, U. S. S.: I., 187, 217, 222, 224, 356, 362; VI., 148, 214, 216, 218. Plains of Abraham, Quebec, I., 57. Plank Road, Va., V., 320. Planter,, C. S. S., VI., 314. Planter,, U. S. S., VII., 227. Plaquemine, La., I., 363. Pleasant Hill, La.: II., 352; VI., 227. Pleasant Valley, Md., IX., 161. Pleasant's Virginia battery, Confederate, I., 360. Pleasants, H., III., 195; V., 246. Pleasonton, A.: II., 116, 324, 326, 336, 340; IV., 16, 24, 31, 75, 80, 84, 226, 228, 230, 231, 237, 243, 262, 275, 299 seq.; V., 37; VII., 169; headquarters at Auburn, VIII., 235, 319, 361; IX., 58, 61, 65; X., 238. Plevna, losses at, X., 140. Plue, D., VIII., 281. Plum, W. R., quoted, VIII., 360. Plum Point, Tenn., I., 362. Plummer, J. B., I., 362. Plymouth, N. C.: II
from the bills. The dead and wounded found this morning evidence the ability of our signal officers in directing the of the guns. On discovering the movement of the enemy, early this morning General Pleasanton was dispatched in lot quaint, with two batteries and two regiments of infantry, through a gap of high hills, and he succeeded in cutting off a large amount of their ammunition, supplies, &c, besides a small portion of General Maxey Gregg's South Carolina brigade. General Pleasant on shelled the enemy with effect as they passed through the ravine. The last seen of the enemy they were flying in the direction of Winchester, and it is supposed they would retreat precipitately on to Richmond. Our entire army had crossed Antietam creek this morning, and was massed between Antietam creek and the Potomac, opposite Shepherdstown, and there was every evidence that McClellan would cross the river. The loss of general and field officers in our army is as larg
ens of the city, was presented, asking that Mr. Pleasant be reinstated as Captain of the Night Watchrsy had taken place on the Square between Captain Pleasant and Mr Seal, upon the subject of the watcat was the difficulty between himself and Captain Pleasant, he informed me that Captain Pleasant hadir playing cards on the Square." At which Captain Pleasant replied, with excitement: "You may take mn said he couldn't say positively that he (Capt Pleasant) used the word "damn." I deem it proper to say that Captain Pleasant dealer this statement in the Mayor's court, but did not deny his playing ouncil deem it necessary. This conduct of Capt Pleasant requires no comment from me, except to sayinduces me to believe confidently that, as Capt Pleasant is elected by the people as well as myselfas I had no authority to remove or suspend Capt Pleasant, I would report him and his conduct to therming what he then said that he there saw--Capt Pleasant greatly excited, and using to Mr Seal, an[2 more...]
ctly under the fort was reached, the construction of the mine was commenced. The angle of the first projects towards our lines, and under this angle the tunnel diverged into two galleries, each running, as near as could be ascertained, under each side. It was the intention to make the mine consist of eight magazines, placed at intervals along these branch galleries, so that the entire length of the fort might be blown up, in place of one spot. Preliminary experiments were made by Colonel Pleasant with cartridges of powder, which he inserted in the earth and ignited by a fuse. He ascertained that the work of making a breach would be more effectually secured by distributing the powder instead of putting it in bulk. In the latter case the explosion resulted in a deep and broad crater; in the former in a wide chasm. Where the cartridges — his miniature magazines — were not disconnected by packing, the tendency of the explosion was to find vent at the first hole. Hence, he resort