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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Recollections of General Earl Van Dorn. (search)
tives—cavalry and artillery; and I can no doubt give you with tolerable accuracy the main features of the transaction to which you refer. General Van Dorn arrived at Columbia early in February, 1863, and shortly thereafter (perhaps in March) took up his headquarters at Spring Hill, protecting the left of General Bragg's army and operating against the Federal line of communication so effectively as to confine the enemy closely to their fortified positions at Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Triune and other points. Vexed at Van Dorn's frequent attacks and constantly increasing proximity to their line, the enemy repeatedly moved out in force from their strongholds, but could never be coaxed far enough from them to justify any vigorous attack till some time in May, when General Coburn came out of Franklin with about five thousand men and was enticed to a point near Thompson's Station, where, after a sharp engagement, he surrendered in time to prevent a simultaneous attack in front and
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.46 (search)
ls are situated. It was early in July, 1863, that the Army of Tennessee, under command of General Braxton Bragg, was withdrawn to the south side of the Tennessee river, and concentrated at Chattanooga, where necessary changes in the organization took place. Forest had been assigned to the command of a division of cavalry and ordered to East Tennessee to keep watchful observation of the enemy in that direction. The Federals at that time were in strong force at McMinnville, Franklin and Triune. General Rosecrans, who commanded the Federal army, had several times decided on a forward movement, it transpires, but the audacious work of Forrest kept him in doubt, and he therefore did not undertake to cross the Tennessee until about August 27th. On the last of the month two divisions of McCook's Corps and one of Thomas' Corps made the passage at Caperton's Ferry, and began to march without delay over Sand mountain. On the 4th of September the remaining divisions of McCook and
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—Tennessee. (search)
the Nashville road, a division charged to watch the Federals; it was posted near the village of Triune, and occupied Nolensville, a little beyond that point. The outposts, which were advancing as clft, that of Murfreesborough. The right and left thus flanked the position occupied by Hardee at Triune, ready to unite in a combined attack upon him if he sought to hold that position. If he should captured one gun. McCook continued his march, but was delayed by a thick fog, and did not reach Triune until the 27th. Hardee had left this village the day before, and all his army corps was alreadyo occupy the Nashville and Shelbyville road, had the main body of his troops in the vicinity of Triune. Thomas had joined Crittenden's corps on the causeway from Nashville to Murfreesborough, not fat prevent him from getting into line before sunset. A brigade of cavalry which had been left at Triune joined him during the night. The Federal army, therefore, was at last united and ready to assum
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
r, one of whose brigades has been signalled at Triune, may throw himself between Nashville and Murfrwith a portion of his forces, is to march upon Triune from Nashville. Davis reaches Eagleville withsition at Nolinsville, is to advance by way of Triune upon Harpeth, in order to support and connect dman, on his side, rapidly advancing by way of Triune and Harpeth, had finally overtaken Roddy's brian, on the morning of the 6th, falls back upon Triune, where he hastily intrenches himself, while Shavalry division, which had been sent for from Triune, whilst Smith's division, about twenty-five hu left Franklin and established its quarters at Triune. Forrest, being informed of this movement, d to ascertain the strength of the Federals at Triune, Forrest despatched Starnes' brigade toward th army, and on the 20th of June he marched upon Triune, driving before him a Union regiment which he hut themselves up in the fortified position of Triune and to deploy all their forces. Satisfied wit[2 more...]
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—eastern Tennessee. (search)
ll, and attack, in concert with him, the town of Middleton, where the main part of Wheeler's force was concentrated. Granger was designated to second this movement with his infantry: Brannan's division of the Fourteenth corps, which had occupied Triune together with Granger, remained temporarily posted under his orders to aid him in case of need, and had orders to join Thomas after having covered McCook's right flank. The object of this great demonstration was to attract Bragg's attention on h region into which they were about to venture. Following in the rear there was to be a supply-train of full rations for twelve days, one half of the meat being salt, and the other on the hoof. On the 23d of June, while Granger was coming from Triune to take his position at Salem near to the other corps, the demonstrations ordered by Rosecrans were being made at the two extremities of the line. Turchin, on the left, advanced toward Woodbury; Palmer and Minty took the direction of Bradyville,
From the Southwest. Chattanooga, April 4. --Nothing additional from the front this evening. Skirmishes with the enemy's pickets are of daily occurrence, but a general engagement is not considered imminent. A freight train ran off near Cumberland Mountain on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad to-day. No lives lost. Bob Johnson, son of Andrew Johnson, is reported captured by our cavalry at Triune. Jackson, April 4-- Reports from Port Hudson state that Banks has fallen back. One division of his army is at Baton Rouge, the rest down the river. The Appeal has received Chicago dater of the 27th. The papers state that great consternation prevails in Kentucky on account of the advance of the Confederates on Lexington. Troops are reaching Cincinnati freshly. Burnside is in command, but is too sick to take the field. Senatobia, April 4--Richardson's guerrillas fought a regiment of the enemy at Summerville, killing and wounding eighty. It is stated th
The Daily Dispatch: April 24, 1863., [Electronic resource], The outrages of Rosecrans in Tennessee. (search)
Louisville railroads. Not brave enough to meet our troops in fair combat, he resorts to this inhuman mods of guarding his rear. The Winchester (Tenn.) Bulletin says: Among the houses burned we mention the palatial residence of Mr. , near Triune. Mr. S. is a brother in-law of Wm. B. Campbell, but a strong Southern man. One cavalry drove in the enemy's , and enabled Mr. Scales to get away his negroes. On account of this the enemy laid waste his residence and our houses, leaving his family dependent on the of neighbors. It is said to have been one of the most magnificent residences in Williamson county. The fine residence of Major Willia not far from Mr. Scales's, was also burned. And a mill near Triune was burned. In fact, Rosecrans's order was for all residences owned or occupied by persons who had sons or other members of the family in the Confederation service, to be burned. On account of this brutality, a collision war imminent at one time between the forces of
e. Our loss was only one man killed and several wounded. The Fourth cavalry was engaged at the same time on the Middletown road. In this last fight seven were killed and wounded. Col. McCook reports hearing heavy firing in the direction of Triune. Gen. Granger telegraphs that Gen. Baird, of the 85th Indiana, in command at Franklin, was attacked to-day by rebel cavalry. At the latest dates Baird was still fighting, with some prospect of capturing the enemy. We hear of no rebel infanaged. Their cavalry is engaged in reconnoitering the whole line. Nashville, June 5.--The news from Franklin up to 2 o'clock P. M. to-day is, that Col. Baird was attacked by 1,200 rebel cavalry yesterday, who drove his forces back into the entrenchments. They rallied, however, and soon repulsed the enemy with heavy loss. Simultaneously an attack was made upon our forces at Triune, but the rebels were repulsed with a loss of 200 men, 400 horses, and a lot of camp and garrison equipage.
nemy has not made his appearance. The Third corps of veterans are in readiness, and a battle is expected before day light to-morrow. All Government work is suspended, and all are under arms from General Donaldson down to the unscientific laborers. The falling back of our troops was accomplished at eight o'clock this morning, and bridges burned across Harpeth river to retard the transportation of rebel supplies. The cavalry was handled prettily by General Wilson between Spring Hill and Triune. A. J. Smith's corps is in line of battle, and the situation is particularly grand Forts Negley, Morton, Cairo and Houston are alive, and the infantry movements are perfectly satisfactory. Something must immediately transpire, as General Thomas is ready to strike no matter how the rebels move. The following telegram show: what Brigadier was captured, and that our have, besides taking Franklin, captured Shelbyville. A train arrived here last night from Chattanooga with a few
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