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o in the course of their firing brought down one of the enemy's gunners. The distance across is so great, however, that even rifled muskets are of little avail except by chance shots.--N. Y. Evening Post, June 18. The Twenty-Seventh Pennsylvania Regiment, (mostly Germans,) Colonel Einstein, about one thousand strong, passed through Baltimore, Md., on the route to the seat of war. They are well armed and equipped, and have entered the service with the spirit of true soldiers. Whilst at Camden, opposite Philadelphia, where they encamped for some time, they were treated with great kindness by the people of that city.--(Doc. 261.) A balloon ascension for military purposes took place at Washington. The elevation attained was not very great, though it was perfectly satisfactory as an experiment. The aeronauts were Prof. Lowe, Gen. Burns, of the Telegraph Company, and H. C. Robinson, operator. The balloon was connected with the War Department by telegraph. The first message ev
vernment would accept the proposal suggested, and a refusal from Washington, at the present time, would prevent any speedy renewal of the offer of the government. --See Supplement. The Fifteenth regiment of New Hampshire volunteers, under the command of Colonel John W. Kingman, left Concord, for the rendezvous of General Banks's expedition, on Long Island, N. Y.--Governor Brown, of Georgia, sent a message to the General Assembly of that State, in reference to the raids of negroes in Camden County.--(Doc. 44.) At seven o'clock this morning, Colonel Lee, chief of cavalry on the staff of General Hamilton, took possession of Holly Springs, Miss., after a slight skirmish, in which four rebels were killed and a number taken prisoners.--President Lincoln issued an order directing that the Attorney-General of the United States be charged with the superintendence and direction of all proceedings under the Conscription Act, and authorizing him to call upon the military authorities to
and another man to signalize the gunboats of our whereabouts. What damage we did the rebels we do not know. The other part of the expedition took some prisoners, two of them wounded; whether they killed any I did not learn. I think this expedition is the second made under the command of Brigadier-General Graham. A forage-train belonging to the National forces under the command of Colonel Williams, of the Kansas infantry, was attacked and captured at a point about eight miles from Camden, Ark., by a portion of the rebel forces under General Price.--Leavenworth Conservative. The Richmond Examiner contained the following review of the situation: Whilst the black cloud is slowly gathering on the horizon which will soon overspread the heavens, and, amid roaring thunder, discharge its flashes of lightning, a silence full of awe reigns through all nature, unbroken except by the painful soughing of the wind and a faint muttering in the distance. Such is the apparent quiet
April 26. General Steele evacuated Camden, Arkansas, and commenced his march to Little Rock, on account of a want of supplies.--(Doc. 130.)
April 30. A company for the establishment of a volunteer rebel navy was organized in Richmond, Va., with a capital of ten millions of dollars, one million five hundred thousand of which had been paid in.--Richmond Enquirer. General Steele, on his retreat from Camden, Ark., crossed the Saline River. Before crossing, he was attacked by the rebels, under General Fagan, and lost several men, among them Major Atkinson and Lieutenant Henry, both of whom were killed.--the schooner Judson was captured off Mobile Bar, Ala., by the steamer Connemaugh.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., chapter 5.63 (search)
delphia. There Holmes resumed command on the 25th of September. On the 7th of October Smith ordered him to fall back to Camden, whence he could either safely retreat to Shreveport or cooperate with Taylor, who was concentrating his forces on the Raking possession of the Red River and its valley. Holmes, not being pressed by Steele, settled his infantry quietly at Camden, while his cavalry indulged in a sort of spasmodic activity, the main object of which was to procure forage for their horwas Cabell's brigade Major-General Frederick Steele, from a photograph. of Arkansas cavalry; and on their right, toward Camden, was Marmaduke with a division of Missouri cavalry — Shelby's and Greene's brigades. Cabell had about 1200 men for duty; left of the District of Arkansas--that small portion of the State which lies south of a line drawn east and west through Camden. General Price's lines extended from Monticello in the east to the Indian Territory in the west, where General Samuel
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Red River campaign. (search)
aign, in which they were to have been employed. The Government decided that it was too late to use Banks's army against Mobile, and ordered the Nineteenth Corps, consolidated into two divisions, with part of the Thirteenth Corps incorporated, to join the Army of the Potomac. They arrived just in time to be sent to Washington to aid in repelling Early's invasion. Of Steele's operations, since they belong to another chapter [see p. 375], it is only necessary to say here that he entered Camden, Arkansas, ninety miles in a north-easterly direction from Shreveport, on the 15th of April, just when Banks got back to Grand Ecore. Kirby Smith then left Taylor with Wharton and Polignac to watch and worry Banks, and, concentrating all the rest of his army against Steele, forced him to retreat to Little Rock. On both sides this unhappy campaign of the Red River raised a great and bitter crop of quarrels. Taylor was relieved by Kirby Smith, as the result of an angry correspondence; Banks wa
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Resume of military operations in Missouri and Arkansas, 1864-65. (search)
its mouth to its junction with the Grand and Verdigris rivers, into the possession of the Federal forces. This general advance of the Federal line forced General Price to fall back with his army from his fortified positions around Little Rock to Camden and Arkadelphia, in the southern part of the State. Having now no threatened positions of importance to hold, the Confederate generals in Arkansas were free to use their mounted troops and light artillery in attacking and threatening with attackverge toward Shreveport, Louisiana. The Federal columns under Steele left Little Rock and Fort Smith the latter part of March, moved toward the southern part of the State, and after some fighting and manoeuvring drove General Price's forces from Camden, Arkadelphia, and Washington. In the midst of these successful operations, Steele received information that Banks's army had been defeated and was retreating On learning the defeat and consequent retreat of General Banks on Red River . . .
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 9: the Red River expedition. (search)
Bluff with a small force to the left of Steele, in the direction of Camden, a place held and well fortified by the Confederates. That was Steshed on in the direction of Washington, for the purpose of flanking Camden, and drawing Price out of his fortifications there. He encountered instead of pursuing Price toward Washington, turned sharply toward Camden. The Confederates quickly perceived his purpose, and, stimulated tthe news from Western Louisiana, they made vigorous efforts to save Camden from Steele's grasp. While his army was corduroying Bogue bottom, and on the evening of the 15th April. the National troops entered Camden. Although Steele was in a strong place, and supplies could be eaas returning empty, was attacked April 28, 1864. twelve miles from Camden by Shelby's cavalry. The escort consisted of a brigade of infantryroops were nearly famished, having eaten but little since they left Camden, and were exceedingly weary. A part of them had already crossed th
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 41: the Red River expedition, under Major-General N. P. Banks, assisted by the Navy under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter. (search)
diverge from the main road to Shreveport--one going to Washington, the other to Camden. Here some artillery firing took place which lasted until nightfall. After daieve the army was following in their rear, instead of which it took the road to Camden. Much time was spent in crossing the Terre Rouge bottom, which had to be cordut by foot, with the Confederate forces in front and rear, Steele's army entered Camden on the 15th and found the place strongly fortified, so as to be impregnable aga. In fact, he could have held on here until Banks reached Mansfield. But at Camden some captured Confederate dispatches gave the information of Banks' backward moh no hope of being joined by Banks, General Steele wisely concluded to evacuate Camden and fall back. On the night of April 26th the army crossed the Washita and md River, up the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, thence via Little Rock to Camden, Arkansas, a distance of over five hundred miles. A messenger was sent accordingly,
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