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A. F. French (search for this): chapter 32
ight artillery, Captain Frank Maney; eight companies of the Forty-eighth Tennessee, Colonel Voorhies; eight companies of the Twenty-seventh Alabama, Colonel Hughes. Quarles's regiment, the Forty-second Tennessee, came up, in reserve to this brigade. To the left of Heiman, in the valley, was the Thirtieth Tennessee, Colonel Head; and to his left, on the adjoining eminence, Drake's brigade was posted in the following order: Fourth Mississippi, Major Adair; four pieces of light artillery, Captain French; Fifteenth Arkansas, Colonel Gee; two companies of Alabama Battalion, Major Garvin; and the Tennessee Battalion, Colonel Browder. The brigade organization was not preserved regularly beyond this point. The next commands in order were the Fifty-first Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Massie; Third Mississippi, Lieutenant-Colonel Wells; first division of Green's battery, Captain Green; four pieces of light artillery, Captain Guy; Eighth Kentucky, Lieutenant-Colonel Lyon; Seventh Texas, Colone
as a garrison to the fort — in all, some 700 or 800 strong. The heavy artillery was served by details from the infantry regiments Bidwell's company of the Thirtieth Tennessee, and Beaumont's of the Fiftieth Tennessee. and light artillery. Ross's company, 116 strong. Captain Stankiewitz had about twenty-five men in the field-work, with some light pieces. Forrest commanded all the cavalry-his own regiment, Gantt's Tennessee Battalion, and three or four small companies-altogether 800 or rom Tennessee, commanded the garrison. It was in bad plight from cold, hunger, and protracted watching, but was resolute in spirit. Captain Culbertson, a West Point graduate, commanded the artillery after the death of Dixon. Under him were Captains Ross, Bidwell, and Beaumont, who commanded the batteries. Stankiewitz, a gallant Pole, had two six-pounders and an eight-inch howitzer on the hill. They held their fire, under Pillow's orders, until the boats came within about 1,000 yards; then,
P. R. Cleburne (search for this): chapter 32
and men, actively engaged; the balance of the company, forty-two men, were drivers, teamsters, and artificers, protected in a ravine at some distance from the battery. Captain Porter was educated at Annapolis, and was an officer in the United States Navy up to the breaking out of the war, when he resigned his position in the navy and returned to his native State, Tennessee, to offer his services in her behalf. He served during the war as chief of artillery to Buckner, and afterward to Cleburne, and was wounded at Hoover's Gap. He subsequently entered the Confederate Navy as executive officer of the Florida. After the war he commanded a California merchant-steamer, and died in 1869. He was a kind and cultivated gentleman, and a gallant soldier. His young lieutenant, Morton, before the close of the war became chief of artillery to General Forrest. Darkness separated the combatants. Jordan, in his Life of Forrest (page 86), calls the works gained, the mere narrow foothold s
hrown into confusion by the close and rapid fire of the enemy, but was rallied and formed fifty yards to the rear. The Twenty-sixth Tennessee, Colonel Lillard, formed on its left, across the road; and the Twentieth Mississippi advanced on the left of the Twenty-sixth Tennessee, through an open field, where it was exposed to a destructive fire, which it could not return. McCausland,--supporting Baldwin, perceived the emergency, and led forward his troops, the Thirty-sixth Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Reid, and the Fiftieth Virginia, Major Thorburn, and formed on Baldwin's right. Wharton's brigade, the Fifty-first Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Massie, and the Fifty-sixth Virginia, Captain Daviess, also moved up to the left, on very bad ground, which they held tenaciously. These brigades were just in time to check the Illinois troops, who, encouraged by the confusion in the Southern line, and hoping to profit by it, were now advancing. In the mean time, Brigadier General Johnson
Rice E. Graves (search for this): chapter 32
and Farquharson's regiments were on the left; Graves's battery occupied a position near the extremeolonel Heiman. Brown ordered the batteries of Graves and Porter to open upon the column, which they, with two heavy batteries. Between these and Graves's battery, with other artillery, a severe fire guns fell into the hands of the infantry, and Graves galloped forward on the road with his battery, followed the movement. In all this fighting, Graves's battery was splendid in its gallantry and efficiency. Rice E. Graves was a model soldier; inflexible and fervent in duty, a noble Christian andartillery could not have done better. Porter, Graves, and Maney, in particular, displayed in splendthey successively arrived, and by a section of Graves's battery, while a section of Porter's batteryht; but the well-directed fire of Porter's and Graves's artillery and the musketry-fire of the infanve service under the personal direction of Captain Graves. At the same time that this section came [4 more...]
l of War. discussion of surrender. escape of Floyd and Pillow. the breaking-up. prisoners. sur 14,000 men to restrain the advance of Buell. Floyd was sent to Russellville, with orders to prote Buckner temporarily in command, and persuaded Floyd to concentrate all his troops at Donelson. Flhe fort. The boats did not pass the fort, and Floyd's army was not called upon to meet any flankin significance attached to the position. General Floyd could not have meant that it had no strateies will result from unforeseen combinations. Floyd was of a bold and impetuous temper, but he was to General Floyd, who approved the order. Floyd simply says that he found the movement so nearects than a surrender. In this opinion General Floyd coincided; and I am certain that both he asense of duty required him to share its fate. Floyd immediately asked him: General Buckner, if I p river in a small skiff, and escaped by land. Floyd says in his supplemental report: One of [62 more...]
Pillow sent messages urging Buckner to attack; and about nine o'clock Colonel Brown ordered the Fourteenth Mississippi to deploy as skirmishers under direction of Major Alexander Casseday, of Buckner's staff. The Third Tennessee, Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon, and the Eighteenth Tennessee, Colonel Palmer, both of Brown's brigade, advanced from the point where the Wynn's Ferry road crosses the trenches. Passing the valley in front, through fallen timber and open ground, under heavy fire, themovement against his left. Brown's brigade, charging up the hill, through a dense wood, had been met with grape and canister and a heavy musketry-fire, much of which passed over their heads, as the men lay down to escape the missiles. Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon, of the Third Tennessee, and Lieutenant-Colonel Moore, of the Thirty-second Tennessee, fell wounded, the latter mortally, with some fifty men killed and wounded. These regiments, reinforced at this moment by the Fourteenth Mississippi,
James Webb (search for this): chapter 32
aged by the confusion in the Southern line, and hoping to profit by it, were now advancing. In the mean time, Brigadier General Johnson was leading into action still farther to the left, and consequently over greater spaces, Simonton's and Drake's brigades, while Forrest's cavalry covered their flank, and forced their horses through the thick undergrowth. Simonton pushed in between McCausland and Wharton, arrayed in the following order from right to left: the Third Mississippi, Lieutenant-Colonel Webb; Eighth Kentucky, Lieutenant-Colonel Lyon; Seventh Texas, Colonel Gregg; and First Mississippi, Lieutenant-Colonel Hamilton. To the left of Wharton, Drake put into action his brigade — the Fourth Mississippi, Major Adair; Fifteenth Arkansas, Colonel Gee; two companies of the Twenty-sixth Alabama, under Major Garvin; and a Tennessee battalion, under Colonel Browder. As was said, Forrest supported the extreme left flank. In this disposition of the forces, the right of Pillow's wing
J. G. Lauman (search for this): chapter 32
ivision, 8,425 men (see Appendix B to this chapter). Smith's brigades were commanded by Colonels J. G. Lauman, Morgan L. Smith, and J. Cook. Lauman had the Second, Seventh, and Fourteenth Iowa; tLauman had the Second, Seventh, and Fourteenth Iowa; the Twenty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Indiana; Birge's regiment of sharp-shooters, and Stone's Missouri Battery. M. L. Smith had the Eighth Missouri and Eleventh Indiana; and Cook had the Seventh and Fiftie brief but brilliant. Smith's assaulting column consisted of the six regiments that composed Lauman's brigade: the Second Iowa, Colonel Tuttle; Twenty-fifth Indiana, Colonel Veatch; Seventh Iowa, elped Hanson defend the second line. In this last engagement, while Smith was attacking with Lauman's brigade, the Twelfth Iowa, Colonel Wood, and the Fiftieth Illinois, Colonel Bane, of Cook's brBuckner, however, considered it the key to his position, which it probably was. The loss of Lauman's brigade, exclusive of the Fifty-second Indiana, temporarily attached and not reported, was 61
A. S. Johnston (search for this): chapter 32
ws of surrender. congressional inquiry. General Johnston's inquiry. Governor Johnson's opinion. Russellville; and, to meet this movement, General Johnston detached Floyd, on January 20th, with hisl these dispositions were made as soon as General Johnston heard of the advance upon Fort Henry, androm Henry, stopped at Donelson; and, with General Johnston's authority, engaged actively in preparatll be thought sufficient. At all events, General Johnston felt that he had done all that he could ddence, telegraphic and by letter, between General Johnston and his subordinates on the Cumberland. tions. At 10.30 P. M., February 12th, General Johnston again telegraphed General Floyd: Myence with Pillow, and was not received by General Johnston until after Floyd's movement, and as he catch or not — it is now impossible to say-General Johnston on the next day sent him the following tesponsible work of high military command. General Johnston's ability to divest himself of this prope[28 more...]
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