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. Next was the brigade of General Clingman, and still further the Georgia brigade of General Colquitt. For tedious weeks the great guns of the mighty fleet, close in upon the left flank, and the sharpshooters in front, made no impression upon General Hoke and his men. General Schofield, however, came to reinforce his lieutenant, and the landing of his forces made necessary the evacuation of Forts Caswell, Holmes, Campbell, Pender and Anderson. The garrisons from these forts and part of Hagood's brigade became engaged at Town creek, and for some time gallantly defied all efforts to push them aside. By the 7th of March, Hoke was near Kinston and part of the Southern army was at Smithfield. On that date Gen. D. H. Hill was ordered to take his own division and Pettus' brigade of Stevenson's division and move to Hoke's position for battle. Clayton's division of Lee's corps and the Junior reserves under Baker soon after reported to General Hill. On the 8th, Generals Hoke and Hill
s he can be sent to me with a division. Now, Petersburg and Richmond being threatened by Butler, he was called to that field, and joining Beauregard May 10th, was put in command of the six brigades sent forward to Drewry's bluff. Upon the further organization of the hastily-collected army he had charge of one of the three divisions, the front line being composed of his division and Ransom's. In the battle of May 16th he handled his command with resolution and judgment, one of his brigades, Hagood's, capturing five pieces of artillery. At Cold Harbor he held one of the most important parts of the Confederate line with his division, repelling repeated furious assaults, and again before Petersburg fought in the battles of June. From the Petersburg trenches he moved in December with his division to Wilmington to confront Butler, who was frightened away from Fort Fisher by part of his command. After the landing of the second expedition under Terry, he advanced his two brigades and drov
d. Concurrently with his advance from the North Grant had ordered Butler forward up the James toward Richmond. At Drewry's Bluff, where Beauregard, with a hastily collected army, met the enemy, the Washington artillery was privileged to fight against the former commander at New Orleans. Eshleman was still in command of the battalion, his valor rewarded with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. On the right of the line, May 15th, a section of the artillery was thrown forward with Johnson and Hagood, and the Louisiana gunners found themselves opposed to six or eight pieces of artillery. Our artillery engaged at very short range, said Beauregard, disabling some of the enemy's guns and blowing up two limbers. Another section of the same command opened from the right of the turnpike. They both held their positions, though with heavy loss, until their ammunition was spent, when they were relieved by the reserve artillery under Major Owen. The battle over, Butler scurried back to his int
three miles north of Fort Fisher, about two P. M. to-day, and were still landing at 5.30 P. M. General Kirkland's the only troops arrived, except four hundred of Hagood's. Whiting also stated in his report: The garrison remained steadily awaiting a renewal of the assault or bombardment, until Tuesday morning [December 27th], whe were thrown into the fort, of whom 250 were reserves. This makes 1,077 inside, and 550 at Sugar Loaf. On the 25th, Bragg reported Kirkland's brigade and 400 of Hagood's men arrived. Hoke's effective strength was returned, December 20th, as 5,893. He had four brigades. My calculation is: Garrison1,077 Reserves at Sugar Loaf550 Kirkland1,473 Hagood (Lee's dispatch)400 —— 3,500 The garrison, it is true, were in a work of decided strength; but Butler had the most formidable fleet that was ever assembled to cover and protect his movements. Doubtless, if he had not at once assaulted and captured the work, the whole of Hoke's division, and perhap
Federals, carried the enemy's breastworks in his front by 6 a. m., and after resting a moment, reinforced by one of Colquitt's brigades, advanced to the attack. At this hour a part of Hoke's division was actively engaged. Bushrod Johnson's and Hagood's brigades were soon thrown forward, and Hagood, said General Beauregard, with great vigor and dash, drove the enemy from his outer lines, capturing a number of prisoners and, in conjunction with Johnson, five pieces of artillery. Johnson, meanwHagood, said General Beauregard, with great vigor and dash, drove the enemy from his outer lines, capturing a number of prisoners and, in conjunction with Johnson, five pieces of artillery. Johnson, meanwhile, had been heavily engaged. The line of the enemy bent round his right flank, subjecting his brigade for a time to fire in flank and front, but with admirable firmness he repulsed frequent assaults of the enemy moving in masses against his right and rear. Leader, officers and men alike dis. played their fitness for the trial to which they were subjected. I cannot forbear to mention Lieutenant Waggoner, of the Twenty-third Tennessee, who went along through a storm of fire and pulled down
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Beauregard's report of the battle of Drury's Bluff. (search)
ccurred,) over and along the works, to the turnpike. It will be seen, in a subsequent part of this report, that one of Hagood's advance regiments had unexpectedly come in contact with the enemy, and had been ordered back, it not being contemplated battle; when he finally moved forward, he soon became hotly engaged and handled his command with judgment and energy. Hagood and Johnson were thrown forward by him with a section of Eschelman's Washington Artillery, and found a heavy force of theammunition was spent, when they were relieved by an equal number of pieces from the reserve artillery under Major Owens. Hagood with great vigor and dash, drove the enemy from the outer lines in his front, capturing a number of prisoners, and, in con at about 2.15 P. M. The enemy did not re-occupy the ground from which he was driven before they retired. In front of Hagood and Johnson the fighting was stubborn and prolonged. The enemy slowly retiring from Johnson's right took a strong positi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Extracts from the diary of Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Pressley, of the Twenty-Fifth South Carolina Volunteers. (search)
harpshooters, was one the very best officers of Colonel Gaillard's regiment and Hagood's brigade. Notwithstanding every subterfuge which the captains could with hoee Volunteers and two Orangeburg companies which had been organized in the old (Hagood's) First Regiment. He was the first captain of the Edisto Rifles. Colonel Glothe present United States Senator from Georgia). I found that officer with Generals Hagood and Ripley at the famous Lamar Battery, all as cool and in as good spiritshich we were about to operate. Upon being introduced to General Colquit by General Hagood, he inquired of me- Colonel, do you know the road leading to Legare's? the time that the Twenty-fifth marched out of the Secessionville sally-port General Hagood, in command of one or two light batteries of artillery and two or three regderate army was not sufficient to make it available to me I presented it to General Hagood. July 18th.—Battery Wagner, on Morris Island, was assaulted after a terr
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Address before the Virginia division of Army of Northern Virginia, at their reunion on the evening of October 21, 1886. (search)
first of those organized under the act of the Legislature of the 17th December, 1860—bore the same designation. This was unfortunate, but I think I can truthfully say that neither regiment found cause to be ashamed of the name borne by the other. We fell upon a modus vivendi, by calling our's Gregg's First, and were proud of the addition, and the other Hagood's First—a title doubly dear to the latter, as it was commanded by two distinguished officers of that name, General, afterwards Governor Hagood, and his brilliant young brother, who commanded the regiment before he was twenty-one. Both of these regiments, together with the Second, under Colonel, afterwards Major-General, J. B. Kershaw, were present at the bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter; but the infantry were not engaged in that first battle of the war. On April 15th, two days after the battle of Fort Sumter, President Lincoln issued his proclamation for seventy-five thousand militia for three months, which Governor Let
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The campaign from the Wilderness to Petersburg—Address of Colonel C. S Venable (formerly of General R. E. Lee's staff), of the University of Virginia, before the Virginia division f the Army of Northern Virginia, at their annual meeting, held in the Virginia State Capitol, at Richmond, Thursday , October 30th, 1873. (search)
of artillery from Archer's Hill, on the north bank of the Appomattox, enfilading the enemy's line near the river, then the infantry of Hoke's division, sustained by Field's division, was to begin with the capture of the line next the river, and then sweep along the line uncovering our front, thus rolling up the Federal right and compelling General Grant to battle in the open field at a disadvantage. At daybreak on the 24th the artillery opened fire and did its work well. The skirmishers of Hagood's brigade, of Hoke's division, went forward very handsomely and captured the lines next the river. But through some mistake this success was not followed up—the gallant skirmishers were not sustained, and were soon made prisoners by the forces of the enemy turned against them. And thus the whole plan, so well conceived and so successful in its beginning, was given up much to the sorrow of the commandinggen-eral. In the preliminary operations about Petersburg up to July 1st, Grant's loss
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Confederate surgeons. (search)
ings being equal—should be accorded you, and, by virtue of a more honorable past, you should receive a fuller recognition from society and the world. As Pinckney and Rutledge, Moultrie and Marion, Pickens, Gadsden, Sumter, Richardson, and Bratton left to their descendants a record of good birth, character and capacity, there was presumptive evidence that such superior hereditary qualities would be maintained. Can there be any doubt, also, that Hampton, Butler, Anderson and Kershaw; Gregg, Hagood, Evans, Bratton and Jenkins; McGowan, Elliott, Conner, Manigault, Aiken and Capers; Barker and Gaillard, McMaster and Haskell; the Wallaces, and— Hundred others whom we fear to name, More than from Argos or Mycenae came,— must justly transmit to their descendants some of the fame which they so dearly acquired, and that the halo which surrounded their brows will not entirely disappear in the lapse of time. So we hope to transmit to the descendants of the survivors, testimonials to the<
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