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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
from the Southwest. October 1 We have a rumor to-day that Meade is sending heavy masses of troops to the West to extricate Rosecrans, and that Gen. Hooker is to menace Richmond from the Peninsula, with 25,000 men, to keep Lee from crossing the Potomac. We have absolutely nothing from Bragg; but a dispatch from Gen. S. Jones, East Tennessee, of this date, says he has sent Gen. Ranseur after the rear guard of the enemy, near Knoxville. A letter from W. G. M. Davis, describes St. Andrew's Bay, Florida, as practicable for exporting and importing purposes. It may be required, if Charleston and Wilmington fall — which is not improbable. Nevertheless, Bragg's victory has given us a respite in the East, and soon the bad roads will put an end to the marching of armies until next year. I doubt whether the Yankees will desire another winter campaign in Virginia. The papers contain the following account of sufferings at Gettysburg, and in the Federal prisons: A lady
the exemption law many persons, able-bodied and active young men, who sought these offices, some of which paid but ten dollars a year, only for the purpose of escaping military duty. In these offices, where so little exertion was required, persons could be placed who were unfit for the field, or, if necessary, some of the noble women of our country could be looked to to perform these duties.--Richmond Examiner, March 7. This day the United States steamer Water Witch captured, off St. Andrew's Bay, west coast of Florida, the rebel schooner William Mallory, of Mobile, from Havana February twenty-eighth, and bound wherever she could make a port. She is a schooner of one hundred and eight tons burden, and is a remarkably fast sailer, having been chased five hours and fired at several times before she would heave to.--National Intelligencer, March 20. A proclamation was issued by F. W. Pickens, rebel Governor of South-Carolina, calling for five volunteer regiments, to serve dur
the Nationals were obliged to fall back from their position, when hostilities, in a great measure, ceased for the day.--(Doc. 183.) The Catholic Bishop of Iowa, in a sermon at Dubuque, pointedly denounced the Knights of the Golden Circle, stating that he would give the members of the church who had joined the organization, two weeks to leave it, and then, if they still continued in it, they might consider themselves excommunicated.--The British schooner Emma Amelia was captured at St. Andrew's Bay, Fla., by the National bark Roebuck.--Grand Gulf, Miss., was abandoned at daylight this morning, the rebels blowing up the magazines and spiking their guns. Soon after the evacuation the place was entered by the National forces, under Admiral D. D. Porter.--(Doc. 184.) A short fight occurred near Warrenton Junction, Va., between a party of General Stahel's cavalry, under Colonel De Forest, and Mosby's rebel guerrillas, resulting in the rout of the latter with great loss.--(Doc. 18
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 37: operations of the East Gulf Squadron to October, 1863. (search)
brisk engagement with Confederate batteries. destruction of schooner. River expeditions under Lieutenant-Commander McCauley. disastrous reconnaissance at St. Andrew's Bay. Flag of truce used as decoy by the natives. the Tahoma shells a town. boat's crew from bark Amanda cut out schooner forward. loss of prize. heroic cothward were the Ten Thousand Islands, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay, Crystal River. Cedar Keys, Suwanee River, Appalache Bay, St. George's Bay, Appalachicola, St. Andrew's Bay, and a thousand other places of refuge too numerous to mention. Arms and munitions of war of all kinds could have been landed but for the watchfulness of thcCauley. An expedition fitted out on March 20th by Acting-Master John Sherrill, commanding bark Roebuck. did not fare so well. Sherrill sent a launch up St. Andrew's Bay on a reconnaissance; but, on the return of the boat, they were attacked by a party of fifty men, with rifles, one man killed and six severely wounded, includ
Doc. 23.-naval operations in Florida. Rear-Admiral Bailey's reports. United States flag-ship San Jacinto, Key West, December 28, 1863. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: I have the gratification of reporting a very important service performed by the blockading force at St. Andrew's Sound, under command of Acting Master William R. Browne, in destroying a very extensive and valuable quality of salt-works, both at Lake Ocala and in St. Andrew's Bay. The circumstances are as follows: On the second of December, a boat was despatched from the bark Restless, then lying at St. Andrew's, bound to Lake Ocala, some twenty miles to the westward, where Acting Ensign James J. Russell landed with his men, and marched some five miles inland to Kent's Salt-Works, consisting of three different establishments, and utterly destroyed them. There were six steamboat boilers at this place, cut in half lengthwise, and seven kettles made expressly for the purpose, each holding tw
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 60.-affair in St. Andrew's Bay, Fla. (search)
Doc. 60.-affair in St. Andrew's Bay, Fla. Rear-Admiral Bailey's report. United States flag-ship San Jacinto, Key West, Jan. 27, 1864. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: sir: It affords me pleasure to report to the department that the promise made by Acting Master William R. Brown, commanding the bark Restless, at the conclusion of his last report concerning the destruction of the extensive salt works in the vicinity of St. Andrew's Bay — namely, that he would complete the woSt. Andrew's Bay — namely, that he would complete the work so handsomely begun — appears to have been kept. He reports that he went on board the stern-wheel steamer Bloomer, with two officers and forty-seven men belonging to the Restless, and proceeded up the bay, against very unfavorable circumstances of darkness, wind, and tide, some ten miles above St. Andrew's, where his force was, and destroyed some ninety additional salt works, together with all the boilers, kettles, and buildings attached to them; whereupon the enemy commenced the destructi<
f the rebel government. The object of the expedition was, in each instance, successfully accomplished. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, T. Bailey, A. R. Admiral, Commanding E. G. B. Squadron. United States bark Restless, St. Andrew's Bay, Florida, February 17, 1864. sir: I have the honor to make the following report: Learning that the rebels had erected new government salt-works, on West-Bay, on the site of the old salt-works destroyed by us in December, and that they se find inclosed a drawing of the boilers and kettles. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, W. R. Browne, Acting Master Commanding. To Acting Rear-Admiral Theodorus Bailey, Commanding E. G. B. Squadron. United States bark Restless, St. Andrew's Bay, February 29, 1864. sir: I have the honor to make the following report: Having gained information that a large barge would leave the Welappo River on or about the eighteenth instant, for East-Bay, with all the materials on board necess
as once the largest commercial town in Florida; but now every thing looks desolate. A small rebel steamer comes down the river from Columbus, Ga., about once a week, and supplies the inhabitants with corn-meal, as this is about the only food they have to keep them from starvation. The rebels in this State have supplied the rebel army in Virginia largely with salt beef, so that the cattle of nearly all the planters have been killed and packed in salt for the government. Large quantities of salt were of course required, and the rebels had erected salt-works all along the bays on the Gulf coast of Florida. The gunboat Sagamore demolished thirty-six of these salt-works in St. Andrew's Bay, about a month ago. We have demolished the works here in Apalachicola Bay, and the works at St. Mark's, Cedar Key, and at Tampa, have also been broken up. Should the rebels again fire upon our boats when they approach Apalachicola, it is the determination of our commanders to lay the city in ashes.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
Congress thanked Cornelius Vanderbilt for the gift to the government of the steamer Vanderbilt, worth $800,000.—26. The United States Circuit Court at Louisville, Ky., decided that guerillas were common enemies, and that carriers could not recover at law goods stolen by such.—27. Ladies' Loyal League, New York, sent a petition for general emancipation, bearing 100,000 signatures. Confederate cavalry defeated at Sevierville, Tenn. Three hundred Confederate salt-kettles destroyed at St. Andrew's Bay, Fla.—28. Battle at Fair Garden, Tenn.; Confederates defeated.— Feb. 1. The President ordered a draft, on March 10, for 500,000 men, for three years or the war.—4. Colonel Mulligan drove Early out of Moorefield, W. Va. —13. Governor Bramlette, of Kentucky, proclaims protection to slaves from claims by Confederate owners.—22. Michael Hahn elected governor of Louisiana by the loyal vote. Moseby defeats Union cavalry at Drainesville.—23. Admiral Farragut began a six days bomba
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Florida, 1862 (search)
ries "A," "F" and "L," 1st Arty.; "C," "H" and "K," 2d Arty.; 3d Infantry (Cos. "C," "E"). March 5: Occupation FernandinaMAINE--9th Infantry. NEW HAMPSHIRE--4th Infantry. PENNSYLVANIA--97th Infantry. UNITED STATES--Battery "E," 3d Arty. March 12: Occupation JacksonvilleNEW HAMPSHIRE--4th Infantry. March 23: Affair SmyrnaU. S. Gunboats "Penguin" and "Henry Andrew." March 27-31: Reconn. on Santa Rosa IslandNEW YORK--6th Infantry. UNITED STATES--Battery "L," 1st Arty. April 7: Affair Saint Andrews BayU. S. Navy. April 9: Evacuation of JacksonvilleNEW HAMPSHIRE--4th Infantry. April 10: Skirmish near FernandinaMAINE--9th Infantry (Detachment Co. "I"). May 9-12: Evacuation of PensacolaBy Confederate forces, and occupation by Union forces. May 20: Affair, Crooked RiverDetachment from U. S. Fleet. June 15: Descent on Saint MarksU. S. Navy. June 25: Skirmish near Pensacola(No Details.) Aug. 7-10: Reconn. from Pensacola to Bagdad and MiltonNEW YORK--6th Infantry (Cos. "A," "B"). Se
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