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, at eight o'clock. After partaking of a hearty meal at the hotels, the regiment was put on board of two transports; four companies, under command of Major Keyes, going on board the Ariel, and six, under command of Colonel Lawrence, on board the De Soto. The Third Battalion of Massachusetts Rifles, under command of Major Devens, and Major Cook's Light Battery, were placed on board the same vessels; the former in the De Soto, and the latter in the Ariel. The duties of the week had been incesDe Soto, and the latter in the Ariel. The duties of the week had been incessant day and night at the State House. The attack upon the Sixth Regiment in Baltimore had added to the number of people who crowded in, and intensified the earnest feelings of every one. Late on Friday night (the 19th), the Adjutant-General, wearied with the labors of the four preceding days, left the State House with Senator Wilson. They obtained lodging at Young's Coffee House. About four o'clock on Saturday morning, a messenger brought an order to him from Governor Andrew, that a teleg
arn whether what we pay for reaches them, whether it is distributed, and, if so, how carefully and skilfully, and whether it is properly husbanded. I desire especially also to ascertain how it happens that we hear so much complaint from Colonel Lawrence's regiment about being stinted for food on the voyage from New-York City to Annapolis, when we are advised that Major Ladd obtained fifteen days' rations in New York for the whole command, and, shipped them on board the steamers Ariel and De Soto, on which the troops sailed. Major Charles Devens, major of the Rifle Battalion of Worcester, will be found, among others, a most intelligent person with whom to consult. Learn and report, if possible, what aid, if any, is needed in the commissary and quartermaster's departments and on the medical staff. I desire you particularly to attend to the proper distribution of the stores shipped on the steamer Cambridge, which will be due at Washington, probably on Saturday next. Please a
the Second division, Sixteenth army corps, which was then at Jefferson Barracks, and patrol and garrison the Iron Mountain railroad--reporting to Major-General A. J. Smith, who was to follow next day with the other brigade of the division. At De Soto, leaving the rest of the brigade to await further orders from General Smith, I went on with the Fourteenth Iowa infantry, strengthening the garrisons at all the bridges, and making temporary headquarters at Mineral Point. From each station whervid Murphy, Forty-seventh Missouri Volunteers, a most gallant officer and experienced artillerist, was assigned to duty on my staff as Aide-de-Camp, and given general control of the artillery. Major-General Smith, whose immediate command was at De Soto and Mineral Point, was kept filly advised by telegraph of my information, movements, and purposes, until eleven o'clock Tuesday forenoon, when the line went down. At daylight (Tuesday) the enemy pushed Wilson back through Arcadia Valley to th
om his report herewith. While Ewing's fight was going on, Shelby advanced on Potosi, and thence to Big River bridge, threatening General Smith's advance, which withdrew from that point to within safer supporting distance of his main position at De Soto. Previous to, and pending these events, the guerrilla warfare in North Missouri had been raging with redoubled fury. Rebel agents, amnesty oath-takers, recruits, sympathizers, 0. A. K.'s, and traitors of every hue and stripe, had warmed intcame to hand, General Smith, discovering the enemy in his front, moving to west and north, in pursuance of his orders to hold the most advanced position compatible with the certainty of keeping between the enemy and St. Louis,determined to leave De Soto and retire behind the Meramec, a stream which, at from ten to fifteen miles south of St. Louis, offered considerable obstacles to the passage of a hostile force with wagons and artillery. General Ewing, finding Marmaduke's and Fagan's rebel di
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 23: Communism. (search)
s, Ku Klux Klans, Camelia Circles — no less than in the prevalence of Vigilance Committees, and the operations of Judge Lynch. A farmer named Vancil lives near De Soto, a town on Big Muddy River, in the southern part of Illinois. Old and feeble, this farmer has a quarrel with his wife, who leaves his farm, and goes to live with petty sessions, but before the trial came on, the only witness who could swear against them was no more. As Clup was riding home in his waggon, from the mill at De Soto, a click was heard in the lane, a patter of shot came hissing through the air, and Clup rolled back into the hind part of his waggon-dead. His horses plodded hom. This witness gone, the case against the two suspected men was at an end. No clue has yet been found to the perpetrators of this second murder. Everybody in De Soto swears that those who hung Vancil know who shot Clup; but how are the suspected persons to be arrested, and how are witnesses to be compelled to speak? The sheri
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 4 (search)
hey had made for our reception. They were all seated with their faces turned to the wall, their heads down, and the hair brought before their eyes, and their property placed in a heap in the middle of their houses. From this place forward they began to give us many blankets of skin, and they had nothing that they did not give to us. They have the finest persons of any that we saw, and of the greatest activity and strength, and [were those] who best understood us, and intelligently answered our inquiries. We called them los de las vacas, the cow nation, because most of the cattle that are killed are destroyed in their neighborhood; and along up that river over fifty leagues they kill great numbers. [Cabeza de Vaca crossed the Mississippi, or passed its mouth, many years before De Soto reached it. Having finally arrived at the city of Mexico, he was sent home to Europe, and reached Lisbon Aug. 15, 1537. His later adventures will be found in Southey's Hist. of Brazil, chap. v.]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 6 (search)
Book VI: the adventures of de Soto. (A. D. 1538-1542.) These extracts are taken from The W9, of a narrative by one of the companions of De Soto, first published in 1557. I.—how de Soto de Soto set sail. Captain Soto was the son of a squire of Xerez of Badajos. He went into the Spanish Inhe gathered an hundred and fourscore ducats De Soto. together, with that which fell to his part,hots of the ordnance to be discharged. Ii.—De Soto attacks the Indians, and finds a fellow-countt. An arrow, where it findeth no Landing of de Soto armor, pierceth as deeply as a crossbow. Thee Gallegos, as I have declared before. Iv.—De Soto discovers the Mississippi. The next day, w of Spain, as hereafter shall be shown. V.—De Soto's vain attempts to reach the sea. That days in the rivers. VI.—Death and burial of de Soto. The next day, being the 21st of May, 1542ch had saved his life. [After the death of De Soto, his companions descended the Mississippi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1863. (search)
4th of February, 1864, his regiment was sent on an expedition to Florida, and participated in the battle of Olustee, where it covered the retreat of our defeated forces. Of this expedition he wrote under date of February 28th:— Just two weeks ago to-day we left South Carolina, and ceased, forever and a day, I trust, to be foolish islanders. We broke camp at daylight, . . . . and embarked at noon . . . . for the State of Florida. We had a delightful voyage, and I dreamed (by day) of De Soto and Ponce de Leon, and the romantic search for the fountain of youth. . . . . . We landed at Jacksonville, Monday, and bivouacked in town. . . . . Next morning we marched eight miles, to Camp Finnigan, and the day following marched eight miles back again. Good thing that, for it taught us to make our packs as light as possible. One's eyes are wonderfully opened by a march with knapsacks to the fact that man needs but little here below. Companies D and H were detailed for provost duty
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2, I. List of officers from Massachusetts in United States Navy, 1861 to 1865. (search)
edit, Medford.Mass.Mass.-Nov. 21, 1862.Actg. Master's Mate.De Soto.East Gulf.Aug. 12, 1865.Hon. discharged.Actg. Ensign. Jun. Engr. Bonney, Henry M.,-Mass.-Oct. 9, 1861.Actg. Master.De Soto.West India.Aug. 21, 1863.Resigned.Actg. Master. Boomer, Eaymr. Brooks, G. H.,N. Y.Mass.Mass.Oct. 29, 1861. ,Gunner.De Soto.East Gulf.Nov. 29, 1862.Dismissed.Gunner. Brooks, Horace,s.Mass.Mass.Sept. 11, 1862.Actg. Asst. Paymr.Isaac Smith; De Soto.North Atlantic; East Gulf.Dec. 12, 1864.Resigned.Actg. Asoyt, Ahira B.,-Mass.Mass.Oct. 21, 1861.Actg. Asst. Surgeon.De Soto.East Gulf.Sept. 10, 1862.Resigned.Actg. Asst. Surgeon. Hoartine, William LMN. H.Mass.Mass.Oct. 9, 1861.Actg. Master.De Soto; Hibiscus.East Gulf.Dec. 14, 1865.Hon. discharged.Actg. Vomerville.N. H.Mass.Mass.Mar. 26, 1863.Actg. Master's Mate.De Soto.East Gulf.Dec. 2, 1864.Resigned.Actg. Ensign. June 18, 18ss.Mass.Mass.Jan. 21, 1864.Actg. Master's Mate.Buckthorne; De Soto.West Gulf; North Atlantic.Aug. 13, 1867.Hon. discharged.Ma
Denny. Boston Evening Journal, March 21, 1863, p. 4, col. 1. Derby, E. H. Mail-clad steamers. Atlantic, vol. 8, p. 227. — Resources of the South. Atlantic, vol. 10, p. 502. Deserted House, Va. Engagement of Jan. 30, 1863. Losses of 6th Regt. M. V. M. and Batt. 7; question of courage of the 6th Regt. M. V. M. Boston Evening Journal, Feb. 3, 1863, p. 4, col. 6; Feb. 4, p. 4, col. 2; Feb. 6, p. 4, col. 6; Feb. 7, p. 4, col. 6; Feb. 9, p. 4, col. 5; Feb. 13, p. 4, col. 5. De Soto, U. S. steamer, brings yellow fever from Key West. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 1, pp. 727, 733, 765. De Trobriand, Gen. Regis. Four years in the army of the Potomac, rev. of French edition. N. Y. Nation, vol. 7, p. 73. — – Rev. of; with outline of events. N. Y. Nation, vol. 47, p. 463. Devens, (Gen.) Col. Chas., Jr. Engagement of Oct. 21, 1861, at Ball's Bluff, Va. (Edwards' Ferry, or Leesburg). Early or false rumors; complaint of news withheld by government. Boston Evening <
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