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cavalry showed unusual activity. On the 26th of October a gunboat expedition, under Major Phillips, was made against a Confederate recruiting-station, near Eddyville, Kentucky. Phillips, with three companies of the Ninth Illinois Regiment, surprised and broke up the station, where Captain Wilcox had assembled about seventy-five me measles. The thought of a movement in my present condition is idle. I am not more than able to patrol the town. In relation to the movements of the enemy at Eddyville, I have reliable information. The gunboat steamed up to the town, and steamed back again. A company or squad of twenty-five cavalry, from Smithland, marched within four miles of Eddyville, took all the double-barreled guns they could find, robbed some women of their jewelry, seized several horses and mules, destroyed some property, insulted some women, captured one citizen as prisoner, and returned to Smithland. He reports at Calhoun, Owensboro, and Henderson, about 3,000 Federal tro
, I advised Captain Dixon to retain the position, and construct the additional defenses as rapidly as possible. To obstruct the Cumberland at points below Donelson, old barges and flats have been sunk at Ingraham's Shoals, a few miles above Eddyville, and at Line Island, three miles below Lineport. In all ordinary stages of water the obstructions render the river impassable for gunboats, and for any other boats at this time. Such, at least, is the judgment of Captain Dixon, who superintender guns, mounted on siege-carriages, and some howitzers for throwing shells. General Johnston sent four more thirty-two-pounders within the next four days. Within the same period the gunboats of the enemy were stopped by the obstructions near Eddyville. General G. A. Henry, Confederate States Senator from Tennessee, a resident of Clarksville, and deeply interested in the defense of the Cumberland, accompanied Major Gilmer on this tour of inspection. He wrote to General Johnston as follow
River. Captain Foote's report. St. Louis, October 30, 1861. sir: The Conestoga, Lieut. Corn. Phelps, has again been up the Tennessee River as far as Eddyville, sixty-two miles distant from Paducah, with three companies of the Illinois regiment, under command of Major Phillips, and conjointly they have had a handsome an Foote, Captain U. S. Navy, &c. A correspondent of the Chicago Tribune gives the following account of this affair: On board Steamer Lake Erie No. 2. Eddyville, Ky., Oct. 26, 1861. Last evening, Major Phillips, with three hundred of the Ninth Illinois regiment, started on an expedition from Paducah. Stopping at Smithlth three hundred abolition troops, came up the Cumberland, and landed at West Eddyville. The troops were disembarked and proceeded to Saratoga, a few miles from Eddyville, where a fine cavalry company of Kentuckians, just formed by Captain Wilcox, were encamped, completely surprising and putting them to rout, and killing and wound
of the Cumberland was of the slowest possible description. On the morning of Thursday, by about nine o'clock, we made Eddyville — a small town on the east bank of the river, and distant only about forty-five miles from Smithland. If one may judge from the demonstrations of those who stood on the shore watching our passage, a more loyal town than Eddyville exists nowhere beneath the sun. The women waved handkerchiefs of all colors, or in lieu of that an apron or bonnet; the men swung their hvociferated alternately Hurrah for the Union! and Hurrah for Lincoln! until hoarse beyond utterance; even the dogs of Eddyville were loyal, and barked and wagged their tails in patriotic joy at the national inundation. There was only one case, hofor the Union--the Union in which himself, his children, and his grandchildren had been born, reared, and protected. Eddyville is a nice little town, and probably is quite as good as that ancient scriptural city which numbered at least one righte
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Joy of the Tennessee Unionists. (search)
r: Every cabin-door is open as we pass, and in every one a woman's fluttering handkerchief is seen. Everywhere women, children, and negroes crowd to the banks to see steamboats once more ploughing the neglected stream, and wave their welcome back to commerce and the flag; but for dozens of miles not a white man is to be seen. They have either been driven off by the rebels, or are of doubtful loyalty, and deem it prudent to keep out of the way. There are, too, marked exceptions. Eddyville, a pleasant little river town, perched on the bluffs, some forty miles up the stream, runs up the Stars and Stripes as we approach, and grey-haired men are seen at the landing, waving their hats and shouting and cheering till the tears run down their aged cheeks. And at Canton, long before we reach the place, a rugged-featured, butternut-clothed farmer is seen on the bank, shouting till one would think him crazy. I've been ground down, he yells, in an ecstacy of delight; I've not dared
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Kentucky, 1861 (search)
unded. Total, 25. Oct. 23: Capture of Hazel GreenOHIO--33d Infantry (2 Cos.). Oct. 23: Skirmish near HodgensvilleINDIANA--6th Infantry (Detachment). Union loss, 3 wounded. Oct. 23: Action, West LibertyOHIO--1st Cavalry (Co. "B"); Battery "E," 1st Light Arty.; 2d Infantry. Union loss, 2 wounded, 2 missing. Total, 4. Oct. 24: Attack on Camp Joe UnderwoodConfederate reports. Oct. 26: Skirmish, SaratogaILLINOIS--9th Infantry (Cos. "B," "H," "I"). Union loss, 4 wounded. Oct. 26: Skirmish, EddyvilleILLINOIS--9th Infantry (Cos. "B," "H," "I"). UNITED STATES--Gunboat "Conestoga." Oct. 29: Skirmish, WoodburyKENTUCKY--3d Cavalry; 17th and 26th Infantry. Union loss, 1 wounded. Oct. 31: Skirmish, MorgantownKENTUCKY--Home Guard. Nov. 7-9: Demonstration on Columbus from PaducahILLINOIS--Thielman's Cavalry; Buell's Battery Light Arty.; 9th, 12th and 40th Infantry. INDIANA--23d Infantry. Nov. 8: Engagement, Ivy MountainKENTUCKY--16th Infantry. OHIO--2d and 21st Infantry. Nov. 9: Action, Pi
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Kentucky, 1864 (search)
Sept. 14: Affair, WestonKENTUCKY--48th Infantry (Detachment). Sept. 20: Affair, McCormick's GapKENTUCKY--37th Infantry. Sept. 20-Oct. 17: Exp. from Kentucky into Southwest Virginia (Burbridge's)KENTUCKY--11th and 13th Cavalry; 26th, 30th, 35th, 37th, 39th, 40th and 45th Infantry. MICHIGAN--11th Cavalry. OHIO--12th Cavalry. UNITED STATES--5th Colored Cavalry. Sept. 25: Skirmish, HendersonUNITED STATES--118th Colored Infantry. Union loss, 3 killed, 1 wounded. Total, 4. Oct. 17: Skirmish, EddyvilleKENTUCKY--48th Mounted Infantry (Detachment). UNITED STATES--13th Colored Infantry (Detachment). Union loss, 55. Oct. 21: Skirmish, HarrodsburgUNITED STATES--5th Colored Cavalry. Oct. 29: Attack on VanceburgCitizens. Oct. 30: Affair near Fort HeimanCapture by Morgan, of U. S. Gunboat "Undine," and Transports. Nov. 5: Skirmish, BloomfieldKENTUCKY--37th Infantry (Detachment). Nov. 5-6: Skirmishes, Big Pigeon RiverNORTH CAROLINA--3d Mounted Infantry. Union loss, 2 wounded. Nov. 15: Skirm
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Illinois Volunteers. (search)
Army Corps, to March, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps, to September, 1864. Unattached, 3rd Cavalry Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to November, 1864. Unattached, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi, to July, 1865. Service. Duty at Cairo, Ill., till September, 1861. Expedition to Paducah, Ky., September 5-6. Occupation of Paducah September 6, and duty there till February, 1862. Skirmish at Saratoga and Eddyville, Ky., October 26, 1861 (Cos. B, H and I ). Demonstration on Columbus, Ky., November 7-9. Reconnaissance to Fort Henry, Tenn., January 15-25, 1862. Operations against Forts Henry and Heiman February 5-6. Investment and capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 12-16. Expedition to Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn., February 22-March 1. Moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 1-10. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May
panies G, I and K rejoin Regiment. Paris, Tenn., March 11, 1862 (1st Battalion). Expedition to Paris March 31-April 2 (Co. F ). Near Fort Donelson August 23 (Detachment). Fort Donelson August 23. Cumberland Iron Works August 26. Expedition to Clarksville September 5-10. New Providence September 6 (Cos. G, I and K ). Clarksville September 7. Operations about Forts Donelson and Henry September 18-23. Near Lexington Landing October 1 (Detachment). Scout toward Eddyville October 29-November 10 (Cos. G, I and K ). Garrettsburg, Ky., November 6. Expedition from Fort Heiman December 18-28 (Cos. G, I and K ). Waverly January 16, 1863. Cumberland Iron Works, Fort Donelson, February 3, 1863. Moved to Fort Donelson February 5, and duty there till June 5. Destruction of Bridge, Mobile & Ohio Railroad, February 15. Paris, Tenn., March 14. Waverly April 10 (Detachment). Stewartsborough April 12 (1 Co.). Moved to Murfreesboro and Nashv
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Kentucky Volunteers. (search)
August 8 (Detachments from Companies B and C ). Regiment relieved and mounted. Moved to Calhoun August 13-19 and join Hobson's operations against Adam Johnson August 19-24. Canton, Ky., August 24. Moved to Cadiz, thence to Princeton, Ky., and operating against guerrillas in Counties bordering on the Cumberland River till December 1. Skirmish in Union County August 31 (Detachment). Weston September 14. Action with Lyon's forces November 6 (Detachment Cos. F and K ). Eddyville October 17. Providence November 21. Mustered out December 19, 1864. Regiment lost during service 7 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 96 Enlisted men by disease. Total 104. 49th Kentucky Regiment Mounted Infantry. Organized at Camp Nelson, Ky., September 19, 1863. Attached to District of Somerset, Ky., 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Dept. of Ohio, to January, 1864. District of Southwest Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, to April, 1864.
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