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Drewry's Bluff (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
art of the Twenty-first which first arrived at Petersburg, had been sent to Drewry's Bluff. He was soon ordered to leave that place and proceed at once to Walthall J Carson, of Company A. Nor can I detail the incidents of the fighting near Drewry's Bluff on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th of May. The regiment, in these last-menti slightly in thigh; S. Wilder, slightly. Casualties in the trenches near Drewry's Bluff on the 13th, 14th and 15th of May: Company A, Killed: Private John Hall.y K. Wounded: Private L. Player, slightly in arm. Casualties in battle near Drewry's Bluff on May 16th: Field and Staff. Ensign J. M. Pendergrass, severely in shouldy I. Killed: Privates W. M. Rodgers and J. M. Bell. In the engagement at Drewry's Bluff (16th May) the regiment again covered itself with glory. In one charge it ured remounts from the horses of the battery captured on the 16th of May at Drewry's Bluff. A few days afterwards the major was kicked on the leg by his vicious hors
Summerville (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
g for the raising of ten regiments and in designating these regiments so raised, it was designated as the First. It was, in August, 1861, encamped at Summerville. Captain Pressley at once reported the organization of his company to Colonel Hagood, and soon after received orders to report for duty in Charleston. The following letter from the regimental quartermaster may be of interest, as showing the preparation which soldiers were then required to make for service: camp Hagood, Summerville, S. C. Captain J. G. Pressley, Kingstree Postoffice, South Carolina: Dear Sir,—I write to inform you that it will be well for each of your men to bring his blanket with him, otherwise he will have to supply himself out of the money allowed him to buy his clothes. It is also advisable for each of the officers to come prepared with all his camp equipage except tents, axes, hatchets and spades, as these are the only articles allowed them. Yours truly, etc., G. B. Lartigue. August 27, 186
Parrott (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
the most highly-colored accounts which I have ever heard. No words in the English language can exaggerate it. The mortar shells of the enemy, which could be seen throughout their entire flight, fell so fast that they could not be counted. The Parrott guns were so near that the explosion of their shells in the fort drowned the report of the guns. Many men were killed and wounded; some of them, without being struck, rendered for a while completely insensible by concussion. All of our guns in off the greater portion of his head. A Christian gentleman, true-hearted patriot, and brave soldier was lost in him. A good many of the mortar shells being visible, as they came hissing and spluttering into our works, could be avoided. The Parrott guns sent their shells without warning. The fort was now being so rapidly demolished that it soon became evident that it could not stand a much longer continuation of the bombardment. The parapet of the salient was gone, and the ditch at that
Charleston Harbor (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
.—The Twenty-second South Carolina volunteers took our places on the picket line this morning. Secessionville battery still firing on the enemy and with greater accuracy than on the previous evening. The news of the rout of McClellan's army before Richmond reached us and increased our rejoicing. The prospects of the Confederate cause seemed to be brightening, and the end of the war and a return to our homes seemed almost in sight. The steamer Racer, of the British navy, came into Charleston harbor. Foreign vessels of war are always welcome visitors. We desire that their officers should be witnesses of our ability to maintain our independence, and hope that a favorable report to their government might induce recognition. June 29th.—Additional details reached us to-day of the defeat of McClellan's army. One large steamer, one ship and two schooners came into the Stono to-day. [We learned afterwards that these vessels came for the purpose of removing the enemy's forces fr
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
mp Hagood, Summerville, S. C. Captain J. G. Pressley, Kingstree Postoffice, South Carolina: Dear Sir,—I write to inform you that it will be well for each of your msition would give the enemy so great an advantage, not only on the coast of South Carolina, but on the coast of the whole Confederacy, that no one thought it would evourned before the end of the week. The Government had called on the State of South Carolina for additional troops. The Governor and Council had extended the callTo-day the battalion was ordered to the front to protect Goodlet's regiment South Carolina volunteers, which was detailed as a working party to cut down the woods easded men came up, and, with the assistance of Sergeant Izler, took me to the South Carolina hospital in Petersburg. As we were leaving the field we met Lieutenant Shuor was sent to the hospital, where erysipelas supervened on his wounds, and South Carolina lost another of her brave sons, and the Twenty fifth South Carolina volunte
Chesterfield (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
l Hagood was still there and unhurt. The lieutenant went back to his company, and I never saw him again. (He fell at Swift Creek two days afterwards.) Before we reached the railroad the enemy broke and left in confusion. When we reached the tracke 7th of May these two brigades and the artillery fell back towards Petersburg, and before daylight on the 8th crossed Swift Creek. Captain James F. Izler, of Company G, Twenty-fifth South Carolina volunteers, was left in command of the pickets to pew his pickets and rejoined the regiment. On the 9th of May the enemy advanced and took position on the north side of Swift Creek, in front of the Confederates. I am unable to give an account of the desperate reconnoisance led by General Hagood ich fell to the lot of my comrades till our flag was folded forever; but God willed it otherwise. The casualties at Swift Creek on the 9th of May, were as follows: Company A. Killed: Private W. L. Jeter. Wounded: Corporal J. H. Dickerson, sli
Goldsboro (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
agon train in charge of Captain J. Elison Adger, our Quartermaster, and Captain R. Press Smith, Sr., Quartermaster of the Twenty-seventh regiment. There was no more efficient officer in the service than Captain Adger. Had every quartermaster in the Confederate army discharged his duties with as much promptness and fidelity, there never would have been any complaint of that department. Captain Smith, of the Twenty-seventh, was also a most excellent officer. May 6th.—At a point between Goldsboro and Weldon, we heard of the landing of Butler and his army at Bermuda Hundreds. General Hagood received a dispatch directing him to report to General Pickett at Petersburg. Before the end of the day we heard that our three companies, with Graham, had met Butler's forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Dargan, with the part of the Twenty-first which first arrived at Petersburg, had been sent to Drewry's Bluff. He was soon ordered to leave that place and proceed at once to Walthall Junction, a st
Battery Island (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
r I might be able to do justice in a description of the scene. A brilliant assemblage of brave men and fair women filled the Major's parlors. [The names of the ladies present and a description of their dresses would no doubt interest their daughters, who are now the leaders of fashionable society in Charleston, and would be an interesting reminiscence of the war, but unfortunately I am unable to give either.] The enemy were not at this time on James Island, but were occupying Taylor's, Battery and Cole's Islands. The narrow creek, which separates Taylor's from James Island, constituted the line between our forces and theirs. Our pickets were made up of details from different commands, and a field-officer of the day was charged with the supervision of the fort. April 15th.—Had charge of the picket line. The details to-day consisted of a part of the Second regiment South Carolina volunteer artillery. A gunboat went up the Stono, a little above Battery Island, and opened an e
Folly River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
the Ripley Guards and the Marion Rifles, Captain W. J. McKerral, and Yeaden Light Infantry, Captain Samuel L. Hammond, the last two companies having been, at their own request, attached to the battalion since its organization. Very few of the men in either of these two companies had ever been in the field before. All of the other companies of the battalion had seen more or less service. On the 13th of May the enemy commenced operations against James Island. Their gunboats came into Folly river and up the Stono. Cole's Island was taken possession of, and they began to push their way up to James Island. F. N. Bonneau, who had command of a small gunboat, had the first engagement with them. His boat was in the creek which separates Taylor's from James Island, and one of the enemy's gunboats was a little above Battery Island in the Stono. Bonneau fired six or eight shots; the enemy but three, before they drew off. It was thought that Bonneau's shots had done considerable executi
Ashley River (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.15
n of the road from Battery Island to Green Creek was over a causeway. Battery Island is separated from the island next below by a marsh two hundred yards wide. The road crossed this marsh and the creek (near its middle) on a substantial bridge. There was a good road leading from Battery Island to the city. At the time of which I write, Wappoo Cut was crossed at a ferry near its entrance into Stono river. Thence the road, then traveled, ran over the main land to the Long Bridge across Ashley river. A pontoon bridge and a fixed bridge, just above it across Wappoo, were both built subsequently. Battery Island is separated from James Island by a narrow creek and contained about seven or eight acres. A marsh borders the river for a mile or more above. The fort, barracks and parade ground covered about one-half of the island. On the 11th of January the whole of Company E was sent up from Cole's Island, and the detachments from the other companies were sent back to the regiment. T
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