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Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
to hospital sick; three wounded in the regiment. We continue to get news of Johnston's approach. June 23.--Firing not heavy, but very steady. A very refreshing rain fell during the night. Two wounded in regiment. The firing was very heavy on the right during the night. Captain Sawe wounded to-day in camp. The mortarboats have been very quiet for several days. June 24.--Firing heavy, front and rear. We hear Lee has gained another victory in Virginia, and threatens Maryland and Pennsylvania. The enemy are advancing rapidly on our works; we are looking for a blow — up every hour. June 25--And one mingled with many distressing events. All was quiet until about four o'clock P. M., when the train which was prepared by the enemy to blow up our works was fired. The explosion was terrific. They then attempted to mount our works, but were kept back. The firing was confined mostly to small arms, which was very heavy. Continued all night; we were up with arms in hand, and wit
Rodney (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
nboats were within pistol-shot of the enemy's batteries. It soon became evident that the guns of the enemy were too elevated and their fortifications too strong to be taken from the water-side. The whole range of hills on that side were known to be lined with rifle-pits; besides,the field-artillery could be moved to any position where it could be made useful in case of an attempt at landing. This determined me to again run the enemy's batteries, turn his position by effecting a landing at Rodney, or at Bruinsburgh, between Grand Gulf and Rodney. Accordingly, orders were immediately given for the troops to debark at Hard Times, La., and march across to the plain immediately below Grand Gulf. At dark the gunboats again engaged the batteries, and all the transports ran by, receiving but two or three shots in the passage, and these without injury. I had some time previously ordered a reconnoissance to a point opposite Bruinsburgh, to ascertain, if possible, from persons in the neighb
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 27
en, were to be paroled, not to take up arms against the United States until exchanged by the proper authorities; officers andfully, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General U. S. A. Commanding. Col. J. C. Kelton, Assistant Adjutant-Generally, Your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General U. S. A. To this the subjoined answer this moment has been recould so easily be converted into hostile uses, that the United States could better afford to compensate the Messrs. Greene foath: That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military, police, or constabulary forn any fort, garrison, or field-work held by the confederate States of America, against the United States of America; nor as gUnited States of America; nor as guard of prisons, depots, or stores, nor discharge any duty usually performed by soldiers against the United States of AmericUnited States of America, until duly exchanged by the proper authorities. Sworn to and subscribed before me, at Vicksburgh, on the — day of July
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 27
d fill with credit any position in a cavalry regiment. For the brilliant achievements recounted in this report, the army of the Tennessee, their comrades of the Ninth army corps, Herron's division of the army of the frontier, and the navy cooperating with them, deserve the highest honors their country can award. I have the honor to be, Colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Major-General U. S. A. Commanding. Col. J. C. Kelton, Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C. Official correspondence. headquarters, Vicksburgh, July 3, 1863. Major-Gen. Grant, Commanding U. S. Forces: General: I have the honor to propose to you an armistice for — hours, with a view to arranging terms for the capitulation of Vicksburgh. To this end, if agreeable to you, I will appoint three commissioners to meet a like number to be named by yourself at such place and hour today as you may find convenient.I make this proposition to save the further effusion of blood
Land's End, South-carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
nged our position. We were called upon to go to the assistance of the Louisiana troops, which we did under a heavy fire. We took our position to the left of Fort Beauregard. May 23.--The firing was confined principally to heavy skirmishing. They have gained some very advantageous positions for artillery. Our confidence is striver; we were then ordered out of the ditches. About four o'clock we took up the line of march, moved to the centre, and took our position in the ditches at Fort Beauregard, to the left of the Jackson road, where we were exposed to a very heavy artillery fire, the first that we have been in in the ditches. May 28.--The enemy hd took our position in the hollow as reserves, in rear of the Third Louisiana, and to the left of the Jackson road, to reenforce, if necessary, what is called Fort Beauregard, which point the enemy are undermining. We made ourselves safe by digging holes in the ground for protection. We hear that three divisions of the Federal ar
Bayou Macon (United States) (search for this): chapter 27
and unnecessary to open water communication between these points. Soon after commencing the first canal spoken of, I caused a channel to be cut from the Mississippi River into Lake Providence; also one from the Mississippi River into Coldwater, by way of Yazoo Pass. I had no great expectations of important results from the former of these, but having more troops than could be employed to advantage at Young's Point, and knowing that Lake Providence was connected by Bayou Baxter with Bayou Macon, a navigable stream through which transports might pass into the Mississippi below, through Tansas, Wachita, and Red Rivers, I thought it possible that a route might be opened in that direction which would enable me to cooperate with General Banks at Port Hudson. By the Yazoo Pass route I only expected at first to get into the Yazoo by way of Coldwater and Tallahatchie with some lighter gunboats and a few troops, and destroy the enemy's transports in that stream and some gunboats which
Fort Pillow (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
w-Orleans, and made haste to fortify some point higher up. Vicksburgh, being accessible by railway, offered the best facilities, besides being situated on a point naturally strong. At that time we held Baton Rouge, on the one end, and menaced Fort Pillow, at the other end of the river. At that time there were five heavy guns mounted. Farragut made a demand for the city, when the Mayor made his famous reply that--Mississippians do not know how to surrender. The sailor had no force that he co That the citadel could have been taken by a slight effort at that time, is admitted by the enemy; but after the return of the ships every nerve was strained to strengthen it. On the fourth of March, Columbus had fallen; on the fourth of June, Pillow was abandoned, leading to the possession of Memphis. Meanwhile, Farragut had returned, and was witness to the labors of the engineers. The first force to approach it from above was the fleet of Colonel Ellet, on the fourteenth of June, and on t
Yazoo River (United States) (search for this): chapter 27
and that from, there through the Sunflower to the Yazoo River there was no question about the navigation. On tsburgh, to get possession of Walnut Hills and the Yazoo River. This was successfully accomplished before the nhe twenty-ninth April, proceeded to the mouth of the Yazoo, where I found the flag-boat Black Hawk, Capt. Breesr P. M., May nineteenth) lying two miles below in Yazoo River. Also on that day communinication was opened with our fleet at Young's Point and the mouth of the Yazoo, and bridges and roads made to bring up ammunition and nd. Haines's Bluff was fortified, commanding the Yazoo River, and the powerful steamers above were being convetwithstanding this, General Shlerman moved up the Yazoo River, and attempted to reach the rear of Vicksburgh bye, and General Sherman to the right, touching the Yazoo River at Haines's Bluff, which the enemy had abandoned s, commissary boats, tugs, barges, etc., from the Yazoo River. Such a fleet of steamers of all dimensions the
Yazoo City (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
a route might be opened in that direction which would enable me to cooperate with General Banks at Port Hudson. By the Yazoo Pass route I only expected at first to get into the Yazoo by way of Coldwater and Tallahatchie with some lighter gunboatshe Benton road, and we commanded the Yazoo, interposing a superior force between the enemy at Vicksburgh and his forts on Yazoo. Resting a sufficient time to enable the column to close up, we pushed forward to the point where the road forks, and sey to the north of Vicksburgh, our right resting on the Mississippi River, with a plain view of our fleets at the mouth of Yazoo and Young's Point; Vicksburgh in plain sight, and nothing separated us from the enemy but a space of about four hundred y more practical plan should be adopted. We had endeavored to force a passage to the rear of Vicksburgh by the north or Yazoo route, and had failed. The formidable water-batteries proved too dangerous for us to run unmailed vessels by the batteri
Yorktown (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
me by fatigue and driven to despair in the attempt to oppose your irresistible progress, the whole garrison of over thirty thousand men, with all their arms and munitions of war, have, on this, the anniversary of our national independence, surrendered to the invincible troops of the army of the Tennessee. The achievements of this hour will give a new meaning to this memorable day, and Vicksburgh will brighten the glow in the patriot's heart which kindles at the mention of Bunker Hill and Yorktown. This is indeed an auspicious day for you. The God of battles is with you; the dawn of a conquered peace is breaking upon you; the plaudits of an admiring world will hail you wherever you may go, and it will be an ennobling heritage surpassing all riches to have been of the Seventeenth army corps on the fourth of July, 1863. Jas. B. Mcpherson, Major-General. W. T. T. Clark, Assistant Adjutant-General. A National account. Late headquarters of Lieutenant-General Pemberton, in t
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