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uarter of an acre of ground, among whom bombs were falling at the rate of fifty a minute. We had part of a gun's crew on shore, commanded by Commodore Barron, Lieuts. Sharp and Murdaugh, all of whom escaped except the Commodore and Lieut. Sharp, who were in the fort, and, it is believed, unhurt, when it surrendered.--Lieut. MurdauLieut. Sharp, who were in the fort, and, it is believed, unhurt, when it surrendered.--Lieut. Murdaugh had his left arm dreadfully mangled by the fragments of a bomb, but never did man act more bravely and manfully than he, even after his misfortune. "After our glorious ensign was struck and the white flag hoisted, we saw a steamer leave the scene, followed by a Yankee gunboat, which fired some shell at her, notwithstandinglight hurry, she did not stop. Before she left, however, those of our crew who had gone on shore were taken on board, (with the exception of the Commodore and Lieut. Sharp, who, I suppose considered it inconsistent with their honor as officers to leave,) as, also, some few of the soldiers who came on board. "One of our wound
The Daily Dispatch: September 10, 1861., [Electronic resource], The bombardment and capture of forts Clark and Hatteras. (search)
t possess ourselves of Fort Clark by the bayonet that night; but wiser and older heads than mine thought otherwise. Certain it is, in my opinion, it was one of the causes, second only to the shameful neglect of the authorities in not properly fortifying the coast, that caused our defeat. From these two causes we have the following result: the possession of Hatteras, the key of the Sound — the almost entire control of the Sound — the road open to invasion at any moment--Captain Barron, Lieutenant Sharp, and about seven hundred or eight hundred gallant men prisoners, taken by the Abolition Kangaroos, besides prolonging, in my opinion, the war for half a year. A Retrospect. The bombardment of Fort Hatteras by the flower of the Federal navy was a scene which will ever no present to the minds of those who witnessed it. On that day many a fireside was made desolate; many a mother and wife made to weep over the sad fate of those who were nearest and dearest to them, and whose blood
ll be able to accommodate them. Old Bro. Braxton is now a full jinerd, and if they go to putting on airs, he'll leave a great many of them heirless, or make a great many of their kindred, parents, etc., so. The Lafayette prisoners. Lieut. Sharp, who is among the Hatter is prisoners at Fort Lafayette, writes that his comrades and himself are still confined at Fort Hamilton, on Governor's Island, and that they are all well, and as cheerful as men can be, situated as they are, and separated from the comforts and companionship of home. They have a sutler, and enjoy all the articles of diet daily which the New York markets afford. Lieut. Sharp writes that Lieutenant Pegram, who surrendered at Rich Mountain, and Capt. De. Lagnel, captured subsequently, have been transferred from Fort Lafayette to Fort Hamilton, and are now quartered with all the commissioned officers taken at Hatteras. This removal is no doubt highly gratifying to Messrs. Pegram and De Lagnel, as they are thus
ouble-quick, and commenced a brisk fire from the opposite heights, at 3 o'clock P. M. which was returned by our skirmishers and kept up until sundown. The enemy brought to the did of their infantry two pieces of artillery, which were used in firing without effect upon our men until the light closed at night Our loss I killed and 3 wounded very slightly; the damage to the enemy was considerable, judging from the screams of their men, occasioned by the shots of our skirmishers, who used their Sharp's carbines with telling effect upon their artillerists. Gen. Floyd holds the landings on this side of Kanawha, at Bowyer's and Miller's and Montgomery's Ferries. Montgomery's Ferry is across the Kanawha river, just below the mouth of Gauley. Our main force is at Cotton Hill. Gen. Floyd's Brigade Quartermaster, Col. Isaac B. Dunn, has just established a daily line of express from Cotton Hill to this depot — distance 115 miles from headquarters, making 7 miles per hour, at stages of
The Daily Dispatch: November 6, 1861., [Electronic resource], Arms of precision in Inexperienced hand. (search)
Arms of precision in Inexperienced hand. --The great error of the present campaign is the arming with Minute rifles and Minute muskets of all recruits indiscriminately. At short range the common muskets (with its charge of one bill and two buckshot) is more apt to hit than a rifle. At long range both rifle and musket are useless in unskilled hands Col. Doulph in, the younger, in speaking of arms of precision, remarked to the writer, that Sharp's rifle was a superior weapon in the hands of one who was skilled in its use, but of little value in the hands of most Kansas settlors; and instanced their (the Missourians') attack upon a of them advantageously posted in the timber; and yet hardly any of the attacking party were killed. But the most serious objection to this arming men indiscriminately with the rifle is, that men will stand out of harm's way and blaze away to no purpose, when they should rush up and decide the contest with the bayonet. This was our great difficulty a
The Daily Dispatch: November 9, 1861., [Electronic resource], The effect of the late storm on the Federal fleet. (search)
few days ago. -- The following particulars, we take from the Fort Macon correspondence of the New bern (N. C.) Progress, dated Nov. 4: Our ferces have been employed all day getting out the valuables from the wreck. She proves to be a prize indeed. It is impossible for me to give a detailed account of the cargo and what we have already recovered. In a general way I may state correctly the cargo will be worth over $100,000 to the Confederates. Two rifled 24-pounders have been got out, Sharp's rifles and cartridges, 11 horses were saved, 800 blankets. &c. &c. The engine is worth $30,000 and will be recovered. Two of the blockading ships have been off here this afternoon. The wreck lies broadside on, and nearly out of the water at low tide. There is some danger of our being shelled at the work, but some think it will be difficult to discover the wreck from the sea. Five more prisoners sent forward this morning, making the whole number 81. The following is the
hies of the Government by his description of the ill treatment of the Union prisoners, as to have received from Secretary Seward and Secretary Welles, as well as the President, the assurance that the Cabinet would give the matter the deepest consideration without delay, with the prospect of succeeding in effecting some amicable arrangement which will meet the views of the rebels, and at the same time preserve the dignity of the Government. Lieut. Kurtz will probably be exchanged with a Dr. Sharp, now prisoner at Fort McHenry. Effect of the recent storm on the Lakes. Buffalo, Nov. 4, 1861. --During the heavy northeast gale of Friday the following vessels are reported ashore up to four o'clock P. M. this day:--Schooners Mail, ashore at Hamilton, Lake Ontaria; R. Campbell, ashore at Hamilton, Lake Ontario; Lively, Fontetspe, reported sunk; J. W. Sargent, on Cleveland pier, loaded with coal and full of water; Oriole, ashore near Point au Pelle, Lake Erie; North Star, ash
lk. Speculations in Precisions.--contributions for the Maryland regiment — Court Modd's — business, &c. [special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Nov. 14, 1861. The business of speculating in articles of necessity is becoming a subject of thought, conversation, and just vituperation in our community, and it is not improbable that measures may be taken here, as in other cities, to counteract the injurious and objectionable course alluded to. I learn that Lieutenants Sharp and Loyall, of this city, Lieutenant Butt, of Portsmouth, and other officers who were taken prisoners at Hatteras, have arrived at Newport News awaiting exchange. Dr. J. M. Jennings, who has been actively engaged in the noble work of collecting funds for the First Maryland Regiment, has been quite successful. He has received in money about $1,290, and about $240 worth of clothing. The money was converted into clothing, such as shirts, drawers, socks, blankets, &c. Dr. J. thus co
nsom now coming up to the angle in the road, he ordered the rally to be sounded; but the wild notes of the bugles had no restraining influences upon the impetuous daring of the brave men so hotly engaged in pursuing the flying Yankees. Attaining their ardent desires as successfully as possible they returned, and in an hour we were looking around upon the fruits of our first fight and first victory--26 prisoners, besides two killed, and one severely wounded, and left in care of a citizen, 16 Sharp's rifles, 24 Navy repeaters, 26 sabres and belts, 17 horses, with all their equipage, with many other articles of importance, all amounting to some five thousand dollars in value, were the result of our expedition. The prisoners, as you will discover on their arrival in Richmond, are fine looking specimens of Yankees — nearly all genuine Americans. Their officers made their escape, except two Sergeants and two Corporals. Those taken regretted very much that we had not taken their commissi
ad when we rushed into the road. Just at the moment, some few men, whom we had left up the road some hundred yards or so, fire into them; they immediately wheeled, and were making for Raleigh, when they unexpectedly encountered a barrier of present rifles. We immediately summoned them surrender; instead of doing which, the wheeled and put spurs to their horses. we then fired, killing and wounding several. We left three of them dead on the field; captured several prisoners, besides horse Sharp's rifles, Colt's navy revolvers, sword &c., and returned to camp without any our men even receiving so much as a scratch. Quite a laughable incident occurred after the Yankees had come in sight, before they catch up even with us. One of our boys had left his gun some fifty yards up the hill, when he heard that the Yankees were coming he crawled to it, snake fashion. It was quite laughable to see with what dexterity he performed this short journey. It is reported here that the Yankees
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