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North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
and the rest of the attacking column having no shelter from the fire of both artillery and infantry, were forced to give way and retire. Thus ended the battle of Fort Gilmer, and there was no more fighting done on this part of the line where we were that day, though I think the part of the line occupied by Gary's cavalry was attacked, but I never knew anything about that fight. General Lee arrived from Petersburg during the night of September 29th, with Field's Virginia and Hoke's North Carolina divisions, and upon the 30th both those divisions charged Fort Harrison, but after a desperate fight they were forced to retire, and the Stars and stripes waved over Fort Harrison until Richmond fell. Another line of works was built around the old line, and several batteries of mortars were placed there, which kept up a pretty constant fire upon the Yankees during the rest of the war. Fort Gilmer is about four miles below Richmond, very near the farm then owned by Mrs. Gunn, and from
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
into the brown faces of the dead negroes, and making a vow to revenge them, is a piece of imagination on his part. He then goes into an account of the fight, but from his account it would appear that the affair was a very slight one indeed, whereas the truth was that upon that same 29th September, Richmond came nearer being captured, and that, too, by negro troops, than it ever did during the whole war, and but for the devotion and bravery of two decimated brigades, Bushrod Johnson's old Tennessee brigade and the Texas brigade, consisting of about three hundred (300) men each, the Yankees must have carried everything before them and captured Richmond. I shall try now to give you as correct an account as I can of this fight, in which I was myself engaged, though in a very humble position — that of a private soldier. However, I saw the whole of it, and more than once during the engagement was a witness to acts of daring and heroism on the part of those Texans and Tennesseans that
Roanoke County (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
Attack on Fort Gilmer, September 29th, 1864. By Charles Johnston. [The following letter to the President of the Southern Historical Society was endorsed by him as follows: The young gentleman who furnishes this narrative — a private soldier in Huff's, afterwards Griffin's battery, I believe — is a gentleman by birth and education, being connected with highly respectable families, and there is no reason to doubt the, accuracy of his statements. J. A. Early.] Salem, Roanoke county, Virginia. General J. A. Early: As the Southern Historical Society has lately called upon all soldiers and officers of the Confederate army for any incidents of the late war that would be of general interest, I have presumed upon the fact of having been for four years a private soldier in that army, and upon the interest that I know you take in everything connected with the cause which you so earnestly, so honestly and so bravely defended, to call your attention to some facts connected with th
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
been more than three miles. Had our troops given way upon that day (and I think if the Yankees had known how near they were to Richmond we must have been beaten), there was nothing between us and the city, and instead of being burned by our men, as it afterwards was, Richmond must have fallen into the hands of Beast Butler and drunken negroes, though to give the devil his due, we were told by prisoners that Butler was not in the fight at all, but was on the top of his big observatory at City Point, looking at the fight through a long telescope. Pardon me, General, for having intruded so long upon your time; you may probably have material from which to write an account of this affair much better than this letter, and if you have I shall not be offended that no notice is taken of my effort in that direction. You know better than I can tell you how few opportunities a private has of knowing what is going on around him, but I have written what I remember seeing at the time and hea
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
he Texas brigade, also commanded by a colonel whose name I do not remember; the City battalion, some battalions of Department troops (made up of clerks and attaches of the different departments of the Government); Gary's brigade of cavalry, the Louisiana guard artillery, Hardaway's battalion of artillery, consisting of four batteries, four guns each; the Rockbridge artillery, Captain Graham; Third company Richmond howitzers, Lieutenant Carter; the Powhatan artillery, Captain Dance, and the Sale of that, but the rear line was of white troops. Fort Gilmer was on a hill, with quite an extensive flat in front, from which the trees had all been cut, and most of the trees were lying on the ground with their branches still attached. The Louisiana guard artillery on the left, and Salem artillery on the right of the fort, occupied redoubts so constructed that each had an enfilade fire upon the Yankees as they advanced. The enemy came rather cautiously at first, but finally they came with
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
n the part of those Texans and Tennesseans that surpassed anything I had ever heard of. And I write for no purpose of attracting your notice to myself or to my company, but to do what I can to perpetuate the memory of the bravest men I ever saw under fire. With this much of an introduction, I leave my account with you to use as you think proper. I write from memory, and do not profess to be positively accurate; but my statements can be verified by Major W. J. Dance, Powhatan Courthouse, Virginia; Lieutenant Wm. M. Read, Augusta Georgia, and Lieutenant H. E. Blair, of Roanoke. On the 29th September, 1864, there were on the north side of James river, in the neighborhood of Chaffin's Bluff, about two thousand (2,000) men, consisting of what remained of Bushrod Johnson's Tennessee brigade (300 strong), commanded by a colonel whose name I think was Johnston; the Texas brigade, also commanded by a colonel whose name I do not remember; the City battalion, some battalions of Department
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
r says about riding over a battle-field below Richmond, and looking into the brown faces of the deadtruth was that upon that same 29th September, Richmond came nearer being captured, and that, too, bymber, 1864, there were on the north side of James river, in the neighborhood of Chaffin's Bluff, abidge artillery, Captain Graham; Third company Richmond howitzers, Lieutenant Carter; the Powhatan ar of General Lee's army on the north side of James river, I do not now remember which, but at any rar Deep Bottom, some ten or twelve miles below Richmond, and consisted of two entire army corps, (supg from Chaffin's Bluff almost entirely around Richmond, and connected by earthworks for infantry, wirs and stripes waved over Fort Harrison until Richmond fell. Another line of works was built aroundwar. Fort Gilmer is about four miles below Richmond, very near the farm then owned by Mrs. Gunn, f the Yankees had known how near they were to Richmond we must have been beaten), there was nothing [2 more...]
Big Lick (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
d of. And I write for no purpose of attracting your notice to myself or to my company, but to do what I can to perpetuate the memory of the bravest men I ever saw under fire. With this much of an introduction, I leave my account with you to use as you think proper. I write from memory, and do not profess to be positively accurate; but my statements can be verified by Major W. J. Dance, Powhatan Courthouse, Virginia; Lieutenant Wm. M. Read, Augusta Georgia, and Lieutenant H. E. Blair, of Roanoke. On the 29th September, 1864, there were on the north side of James river, in the neighborhood of Chaffin's Bluff, about two thousand (2,000) men, consisting of what remained of Bushrod Johnson's Tennessee brigade (300 strong), commanded by a colonel whose name I think was Johnston; the Texas brigade, also commanded by a colonel whose name I do not remember; the City battalion, some battalions of Department troops (made up of clerks and attaches of the different departments of the Govern
Capitol (Utah, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
ose divisions charged Fort Harrison, but after a desperate fight they were forced to retire, and the Stars and stripes waved over Fort Harrison until Richmond fell. Another line of works was built around the old line, and several batteries of mortars were placed there, which kept up a pretty constant fire upon the Yankees during the rest of the war. Fort Gilmer is about four miles below Richmond, very near the farm then owned by Mrs. Gunn, and from the nearest point of this fight to the capitol could not have been more than three miles. Had our troops given way upon that day (and I think if the Yankees had known how near they were to Richmond we must have been beaten), there was nothing between us and the city, and instead of being burned by our men, as it afterwards was, Richmond must have fallen into the hands of Beast Butler and drunken negroes, though to give the devil his due, we were told by prisoners that Butler was not in the fight at all, but was on the top of his big
Deep Bottom (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.37
I do not now remember which, but at any rate he was in command in person, and by his cool courage and presence wherever the fight was hottest, contributed as much to the victory gained as any one man could have done. The Yankees landed near Deep Bottom, some ten or twelve miles below Richmond, and consisted of two entire army corps, (supposed at that time to have ten thousand men each). At Deep Bottom they came upon a picket composed of one battery of Hardaway's battalion and some infantry, Deep Bottom they came upon a picket composed of one battery of Hardaway's battalion and some infantry, and by the suddenness of their attack (which was between daybreak and sunrise) drove back our pickets, and continued to drive them until they reached Fort Harrison, a fort containing several heavy cannon, but with not more than forty or fifty men to man them. This fort the Yankees captured and kept possession of. Fort Harrison was one of a series of forts running from Chaffin's Bluff almost entirely around Richmond, and connected by earthworks for infantry, with a redoubt for field artillery w
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