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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mitchel, Ormsby McKnight 1810- (search)
ossed the State-line the same day, and entered northern Alabama. He had passed through a very hostile region, but now saw signs of loyalty. Pushing on to Huntsville, before dawn, April 11, while the unsuspecting inhabitants were soundly slumbering, he surprised and captured the place. He did not tarry long there. Finding himself in possession of an ample supply of rolling-stock, he speedily organized two expeditions to operate along the line of the railway each way from Huntsville. Colonel Sill led the expedition eastward to Stevenson, and Colonel Turchin the other westward to Tuscumbia. On April 16 Mitchel said to his soldiers: You have struck blow after blow with a rapidity unparalleled. Stevenson fell 60 miles to the east of Huntsville; Decatur and Tuscumbia have been in like manner seized, and are now occupied. In three days you have extended your front of operations more than 100 miles, and your morning-gun at Tuscumbia may now be heard by your comrades on the battle-fie
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pikeville, battle near (search)
Pikeville, battle near Gen. William Nelson was in command of about 3,000 loyalists in eastern Kentucky in November, 1861. About 1,000 Confederates, under Col. J. S. Williams, were at Pikeville, the capital of Pike county, Ky. Nelson sent Colonel Sill, with Ohio and Kentucky troops, to gain the rear of Williams, while, with the remainder, he should attack his front. A battalion of Kentucky volunteers, under Col. C. A. Marshall, moved in advance of Nelson. On the 9th these were attacked by Confederates in ambush, and a battle ensued, which lasted about an hour and a half, when the Confederates fled, leaving thirty of their number dead on the field. Nelson lost six killed and twenty-four wounded. He did not pursue, as he had no cavalry. Williams fled to the mountains at Pound Gap, carrying with him a large number of cattle and other spoils.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sill, Joshua Woodrow 1831- (search)
Sill, Joshua Woodrow 1831- Military officer; born in Chillicothe, O., Dec. 6, 1831; graduated at the United States Military Academy and was commissioned second lieutenant in the ordnance department in 1853; assistant Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics at West Point till 1857; later was in command of the Vancouver ordnance depot, Washington, and the Leavenworth depot, Kansas, and resigned from the army in 1861 to become Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering in the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He entered the volunteer service at the outbreak of the Civil War as colonel; was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers in July, 1862, and was killed in the battle of Murfreesboro, Dec. 31, 1862.