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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Southern Historical Society Papers. (search)
n depth, and aptly called a crater, from its resemblance to the mouth of a volcano, Mahone's brigade was occupying the breastworks on the Willcox farm, immediately south of our city—say about a point which would be reached by a prolongation of Adams street. The site of the Crater, as is well known probably to all now present, is east of the Jerusalem plankroad and about half a mile southeast from Blandford Cemetery, being located a short distance beyond our city limits, in the county of Prince George, on the farm of Mr. T. R. Griffith. Some time during the night preceding the explosion, our brigade received orders to be ready to move at a moment's warning, which, of course, indicated that something was expected requiring a movement of the command. It was well understood that the enemy were mining somewhere on our line, but exactly at what point was not known. A counter-mine was made by the Confederates several hundred yards to the right of the Crater, near the point at which t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.22 (search)
the morning of the 14th I moved with the division of Major-General W. H. F. Lee, the brigades of Rosser and Dearing, and a detachment of 100 men from Young's and Dunnovant's Brigades under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Miller, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry, and moved down the Rowanty creek to Wilkinson's bridge, on that stream, where the command bivouacked that night. The command left Wilkinson's bridge at an early hour on the 15th, and struck out on a trail for Sycamore Church, in Prince George county, a point most central and nearest to the cattle, and the place where the largest force of the enemy was camped. General Hampton's idea was that by disposing them here it made it impossible for them to concentrate any force in time to interfere with the main object of the expedition. By a rapid march the command reached the Blackwater at Cook's bridge, which had been destroyed. General Hampton knew that the bridge had been destroyed, and purposely selected this route, as the enemy
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), How Lieut. Walter Bowie of Mosby's command met his end. [from the Richmond, Va., Times, June 23, 1900. (search)
How Lieut. Walter Bowie of Mosby's command met his end. [from the Richmond, Va., Times, June 23, 1900. In the McClure Magazine for December, 1898, an account of the death of Lieutenant Walter Bowie, of Mosby's Command, appears over the signature of Roy Stannard Baker, in which he cleverly shows how Detective Trail secured the Lieutenant's shot-gun from his home in Prince George county, Maryland, and with it followed him and his two comrades while scouting in Maryland during the war between the States, and when a favorable opportunity presented itself he killed the Lieutenant by emptying both barrels of his gun, loaded with buck-shot, into his breast, and then overpowered his comrades with an empty gun! How strange to those who know differently. I read this story with interest, because of the novel sense shown in it, yet with no little astonishment, on account of the vast amount of ingenuity displayed in its make-up. To be frank, Mr. Baker so disfigured the circumstances
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
ntly before A. P. Hill Camp, Petersburg, Va., on the defence of Petersburg in 1864, and is full of interest. It is now printed from a revised copy furnished by the author. In essaying to give an account of some personal recollections of the affair of the 9th of June, 1864, between the small force of militia and second-class reserves, under Colonel Fletcher H. Arthur, and an overwhelming force of cavalry and artillery under the Federal General August V. Kautz, at the Rives Farm, in Prince George county, and some reminiscences of prison life, it is foreign to my purpose to give anything more than a skeleton outline of conditions existing and leading up to the events of that day, which marked an epoch never to be forgotten in the annals of the city of Petersburg. To do more would be a work of supererogation, as the subject has been fully and exhaustively treated by Colonel Archer, in an address delivered before the A. P. Hill Camp of Confederate Veterans on the 6th of June, 1889, a
Pardoned. --Governor Hicks has granted an unconditional pardon to the young man Wilson, sentenced by Prince George's County (Md.) Circuit Court to be hung for being accessory to the murder of Mr. Krantz, at Laurel Factory. Athey, the principal, is yet at large.
Prize. --Mrs. Calhoun, relict of the distinguished Senator, has been complimented by the South Carolina State Fair with a pair of silver pitchers as a premium for beautiful window curtains wrought with her own hands, in her 69th year, during a recent visit to her daughter, in Prince George's county, Md.
Ordination. --Rev. George T. Williams, of Suffolk, Va., and John S. Hansborough of Prince George county, were ordained to the Episcopal ministry, in Petersburg, by Bishop Johns, on Friday. Rev. George Woodbridge, of Richmond, preached the ordination sermon.
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.four Negroes Drowned — Petersburg Matters. Petersburg, April 16, 1861. I learn from the Captain of one of the City Point trains, that a most distressing calamity occurred in James River off the wharf there, which resulted in the drowning of four very valuable Negroes. One of them was owned by a gentleman at City Point, two by gentlemen in Prince George co., and one in Petersburg. The party started out in a little boat to visit a favorite fishing locality on the opposite side of the river sometime during the early part of the night, and it is supposed that the violent squall which arose between 9 and 10 o'clock overtook them and upset the boat, leaving them without the least power to save themselves. The absence of the Negroes was noticed, and search being made, their hats and coats were found washed ashore, with the canoe near Jordan's Point. Truly a sad termination to an innocent frolic. The loss to each of the owners will be qui
hern troops, now at Annapolis, to return home. Annapolis,April 23. --The Seventh New York Regiment (numbering 991 men) and the Massachusetts Regiment landed last night at the Naval Academy. Last evening, the Vansville Rangers, of Prince George county, intercepted a messenger from Washington, with sealed orders for Captain Blake, of the Naval Academy, and brought him before Gov Hicks, who received the dispatches, and afterwards handed them to Capt. Blake. It is reported that they contain an order for the troops to return home, it being impossible for them to cross the Patuxent. The Rangers report that nearly every man in Prince George's county is under arms. The telegraph wires were cut near this place last night. All the steamers and cars are withheld here, and no mails or freight can be had from Baltimore. Later.-- Annapolis, April 23.--Two companies of the Massachusetts regiments have this moment taken possession of the railroad depot here, preparatory to
evenue service, lately in command of the cutter Duane, has resigned his commission, and has received an appointment in the Virginia Navy. Captain Thomas T. Hunter, of the late U. S. Navy, a native of Virginia, stationed at Wilmington, N. C., as Light-House Inspector, has resigned. Leesburg, Loudoun county, is a perfect military camp, and there is a great unity of sentiment among the people in regard to the position Virginia has taken. The levy court of the county of Prince George's, in Maryland, have appropriated $25,000 for the arming and defence of that county. Fort Washington, it is understood, is fully garrisoned, and provisioned — and is under the command of Major Haskins, U. S. A. A large number of heavy guns are on the walls. The military at Alexandria on Tuesday took possession of the steamer James Jerome, of the Philadelphia line. Six hundred dollars of the Confederate States loan have been taken in Mobile by negroes. The County Court of Clar
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