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Savannah, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ind offer of further hospitality for a couple of days more. Four of Polk's brigades with artillery move to the front to-morrow, and General Hardee is also to push forward from Wartrace. The object of this movement is to ascertain the enemy's strength at Murfreesborough, as rumor asserts that Rosecrans is strengthening Grant in Mississippi, which General Bragg is not disposed to allow with impunity. The weather is now almost chilly. 3d June, 1863 (Wednesday). Bishop Elliott left for Savannah at 6 A. M., in a downpour of rain, which continued nearly all day. Grenfell came to see me this morning in a towering rage. He had been arrested in his bed by the civil power on a charge of horse-stealing, and conniving at the escape of a negro from his master. General Bragg himself had stood bail for him, but Grenfell was naturally furious at the indignity. But, even according to his own account, he seems to have acted indiscreetly in the affair of the negro, and he will have to appear
Perryville (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
uare two deep). They said the country did not admit of cavalry charges, even if the Yankee cavalry had stomach to attempt it. Each regiment carried a battle-flag, blue, with a white border, on which were inscribed the names Belmont, Shiloh, Perryville, Richmond, Ky., and Murfreesborough. They drilled tolerably well, and an advance in line was remarkably good; but General Liddell had invented several dodges of his own, for which he was reproved by General Hardee. The review being over, thehattanooga for Atlanta at 4.30 P. M. The train was much crowded with wounded and sick soldiers returning on leave to their homes. A goodishlooking woman was pointed out to me in the cars as having served as a private soldier in the battles of Perryville and Murfreesborough. Several men in my car had served with her in a Louisianian regiment, and they said she had been turned out a short time since for her bad and immoral conduct. They told me that her sex was notorious to all the regiment, b
Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
on his collar. He rides a handsome horse, which is extremely well groomed. He himself is very neat in his dress and person, and in the most arduous marches he always looks smart and clean. I observed this during the three days fighting at Gettysburg, and in the retreat afterwards, when every one else looked, and was, extremely dirty. In the old army he was always considered one of its best officers; and at the outbreak of these troubles, he was Lieutenant-colonel of the 2d cavalry. Hid think it rather hard lines that the only time they had been allowed into the enemy's town was for the purpose of destroying their beloved whiskey. However, they did their duty like good soldiers. We marched six miles on the road towards Gettysburg, and encamped at a village called (I think) Greenwood. I rode Lawley's old horse, he and the Austrian using the doctor's ambulance. In the evening General Longstreet told me that he had just received intelligence that Hooker had been disrated
Combahee (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ave visited Mr. Blake, an Eng lish gentleman for whom I had a letter, on his Combahee plantation, but Mr. Robertson implored me to abandon this idea. Mr. Robertson was full of the disasters which had resulted from a recent Yankee raid of the Combahee river. It appears that a vast amount of property had been destroyed and slaves carried off. This morning I saw a poor old planter in Mr. Robertson's office, who had been suddenly and totally ruined by this raid. The raiders consisted principally d been educated in the North, and used to have many friends there, but that now he would sooner submit to the Emperor of China than return to the Union. Mr. Walter Blake arrived soon after dinner; he had come up from his plantation on the Combahee river on purpose to see me. He described the results of the late Yankee raid up that river: forty armed negroes and a few whites in a miserable steamer were able to destroy and burn an incalculable amount of property, and carry off hundreds of negr
Harrisburg, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ambulance. In the evening General Longstreet told me that he had just received intelligence that Hooker had been disrated, and that Meade was appointed in his place. Of course he knew both of them in the old army, and he says that Meade is an honorable and respectable man, though not, perhaps, so bold as Hooker. I had a long talk with many officers about the approaching battle, which evidently cannot now be delayed long, and will take place on this road instead of in the direction of Harrisburg, as we had supposed. Ewell, who has laid York as well as Carlisle under contribution, has been ordered to reunite. Every one, of course, speaks with confidence. I remarked that it would be a good thing for them if on this occasion they had cavalry to follow up the broken infantry in the event of their succeeding in beating them. But to my surprise they all spoke of their cavalry as not efficient for that purpose. In fact, Stuart's men, though excellent at making raids, capturing wago
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 5
urch, and might almost have fancied myself in England: the ceremonies were exactly the same, and th (nine-tenths of which runs the blockade from England) cost formerly seventy-five cents, but has la leaving the old army, he was a good deal in England, connected with the small-arms factory at Enf, of a war between the Northern States and Great Britain; and he remarked that, if England would jition would not increase the Yankee hatred of England, for this, whether just or unjust, was alreads the possibility of their declaring war upon England at the present time, any more than they did aevening with Mrs. S -- , who had been much in England, and had made a large acquaintance there. n of their property. I know many persons in England suppose that Great Britain has now made enemiGreat Britain has now made enemies both of the North and South; but I do not believe this is the case with respect to the South, whn Richmond papers may say. The South looks to England for every thing when this war is over;--she w[6 more...]
) (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
sociated with that of Butler, and his rule in Winchester seems to have been somewhat similar to that of his illustrious rival in New Orleans. Should either of these two individuals fall alive into the hands of the Confederates, I imagine that Jeff Davis himself would be unable to save their lives; even if he were disposed to do so. Before leaving Richmond, I heard every one ex pressing regret that Milroy should have escaped, as the recapture of Winchester seemed to be incomplete without hi3, 1863. A sentry stopped me to-day as I was going out of town, and when I showed him my pass from General Chilton, he replied with great firmness, but with perfect courtesy, I'm extremely sorry, sir; but if you were the Secretary of War, or Jeff Davis himself, you couldn't pass without a passport from the Provostmarshal. 25th June, 1863 (Thursday). We took leave of Mrs.-and her hospitable family, and started at 10 A. M. to overtake Generals Lee and Longstreet, who were supposed to be c
Petersburgh (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
siness. I always carry my saddlebags and knapsack with me into the car. 17th June, 1863 (Wednesday). We reached Petersburgh at 3 A. M., and had to get out and traverse this town in carts, after which we had to lie down in the road until some other cars were opened. We left Petersburgh at 5 A. M. and arrived at Richmond at 7 A. M., having taken forty-one hours coming from Charleston. The railroad between Petersburgh and Richmond is protected by extensive field-works, and the woods hPetersburgh and Richmond is protected by extensive field-works, and the woods have been cut down to give range. An irruption of the enemy in this direction has evidently been contemplated; and we met a brigade of infantry halfway between Petersburgh and Richmond on its way to garrison the latter place, as the Yankees are repPetersburgh and Richmond on its way to garrison the latter place, as the Yankees are reported to be menacing in that neighborhood. The scenery near Richmond is very pretty, and rather English-looking. The view of the James River from the railway bridge is quite beautiful, though the water is rather low at present. The weather was
Fort Henry (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
but it becomes navigable about a mile below the city. Drewry's Bluff is about eight miles distant, and, before reaching it, we had to pass through two bridges-one of boats, and the other a wooden bridge. I was shown over the fortifications by Captain Chatard, Confederate States navy, who was in command during the absence of Captain Lee. A flotilla of Confederate gunboats was lying just above the obstructions, and nearly opposite to the bluff. Amongst them was the Yorktown, alias Patrick Henry, which, under the command of my friend Captain Tucker, figured in the memorable Merrimac attack. There was also an ironclad called the Richmond, and two or three smaller craft. Beyond Drewry's Bluff, on the opposite side of the river, is Chaffin's Bluff, which mounts----heavy guns, and forms the extreme right of the Richmond defences on that side of the river. At the time of the attack by the two Federal ironclads, assisted by several wooden gunboats, there were only three guns mounted
Morris Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
n, on James Island, Fort Cummins Point, and Fort Wagner, on Morris Island. In fact, both sides of Morris Island. In fact, both sides of the harbor for several miles appear to bristle with forts mounting heavy guns. The bar, beyond Point, and (after entering a narrow creek) Fort Wagner on our left. The latter is a powerful, wel heavy guns, and it completely cuts across Morris Island at the end nearest to Fort Sumter. General Ripley pointed at Fort Wagner with some pride. We landed near the house of the colonel who comstake in not fortifying the further end of Morris Island and keeping a larger garrison there, for wet with no fortification until they reached Fort Wagner. and borrowed his horses to ride to the furs to blow up piles or other obstacles. Morris Island is a miserable, low, sandy desert, and at rleston, was to land on Morris Island, take Forts Wagner and Cummings Point, and then turn their guns d'armee. At 5.30 P. M. the firing on Morris Island became distinctly audible. Captain Mitche[8 more...]
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