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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Report of operations of Bratton's brigade from May 7th, 1864 to January, 1865. (search)
Something, however, is due to the sharp-shooters of Johnson's brigade, who hugged closely the works of the enemy all day, and effectually prevented their completion. All of the unburied dead left on the hill were killed by minnie balls, and there were several (white); many of the negroes were known to be killed, and it was supposed they occupied the graves found there. Sharp-shooters were thrown well out in the field below Signal Hill, so as to fire upon their line of communication with Dutch Gap, and it was this, in my opinion, that influenced them to leave at night. Our old lines were re-established; remained quiet until I was ordered away. On the 22nd of August I was ordered to move across the river at Drewry's, and take cars at Rice's station for Petersburg; was held in reserve about the lead-works for several days; moved on to a ravine near Reservoir Hill, and worked at night on fortifications. On the----moved down the Boydton Plank-Road some five (5) or six (6) miles to
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
he Confederate cruiser Florida.—10. Maryland adopted a new constitution which abolished slavery.—12. It was announced that all the regimental flags taken from the Nationals in the Department of Arkansas and the Gulf had been retaken while on their way to Richmond.—13. Some of the negro Union soldiers, prisoners of war, having been set at work in the trenches by the Confederates, General Butler put eighty-seven Confederate prisoners of war at work, under the fire of Confederate shells, at Dutch Gap.—17. The governors of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri held a conference at Augusta, Ga., and resolved to strengthen the Confederate army with white men and negroes.—18. Some of the feminine nobility of England and Confederate women opened a fair in Liverpool for the benefit of the Confederate cause.—22. General Auger, about this time, put in practice an effective way of defending National army trains on the Manassas Gap Railway from guerillas
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dutch Gap Canal. (search)
the National naval force on the James River was on the expedition against Fort Fisher (q. v.)the Confederates sent down from the shelter of Fort Darling, on Drewry's Bluff, a squadron of vessels for the purpose of breaking the obstructions at the lower end of the Dutch Gap Canal, and destroying the pontoon bridges below, so as to separate the National troops lying on both sides of the James. The squadron moved silently under cover of darkness, but was observed and fired upon when passing Fort Brady. The vessels responded, and dismounted a 100-pounder Parrott gun in the fort. the Fredericksburg broke the obstructions at Dutch Gap and passed through, but two other iron-clads and an unarmored gunboat grounded. At dawn the gunboat Drewry had been abandoned, and a shell from a National battery exploded her magazine, When she was blown to a wreck. So hot was the fire from the shore that the voyage of the Confederate vessels was checked, and all but the ruined Drewry fled up the river.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Torpedoes. (search)
After the capture of Fort Fisher, vessels were sent to pick up the torpedoes sunk in the Cape Fear River. As soon as Richmond was evacuated by the Confederates, in April, 1865, a notable expedition was undertaken in search of torpedoes, with which it was known a portion of that river abounded. The expedition consisted of about 300 men in several tugs and thirty small boats, all under the command of Capt. Ralph Chandler, U. S. N. On the morning of April 3, Captain Chandler started from Dutch Gap, with a flotilla and his flagship the Sangamon, and before sunset lie had so cleared the river of these dangerous obstructions that the passage to Richmond was made comparatively safe, and the next morning President Lincoln went up to Richmond from City Point in the Malvern, Admiral Porter's flag-ship. The fishing was carried on in this wise: The steamvessels were protected by torpedo-nets formed of ropes weighted with iron or lead, and furnished with hooks to catch the little submarine
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Colony of Virginia, (search)
ces they departed, and were met at Point Comfort by Lord Delaware, with provisions and emigrants. Failing health compelled him to return to England in March, 1611, and he was succeeded by a deputy, Sir Thomas Dale, who arrived with 300 settlers and some cattle. Sir Thomas Gates came with 350 more colonists in September following, and superseded Dale. These were a far better class than any who had arrived, and there were then 1,000 Englishmen in Virginia. New settlements were planted at Dutch Gap and at Bermuda Hundred at the mouth of the Appomattox. In 1616 Deputy-Governor Gates was succeeded by Samuel Argall, but his course was so bad that Lord Delaware sailed from England to resume the government of Virginia, but died on the passage, at the mouth of the bay that bears his name. George Yeardley was appointed governor in 1617, and he summoned two delegates from each of seven corporations or boroughs to assemble at Jamestown, July 30. These delegates formed a representative as
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 6 (search)
en. At one thing I am particularly gratified, and that is at this evidence of Grant's truthfulness and sincerity. I am willing to admit, as he does himself, that his omissions have resulted unfavorably to me, but I am satisfied he is really and truly friendly to me. I like Grant, and always have done so, notwithstanding I saw certain elements in his character which were operating disadvantageously to me. To-morrow I am going with General Grant to visit General Butler's famous canal at Dutch Gap. Grant does not think Mr. Stanton will be removed, or that he desires the Chief-Justiceship. He says Stanton is as staunch a friend of mine as ever, and that the President spoke most handsomely of me. You will perhaps not be surprised to learn that Mr. Cropsey has again gotten himself into trouble. I received to-day a letter from General Hancock, complaining of Mr. Cropsey's account of our recent movement. I told General Hancock to put his complaints in the form of charges and I wo
an enemy not less than 25,000 strong, General Beauregard, after another severe engagement on that day, drove the Federals back behind their intrenchments at Bermuda Hundreds Neck. A number of gunboats and transports, lying near the bend above Dutch Gap, were repelled by a battery of two 20-pounder Parrotts, just captured from the defeated foe. Across this Neck, from the James to the Appomattox, General Beauregard now constructed a strong line of works (known thereafter as the Howlett line). tt Battery and the Bermuda Hundreds line, these guns and their appurtenances, being unearthed and found uninjured, were placed again in position, and used with telling effect on the Federal ironclads and other vessels lying in the long reach of Dutch Gap, facing the battery. Thus reinforced, General Beauregard had under him a total effective force of about 10,000 men, of all arms, confronting Hancock's corps (the 2d) and Smith's (the 18th), with an aggregate of not less than 44,000 men.
ion in the advance, supported by Pickett's division. Give necessary orders to Major-General Ransom. G. T. Beauregard. Richmond, Va., May 11th, 1864. To Genl. G. T. Beauregard, Petersburg, Va.: Your telegram to General Ransom received, and your orders to General Hoke approved. The enemy fell back last night from their position yesterday towards the James River, apparently in some haste. Their pickets have appeared in large numbers on James River, in vicinity of Howlett's House and Dutch Gap, on south side. This information received this morning from General Ransom, at Drury's Bluff. B. Bragg, Genl. Official. Jno. M. Otey, A. A. G. Telegram. Richond Va., May 11th: 2.30 P. M. To Commanding Officer, Petersburg, Va.: What forces have gone to-day to unite with General Ransom? When did General Beauregard leave? Jefferson Davis. Telegram. Petersburg, Va., May 11th, 1864:5.15 P. M. President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.: I have not yet left here, my presence being a
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Virginia, 1864 (search)
gPENNSYLVANIA--93d and 139th Infantry. Aug. 13: Actions, Four Mile Creek and Dutch Gap(No Reports.) Aug. 13: Skirmish, Crooked RunNEW YORK--4th Cavalry. Aug. 13: Skirmish, Signal HillNEW YORK--16th Heavy Arty. Aug. 13: Skirmish, Dutch GapNEW YORK--169th Infantry. Aug. 13: Affair, BerryvilleOHIO--144th Infantry. Aug. 13-20:gNEW JERSEY--10th Infantry. WEST VIRGINIA--10th Infantry. Aug. 16: Skirmish, Dutch GapNEW YORK--16th Heavy Arty. (Detachment). Aug. 16: Skirmish, BerryvilleNEW YORmish, Bermuda HundredUNITED STATES--7th Colored Infantry. Aug. 24: Skirmish, Dutch GapUNITED STATES--22d Colored Infantry. Aug. 24: Action, Vaughan Road, near Ream: Skirmish, Deep BottomUNITED STATES--2d Colored Cavalry. Sept. 7: Skirmish, Dutch GapUNITED STATES--4th Colored Infantry. Union loss, 5 killed, 4 wounded. Total, 9nfantry. Union loss, 10 wounded, 120 missing. Total, 130. Nov. 17: Skirmish, Dutch GapUNITED STATES--36th Colored Infantry. Nov. 18: Skirmish, Loudon CountyMICHIGA
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Connecticut Volunteers. (search)
, May 13, 1864. Engaged in fatigue duty and as garrison for batteries and forts on the Bermuda front and lines before Petersburg during siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond, May, 1864, to April, 1865. Occupy Fort Converse, Redoubt Dutton, Batteries Spofford, Anderson, Pruyn and Perry on the Bermuda front, and Forts Rice, Morton, Sedgwick and McGilvrey, and Batteries 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, Burpee, Drake and Sawyer, on the Petersburg front, and at Dutch Gap, north of the James River. Assaults on Fort Dutton June 2 and 21, 1864 (Co. L ). Attacks on the lines May 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 27, 30, 31, June 1, 2, 5, 9, 18, 20 and 23. Mine explosion July 30, August 25, November 17, 18 and 28, 1864. Repulse of rebel fleet at Fort Brady on James River January 23-24, 1865. Expedition to Fort Fisher, N. C., January 3-15, 1865 (Cos. B, G, L ). Capture of Fort Fisher January 15 (Cos. B, G, L ). Assaults on and fall of Petersburg, Va.,
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