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Doc. 31.-test of the mortar-boats. Missouri Democrat account. Cairo, February 9, 1862. in respect to the efficiency of the mortar-boats constructed at St. Louis, at the suggestion of General Fremont, there have been many doubts in the minds of well-meaning persons, including a number of army and navy officers. They have been thought clumsy, insufficient in their bulwarks, incapable of bearing the heavy mortars designed for them, and beyond all question incapable of resisting the terrible concussion which would attend the firing of a thirteen-inch shell. All these opinions and prognostications have been overthrown to-day, by the experiment made under the superintendence of Captain Constable, and before a committee of three, composed of himself, Capt. Kilty, of the gunboat Mound City, and Capt. Dove, of the gunboat Louisville. One of the mortar-boats, No. Thirty-five, was taken in tow this morning, by three steam-tugs, and conveyed to a point a few hundred yards b
uble ridge, forming a narrow valley, six miles in length, with steep and heavily-timbered sides. The main road passes through this valley, in a direction nearly due north. When McCulloch retreated from Missouri, in September last, after his quarrel with Price, he ordered much of this timber to be felled across the way, to impede any pursuit that might be made by the Union army. These obstructions the rebels were themselves compelled to remove, when they subsequently advanced to encounter Fremont. The valley is looked upon by all military engineers as a good position to hold against an enemy. Col. Carr's division advanced up this road to a point about four miles from the State line. Col. Dodge's brigade filed off upon a road leading to the east from the Elkhorn hotel, and opened its battery upon the enemy, who was posted in a wood on a declivity in front. They were promptly replied to, and a brisk encounter of artillery and infantry speedily ensued. Col. Vandever's brigade pa
from the command of the other military departments, he retaining command of the Department of the Potomac. Ordered, further, That the two departments now under the respective commands of Generals Halleck and Hunter, together with so much of that under Gen. Buell as lies west of a north and south line indefinitely drawn through Knoxville, Tennessee, be consolidated and designated the Department of the Mississippi, and that until otherwise ordered Major-Gen. Halleck have command of said department. Ordered, also, That the country west of the Department of the Potomac and east of the Department of the Mississippi be a military department, to be called the Mountain Department, and that the same be commanded by Major-Gen. Fremont. That all the Commanders of Departments, after the receipt of this order by them respectively, report severally and directly to the Secretary of War, and that prompt, full, and frequent reports will be expected of all and each of them. Abraham Lincoln.
in the following order: Advance-guard under Asboth--one company of Fourth Missouri cavalry, (Fremont hussars,) Second Ohio battery, under command. of Lieut. Chapman; Fifteenth Missouri volunteersn hussars, the Thirty-sixth Illinois cavalry, under Capt. Jenks, and a squad of thirteen men of Fremont hussars, under Lieut. Fred. Cooper, to occupy and guard the town, to let the whole train pass aieces Second Ohio battery, Lieut. Chapman's battalion, four companies Fourth Missouri cavalry, (Fremont hussars,) six companies Fifth Missouri cavalry, (Benton hussars,) two pieces of Capt. Elbert's our victorious army. To pursue the enemy, I sent Capt. Von Reilmansegge, with one company of Fremont hussars, forward. The Seventeenth and Third Missouri followed in double-quick time, assisted bllinois, Col. Knoblesdorf, two pieces of artillery of the flying battery, and a squad of thirty Fremont hussars, to proceed a short distance on the road to Bentonville, and to guard that road. Arriv
Doc. 145.-fight at grass Lick, Va. Gen. Fremont's despatch. wheeling, Va., April 24, 1862. Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War: A telegram from Gen. Schenck states that a squad of twenty-five infantry, sent from Romney by Lieut.-Col. Downey to look after guerrillas, was attacked yesterday morning on Grass Lick, between Wash River and Carstion, by the rebels, forty in number. Our force lost three killed, but drove the rebels, who took refuge in the house of one Palland. Col. Dr of the house covered with blood. He burned the house and pursued the flying enemy, taking five prisoners. Gen. Schenck sent a reinforcement of one hundred and sixty cavalry and one piece of Debeck's artillery to come on the enemy in the rear. These must have reached the place about four o'clock yesterday afternoon. Our messengers passing to and fro between Grass Lick and Romney were fired on four, six, and seven miles from Romney by guerrillas. J. C. Fremont, Major-General Commanding.
ril, when the rebels evacuated Camp Allegheny, Gen. Milroy, with that energy and fearless determination which are his peculiar characteristics, has been hotly pursuing them, until they were driven beyond the Shenandoah mountains, the boundary of Fremont's department. In their retreat the rebels destroyed an immense amount of camp equipage. This was particularly the case at their camp on the Shenandoah mountain, where they left considerable quantities of flour, forage, etc.; they burned mosteserve and brought back to their places. Once their reserve broke, but fortunately for them, reinforcements coming up, with bayonets, drove them back to their places. All our officers and men behaved nobly, eliciting the warmest praise from Gens. Fremont and Schenck. Gen. Milroy who admires bravery, has issued an order thanking the men for their gallant conduct. In mentioning the conduct of an officer or regiment, I of course do not disparage that of others. All fought well. Lieut.-Col. Ri
Doc. 18.-battle of cross Keys, Va. Gen. Fremont's despatches. Headquarters army in the fiattle, which may be renewed at any moment. J. C. Fremont, Major-General. headquarters Mountain Depaged deserve high praise. Respectfully, J. C. Fremont, Major-General. General Schenck's repoCommercial account. headquarters army of Fremont, Port Republic, Va., June 9. You have recen about this time fell only a few feet from Gen. Fremont, who was early upon the ground, taking obsed those retiring columns. See, Colonel, said Fremont, they retire in good order. But now no time lling not far from the position occupied by Gen. Fremont's staff; another puff, and here came anothet of Jackson and his army was at an end. Gen. Fremont had left Franklin on Sunday, May twenty-fifdier. Under circumstances such as these, Gen. Fremont fought the battle of Cross Keys. Did it nodi Guard. Comment is unnecessary. Captain Dunka, of General Fremont's staff, was killed. Max.
Doc. 19.-battle at Port Republic, Va. Report of General Fremont. headquarters Mountain Department, Port Republic, June 9, 12 M., via Martinsburgh, June 12th. To Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War: there was no collision with the enemy after dark last night. This morning we renewed the march against him, entering the woods in battle order, his cavalry appearing on our flanks, Gen. Blenker had the left, Gen. Milroy the right, and Gen. Schenck the centre, with a reserve of Gen.eive the particular notice of the President as soon as possible. I will send in a full report; but, in this respect, I am unable to make any more particular distinction than that pointed out in the description of the battle. Respectfully, J. C. Fremont, Major-General Commanding. Report of Brig.-General Tyler. headquarters Third brigade, near Luray, Va., June 12, 1862. Gen. James Shields, Commanding Division: sir: In compliance with your order to proceed to Waynesboroa, 1 left Co
t for their energy and zeal in carrying the wounded and dead from the field. The surgeons and assistant-surgeons deserve particular mention for their skill and unfaltering attention to the wounded. Col. George Crook, Commanding Brigade. General Fremont's order. Franklin, Va., May 24. The following circular was issued from Headquarters this morning: The General Commanding congratulates the army on a new victory in this department, won by the skill and bravery of our soldiers agaiimmediate command but lack the opportunity to emulate the gallantry and share the glory of their comrades of the army of the Kanawha. This circular will be read at the head of every regiment or separate corps in this army. By order of Major-General Fremont. Albert Tracy, Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General. Cincinnati Commercial account. camp Third provisional brigade, Meadow Bluff, Western Virginia, June 6, 1862. A battle was fought at Lewisburgh on the twenty-third of May
Doc. 53.-Fremont's pursuit of Jackson. New-York Tribune account. Fremont's headquarters, Mount JackFremont's headquarters, Mount Jackson, Va., June 3, 1862. Gen. Fremont left Franklin on Sunday, May twenty-fifth. His troops were exhausted bGen. Fremont left Franklin on Sunday, May twenty-fifth. His troops were exhausted by previous forced marches to relieve Schenck and Milroy, from which they had not had time to recruit, and wereion of each brigade and regiment by the staff of Gen. Fremont, approved by the Medical Director, Dr. George Suseason to pass between McDowell on the one side and Fremont on the other. I know nothing of the movements of td have accelerated the march of the column under Gen. Fremont. Cluseret was ordered on, entered Strasburgh by an ambush and a barricade. Col. Figyelmesi, of Fremont's staff, who was in advance with the cavalry, went of that night to send forward the main column. General Fremont, therefore, encamped his troops where his lineslop. After a brief conference with Gen. Bayard, Gen. Fremont rode on with his staff. The morning for once
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