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March 29. An expedition under Colonel Clayton, from Pine Bluff; made a descent upon a party of rebels who had been committing depredations in the neighborhood of Little Rock, Ark., and captured a large number of them.--the following order was issued by J. P. Sanderson, Provost-Marshal General of the department of the Missouri, from his headquarters at St. Louis: The sale, distribution, or circulation of such books as Pollard's Southern History of the War, Confederate Official Reports, Life of Stonewall Jackson, Adventures of Morgan and his Men, and all other publications based upon rebel views and representations, being forbidden by the General Commanding, will be suppressed by Provost-Marshals, by seizing the same, and arresting the parties who knowingly sell, dispose, or circulate the same. A battle took place this day at Cane River, La., between a portion of the National forces under General Banks, engaged on the expedition up the Red River, and the rebels commanded by
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
loss of the insurgents, according to their own account, was from thirty to forty killed, and from one hundred and twenty-five to one hundred and fifty wounded. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 133. It is believed that the entire loss of the Confederates was at least 800 men. They also lost forty-five men made prisoners, eigtinction but for the defense of the liberties of his country. He was willing to surrender his command and his life, if necessary, as a sacrifice to the cause. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 185. On taking chief command, General McCulloch issued an order, August 7. directing all unarmed men to remain in camp, and allere indifferently armed with flint-lock muskets, rifles, and shot-guns; and there were many mounted men not armed at all. They had fifteen pieces of artillery. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 136. General Price reported the number of Missouri State troops at five thousand two hundred and twenty-one. The entire number of C
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
g. General Pillow, whose performances on this occasion were the least creditable, with his usual bombast and exaggerations, spoke in his report of his small Spartan army withstanding the constant fire of three times their number for four hours.--Pollard's First Year of the War, 203. and Polk six hundred and thirty-two. Official reports of Grant and Polk, and their subordinate officers; private letter of General Grant to his father, Nov. 8th, 1861; Grant's Revised Report, June 26th, 1865; PolPollard's First Year of the War. The latter gives the Confederate loss as it is above recorded. Ms. Reports of Acting Brigadier-General R. M. Russell, Nov. 9, and of Colonels E. Ricketts, Jr., and T. H. Bell, Nov. 11, 1861. Cotemporaries and eye-witnesses on both sides related many deeds of special daring by individuals. The repulse of Grant did not relieve the Confederates of a sense of impending great danger. for intelligence was continually reaching Columbus of the increase of National for
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
rich white satin vest. In his pocket was found a complete description of the works at Elk Water. His remains were tenderly cared for, and sent to General Lee the next morning. Washington was about forty years of age. and wounded, and ninety prisoners. Report of General J. J. Reynolds to Assistant Adjutant-General George L. Hartsuff, September 17th, 1861; of General Robert E. Lee to L. Pope Walker, September 18th. 1861; The Cheat Mountain Campaign, in Stevenson's Indiana Roll of Honor; Pollard's First Year of the War. Whilst evidently giving Lee full credit for rare abilities as an engineer, Pollard regarded him as incompetent to execute well. He says: There is reason to believe that, if General Lee had not allowed the immaterial part of his plan to control his action, a glorious success would have resulted, opening the whole northwestern country to us, and enabling Floyd and Wise to drive Cox with ease out of the Kanawha Valley. Regrets, however, were unavailing now. General L
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
er the command of General Grant, in an expedition against Forts Henry and Donelson. Notwithstanding repeated assurances had been given to Mallory — the Confederate Secretary of the Navy--that these forts would be, in a great degree, at the mercy of the National gun-boats abuilding, that conspirator, who was remarkable for his obtuseness, slow method, and indifferent intellect, and whose ignorance, even of the geography of Kentucky and Tennessee, had been broadly travestied in Congress, Pollard's First Year of the War, page 237. paid no attention to these warnings, but left both rivers open, without placing a single floating battery upon either. This omission was observed and taken advantage of by the Nationals, and early in February a large force that had moved from the Ohio River was pressing toward the doomed forts, whose Footers flotilla. capture would make the way easy to the rear of Bowling Green. By that movement the Confederate line would be broken, and the immediate e
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 10: General Mitchel's invasion of Alabama.--the battles of Shiloh. (search)
line, in the galaxy of the distinguished names of its commanders, and in every article of merit and display, the Confederate army in the vicinity of Corinth was one of the most magnificent ever assembled by the South on a single battle-field. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 295. The whole number of effective troops was about forty-five thousand. It was this army that Grant and Buell were speedily called upon to fight near the banks of the Tennessee. General Mitchel performed his paus, and possibly disastrous pursuit, and said to Breckinridge, This retreat must not be a rout! You must hold the enemy back, if it requires the loss of your last man. --Your orders. Shall be executed to the letter, was the reported reply.--See Pollard's First Year of the War, page 802. for Breckinridge, it was thought, could easily have been separated from the remainder of the Confederate Mules carrying wounded men. the picture shows the method of carrying sick and wounded on mules, whic
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
and army supplies; the entire camp equipage of the Confederates; and much turpentine, rosin, and cotton, and the possession of the town of New Berne, by which the Wilmington and Weldon Railway, the great line of travel between the North and the South, was exposed, gave to the National cause in that region an almost in calculable advantage. Its moral effect was prodigious, and greatly disheartened the enemies of the Government, who saw in it a subject of keen mortification to the South. Pollard's First Year of the, War, i. 288. In the midst of the horrors of war at New Berne, and almost before the smoke of battle was dissipated, the Christian spirit of the friends of the Government was made conspicuous in acts of benevolence by the generous deeds of Vincent Colyer, a well-known citizen of New York, and the originator of the Christian commission of the army, whose holy ministrations, nearly co-extensive with those of the United States Sanitary commission, in the camp, the field
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
April 5, 1862. The authorities at Richmond were so well assured of safety, by General Duncan, that they refused, even to entertain the possibility of a penetration of the outer line of defenses, even when the mortar-fleet had begun its work. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 810. All things were in readiness for assault on the 17th of April. The fleets of Farragut and Porter These consisted of forty-seven armed vessels, eight of which were large and powerful steam sloops-of-war.e Confederacy; gave to the enemy the Mississippi River, with all its means of navigation, for a base of operations, and finally led, by plain and irresistible conclusion, to our virtual abandonment of the great and fruitful valley of the Mississippi. Pollard's First Year of the War, page 821. Let us now return to a consideration of the Army of the Potomac, which we left in a quiet condition after the little flurry at Drainsville, at near the close of the year. Tail-piece — camp Ches
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
nks we had better go to a safer place than Richmond. . . . . He is miserable. He tries to be cheerful and bear up against such a continuation of troubles; but oh, I fear he cannot live long, if he does not get some rest and quiet! In this state of mind, the conspirator seems to have sought refuge in a Christian sanctuary. Uncle Jeff., wrote the pitying niece, was confirmed last Tuesday, in St. Paul's Church, by Bishop Johns. He was baptized at home in the morning before church. d — See Pollard's Second Year of the War, page 81. There was a general expectation that Richmond would be in the hands of McClellan within a few days. Every preparation was made by the Confederate authorities to abandon it. The archives of the Government were sent to Columbia, in South Carolina, and to Lynchburg. The railway tracks over the bridges were covered with plank, to facilitate the passage of artillery. Mr. Randolph, the Secretary of War, said to an attendant and relative, You must go with m
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 4: campaign of the Army of the Cumberland from Murfreesboro'to Chattanooga. (search)
not unaptly, the Switzerland of America. As the possession of Switzerland opened the door to the invasion of Italy, Germany, and France, so the possession of East Tennessee gave easy access to Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. Pollard's Third Year of the War, Page 128. The incompetency of Bragg, who was the pliant servant of the will of Jefferson Davis, was universally felt, and when his operations in the vicinity of Chattanooga became known, there was wide-spread discont, was thoroughly beaten before Chattanooga, as we shall observe presently, and tried to hide his own incompetence under fault-finding with his officers--a resource to which he showed, on all occasions, a characteristic and injurious tendency Pollard's Third Year of the War, page 130.--and there was a general feeling that he ought to be relieved from all command, Davis showed his contempt for the opinion of others, by making him February 24, 1864. General-in-Chief of the armies of the Confe
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