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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Marshall and Garfield in eastern Kentucky. (search)
t were empty, were pulled by the men. His supplies were brought up on steam-boats and push-boats. On the 6th of January, 1862, Garfield arrived within seven miles of Paintsville, where Marshall had established his camp and headquarters. It had been Marshall's intention to offer battle at Hagar's farm, near Paintsville, but he had intercepted a letter from Garfield to Cranor, who, with his regiment and some 400 cavalry, was advancing upon Marshall's left and rear from the direction of Salyersville. He then decided to fall back to the forks of Middle Creek, where he awaited the approach of the Federal forces. Garfield and Cranor made a junction near Paintsville, and all moved up to Marshal's front on the 10th of January. General Marshall had selected a strong position along a high ridge south of Middle Creek, and covering the road to Virginia by way of Beaver Creek. Jeffress's battery was placed in a gorge of the left fork of Middle Creek; the 5th Kentucky and 29th Virginia
talion. I ordered Trigg and Jeffress' battery to move forward by the Louisa Fork of the Sandy to join me at Prestonburg. I was at Prestonburg by the 9th of December, and found Trigg there by 18th. Colonel Trigg started from Wytheville with 560 men; Jeffress had 60 in his battery, Williams about 600 in his nine companies, and Shawhan had about 300 mounted men. With these I commenced a demonstration upon the State. Two points were strategic as connected with the roads of the country — Salyersville and Paintsville. I moved the mounted force to the one, the infantry and artillery to the other. This line covered all the roads leading to Virginia by the way of the Pound Gap or up the Sandy on this side of the river. I sent recruiting parties into the counties adjacent to my positions. The news that I was in the State flew through the country and the work of enlistment commenced. I permitted my battalion of mounted men to advance to West Liberty, and some of the troopers pushed on
given by a Union soldier who participated in the battle: camp “hopeless chase,” Pikesville, Pike County, Ky., Nov. 11, 1861. I take the first opportunity of writing to you that I have had since I sent my last to you. I have been in an engagement; have heard the cold lead balls fly past my ears; I have seen men struck dead by my side by those same balls; and yet, by the goodness of God, have escaped unhurt. Let me now give you a full description of the fight. We marched from Salyersville the day after I wrote my last, and after marching one whole day and a half, we arrived at Preston-burg, fording the Big Sandy about a mile from town. We stayed there two days, and then received orders to march to this place. We were to start at twelve M., every thing being got ready, as it was to be a forced march. Norris and myself got our horses ready, brought them into the yard, and hitched them up ready, but near nightfall news came that we would not go till the next day. Oh, how g
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
Salineville, Ohio. 94, 4; 140, A9 Salisbury, N. C. 76, 2; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 142, E13; 171 Salkehatchie River, S. C. 76, 2; 80, 3 Salt Lake, Utah Ter. 120, 1 Salt Lick, W. Va. 140, G12 Salt Pond Mountain, Va. 141, F12 Salt River, Mo. 152, A6, 152, B4, 152, C5 Salt Springs, Ga. 57, 1; 58, 2; 60, 1 Saltville, Va. 118, 1; 135-A; 141, H9; 142, A9 Salt Works, Ky. 118, 1; 141, C5 Saluria, Tex. 26, 1; 65, 10; 171 Salyersville, Ky. 118, 1; 141, E5 San Antonio, Tex. 43, 8; 54, 1; 135-A; 171 San Bernardino, Cal. 120, 1; 134, 1; 171 San Bois Creek, Indian Territory 119, 1 Fort Sanders, Tenn. 48, 2; 111, 5; 130, 1, 130, 2 Sandersville, Ga. 70, 1; 71, 5, 71, 6; 76, 2; 101, 21; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 143, G5; 144, C5 Sand Mountain, Ala. 24, 3; 48, 1; 117, 1; 149, F9 Sand Mountain, Ga. 48, 1; 58, 1 Sandtown, Ga. 45, 5; 57, 1, 57, 3; 60, 1, 60, 2; 65, 3; 88, 2; 101, 21; 11
An energetic Raider. --The Abingdon Virginian notices the return there of Capt. Peter M. Everett, from a raid towards the Ohio river, having brought in 46 prisoners, captured 250 horses, and killed 19 of the enemy. It says: He marched 105 miles in 29 hours, and fought an hour and a half at Salyersville during the time.--it is horses being worn down by the march, he remounted his whole command on fresh Yankee horses, supplied 40 bare-footed men with shoes, the whole command with new overcoats, destroyed 250 pistols, 400 Enfield rifles, $500,000 worth of property, and killed 19 men. He then proceeded to Jackson, on the Kentucky river, destroyed $200,000 worth of packed pork, and saved the Yankees the trouble of slaughtering 200 hogs, and all without the loss of a man, and only two wounded.