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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 26 (search)
f the Journal, but to set at rest any future dispute as to a remarkable historical occurrence of the late war. I determined to ask General Joseph E. Johnston to write his account of it, and now have the pleasure to enclose his reply. In his letter to Mr. Peters, which is dated Washington, September 25th, General Johnston says: I have seen lately what is purported to be an account of General Polk's death, probably that to which you refer, for it is an invention from beginning to end. Bate's division, of Hardee's corps, occupied the summit of Pine Mount as an outpost. As it was nearly a mile in front of our line, General Hardee thought it exposed, and I agreed to ride to it with him and decide the question on the ground. General Polk joined us. We reached the hill directly from the rear and dismounted sixty or eighty yards from the summit. On reaching it we found that the best view was from a little parapet some thirty or forty feet down the slope, and occupied it. The Feder
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Joseph E. Johnston's campaign in Georgia. (search)
ear Sir—I have attempted the sketch you asked for in your friendly note of the 16th. I assure you that the evidences of your friendship are in the highest degree gratifying; for I love of all things the favorable opinion and friendly feelings of the class to which you belong—the men with whom I stood in battle. Excuse this very rough sketch. The diagram was given in the Picayune. It is more than thirty years since my last effort of the kind. The part of Hardee's left thrown back, is Bate's division. I think your battery was near the angle. In the map in the book, the country road, east of Cassville, is omitted. It is necessary to the understanding of the intended offensive movement. The position sketched was taken in the afternoon for defence, the attack was intended near noon—when Sherman was at Kingston, and Hardee near it. For it, Hood was to march by his right flank on the country road, east of and parallel to that to Adairsville. When his rear was opposite A, Po<
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 29. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memoir of Jane Claudia Johnson. (search)
around Bentonville on March 21st, two days after the battle. We had heavy firing again all along the line. I was selected as corps officer of the day and refer to same volume, pages 1091 and 1092, Major-General D. H. Hill's report. He said: There was a great deal of heavy firing on our left line, but no attack upon my command this day. My skirmish line, under Major Thomas, as corps officer of the day, was advanced that afternoon in connection with the skirmish line of Generals Walthall and Bate, and with small loss drove the Yankees from their position about Cole's house. All the buildings there were burned to prevent their further use by the Yankee sharpshooters, and thus we were bringing matters to the close. That night General Hill sent out an aide for me to report to his headquarters, which I did. He and his staff were gathered around a small fire partaking of their scant supper, of which I was invited to partake. Whether I refused from the apparent scarcity of their rations,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Virginia Battlefield Park. (search)
, of that State; ex-Secretary of the Navy Tracy; General Felix Agnew, of the Baltimore American; General F. D. Grant, Charles Broadway Rouss, ex-Governor Chamberlain, of Maine; Congressman Amos Cummings, ex-Senator Faulkner, of West Virginia; Judge Walter James K. Jones, of Arkansas, General M. C. Butler, of South Carolina; General James Longstreet and Congressman Livingston, of Georgia; Chief Justice Woods, of Mississippi; ex-Senator Blackburn, of Kentucky; Senator Caffery, of Louisiana; Senator Bate and Congressman Richardson, of Tennessee; Congressman Lanham, and ex-Congressman Culberson, of Texas; besides very many more equally as prominent. All of these gentlemen not only consented to become members of the association, but are warmly in favor of the Fredericksburg park. III. Virginia has, through her Legislature, taken up the Fredericksburg Park proposition as a State matter. Her Legislature has endorsed it, and Governor Tyler is of the opinion that it is the one park that s
We were not ordered to leave our camps until ten o'clock Thursday night, and at one O'clock we were aboard the Virginia at Fredericksburg, with four days provision. We were detained until next day in sight of Fredericksburg, in consequence of the receding tide — not until "too late," however, as we made a forced march through the rain during the entire night. I write this not on my own account, but in justice to those Tennesseeans under my command, who have never yet been "too late" to serve their country even in the most hazardous enterprise. I have nothing to say of any one connected with the affair outside of my own command, except I was informed that Commander H. H. Lewis, of the Navy, originated the scheme, and my communications and movements were made through him. Hoping you have no disposition to do injustice to those engaged in defence of the South, I ask an insertion of this in your, columns. Yours respectfully, Wm. B. Bate, Walker Legion, Tennessee Volunteers.
med by a loud report of guns arising from the explosion of shells in the boxes of a burnt artillery carriage on the field, which suggested the return of the enemy to surprise us. The drivers put whip to their horses and rushed precipitately at the height of, their speed past our reserve forces, proclaiming the cause of the sudden running away to be a pursuit by the enemy. Did our reserve forces become affected by the panic? On the contrary, there stood Gen. Holmes' Brigade, consisting of Col. Bate's Walker Legion, Tennessee Volunteers, Col. Fagan's 1st Arkansas Regiment, and Captain Walker's Rifle Artillery unmoved by the general panic which had seized upon the teamsters, and instead of imitating their retreat, clamored for a forward movement to meet the imaginary pursuers. Such is the contrast between the effect of a flight of teamsters upon the vandal invaders from the North and a similar incident upon our brave soldiers. The one is quick to emulate the example of the panic-
Re-Enlisting for the war. The Second Tennessee regiment, Colonel Bate, following the glorious example of the First Arkansas, has unanimously resolved to re-enlist for the war. Our Virginia troops, seeing these regiments, far from their homes, thus nobly rallying around the banner of their country, will not wait for a legislative military bill to force them a second time into the service. The "able-bodied militia" will be there to keep them company.
ur Southern and Western exchanges; received last night, contain but few additional particulars of the great battle at Shiloh.--The correspondent of the Savannah Republican telegraphs on the day of the fight that "the battle field is a wooded, broken country, presenting opportunities for a great variety of manœuvres and independent operations by comparatively small bodies of men." Among the prisoners taken by the Texan Rangers in Major Crockett, of Ohio. Another dispatch says that Col. Bate, of Tennessee, was killed. The Atlanta Confederacy apprehends that Governor Harris was in the fight, and received a mortal wound; but hopes the rumor is unfounded. The church bells of Knoxville, Tenn., were rung on Monday last in honor of the glorious victory at Shiloh. Captured. Commander Haunter, of the Confederate gunboat Guines, captured on the 2d instant, off Mobile, the Yankee schooner Isabel, from Key West, for Ship Island, commanded by Master's Mare Post, U. S. N. Mr.
ultimate and glorious success. (Signed) A. S. Johnston, [Official.] Gen Comd'g. John M. Ouy, Jr., A. A. A. General. The battle of Shiloh. Much to our regret, we received no Memphis papers by the Western mail last evening — The Knoxville. Register has the following dispatch: Chattanooga, April 7.--The fight at Corinth yesterday was terrific, our victory complete and enemy totally routed. Our loss heavy, including Gen. Sidney Johnston, Gen. Claiborne, of Arkansas, and Col. Bate, of Tennessee. Horace, of the Louisiana cavalry, mortally wounded The whole force of the enemy killed and captured. Another private dispatch states that the killed and wounded of the enemy will reach from eight to ten thousand. the Register, of Tuesday, says: Last night, just as we were going to press, the different church bells pealed forth the glad tidings of our glorious victory in the West The people caught up the joyous notes, and made the surrounding hills reverberate
augh, 56th Tenn, do; J Threat, do; S H Palmer, do; E R Hels, 154th Tenn, do; Corp'l P B Bobtin, 4th La, do; Octave Duplee, do; J A Wharton, 13th Tenn, do; O ondue, 4th La, do; T J Quintard, 154th Tenn, co; Geo Bosh, 12th Tenn, do; Canderson, 3d Miss bat, do; Murrel, 5th Tenn, killed; L, 27th Tenn, wounded; W H Tones, do; Brown, 13th Tenn. do; Adjutant of 13th Tenn, do; Capt Wilkins, do; Harvey Walker, do; Jno Savege and ap, of Shelby county, do; Lt Bell, do; Capt W K Crawford, I T Ark, do; Co Bate, do; Maj Doak, killed; J J Maggine, 8th Ark, wounded; R C Tyler, do; Maj & Lowry, 6th Miss, wounded; Lieutenant Col Stewart, do; Miks Doffee, 8th Ark, wounded; McMinn, 16th la, do; Capt. Pitmen, 13th Tenn, do; A D Radkin, 44th do, do; Lt Deabbot, 154th, do; Perriman, 9th Ark, snot in the head; S M Armstrong, 13th Tenn, wounded, Capt Tve, Bates's reg't,) do; W D Franks, 9th Ark, do; J A Brown, 5th Tenn, do; Major Henry, do; Capt Sutherland, killed; M V Morris, 13th Tenn, wounded; Lieutenants R
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