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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
-Pamphlet, Evidences taken before the Committee of the House of Representatives, appointed to inquire into the treatment of prisoners at Castle thunder, April 1863. Colonel C. T. Crittenden.--Lot of Confederate newspaper slips.--Battle flag of the Thirteenth Virginia Infantry.--Richmond Examiner's account of the presentation ceremonies. General D. H. Maury, Richmond, Virginia.--Private Diary, Recollections of the war, &c.--Copies of the proceedings of a court of inquiry held at Abbeville, Mississippi, on charges preferred by Brigadier-General John S. Bowen, P. A. C. S., against Major-General Earl Van Dorn, P. A. C. S., November, 1862.--Judge-Advocate Holt's account of the execution of Mrs. Surratt.--Letter of Colonel S. L. Lockett on the Defence of Mobile.--Various newspaper slips of importance.--Private Journal of Samuel H. Lockett on Defence of Mobile. Creed T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia.--A Record of Camps, Marches and Actions of Second Company Richmond Howitzers, campaign 1
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), How Jefferson Davis was overtaken. (search)
ory, over which the tenderness and charity of some of the actors have been disposed to draw the curtain, committing its sorrows to secrecy. Mr. Davis reached Abbeville on the 1st of May. So far he had been accompanied by the fragments of five brigades, amounting in number to less than one thousand men, and reorganized into twonces of the demoralization of the escort, and the story told almost at every mile, by stragglers from Johnston's command, was not calculated to inspire them. At Abbeville, Mr. Davis resolved upon a council of war. It was composed of the five brigade commanders, and General Braxton Bragg (for the year past the military adviser of Taylor, and Kirby Smith, and within which he hoped to revive the desperate fortunes of the rebellion. He confided his hopes to Breckenridge, and when he reached Abbeville, South Carolina, he called a council of war to deliberate upon the plans which he had conceived for regenerating what had now become in fact The lost cause. Th
description; but the men were. Over cigars, the conversation turned upon the organization of the army; and, accustomed as I was to seeing the best men in the ranks, the way these young bloods talked rather astounded me. Private in Co. F, answered John C. to my query-he represented one of the finest estates on the river-You've heard of F, of course. We hang by the old company. Wyatt has just refused a captaincy of engineers to stick as third corporal. Neat that, in John, put in Wyatt, when he was offered the majority of a regiment of cavalry and refused it to stay in. And why not? said George H. shortly. Pass the Madeira, Will. I would'nt give my place in F for the best majority going. As far as that goes it's a mere matter of taste, I know. But the fact is, if we of the old organizations dodge our duty now by hunting commissions, how can we hope that the people will come to time promptly? George H. had a quarter of a million to his credit, and was an only son-N
man with a plentiful larder and a passable cook, but then, egad, sir! he's an oasis. The mass of the people South don't live, sir! they vegetate-vegetate and nothing else. You get watery soups. Then they offer you mellow madeira with some hot, beastly joint; and oily old sherry with some confounded stew. Splendid materials-materials that the hand of an artist would make luscious-egad, sir; luscious-utterly ruined in the handling. It's too bad, Styles, too bad! It is, indeed, put in Wyatt, falling into the colonel's vein, too Dad! And as for steaks, why, sir, there is not a steak is this whole country. They stew them, colonel, actually stew beefsteaks! Listen to the receipt a notable housewife gave me: Put a juicy steak, cut two inches thick, in a saucepan; cover it well with water; put in a large lump of lard and two sliced onions. Let it simmer till the water dries; add a small lump of butter and a dash of pepper --and it's done! Think of that, sir, for a bonne bouche!
December 2. Abbeville, Miss., was evacuated by the rebels, and occupied by the National cavalry alry belonging to the army of General Grant.--A fight took place near Franklin, Va., between a force of Union troops, under the command of Colonel Spear, Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry, and a body of rebel cavalry, supported by artillery, resulting in a complete rout of the rebels, with considerable loss.--(Doc. 57.) Lieutenant Hoffman of the First New Jersey cavalry, and six of his men, were surprised while on picket-duty, at a point three miles from Dumfries, Va. In their unsuccessful resistance, private Thomas Buffin was seriously wounded.--General Averill sent a reconnoisance from Brooks's Station, up the Rappahannock River, which succeeded in capturing a number of rebel pickets, and obtaining valuable information.--At three o'clock this morning parts of two companies of the Eighth Pennsylvania cavalry, numbering sixty men, under the command of Captain Wilson, were attacked at
  20 20 153 Totals 5 211 216 1 200 201 1,493 216 killed==14.4 per cent. Total of killed and wounded, 792; died in Confederate prisons (previously included), 41 battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. Fort Donelson, Tenn. 55 Wyatt, Miss. 1 Shiloh, Tenn. 103 Snake Creek Gap, Ga. 1 Corinth, Miss. 29 Resaca, Ga. 4 Lundy's Lane, Ala. 1 Dallas, Ga. 1 Meed Creek, Miss. 3 Rome, Ga. 1 Jackson, Tenn. 1 Nancy's Creek, Ga. 1 Grenada, Miss. 1 Atlanta, Ga. 2 Bear Creeks. 7 62 5 74 Holly Springs, Miss. 2 2 1 5 Jackson, Miss. 1 6 2 9 Vicksburg, Miss. (assault May 22) 7 85   92 Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. 5 39   44 Mechanicsburg, Miss.   1   1 Richmond, La.   3   3 Tupelo, Miss. 1 6   7 Abbeville, Miss.   2   2 Nashville, Tenn. 4 83   87 Spanish Fort, Ala. 4 13   17 Guerrillas 2 6 2 10 Skirmishes 4 21 3 28   Totals 52 427 16 495 notes.--This regiment was recruited in Missouri and Illinois during the summe
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 13 (search)
on Wyatt to cross the river, there a bold, deep stream, with a newly-constructed fort behind. I had Grierson's Sixth Illinois Cavalry with me, and with it opened communication with General Grant when we were abreast of Holly Springs. We reached Wyatt on the 2d day of December without the least opposition, and there learned that Pemberton's whole army had fallen back to the Yalabusha, near Grenada, in a great measure by reason of the exaggerated reports concerning the Helena force, which had road in the neighborhood of Coffeeville, naturally alarmed General Pemberton for the safety of his communications, and made him let go his Tallahatchie line with all the forts which he had built at great cost in labor. We had to build a bridge at Wyatt, which consumed a couple of days, and on the 5th of December my whole command was at College Hill, ten miles from Oxford, whence I reported to General Grant in Oxford. On the 8th I received the following letter: Oxford, Mississippi, Dece
between the two railroads, in a low and densely wooded bottom, with no knowledge in regard to roads, and knowing that they had had time to send ample forces from Abbeville, I deemed it too hazardous to proceed further in that direction. I here detailed Major Birge, of the Ninth Illinois cavalry, with one hundred men, armed with cat fifteen miles and encamped for the night. Before doing so I hesitated as to the route I should take on my return. I was at the point where the main road from Abbeville and Coffeeville intersected the road I passed down upon, about five miles from Grenada. I felt the importance of striking Coffeeville, and destroying some bridghy of all praise. When at Oakland I was fifteen miles from Coffeeville. From prisoners captured, and from citizens, I learned that the rebel army had fled from Abbeville, and were falling back rapidly via Water Valley and Coffeeville. I also learned that the cavalry force, which we encountered at Oakland, were Texas troops, abou
Doc. 82.-skirmish on the Tallahatchie. see advance on Holly Springs, Miss., page 214 ante. camp First Kansas infantry, near Abbeville, Miss., December 16, 1862. Editors Missouri Democrat: It is with regret that we feel called upon to make this communication. We are not in the habit of fault-finding, but we feel that it is but justice to a brave and noble officer, and the men under his command, that the glaring and seemingly wilful mistakes of your correspondent, W. L. F., should be contradicted. That he is mistaken in his account of the skirmish north of the Tallahatchie on November thirtieth, every man and officer of the left wing ought to know, and how he, as the medium between the army, the press, and the people, can allow himself to state so palpable a falsehood, (he that should be the most correct of the correctly informed,) is beyond our comprehension. The facts are these: On the morning of the thirtieth, Colonel Deitzler, Colonel First Kansas infantry, command
hie River at New Albany, succeeded in passing directly through the State, and eventually joined General Banks' forces at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. So great was the consternation created by this raid, that it was impossible to obtain any reliable information of the enemy's movements, rumor placing him in various places at the same time. On the twentieth, I addressed the following telegram to General Johnston: Can you not make a heavy demonstration with cavalry on the Tallahatchie, towards Abbeville, if only for fifty miles? The enemy are endeavoring to compel a diversion of my troops to Northern Mississippi. The same day the following communication was addressed to General Johnston in response to one from him, asking if I could not send reinforcements to the assistance of Colonel Roddy: I have not sufficient force to give any efficient assistance to Colonel Roddy. The enemy are advancing from Memphis, via Hernando; from Grand Junction and LaGrange, via Holly Springs and Salem, and
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