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1862 he was colonel, in command at Tuscumbia, with his regiment, the Fourth cavalry, and other forces. He was then ordered to join Van Dorn's cavalry corps in Mississippi, and his force at that time was given as 1,400 strong. With this corps he was in battle at Tuscumbia, February 22, 1863, and at Columbia, Tenn., early in March. In April he assailed the strong expedition under General Dodge, intended to cover Streight's raid, and fought it stubbornly during its advance up the valley to Courtland. Soon afterward, having been promoted to brigadier-general, he was in command in this district, of a force including Patterson's Fifth cavalry, Hannon's Fifty-third, his own regiment, under Colonel Johnson, Capt. W. R. Julian's troop, and Ferrell's battery. In October he cooperated with General Wheeler in the raid into Tennessee against Rosecrans' communications. Early in 1864 he was in battle at Athens, near Florence, and at Lebanon, and in the latter part of February Gen. J. E. Johnst
the West, giving him, with the consent of General Bragg, the rank of acting brigadier-general. His energy and ability were soon manifest in the organization and increased efficiency of his command. On July 17th, Bragg, about to move to Chattanooga from Tupelo, ordered General Armstrong to advance toward Decatur, Ala., to cover the transfer of the army. With portions of the squadrons and companies of Webb, Barteau, McCulloch, Hill, Sanders, Roddey and Newsom he attacked the enemy at Courtland, Ala., July 25th, and won a brilliant victory, taking 133 prisoners and gaining possession of the fertile Tennessee valley from Decatur to Tuscumbia. His continued successes brought him the warm congratulations of General Bragg. In August, 1862, he was sent with about 2,000 cavalry to make a demonstration in west Tennessee in co-operation with Bragg, and preparatory to Price's advance. He crossed the Hatchie river, passed between Jackson and Bolivar, destroyed bridges and trestles on the M
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.4 (search)
ortunately they could not depress their guns sufficiently to harm us. Their shot and shells passed over our heads. Just before night our command moved back to Courtland. Big Nance creek being very high, the drivers swam their horses across at the ford and the cannoneers passed the pieces over the railroad bridge by hand. We remained in the streets of Courtland during the night. It seems that Colonel Streight left the main command while we were engaged in the artillery duel the day before, and General Forrest had caught on to it, for we left Courtland early the next morning, and went up the mountain leaving a portion of General Roddy's command under MajCourtland early the next morning, and went up the mountain leaving a portion of General Roddy's command under Major Moreland in the valley. Here we first heard of the raiding party under Colonel Streight and got on his track. I remember General Forrest telling us that they, the Yankees, were taking the rings off the gals fingers, and that we would take them back when we caught them, after a rest of about an hour, the command moved forward a
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
his brigade, sent direct toward Tuscumbia, arrives at Bainbridge on the 27th, where it crosses the Tennessee, while on the same day Forrest, with the remainder of his troops, crosses the river at Brown's Ferry, and promptly gains the village of Courtland, on the railroad from Tuscumbia to Decatur. He could not have arrived more opportunely: Dodge, leaving a few troops at Tuscumbia and in the village adjoining, South Florence, had resumed his march on the morning of the 27th, and was advancing that Streight had crossed the head-waters of Town Creek. Leaving only a small force along this stream, and directing Roddy to throw himself, with two regiments, between Dodge and Streight in order to definitely separate them, he fell back upon Courtland that very evening. In the morning of the next day he reached Moulton, where Roddy was not long in joining him. The two brigades he had with him were composed exclusively of experienced horsemen, mounted upon well-trained animals inured, like t
laws he pleased. The dread of this doctrine sunk deeply into the public mind, and afterwards attracted the notice of the assemblies of New York. At that period of disorder, the committee of safety reassembled; and Aug. 16. Leisler, an insolent alien, assisted, say the principal men of New York, by those who formerly were Chalmers, 610. thought unfit to be in the meanest offices, was constituted the temporary governor of the province. The appointment was, in its form, open to censure Courtland, the mayor of the city, Bayard, and others of the council, after fruitless opposition, retired to Albany, where the magistrates, in convention, proclaimed their allegiance to William and Mary, and their resolution to disregard the authority of Leisler. When Milborne, the son-in-law of Leisler, first came to demand the fort, he was successfully resisted. In December, letters were received addressed to Nicholson, or, in his absence, to such as, for the time being, take care for preserving
em, and never stopped until they were safe on the cars, bound for Decatur, where they burnt the fine railroad bridge which spans the river at that place. We rode leisurely along through the beautiful scenery of North Alabama, the people welcoming us with manifestations of delight, and hailing us as their deliverers from insult and outrage, in further quest of those gentry that thus make war upon the lovely ladies as well as the men of our beloved South. On arriving at this place (Courtland) Col. Scott learned that there was a large number of the enemy at Athens, about thirty miles from here, and resolving to attack them, we crossed the river in flat-boats, on Wednesday, 30th April, and, traveling all night, the first beams of the morning sun found us within three miles of Athens. Col. Scott sent forward an advance guard to attack the pickets and draw them out, throwing the rest of his men in line of battle. The advance guard consisted of some forty men, under Capt. Lea
The Daily Dispatch: May 31, 1862., [Electronic resource], Scott's Louisiana Cavalry in North Alabama. (search)
Scott's Louisiana Cavalry in North Alabama. From a correspondent of the Memphis Appeal we gather the following further particulars of the gallant deep of Scott's Louisiana cavalry in North Alabama Dating at Courtland, Ala., May 4, this correspondent writes: Scott's Louisiana cavalry have performed some most daring exploits in this and the Athens neighborhood within the last ten days. Advancing with a portion of his regiment towards Tuscumbia, John Scott frightened the Federals way in every direction, and Cannon retired with twenty-seven prisoners, having killed and wounded thirty more. Cannon's loss was two men slightly wounded. Advancing with about one hundred and fifty men, Scott attempted to cut them off between Courtland and Decatur, but Gen. Mitchell, who commanded the Federals, made railroad time and crossed the Decatur bridge, destroying it afterwards. Nothing daunted, Col. Scott crossed the Tennessee at Lamp's Ferry, and came up with Mitchell at Athens on
ation received at Headquarters states that Col. Armstrong, commanding the cavalry of the army of the West, has taken Courtland, Ala., capturing one hundred and fifty more prisoners and six cars. Our loss was two killed and eight wounded. The citizens of Courtland were frantic with joy. We have reliable information that 15,000 Federals during last week passed Tuscumbia eastward, destined for Chattanooga. [Second Dispatch.] Tupelo, July 30. --Three Yankee captains and five lieutenants, captured at Courtland, arrived here to- night. Gen. Armstrong's official report states that on the 25th he attacked the enemy at Courtland, on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad; took 133 prisoners, including eight commissioned officers. The Courtland, on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad; took 133 prisoners, including eight commissioned officers. The non-commissioned officers and men were paroled. The enemy's loss was three killed and wounded. Ours was less. He also captured twelve wagons with horses attached and equipments, a large number of arms, the camp and garrison equipage of four co
with Government stores. New Albany, July 27. --The Ledger says that the rebels congregated in considerable force at Hulverville, Ky., and boldly and defiantly insulted the Union citizens. Passengers from Henderson say that guerrillas have appeared in strong force opposite Mound City. It was feared they would attempt to burn the Union gunboats building there. Neskville, July 27. -- The 10th Ohio regiment, guarding the Memphis and Charleston railroad, between Decatur and Courtland, was attacked yesterday by a large force of guerrillas and thirty or forty of the regiment were killed. The road was considerably damaged. A large rebel force is reported near Tuscumbia-Forest is reported to be of Carthage, with the object of making a descent on the Louisville railroad. New York, --News from Fort Monroe, today, that Gen. Jackson was demonstrating down the left bank of the James, made some stir here, and nervous people were very uneasy, until a later telegram was
e's company, besides three horses. We went in again yesterday evening near the railroad after forage, and had a skirmish with a scouting party, with no other result than running them to their nests. We burned two trestles, and cut the telegraph wire at two points. Very respectfully, your ob's serv't, J. D. Roddy. Captain Commanding Videttes. Captain Roddy represents the enemy as fortified at five different places between Tuscumbia and Decatur, on the railroad, visit Town Creek, Courtland, Mallett's Creek, Fox's Creek, and Trinity. Their movements all tend eastward. Shooting down runaways. At the battle of Baton Rouge, the 4th Leran from a battery which they had captured, and thus caused additional loss to the Confederates. A letter to the Mobile Telegraph, which gives this fact, says: During the day Wingfield's Louisiana cavalry also became frightened at a shadow and fled from the field, riding over several officers and men, and wounding them severely. Amo
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