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Vaughan (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
nd twenty-five men once in ten minutes at each of two points. To this dispatch he received no reply. The feint had been made at the ferries of Edwards and Conrad, already mentioned. The brigade of General Gorman, Seventh Michigan, two troops of the Van Alen cavalry, and the Putnam Rangers were sent to the former, where a section of Bunting's New York Battery was on duty. To the latter Stone sent a battalion of the Twentieth Massachusetts, under its commander, Colonel Lee, a section of Vaughan's Rhode Island Battery, and Colonel Cogswell's New York (Tammany) Regiment. The ferry was at that time defended by a section of Ricketts's Battery. Colonel Devens was sent to Harrison's Island in two flat-boats from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, bearing four companies of his Massachusetts Fifteenth. One company of the same regiment was already there. A reserve, numbering about three thousand men, was held in readiness to co-operate, should a battle ensue. With this reserve was the fine
Bahama Islands (search for this): chapter 6
ch cannot be conveniently taken away and is likely to be seized by the enemy. Coast Islands. In this connection it is proper to say, that so soon as the report of the existence of a vast quantity of abandoned cotton on these coast islands — cotton of the most valuable kind The Sea Island cotton of commerce is the product of a narrow belt of coast islands along the shores of South Carolina, and in the vicinity of the mouth of the Savannah River. The seed was obtained from the Bahama Islands, and the first successful crop raised in South Carolina was on Hilton Head Island, in 1790. It is of the arborescent kind, and noted for its long fiber, adapted to the manufacture of the finest fabrics and the best thread. It always brought a very high price. Just before the war, when the common cotton brought an average of ten or twelve cents a pound, a bale sent from South Edisto Island brought, in Liverpool, one dollar And tbirty-five cents a pound.--reached Washington, an order we
Occoquan River (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
izing and holding Matthias Point, in order to secure the navigation of the river. At different times afterward, July 1st, August 20th, and August 31st. the attention of the President, General Scott, and General McClellan was called to the matter by the same Department, but nothing was done until toward the close of September, when Confederate batteries were actually planted there It appears by an autograph letter before me, written by Colonel Wade Hampton, at Freestone Point, between Occoquan and Dumfries, and dated September 24th, 1861, that a battery was completed at that place, and was ready for action at that date. His letter was addressed to Colonel Thomas Jordan, Beuregard's Assistant Adjutant-General. He says the works were constructed under Captin Lee, whose battery and a long 32-pounder rified gun were there. The latter had been sent there by General Trimble, a Maryland Traitor, then in the Confederate army. He reported that he had every thing in readiness to open f
Goose Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
. 19, 1861. General McCall, who held the advanced command in Virginia on the right of the National line, to move forward and occupy Drainsville, about half way between the Chain Bridge and Leesburg. He did so, and pushed his scouts forward to Goose Creek, within four miles of the latter place. On the following morning, Oct. 20. General Banks telegraphed to General McClellan from Darnestown, saying, The signal station at Sugar Loaf telegraphs that the enemy have moved away from Leesburg. Mion for the insurgents, He sometimes went even to Baltimore, where he held conference with the secessionists, and always returned with assurances that ninety-nine of every hundred of the Marylanders were rebels. Evans and his main force lay on Goose Creek. Riflemen and cavalry were hovering near, and waiting a favorable opportunity to strike Devens. He had a slight skirmish with the former, in which one of his men was killed and nine were wounded, when he fell back in safety and in perfect or
Charleston Harbor (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ut for a descent upon the borders of lower South Carolina, among the coast islands between Charleston harbor and the Savannah River. The want of some harbors under the control of the Government inabate, and the vessels of the expedition to reassemble around the flag-ship. When passing Charleston harbor, Commodore Dupont sent in Captain Lardner with the Seneca to direct the Susquehanna, on bladen as their strength would permit, with blocks of granite, for the purpose of closing up Charleston harbor. In their sides, below water-mark, holes were bored, in which movable plugs were inserted bar at the entrance of the Main Ship channel, There are four channels leading out from Charleston harbor. The Main Ship channel runs southward along Morris Island. Maffitt's channel, on the nornce they had been placed there, a British ship, in violation of the blockade, had run into Charleston harbor with safety, carrying supplies for the enemies of the Government. The work of the stone
Capitol (Utah, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
t a distance, of the muzzles of 1.00-pound Parrott guns. These Quaker guns, like similar ones at Manassas a few months later, had, for six weeks, defied the Army of the Potomac. In a house near the fort (which was soon made into a strong regular work), Brigadier-General James Wadsworth, who was placed in command, there made his Headquarters; and on the roof he caused a signal-station to be erected, from which there was an interchange of intelligence with another station on the dome of the capitol at Washington. There the writer visited General Wadsworth, late in November, 1861, and found that ardent and devoted patriot, who had left all the ease and enjoyments which great wealth and a charming domestic circle bestow, and for the sake of his endangered country was enduring all the privations incident to an arduous camp life. His quarters were humble, and in no respect did his arrangements for comfort differ from those of his brother officers. Quaker gun at Manassas. this is f
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
rance and harbor, and the coast islands of South Carolina. The army under Sherman was divided intof the United States, of the rebel soil of South Carolina. amid the greetings of cheers from the fnd so eager were they to tread the soil of South Carolina, that many of them leaped from the boats aherman, in a proclamation to the people of South Carolina on the day after the battle. Unfortunatel told them there were no loyal citizens in South Carolina, and that no others wanted it, and advised islands and up the rivers of the coast of South Carolina, in the direction of Charleston; and before British while msarauding on the coast of South Carolina during the war of 1812. It was deposited of ownership, and so they had the name of South Carolina engraved Cannon captured at Beaufort. ueighborhood, and elsewhere on the coast of South Carolina, are one sheet of flames and smoke. The c two hundred plantations on fifteen of the South Carolina coast islands were occupied, or under the [10 more...]
New Hampshire (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
pectfully, Stephen Elliott, Jr. The Latin quotation in the above is a line from Virgil's aenead, in which Dido, remembering her own misfortunes, pities the errors of aeneas. It says, Not unacquainted with misfortune, I have learned to succor the distresses of others. I am indebted to the Rev. John Woart (who was chaplain at the U. S. General Hospital at Hilton Head when I visited that post in April, 1866) for a copy of Elliott's note, taken from the original by Captain Law, of the New Hampshire, then in that harbor. The humane injunction of Elliott was in a spirit directly opposed to his act in the matter of the infernal machine. He doubtless acted under the orders of his superiors. Captain Elliott became a brigadier-general, and commanded Fort Sumter during a greater portion of the siege of that fortress. He was blown up by the explosion of the mine at Petersburg, when one of his arms was broken. He died at Aiken, South Carolina, in March, 1866. Captain Elliott and his co
North Edisto River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ia. Besides those on Hilton Head, and at Bay Point on Phillip's Island, there were five other fortifications on these islands, namely, on Botany Bay Island, North Edisto; on Otter Island, St. Helena's Sound; on Fenwick's Island; on Bay Point, on the South Edisto River; and on Sam's Point, on the Coosaw River. The little sketchsh sod. Fort on Bay Point. Before the close of the year the National authority was supreme from Wassaw Sound below the mouth of the Savannah, to the North Edisto River. Every fort on the islands in that reg ion had been abandoned, and there was nothing to make sellious opposition to National authority. See map on page torch to their crops of cotton and rice. Some are authorized by military authorities to destroy their crops, to prevent ravages by the enemy. Plantations on North Edisto and in the neighborhood, and elsewhere on the coast of South Carolina, are one sheet of flames and smoke. The commanding office of all the exposed points on o
Poolesville (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ks at Darnestown, with detachments at Point of Rocks, Sandy Hook, Williamsport, &c.; Stone at Poolesville; and Dix at Baltimore, with detachments on the Eastern shore. At the close of September aof the Army of the Potomac), with a considerable body of troops, then had his Headquarters at Poolesville, a short distance from Conrad's and Edwards's Ferries, on the Potomac River. These ferries wployed as spies. Among these was a wealthy young farmer named Elijah White, who resided near Poolesville. He belonged to a company of Confederate cavalry, and often crossed the Potomac by swimming t inquiry, so far as one of the commanders was concerned. He was at Stone's Headquarters, at Poolesville, twenty-four hours after the disaster, and from there had telegraphed to the President, sayiny upon the Confederates, when, on Tuesday night, Oct. 23, 1861. General McClellan arrived at Poolesville. Then, as he says, he learned, for the first time, the full details of the affair. The prep
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