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ion (Fifty-first Tennessee). The Forty-ninth Tennessee, Colonel Bailey, and the Fiftieth, Colonel Sugg, with Colms's Tennessee Battalion, were assigned as a garrison to the fort — in all, some 700 mine. Toward the close of the action I was reinforced by the regiments of Colonels Quarles, and Sugg, and Bailey. The Forty-second, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Tennessee; the two latter had been in military man. Colonel Bailey saw the Second Kentucky retreating in great disorder, and moved Sugg's regiment to the face of the works, fronting the enemy; his own regiment was drawn up near the w Second Kentucky. A brisk fire was kept up until sunset, when the firing ceased. A battalion of Sugg's regiment reached the field just before the close of the fight, and deployed to the right of thehat evening. This interior line had timely reinforcements in the arrival of Bailey's, Quarles's, Sugg's, and the balance of Head's regiments, all of which arrived after the forward movement of the Fe
Farquharson (search for this): chapter 32
rter's battery occupying the advanced salient, sweeping the road which led to the front, and flanking the intrenchments both to the right and to the left. The reserve of the Fourteenth Mississippi was held as its support; Brown's, Cook's, and Farquharson's regiments were on the left; Graves's battery occupied a position near the extreme left of the intrenchments on the declivity of the hill, whence it swept the valley with its fire, and flanked the position of Colonel Heiman to the east of the, the latter mortally, with some fifty men killed and wounded. These regiments, reinforced at this moment by the Fourteenth Mississippi, renewed the charge, drove the Federal force from its position, and captured the guns. The batteries, and Farquharson's Forty-first Tennessee, 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 and patriot. He left
U. S. Grant (search for this): chapter 32
moment. recall of troops. Grant's advance. Grant and Smith. assault by Federal left. capture rtment, for the information of the writer, General Grant's effective force at Donelson is placed at5, estimates the reinforcements sent by him to Grant at 10,000 men, and Grant's force at from 30,00eir flank on Hickman's Creek, facing Buckner. Grant's headquarters were in the rear of Smith's lined, came of heavy reinforcements: according to Grant's statements, they were 12,000 or 15,000 men; describe assaults and fierce struggles led by Grant in person. They are mistaken. General Grant'readiness to attack the Confederate right. Grant then rode to his right wing, where all was conucted. The manner of the assault was this: Grant, in consultation with C. F. Smith, determined st. Appendix A. General Buckner to General Grant. headquarters, Fort Donelson, February 16nited States forces near Fort Donelson. General Grant to General Buckner. Headquarters, army in [34 more...]
movement on its right and toward its rear, fell back upon its supports, beaten, cut up, and much disordered, but undismayed. Indeed, not only Wallace's command, but squads from all the others, rallied on Thayer's brigade, and, with Cruft's brigade and these fresh troops, interposed another stout barrier to a further Confederate advance. Thayer's brigade formed, under the direction of General Lew Wallace, as described, at right angles to the intrenchments. The First Nebraska, Lieutenant-Colonel McCord, and the Fifty-eighth Illinois, were on the right; Wood's battery in the centre ; and to the left, a detached company and the Fifty-eighth Ohio, Colonel Steadman, the left of the line being obliquely retired so as to front an approach from the trenches. The line of reserve consisted of the Seventy-sixth Ohio, Colonel Woods; the Forty-sixth Illinois, Colonel Davis; and the Fifty-seventh Illinois, Colonel Baldwin. Cruft reestablished his line on the right of Thayer. It was now
the valley with its fire, and flanked the position of Colonel Heiman to the east of the valley. From three to five compani The right of Pillow's line was held by the brigade of Colonel Heiman, about 1,700 strong. Heiman's position, as he himselfssee, came up, in reserve to this brigade. To the left of Heiman, in the valley, was the Thirtieth Tennessee, Colonel Head;ckner was one of these smart fights; that of McClernand on Heiman was another. The facts are these : As Wallace was mirst discovered by Colonel John C. Brown, who notified Colonel Heiman. Brown ordered the batteries of Graves and Porter to ss, the other side suffered equally. Though the attack on Heiman was so severely repulsed, it was, in the end, fortunate fotoward the rifle-pits on the hill formerly occupied by Colonel Heiman, and, finding no sentinels to obstruct me, I passed onlease from captivity, Colonels Brown, Hanson, Baldwin, and Heiman, were promoted to be brigadier-generals, for their conduct
Montgomery Blair (search for this): chapter 32
on, McClernand occupied the Federal right, Smith the left, and Wallace the centre. It is extremely difficult to arrive at a correct conclusion as to the actual force of an army by any system of estimate, or indeed by any other means than investigation of the returns of commands. As these were not accessible to the writer when this memoir was prepared, he has no means of verifying the statements made by Federal writers. He gives such data as he has. In a memorandum furnished Hon. Montgomery Blair by the War Department, for the information of the writer, General Grant's effective force at Donelson is placed at about 24,400. In a memorandum furnished the writer by the War Department (see Appendix, Chapter XXXI.), it is placed at 27,113. General Buell, in his letter of August 31, 1865, published in the New York World, September 5, 1865, estimates the reinforcements sent by him to Grant at 10,000 men, and Grant's force at from 30,000 to 35,000. Badeau says: On the last
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mmanded by Generals McClernand and C. F. Smith, each of three brigades. McClernand's first brigade, commanded by Colonel Oglesby, was formed of the Eighth, Eighteenth, Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Illinois Regiments, Swartz's and Dresser's batteries, and four cavalry-companies. The Second Brigade, Colonel W. H. L. Wallace, included the Eleventh, Twentieth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-eighth Illinois Regiments; the Fourth Illinois Cavalry; the First Illinois Artillery, and McAllisteringly severe weather, and might have broken up the expedition. Oglesby's brigade was deployed and moved forward through the oak-woods until it found itself opposite Heiman's position, near the Confederate centre. His artillery, Swartz's and Dresser's batteries, opened; and Graves's and Maney's replied from the trenches. This artillery duel did little damage; but it was sufficient, with the fire of the sharp-shooters, to interrupt the work on the trenches. The advanced brigades worked the
W. H. L. Wallace (search for this): chapter 32
valry-companies. The Second Brigade, Colonel W. H. L. Wallace, included the Eleventh, Twentieth, Folesby at 3,130, and of McArthur at 1,395. Colonel Wallace reported 3,400 effectives of all arms. Ant. Oglesby's brigade on the right, and W. H. L. Wallace's, next to it, moved to the right, along was another. The facts are these : As Wallace was moving to the right, McClernand detached r to receive him-most probably the men of W. H. L. Wallace's brigade, who became engaged about sevennto position about ten o'clock, and found W. H. L. Wallace retiring in comparatively good order. Buartly in column. In his front was massed W. H. L. Wallace's brigade, with two heavy batteries. Betelivering well-directed volleys. Here W. H. L. Wallace's brigade still clung to their second posnot fled. While Hanson was thus assailing Wallace's front, Buckner continued the movement againdisordered, but undismayed. Indeed, not only Wallace's command, but squads from all the others, ra[1 more...]
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s. The artillery could not have done better. Porter, Graves, and Maney, in particular, displayed iir officers. Their losses were heavy, and Captain Porter was himself wounded. As General Grant ection of Graves's battery, while a section of Porter's battery was placed in its former position. ne on the right; but the well-directed fire of Porter's and Graves's artillery and the musketry-fired. As soon as the assault was discovered, Captain Porter opened an enfilade fire on the advancing ce of which, aided by the well-directed guns of Porter's battery, saved the line and prevented the wathis section came up, the remaining section of Porter's battery, delayed in the same way, was broughs in this engagement that the gallant Captain Thomas R. Porter was disabled by a very severe and danrous wound, and was borne from the field. Captain Porter's marked coolness and dash, and the efficiine at some distance from the battery. Captain Porter was educated at Annapolis, and was an offi
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