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Col. Blanton, of Kentucky, now in Virginia, offers to subscribe two thousand dollars toward building an iron-clad gunboat at Richmond for the defence of that city. He truthfully says: There are hundreds of men in our community who can give from five hundred to five thousand dollars each and not miss it. It is supposed that the boat shall cost seven hundred thousand dollars. The sum of two hundred thousand dollars has been already conditionally pledged.--Memphis Appeal, March 30.
d was sixty-three out of two hundred. Many of his men were severely injured by the frost. Since this severe punishment, the Indians in that quarter have ceased to commit depredations on the whites. Department of the Ohio. In December last, Brigadier-General S. P. Carter made a cavalry raid into Eastern Tennessee and destroyed the Union and Wakuka Railroad bridges, a considerable amount of arms, rolling stock, etc. He returned to Kentucky with the loss of only ten men. On the thirtieth of March, Brigadier-General Gillmore engaged and defeated a large rebel force under General Pegram, near Somerset, Kentucky. Our loss in killed, wounded, and missing was only thirty; that of the enemy is estimated at five hundred. In June, the rebels attempted a raid into Harrison County, Indiana, but were driven back with the loss of sixty-three prisoners. About the same time, Colonel Sanders, with two pieces of artillery, the First Tennessee cavalry, and some detachments from General
s woods, Ark. Report of Major Foster. headquarters Third Minnesota Volunteer infantry, little Rock, Ark., April 3, 1864. Captain John Peetz, Post-Adjutant, Little Rock: Captain: I have the honor to report the part which the detachment of the Third Minnesota volunteers, under my command, took in the recent expedition and action up White River, under command of Colonel C. C. Andrews, of the Third Minnesota. I received orders from Colonel Andrews at half-past 4 o'clock P. M., March thirtieth, to be in readiness to march with four days rations at six o'clock that evening, and at seven o'clock I marched my command, six companies--company B, commanded by Lieutenant Pierce, company C by Lieutenant Grummons, company E by Lieutenant Knight, company G by Captain Devereux, company H by Lieutenant Misener, company I by Captain Swan--one hundred and eighty-six strong — to the ferry, and immediately proceeded to the railroad depot, where, by direction of the Colonel, we embarked on th
Doc. 149.-the capture of the Diana. New-Orleans Era account. Brashear City, Monday, March 30. last Saturday morning, while sitting at a table in the cabin of the gunboat Diana, writing out my notes to send by the morning train, the engine-whistle sounded. Gathering up my papers, I asked Captain Peterson, who stood beside me, if he was going to make a trip that day? He replied he was only going to ship some coal, and not do picket-duty as usual, and that he would be quiet for two or three days at least. It appears that Capt. Peterson received orders on Saturday morning to take on board two companies of infantry and make a reconnoissance to find whether the enemy had received reenforcements of infantry. He was to go no further than a point where a bayou from Grand Lake unites with the Atchafalaya, west of Pattersonville. But he was not contented with simply fulfilling the letter of his commands; and hence, with a zeal which unfortunately proved fatal to him, he
their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion. All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope, authorized by the Divine teaching, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be fixed. [L. S.] Done at the city of Washington on this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-seventh. By the President: Abraham Lincoln. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.
not only confirmed my views, but said that he had that morning held a conversation with Commodore Stewart, who declared that Fort Sumter could easily be reinforced and provisioned with boats at night. As valuable time was being lost by discussions, which form no part of this narrative, I represented that so important an expedition required time for its preparation, and that I ought to be allowed to take the preparatory steps, if there was any possibility of sending it out. On the thirtieth of March, the President sent me to New-York with verbal instructions to prepare for the voyage, but to make no binding engagements. After consultation with George W. Blunt, Esq., who throughout had been of great assistance to me with his advice and active cooperation, I met, by previous arrangement, Messrs. William H. Aspinwall and Charles H. Marshall, for the purpose of making with them preliminary arrangements for the voyage. Mr. Marshall declined to aid me, upon the ground that the att
Doc. 12.-expedition up White River. Report of Colonel Andrews. headquarters post of Little Rock, Saturday evening, April 2, 1864. General: In compliance with General Orders No. 169, War Department, October twenty-seventh, 1862, I have the honor to report the result of an engagement at Fitzhugh's woods, six miles above Augusta, on White River, with the forces under Brigadier-General McCrae. On Wednesday afternoon last, March thirtieth, at half-past 4 o'clock P. M., I received orders from Brigadier-General Kimball to proceed on an expedition up White River. At seven o'clock that evening, I left Little Rock with a detachment of the Third regiment Minnesota volunteer infantry, (veterans,) Major E. W. Foster commanding, consisting of companies B, C, E, G, H, and I, numbering one hundred and eighty-six, and proceeded to Duvall's Bluff by railroad. We reached there at twenty minutes past four the next morning, and found the steamer Dove, Captain Erwin, in readiness to move
ed to the expedition, were the causes of its failure. We owe nothing to the enemy, not even our defeat. Could any one of these difficulties have been avoided, the object of the campaign would have been accomplished. But the occupation of Shreveport could not have been maintained. The presence of the enemy would have required such a force for its defence as could not have been supplied by the river, and for which no other arrangement had been made, as suggested in my despatch of the thirtieth of March. The only possible method of maintaining this position would have been to concentrate at this point a force superior in numbers to the enemy, with sufficient time to pursue him wherever he should move, even if it took us to Galveston, on the Gulf coast. This was suggested as a possible result of the campaign, but it was not embraced within the original plan, and was specially precluded by orders received from the Lieutenant-General commanding the armies. I remain, sir, Your obe
any vital occasions, and often by sending me on detached expeditions, the highest confidence in me, and this is well known. I shall further reply to the imputations of General Sheridan while giving the narration of the events to which they relate, which narration, I hope, will possess an interest of its own, independent of its defence of me. Narrative. In order to introduce the battle of Five Forks intelligently, I will first describe the previous operations of March twenty-ninth, thirtieth, and thirty-first, and shall do so but briefly, in order to confine attention particularly to the first of April and the orders of the night before. My command, on March twenty-ninth, consisted of General Crawford's division, five thousand two hundred and fifty strong; General Griffin's division, six thousand one hundred and eighty strong; and General Ayres' division, three thousand nine hundred and eighty strong. I took with me, as directed, only five four-gun batteries, under General
Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 2.13, chapter 2.24 (search)
inches! The truth is, I am five feet, five and a half inches in my socks. Sunday, 29th March, 1891. Reached New Orleans after thirty-two years absence. I left it in 1859, and return to it in 1891. I drove with D. to the French Market, down Tchapitoulas St., St. Andrew's St., Annunciation St., Charles Avenue, to St. Charles Hotel. Took a walk with D. to Tchapitoulas St., then to the Levee; gazed across the full view, and pointed to Algiers opposite, where I had often sported. Monday, 30th March. Rose at six-thirty and went with D. to French Market, to treat her to what I have often boasted of, a cup of the best coffee in the world. The recipe appears to be two pounds of Java Coffee to one and a half gallons of water. Monsieur L. Morel owned the coffee-stand. He came from France in 1847. Very likely I must have drunk coffee, many a time, as a boy, at his stand! We walked home by Charles Street, well known to me. New Orleans changes but slowly. From New Orleans we vi
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