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Yankee Doodle (search for this): chapter 96
ered, while the thunder put to blush the puny columbiads that had all day jarred upon our ears. Amid this storm our men stood to their posts, and moved still nearer to their enemies. Amid the same storm, while Jupiter hurled his thunderbolts with such fury, the evacuation of fort and barracks took place; for lo! as daylight appeared, not an enemy was seen upon the works. Our flag was soon floating at both forts, and as I write the sound comes to me from a band, with Hail Columbia and Yankee Doodle, while the boys catch the song, and loud, prolonged cheering is taken up camp by camp. Gen. Pope and staff rode over the ground this morning, and were astonished at the great strength of the works and the splendid prize of guns and ammunition left behind. Eighteen thirty-two pound guns were upon the walls spiked — so hastily was it done that Yankee ingenuity in a few hours removed sixteen of the spikes, and turned their grinning mouths to look for gunboats from Island No.10. There w
George D. Kellogg (search for this): chapter 96
brigade was relieved. I take pleasure in mentioning the good conduct of my command. It behaved with great coolness, although exposed the whole day to a heavy fire. Considering the closeness and rapidity of the firing, the casualties were remarkably few, consisting of one killed and three badly wounded in the Twenty-seventh, and one very slightly wounded in the Thirty-ninth regiment. I am, Captain, very respectfully your obedient servant, John Groesbeck, Colonel Commanding. Captain George D. Kellogg, A. A. General First Division, District of the Mississippi. Cincinnati Commercial account. New-Madrid, Mo., March 14, 1862. I did not intend to write you again until success crowned our efforts. To-day I can say our victory is complete and overwhelming. Ten days ago we arrived here, and opened up a little entertainment for the chivalry, strongly intrenched at New-Madrid. We had nothing but a few batteries of light artillery, while they played on us with from five to
J. B. Plummer (search for this): chapter 96
f the plank-road from the interior of Arkansas. I accordingly threw forward Col. Plummer, Eleventh Missouri, to that point, with three regiments of infantry, three c gunboats, and to render futile the use of round-shot from their heavy guns. Col. Plummer marched with all speed, and after some cannonading from gunboats which he fo and cooperation during the whole of the operations near this place. Brig.-General Plummer, commanding at Point Pleasant, is entitled to special commendation for nted upon the river-bank at Point Pleasant, seven miles below New-Madrid. Gen. Plummer was placed in command. The first introduction to the chivalry were a few twbank of the confederate river, and forthwith a gunboat was despatched to shell Plummer out of his holes. But the gunboat came a little too near and forthwith port-hm below, Gen. Pope despatched a force under Colonel (now Brigadier-General) J. B. Plummer, to plant a battery at Point Pleasant, some ten miles below, for the purpos
George Washington (search for this): chapter 96
about, and landed above and on the opposite side, and I suppose her troops are skedaddling through the Kentucky woods for better society. Com. Hollins commanded the rebel gunboats. Gens. Stuart and McGown commanded the land forces. Gen. Stuart was a class-mate and roommate of Gen. Pope at West-Point, and was so impolite as to leave this morning without saying good-by. O. W. N. Cincinnati Gazette account. New-Madrid, Mo., March 15. On the anniversary of the birthday of George Washington, the army of the Mississippi, under command of Major-Gen. John Pope, left St. Louis to commence its momentous journey down the river. The force was a small one, compared with the vast aggregation of men composing the armies on the Potomac and of Kentucky, but it included some of the best troops in the Federal service, men originally of fine physical and moral constitution, and disciplined by a long course of arduous and trying service. They were well appointed and equipped in all poi
besides most effectually dispersing them. It was reported afterward by prisoners taken in the fort at the time of its capture, that Jeff. entered the town at a tearing gallop, his horse almost exhausted by the race, and immediately applied to Col. Gautt, commanding the post, for two regiments of infantry and a field-battery, to go out and give battle to the audacious Federals. On being refused, some high words ensued between him and Col. Gautt, when Jeff., in high dudgeon, called his men togeCol. Gautt, when Jeff., in high dudgeon, called his men together and left the fort, nor has he been seen in the neighborhood since. On the following day the main column arrived in the vicinity of New-Madrid, and not knowing exactly the position of the enemy, three regiments, with a battery of light artillery, pushed on toward the river to reconnoitre. On emerging from the woods into an open field, they were met by a volley of shells from the gunboats lying in the river, which, however, passed over their heads without doing any harm. The column immed
the Forty-third and Sixty-third Ohio, under Col. Smith. Capt. Mower, First United States infantry, with companies A and H ofunition for heavy artillery was very limited, I directed Capt. Mower to fire only occasionally at the enemy's land-batteries,all his fire upon the gunboats. Our guns were served by Capt. Mower with vigor and skill, and in a few hours disabled severaen. Hamilton to ascertain whether such was the fact, and Capt. Mower, First United States infantry, with companies A and H of the river for days, under a heavy fire of the enemy. Capt. Mower, first United States infantry, who, with two companies ommediately concerned in the final operations, as also of Capt. Mower, commanding in the batteries, and of Major Lothrop, Chiert the battery. The First Regular U. S. infantry, under Capt. Mower, manned the guns. Fortunately they had been well drillee First United States regular infantry, under command of Capt. Mower. The firing on both sides was generally accurate. Earl
J. Kirby Smith (search for this): chapter 96
rder that you may disembarrass yourself of the sick and disabled of your command during an attack which you must have anticipated long enough to remove them in advance. I do riot feel justified in acceding to your request, as I do not propose to suspend the blockade under any circumstances, until the operations above me are concluded. I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant, John Pope, Brigadier-General Commanding. Major-General J. P. McCown, Commanding C. S.A., etc. Col. J. Kirby Smith's report. headquarters Second brigade, First division, army of the Mississippi, camp near New-Madrid, Mo., March 15, 1862. General: In compliance with your instructions, I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Second brigade of your division, under my command, in the action of the day before yesterday, (thirteenth instant.) The brigade reached a point in front of the enemy's lower fort, and within supporting distance of our siege-batteries,
J. R. Smith (search for this): chapter 96
Island No.10 must necessarily be evacuated, as it can neither be reenforced nor supplied from below. During the operations here the whole of the forces were at different times brought under the fire of the enemy, and behaved themselves with great gallantry and coolness. It seems proper, however, that I should make special mention of those more directly concerned in the final operations against the place. The Tenth and Sixteenth Illinois, commanded respectively by Cols. Morgan and J. R. Smith, were detailed as guards to the proposed trenches and to aid in constructing them. They marched from camp at sunset on the twelfth, and drove in the pickets and grand guards of the enemy, as they were ordered, at shouldered arms and without returning a shot; covered the front of the intrenching parties, and occupied the trenches and rifle-pits during the whole day and night of the thirteenth, under furious and incessant cannonading from sixty pieces of heavy artillery. At the earnest re
iver by the rebels when they left. I had intended to give you some idea of the present appearance of the town itself as left by the secession soldiery, and also some incidents of the siege and bombardment, but my letter has already reached an unconscionable length, and my time is exhausted, so I must reserve them for a future letter. I append the list of killed and wounded so far as I have been able to obtain them. The list is correct so far as it goes, and I believe it is about full. Telemaque. killed.--Capt. Carr, Tenth Illinois; privates Lewis Nine, company B, Thirty-ninth Ohio; Peter Ward, company F, Twenty-seventh Ohio; Wm. Peacock, company A, First United States infantry; John Johnson, company A, First United States infantry; Wm. McGann, company A, First United States infantry; Timothy Nelligan, company A, First United States infantry. wounded.--Corporal Chas. Laney, company A, First United States infantry; privates Michael Clark, company A, First United States infan
C. C. Gilbert (search for this): chapter 96
ese companies during the thirty-six hours of unremitted exposure and exertion. Col. John Groesbeck's report. headquarters First brigade, First division, District of the Mississippi. New-Madrid, Mo., March 15, 1862. Captain: I have the honor to report to the General commanding the First division the part taken in the late action before New-Madrid by the brigade under my command, consisting of the Twenty-seventh and Thirty-ninth regiments Ohio infantry, under Col. Fuller and Lieut.-Col. Gilbert, respectively. On the afternoon of the twelfth inst. I detailed companies A and F, Twenty-seventh, and I and H, Thirty-ninth Ohio, under command of Lieutenant-Col. Kennett, Twenty-seventh Ohio, to drive in the pickets of the enemy, hold an advanced position, and cover the parties detailed to plant our heavy artillery. He drove in the pickets and took the position assigned him within eight hundred yards of the enemy's gunboats and principal fort. At three o'clock on the morning
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