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Joseph T. Derry , A. M. , Author of School History of the United States; Story of the Confederate War, etc., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 6, Georgia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 89 3 Browse Search
Edward Alfred Pollard, The lost cause; a new Southern history of the War of the Confederates ... Drawn from official sources and approved by the most distinguished Confederate leaders. 86 2 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 83 3 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3. 80 4 Browse Search
James D. Porter, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, Tennessee (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 71 7 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 63 1 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1. 58 4 Browse Search
Colonel Charles E. Hooker, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 12.2, Mississippi (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 55 3 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 55 3 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 3: The Decisive Battles. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 53 7 Browse Search
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l Cheatham. I then took over two others in person, to support a flank movement which I had directed. It was a hard-fought battle, lasting from half-past 10 A. M. to 5 P. M. They took Beltzhoover's battery, four pieces of which were recaptured. The enemy were thoroughly routed. We pursued them to their boats, seven miles, and then drove their boats before us. The road was strewed with their dead and wounded, guns, ammunition, and equipments. Our loss, considerable; theirs, heavy. L. Polk, Major-General commanding. To general headquarters, through General A. S. Johnston. This report, made on the day of battle, is substantially accurate, except that the force of the enemy is over-estimated. General Grant represents his purpose and procedure in this movement as follows, in his report from Cairo, of November 12, 1861: On the evening of the 6th instant I left this place with 2,850 men, of all arms, to make a reconnaissance toward Columbus. The object of the expedi
of Forts. strategic importance. topography. Polk's report. General Johnston's orders and preparations. warning to Polk. Major Gilmer, chief-engineer. his operations. Lloyd Tilghman in command. A dispatch from Colonel Mackall to Major-General Polk, Columbus, Kentucky, October 28th, says:ould be lost. General Johnston wrote to General Polk, October 31st, as follows: Your frontobjection to Tilghman's promotion, knowing that Polk had previously recommended him, he accepted theth of December General Johnston, writing to General Polk, pointed out the lines by which the enemy mreport, Rebellion record, vol. IV., p. 49. General Polk believed that the retreat of these columns tious and insufficiently developed to allow General Polk to follow General Johnston's instructions o defense of Columbus at a critical time. Hence Polk called for reinforcements, which were collectedary 8th, by reenforcements-Bowen's brigade from Polk, and Floyd's brigade sent from Western Virginia[10 more...]
, and three or four small companies-altogether 800 or 1,000 strong. He had arrived with his regiment only on the 10th. Scott's Louisiana Cavalry Regiment was in observation on the right bank of the Cumberland. The aggregate of this force has been variously stated. General Johnston estimated it at 17,000, thus: Garrisons of Henry and Donelson5,000 Floyd's and Buckner's command8,000 Pillow's, from Clarksville2,000 Clark's, from Hopkinsville2,000 17,000 To these must be added Polk's reinforcements, not included in Tilghman's returns-1,600 men-making 18,600 men. The generals commanding at Donelson estimated the force there at from 12,000 to 15,000 men. General Brown, General Palmer, and some other intelligent Tennesseeans present in the battle, put the effectives at 13,500, and some as low as 11,000. General Johnston accounted for this shrinkage by the prevalence of camp-diseases and the losses incident to winter campaigning. He found that, in the retreat from Bowling
ajor-General. A true copy: S. W. Ferguson, Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp. This plan of campaign embraced the defense of the line of the Cumberland, if possible; or, if not, then a retreat to Stevenson. Beauregard was to fall back southward with Polk's army, leaving a small garrison at Columbus. The immediate evacuation of Bowling Green was now inevitable. His correspondence has already made manifest that General Johnston regarded his stay at Bowling Green as a mere question of time, unlessuring in General Johnston's mind. To defend the line of the Cumberland was his first intention; should that fail, to fall back to Stevenson by the railroad from Nashville, and thence by the Charleston & Memphis Railroad to effect a junction with Polk's command at Corinth. All this was clearly foreshadowed in his conversations with Brown, Munford, Bowen, and Schaller. The preparations for retreat were begun. But these could not be carried out, and the soil of Kentucky abandoned to the ene
, 1862. General: By the fall of Fort Henry the enemy having possession of the Tennessee River, which is navigable for their gunboats and transports to Florence, it becomes evident that the forces under your immediate command and those under General Polk, separated unfortunately by that river, can no longer act in concert, and will be unable to support each other until the fortune of war shall have restored the Tennessee River to our possession, or combined the movement of the two armies in thted by Hollins's fleet, until the possession of New Madrid by the enemy would compel that position to be evacuated. I am clearly of the opinion that to attempt at present to hold so advanced a position as Columbus, with the movable army under General Polk, where its communications can be so readily cut off by a superior force acting from the Tennessee River as a new base, would be to jeopardize, not only the safety of that army, but necessarily of the whole Mississippi Valley. Hence I desire,
im throughout that entire campaign. He was, however, ably seconded by Bragg and Polk, who commanded his two grand divisions or army corps. Writing to General Johnstommand, I hope that you, now having had time to study the field, will advise General Polk of your judgment as to the proper disposition of his army, in accordance wit establishment of a new line resting on New Madrid, Island No.10, and Humboldt. Polk issued the preliminary orders February 25th, for the evacuation, which was complrters and buildings were committed to the flames; and at 3 P. Ir., March 2d, General Polk followed the retiring column from the abandoned stronghold. Polk says inPolk says in his report: The enemy's cavalry — the first of his forces to arrive after the evacuation-reached Columbus in the afternoon next day, twenty-four hours after th only infantry of the Confederate army which had ever seen a combat were some of Polk's men, who were at Belmont; Hindman's brigade, which was in the skirmish at Wood
m so many quarters. It has already been seen how Polk's command was drawn back from Columbus, in accordancarmy, to aid in resisting the weight of the attack. Polk had been negotiating with Lovell, in January, to spalected under his command at Corinth were composed of Polk's corps, Bragg's corps, Ruggles's, Walker's, and Cha. The army now collected at Corinth consisted of Polk's corps, whom we have seen holding Columbus, and bafJohnston held a conference with Generals Beauregard, Polk, and Bragg, after which General Beauregard went backn, Kentucky, under Hardee; Columbus, Kentucky, under Polk; and Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orleans, under Bragged into four corps, commanded respectively by Major-Generals Polk, Bragg, and Hardee, and Brigadier-General Breonterey on Pittsburg. Beauregard second in command, Polk the left, Bragg the centre, Hardee the right wing, Beneral Bragg. III.-The First Corps, under Major-General Polk, with the exception of the detached division
s' interval, and form a second line of battle. Polk's corps was to form the left wing of the third and Breckinridge's reserve the right wing. Polk's other division, under Cheatham, was on outposuggles's division did not come up promptly, and Polk's corps was held motionless by its delay. Hs head some distance out in an open field. General Polk's reserves were ahead of it, with their wago should bear the blame. It was charged on General Polk; but the plucky old bishop unhorsed his accvance.. I will send a courier to notify General Polk of my change.... By the first division hips and difficulties of this kind of service. Polk's corps was at this time superior to the others reserve was composed of the First Corps, under Polk, and three brigades under Breckinridge. Polk'sPolk's command was massed in columns of brigades on the Bark road, near Mickey's; and Breckinridge's on thpport, wherever it should become necessary. Polk's corps, 9,136 strong in infantry and artillery[12 more...]
two brigades, which were soon warmly engaged. Polk, summing up his work, says, The resistance at tson and put it in position on Hindman's right. Polk sent General Cheatham with his second brigade, soon after ordered by Beauregard to the right. Polk himself advanced with Johnson's, Russell's, andul violence, was renewed with the utmost fury. Polk's and Bragg's corps, intermingled, were engagedshing coil which caught Prentiss in its folds. Polk and Hardee burst through and destroyed the trooce. In describing his share in the combat, General Polk says: The enemy in our front was gradm, and especially of the Crescent Regiment, General Polk says: General Prentiss delivered his sdiate field by such corps commanders as Major-Generals Polk, Bragg, and Hardee, and Brigadier-Generre not to approach nearer to the river. General Polk's report says: By this time the troopdquarters of General Beauregard, then of Bragg, Polk, and Hardee; and I told him I did not know wher[25 more...]
battle at the centre. attack by Grant's army. Polk's defense at Shiloh Church. Bragg resists Lew f the 7th, at 20,000 men. Jordan also says that Polk led his troops a mile and a half to the rear ofal and position were reported that night by General Polk to General Beauregard, who gave no orders for their return. Polk joined them, in order to be sure of their early presence on the field, and leline was just formed in this position, when General Polk ordered me forward to support his line. While moving to the support of General Polk, an order reached me from General Beauregard to report to ds of troops under Cheatham and Gibson. General Polk led Cheatham's division, which had probablytout line slowly fell back in sullen defiance. Polk says: They engaged the enemy so soon as trs you want! and thus he was supplied. Captain Polk lost a leg, fighting his guns well; Hodgson order as the first. The army corps, under General Polk, followed the second line, at the distance [9 more...]
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