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Kentucky River (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
treat was now ordered, and Gen. Nelson, satisfied that nothing further could be done, left Gen. Manson in charge of the column, and placing himself under the guidance of his friend Colonel Holloway, effected his escape, carrying off a bullet in one of his thighs. Still the enemy did not pursue. Before the last battle was fought, our immense wagon-train was placed in line on the road to Lexington. It was evident that we could not maintain our position, and must fall back toward the Kentucky River. Once across that, and all would be safe. Several pieces of artillery were moved to the front, and the train was put in motion. It progressed very slowly, frequently coming to a halt, and inducing many persons to believe that the result of the day's work had not been so disastrous after all, and that our troops were still holding the victorious enemy in check. Many of our men were coming into town, and moving toward Lexington, and many more were pushing out through the timber on bo
Richmond, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
Doc. 107-battles at Richmond, Ky. General Manson's report. To Major-General William Nelson, Commanding Army of Kentucky: sir: I have the honor to transof the part taken by the troops under my command in the battles fought near Richmond, Ky., on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth days of August, 1862. On Friday, the taken by the Ninety-fifth regiment Ohio volunteers, in the battles before Richmond, Kentucky, on Saturday, August thirtieth, 1862. About three o'clock P. M., on Friana volunteers, taken prisoners by Kirby Smith, August thirtieth, 1862, at Richmond, Ky.: Capt. John H. Finley, First Lieut. M. M. Lacy, Second Lieut. George Ct. Major Jas. Gaston, Geo. Parmer. Wounded of company A, in hospitals at Richmond, Ky.: George Anderson, in leg; Manoah Ratliff, in leg; Peter Kirn, in both legs;ich might otherwise attach to a detailed account of the battles fought near Richmond, Ky., last Saturday, has not only been partially overshadowed by more important
Connersville, Ind. (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
troops were still holding the victorious enemy in check. Many of our men were coming into town, and moving toward Lexington, and many more were pushing out through the timber on both sides of the turnpike; but there was evidently a considerable number of our men still in the rear of the town. As soon as I learned that one of our batteries had been taken at the last fight, and that the day was undoubtedly lost, in company with the correspondent of the Commercial and a gentleman from Connersville, Ind., I started on the retreat. Our plan was to leave the highway. and stop at some country house in the interior, where we would at least be out of danger. After progressing a mile or two, and observing that there were no indications of a stampede among the wagoners, we concluded to return to the main road and take our chances with the rest. When almost three miles from town, the train came to a halt, and a squad of cavalry dashed by to reconnoitre the road. In a few minutes they
Cumberland Gap (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
the troops which I found at Richmond when I arrived there, three days before the battle, had only been in the service from ten to twenty-five days. Some of the regiments never had had a battalion drill and knew not what a line of battle was. They were undisciplined, inexperienced, and had never been taught in the manual of arms. The artillery which I had was composed of men of different regiments — some of infantry and a few artillery-men — who had been separated from their commands at Cumberland Gap. They had been sent from Lexington without caissons or a proper supply of ammunition, being quite deficient in fuses and friction-primers. The ammunition of some of the pieces was entirely spent in the first engagement of the morning, and the ammunition of all had been quite exhausted at the close of the last battle in the evening. Taking into consideration the rawness of our troops, there has been no battle during the war in which more bravery was displayed, by officers and men, wi
Aid (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
ents had yet to struggle, and slowly yield before a line of fire that was terrific. In your absence I took command, and was joined by the following-named officers, who had not withdrawn from the field: Captains Cowgill, Warnock, Hansan, Allis and Tate, and I believe, Captain Wylie, Captain Taylor being on picket-duty; these constituted all the Captains from Franklin county, with the exception of Captain Stewart, who is mentioned in your report as having ably seconded you in the capacity of Aid on the retreat. In addition I beg to mention Lieut. Bull, Davidson, Robinson, Tate, Chrisman and Colwell, who remained on the field. The list would doubtless have been much larger, had not the advance thought we were at their heels. In fact Adjutant Tuther returned to us on foot and was captured in our vicinity. In order to save the command, the men were kept together, and only began to retire when the other regiments left the field. My command was surrounded, yet kept together by the
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
n to a swift destruction, and they knew it, but they never halted once, nor slackened their speed till they arrived on the ground. By this time the other regiments had fallen back to the new position, and were rapidly reformed in excellent order. A fresh supply of ammunition had arrived for the artillery, and every thing was in readiness for a second engagement, which was not long delayed. At the battle near Rogersville, I have neglected to say, the enemy fought us with a brigade of Tennessee troops. These were now withdrawn, and a Texas brigade was placed in front. This fight was very similar to the first, beginning with artillery, and ending with close infantry firing, resulting, near noon, in the gradual repulse of our men. They were again flanked and outnumbered, and although they fought splendidly, they could not maintain their ground against the fresh and well-seasoned troops with whom they were contending. Exhausted by their efforts, and almost famished for water, the
Flodden (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 113
and Thompson; and Sergeant Western, of the Sixteenth. There were two color-guards, whose names I have forgotten, who deserve to wear medals of gold for their heroism. Doubtless others were as brave, but I notice these. The day was lost; not a shadow of hope remained. As the setting sun shone in golden bars through the dust, into the minds of some, who, faint and wounded, were looking on it for the last time — perhaps to some yet uninjured — came a thought of that prophecy fulfilled at Flodden, and their lips murmured the lines: In the last battle, borne down by the flying, Where mingle war's rattle with groans of the dying. Major Orr told me we were surrounded — the enemy in our rear — we were overwhelmed — surrounded — lost! Still from behind came their shots. A shell passed over my head, killing a man just before me. His horse leaped high in air, and the blood-spouting corpse fell to be trampled with cannon-wheels and ruthless horses' hoofs. Soon we came upon t
Cincinnati (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
lture for our dead comrades before departure, and which you had doubtless overlooked. When those duties were done, the regiment took up its line of march for Cincinnati, at four o'clock P. M., with which incidents I believe you are conversant. This report would not have been made — it did not need making, so far as the furnionce forgot that they were gentlemen, ever. J. B. Armstrong, Late Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Ninety-fifth Regiment. Report of Lieutenant-Colonel Korff. Cincinnati, September 5, 1862. To His Excellency Oliver P. Morton, Governor of the State of Indiana: The first brigade of the army of Kentucky, to which the Sixty-ninthly disabled him. He finally crawled to the fence and gave himself up. Thus was the Federal army defeated at Richmond. Jim R. S. Cox. Another account. Cincinnati, Sept. 5, 1862. On my return to the city this morning, I find that the interest which might otherwise attach to a detailed account of the battles fought near
Kingston, Ga. (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
lliam Nelson, Commanding Army of Kentucky: sir: I have the honor to transmit the following report of the part taken by the troops under my command in the battles fought near Richmond, Ky., on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth days of August, 1862. On Friday, the twenty-ninth of August, a courier arrived at my headquarters, some two miles south of Richmond, at eleven A. M., bearing a communication from Lieut.-Colonel Munday, commanding a small detachment of cavalry in the neighborhood of Kingston, five or six miles south of me. Col. Munday informed me, in this communication, that he believed the enemy were advancing in considerable force. I caused two copies of Col. Munday's letter to me to be made out, one of which I sent to Lancaster and the other to Lexington, directed to you, not having been informed at which place you might be found. I also sent a written message to Colonel Munday, directing him to hold the enemy in check, and ascertain if possible his strength and position;
Kingston (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 113
ismissed, one half at a time, to eat it. During the night the regiment lay on their arms, and at three o'clock on Saturday morning again formed in line of battle. At daylight arms were stacked and breakfast prepared. As soon as possible thereafter, the line was again formed, and at seven o'clock we received marching orders. Taking the advance of the brigade, we were marched rapidly a portion of the distance on the double-quick, seven miles to the front, to a point between Rogersville and Kingston, where General Manson's brigade had already engaged the enemy. Without being permitted to halt for rest, or the men to close up, we were marched at once upon the field, and required to form our line of battle under a heavy artillery fire from the enemy and in advance of our guns. This movement was being executed with alacrity by the men, but before it could be completed we were ordered by General Manson to move across the road and charge a battery which the enemy was planting some four hu
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