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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 12 0 Browse Search
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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
and early in the morning May 10, 1862. a landing was effected unopposed, under the direction of Colonel Cram. The water was so shallow that the troops were compelled to pass ashore on platforms laid on old canal barges. The entire movement was successful; and at eight o'clock in the morning General Wool, accompanied by the President and the two Secretaries, and Generals Mansfield and Viele, took command in person. The infantry were immediately pushed forward to secure the bridge over Tanner's Creek. By reference to the map on page 899, volume I., the reader will have an idea of the direction of the movement. Ocean View was on Willoughby's beach, about at the edge of the map, and the outward road was the one followed by the troops. They found it on fire, and received shot from cannon on the opposite side of the stream. Supposing this to indicate intended opposition, the artillery was hurried forward, but on its arrival the foe had disappeared. The troops pushed forward, and at
She had been sent to bring in a couple of rebel schooners from the mouth of Tanner's Creek; the officers in charge of her being Northern men, and having been long desforward the infantry rapidly, was to secure, if possible, the bridge across Tanner's Creek, by which the route to Norfolk would be shortened several miles. The routeo miles and a half to a point where a diverging road led around the head of Tanner's Creek, and took that route to Norfolk. Nothing further was heard from the party hin three miles of Norfolk without meeting with any serious opposition. At Tanner's Creek a small picket was stationed, with a howitzer, and a slight skirmish took pce for five miles without any obstructions. On approaching the bridge over Tanner's Creek, the rebels retreated across, set it on fire, and with three small howitzerhat the city could be reached by the Princess Anne road, around the head of Tanner's Creek, by a march of eight miles. On obtaining this information, Gen. Wool ordere
here, had an entire set, bought at Old Point, after the Mexican war, which not only equipped a battery, but taught our harness makers a thing or two. On the Norfolk side, we are more than anxious for them to try us. Should they move all the trees out of the roads which they will be likely to find there, under the fire of some good shots and force our men back, they will find entrenchments, with heavy guns, that I did not think could have been constructed in a year. They might cross Tanner's Creek with the pontons, which they have brought on so secretly that we have not found it out, if it were not for several snug little concealed batteries of 42 pound cannonades on our side of the river, which reach up to our entrenchments. If they wish to cross the Indian Pole Bridge, they must remember that it is a told-bridge, and we have a small "lete du Ponte," where we will collect, and besides, you know we got "right smart" of powder on the memorable 19th of April. If they can send 20,00