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ilpin, the Attorney-General, and a confidential friend of President Van Buren, had married the widow of Senator Johnston. He wrote to General Johnston, August 13th, kindly urging him to visit him at Washington. He says: It is very evident the annexation of Texas to our Union is to form a subject of importance and of contest too; I am sure your presence and information might often, very often, be of service. He adds: When we saw you at the head of the army, we began to think of Cortes and De Soto; and conjectured that you would have as many toils among swamps, mountains, and prairies, as the one, to end in your putting a new flag on the same walls, as the other. In view of the intimate relations between the writer and the President, there is suggestion at least in the foregoing. From traits in General Johnston's character, already sufficiently manifest, including a certain impatience of patronage not altogether judicious, he declined to avail himself of these favorable opportuniti
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The bayous West of the Mississippi-criticisms of the Northern press-running the batteries-loss of the Indianola-disposition of the troops (search)
rg. The 13th of February Admiral Porter had sent the gunboat Indianola, Lieutenant-Commander George Brown commanding, below. She met Colonel [Charles] Ellet of the Marine brigade below Natchez on a captured steamer. Two of the Colonel's fleet had previously run the batteries, producing the greatest consternation among the people along the Mississippi from Vicksburg Colonel Ellet reported having attacked a Confederate battery on the Red River two days before with one of his boats, the De Soto. Running aground, he was obliged to abandon his vessel. However, he reported that he set fire to her and blew her up. Twenty of his men fell into the hands of the enemy. With the balance he escaped on the small captured steamer, the New Era, and succeeded in passing the batteries at Grand Gulf and reaching the vicinity of Vicksburg. to the Red River. The Indianola remained about the mouth of the Red River some days, and then started up the Mississippi. The Confederates soon raised t
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxi. (search)
Xxi. Judge Bates, the Attorney-General, was one day very severe upon the modern ideal school of art, as applied to historic characters and events. He instanced in sculpture, Greenough's Washington, in the Capitol grounds, which, he said, was a very good illustration of the heathen idea of Jupiter Tonans, but was the farthest possible remove from any American's conception of the Father of his Country. Powell's painting in the Rotunda, De Soto discovering the Mississippi, and Mills's equestrian statue of Jackson, in front of the President's House, shared in his sarcastic condemnation. He quoted from an old English poet — Creech, I think he said — with much unction:-- Whatever contradicts my sense I hate to see, and can but disbelieve. Genius and talent, said he, on another occasion, are rarely found combined in one individual. I requested his definition of the distinction. Genius, he replied, conceives; talent executes. Referring to Mr. Lincoln's never-failing fund of
mond, describes the federal troops as a set of baboons, to be speedily driven from the sacred soil of Virginia.--N. Y. Evening Post, July 3. Edward Clark, the Governor of Texas, issued a proclamation, in which he said: It will also be treasonable for any citizen of Texas to pay any debts now owing by him to a citizen of either of the States or Territories now at war with the Confederate States of America. --National Intelligencer, July 3. Fifty Home Guards under Captain Cook, from De Soto and Hopewell, Mo., proceeded last night by rail to Irondale, where they arrived this morning at 9 o'clock, and marched towards Farmington in search of contraband arms, &c., reported to be in the neighborhood of that place. They passed through Farmington about three miles eastward towards the river, but finding nothing, were returning home, when about six miles west of Farmington, they were attacked by a body of some 250 to 300 well armed and mounted secessionists, who were in ambush. The
at Fort Leavenworth, though five companies of the Eleventh Ohio were outfitting for Fort Laramie, but without arms. There was one company at Leavenworth City just receiving horse equipments. Arms and horse equipments were issued at once, and at one P. M. I started from Fort Leavenworth with near three hundred men of these companies. News reached me at Leavenworth City of the burning of Lawrence, and of the avowed purpose of the rebels to go thence to Topeka. I thought it best to go to De Soto, and thence, after an unavoidable delay of five hours in crossing the Kansas River, to Lanesfield. Finding there, at daybreak, that Quantrell had passed east, I left the command to follow as rapidly as possible, and pushed on, reaching, soon after dark, the point on Grand River where Quantrell's force had scattered. Lieutenant-Colonel Lazear, with the detachments of the First Missouri, from Warrensburgh and Pleasant Hill, numbering about two hundred men, after failing to find Quantrell
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The Red River campaign. (search)
chief engineer, Major D. C. Houston, General Banks presented a clear view of the difficulties to be encountered and the conditions deemed essential to success. These conditions (all of which except the fourth, in the result, shared the general fate of ifs, by being completely disregarded) were, in brief, five: 1. Complete preliminary organization, so as to avoid delay in movement. 2. A line of supply by land from the Mississippi, or, in other words, the reconstruction of the railway from De Soto to Monroe, and a good and safe wagon-road thence to Shreveport. 3. The expulsion of the Confederates from Arkansas and northern Louisiana. 4. The enemy to be kept fully employed, so as to be prevented from undertaking raids and diversions. 5. One general to command the whole force. The usual time of highest water in the upper Red River fixed the date for the movement as about the middle of March. General Sherman came to New Orleans on the 1st of March and promptly arranged to send te
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 22: the siege of Vicksburg. (search)
hey could have had Raft with wounded soldiers on Bayou Teche. in the close air of a steamer. Ineffectual efforts to open the Bayou Plaquemine so as to capture Butte à la Rose followed the expedition to the Teche, when the enterprise was abandoned, and General Banks concentrated his forces (about twelve thousand strong) at Baton Rouge, for operations in conjunction with Admiral Farragut, then on the Lower Mississippi. The latter, on hearing of the loss of the Queen of the West and the De Soto, See page 589. determined to run by the batteries at Port Hudson with his fleet, and recover the control of the river from that point to Vicksburg. His fleet consisted of the frigates Hartford (flag-ship), Missisippi, Richardson, and Monongahela; the gun-boats Essex, Albatross, Kineo, Genesee, and Sachem, and six mortar-boats. For this purpose he gathered his fleet at Prophet's Island, a few miles below Port Hudson, on the 13th of March, 1863. and on the same day Banks sent forward a
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 19: the repossession of Alabama by the Government. (search)
eastward into, Georgia, by way of Montgomery. He. directed Major Hubbard to construct a pontoon bridge over the Alabama River, at Selma, which had been made brimful by recent rains, and then he Ruins of Confederate Foundery. this was the appearance of a portion of the city of Selma, when the writer sketched it, in April, 1866. t; was the site of the great Confederate iron-foundery there. hastened April 6, 1865. to Cahawba, the ancient capital of Alabama, This was the place where De Soto crossed the Alabama River, on his march toward the Mississippi River, which he discovered in the year 1541. a few miles down the stream, to meet General Forrest, under a flag of truce, by appointment, for the purpose of making arrangements for an exchange of prisoners. They met at the fine mansion of Mr. Mathews, This gentleman informed the writer that the two officers dined at his house; and after Forrest had eaten his food and drunk his wine, he plundered his plantation on leaving. ne
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
20,240 28 217,060 53 Key West April 12, 1864 De Soto. Steamer Alliance 25,041 96 1,760 22 23,28ita 2,289 66 513 90 1,775 76 do Mar. 29, 1864 De Soto.   Cotton, 22 bales 3,727 42 390 68 3,336 2 25 1,527 00 15,775 25 Key West Mar. 9, 1864 De Soto.   Goods, lot of Waiting for prize listelie 6,699 71 667 24 6,032 47 do Mar. 9, 1864 De Soto. Sloop Julia 15,428 96 1,502 42 13,926 54 17,651 16 223,244 46 Key West April 12, 1864 De Soto. Schooner John Scott 37,728 84 3,110 22 34a 30,646 45 2,228 42 28,418 03 do May 7, 1864 De Soto, Stonewall. Steamer Lizzie Davis 18,351 1644,567 76 8,278 68 36,289 08 do Jan. 30, 1863 De Soto, Kittatinny. Sloop Mercury Waiting for 94 2,495 52 32,486 42 Key West Feb. 29, 1864 De Soto. Steamer Maggle Fulton $1,107 71 $377 09 $ Sea Bird     3,288 09 Key West Mar. 29, 1864 De Soto. Steamer Sumter 3,600 00 237 95 3,362 05 S 95,324 97 6,953 04 88,371 93 do Oct. 7, 1863 De Soto. Schooner Wm. E. Chester 22,298 74 2,590 3[6 more...]<
uisition of Louisiana, though second in occurrence and in importance, first attracted and fixed the attention of mankind, and shall, therefore, be first considered. The river Mississippi was first discovered in 1541, by the Spanish adventurer De Soto, in the course of his three or four years fantastic wanderings and fightings throughout the region which now constitutes the Gulf States of our Union, in quest of the fabled Eldorado, or Land of Gold. lie left Spain in 1538, at the head of six wretched remnant, finally reached the coast of Mexico, in the summer of 1543, glad to have escaped with their bare lives from the inhospitable swamps and savages they had so recklessly encountered. It does not appear that any of them, nor even De Soto himself, had formed any adequate conception of the importance of their discovery, of the magnitude of the river, or of the extent and fertility of the regions drained by its tributaries; since more than a century was allowed to transpire before
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