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lutions were unanimously passed, pledging the State to furnish her full quota of soldiers under the call of President Lincoln. Public meetings were held in England, praying the government to use its influence to bring about a reconciliation between the Northern and Southern States of America, as it was from America alone that an immediate supply of cotton could be expected; and if need there should be, that the British government should not hesitate to acknowledge the independence of the Southern States. A fight occurred near Tompkinsville, Ky., between a body of one thousand five hundred guerrillas, under Morgan, and the Third battalion of Pennsylvania cavalry, numbering about two hundred and fifty men, under the command of Major Jordan, in which the Nationals were routed, with a loss of four killed, six wounded, and nineteen taken prisoners. Hamilton, N. C., was occupied by the National forces under the command of Capt. Hammel, of Hawkins's N. Y. Zouaves.--(Doc. 148.)
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 13.93 (search)
cooperate with the Albemarle, an iron-clad then nearly finished. Accordingly Hoke's division proceeded to the vicinity of Plymouth and surrounded the town from the river above to the river below, and preparation was made to storm the forts and breastworks as soon as. the Albemarle could clear the river front of the Federal war vessels protecting the place with their guns. Building the Albemarle at Edwards's Ferry. On the morning of April 18th, 1864, the Albemarle left the town of Hamilton and proceeded down the river toward Plymouth, going stern foremost, with chains dragging from the bow, the rapidity of the current making it impracticable to steer with her head down-stream. She came to anchor about three miles above Plymouth, and a mile or so above the battery on the bluff at Warren's Neck, near Thoroughfare Gap, where torpedoes, sunken vessels, piles, and other obstructions had been placed. An exploring expedition was sent out, under command of one of the lieutenants, w
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 11: Goldsborough's expedition to the sounds of North Carolina. (search)
rry, Lieut. C. W. Flusser; the Ceres. Lieut. John McDiarmid; and the Shawsheen, Acting-Master T. T. Woodward, with a detachment of about forty soldiers in addition to their regular crews. The first of the places to be examined was the town of Hamilton on the Roanoke River. The banks of this river were high in places and afforded many commanding positions from which an enemy upon the water could be attacked with little danger to the attacking party. The Confederates did not fail to make ths reached. Having taken possession of the Confederate steamer Nelson at this place, the expedition returned in safety to the Sound. In the latter part of October, 1862, another expedition, a combined military and naval force, was started for Hamilton, and proved successful beyond all expectations. Great risks were run, some valuable lives lost, and great skill shown in the management of the gun-boats. Thus the Navy, when co-operating with the Army, always made its usefulness felt. Without
wn. The Wabash and the other vessels-of-war have just moved up to the scene of conflict, cheered by the men in every vessel as they pass, their crews cheering lustily in return. She anchored at least three miles from shore, the water being evidently too shallow to allow her to go further. The vessels with troops are getting their boats out ready to land. Six P. M.--The fleet has been inactive all day since the war vessels moved up. The Ericsson is aground on the bar outside, and has Hamilton's battery aboard, and the need of this battery has prevented a landing to-day. Wednesday, Nov. 6.--The fleet has been inactive all day, but there has been a great deal of preparation going on. On shore, on both sides. of the river, the enemy is very busy. Their half-dozen river steamers, all armed, have been running all day, bringing in troops and guns, and getting ready for an obstinate defence. Our fleet is anchored in the bay, just beyond the mouth of Port Royal River. There are t
Doc. 148.-capture of Hamilton, N. C. Newbern, N. C., July 15. An engagement of no little importance took place on the morning of the ninth instant, on Roa in Albemarle Sound, decided to make a reconnoissance up the Roanoke as far as Hamilton, where he understood a rebel steamer was anchored, and also that the enemy werrsed the cowardly assassins with heavy loss, who then pushed on to the fort at Hamilton, to assist their comrades in resisting us at that point. On arriving at thees which lined both banks of the river on the bluff commanding the approach to Hamilton. Hamilton is situated upon an eminence, back some distance from the river, anwere landed, with a howitzer, and with fixed bayonets commenced the advance on Hamilton, accompanied with a strong company from each of our gunboats, armed in the samrt, which they took, despite a strong opposition, together with the village of Hamilton, over which the Stars and Stripes were raised, with an additional outbreak of
fortifications at Rainbow Banks, three miles below Hamilton, and then pushed on to Hamilton. There we expecteHamilton. There we expected to find some iron-clad boats said to be in the process of construction at Hamilton, but discovered nothing oHamilton, but discovered nothing of the kind. On the sixth, we left Hamilton, in pursuit of the enemy toward Tarboro, and encamped on the same . During the engagement at Rawls's Mills and at Hamilton, we captured five prisoners, who were paroled at W fort at Rainbow Bluff, oh the Roanoke River, near Hamilton, twelve miles farther on. Guards were stationed at retreating foe. This being done, the army entered Hamilton, finding the town almost entirely deserted, the red accept Federal protection. Three miles beyond Hamilton our army encamped on a large plantation owned by am on the roads, our army commenced retiring toward Hamilton, which we reached at five P. M. on the sixth, aftee opening of the Roanoke River for gunboats beyond Hamilton; an important diversion in favor of other Federal
ou will keep your whole command in readiness to move at once as soon as the fog lifts. The watchword, which, if possible, should be given to every company, will be Scott. I have the honor to be, General, Very respectfully, your obedient servant, John G. Parke, Chief of Staff. Thus it will be seen that after ordering me to keep my whole command in readiness for a rapid movement down the Old Richmond road, I was directed to send out at once a division at least to seize the hill at Hamilton's. After referring to the order to General Sumner, he reiterates the direction to keep my whole command in readiness for the Richmond road movement. For three hours before the order reached me I was satisfied that General Burnside had given up the idea (if he ever entertained it) of making an attack in force from the left, for the delay in sending the orders made such an attack impossible with any reasonable chance of success. And in this connection it is not improper in me to state tha
McClellan; dear general: Woodbury left day before yesterday, I wonder I did not hear of him yesterday in town. I had an interview with Gen. Wool this morning. He was very friendly, and said he would do everything; but it is a great drawback, this having two commanders. For instance, there are several bridges over Back river that ought to be rebuilt. General Wool said that he was going out to-day to direct one on the principal road to be rebuilt, but Houston told me that they expected Hamilton's division to do such things. Now, Hamilton is perfectly ignorant of localities, and his division in the confusion of arrival. If Wool's force is to co-operate it is a. great misfortune that it can't be ordered what to do. That letter expressing readiness to do everything amounts to nothing. Houston is here getting information, but I have not had time to see what he has done. Now for Goldsborough. He is very much in favor of reinforcing Burnside and taking Norfolk from the Chowan and
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Notes and Queries. (search)
The heart-rending accounts of the destruction of Chambersburg are only exceeded by the terrible sufferings of the impoverished and homeless people of Columbia. Chambersburg was the only town destroyed by the Confederates, and that was done for a specific purpose. The record on the other side is in fearful contrast. In 1862 the following towns within the limits of the Confederates States were burned in whole or in part by the Federal army: Fredericksburg, Va.; Williamstown, N. C.: Hamilton, N. C.; Donaldsonville, Louisiana; Simsport, Louisiana. In February, 1864, during the march of Sherman (whose military career was a success only so far as he destroyed property, for he never won a battle) from Vicksburg to Merridan, Miss., with 26,000 men, the following towns were burned in whole or in part: Merridan, Miss.; Canton, Miss.; Okalona, Miss. Contrast with this, the action of the Confederate army, as they invaded and retired from Pennsylvania without plunder. In this march of
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, North Carolina, 1862 (search)
. Union loss, 1 wounded. June 2: Skirmish, Tranter's CreekNEW YORK--3d Cavalry (Detachment); 1st Marine Arty. (Detachment). June 5: Action, Tranter's CreekMASSACHUSETTS--24th Infantry. NEW YORK--3d Cavalry (Co. "I"); 1st Marine Arty. Union loss, 7 killed, 11 wounded. Total, 18. June 24: Reconnoissance from Washington to Tranter's CreekNEW YORK--3d Cavalry (Co. "I"). June 27: Skirmish, Swift Creek BridgeNEW YORK--3d Cavalry (Detachment); 1st Marine Arty. (Detachment). July 9: Capture of HamiltonNEW YORK--9th Infantry (1 Co.). UNITED STATES--Gunboats "Commodore Perry," "Ceres" and "Shawsheen." Union loss, 1 killed, 21 wounded. Total, 22. July 24-28: Expedition from Newberne to Trenton and PollocksvilleMASSACHUSETTS--17th, 25th and 27th Infantry. NEW YORK--3d Cavalry. RHODE ISLAND--Battery "F," 1st Light Arty. July 26: Skirmish, Mill Creek, near PollocksvilleNEW YORK--3d Cavalry (Detachment Co. "K"). July 26-29: Reconnoissance from Newberne to Young's Cross RoadsNEW JERSEY--9th In
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