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ained may be briefly summed up. On November second, Gen. Mansfield Lovell, in command at Coldwater, fell back through Holly Springs. Gen. Pemberton coming up from the capital of Mississippi, on the fifth, stopped him, and ordered that Coldwater shoud Donelson. Attached to this force are six four-gun batteries. Price lay with twelve thousand men seven miles below Holly Springs, on the Salem road, while twenty-two miles further south, at Abbeysville, were some thirteen thousand militia, or cong at Vicksburgh, thanks to those who permit crossing to be done at that point. Three weeks ago Gen. Armstrong left Holly Springs with seven thousand men on his way to Port Hudson, a point above Baton Rouge, which is being strongly fortified. He eft Holly Springs with seven thousand men on his way to Port Hudson, a point above Baton Rouge, which is being strongly fortified. He has since resigned. Van Dorn is now at Holly Springs under arrest, and is succeeded, as you know, by Pemberton.
Doc. 55.-advance on Holly Springs, Miss. camp near Waterford, Miss., November 30, 1862. Day before yesterday morning we took up our line of march from Davis's Mills to Holly Springs. The weather, which up to the time of our departure had-ninth,) the advance of the Federal army passed through Holly Springs. No halt was made there, but all day Saturday, and allof the town as the head of Ross's entered the north. Holly Springs is the handsomest place we have seen yet on our southwal from a large stock of tobacco which he had brought to Holly Springs to supply the rebel army. I was informed on good autParrott guns, was far in the advance ever since we left Holly Springs, and his advance was one continued skirmish along the whole distance from Holly Springs to where he now is, within two miles of the Tallahatchie. The country through which the rront, and as we had learned yesterday, while we were at Holly Springs, that Gen. Sherman, with the army from Memphis, was at
M., when the enemy retreated south, crossing the Hatchie at Corum's Mills, about six miles further up the river. Our loss was fifty killed, four hundred and ninety-three wounded, and seventeen missing. Gen. Hurlbut did not attempt any pursuit, and Gen. Rosecrans did not leave Corinth till the morning of the fifth. The enemy therefore effected his escape, but was followed for a distance of about sixty miles without being overtaken. Gen. Grant afterward led his forces south as far as Holly Springs, and drove the enemy across the Tallahatchie. This operation was attended with several brisk skirmishes, in all of which our troops were victorious. These operations have restored peace in Western Tennessee. The official reports of the operations of General Grant's army are submitted herewith, marked Exhibit No. 6. The unfortunate withdrawal to Missouri, by General Curtis, of a large part of the army in Arkansas, prevented the execution of the military operations which had been ord
Doc. 79.-surrender of Holly Springs, Miss. Missouri Democrat account. Oxford, Miss., Dece2, 1862. from persons just arrived from Holly Springs, we begin at last to get some particulars et it be recorded in honor of the women of Holly Springs, that though their prejudices may be in thvilege for safety. Van Dorn remained in Holly Springs from seven o'clock in the morning until fige from the results of the rebel raid into Holly Springs, one would naturally suppose it was a surpthe three days previous to the attack upon Holly Springs, and had taken what seemed to be all the nant, and from that time until they entered Holly Springs, scouts were kept upon Van Dorn's track, a telegraphed from Oxford to Col. Murphy at Holly Springs that the enemy would attack him about seved then for nothing but a cavalry dash into Holly Springs. I say when, as it then seemed, for no ote its sick. On that morning the town of Holly Springs was taken by the confederate forces under [9 more...]
or ubiquitous Morgan. A correspondent of the Mobile Register gives the following interesting particulars of his brilliant achievements in the vicinity of Holly Springs, Miss.: Van Dorn took a by-way and meandering route through the swamp, and came within eight miles of Holly Springs in the evening, where he bivouacked his forHolly Springs in the evening, where he bivouacked his force until two hours before day, when he moved cautiously into town, leaving the Texas brigade upon the heights outside as a reserve. As our forces dashed in from all sides, the entrance proved a complete surprise, the breaking streaks of daylight showing the Yankee tents with their yet undisturbed slumberers. A charge was ordered the noble woman insisted that he was there, concealed; and finally, after much ado, the gallant (save the mark!) Col. Murphy, the intrepid Yankee commandant of Holly Springs, was pulled out from under his bed, and presented himself in his nocturnal habiliments to his captors. The provost-marshal was also taken, and, addressing
contrast to the shameful and cowardly conduct of the Colonel commanding at Holly Springs. But, in order to convey a correct idea of the achievement, a short descri Wolf River, six miles south of Grand Junction, and twenty miles north of Holly Springs. Wolf River is a narrow but deep stream, bounded on either side by wide cyp, that Van Dorn, with a force of seven thousand cavalry, had made a dash on Holly Springs, capturing the entire infantry force at that place, numbering about one thoplace, the enemy would by then have had time enough to complete his work at Holly Springs and reach this point. And in the second place, it would be the Sabbath-daytine, and Lieutenant Slade, Fifth Ohio cavalry, on the two roads leading to Holly Springs, who were to act as committees of reception and herald the coming, should tommanders are brave; not all show method in their bravery. After leaving Holly Springs, Van Dorn's raid was a disastrous failure. After his defeat, he crossed Wo
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
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 91.-General Sherman's expedition. (search)
ce read of a boy, who quarrelling with another boy said: Dern you, if I can't lick you, I can make mouths at your sister. Perhaps the reader may fail to see that General Order No. 5, is an amplified parody of that transaction, but I think not. It is an old and very true saying, that straws show which way the wind blows. Perhaps I can furnish the public with a straw or two, which will not only show the way it blows, but why it set so strongly in a particular direction. When I was at Holly Springs, just after Gen. Sherman had returned from there, I overheard a conversation at the Provost-Marshal's office, in which one soldier said to another: I was lying in my tent when Old Bill was here, (meaning Gen. Sherman) and he and General Stuart came by my tent and talked. I heard him say to Gen. Stuart: It will never do to let General Grant get to Vicksburgh at the same time we do, or he will take all the credit. If I can get a division from him, it will not weaken him much, and will st
ing command of the five hundred men, marched them out, pursued the rebels; they fled, he followed and chased them to Humboldt, and still they did not pause in their flight. Twelve of their skedaddling force were killed. Our loss was none killed and but one wounded. On the twenty-first, not finding the rebels, Gen. Sullivan returned to Jackson, where the fight had not yet subsided, but an attack was continually anticipated. The report had reached the place regarding the recapture of Holly Springs, and it was supposed that Van Dorn was then moving north to gobble up Jackson and the whole country from thence to Columbus. Soon after Gen. Sullivan returned to Jackson, he ordered troops to report to Gen. I. N. Haynie, for the purpose of going north and repairing bridges, pitching into the rebels, and opening railroads. At sundown the following forces had reported to the General: One Hundred and Sixth Illinois, Col. Latham, two hundred and ten men; Thirty-ninth Iowa, Colonel Cummin