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John Dimitry , A. M., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 10.1, Louisiana (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 4 0 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 4 0 Browse Search
Colonel William Preston Johnston, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston : His Service in the Armies of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States. 1 1 Browse Search
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t in the defense of Fort Brown, Texas. He was brevetted major for gallant conduct at Monterey, and lieutenant-colonel for his services at Buena Vista. The mythical order of General Taylor to him on that field, A little more grape, Captain Bragg, made a popular catch-word, which gave him great notoriety. An attempt was made to assassinate him in camp in 1847, by the explosion of a twelve-pound shell at the foot of his bed. After the Mexican War, he became a sugar-planter in Terre Bonne Parish, Louisiana, and his methodical habits, industry, and skillful management, gave him great success. At the opening of the war, the State of Louisiana made him commander-in-chief of her volunteer forces. When the Confederate Government was established, President Davis made him a brigadier-general, and put him in command at Pensacola. Here the people and the troops expected a great contest, and, though it did not occur, it afforded a favorable field for Bragg's excellent talents for organiza
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Nicholas, Robert Carter 1715-1780 (search)
Nicholas, Robert Carter 1715-1780 Statesman; born in Hanover, Va., in 1715; was educated at the College of William and Mary; and while quite young represented James City in the House of Burgesses, in which he continued until the House of Delegates was organized in 1777. In 1779 he was appointed judge of the high court of chancery. All through the controversy with Great Britain Nicholas worked shoulder to shoulder with Peyton Randolph, Bland, and other patriots, but voted against Patrick Henry's resolutions against the Stamp Act in 1765. He was treasurer of the colony in 1766-77, and in 1773 was a member of the Virginia committee of correspondence. He died in Hanover, Va., in 1780. Military officer; born in Hanover, Va., about 1793; served through the second war with Great Britain (1812-15); held a seat in the United States Senate in 1836-41; and subsequently was superintendent of public instruction in Louisiana. He died in Terrebonne parish, La., Dec. 24, 1857.
ments, with Ralston's battery, just come in from the bay. With them came the Terrebonne militia. On October 25th the enemy were marching both sides of the bayou. To oppose the double advance, Mouton made a careful distribution of his small force. On the right bank he placed the Eighteenth regiment, 240 men; Crescent regiment, 135; Ralston's battery, 64; detachment of cavalry, 100; total, 539 men; and on the left bank, Thirty-third regiment (Clack's and Fournet's battalions), 594 men; Terrebonne regiment, 34; Semmes' battery, 75; Second Louisiana cavalry, 150 men; total, 853 men. It was a peculiar fight which was made at Labadieville, October 27th. Fought on both sides of the Lafourche, the enemy numbered equally strong on the two banks, massing 1,500 to 1,800 on each side. The column on the right bank, pressing forward with greater eagerness, had outstripped that on the left. About 9 a. m. it approached our line of battle. Mouton, fighting resolutely, here succeeded in che
rn at Spring Hill, Ky., September 10, 1832. His paternal ancestors, natives of Scotland, first settled in Virginia, where Randall Gibson, grandfather of the general, was a revolutionary soldier. Subsequently moving to Mississippi, this ancestor married Harriet McKinley, and was one of the founders of Jefferson college. On the maternal side General Gibson was descended from the Harts and Prestons of Kentucky. His youth was passed at Lexington, Ky., and at his father's plantation in Terrebonne parish. In 1853 he was graduated at Yale college, after which he studied law, was admitted to practice, and traveled in Europe. Returning to enter upon the career of a planter, the political crisis diverted his energies to war and he became an aide-de-camp to Governor Moore. He entered the Confederate service March, 1861, as captain of the First Louisiana artillery. On August 13, 1861, he was commissioned colonel of the Thirteenth Louisiana infantry. He drilled and disciplined this regim
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
own expression, about one thousand stolen negroes. On the 20th, avoiding Donaldsonville, he passed through Thibodeaux, which had been abandoned by the enemy; then he continued his march along the right bank of Bayou Lafourche in order to reach Terrebonne and destroy the railroad at this point, the only line of retreat for the garrison of Brashear City. At the news of his approach Colonel Stickney, who commanded the garrison, brought the all able-bodied men he was able to get together to TerrebTerrebonne—say, about three or four hundred. He had posted himself with this small band in a work forming the entrance to the bridge on the right side of the bayou, and repulsed the attacks which Major directed against him on the 21st. But, in the mean while, a Confederate detachment had taken possession of the railroad west of this work, which was thereby turned. Major hastened to take advantage of it: leaving Stickney and his troops behind him, he pushed his heads of column toward Brashear City,