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New Orleans (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
, but hopes are still entertained of saving his leg. He was not brought off the field till night-time, when his wound was dressed and he immediately conveyed to New-Orleans. While this was going on in one portion of General Grover's command, the remainder, if not so hotly pressed, were scarcely less actively engaged. At two A a week they would compel him to. Another deserter reports that the rebels have but forty head of cattle left to feed on. Boston traveller account. New-Orleans, June 19, 1863. It is not with much pleasure or satisfaction that I undertake to narrate the momentous events in this department for the past week. Most proork, mortally wounded. Account by a Participant. bivouac of the Thousand Stormers, before Port Hudson, June 22. Some days since I wrote and sent to New-Orleans by a friend, a few lines, which I hope are ere now in your hands. From them you will know of my whereabouts. I know the date line of this letter will seem que
New York (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
all, however, we commenced the burial of our dead, and succeeded before the morning in carrying most of our wounded from the battle-field. The enemy's hospitals, after the battle began, seemed to grow as rapidly as mushrooms in the dark. I counted no less than twelve hospital flags within a square of a quarter of a mile. I strongly suspect the protection afforded by them was not in every case legitimate, for on one occasion I saw firing in the immediate locality of one of the tents. New-York, June 28. The Herald has advices from Port Hudson to the twentieth instant. General Banks on the fifteenth instant issued a congratulatory order to his troops over their steady advance upon the enemy's works, stating that he is confident of an immediate and triumphant issue of the conflict, and says we are at all points upon the threshold of his fortifications. One more advance and they are ours. He then will summons the organization of a storming column of one thousand men to vindicat
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 15
the items. Oh! No, Lieutenant, I hope not, I replied, although my heart belied my speech, for death seemed stamped upon every lineament. I left him as another glorious martyr to his country's cause; but I am glad to say that, at this moment of writing, I hear the ball has been extracted, that he is doing well, and hopes are entertained of his recovery. Judging from what his own men say of him, (and I find this one of the surest tests of merit,) a braver young man does not live in the United States service. Before leaving this hospital, I cannot refrain from bearing my testimony to the unceasing and faithful attention toward the wounded which I noticed on the part of Surgeon L. C. Hartwell, Medical Director of the Third division. Before General Paine was wounded, he had succeeded in getting five regiments within three or four rods of the enemy's works — some of the skirmishers actually getting inside. Our loss on this occasion was very great — the killed, wounded and missing
Clinton, La. (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
he rest of this brigade being detailed as skirmishers. After the Second came the First brigade, under Colonel Ferris, of the Twenty-eighth Connecticut, and composed of the Twenty-eighth Connecticut, the Fourth Massachusetts, Colonel Walker, and four companies of the One Hundred and Tenth New-York, under Major Hamilton. These were all followed up by the necessary number of pioneers and Nim's Massachusetts battery. At half-past 3 A. M. of Sunday, June fourteenth, the column formed.on the Clinton road and commenced moving. At about four A. M. the skirmishers moved right up to the scene of action, General Paine being with them in advancing, and the deadly work commenced, the enemy pouring in upon them the most terrible volleys, and our dauntless men combating their way right up to the enemy's breastworks. For hours the carnage continued furiously; our determined soldiers, in spite of their General being seriously wounded, and in spite of the fearful odds against them of fighting ag
Port Hudson (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ess which ever permitted such a fortress as Port Hudson to be built, when we could at one time havenned mortal ears. The shells bursting over Port Hudson, mingled with their own firing and that of ow more reckless disregard of death. But Port Hudson was destined not to be carried this time — it. New-York herald account. near Port Hudson, June 17, 1863. At early dawn on Sunday,t, we commenced another advance movement on Port Hudson, with a force which was thought to be equal line of battle and move toward the town of Port Hudson, where a grand citadel, which forms the lasch from Johnston, who promises to reinforce Port Hudson and capture Banks's entire army, if the pla them is the second unsuccessful assault on Port Hudson, last Sunday, the fourteenth. Since the fin by the belligerents. The country about Port Hudson is very uneven, cut by deep ravines, especi. Colonel Benedict arrived from opposite Port Hudson on the twelfth, and our regiment was transf[6 more...]
o has just had his leg amputated to save his life, and who is now doing very well. Our forces remained in the position I have described till after dark Sunday night, when they were withdrawn, and occupy the same places they did for the eighteen days previous. Our whole loss, killed, wounded, and missing, was about seven hundred and fifty. But a very small proportion were killed, and many are very slightly wounded, the enemy not opening at all with artillery. Among the killed are Colonels Holcomb, First Louisiana; Galway, One Hundred and Seventy-third New-York; Bryan, One Hundred and Seventy-fifth New-York; and Smith, of the One Hundred and Fourteenth New-York, mortally wounded. Account by a Participant. bivouac of the Thousand Stormers, before Port Hudson, June 22. Some days since I wrote and sent to New-Orleans by a friend, a few lines, which I hope are ere now in your hands. From them you will know of my whereabouts. I know the date line of this letter will see
it, as the half-score who fell attest. The color-bearer fell, but the flag did not. Half the guard fell, but the flag was there. Ask (if I never come home) my colonel or lieutenant-colonel if any one could have done better than I did that day. I do not fear their answer. When about three hundred yards from the works, I was struck. The pain was so intense that I could not go on. I turned to my second lieutenant, who was in command of company C, as he came up to me, and said: Never mind me, Jack; for God's sake jump to the colors. I don't recollect any more, till I heard Colonel B. say: Up, men, and forward. I looked, and saw the rear regiments lying flat to escape the fire, and Colonel B. standing there, the shot striking all about him, and he never flinching. It was grand to see him. I wish I was of iron nerve, as he is. When I heard him speak, I forgot all else, and, running forward, did not stop till at the very front and near the colors again. There, as did all the rest, I l
Frank Gardner (search for this): chapter 15
e, however, to induce Banks to make an immediate assault, that he may be repulsed, and arrest the slow process of starvation which stares the rebels in the face. Deserters report a consultation of rebel officers, who unanimously requested General Gardner to surrender. He replied that large reenforcements would arrive within a week, and if they would only hold out a few days longer, the siege would result favorably to them. The disaffected officers returned to their camps and told the men iery thing was in position, when for a few hours the very earth shook from their rapid discharges. Having given them many tons of iron, the firing ceased, and Gen. Banks sent, by a flag of truce, an order to surrender, which his persistence, Gen. Gardner, refused to do, saying he should hold out as long as he had a man left. The firing was then resumed, and kept up till half-past 3 the next morning, when the assault was to have been made. The right wing, commanded by Brig.-Gen. Grover, and c
Kirby Smith (search for this): chapter 15
r's command probably the most desperate fighting was done by General Weitzel's old brigade. Colonel Smith, leading these veterans, the heroes of many fights, fell early in the action, mortally wound ability at Port Hudson have been rather under than overrated. Immediately upon the fall of Colonel Smith, Lieutenant-Colonel Von Petten, of the One Hundred and Sixtieth New-York, took command of th those who cared not to risk their lives for fame. Weitzel's old brigade, then commanded by Col. Smith, of the One Hundred and Fourteenth New-York, was at the head of his column, but Colonel Smith Colonel Smith being mortally wounded very early, it had fallen into confusion, and although a fighting brigade, it became powerless, yet it was badly cut up. General Weitzel's assault was to have been made in the lway, One Hundred and Seventy-third New-York; Bryan, One Hundred and Seventy-fifth New-York; and Smith, of the One Hundred and Fourteenth New-York, mortally wounded. Account by a Participant.
Henry W. Birge (search for this): chapter 15
One Hundred and Sixteenth New-York, Lieutenant-Colonel Van Petten. Next came Colonel Kimble's and Colonel Morgan's brigades, the last of which, with another brigade, (the name of which I was unable to learn,) was under the general command of Colonel Birge. This force was held to support the assaulting column, which was under the immediate command of General Weitzel, who made the attack on the right. General Emory's old division moved in conjunction with General Weitzel on the left, forming ad in rapid succession, storming the rebel works until compelled to fall back under the terrible fire of the enemy. Conspicuous among the brigades that did the most desperate fighting, were those under the command of Colonels Kimball, Morgan, and Birge. They were all, however, eventually repulsed with great slaughter. The fighting ceased at eleven o'clock in the morning. We having been repulsed in every assault, our soldiers, under command of their officets, laid themselves down under the
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