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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
uties, 242. Forrest's raid into Kentucky, 243. he is repulsed at Paducah, 244. he attacks Fort Pillow, 245. his massacre of prisoners at ile, Forrest moved with Buford's division directly from Jackson to Paducah, on the Ohio River, in Kentucky, accompanied by Buford and General A. P. Thompson. Paducah was then occupied by a force not exceeding sever. hundred men, They consisted of portions of the Sixteenth Kente of the fort, in which the Confederate sharp-shooters swarmed. Paducah suffered terribly from the bombardment and conflagration. Besidesarch, 1864. hoping something would turn up to his advantage, At Paducah, as elsewhere, Forrest's conduct was marked by bad faith. He tooks greatly chagrined by the failure of his arms and his trickery at Paducah, and, hastening back to Tennessee, he sought more successful emploief Conspirators at Richmond, exhibited in his summons to Hicks at Paducah, was fully gratified. Major Bradford, being a native of a Slave-l
nse of Franklin against Van Dorn, 3.118; at the battle of Chickamauga, 3.139; operations of against Forts Gaines and Morgan, 3.443. Grant, Gen. U. S., occupies Paducah, 2.76; operations of in Kentucky, 2.85; against Fort Donelson, 2.207-2.234; movements of on the Tennessee, and his victory at Shiloh, 2.261-2.283; operations of a 1.104; signatures to (note), 1.107. Oreto, Confederate cruiser, escape of from Mobile, 2.569. Osage River, crossing of by Fremont and Sigel, 2.79. P. Paducah, occupation of by Gen. Grant, 2.76; repulse of Forrest at, 3.244. Palmetto flag, raised in Columbia, in place of the detested rag of the Union, 1.95. Pals Post, 2.581; in the Red River expedition, 3.252; at the battle of Pleasant Hill, 3.261; services of in Missouri, 3.277. Smith, Gen. Charles F., in command at Paducah, 2.86. Smith, Gen., E. Kirby, re-enforces Johnston at Bull's Run, 1.602; his invasion of Kentucky, 2.502; his movement on Cincinnati, 2.503; compelled to retre
army, and see how it acts, in order to carry out the plan we have traced. The rebel army, in the accomplishment of this plan, proceeds with the utmost speed to Paducah; there, or in the neighborhood, it crosses the Ohio. If AIV tries to cross the Mississippi near Cairo, to join with a part of the reserve Army AV, and to retreatmight be accomplished in about three or four weeks after the defeat of AIII, as BIII would require only seven or eight days to go, partly by rail, from Decatur to Paducah, the distance not being more than ten ordinary days' march. From this last-named place it might reach St. Louis in a forced march of six or seven days; and if wesed to the now strongly-reinforced B. After the destruction of AIV, BIII should advance and join with B. A cannot prevent their junction, as BIII could pass to Paducah, and be transported from there by rail to B. The relative positions of the two armies would now be-- 325,000 Union troops opposed to about 400,000 rebels on
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 13: building a navy on the Western rivers.--battle of Belmont. (search)
James B. Eads engaged to build gun-boats. depot established at Cairo. Navy yard at Mound City. Flag-officer Foote in command of Mississippi Squadron. Captain Pennock and assistants. the Taylor, Lexington and Conestoga. Grant seizes Paducah. Commander Walke attacks the batteries near Columbus. battle of Belmont. Grant gains two victories in one day. efficient services rendered by gun-boats. the western flotilla, etc., etc. To enable us to keep pace with the progress of even Kentucky, in the early part of the war, endeavored to preserve a neutral position between the contending sections. but the Confederate General Polk soon violated this neutrality, seizing Columbus, some twenty miles below Cairo, and threatening Paducah; whereupon Grant seized this latter place and garrisoned it. Thus the two armies were near each other. Grant had nothing but ordinary transports to operate with, and these were liable to be cut to pieces from the banks of the river by the Confe
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 15: capture of Fort Donelson and battle of Shiloh. (search)
couraging to the enemy. General Grant, being under the impression at least that Foote's flotilla could not assist him immediately, instructed Commander Walke to proceed without delay to commence the attack on Fort Donelson in connection with our Army before the enemy could receive re-enforcements or could strengthen his position. The following is the letter referred to, preceding the battle of Fort Donelson. From Commander Walke to Flag-officer Foote. U. S. Gun-Boat Carondelet, Paducah, Feb. 10th, 1862. Sir:--I received instructions from General Grant this evening, to proceed with this vessel to Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland river, to co-operate with our Army in that vicinity. I expect to meet you before I reach there. The Alps will take me in tow. I will call at this place. General Grant will send the Taylor, Lexington, and Conestoga after me. We heard that you were on your way to Fort Donelson, but I hear no tidings of you here tonight. The Taylor has jus
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
ommanding E. Thompson; Lexington, Lieut.-Commanding J. W. Shirk, with four transports, each having five mortar-boats in tow; also a magazine boat and a provision boat. The squadron was accompanied by troops under General Buford, in four steamers, half a dozen tugs, and a large number of barges and lighters in tow. As this expedition approached Columbus the Union flag was seen floating from the ramparts. It had been taken possession of two days before by a company of cavalry scouts from Paducah, under Col. Haas. The enemy had already fortified certain positions further South on the Mississippi, and had also re-inforced Island No.10. Gen. Pope, with an army of ten thousand men, hastened to occupy New Madrid, on the west bank of the Mississippi, below Island No.10, and he at once detected the weakness of the enemy's position. Pope established a line of batteries from New Madrid to a point fifteen miles below Island No.10, thus shutting the enemy off from his only source of suppl
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 30: (search)
ls could ascend. He chose command of this district to enable him to attend to the reconstruction of the Eastport, a vessel captured by him in the Tennessee after the fall of Fort Henry. At the time of her capture the Confederates were transforming the vessel into an iron-clad ram. This was the Eastport, hitherto mentioned in our narrative. Phelps was very active in harassing the enemy, and gave them no rest. His first act after. assuming command on the Tennessee was to proceed from Paducah, Ky., with the Covington, Queen City, Argosy, Silver Cloud and Champion, up the river, destroying everything on the way that could be of any use to the enemy. All boats and scows were destroyed, so that communication from one bank to another was pretty effectually cut off. The Covington ascended as far as Eastport, the highest point attainable at that stage of the river, offering protection to Unionists and bringing out of the country those desiring to escape conscription; for at that time th
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 55: operations of the Mississippi Squadron in the latter part of 1864 and in 1865. (search)
rmy, and filled the woods with Confederate stragglers. Anything which bears the signature of that glorious hero, General George H. Thomas, will ever be interesting, and a compliment from him paid to the Navy will be appreciated. General Thomas immediately telegraphed to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee the result of his operations against General Hood, and expressed his thanks for the aid the Army had received from the naval flotilla on the Tennessee: United States Military Telegraph, Paducah, Kentucky, Dec. 30, 1864. [By telegraph from Headquarters Department Cumberland, Pulaski, Dec. 29, 1864.] Sir — Your two telegrams have been received. We have been pressing the work as hard as the condition of the roads would permit, and have succeeded in taking some few prisoners — probably some five or six hundred--since the enemy crossed Duck River. From the best information I have at this time, Hood's losses since he invaded the State of Tennessee sum up as follows: Six (6) general o
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Chapter XXII: Operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Mississippi, North Alabama, and Southwest Virginia. March 4-June 10, 1862. (ed. Lieut. Col. Robert N. Scott), May 2-9, 1862.-expedition from Trenton to Paris and Dresden, Tenn., with skirmish, May 5, near Lockridge's Mill. (search)
passing up to Paris; he instantly sent off on the fastest horses couriers to Hickman, Mayfield, Paducah, and elsewhere, that all the neighborhood had gone, and much more not necessary to relate. I gayes, at Jackson, Tenn., who seems to have known my destination, called to see me, but left for Paducah, telling two persons, of my knowledge, where I was going. This is certain. The notorious spy giment on the march and in the affair excellent. Regretting the impossibility of getting to Paducah, in which Colonel Jackson and Major Wicks agree with me, I hope to have your approval of my couf Paris and Dresden for the purpose of intercepting some supplies of medicines, &c., taken from Paducah for the use of the rebel army; also a brief statement of what has been done since the result ofyet be actually ascertained, but will, I presume, number about 60, as Captain Nlott has reached Paducah with 58 men and 48 horses. The loss of the enemy is not known, but they were seen to haul o
assume command of the expedition and march upon Paducah, Ky., with as much celerity as may be judicious for yggage and subsistence, and by a coup de main enter Paducah, capture its garrison, and destroy the large amount you will so arrange your movements as to dash into Paducah about daybreak. You should give out by the waysideroops at Cairo, I advised you to occupy and fortify Paducah, Smithland, and Columbus before a single Federal reve received several communications from Hickman and Paducah of late dates, informing me the Federal force at thso from a reliable source that the Federal force at Paducah consists of about 200 cavalry, whose discipline is exceedingly lax. The Federal stores at Paducah are valued at $3,000,000 by my correspondent, and he thinks theywith his command to destroy these Federal stores at Paducah. Possibly it might be well for Colonel Claiborne ten his communications by railroad with Columbus and Paducah in his rear and Huntsville on his left flank, and t
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