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been on the road, without sleep, in expectation of meeting the enemy, the whole night. Malvern Hill. I placed Wessell's brigade in position not far from Turkey Creek, Naglee's brigade not having joined. The enemy having commenced his attack upon the columns en route, my command was placed in line of battle by General Keyes for some time to co-operate with me. About twelve o'clock M., Colonel Averill passed by with his fine command, bringing up everything from the direction of Turkey Creek, in excellent order and time. As every command, ambulance, wagon, and straggler, had gone by the rear guard, I directed General Wessell to draw in his picketsominy, destroyed all the bridges, which led the advance of the Army of the Potomac from White Oak Swamp, and covered the rear safely during the great strategic movement from (Malvern Hill) Turkey Creek to Harrison's Point. I am, very respectfully Your obedient servant, John I. Peck, Brigadier General, commanding Division.
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)
2; 97, 1; 101, 4; 118, 1; 135-A; 149, D11 Tunstall's Station, Va. 16, 1; 17, 1; 19, 1; 21, 9; 22, 1; 74, 1; 92, 1; 100, 1; 137, E8 Tupelo, Miss. 63, 2; 117, 1; 149, F1; 154, E13 Expedition to, July 5-21, 1864 63, 2 Turkey Creek, Kans. 66, 2, 66, 3 Turkey Run, Va. 85, 35, 85, 38 Turkey Creek, Va. 16, 1; 92, 1; 93, 1; 100, 1 Turkey Island Bridge, Va. 16, 1; 17, 1; 19, 1; 20, 1; 22, 1; 74, 1; 100, 1, 100, 2; 137, F8 Turkey Island Creek, Va. 17, 1; Turkey Creek, Va. 16, 1; 92, 1; 93, 1; 100, 1 Turkey Island Bridge, Va. 16, 1; 17, 1; 19, 1; 20, 1; 22, 1; 74, 1; 100, 1, 100, 2; 137, F8 Turkey Island Creek, Va. 17, 1; 22, 1 Turkeytown, Ala. 46, 3; 118, 1; 135-A; 149, G9 Turkeytown Valley, Ala.: Expedition into, Oct. 24-26, 1864 46, 3 Turnback Creek, Mo. 160, B12 Turner's Ferry, Ga. 45, 5; 57, 1, 57, 3; 62, 9, 62, 11, 62, 12; 65, 3; 88, 1, 88, 2 Turner's Mill, Va. 93, 1 Tuscaloosa, Ala. 76, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 148, B4; 171 Tuscumbia, Ala. 24, 3; 76, 1; 117, 1; 118, 1; 135-A; 149, D4; 171 Tuscumbia, Mo. 117, 1; 135-A; 152, F4; 171 Tuscumbia River,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 2 (search)
behind the shocks of wheat, they see us, but we cannot see them, whilst they pick off our men as they come up to take position in line of battle at the foot of the hill, preparatory to the intended charge. As each man files up he is ordered to lie down—an order most cheerfully obeyed, the recumbent position affording much protection from the fire of these sharpshooters, whose bullets are constantly hissing past us. As I marched along to this position I looked over towards the woods on Turkey creek skirting this meadow. The prospect was beautiful, and as my eye took in the landscape, with everything in that direction so tranquil that clear summer afternoon, and in such striking contrast with the harsh notes of war every second reaching the ear from the hill in the front and to the left of us, I was reminded of a certain meadow in a neighboring county, which with its low grounds and fringe of dense woods, were delightfully familiar to me in the holiday seasons of my then recent boyh
en, and in five days threw up defences within seventeen miles of Fort Duquesne. On the fifteenth, Washington, who followed, was on Chestnut Ridge; on the seventeenth, at Bushy Run. All, he reported, are in fine spirits and anxious to go on. On the nineteenth, Washington left Armstrong to wait for the Highlanders, and, taking the lead, dispelled by his vigilance every apprehension of the enemy's approach. When on the twenty-fourth, the general encamped his whole party among the hills of Turkey Creek within ten miles of Fort Duquesne, the disheartened garrison, then about five hundred in number, set fire to the fort in the night time, and by the light of its flames went down the Ohio. On Saturday, the twenty-fifth of November, the little army moved on in one body, and at evening the youthful hero could point out to Armstrong and the hardy provincials, who marched in front, to the Highlanders and Royal Americans, to Forbes himself, the meeting of the rivers; and the British flag was p
r twelve hundred men. On the sixteenth, he put himself 16. and his party in full motion towards Broad river, while in the evening the camp which he had abandoned was occupied by Tarleton's party. On that day, Cornwallis with his army reached Turkey creek. In the genial clime of South Carolina, where the grass is springing in every month of winter, cattle in those days grazed in the field all the year round; never housed, nor fed by the hand of man, but driven from time to time into cowpens,elves. Our success, wrote the victor in his modest report, must be attributed to the justice of our cause and the gallantry of our troops. My wishes would induce me to name every sentinel in the corps. Aware that the camp of Cornwallis at Turkey creek was within twenty-five miles, and as near as the battle-ground to the ford on the Catawba, Morgan destroyed the captured baggage-wagons, paroled the British officers, intrusted the wounded to the care of the few residents of the neighborhood,
fic, the enemy having two or three to our one.--The battle commenced with our armies forces, aid, after about four hours fighting, our gunboat got in range, and poured into the rebels a heavy and incessant fire. This fire the rebels stood about two hours and then retreated. Our troops have captured, notwithstanding their disadvantages a large number of artillery pieced and 2,000 prisoners, among whom is the rebel General Magruder. The place where this last action took place is near Turkey Creek. The retreat of the enemy last evening was with great disorder, and their loss has been very heavy — much greater, it is thought, than ours. Still I have nothing definite in regard to loss. In the retreat forced upon General-McClellan by the superior numbers of the enemy, I learn that he had to spike his siege guns and leave them on the field, after burning the carriages. The nature of the soil rendered it impossible to move them. In the retreat many of our sick and wounded w
our flanks — leaving about 100,000 to be disposed of. A very large percentage of sick were then to be subtracted. It is not very extravagant to say that wounds and deaths at Yorktown cost us 1,000 men; Williamsburg, 8,000; West Point, 250; Hanover Court-House, 500; Fair Oaks, so say official bulletins, 5,700. I wish I could believe that were all. Skirmishes and affairs before Richmond, 1,000 at least; Mechanicville, 300; Gaines's Mill, 7,500; Savage's Station, 1,000; White Oak Swamp and Turkey Creek — oh, how many! Where are the stragglers? To be sure, the enemy have lost full as many; but they could afford it. Without attempting to estimate the average number of sick. I will give one exceptional face which may cause you to shudder. When General Casey's division landed at Fortress Monroe it numbered 13,000 men, when his division was routed at Seven Pines it numbered less than 6,000 --all the rest were dead and in the hospital. But no other division suffered as much. After
is easily understood. The dispatch jumps at once to the fight of yesterday, (Monday,) and says it was terrific, the enemy having three to one--the old, old story. It was begun by our land forces, who fought four hours; then our gunboats got in range and gave the Confederates much trouble; they stood it for two hours, and then retired. Then we are told that our men took many cannon and 2,000 prisoners--among them Gen. Magruder, (Most excellent news, if true,) All this took place at Turkey creek, bend or bridge, about ten miles above City Point. Seventeen miles of retreat from this place would bring our army down to the place — Harrison's Bar — where McClellan had his headquarters (so says a later dispatch) on Tuesday. But then the Fortress Monroe correspondent abruptly adds that "the retreat of the Confederates last evening (that's Monday) was with great disorder, and their loss has been very heavy, much greater, it is thought, than ours." But he adds that nothing deficits is k
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