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rs, B. R. Johnston. [inclosure no. 2.]Richmond, May 10, 1862. William Ballard Preston: dear sir: Judge McComas, Judge Ward, Judge Camden, and myself were deputed by the citizens of Southwestern Virginia to make an effort in some form to get General Floyd restored to his command. We have a terrible state of things in the Southwest, arising from two causes: First, the suspension of Floyd from the command; secondly, the conduct of Jenifer, retreating in advance of his regiment from Mercer County. Our country was in a perfect panic when I left home last Thursday. Colonel Wharton, in whom every one has confidence, is in camp at Wytheville, reorganizing the forces of Floyd's old brigade with the new recruits, and is succeeding very well, provided he can get the arms, which he has partially succeeded in doing. He will have a force of 1,500 if he can procure the arms. My dear, sir, I know the fact that the suspension of Floyd from his command has tended more than anything else t
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Missouri Volunteers. (search)
months and mustered in at Cameron, Mo., October 2, 1861. Duty in Clinton, Caldwell and Davies Counties. Mustered out March 13, 1862. Joseph's Battalion State Militia Infantry. (See 3rd Battalion State Militia Infantry.) Kimball's Regiment State Militia Infantry. Organized for six months and mustered in at St. Joseph October 2, 1861. Duty at St. Joseph, and scout duty in the District of Northwest Missouri till April, 1862. Mustered out April 2, 1862. (Clark's) Mercer County Battalion State Militia Infantry. Organized at Utica for six months September 19, 1861. Mustered out at Princeton, Mo., March 19, 1862. Richardson's Regiment State Militia Infantry. Organized October 1, 1861. Guard Pacific Railroad bridges till December. Mustered out December 18, 1861. Simpson's Regiment State Militia Infantry. Organized at Perryville for six months October 10, 1861. Duty at Pilot Knob, Ironton, and in District of Southeast Missouri, till Febru
at place and another near Glade Spring, as Vaughn, in falling back, resisted the advance of the Federal raid. Gen. J. C. Breckinridge, in command of the Confederate forces in southwest Virginia, having been duly advised of the movements of Stoneman's command, promptly made every effort to collect his scattered men to meet them; but in that inclement season it was impossible to get them together at so short a notice. Witcher's regiment of cavalry was nearly 100 miles away, in and near Mercer county, across the mountains to the northeast. A small body of militia, under General Preston, occupied the earthworks that defended the salt works at Saltville. Pushing forward with great energy, and having at his command some 5,500 men, nearly twice as many as Breckinridge could get together, Stoneman drove Vaughn's and Duke's commands before him, and pressing on passed Glade Spring, paying no attention to the Confederate force at Saltville, until he was delayed, by an action at Marion, o
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A narrative of Stuart's Raid in the rear of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
s on either side and fringed with laurel and pine, Stuart found massed upon the summit of the hill the whole of the Federal cavalry; it was here he met a most determined resistance. A piece of artillery was placed in position and the road was shelled, but this failed in dislodging the enemy. Stuart, desirous of carrying this point, speedily ordered W. H. F. Lee forward with the Ninth. The third squadron of this regiment was composed of the Essex Light Dragoons, Captain Latane, and the Mercer County Cavalry, L. Walker commanding. Captain Latane charged at the head of the squadron and met the advancing Federals. As the two bodies clashed the Federal commander shouted: Cut and thrust, and the gallant Latane yelled: On to them boys! The Fifth United States Regulars fought splendidly but they could not long resist the Ninth, that struck them like a thunderbolt. In this fight the brave and deeply lamented Captain Latane was killed while charging fifteen paces in advance of his squ
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraph. (search)
a grand Fair in this city for the purpose indicated in May next, or as soon as we can, and would be grateful for such contributions of money or merchandise as will make our efforts a success. Please make prompt reply if you can help us. With soldierly greetings, we are, Your old comrade Confeds, R. H. Fox, J. B. Mckenny, D. S. Redford, J. T. Ferriter, W. T. Ashby, Committee. the Mercer cavalry, from Spotsylvania county, Virginia, commanded by Lieutenant Waller, and not the Mercer county Cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Walker, as it was by some oversight put in Captain Frayser's account of Stuart's Ride Around McClellan, was the company which charged with the Essex Dragoons when the lamented Latane fell. We are indebted for this correction to our gallant friend Captain Willie Campbell, of Essex. corrections in the Roster of the army of Northern Virginia, which we published in our January-February number, have come from several sources, and we solicit others, if er
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Autobiography of Gen. Patton Anderson, C. S. A. (search)
er John Adair and myself were soon after sent to the house of Charles Buford (who had married my mother's youngest sister) in Scott county, Kentucky, and remained there about a year, attending a country school taught by a Mr. Phillips. This was in 1831-2. In 1833 I returned to my grandfather's and went to school to a young man named Van Dyke who taught in the neighborhood, afterwards to Mr. Tyler, and still later to a Mr. Boutwell, who were successively principal of Cave Run Acadamy in Mercer county. I was then sent to the house of Judge Thomas B. Monroe, in Frankfort. Mrs. Monroe was also a sister of my mother. Here I remained about a year or perhaps more, attending a select school taught by B. B. Sayre. About this time my mother was married to Dr. J. N. Bybee, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. I was taken to his house and went to school in the village to a Mr. Rice, and afterwards to a Mr. Smith. In October, 1836, I was sent to Jefferson College, at Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. I rem
he order having been previously entered,) was copied by the clerk, and really endorsed by Jas. D. Johnston, who sent it on for collection through Ro. H. Maury & Co. Payment was refused till Mr. Johnston made the requisite eath that the signature purporting to be his on the bogus order was a forgery, when the amount was settled. Other forgeries have been detected, which are charged to Staite, he having received the sums called for by the several papers, and receipted to the Auditor for them. Among the number are three that purport to be orders of the Circuit, Court of Mercer county, ordering the Auditor to pay the Commonwealth's Attorney of that county $50, the Sheriff a small sum, and the Jailor a small amount. The names of the parties to receive the money are forged on the back, and the sums mentioned were receipted for by Mr. Staite. Several important witnesses being absent yesterday, the Mayor continued the case until the 6th of August, and remanded defendant to jail.
eanon, Ky., Oct. 16, 1861. As I informed you by telegraph last evening, three men passed through Lebanon yesterday afternoon on their way to their homes from the Southern Confederacy. One of the party was an old gentleman who resides in Mercer county. He has two sons in the Confederate army, and has visited Buckner's headquarters to see them. He was accompanied on his return by two young men from Fayette county, who say that they had gone South to join the army, but, as they would not receive recruits for a shorter period than three years, they determined to return home. A highly respected citizen of this place conversed with the gentleman from Mercer county, and, having had an acquaintance of many years standing with him, knew what estimate to place upon the statements which be made. My informant does not hesitate to place full confidence in the reports which the reveller brings relative to the situation and motions of the rebel army. He says that the divisions under
Gen. Alberta Johnston. announcement of the death of General Sidney Johnston, the gallant Com of our army in the Southwest, who breathing out his brave soul in of Victory, will be received with throughout our country. He senior officer of our army, and in all lities that make a great military com he had no superior on this con . He was born in Mercer county, ky, in 1803, and was consequently at me of his death 59 years of age. educated at West Point, and, on ting, entered the 6th infantry, and was to the West. During the Black Hawk acted as Adjutant General, President being at the time a captain of volunteers. At the close of the war he resigned commission, and resided first in Missouri, in Texas. War breaking out in the lat te, be entered the Texan army as a pri and rose to high distinction. He after filled the post of Secretary of War.-- the annexation of Texas to the United es, Johnston raised a partisan troop, he commanded, and accompanied General.
attacked them on or near Flat Top mountain, when a sharp skirmish ensured. Insisting some four or five hours, in which we had one man killed and some wounded, while the enemy's loss was between forty and fifty killed and wounded, besides capturing some fifteen prisoners. In the retreat of the enemy, by some means Colonel Jenifer got it into his head that the enemy were being reinforced, when he ordered his men to make their escape. He made his way to Princeton, the county seat of Mercer county, a beautiful little village, and had it burned up. He proceeded on some short distance, when he met the Forty-fifth Virginia regiment going to his relief. He alarmed them by stating that the enemy was in hot pursuit, and for them to make their escape. he hurried on to Dublin or Wytheville, and alarmed the people by stating, as well as telegraphing to the War Department that from 1,500 to 2,000 Federals were advancing upon the points above mentioned — Of course this caused excitement.
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