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From the Charleston papers of the 17th we take the following intelligence about the fall and position of Fort McAllister. The Courier says: "The fort was carried by assault at 3 o'clock on Tuesday morning, the 13th instant, by the portC. Anderson, of Savannah. The main body of Sherman's army, it is believed, still threaten Savannah. The capture of Fort McAllister, at the mouth of the Ogeechee, will enable the enemy to co-operate with the fleet in any attack on the city. No furt puts the enemy's land forces in co-operation with their fleet, does not necessarily involve the loss of the city. Fort McAllister is about twenty miles from Savannah; and beyond that, the land operations of the enemy will be checked by three formHead; also, that it was rumored that Savannah was to capitulate at 12 M., Thursday. They had learned of the fall of Fort McAllister, but could give no particulars. Another thousand Yankee prisoners will be taken down this morning. This completes
Millen. They were hurried off to Columbia, South Carolina. A few confined in the penitentiary at Milledgeville were released by our scouts, to whom the city was surrendered two days in advance of the approach of the main army. No doubt is entertained of the capture of Savannah; but Sherman never intended more than a demonstration against Macon and Augusta to deceive the enemy, and in this he was perfectly successful. A letter gives the following description of the capture of Fort McAllister--a little earthwork, which was never intended for defence on the land side: Last night, General Sherman's right, Howard's wing, was thrown around the city, and his cavalry and pickets rested on the Ogeechee river. General Sherman made a careful reconnaissance last evening before dusk, detected the weak points of the work, and instantly formed his plan for its capture. He gave his orders to carry out his plan, and designated Hazen's division of the Fifteenth corps to assault it.
t were repulsed signally. Our works around the city were very strong, and the place, in all probability, would have been held had it not been for the fall of Fort McAllister. "The usual garrison of Fort McAllister numbered about one hundred and twenty five men. A day or two before it fell, however, about six hundred more trooFort McAllister numbered about one hundred and twenty five men. A day or two before it fell, however, about six hundred more troops were sent to their aid. By its fall we lost between seven and eight hundred men. The fort was attacked on the north side by Sherman's forces. No particulars of the fight have, as yet, been received. It is known, however, that no attack was made on the south, or water side. It is also now known if the fort had been as strong oet and procured a bountiful supply of ammunition — an article which he was deprived of by Providence in Atlanta.--Sherman also transferred the heavy guns from Fort McAllister to a position from which he could shell the city in case he wished to. "No demand was made for the surrender of the city until Saturday. On that day he
The Daily Dispatch: January 4, 1865., [Electronic resource], The evacuation of Savannah — the Latest statements from Southern sources. (search)
The evacuation of Savannah — the Latest statements from Southern sources. The Charleston Courier contains a letter giving a very interesting statement of the evacuation of Savannah. The writer says: Our fortifications extended from the Savannah river, some four miles above the city, on our right, to the Little Ogeechee river, near the Gulf railroad, some eight miles from the city, on our left.--We held Fort McAllister, on the west bank of the Ogeechee, a few miles below the Gulf railroad. We also had strong batteries at Rose Dew, between the two Ogeechees, at Beaulieu, Thunderbolt, Causlin's Bluff, etc., and troops stationed on Isle of Hope and Whitmarsh islands. Our newly-erected fortifications on the land side of the city were very strong and capable of turning back almost any kind of assault, though they were not commenced till after Sherman had nearly reached Milledgeville. Sherman's army appeared before these works about the 8th or 9th instant, and on Saturday, the
overtures except such as would be disgraceful to us. The question having been taken, the House laid the resolution upon the table — yeas, 84; nays, 51. The following are the nays: Messrs. Ancone, Baldwin of Michigan, Bass, Brooks, Brown of Wisconsin, Chanier, Coffroth, Cox, Craven, Dennison, Eden, Eldridge, Edgerten, English, Fiuck, Hale, Hall, Harrington, Harris of Illinois. Hobnan, Johnson of Ohio, Kellegg of New York, Kernan, King, Law, Lazear, LeBlond. Long. Mallory, Marry, McAllister, McDowell, McKenney, Morrie of Ohio, Morrison, Noble, Pendleton Radford, Randall of Pennsylvania, Robinson, Rogers, Ross, Scott, Steele of New York, Stiles, Townsend, Wadsworth, C. A. White, J. W. White, F. Wood and Yeamen--51. The Whereabouts of Thomas's army. A telegram from St. Louis, the 16th, says: An officer from Clifton, Wayne county, Tennessee, where he left General Thomas on Saturday, says no active operations may be expected for several days. The truthfulness
nst their main line that kept the rebels constantly on the alert. In the middle of the afternoon came the grand struggle. In front of Miles and Mott the rebels girded themselves for a final effort to dislodge us. Their bugles sounded the charge, out rushed the masses of grey, and on they came with their old yell. The Second warmed instantly to the work. It gave yell for yell, volley for volley, but stubbornly refused to give an inch of ground. Mott and Miles, Nugent, De Trobriand, McAllister, Scott, and hosts of others, shone conspicuous in the battle, for such it had become, a fair open-field fight.--The contest raged for three hours, and ended by the withdrawal of Hill to the cover of his works. Miscellaneous. The guerrillas under the command of the rebel Major White, who have been operating so industriously of late in Fairfax county, have gone up the Shenandoah Valley to a new field of operations. Advices from Arizona to February 5th announce that the expediti
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