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April 5. The ship Louisa Hatch was captured and burned by the rebel privateer Alabama, in latitude 3° 30′, longitude 26° 25′.--Eight thousand National troops left Newbern, N. C., by the way of the Neuse River, to reinforce General Foster, who was at Washington, surrounded by the rebels, but meeting a superior force of the enemy, they returned to Newbern.--An expedition, consisting of infantry and cavalry, under the command of General Steele, met a small body of rebels at a bridge over the Black Bayou, Miss., with whom they had a skirmish. The rebels were driven across the bayou, when they burned the bridge and retreated. The Union troops rebuilt the bridge, and proceeded on the march toward Yazoo City. To-day the Union gunboats before Washington, N. C., shelled the rebel batteries at Hill's Point for two hours, but without being able to reduce them.--Boston Trav
inually baffled by the resistless gunnery of our land batteries and the gunboats. On the eighteenth of April, however, it seemed that their object was finally accomplished. An earth-work, mounting five heavy rifled guns, was established at Hill's Point, about six miles from Suffolk, and of such strong profile and skilful construction that our missiles could only bury themselves harmlessly in the parapet, while from their protected position they maintained a destructive fight with the gunboats. The Mount Washington, already disabled in an unequal contest with a battery higher up, grounded off Hill's Point, directly under the rebel guns. Her companions refused to leave her in this emergency, and then for six long hours raged one of the most desperate and unequal contests of the war. The gallant Lamson, on his crippled-vessel, and the equally gallant Cushing, stood over their smoking guns and bleeding gunners till the rising tide at last floated them off in safety. The Commodore Ba
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Closing operations in the James River. (search)
2-26. A sudden movement in force was made by the Confederates to cross the river and thereby reach Suffolk to attack General Peck. Admiral Lee hastily dispatched two flotillas to hold the line of the river: one composed of the Stepping Stones and seven other gun-boats under Lieutenant R. H. Lamson, in the upper Nansemond, and the other of four gun-boats under Lieutenant William B. Cushing, in the lower waters. Of special importance were the capture on the 19th of April of the battery at Hill's Point, by Lieutenant Lamson's flotilla, in conjunction with three hundred men under General Getty, and a landing expedition on the 22d to Chuckatuck, several miles inland, under Lieutenant Gushing. After several months of inaction it was decided in August, 1863, to make a reconnoissance up the James River. The force consisted of the monitor Sangamon, the ferry-boat Commodore Barney, and the small steamer Cohasset, all under the command of Captain G. Gansevoort. General Foster accompanied th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 6: siege of Knoxville.--operations on the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia. (search)
kade, or land and capture Hill's batteries. Consent was given, and in the transport steamer Escort, Captain Wall, they left New Berne at midnight, accompanied by General Palmer, Lieutenant Hoffman, of Foster's staff, and Colonel McChesney, of the First Loyal North Carolinians. They reached the flotilla of National gun-boats, assembled below the Confederate batteries, These had carried about 8,000 troops, under General Prince, who was ordered by Foster to land and capture a battery on Hill's Point. Believing it to be impracticable, Prince refused to undertake it. without difficulty, and on the night of the 13th of April--a still and beautiful night — the Escort, under cover of a heavy fire from the flotilla upon the land batteries, went boldly up the river with its load of supplies and troops. Guided by the stakes planted by McDermot, she pushed on, and gallantly ran the gauntlet of sharp-shooters, who swarmed the banks, and several light field-batteries, for about six miles. Bef
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
in demand. Lieutenant Lamson distinguishes himself at Hill's Point. Cushing prevents Longstreet and forces from crossing etty, effecting the capture of five guns and 130 men on Hill's Point. This position commanded the communication between theng the withdrawal of the troops, etc., last night, from Hill's Point, and for the efficient aid rendered by him, his officerieged forces at Washington, but they were stopped below Hill's Point by the re-establishment of the enemy's batteries there,d dispatches. On the 3d of April, the flotilla below Hill's Point was reinforced by the Southfield, Whitehead and Seymour the Federal troops at Washington, having safely passed Hill's Point under cover of the gun-boats below. On the 14th and tes. There were a number of troops in transports below Hill's Point waiting the opportunity to reinforce the troops above, e troops could easily have carried the enemy's works at Hill's Point, but it was not attempted. The Confederate batteries w
n this department for the year 1863. In North Carolina, little of moment occurred in 1863. Gen. D. H. Hill attempted to retake Newbern on the first anniversary March 14. of its recovery to the Union: attacking, with 20 guns, an unfinished earthwork north of the Neuse: but that work was firmly held by the 92d New York until reenforced; when its assailants drew off with little loss. Hill next demonstrated March 30. against Washington, N. C.: erecting batteries at Rodman's and Hill's Points, below the town, which commanded the navigation of Pamlico river and isolated the place. But Gen. Foster had meantime arrived: finding a garrison of 1,200 men, with two gun-boats and an armed transport under Com'r R. Renshaw; while the defenses were well placed and in good condition. Hill had here his corps, estimated by Poster at 20,000 strong, with 50 guns. But he paused three days before assaulting; which precious time was well improved by the garrison in strengthening and perfecti
up with the General about eight miles from our encampment. At half-past 5 A. M. column again in motion received orders, upon arriving at the road leading to Hill's Point, to take one regiment of infantry and ascertain if the fort was occupied, and, if so, by whom. Accompanied by my staff, and followed by the Ninth New-Jersey, ssachusetts volunteers. At twelve M. received orders to continue the march toward Washington, leaving the Ninth New-Jersey and Twenty-third Massachusetts at Hill's Point. Placed the Seventeenth Massachusetts in advance, and arrived at Washington at three P. M. The Ninth New-Jersey volunteers arrived by boat from Hill's Point from Hill's Point at five P. M. Left on steamer Escort for Newbern, N. C., on the twentieth, and reached here at six A. M. on the twenty-first. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, C. A. Heckman, Brigadier-General Commanding Brigade. To Lieutenant-Colonel S. Hoffman, Acting Adjutant-General Eighteenth Army Corps.
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, North Carolina, 1863 (search)
kirmish near Deep GullyNEW YORK--158th Infantry. Union loss, 1 wounded. March 30: Skirmish, Rodman's PointNORTH CAROLINA--1st Infantry (1 Co.). April 1: Engagement, Rodman's PointUNITED STATES--Gunboat "Commodore Hull." April 2: Engagement, Hill's PointU. S. Navy. April 3: Skirmish, White ForksNEW YORK--3d Cavalry. April 3: Skirmish, WashingtonMASSACHUSETTS--44th Infantry. April 4-5: Engagement, Rodman's PointMASSACHUSETTS--27th Infantry (2 Co's). NEW YORK--3d Cavalry (1 Co.). U. S. Navy Glry (Detachment); Battery "H" 1st Light Arty. (Section). PENNSYLVANIA--158th, 168th, 171st and 175th Infantry. RHODE ISLAND--Battery "F" 1st Light Arty. (Section). April 15: Skirmish, WashingtonMASSACHUSETTS--44th Infantry. April 16: Affair, Hill's PointU. S. Navy. April 16: Affair, Rodman's PointU. S. Navy--Gunboats "Ceres" and "Hull." April 16-21: Expedition from Newberne toward KinstonMASSACHUSETTS--3d and 8th Infantry. NEW YORK--3d Cavalry (Co. "H"); Battery "H" 3d Light Arty.; 132d and
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)
High Bridge, Va. 78, 4 Highland County, Va. 116, 3 Scout through, April 15-23, 1865 116, 3 Hillsborough, Ala. 24, 3; 117, 1; 118, 1; 149, E5 Hillsborough, Ga. 69, 5; 70, 1; 101, 21; 117, 1; 118, 1; 143, G3; 144, C3 Hillsborough, Miss. 51, 1; 117, 1; 135-A; 155, C11; 171 Hillsborough, Tenn. 24, 3; 30, 2; 34, 5; 97, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 149, B8 Vicinity of, 1863 34, 5 Hillsborough, Va. 7, 1; 27, 1; 81, 4; 100, 1; 116, 2; 136, F6 Hill's Point, N. C. 24, 5 Hillsville, Va. 135-A Hilton head, S. C. 76, 2; 91, 4; 117, 1; 135-A; 144, F11; 171 Hinesville, Ga. 118, 1; 135-A; 144, G9; 145, A10; 171 Hockerville, Tenn.: Vicinity of, 1863 34, 5 Hodgensville, Ky. 118, 1; 135-A; 150, B8 Hogan's, Va. 17, 1; 19, 1; 20, 1; 77, 1; 92, 1; 97, 2; 100, 2 Hog Jaw Valley, Ala. 97, 1 Holden, Mo. 161, E12 Holly Creek, Ga. 24, 3; 88, 2; 149, E12 Holly Springs, Miss. 117, 1; 135-A; 15