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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
S. Weller; and the mate of the transport. it was several days before all of the surviving vessels of the expedition entered the Inlet. The weather continued boisterous. Many of them drew too much water to allow them to cross the bars; and the remainder of the month of January was spent in overcoming the difficulties of that perilous passage, and in making full preparations for moving forward over the still waters of Pamlico Sound. General Burnside (whose Headquarters were on the S. R. Spaulding) with his officers and men had been unwearied in their assistance of the seamen. Time was precious. Delay was very injurious, for the Confederates, accurately divining the destination of the fleet that was worrying its way through that perilous gut, as Goldsborough called it, had made preparations for its reception. The newspapers of the North had not yet learned to be as discreet as those of the South, at a very early period of the war, a censorship of the press was established b
r the sea was a sheet of foaming breakers. Every sea lifted her up, and when its force was expended, she came down with a shock which embedded her still deeper in the sand. In a short time the two boats housed on her deck were stove in by the sea, and when an attempt was made to launch her life-boat it filled with water, and the painter breaking, it drifted to sea. But one boat now remained, which those on the wreck were fearful of launching, believing that it also would be lost. The S. R. Spaulding at this time passed out to sea through the inlet on her way to Port Royal, and was hailed from the wreck, but no attention was paid to their call, and with terror in their hearts the sufferers turned to the prospect of spending the night in their perilous position. During the night the wind increased to a gale and the steamer was leaking rapidly. The pumps were kept working by the steam which was kept up till ten o'clock on Tuesday morning, when the fires were extinguished by the ri
The mainland juts eastward, forming a point of marshy land at the southern extremity of Croatan Sound, which forms the only navigable water leading past Roanoke Island. A small marshy island forms the eastern boundary of the channel, while the western shore is a low marshy point. One of our gunboats grounded in passing through, but was soon got off. Following Com. Goldsborough's squadron were the gunboats of the coast division, all of which passed through without interruption. The S. R. Spaulding, with Gen. Burnside on board, next passed through, but the remainder of the transports were detained about two hours. The rebel gunboats could now be seen close in shore, evidently under the guns of batteries on shore. As our fleet passed into the sound, a signal was fired from one of the rebel gunboats, to announce our approach. This was about half-past 10 o'clock. At half-past 11 the first gun from our vessels was fired from the flag-ship, and was replied to by the rebels. The Flag
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Massachusetts Volunteers. (search)
pril 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Provost duty at Washington till July. Mustered out July 11, and discharged at Boston, Mass., July 26, 1865. Regiment lost during service 14 Officers and 176 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 96 Enlisted men by disease. Total 288. 3rd Massachusetts Regiment Infantry. Militia 3 months. Left Boston on Steamer S. R. Spaulding for Fortress Monroe, Va., April 17, 1861. Arrived April 20, and ordered on board United States Sloop of War Pawnee April 20. Moved to Norfolk April 20, and destruction of navy yard April 20. Expedition to Hampton May 13. Fatigue and garrison duty at Fortress Monroe till July 1, and at Hampton till July 16. Ordered home July 16, and mustered out July 22, 1861. Expiration of term. Militia 9 months. Organized at Lakeville September, 1862. Moved to Boston October
late for to-night. But, with the help of the friends above referred to, you will remember, that, the following night (Wednesday), we got off one regiment by the Spaulding, one by the State of Maine, in company with the Sixth, which was sent by railway to New York, Baltimore, and Washington. In this connection, it may be worth whwhen our Massachusetts men were rallying from their fields, workshops, and homes to defend the flag. If you will take the trouble to look at the charters of the Spaulding and the State of Maine, you will find a clause allowing the Governor to order the ships either to Annapolis or Washington; and in the telegraphic letter-book at let at a thousand dollars a day; the State of Maine, for eight hundred. George B. Upton, of Boston, writes that he had made a contract with the agents of the S. R. Spaulding to take troops to Fortress Monroe at twelve dollars each. The vessel will be ready in eight hours after notice is received. April 18.—E. C. Peirce, of Wey
ave received your two telegrams to-day. Captain Spaulding has arrived, and thirty-six pontoons hav Forty men are expected in the morning. Captain Spaulding received Captain Duane's order of the siral Burnside's Headquarters, A. of P.: Major Spaulding has not been able to get off to-day. He ce, Chief of General Burnside's Staff: Major Spaulding has been delayed in obtaining harness, tethe Upper Potomac. From the report of Colonel Spaulding, who had charge of the pontoons, and frooffice the next morning, the fourteenth. Colonel Spaulding called upon General Woodbury at the houry Chief Engineer, wishing to know if he (Colonel Spaulding), with his pontoon train, had been heardthe day after, General Woodbury directed Colonel Spaulding to make up two trains in rafts to go by Due diligence was, no doubt, made by Colonel Spaulding in prosecuting his work, but he was not ranging for these trains to go by water, Colonel Spaulding proceeded at once to make up the overlan[4 more...]
nimously adopted. The President appointed Mrs. Senator Lane, of Indiana; Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, New York; Mrs. Senator Wilson, Massachusetts; Mrs. Loan, of Missouri; Mrs. Pike, of Maine; Mrs. S. A. Douglas; Mrs. Ingersoll, of the district. Mrs. Spaulding, of Ohio, moved the appointment of a committee of five to nominate officers for the society. Adopted. Mrs. Spaulding, of Ohio; Mrs. Woodbridge, of Vermont; Mrs, Hughes, of Indiana; Mrs. Choate, of the district, and Mrs. Morris, of the navy, Mrs. Spaulding, of Ohio; Mrs. Woodbridge, of Vermont; Mrs, Hughes, of Indiana; Mrs. Choate, of the district, and Mrs. Morris, of the navy, were appointed. The Committee on the Constitution reported the following: Articles of Association. article I:--of the name and object. Sec. 1. The name of this association shall be The ladies' National Covenant. Sec. 2. The object shall be to unite the women of the country in the earnest resolution to purchase no imported articles of apparel where American can possibly be substituted, during the continuance of the war. article II:--of the officers. Sec. 1.--The officers o
caissons and limbers are soon ashore, and almost immediately the signal station on the bank is occupied, and the familiar signal flag displayed, ready for communication with any point. The flag-of-truce boat, with the white flag still flying, moves away from the landing; still there is not room for a tenth of the steamers and transports which are coming; faster and faster they gather, until the river all about the point is covered, and almost clogged with the accumulating vessels. The S. R. Spaulding passes, unable to land the two thousand men who cluster from stem to stern, below and aloft, like immense swarms of bees. The men who have landed have formed in line, and then goes marching along the dusty road on the river bank, a full regiment, route-step, arms at will, and bound Richmondward. The iron-clads move in order to a point two miles above City Point; come to anchor. Admiral Lee, who has been upon the Tecumseh during the afternoon, takes the gunboat Mount Washington and
L. P. Brockett, Women's work in the civil war: a record of heroism, patriotism and patience, The Hospital Transport service. (search)
d to the general hospitals. Among these vessels were the Ocean Queen, the S. R. Spaulding, the Elm City, the Daniel Webster, No. 2, the Knickerbocker, the clipper sere; but we saw their motive and were not scared. We were safe alongside The Spaulding by midnight; but Mr. Olmstead's tone of voice, as he said, You don't know how Oaks was fought, June 1, 1862. All the vessels of the Commission except The Spaulding --and she was hourly expected — were on the spot, and ready. The Elm City halanding; last night it was a verdant shore, to-day it is a dusty plain. The Spaulding has passed and gone ahead of us; her ironsides can carry her safely past the ved. Late that night came peremptory orders from the Quartermaster, for The Spaulding to drop down to Harrison's Landing. We took some of the wounded with us; othad made several trips in the service of the Commission, and one voyage of The Spaulding must not pass unrecorded. We were ordered up to City Point, under a flag
reat Bethel, died on Thursday. His mother went down in the Adelaide, but he was dead before she saw him. He was an only child. Miss Dix, with three nurses, went to Old Point on the Adelaide, but she returned and has gone to Washington to attend to some wounded in that city. Quite a number of persons have reached Fortress Monroe to see their wounded friends. The U. S. sloop-of-war Vandalia arrived at Old Point on Friday and exchanged salutes with the flag-ship Cumberland. The S. R. Spaulding also arrived from Boston, with a large quantity of ammunition. The big gun "Union" was safely taken to Fortress Monroe, and was carefully guarded by seventy men and a force of artillery officers. All visitors to Fortress Monroe continue to be sworn to support the Government by the Provost Marshal. The result of the expedition towards Yorktown is looked for with a good deal of interest, and it is expected that a desperate battle will be fought. The Confederate forces are th
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