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Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
escape a defeat reenforcements from General Polk and Columbus arrival of Polk on the field the Federal troops defeated and spoils taken characters of General Pillow and General Polk compared misrepresentations of the Northern press. I had only just returned to my regiment at Leesburgh when I received a letter from a Kentucky friend, serving under General Polk, at Columbus, descriptive of the engagement at Belmont, which had been fought some time before at the village of that name in Missouri: Columbus, Ky., Nov. 10th, 1861. Dear Tom: You will, ere this reaches you, have heard more than one account of the late fight at Belmont; but this will satisfy you that I am all right, and ready to have another shake with the Great Anaconda, so much talked of in the North. In my former letter, I fully informed you of the stupendous works raised here by General Gustavus Smith, and of our having occupied Belmont opposite, so as to command both banks of the stream. But the enemy app
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ave disabled the boats, and caused awful havoc among their densely packed numbers. We captured several hundred prisoners, several thousand stand of arms, and a few cannon, but, as the enemy simply came with their arms, and did not even carry a blanket to impede their activity in this enterprise, little else of value. General Pillow has to thank his stars that Polk so quickly came to his succor, or, instead of being hailed as victors, we might all have been snugly provided for in some New-England fort or penitentiary. Yet his vanity is not less conspicuous now than it was in Mexico, and he is eternally carping at the bishop, as he terms Polk, who nevertheless, is a capable and laborious commander, accessible at all times by high and low, a thorough disciplinarian, and fine engineer. If he chose to leave the army in former times and enter the Episcopal Church, and become a learned bishop among his brethren, it surely does not detract from his repute as a gentleman, a Christian, a
Belmont, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
under General Polk, at Columbus, descriptive of the engagement at Belmont, which had been fought some time before at the village of that namreaches you, have heard more than one account of the late fight at Belmont; but this will satisfy you that I am all right, and ready to have raised here by General Gustavus Smith, and of our having occupied Belmont opposite, so as to command both banks of the stream. But the enemmed down the river unobserved. Within a few miles of Columbus and Belmont, the river makes a sudden bend, and behind this bend Grant disembarked his forces, and began to advance towards Belmont, through the woods. When morning broke, the action commenced; the first intimation of o the rescue. In a short time we were steaming across — not to Belmont, but towards the Yankee landing-place up the river, keeping as clomy were reported landing troops a few miles above, the garrison in Belmont consisted of only two regiments. Pillow, with four regiments, imm
Columbus, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ape a defeat reenforcements from General Polk and Columbus arrival of Polk on the field the Federal troops a Kentucky friend, serving under General Polk, at Columbus, descriptive of the engagement at Belmont, which he at the village of that name in Missouri: Columbus, Ky., Nov. 10th, 1861. Dear Tom: You will, ere thi down the river unobserved. Within a few miles of Columbus and Belmont, the river makes a sudden bend, and bel idea of a regular line or plan of battle. We at Columbus had heard the rapid fire for more than an hour, b fall back until reenforcements should arrive from Columbus. Taking up a strong position on the river-bankayed on them with a heavy battery; but the guns at Columbus replied, and in a few moments the enemy's pieces wecting him to loss every moment, while the guns at Columbus continued rapidly firing across the river, and froause he himself was not placed in chief command at Columbus — a position for which he is totally unfitted, as
Fort Pillow (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
arly circumstanced; there was no alternative but to fall back until reenforcements should arrive from Columbus. Taking up a strong position on the river-bank, Pillow arranged his lines for the final assault of the enemy; it being supposed, as they had full possession of our camps, and were firing them, that Grant would hurry fs a good bishop; he is now an excellent and accomplished Major-General, and possesses the entire confidence, love, and respect of all who know or serve under him. Pillow is annoyed, however, because he himself was not placed in chief command at Columbus — a position for which he is totally unfitted, as subsequent events will fullyWe were convinced that our boys had been having the worst of it all the morning, or our haste would not have been so pressing. We had scarcely landed when one of Pillow's orderlies rode up and begged us for God's sake to hurry up, as the boys were hard pressed, and had been fighting a long time against odds, and were only recove
Leesburg (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
Chapter 14: The battle of Belmont, on the Mississippi, described in a letter from a friend the forces of General Pillow surprised by Grant the Southern troops narrowly escape a defeat reenforcements from General Polk and Columbus arrival of Polk on the field the Federal troops defeated and spoils taken characters of General Pillow and General Polk compared misrepresentations of the Northern press. I had only just returned to my regiment at Leesburgh when I received a letter from a Kentucky friend, serving under General Polk, at Columbus, descriptive of the engagement at Belmont, which had been fought some time before at the village of that name in Missouri: Columbus, Ky., Nov. 10th, 1861. Dear Tom: You will, ere this reaches you, have heard more than one account of the late fight at Belmont; but this will satisfy you that I am all right, and ready to have another shake with the Great Anaconda, so much talked of in the North. In my former letter, I full
Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 15
tured several hundred prisoners, several thousand stand of arms, and a few cannon, but, as the enemy simply came with their arms, and did not even carry a blanket to impede their activity in this enterprise, little else of value. General Pillow has to thank his stars that Polk so quickly came to his succor, or, instead of being hailed as victors, we might all have been snugly provided for in some New-England fort or penitentiary. Yet his vanity is not less conspicuous now than it was in Mexico, and he is eternally carping at the bishop, as he terms Polk, who nevertheless, is a capable and laborious commander, accessible at all times by high and low, a thorough disciplinarian, and fine engineer. If he chose to leave the army in former times and enter the Episcopal Church, and become a learned bishop among his brethren, it surely does not detract from his repute as a gentleman, a Christian, and a scholar, to say that he resigned his charge in answer to the especial call of the Exec
he boys were hard pressed, and had been fighting a long time against odds, and were only recovering from the confusion in which they had been thrown. As we marched out into open ground we gave loud yells, and commenced firing. Many of our men falling every moment, the thought continually occurred to me that my turn would come next, yet inspired by the example of our officers, we rushed to close quarters, determined to bring matters to a conclusion. But enough; I shall not attempt to describe further this battle-field to you, but conclude, humbly thanking God for the victory. I have to-day received late Northern papers; it is unnecessary to say that Belmont is put down as Another national victory, etc., in very large capitals, with full accounts of the Rebel loss. To believe these scribbling fools, the back-bone of the rebellion is well-nigh broken; yet, between ourselves, I think the job will prove too big, and break their hearts and pockets over it first . Yours, as ever,
rrowly escape a defeat reenforcements from General Polk and Columbus arrival of Polk on the field Polk on the field the Federal troops defeated and spoils taken characters of General Pillow and General Polk compareGeneral Polk compared misrepresentations of the Northern press. I had only just returned to my regiment at Leesburghetter from a Kentucky friend, serving under General Polk, at Columbus, descriptive of the engagemente could conjecture the meaning of all this, General Polk rode up, and informed us, very briefly, thathe enemy's pieces were silenced. Finding that Polk himself was crossing, and landing troops far upto a terrific cross-fire from our troops, while Polk in person was pushing their rear vigorously, ca General Pillow has to thank his stars that Polk so quickly came to his succor, or, instead of bis eternally carping at the bishop, as he terms Polk, who nevertheless, is a capable and laborious cll talented men in behalf of the common cause. Polk was a good bishop; he is now an excellent and a
Mississippi, described in a letter from a friend the forces of General Pillow surprised by Grant the Southern troops narrowly escape a defeald the Federal troops defeated and spoils taken characters of General Pillow and General Polk compared misrepresentations of the Northern p of a very threatening character, and so determined to surprise General Pillow some fine morning. In pursuance of his amiable purpose, Graall this, General Polk rode up, and informed us, very briefly, that Pillow had been attacked by an overwhelming force under Grant, and that wees above, the garrison in Belmont consisted of only two regiments. Pillow, with four regiments, immediately crossed and assumed command. He ground. The firing here was incessant, and we gradually gave way. Pillow then ordered a charge, and the first line of the enemy was driven ide their activity in this enterprise, little else of value. General Pillow has to thank his stars that Polk so quickly came to his succor,
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