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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
many hours before some 1200 of the enemy's cavalry appeared there, and burnt the bridges which the brigade had been guardingl This is sottishness, rather than generalship, in our local commanders. A regiment was sent up when firing was heard (the annihilation of our weak guard left at the bridges) and arrived just two hours too late. The enemy rode back, with a hundred mules they had captured, getting under cover of their gun-boats. To-day, it is said, Gen. Elzey is relieved, and Gen. Ransom, of North Carolina, put in command; also, that Custis Lee (son of Gen. R. E. Lee) has superseded Gen. Winder. I hope this has been done. Young Lee has certainly been commissioned a brigadier-general. His brother, Brig.-Gen. W. H. F. Lee, wounded in a late cavalry fight, was taken yesterday by the enemy at Hanover Court House. Gen. Whiting's letter about the Arabian came back from the President, today, indorsed that, as Congress did not prohibit private blockade-running, he wouldn't
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXX. September, 1863 (search)
nd the President indorses on Gen. Whiting's earnest calls for aid at Wilmington, that Gen. Martin be sent him, with the locals, as he calls them, and a brigade from Pickett's division, when filled up. But suppose that should be too late? He says Ransom's troops should also be in position, for it is important to hold Wilmington. Calico is selling now for $10 per yard; and a small, dirty, dingy, dilapidated house, not near as large as the one I occupy, rents for $800. This one would bring $12ir present positions to keep aloof from the fatigues and dangers of the field; and they have contributed no little to the disaffection in North Carolina. Gen. Whiting suggests that one of Gen. Pickett's brigades be sent to Weldon; and then, with Ransom's brigade, he will soon put down the deserters and tories. The Governor approves this plan, and I hope it will be adopted. The Northern papers say President Lincoln, by proclamation, has suspended the writ of habeas corpus throughout the Uni
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
es on the Rappahannock! This is a dark and gloomy day, spitting snow; while not a few are despondent from the recent disasters to our arms. It is supposed that we lost 3000 or 4000 men on Saturday. A day or two before, Gen. Echols had his brigade cut up at Lewisburg! Per contra, Brig.-Gen. W. E. Jones captured, on Saturday, at Rogerville, 850 prisoners, 4 pieces of artillery, 2 stands of colors, 60 wagons, and 1000 animals. Our loss, 2 killed and 8 wounded. So reads a dispatch from R. Ransom, Major-Gen. There is some excitement in the city now, perhaps more than at any former period. The disaster to the Old guard has put in the mouths of the croakers the famous words of Napoleon at Waterloo: Sauve qui peut. We have out our last reserves, and the enemy still advances. They are advancing on North Carolina, and there was some danger of the President being intercepted at Weldon. Thousands believe that Gen. Bragg is about to retire from before Grant's army at Chattanooga.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 38 (search)
e morning for South Carolina. The President still says that many of the government officers and employees must be sent away, if transportation cannot be had to feed them here as well as the armies. April 26 Another truly fine spring day. The ominous silence on the Rapidan and Rappahannock continues still. The two armies seem to be measuring each other's strength before the awful conflict begins. It is said the enemy are landing large bodies of troops at Yorktown. Major-Gen. Ransom has been assigned to the command of this department; and Gen. Winder's expectations of promotion are blasted. Will he resign? I think not. The enemy's accounts of the battle on the Red River do not agree with the reports we have. Neither do the Federal accounts of the storming of Fort Pillow agree with ours. April 27 Another bright and beautiful day; and vegetation is springing with great rapidity. But nearly all my potatoes, corn, egg-plants, and tomatoes seem to have
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
t the enemy is approaching the city from the northeast, as if from Gloucester Point. It may be so — a small body; but Gen. Ransom, Gen. Elzey's successor here, doubts it, for his scouts give no intelligence of the enemy in that quarter. But the 19tle, beginning near Spottsylvania Court House, ended at Fredericksburg, indicating a Waterloo. And a dispatch from Gen. Ransom from the south side of the river, states that Butler's army is retreating to the transports. This is regarded as confiers from Richmond. We have been beaten, or rather badly foiled here, by orders from high authority; and it is said Gen. Ransom finds himself merely an instrument in the hands of those who do not know how to use him skillfully. The enemy is N. C. Now if the rogues and cut-throats he persisted in having about him be likewise dismissed, the Republic is safe! Gen. Ransom has now full charge of this department. Mr. Secretary Seddon is sick, and Mr. Assistant Secretary Campbell is crab
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
r (Gen. Colston's) assumed the responsibility of the act. --J. D. June 16th, 1864. June 18 Clear and cool. To-day, heavy firing is heard on the south side of the river. It is believed a general engagement is in progress. It is the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. If we gain the day, it will end the war. It is now said Gen. Early (with Ewell's corps) has reached Lynchburg, where a battle must occur. Gen. Ewell has been assigned to the command of this department, Gen. Ransom going West. We have advices (4 P. M.) of a terrific battle at Petersburg last evening, Which raged until 11 o'clock at night. The slaughter of the enemy is reported as unprecedented. Our troops repulsed the assailants at all points but one, and that, which was carried by the enemy, was soon recovered. At 11 P. M. Lee's reinforcements came up, and it is supposed, from the sounds of cannon, that the battle was recommenced at dawn to-day, and continued all day. The result has not t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 49 (search)
as found that the inclosed works in rear, commanding the enemy's main line, could only be taken at a great sacrifice, and our troops were withdrawn to their original position. It being impracticable to bring off the captured guns, owing to the nature of the ground, they were disabled and left. Our loss, as reported, is not heavy. Among the wounded are Brig. Gen. Terry, flesh wound, and Brig.-Gen. Phil. Cooke, in the arm. All the troops engaged, including two brigades under Brig.-Gen. Ransom, behaved most handsomely. The conduct of the sharpshooters of Gordon's corps, who led the assault, deserves the highest commendation. This afternoon there was skirmishing on the right, between the picket lines, with varied success. At dark the enemy held a considerable portion of the line farthest in advance of our main work. [Signed] R. E. Lee. March 28 Cloudy and sunshine; but little wind. Too ill to go to the department, and I get nothing new except what I read in
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 21: reorganization and rest for both armies. (search)
anassas Gap, and part of McLaws's division a similar experience at the east end of Chester Gap. I reached Culpeper Court-House with the divisions of McLaws, R. H. Anderson, and Pickett. Hood's division was ordered behind Robertson River, and Ransom to Madison Court-House, General Jackson with the Second Corps remaining in the Shenandoah Valley, except one division at Chester Gap of the Blue Ridge. The Washington authorities issued orders on the 5th of November relieving General McClellae 17th information came that the Right Grand Division under General Sumner had marched south, leaving the railroad, and General W. H. F. Lee's cavalry was ordered to Fredericksburg. The next morning I marched with two divisions, McLaws's and Ransom's, the former for Fredericksburg, the latter towards the North Anna. The same day, General Lee ordered a forced reconnoissance by his cavalry to Warrenton, found that the Union army was all on the march towards Fredericksburg, and ordered my oth
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 22: battle of Fredericksburg. (search)
nk of the Rappahannock gallant officers and men Ninety-seven killed or wounded in the space of fifty yards General Burnside's plan of battle strength of the contending forces. McLaws's division of my corps was posted on the heights in rear of the city, one brigade in the sunken road in front of the Marye mansion, the others extending across the Telegraph road through the wood of Lee's Hill. As the other divisions of the corps came up they were posted, R. H. Anderson on Taylor's Hill; Ransom in reserve, near corps Headquarters; Pickett in the wood, in rear of McLaws's right; Hood at Hamilton's Crossing. The Federal Grand Divisions under Franklin and Hooker marched on the 18th of November, and on the 19th pitched their camps, the former at Stafford Court-House, and the latter at Hartwood, each about ten miles from Falmouth. A mile and a half above Fredericksburg the Rappahannock cuts through a range of hills, which courses on the north side in a southeasterly direction, near
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 23: battle of Fredericksburg (continued). (search)
just mentioned for Hood. The divisions of McLaws, Ransom, and R. H. Anderson were in readiness, as were all bove, was the Washington Artillery, with nine guns, Ransom's and Cooke's North Carolina brigade in open field,Cooke's regiments from the hill-top, ordered by General Ransom, and General McLaws ordered part of Kershaw's bs occurred while galloping up to his position. General Ransom advanced the other regiments of his brigade to the former to General McLaws and the latter to General Ransom. A supply of ammunition was sent down to the tnd its equal in numbers, and of greater vigor, with Ransom at the top of the hill prepared to rush down and jo brigades behind the stone wall and one regiment of Ransom's brigade. The ranks were four or five deep,--the p to general headquarters, and orders were sent General Ransom to intrench his brigade along the crest of the ttery), Rowan (N. C.) Art. (Reilly's battery). Ransom's division, Brig.-Gen. Robert Ransom, Jr.:--Ransom'
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