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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial Paragraphs. (search)
Editorial Paragraphs. The Annual meeting of our Society, on the 31st of October last, was a decided success. The hall of the House of Delegates, kindly tendered us by His Excellency Governor Kemper, was packed to its utmost capacity, while many turned away unable to find even standing room. The oration of General John T. Morgan was able, eloquent, and effective, and gave universal satisfaction. We deeply regret that the pressure upon our columns compels us to postpone its publication until our next number. For the same reason we are obliged to postpone the publication of our Annual Report. The reunion of the Virginia division of the Army of Northern Virginia Association, on the evening of the 1st of November, was in every respect a most brilliant affair. The oration of Leigh Robinson, Esq., on The Battle of the Wilderness, was chaste, eloquent, and patriotic, and a valuable contribution to this series of historical addresses. By the way, what other army that ever
amily, to Richmond, where he has been residing ever since, and where he has been and is now engaged in the insurrection and resistance to the laws of the United States of America, now existing in said States, and in secret correspondence with the enemies of said United States residing in the city of Washington and elsewhere, transmitting to them money and other valuables, and receiving the same from them in return, which has been applied in part to aid and abet and promote the said insurrection and resistance to the laws. The great Southern Expedition sailed from Fortress Monroe, the Wabash leading, and the Cahawba bringing up the rear. The line of vessels, comprising nearly fifty, made a magnificent appearance.--N. Y. Tribune, October 31. A great Union demonstration was made by a concourse of the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland, at the Front street theatre. The principal feature of the occasion was an address by Francis Thomas, formerly governor of Maryland.--(Doc. 115.)
October 31. A skirmish occurred at Morgantown on Green River, Ky., between a Union force under Colonel McHenry and a party of rebels belonging to Buckner's camp, in which the latter were driven across the river with some loss.--The camp occupied by the Indiana regiments, on the farm of Jesse D. Bright at Jeffersonville, is called Camp Jo Wright, in honor of ex-Governor Wright.--Cincinnati Gazette, Nov. 8. The Twenty-fifth regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers left Camp Lincoln, at Worcester, for the seat of war. The regiment is commanded by Colonel Edwin Upton, of Fitchburg, and numbers one thousand and thirty men, well equipped, and armed with the Enfield rifle.--All the rebel prisoners in Fort Lafayette, New York harbor, were removed to Fort Warren, near Boston.
November 1. Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott, in a letter to the Secretary of War, dated October 31, having requested that his name might be placed on the list of Army Officers retired from active service, a special Cabinet Council was convened, and decided that Gen. Scott's request, in view of his advanced age and infirmities, could not be refused; and his name was accordingly so placed, without reduction in his current pay, subsistence, or allowances. Major-General George B. McClellan was thereupon appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States, to succeed Gen. Scott, and assumed the position in a general order, in which he expresses his regret that the weight of many years, and the effect of increasing infirmities, contracted and intensified in his country's service, should just now remove from our head the great soldier of our nation. --(Doc. 122.) Colonel Mulligan, made prisoner by the rebels at the capture of Lexington, was exchanged.--St. Louis Dem
October 31. The town of Franklin, on the Blackwater River,Virginia, was this day shelled by three batteries of Union artillery, and partially destroyed, the rebel forces being driven off with great loss.--An enthusiastic meeting was held at Key West, Florida, to raise funds for the relief of the families of volunteers in the Union army. One thousand dollars were collected. James R. Lackland, charged with encouragement of the rebellion, by publicly opposing the national government, was arrested at St. Louis, Mo.--Between three and four hundred East-Tennesseans arrived at Lexington, Ky., with the intention of joining the Union army.--A rebel force of cavalry under General Stuart, attacked a small force of Union calvary stationed at Maysville, Va., and drove them toward Aldie. The rebels under General Hindman having committed depredation upon Union citizens residing in the vicinity of Helena, Ark., the national troops retaliated on rebel sympathizers, and destroyed a n
October 31. A. W. Bradford, Governor of Maryland, addressed a letter to President Lincoln, upon the subject of military interference in the election in his State.--the Texas expedition, under the command of General Banks, landed at Brazos.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 9.64 (search)
ed. Lieutenant-General Lee's corps reached the Tennessee, near Florence, on the 30th; [Edward] Johnson's division crossed the river and took possession of that town. My headquarters were during the 27th and 28th at the house of General Garth, near Decatur, where General Beauregard also stopped. While the army turned Decatur, I ordered a slight demonstration to be made against the town till our forces passed safely beyond, when I moved toward Tuscumbia, at which place I arrived on the 31st of October. Johnson's division, which held possession of Florence, was reenforced the same day by Clayton's division. Thus the Confederate army rested upon the banks of the Tennessee one month after its departure from Palmetto. It had been almost continuously in motion during the interim; by rapid moves and manoevres, and with only a small loss, it had drawn Sherman as far north as he stood in the early spring. The killed and wounded at Allatoona had been replaced by absentees who returned t
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The opposing forces at Nashville, Dec. 15-16, 1864. (search)
, 1; w, 4; m, 2 == 7. Artillery: 14th Ohio, Capt. William C. Myers. Total Union loss: killed, 387; wounded, 2558; captured or missing, 112 == 3057. The casualties at Franklin, November 30th, amounted to 189 killed; 1033 wounded; and 1104 captured or missing == 2326. General Thomas reported that the losses of his army in the entire campaign did not exceed 10,000 in killed, wounded, and missing. According to official returns the effective force of Thomas's whole command was as follows: October 31st, 53,415; November 20th, 59,534; November 30th, 71,452; December 10th, 70,272. In his official report, General Thomas says that his effective force early in November consisted of the Fourth Corps, about 12,000, under General D. S. Stanley; the Twenty-third Corps, about 10,000, under General J. M. Schofield; Hatch's division of cavalry, about 4000; Croxton's brigade, 2500, and Capron's brigade of about 1200 [total, 29,700]. The balance of my force was distributed along the railroad, and po
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The opposing forces at Petersburg and Richmond: December 31st, 1864. (search)
fantry.Total. June 30th14,0448,005 85,370107,419 July 31st8,5598,952 59,81077,321 August 31st5,8277,200 45,89658,923 September 30th6,7998,85861,118 76,775 October 31st 6,2957,50871,24385,046 November 30th 8,5547,96470,20586,723 December 31st9,974 9,58290,808110,364 The total losses from June 15th to December 31st, 1864.Artillery. Infantry.Total. June 30th7421552041,81054,751 July 10th8962556942,56657,097 August 31st6739363124,30734,677 September 10th7110497623,00235,088 October 31st5654505736,59647,307 November 30th6208614444,07256,424 December 20th6438545654,63966,533 In the return for June 30th the strength of Dearing's cavalry (erength of Dearing's cavalry (estimated at 1800) is not included, and the return for November 30th indicates that 1290 of the cavalry were dismounted. The numbers given above are the present for duty on June 30th, July 10th, September 10th, and December 20th, and the effective total on August 31st, October 31st, and November 30th.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 13.95 (search)
, and the expedition was therefore compelled to return. On the next day, Commander Macomb, having ascertained from a reconnoissance by the Valley City that Middle River offered a clear passage, determined to approach Plymouth by that route. The expedition threaded the channel, shelling Plymouth across the woods on the intervening neck of land on its way up, until it reached the head of Middle River and passed into the Roanoke, where it lay all night. At 9:30 on the morning of the 31st of October the line was formed, the Commodore Hull being placed in advance, as her ferry-boat construction enabled her to fire ahead. The Whitehead, which had arrived with stores just before the attack, was lashed to the Tacony, and the tugs Bazley and Belle to the Shamrock and Otsego, to afford motive power in case of accident to the machinery. Signal was made to Go ahead fast, and soon after 11 the fleet was hotly engaged with the batteries on shore, which were supported by musketry from rifle
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