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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 7: the siege of Charleston to the close of 1863.--operations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. (search)
or destroyed. In that brief space of fifteen minutes, the glowing visions of ruin to the National Navy, the raising of the blockade of Wilmington, Charleston, and Mobile, and the speedy recognition of the Confederacy as a nation by Great Britain and France, which the Conspirators and their friends had indulged when contemplating tvisited early in September by General Grant, and the two commanders united in an earnest expression of a desire to make a movement, with their combined forces, on Mobile, the only place of importance then held by the Confederates on the Gulf eastward of the Mississippi. Influential loyalists from Texas, then in Washington, had the most populous part of the State, and enable him to move into the interior in any direction, or fall back upon Galveston, thus leaving the army free to move upon Mobile. For the purpose of making such lodgment, four thousand disciplined troops were placed under the command of General Franklin as leader, who was instructed to land
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
ifty thousand strong, including troops sent to Mobile. The Confederates reported the Army of the he heart of Alabama, and two divisions sent to Mobile, with the entire body of cavalry, under Wheele. Alabama, and Mississippi, excepting those at Mobile, and others in Tennessee, under Forrest, who hin the field now Confederate Headquarters at Mobile. this is a view of the Custom-House at MobiMobile, which was used as the Headquarters of the Confederates in that Department. It is a very fine bum Grenada, and some had come even from distant Mobile. Deeming it imprudent to give battle, McPhersction of Montgomery, Alabama, and another from Mobile to Corinth. A further object was contemplatedderies in Selma, Alabama; also in a march upon Mobile. Sherman left Vicksburg on the 3d of Februaed Feb. 10. to General D. Maury, commander at Mobile, that Sherman was marching from Morton on that, when he was at Meridian, that both Selma and Mobile would be visited by him. Great relief was felt[2 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 9: the Red River expedition. (search)
d lead to an abandonment of the main object of the expedition. General Grant was anxious to have all the armies acting in concert with each other in the contemplated grand and simultaneous movement upon Richmond and Atlanta, and for that purpose he directed Banks, in the event of the success of his expedition, to hold Shreveport and Red River with such force as he might deem necessary, and return the remainder of his troops to New Orleans as quickly as possible, with a view to a movement on Mobile, if it should be thought prudent. So anxious was the new General-in-Chief for the co-operation of Banks's force, that, in another dispatch, he said: I had much rather that the Red River expedition had never been begun, than that you should be detained one day beyond the first of May in commencing the movement east of the Mississippi. It was under circumstances such as these that the expedition advanced from Natchitoches upon Shreveport, a hundred miles distant, by land, over a barren and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 14: Sherman's campaign in Georgia. (search)
tember 2], the telegraph gave information of the fact to the. Government, whereupon the President, on the same day, publicly tendered the thanks of the nation to General. Sherman, and the gallant officers and soldiers under his command. Orders were issued for the firing of National salutes at the principal arsenals, and the 11th day of September was designated as one for offering solemn national thanksgiving for the signal success of General Sherman in Georgia, and of Admiral Farragut. at Mobile. The services of the latter will be narrated presently. On the 8th General Sherman issued a stirring congratulatory address to his army, telling them of the thanks they had received from the nation, recounting their exploits, and assuring them that if they continued faithful, it required no prophet to foretell that our country will, in time, emerge from this war, purified by the fires of war, and worthy its great founder, Washington. Two days afterward, General Sherman, satisfied that th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 15: Sherman's March to the sea.--Thomas's campaign in Middle Tennessee.--events in East Tennessee. (search)
Baton Rouge, and struck the same railway at Tangipaha, Nov. 30. laying waste its track and other property. Then Davidson pushed on eastward, in the direction of Mobile, almost to the Pascagoula River, causing much alarm for the safety of that city. Still another expedition, and more important than the two just mentioned, went that the Confederates were in considerable force and well intrenched at Egypt Station, a few miles below; and intercepted dispatches from General Dick Taylor, at Mobile, informed him that re-enforcements were to be given to the garrison immediately. lie resolved to attack before they should arrive. He did so at day-break the neCroxton and Capron, the former numbering about 2,500 men, and the latter about 1,200. while his antagonist, just re-enforced by a part of General Taylor's army at Mobile, had about fifty-five thousand men. Hood's army was composed of about 42,000 infantry and artillery, and 13,000 cavalry, many of whom were Kentuckians and Tenn
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 16: career of the Anglo-Confederate pirates.--closing of the Port of Mobile — political affairs. (search)
of Mobile to be closed, 439. the defenses of Mobile, 440. naval battle in Mobile Bay, 441. destrips, and also some important naval events near Mobile. We have noticed the organization of a so-cThe latter, as we have observed, went out from Mobile in the Oreto, afterward Fire-ball. this ising against the blockade-runners the ports of Mobile and Wilmington, the only ones now remaining opes. such were the defenses of the harbor of Mobile, at its entrance, thirty miles south of the ciy darkness, the Morgan escaped and hastened to Mobile. The Gaines, badly injured, was run ashore annd sixty-four men. By this victory the port of Mobile was effectually closed to blockade-runners, an more speedily successful. The victories at Mobile and Atlanta, See page 894. following close seized the defenses and shut up the harbor of Mobile, and thereby laid the city at the mercy of the Wilmington, nor Charleston, nor Savannah, nor Mobile, nor all combined, can save the enemy from the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 17: Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--the capture of Fort Fisher. (search)
successful efforts of the Government to close the port of Wilmington, on the Cape Fear River, against blockade-runners, and to possess that port and town. We have observed that the Government had determined to close the harbors of Wilmington and Mobile, against those foreign violators of law. See page 439. When Farragut had effectually sealed the latter, See page 444. the attention of the Government, and especially of the Navy Department, was turned toward Wilmington, where blockade-runneThat officer Edmund Rhett's House. kindly furnished him with a conveyance to Savannah, in the Government steamer Besolute, accompanied by the teachers of the Freedman's School at Mitchelville, and the chaplain of the post, the Rev. Mr. Woart. We had a delightful voyage. We stopped at Fort Pulaski, and arrived at Savannah at sunset. From that city the author journeyed by railway to Augusta and Atlanta, in Georgia, and Montgomery, in Alabama, and thence by steamer to Mobile and New Orleans.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 19: the repossession of Alabama by the Government. (search)
movement. Had Farragut then known how weakly Mobile was defended, he and Granger might easily haverepossession of Alabama, by a movement against Mobile, aided by other operations in the interior. Tder, under the direction of General Thomas. Mobile, at the beginning of 1865, was thoroughly fortter the fall of Vicksburg, when an attack upon Mobile was expected, General D. Leadbetter See pagines to Danley's Ferry. Meanwhile, a feint on Mobile was made to attract attention while the main b5. The movement had created much uneasiness in Mobile, for Moore's force was reported there to be frort and cutting it off from communication with Mobile. Spanish Fort was garrisoned by nearly three ow determined to carry it by The defenses of Mobile on the eastern shore. assault, and then push t. It is entitled, History of the Campaign of Mobile, including the co-operative Operations of Genen army, and the employment of the remainder at Mobile, made nearly the whole of Thomas's force in Te[40 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
signals and the signal corps have often been mentioned in this work, and illustrations of signal stations of various kinds have been given, the most common being trees used for the purpose. The value of the signal corps to the service during the civil war, has been hinted at; it can not be estimated. That value was most conspicuously illustrated during McClellan's campaign on the peninsula of Virginia; at Antietam and Fredericksburg; Plate I. at Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Fort Macon, and Mobile; during Sherman's march from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and his approach to the coast, and especially in connection with the attack at Allatoona Pass, mentioned on page 398. the system of signaling by night and by day, on land and on the water, in use during the Civil War,was the invention of Colonel Albert <*>. Myer, of the National Army, who was the chief of the signal corps throughout the conflict. He has written, fully illustrated, and published a volume on the subject, entitled, a Manual
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
ble. Their propositions were duly considered, but the defense of the road was never intrusted to them. The first thing done by Pinkerton was to enlist a volunteer in each of these military companies. They pretended to come from New Orleans and Mobile, and did not appear to be wanting in sympathy for the South. They were furnished with uniforms at the expense of the road, and drilled as often as their associates in arms; became initiated into all the secrets of the organization, and reported ot the chief power in gaining a victory. Without it, what might have been the result of military operations at Forts Henry and Donelson, Shiloh and all along the Mississippi River, especially at Vicksburg, Port. Hudson, and New Orleans; what at Mobile, Pensacola, Key West, along the Florida sea-board, the sea-coast Islands, Charleston, and the borders of North Carolina, and even in holding Fortress Monroe and Norfolk? The energy displayed by the Navy Department, under the chief management o
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