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onscious of the approaching danger, and Colonel Montgomery, without being discovered, ascended the river and landed a portion of his troops, under command of Captain Thompson, at Field's Point, which is twenty-five miles up the river. A rebel picket was stationed here, but they fled without firing a gun, and Captain Thompson's coCaptain Thompson's company occupied the deserted breastworks which were found at this point, while the rest of the expedition proceeded up the river to Tar Bluff, two miles above Field's Point. Here another company was landed, Captain Carver's, who occupied the deserted rifle-pits of the enemy. The remaining two steamers moved on, and having arrivedwent up from the dismal shore. During the absence of the main part of the expedition, under Colonel Montgomery, the rebels attacked both Captains Carver s and Thompson's companies, stationed at the above-named points. Our forces, however, held the enemy in check, though outnumbered and subjected, as Captain Carver was, to the
nd, I heard the Michigan rifles speaking on the right, and at once moved forward the Seventh Pennsylvania on the right of the road and the Fourth regulars on the left. Captain Davis at the same time pushed forward with his skirmishers and relaid the planks which had been torn off a small bridge on the road. Finding that the enemy was now giving way, I brought the Seventh Pennsylvania into the road in columns of fours, and ordered them to charge, which they did most gallantly, led by Lieutenant Thompson (who was honorably mentioned for his conduct at McMinnville, April twenty-first,) and well supported by the Fourth regulars. At this point we made about three hundred prisoners; the Fourth Michigan had one officer and seven men wounded and twenty-one horses killed and wounded, while charging the breast works, and Lieutenant O'Connell of the Fourth regulars, (who distinguished himself so nobly at Middleton,) was thrown from his horse and had his shoulder broken. When within a qua
Here he found a number of cars containing about six hundred loaded shells and a large quantity of commissary and quartermaster's stores, intended for Grand Gulf and Port Gibson. These were destroyed, and as much of the railroad and telegraph as possible. Here, again, we found the citizens armed to resist us, but they fled precipitately upon our approach. From this point we took a north-west course to Gallatin, four miles, thence south-west three and a half miles to the plantation of Mr. Thompson, where we halted until the next morning. Directly after leaving Gallatin we captured a sixty-four pound gun and a heavy wagon-load of ammunition, and machinery for mounting the gun, on the road to Port Gibson. The gun was spiked and the carriages and ammunition destroyed. During the afternoon it rained in torrents, and the men were completely drenched. At six o'clock the next morning, April twenty-eighth, we moved westward; after proceeding a short distance, I detached a battalion of
alry, with Clarkson's and Stange's batteries, the whole under Colonels Merrill and Clayton, was organized to pursue vigorously the next morning. My losses do not exceed seventy killed and wounded. That of the enemy is not yet known. Among their killed is Colonel Corley, commanding General Dodbins's former regiment. My whole staff--Lieutenant-Colonel Caldwell, Captains Hadley, Gerster, Lieutenants Montgomery, McGunnegle, Gray, Sprague, and Surgeon Smith, Quartermaster Johnson, and Captain Thompson, Commissary Subsistence-served me faithfully throughout the day. The brigade commanders, especially Colonel Glover, of the Second brigade, and Ritter, of the reserve brigade, deserve honorable mention. Colonel Glover deserves, for his services throughout this campaign, promotion to the rank of a general officer. Lieutenant-Colonel Caldwell, whose untiring devotion and energy never flagged during the night or day, deserves for his varied accomplishments as a cavalry officer, promoti
Doc. 154.-capture of General Jeff Thompson. Colonel Woodson's official report, Pilot Knob, Mo., Augumiles of Pocahontas, I ascertained that Brigadier-General Jeff Thompson was there with little or no force. My ently did Captain Gentry obey this order, that General Thompson, sitting quietly in his office, and tracing a e up to the window of the office, and demanded General Thompson. Captain Gentry deserves the highest creditat I know of. I captured and brought in Brigadier-General Jeff Thompson, his Adjutant-General, Captain Kay, histas expedition, and the capture of the rebel General Jeff Thompson. We regret exceedingly to be called upon bytion. He talks very coolly about the capture of Jeff Thompson, about ordering Captain Gentry forward with all We wanted to try it, did try it, and did capture Jeff Thompson, as well as every other prisoner that was taken he First Missouri entered the place and captured Jeff Thompson and his staff, and when he did come up and was i
od pluck, held a favorable position on the main road. General Averill remained near the batteries during the battle, directing the movement of the troops. Thus formed, the Federal soldiers sent the messengers of death among the rebels like hailstones and fire. At one time, the rebels made their appearance in open ground, when our guns mowed them down at a fearful rate. Under the heavy fire they fell back, until our guns were planted on the ground before occupied by the enemy. Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson, commanding the Third Virginia regiment, stood in the hottest of the fire, leading his brave men not less than seven times on a desperate charge upon the enemy. They lying in ambush, our men would move upon them under every disadvantage, though thus to move was almost certain destruction. Yet, as one order would come after another from the General, to charge on the enemy, the Colonel, cool and brave, would again and again renew the charge. Here more men were killed among the di
o come in upon four sides, but were handsomely met and repulsed at all points by detachments under Captain Bailey, Lieutenants Poindexter and Vermilyea, First Michigan, and Lieutenant D. A. Irwin, of the Twelfth Pennsylvania. The fight, which lasted about two hours, was a complete succession of charges, and of captures and recaptures by both parties, one of the most important of which was the recapture of the gallant Captain Jones, together with the four men who were his captors, by Sergeant Thompson, First New-York, Corporal Casley, and private Amos Parks, Twelfth Pennsylvania, allowing the Captain an interview of not more than ten minutes with the chivalry, scarcely time enough to receive from them the congratulations due an officer of his rank upon so auspicious an occasion. After repulsing the enemy a number of times they were driven out of the town, and beat a hasty retreat toward Winchester, hotly pursued by our forces to within a few miles of that place. Lieutenant D. A.
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., chapter 5.76 (search)
was respectable for that period of the war: 2 8-inch 64-pounders at the bows; 2 rifled 32s (old smooth-bores banded and rifled) astern; and 2 100-pounder Columbiads and a 6-inch naval gun in each broadside,--10 guns in all, which, under officers formerly of the United States service, could be relied on for good work, if we could find the men to load and fire. We obtained over 100 good men from the naval vessels lately on the Mississippi, and about 60 Missourians from the command of General Jeff Thompson. These had never served at great guns, but on trial they exhibited in their new service the cool courage natural to them on land. They were worthily commanded, under the orders of our first lieutenant, by Captain Harris. Our officers were Lieutenants Stevens, Grimball, Gift, Barbot, Wharton, and Read, all of the old service, and Chief Engineer City, Acting Masters Milliken and Nicholls, of the Volunteer Navy, and Building the Arkansas. Midshipmen Scales, Dabney M. Scales
n, 2.536; massacre of a band of young Germans in, 2.537; Gen. Banks's operations in, 3.223. Thomas, Gen George H., at the battle of Mill Spring, 2.194; movements of toward East Tennessee, 2.200; at the battle of Murfreesboroa, 2.545; at the battle of Chickamauga, 3.138; assigned to the command of the Army of the Cumberland, 3.144; at the battle on Missionaries' Ridge, 3.167; troops placed under the command of by Sherman, 3.399; campaign of against Hood in Tennessee, 3.416-3.429. Thompson, Gen., Jeff. M., power exercised by in Missouri, 2.58. Thompson, Jacob, implicated in the Indian Trust Fund robbery, 1.144. Tolland, Col. John, his raid in West Virginia, 3.112. Tompkins, Lieut. Charles H., his dash on Fairfax Court-House, 1.487. Toombs, Robert, incendiary speeches of, 1.53; his efforts to promote secession in Georgia, 1.177; violent speech of in the Senate, 1.223; the humbug of the Confederacy (note), 2.471. Torpedo, described (note), 1.528. Torpedoes (note), 2
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 16: operations on the Mississippi. (search)
glancing blow, making a hole four feet deep in her starboard forward quarter, evidenced by the splinters left on the iron bow of the Van Dorn. At this juncture, the Van Dorn was above four of the Federal boats, as the remaining boats, General Jeff Thompson and Colonel Lovell, Capt. Hart, were entering boldly into the contest in the prescribed order. I perceived from the flagboat that the Federal vessels were taking positions where the water was too shallow for our boats to get at them, andd with a coolness which deserves the highest commendation. I am happy to inform you that while exposed at close quarters to a most terrible fire for thirty minutes, our boats, though struck repeatedly, sustained no serious injuries. General Jeff Thompson was on board the General Bragg, his officers and men were divided among the boats. They were all at their posts ready to do good service should the occasion offer. To my officers and men I am highly indebted for their courage and prom
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