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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Richmond, campaign against (search)
the Confederate works was marked by a small flag, for the safety of their own men, and in their hasty departure they forgot to remove them. Cannon on the deserted works were left unharmed. Early in the morning the whole of Weitzel's force were in the suburbs of the town. A demand was made for its surrender, and at seven o'clock Joseph Mayo, the mayor, handed the keys of the public buildings to the messenger of the summons. Weitzel and his staff rode in at eight o'clock, at the head of Ripley's brigade of negro troops, when Lieut. J. Livingston Depeyster, of Weitzel's staff, ascended to the roof of the State-house with a national flag, and, with the assistance of Captain Langdon, Weitzel's chief of artillery, unfurled it over that building, and in its Senate chamber the office of headquarters was established. Weitzel occupied the dwelling of Jefferson Davis, and General Shepley was appointed military governor. The troops were then set at work to extinguish the flames. See on t
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
's movement into a reconnoissance, orders were sent to Colonel Baker, commanding a regiment called the First California, to send that regiment to Conrad's Ferry, to arrive there at sunrise of the 21st, and have the remainder of his brigade ready to move early. The remainder of the Fifteenth Regiment, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Ward, was also ordered to be on the tow-path of the canal opposite Harrison's Island at daybreak. Two mountain howitzers, in charge of Lieutenant French, of Ripley's Battery, were also ordered to be at the same place at the same time. Towards morning of the 21st, Colonel Devens began to cross his five companies into Virginia. All told, his force numbered three hundred and fifty men. The means available for crossing were two boats, one a metallic life-boat, capable of carrying ten or twelve men at a time; the other a common flat-bottomed boat, used for ducking purposes, and capable of holding from six to eight men if closely stowed. In two or three
5,000 stand of arms, ordnance stores, clothing, etc. At Weston next morning, August 31st, the Federal garrison escaped in the fog, leaving but a dozen prisoners, and Jenkins destroyed all the public property, after which he drove the garrison out of Glenville, and reaching Spencer, September 2d, surprised and captured Col. J. C. Rathbone and Maj. George C. Trimble and their entire command, six companies of the Eleventh West Virginia infantry. Having paroled the prisoners, Jenkins went on to Ripley, finding a lone paymaster, whose funds on hand, $5,525, were applied to the Confederate cause, and then moved to Ravenswood, where, after resting his men, he forded the Ohio river on the evening of September 4th, and was the first to carry the Confederate flag into Ohio. The excitement of the command as we approached the Ohio shore was intense, he wrote, and in the anxiety to be the first of their respective companies to reach the soil of those who had invaded us, all order was lost, and it
'clock of the same day, and with no march and no battle intervening, that between them they had only 10,000 men. How on that peaceful May morning 7,132 men could, between morning and 1 o'clock, disappear, vanish into unsubstantial air and not be missed, is difficult to understand. But grant that they did, and that Couch and Casey were right, and that they and Kearny together had but 15,000 men, still were they not outnumbered. General Hill had only four brigades that day in his division, Ripley's being absent. In their official reports, his brigadiers report their forces that morning as follows: Anderson reports that he took into action 1,865; Garland, 2,065; Rodes, 2,200. Rains states no numbers; nearest field returns, May 21st, give him 1,830. Total, Hill's division, 7,960. R. H. Anderson, of Longstreet's division (same field return), 2,168. Total Confederate force engaged on the right in the first day's battle, 10,128. So, taking the lowest estimate that the Federals make,
o the crude hospitals in the rear, wore a North Carolina uniform. Every fifth bullet that helped to raise the Union casualties to 15,849 was from a North Carolina musket. The first of these desperate encounters was at Mechanicsville and Beaver Dam. In spite of a constantly erroneous statement of numbers, this engagement was between four brigades (not counting brigades present, but not materially engaged) of Fitz John Porter, and five brigades of A. P. Hill, assisted just before dusk by Ripley's brigade of D. H. Hill's division. Gregg's and Branch's brigades, of A. P. Hill's, took no part in the assault on the fortified lines, being otherwise engaged. The plan of the battle was for Jackson to strike the right flank of the Federal intrenchments, while A. P. Hill attacked in front. Jackson was, however, unavoidably delayed, and A. P. Hill, not waiting for his co-operation, attacked impetuously in front. Later in the war the troops on both sides learned to have great respect for
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Frazier's Farm, [from the New Orleans, La., Picayune, February 19, 1893.] (search)
sson, one 10-pounder Parrot caisson, one 12-pounder Parrot caisson, and thousands of small arms. This is a pretty good showing, and it looks as if there had been some desperate fighting on that battlefield. General Longstreet in his report says: The odds against us on this field were probably greater than on any other. Comrades, a few words more and I will close. I am proud of the old Fourteenth, and justly so; it was as good a regiment as ever struck a blow for Dixie. Comrades, I will name six regiments that met with the greatest number of casualties in the seven days battles around Richmond: Killed, wounded and missing: The Twentieth North Carolina, Garland's Brigade, 380; Forty-fourth Georgia, Ripley's Brigade, 335; Fourteenth Alabama, Pryor's Brigade, 335; Nineteenth Mississippi, Featherston's Brigade, 325; Fourth Texas, Hood's Brigade, 253; Fourteenth Louisiana, Pryor's Brigade, 243. After thanking Comrade Leech for his interesting paper, the meeting adjourned.
took a four-horse wagon and team, and some arms. Only one of the Georgians was wounded. At the Rich Mountains there has been some fighting — the result not known. It is believed that the Yankees have a large force, and are making their way into this valley, to surround our army and capture our stores and ordnance. They will receive a rough handling. We are permitted to make an extract from a letter written by a member of the Richmond Blues to his friends in this city, dated Ripley, Jackson county, July 1st: "We left Charleston Kanawha, for this place last Saturday night about 8 o'clock, and arrived here on Sunday night at 7 o'clock. The distance is 40 miles. The reason of our coming so quick was that a party of the enemy came upon this little town and forced all the men in it to take the oath of fidelity to the United States. They raised a Union flag, stayed in the town about an hour, and then left; so our company could not get here in time to have a brush; but yesterda
Military Execution. --The soldier, Martin Hogan, heretofore mentioned as having been condemned to be shot by court-martial, who was respited until yesterday, was on the morning of that day, taken from Castle Godwin, where he had been confined, and conveyed to the headquarters of Ripley's brigade, on the Williamsburg road, where he was shot to death in accordance with military usage; a file of men having been selected for that purpose, half of whom shot unloaded muskets. The condemned was instantly killed, five balls passing through his heart. He was sentenced for attempting to desert to the enemy.
that Butler has confiscated 3,000 slaves and put them to work upon the canal opposite Vicksburg. The New York Post fears that conscription or drafting will have to be resorted to if Lincoln's 3000,000 men are to be raised. Black Republican dispatches claim a victory in Tuesday's battle, and say that McClellan has since removed his headquarters five miles nearer Richmond. Our forces are represented by them as retiring to their old position. Gen. Chaimer's brigade of cavalry at Ripley, last Monday. attacked and dispersed the Yankees assembled at that point. Jackson, July 10.--General Van Dorn has issued a General Order No, 9, which places fifteen counties contiguous to Vicksburg and all of East Louisiana under martial law. It is declared that disloyalty will not be countenanced; the credit of the Government must be sustained; the seeds of discontent are not to be sown among the troops; speculators will not be tolerated, but be arrested and fined; newspapers will not
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