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Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
d February 19th, authorizing the evacuation of Columbus, as suggested by General Beauregard; Appendix to Chapter XVI. to the latter's communication of February 21st to General Cooper; Ibid. to his circular of same date to the governors of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; Chapter XVI: p. 240. and also to his letter of February 23d to Lieutenant-General Polk. Appendix to Chapter XVI. These papers, documents, and outside details give an outline of the dispositions Generae line of conduct to be adopted and the mode and manner of defence were minutely traced out for him. He was told by General Beauregard that he must not count upon reinforcements, for all available troops were now being collected in or about western Tennessee, to oppose the Federals, should they attempt to cross the Tennessee River; that he must therefore make up his mind to do his utmost with the troops he would take with him; that he would find two regiments at New Madrid, under Colonel Gantt,
Mississippi (United States) (search for this): chapter 24
dered it judicious to make for the security of the defensive works on the Mississippi River. They show that although his attention was engrossed by the movements ofroduce a new and entirely different system, in the defensive works of the Mississippi River. He caused them to be almost entirely reconstructed for minimum garrisonin a short time, have succeeded in forcing its evacuation, when the whole Mississippi River would have been opened to them down to New Orleans. A respite of many epulse been met with by the first Federal boats entering that part of the Mississippi River, it is to be presumed that General Pope's operations around New Madrid wenemy, in consequence of the withdrawal of General Pope's forces from the Mississippi River. A few days before, General Beauregard being of opinion that the servis of the naval commanders charged with the protection of that part of the Mississippi River. Small hope, however, could be entertained of a change for the better in
Union City (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
ed a landing on the east bank of the river, and that the Confederate troops had already fallen back, he ordered and effected the evacuation of the work, leaving it in charge of Captain Hawes, of the artillery. Colonel Cook, that night, retreated with his regiment (about four hundred men) along the western shore of Reelfoot Lake, until he reached a ferry landing, near Tiptonville, where General Beauregard had had collected, through the activity and energy of Colonel Pickett, commanding at Union City, quite a number of canoes, skiffs, and other small boats, for such an emergency. With these Colonel Cook succeeded in saving, not only his own command, but several hundred stragglers who had gathered there during the night. Meanwhile, towards midnight on the 7th, General Pope's entire army had crossed the river and was advancing on Tiptonville, General Paine's division leading the march. With such overwhelming odds against him, General Mackall was compelled to surrender with his small f
Jackson (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
al Polk, a few days after his arrival at Jackson, Tennessee, suggested and even urged the evacuationegraphed General Cooper as follows: Jackson, Tenn., March 6th, 1862. For the sake of our cance are given in the Appendix. 1. Jackson, Tenn., March 8th, 1862. Captain M. Lynch, Corps y with sand-bags. G. T. Beauregard. 2. Jackson, Tenn., March 11th, 1862. Brigadier-General Witheosite shore also. G. T. Beauregard. 3. Jackson, Tenn., March 17th, 1862. Major-General L. Polk, ive thousand men? G. T. Beauregard. 4. Jackson, Tenn., March 21st, 1862. Captain D. B. Harris, Ebe too extensive. G. T. Beauregard. 5. Jackson, Tenn., March 21st, 1862. Brigadier-General A. P.s Jordan, Acting Adjutant-General. 6. Jackson, Tenn., March 22d, 1862. Captain J. Adams, Comdg.rtillery service. G. T. Beauregard. 7. Jackson, Tenn., March 24th, 1862. Brigadier-General A. P.d before. Thos. Jordan, A. Adj-Gen. 8. Jackson, Tenn., March 31st, 1862. Brigadier-General J. B.[1 more...]
Napoleon (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
How long can I hold New Madrid with my small force against such odds, is a question. I believe the enemy will soon be fifty thousand strong. . . . I am determined to hold my position at every hazard. Shall engage in no field risks; I see my danger; my men are confident and in good spirit. This communication aroused the greatest apprehension in General Beauregard's mind, as it confirmed his belief in General Mc-Cown's exaggerated fears of the dangers threatening his position. Clearly, Napoleon's axiom—Confidence is half the battle—was not known to the commander at Madrid Bend. General Beauregard began to think it would be necessary to send a steadier officer to relieve him. Having but recently arrived in that military district, however, the direct command of which he had assumed only four days previously, March 5th. See order to that effect, as given in Chapter XVII. p. 249. and being, as yet, unacquainted with the subordinate commanders serving there, General Beauregard, who
Yazoo River (United States) (search for this): chapter 24
vided it is not commanded by surrounding heights within two miles. A lower battery, with four or five guns, might be so located as to defend the entrance of the Yazoo River and the small stream above mentioned, provided said battery can be protected by the guns of the upper works; otherwise the entrances into these two branches of 1862. See letter in Appendix. On the 27th Captain Harris answered that no batteries could be placed on the Mississippi banks to command the mouth of the Yazoo River, which is twelve miles above Vicksburg. He said it was proposed to pass into the Yazoo much valuable property, and obstruct the passage of the enemy's boats byvertheless, on the morning of the 15th of July, 1862, that Confederate iron-clad, the Arkansas, mounting ten guns, with a crew of two hundred men, descended the Yazoo River to attack, not one or two Federal gunboats, but the fleets of Admirals Farragut and Davis, then near Vicksburg. She was met at sunrise, in Old River, ten mile
New Madrid, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
ng the river bank, connected together by rifle-pits; and so accurate was the fire of the sharpshooters there stationed that the gunners on the Confederate gunboats could no longer keep their posts. This compelled the fleet to retire, and the transports to stop at Tiptonville, some eight miles farther down the river. General McCown must have considered himself in a critical condition from the very outset, for on the 6th General Beauregard received from him the following telegram: New Madrid, March 5th, 1862, Via Memphis, March 6th. General Beauregard: The force in my front is, say fifteen thousand; between here and Sykeston fifteen thousand, and large number of guns. Sigel is marching on Point Pleasant with ten thousand. My position is eminently dangerous. J. P. Mccown, Comdg. New Madrid. This somewhat alarmed General Beauregard, although he could not well believe that the forces under General Pope amounted to more than twenty or twenty-five thousand men; and he had
Vicksburg (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
her point farther down, telegraphed General Villepigue as follows: Corinth, April 20th, 1862. Brigadier-General J. B. Villepigue, Comdg. works at Fort Pillow: Release Captain D. B. Harris, and instruct him to repair to Vicksburg, where he will find orders in post-office. By command of General Beauregard. Thomas Jordan, A. Adj.-Gen. These orders ran thus: Headquarters army of the Mississippi, Corinth, Miss., April 21st, 1862. Captain D. B. Harris, Chief-Engineer, Vicksburg, Miss.: Captain,—Understanding that there are no points sufficiently high on the river, between Memphis and Vicksburg, which could be fortified for the defence of the Mississippi, I have concluded to construct some defensive works on the bluffs at or about Vicksburg, for which purpose you will make a careful reconnoissance of that locality. From what I am told, I should think the bluffs immediately above that city, not far from where a small stream empties into the river, would be a proper
Williamsport (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
e iron-clad, the Arkansas, mounting ten guns, with a crew of two hundred men, descended the Yazoo River to attack, not one or two Federal gunboats, but the fleets of Admirals Farragut and Davis, then near Vicksburg. She was met at sunrise, in Old River, ten miles from the Federal anchorage, by the United States iron-clad Carondelet, the gunboat Tyler, and the ram Monarch. The Carondelet alone was superior in guns, armor, and speed to the Arkansas. Captain Brown promptly assailed this advance iron-clad proceeded down stream, and attacked the combined fleet of more than twenty men-of-war. She pushed through their double line of heavy ships, rams, mortar-boats, and six iron-clads, each one of which last, like her late antagonist, in Old River, was of greater force than herself. She received the fire of three hundred guns, which, at half cable's length, the lone Confederate ship returned with destructive effect, from bow, stern, and both broadside batteries. For more than an hour t
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 24
wounded. The commander of the Arkansas, exposed on the shield deck, was three times wounded: once by a Minie-ball, touching him over the left temple; then by a contusion on the head and slight wound in the hand and shoulder; then, struck from the deck insensible, he was, for the moment, supposed to be killed, but he regained consciousness, and, dauntless as ever, resumed his place and command till the end of the battle. Among the wounded was Lieutenant G. W. Gift, who, with Grimball of South Carolina, the second lieutenant, ably commanded the bow-guns. Lieutenant Stevens, the executive officer, discharged with honor, both in preparation for and during the action, every duty of his responsible position. Barbot, Charles Reid, Wharton, and Dabney Scales, lieutenants who, like their commander, were recently from the United States navy, were alike distinguished for the bravery and precision with which they served their guns. Captains Harris and McDonald, of a Missouri regiment, with si
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