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vanced guard has been pushed to Reynosa, about 60 miles above Matamoras, and several regiments are marching upon the same point; but, on account of the great quantity of rain which fell last month, their progress is necessarily slow. I am daily expecting my regiment to march. The troops are occupying Point Isabel, Brazos Santiago, Burita on the Rio Grande, Matamoras, and Reynosa, but we have no means of ascertaining the number-say 14,000. I visited the camp of the Louisville Legion on Brazos Island; they are a fine body of men; they are now at Burita. Rogers Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Rogers, of the Louisville Legion-General Johnston's brother-in-law. was quite well. Very truly, your friend, A. Sidney Johnston. Point Isabel, Texas, July 10, 1846. Dear Hancock: When I last wrote to you we knew nothing of our destination. The discharge of all the Louisiana regiments created great uneasiness among the Texas regiments, lest they, being six months men, should also be dischar
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Red River campaign. (search)
e James in the summer of 1864. for the service. To Major-General N. J. T. Dana was assigned the duty of effecting the first landing at Brazos Santiago, at the mouth of the Rio Grande. The expedition, General Banks himself accompanying it, sailed from New Orleans on the 26th of October, under convoy of the Monongahela, Owasco, and Virginia. After encountering a severe norther on the 30th, from which the men, animals, and transports suffered greatly, on the 2d of November Dana landed on Brazos Island, drove off the small Confederate force on the mainland on the 3d, and on the 6th occupied Brownsville, thirty miles up the river. Point Isabel was occupied on the 8th. With the foot-hold thus gained, General Banks's plan was to occupy successively all the passes or inlets that connect the Gulf of Mexico with the land-locked lagoons or sounds of the Texas coast from the Rio Grande to the Sabine. Leaving Dana in command on the Rio Grande, a strong detachment, under Brigadier-General T.
of America over the soil of the extreme southern point, and finish the work so gloriously begun, of planting the banner of freedom in the last State in rebellion, over which the Stars and Stripes have not waved for some time. On landing on Brazos Island, the Fifteenth Maine, Colonel Dwyer, accompanied by Major Von Hermann, of General Banks's staff, started for Boca Chica, took possession of the Pass, and encamped there, throwing out pickets. No resistance whatever was offered, and no human ats as rapidly as possible, and before to-morrow night every man will be ashore. We have had great trouble with the horses, and a large number yet remain upon the steamers. Those which were upon the light-draught vessels were disembarked on Brazos Island without difficulty; but how to get those safely ashore on the others is a mystery, the work of transferring them from one boat to another outside the bar being considered impossible on account of the swell. The Peabody yesterday morning appr
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Corps de Afrique.--United States Colored Volunteers. (search)
( Teche ) Campaign October 3-27. Rio Grande Expedition and operations on Coast of Texas October 27-December 2. Arkansas Pass November 17. Expedition against and capture of Fort Esperanza, Mattagorda Island, November 22-30. Duty at Brazos Island, Point Isabel and Brownsville, Texas, till April, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 95th United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864 (which see). 2nd Corps de Afrique Regiment Engineers. Organized at New Orleans, La., August 15rps de Afrique, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1863. Unattached 2nd Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to April, 1864. Service. Rio Grande Expedition, and operations on the coast of Texas October 27-December 2, 1863. At Brazos Island, Brownsville and Point Isabel, Texas, till April, 1864. Designation of Regiment changed to 87th United States Colored Troops April 4, 1864 (which see). 17th Corps de Afrique Regiment Infantry. Organized at Port Hudson, La., September
1st, 1861, and were boarded by a pilot, who informed them that Lieutenant Thompson, with twelve men, was prepared with loaded cannon to resist their entry upon Brazos island. Thereupon Colonel Ford and Commissioner Nichols visited the island and had a conference with the lieutenant, who withdrew with his men. Colonel Ford with hist my military duties or responsibilities. This, with what he had stated previously in the interview, that the action of Colonel Ford in taking possession of Brazos island was an act of war, was conclusive evidence that any demonstration Colonel Ford could make with his force would not produce surrender without a desperate fight.erward took possession of Fort Brown as the headquarters of the district. Detachments were sent to the posts up the river, and all of the valuable property on Brazos island was moved up to Fort Brown. Thus Colonel Ford, assisted by the officers with him, finding an obstacle impeding the immediate accomplishment of his mission, by
rders at King's ranch, and that the enemy was in large force on Brazos island, which had been taken possession of on November 2d. The Fedetain Hancock, numbering about 1,600 or 1,700 men, advanced from Brazos island upon Brownsville. They were held in check by Captain Robinson,ry, 1865, Gen. Lew Wallace, of the United States army, came to Brazos island, which lies a little north of the mouth of the Rio Grande. He he enemy had been reinforced and were followed within a mile of Brazos island. In this affair the enemy lost 25 or 30 killed and wounded and condition of the horses of his command. We were then too near Brazos island not to expect reinforcements to be hastened to meet their retiroops. The firing of the artillery could be heard distinctly on Brazos island. Their troops had moved without a single big gun and these rep I am not going to stop here in reach of the infantry forces on Brazos island, said the colonel, and allow them a chance to gobble me up befo
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War, Index. (search)
adyville, Tenn. 24, 3; 30, 2; 31, 2; 34, 1; 118, 1; 149, A8 Vicinity of, June 28, 1863 34, 1 Brandenburg, Ky. 118, 1; 135-A; 150, A7; 151, G8; 171 Brandon, Miss. 51, 1; 71, 15; 117, 1; 135-A; 155, C10; 171 Brandon's Bridge, Va. 65, 1; 77, 3 Brandy Station, Va. 23, 4, 23, 5; 43, 7; 44, 3; 45, 1; 74, 1; 87, 2, 87, 3; 100, 1 Camp, Army of the Potomac, Nov., 1863 87, 3 Brashear City, La. 135-A; 156, E6; 171 Brawley's Fork, Tenn. 34, 1 Brazos Island, Tex. 43, 8; 54, 1 Brazos Santiago, Tex. 43, 8; 54, 1; 65, 10 Breaux Bridge, La. 156, C4 Fort Breckinridge, Ariz. Ter. 171 Brentsville, Va. 22, 5, 22, 7; 45, 6; 86, 14; 100, 1; 117, 1; 135-A; 137, B7 Brentwood, Tenn. 24, 3; 30, 2; 73, 1; 117, 1; 135-A; 150, H5 Brice's Cross-Roads, Miss.: Roads and adjacent country 63, 3 Bridgeport, Ala. 24, 3; 35, 5; 48, 1; 61, 9; 76, 1; 80, 12; 112, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 148, F5; 149, D9 Defenses 112, 1
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
to troops posted near any of the passes formed in the banks. Banks' plan, well conceived this time, was to take possession of these passes successively, commencing at the south. On the 2d of November he lands a few troops on the shore of Brazos Island, and establishes himself there without interference on the part of the enemy; he thus commands the channel of Boca Chica. On the following day a disembarkation is effected at the mouth of the Rio Grande in front of Bagdad. The Confederates, Banks experienced no trouble with his Mexican neighbors. Hence, fearing nothing from that quarter, he now thinks of extending his territory northward. About nineteen hundred men and a battery of artillery have embarked, November 15th, at Brazos Island, and, thanks to the favorable weather, land the next day near the pass of Corpus Christi, into which even the smallest steamers cannot penetrate, the bar having but twenty-nine inches of water. The Federals, under the command of General T. E
Affairs in Texas. New Orleans. March 1. --Harrison county, Texas, voted 868 for secession, and 44 against it. Cass, Marion, Rusk and Cherokee counties were almost unanimous for secession. Capt. Hill refused the demand of the Texas Commissioners to surrender Fort Brown or the public property there, and sent to Ring gold barracks for reinforcements to retake the property seized on Brazos Island. Danger of a collision is imminent.
raggling, being captured, and giving important information to the enemy. Assistant Surgeon R. W. Willoughby, United States colored troops, has been dismissed the service for physical disability, caused by the use of whiskey and opium. Ex-Mayor Park, of Memphis, was arrested and lodged in the Receiving Prison in that city on the 11th instant for using indiscreet language in regard to the military authorities. At the Democratic District Convention in Bangor Mc., James C. Madigan, of Houlton, was nominated for Congress from that district. Resolutions announcing the war as unconstitutional, and favoring an armistice and immediate negotiations for peace, were adopted. We learn, by the way of New Orleans, that all of the Texas coast, Brownsville included, has been evacuated by the Union troops, with the exception of Brazos island. William H. Rodgers, John R. H. Embert, Braston Lyon and Samuel B. Hearn have been sentenced to be hung in Baltimore as Confederate spies.