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Fort Taylor (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
Tennessee enabled Forrest to operate against the enemy with all his forces. Chalmers, who commanded it, had well employed his time since his chief had left him on the line of the Tallahatchie. On the 23d of March the latter had sent him from Jackson orders to advance in his turn. McCulloch's brigade was to halt at Waterford, south of Holly Springs, and to occupy the country situated south of the Charleston Railroad, while Neely should penetrate into Tennessee and establish himself at Brownsville. They could thus observe the movements of the Memphis garrison. Hurlbut, who had about four thousand infantry in this town, with good reason did not wish to rush them at the heels of Forrest, but as soon as he knew that the latter had passed the frontier of Tennessee, on returning in haste from Cairo, where he happened to be by chance, he ordered Grierson to move his cavalry forward on the enemy's tracks. He could, as we have said, mount scarcely more than two thousand men. The first e
Louisville (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
own on the 26th, after having crossed Pearl River on the 25th on temporary bridges. He found there Winslow's cavalry brigade, which he had sent north as far as Louisville in hopes that it would meet Sooy Smith. Winslow was returning without having heard anything of the latter. Sherman, going ahead, entered Vicksburg on the 28the had been certain not to find any other adversary than Forrest in penetrating southwardly, he might have turned the Sookatonka to reach Houston, and from there Louisville, the town where, two days later, Winslow was going in search of him. But he must have thought Sherman already far from Meridian, and he might apprehend that Leeh a part of his army, as soon as the weather would permit, a mere demonstration on the road direct from that city to Shreveport via Arkadelphia, Washington, and Louisville. His army had been reduced, as Pope's had been, by re-enlisting furloughs, and, moreover, politics interfered, as usual, with the plans of military operations.
Paw Paw (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
cah, where he had been brought up; his soldiers were all Kentuckians, and the desire to snatch this town from the Federals would have made them go beyond the orders of their chief. However that may be, they advance boldly upon the counterscarp of the fort. But Hicks has had time to post his men on the parapets, and a heavy discharge of musketry assails the Southerners, who experience heavy losses. While they strive in vain to surmount the obstacle, two Federal gunboats, the Peosta and the Pawpaw, which Captain Shirk, on returning from Tennessee the day before, has very fortunately left in front of the city, open fire on the assailants, which their balls strike on the flank. Thompson is killed by one of these projectiles. His soldiers are obliged to take refuge in the houses commanding the fort, and from the tops of which they continue the fight with the defenders. At the news of this bloody defeat Forrest rushes forward: a glance suffices to show him the uselessness of another
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
tly employed at this work; the squads were furnished by the whole army and worked in frequent relays. The banks of Red River presented a strange and novel spectacle for these regions, which the feverish activity of the Northerner has not turned upside down as it has other parts of the United States. On one side was seen a detachment tearing down dwellings and loading up the debris on lumber-wagons; on another, the century-old trees were falling by hundreds under the axes of lumbermen from Maine. On the north bank the white soldiers were working with that steadiness which constitutes their force; on the south bank the workmen, furnished for the most part by the black regiments, brought to their work the noisy turbulence of the African blood. These felt an ardent rivalry from the start, but in proportion as the wings gained in height confidence spread among even the most sceptical, and every one seemed personally interested in the success of the dam. The soldiers went into the ice-
Suffolk, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
a do not require numerous garrisons, for they are all of them not easily accessible on the land side. Instead of leaving in idleness on an unhealthy coast Gillmore's little army, it was possible to find them useful employment elsewhere by sending them to North Carolina, where the greater part of them had been called the year before, and where General Peck, who had succeeded Foster since the latter's departure for Knoxville, found it difficult to hold his own: he was, in fact, threatened at Suffolk, at Plymouth, at Washington, at Newberne—posts very much exposed to the attacks of the enemy because they were accessible on many sides and did not admit of easy intercommunication. What would have been better still, reinforcements could have been drawn from the Army of the South for the Army of the Potomac. But the chief concern of the Government at Washington, instead of applying itself to a concentration of its forces, seemed to be, as we have seen, to scatter them for the sake of mul
Little Rock (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ment of this army has been led by Steele to Little Rock. Banks' troops, whose effective force has latter thus outflanked Holmes' defences at Little Rock. The same was not the case in regard to Reare had been entrusted to him. Steele at Little Rock, engaged in reorganizing politically the Str on, of Banks' defeat, was falling back on Little Rock, ought to have stopped him, for by going inst him. After having assured the defence of Little Rock and of Pine Bluff, a post situated lower do that he ought yet to take up his march for Little Rock. In fact, Banks would be able, as long hFerry, more than halfway between Camden and Little Rock, was the only serious obstacle in his way. ed Carr with all his cavalry on the road to Little Rock for exploration, and to protect the train we line of communication established between Little Rock and Memphis by the Devall's Bluff Railroad. overtake McRae, he returned on the 24th to Little Rock. Finally, elsewhere the banks of the Arkan[9 more...]
Cumberland City (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
er not be protected by some of Porter's ironclads, and they had erected around Shreveport fortifications which it would have been difficult to reduce without attempting a regular siege by the fleet and the army at the same time. A light expedition would therefore run great risks of failing before .Shreveport, the only military post whose destruction it was worth while to undertake. On the other hand, it would be necessary to proceed methodically, as had been done in the case of the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi. If that of the Arkansas had been so easily wrested by Steele from the Confederates, the reason was that the upper part had been for a long time threatened by Blunt, and that the latter thus outflanked Holmes' defences at Little Rock. The same was not the case in regard to Red River. The Confederates on this river were flanked by Texas, and this offered them both a means of retreat and a base of operations. It would therefore be expedient to occupy successively t
Florence, Ala. (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ee, on the 7th of February. On the side of the Confederate cavalry they are preparing to resume the offensive on the first opportunity. General Roddey, whose brigade has been reinforced to almost the strength of a division, gathers boats below Florence and sends detachments down the river from this town on the right bank of the Tennessee. On the 26th one of these detachments encounters a Federal regiment at Blue Water, and is compelled to retreat after a brisk skirmish. On the other hand, Jos army than by fighting at random far from the great battlefields, was not long in recalling Roddey to the vicinity of Dalton. It is true that scarcely has the latter arrived when an order from Richmond requires him to return to the vicinity of Florence. Nearly one month has thus been lost by this going to and fro. During this time the severity of the weather renders the least operation impossible in the upper valleys of the Alleghanies. The Confederates have experienced it. General Vance,
Vidalia (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
d, and wishing to lead to battle as quickly as possible his brave though undisciplined soldiers, he resolved to attempt a coup de main against the Federal post at Vidalia, situated on the right bank of the Mississippi opposite the city of Natchez. This post was occupied by one regiment, the Thirtieth Missouri, and two negro battalions, with a few pieces of artillery. After a march of thirty-eight miles the Confederates appeared in front of Vidalia on the 7th of February. The Federals, warned of this movement, were on their guard. They were waiting for the attack behind a ditch dividing a large opening in the woods through which the enemy must come; severhe Texans. Meanwhile, the fight having been seen from the top of the Natchez bluffs, which commanded the entire right bank, reinforcements were promptly sent to Vidalia, and were landing when the young Confederate general gave the order to retreat. He had not been able to surprise the Federals, and could not expect to make a reg
Guntersville (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
25th of January, General Logan, who commands it, causes a boat-bridge to be thrown over the river at Larkin's Ferry. Upon the occupation by a strong advance-guard of the surroundings of the bridge on the left bank and the approaches of the high chain called Sand Mountain, which borders the valley on the east, he causes a part of his troops to pass over. General Smith moves into these mountains with the main column, whilst a strong detachment proceeds to occupy, farther down, the town of Guntersville. Smith, in spite of the rain which breaks up the roads and compels him to leave his artillery behind, crosses Sand Mountain on February 2d and penetrates the pass leading into Will's Valley. He occupies Lebanon and Rawlinsville, but, not having succeeded in meeting Thomas' cavalry, which was to come from Trenton to lend him help, he turns back the following day, followed by Roddey, who dares not attack him, and recrosses the Tennessee on February 4th. On his part, Thomas had directed
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