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  20 20 147 Totals 7 123 130 1 135 136 1,445 Total of killed and wounded, 479; died in Confederate prisons (previously included), 19. battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. Morris Island, S. C. 1 Siege of Petersburg, Va. 23 Drewry's Bluff, Va. 25 Chaffin's Farm, Va. 28 Cold Harbor, Va. 4 Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 27, 1864 11 Petersburg, Va. (assault 1864) 8 Fort Fisher, N. C. 30 Present, also, at the Siege of Suffolk; Battery Wagner; Seabrook; John's Island; Swift Creek; Petersburg Mine; Bermuda Hundred; Fort Anderson; Wilmington. notes.--Organized in Oneida county in August, 1862. It was stationed at Tennallytown, Md., until April, 1863, when it went to Suffolk, Va. After participating in the Peninsular campaign of 1863, it joined the troops on Folly Island, S. C., where it took part in the siege of Fort Wagner and the operations about Charleston Harbor. In April, 1864, the One Hundred and Seventeenth sailed for Virginia, and joined the Army of the
Doc. 166.-fight at Blount's Mills, N. C. A National account. Newbern, N. C., April 11, 1863. Our expedition left Fort Anderson, on the Neuse River, opposite Newbern, at three P. M. on Wednesday, eighth instant, for the purpose of relieving Washington, by an overland route. We marched that afternoon as far as New-Hope school-house, on the road toward Swift Creek, where a part of the command, through a mistake of orders, encamped for the night, while the advance pushed on to Little Swift Creek, four miles beyond. From this point our cavalry went to within a mile of Great Swift Creek, where they ascertained that the rebels had destroyed the bridge and barricaded the roads so it would be impossible to proceed. They also learned that the enemy were encamped there, about fifteen thousand strong, with batteries arranged to command the roads approaching in every direction. Finding it impossible to proceed by this route, we next attempted to gain the other side of the swamp
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 21: the movement against Petersburg (search)
nd at 6.40 P. M. Beauregard telegraphed Lee as follows:— The increasing number of the enemy in my front, and inadequacy of my force to defend the already too much extended lines, will compel me to fall back within a shorter one, which I will attempt to-night. This I shall hold as long as practicable, but, without reenforcements, I may have to evacuate the city very shortly. In that event I shall retire in the direction of Drury's Bluff, defending the crossing of Appomattox River and Swift Creek. After the receipt of this despatch, Kershaw's division was ordered to proceed during the night to Bermuda Hundreds, and a little later the order was extended to continue the march to Petersburg. The fighting on Beauregard's lines lasted until nearly midnight. But when it was over, and the transfer of his troops to their new line was fairly under way, he began to take more radical measures to convince Lee of the situation. He sent three of his staff, one after the other, within two
een sent to General Whiting upon receipt of the following telegram: General Beauregard, Drury's Bluff: I am here for the night near Walthall's Junction. Didn't get your despatch until near night. Had driven the enemy all the way from Swift Creek, his pickets and outposts being very stubborn and provided with artillery. Enemy retired slowly before me all day. Could inflict no great loss on him owing to country. Owing to lateness of hour of receiving despatches and enemy's position co Wise's and Martin's brigades and two regiments of Colquitt's, with five days provisions and sixty rounds of ammunition per man, and all available baggage, wagons, and ambulances, and as large a supply-train as possible, via Newby's Bridge, on Swift Creek (20 miles), thence to Cogshill's, Punkett's, Taber's, Watkins's (14 miles), and be here Tuesday afternoon at latest. Order Walker and his brigade from Kinston to Petersburg; also regiments of Hoke's and Kemper's brigade now at Hicksford and We
ted, and extending from the river battery at Howlett's to Mrs. Dunn's house, would be held by Johnson's division. The comparatively level and open country between these two points might be defended by a line of redoubts from Dunn's house to Swift Creek. The short line west of Fort Clifton, between Swift Creek and the Appomattox, would be a barrier against any approach from the intersection of those two streams. The defensive line from Mrs. Dunn's to the Appomattox could be defended by a ect to-night. This I shall hold as long as practicable, but, without reinforcements, I may have to evacuate the city very shortly. In that event I shall retire in the direction of Drury's Bluff, defending the crossing at Appomattox River and Swift Creek. G. T. Beauregard, General. He also despatched three of his staff (Chisolm, Roman, and Cooke) successively, at different hours of the day, evening, and night, the last of whom (Major Cooke) reached General Lee's headquarters at about 3 A.
; coming as fast as I can. W. H. C. Whiting, Major-Genl. Telegram. Petersburg, Va., May 13th, 1864. Major-Genl. R. F. Hoke, Drury's Bluff: Advance a brigade and battery half-way between your lines and Swift Creek to meet us. Will leave Swift Creek, via Pike, at 12 M. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. Petersburg, Va., May 13th, 1864:7.15 A. M. President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.: I merely wish to explain my position and condition. Propose leaving to-day, about noon, with part of Cneral, very sincerely yours, Alfred Roman. Extract from a Diary kept by Major Giles B. Cooke during the late War. Wednesday, June 15th, 1864.—About 12.30 P. M. was sent into Petersburg by the General (Beauregard) from Dunlop's house, on Swift Creek, to advise General Wise that Hoke's division and Johnson's brigade had been ordered to reinforce. The enemy commenced advancing on the city about 10 A. M. Was engaged all the afternoon bearing orders for the General. About 7.30 P. M. the ene
nson (12th Mass.); Lieuts. C. W. Whitcomb (13th Mass.) and G. B. Simonds (15th Mass.) ; Capts. Benjamin Davis (22d Mass.), Robert Hamilton (32d Mass ) and S. H. Bailey (36th Mass.) ; Lieut. H. W. Daniels (36th Mass.); Capt. F. W. Pease and Lieuts. G. E. Cooke and Joseph Follansbee (37th Mass.) ; Lieut. I. D. Paul (39th Mass.) ; Capt. W. H. Harley and Lieut. F. G. Ogden (58th Mass.) and Lieut. G. J. Morse (59th Mass.) In the expedition on the south side of James River, in the battle of Swift Creek or Arrowfield Church, May 9-10, General Heckman's Star Brigade, including several Massachusetts regiments, had an extremely arduous experience. All the hardships incident to four days and nights under a drenching rain, without shelter of any kind, so close to the enemy's lines that but once could fires be built, and some part of the regiment on picket or skirmishing all the time, were borne without murmurs or complaint. Official War Records, 68, p. 158. (Report of Col. Orson Moulton,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Mass. officers and men who died., Index of Battles, etc., Mentioned in Preliminary Narrative. (search)
Index of Battles, etc., Mentioned in Preliminary Narrative. Aldie, Va. (June 7, 1863), 97; (July 6, 1864), 125. Alexandria, La. (April 26, 1864), 67. Angle, the, see Spotsylvania. Antietam, Md. (Sept. 17, 1862), 72. Appomattox, Va. (April 9, 1865), 130. Arrowfield Church (or Swift Creek), Va. (May 9-10, 1864), 121. Arthur's Swamp, Va. (Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 1864), 127. Ashland, Va. (May 11, 1864), 121. Atlanta, Ga. (July 22-Sept. 2, 1864), 106. Auburn, Va. (Oct. 13, 1863), 103. Averysborough, N. C. (March 16, 1865), 106. Ball's Bluff, Va. (Oct. 21, 1861), 34. Baltimore, Md. (April 19, 1861), 19; (May 12, 1861), 25. Batchelder's Creek, N. C. (Feb. 1-3, 1863), 49. Baton Rouge, La. (May 12, 1862), 56; (Aug. 5, 1862), 57. Baylor's Farm, Va. (June 15, 1864), 125. Bayou Boeuf, La. (May 4, 1863), 61. Bayou De Glaize, La., see Yellow Bayou. Bayou La Fourche, La., see Cox's Plantation. Berryville, Va. (Aug 18, 1863), 103; (Sept. 3, 1864
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
o, and in Virginia, Port Walthall Junction, Swift Creek, White Oak Swamp, Drewry's Bluff, Bermuda Ht in the battles of Port Walthall Junction, Swift Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Wier Bottom Church, Howletinia was engaged at Port Walthall Junction, Swift Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, then for aboua took part in the fights at Port Walthall, Swift Creek, where he was wounded and disabled for a momter with Major Elliott, Walthall Junction, Swift Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Second Cold Harbor, siege 's Bluff, Second Cold Harbor, Gaines' Mill, Swift Creek, and Walthall Junction. In his report of tia in the engagements at Walthall Junction, Swift Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, Wier Bottottom, New market Heights, Chester Station, Swift Creek, Petersburg, Weldon Road, Lee's Mills, Ream severe fighting at Port Walthall Junction, Swift Creek, Drewry's bluff, the nineteen days fight atnd), Olustee, Fla., Walthall Junction, Va., Swift Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, Gaines' M[1 more...]
off the honors. General Butler, commanding the army of the James, in his official report, makes this light reference to the battle: The enemy, taking advantage of a very thick fog, made an attack upon the right of General Smith's line (the Eighteenth army corps), and forced it back with some confusion and considerable loss. The troops having been on incessant duty for five days, I retired at leisure within my own lines. He reported his losses during the month of May at Port Walthall, Swift creek and other skirmishes, including Drewry's Bluff, at 5,958 killed, wounded and captured. In spite of Butler's flippant report, the battle was a disastrous one to him. Major-General Gilmore, commanding the Tenth corps, at 7:25 a. m. asked General Butler in a written dispatch if it were true that General Brooks' (commanding division in Eighteenth corps) right was turned and a 20-pounder battery lost. General Butler answered, No truth in report. Very soon after this, Butler dispatched Gilmor
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