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Somerset, Ky. (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
d rendered his navigation of the river below him precarious, if not entirely obstructed it. On his right front, Gen. Schoepf, with a force of 8,000 men, occupied Somerset; but was content to occupy it, without attempting or desiring to make trouble. But Gen. George H. Thomas, having been ordered Dec. 29, 1861. by Gen. Buell to our forces in that part of Kentucky, resolved to anticipate it; A Rebel letter to the Louisville (Nashville) Courier, says: The enemy in front occupied Somerset with several regiments, and Columbia with an equal force. On the 17th and 18th, it rained so much that Fishing creek could not be crossed; and so the Somerset fantry, six cannon, and two battalions of cavalry, to strike and surprise the three or four Union regiments which he was assured were alone posted between him and Somerset. He struck them as he had expected, but did not surprise them; Gen. Thomas having taken the precaution to send out strong pickets of infantry on the roads leadi
Bowling Green (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
imultaneously with Gen. Grant's demonstration on Donelson, upon Bowling Green, the Rebel stronghold in Kentucky, where Gen. Albert Sidney JohFeb. 14. the north bank of Barren river, and looked across into Bowling Green, sending over Col. Turchin's brigade during the night, at a fer, announcing a Rebel victory; somewhat tempered by reports from Bowling Green that Johnston would be obliged to evacuate that post. Next morfirst installment of Johnston's army retreating from dismantled Bowling Green. The general astonishment was only equaled by the general cons Miss., south of the Tennessee river, and nearly 300 miles from Bowling Green. Six weeks were consumed in that retreat; which, with a green a from sickness, and some from desertion; some regiments leaving Bowling Green with six or seven hundred men, and reaching Corinth with but hatone-wall within reach, by refusing to fight losing battles for Bowling Green and Nashville, and had thus brought off his army intact and und
Donelson (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
e the fort, and employed ill working its guns, to take the road to Donelson, under Col. Heiman, his second in command; and that order was obeypplies, crossed from Fort Henry Feb. 12. to the neighborhood of Donelson, gradually extending his lines Feb. 13. so as to invest the Rebant underestimated his casualties. The blow so well struck at Donelson was swiftly followed by important successes throughout Kentucky an Feb. 11, 1862. simultaneously with Gen. Grant's demonstration on Donelson, upon Bowling Green, the Rebel stronghold in Kentucky, where Gen. ectives, and had ere this in good part been sent to the defense of Donelson, until it had been reduced to about 7,000 or 8,000 men. As Mitchelate that post. Next morning, however, came news of the capture of Donelson, with most of its defenders; and along with it a first installmentard being left in Nashville under Gen. Floyd, who had arrived from Donelson, to secure the stores and provisions. In the first wild excitemen
Yazoo River (United States) (search for this): chapter 3
lay below this natural stronghold, accompanied by Gen. Williams, with four regiments of infantry. The Rebel fortifications were bombarded June 26. for several hours, without result; but Lt.-Col. Ellet, with two rains, went that day up the Yazoo river, to capture three Rebel gunboats, which, on his approach, were set on fire and impelled down the current, with intent to envelop our vessels in the flames. The Rebel boats were destroyed. The siege of Vicksburg was continued by our fleet, mpts to destroy or sink her July 15-22. were defeated by the shore batteries; and, on the 24th, the siege was raised; Com. Farragut, with Gen. Williams, returning down the river; while Com. Davis, with his fleet, steamed up to the mouth of the Yazoo, thus abandoning, for the time, the reopening of the Mississippi. Gen. Grant's victorious army, after a brief rest at Fort Donelson, recrossed, considerably strengthened, to the Tennessee, just above Fort Henry, where several gunboats and a l
Benton (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
which we passed were left full of sick men: and many were sent off to hospitals at some distance from our route. Pollard makes Johnston's army at Murfreesboroa but 17,000. Directly after the capture of Fort Henry, Commander Phelps, with the wooden gunboats Conestoga, Tyler, and Lexington, steamed up the Tennessee to Florence, Ala., at the foot of the Muscle Shoals, where he captured two steamboats, and constrained the Rebels to burn six others; he having burnt the railroad bridge near Benton on the way. The wholly unexpected appearance of the National flag in North Alabama, where slaves were comparatively few, and at least three-fourths of the people had stubbornly opposed Secession, was a welcome spectacle to thousands, and was greeted with enthusiastic demonstrations of loyalty. Com. Foote, with the gunboats Conestoga and Cairo, moved up Feb. 19. the Cumberland from Donelson, three days after its surrender. At Clarksville, he found the railroad bridge destroyed; while t
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
eling was soon developed. By the Union successes recorded in this chapter, the Rebel stronghold at Columbus, Ky., commanding the navigation of the Mississippi, had been rendered untenable. It was held by Maj.-Gen. Polk, Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana, who had expended a vast amount of labor in strengthening its defenses, while the adjacent country had been nearly divested of fool and forage to replenish its stores. Its garrison had been reported at 20,000 men; but had been reduced by succerned over by Gen. C. F. Smith, an experienced and capable soldier, to Gen. Grant, so recently from civil life; and he had no doubt of his ability to accomplish its destruction. Calling urgently upon the Governors of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana, for all the troops they could spare or raise, and being strongly reenforced by Gen. Braxton Bragg, with a drilled corps from Mobile and Pensacola, About this time abandoned by the Rebels. he had, by the 1st of April, collected an army of ab
Conestoga (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
recting the main body of his forces, under Gen. John A. MeClernand, to move diagonally across the country and seize the road leading from the fort to Donelson and Dover, while Gen. C. F. Smith, with his brigade, advanced along the west bank of the river, and Com. Foote, with his gunboats, moved slowly up and attacked the fort from the water. Com. Foote formed his vessels in two lines: the iron-clads Cincinnati (flag-ship), Essex, Carondelet, and St. Louis, in front, while the old wooden Conestoga, Tyler, and Lexington, formed a second line some distance astern, and out of the range of the enemy's fire, throwing shell over the iron-clads into and about the fort. Thus advancing slowly and firing deliberately, the iron-clads steadily neared the fort, using only their bowguns, because unwilling to expose their weak, unsheltered sides to the heavy guns of the fort, one of them having a caliber of 128 and another of 60 pounds, and but 12 of ours in all of our front line being available.
Augusta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
y very heavy earthworks, and all bearing on the approach up the river. The fort itself had but 8 heavy guns mounted in addition to the field batteries of its garrison. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow Of Nashville, Tennessee. had been in command there Since Jan. 18. until the arrival Feb. 13. of Gen. John B. Floyd, Of Virginia. when the number of its defenders had been swelled by successive reenforcements to about 15,000 The Richmond Dispatch has a letter from one of the officers, dated Augusta. Ga., Feb. 22, who says: Our troops number about 18,000. The Nashville Patriot, of about Feb. 19, gives a list of the regiments present, with the strength of each, which foots up 13,829, and is evidently incomplete. men. Most of them were Tennesseans, with about 2,000 Mississippians, 1,200 Virginians, 1,000 Kentuckians, and a thin regiment each from Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. The fort was commanded by two or three points farther inland, within cannon-shot; the country rolling to the b
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 3
arrival, which was before that of Gen. Nelson's command. A small squad of the 4th Ohio crossed over into the city and returned, their orders not contemplating its occupation; but the battery of the regiment had been planted where it commanded the heart of the city, and a reasonable fear of shells impelled Mayor Cheatham to proffer and hasten a surrender, by which he agreed to protect and preserve the public property in Nashville until it could be regularly turned over to the use of the United States. But, in fact, the spoils of victory had already been clutched by the Nashville mob; so that, while the Rebel loss was enormous, Pollard says: Gen. Johnston had moved the main body of his command to Murfreesboroa — a rear-guard being left in Nashville under Gen. Floyd, who had arrived from Donelson, to secure the stores and provisions. In the first wild excitement of the panic, the store-houses had been thrown open to the poor. They were besieged by a mob ravenous for spoil
Tupelo (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
roled, burning the engine and trains. The evacuation was completed during the night of the 29th; the Rebel musketry firing having ceased at 9 A. M. of the preceding day. Explosions and fires during the night gave plain intimations of the enemy's departure ; so that some of our officers in the advance rode safely into town at 6 1/2 next morning, and reported no enemy present. Piles of provisions were found in flames, and one full warehouse undamaged; but never a gun. Beauregard retreated to Tupelo, pursued by Gen. Pope so far as Baldwin and Guntown, but without material results. Our army was disposed along the line of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad; which, by the falling of the Tennessee to a Summer stage, had become its line of supply. Gen. O. M. Mitchel, with a division of Buell's army, had left Nashville simultaneously with his commander, but by a more easterly route, advancing through Murfreesboroa, Shelbyville, Fayetteville, to Huntsville, Ala., which he surprised at da
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