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Edgefield (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
d River, 226. visit to Fort Donelson, 227. Nashville, 229. The fall of Fort Henry was followedeasily pass out into the open country around Nashville. This plan, promising success, was agreed t o'clock in the morning, and press on toward Nashville. Colonel Forest was ordered, at about twoisses of thousands on the shore, and fled to Nashville. An epigrammatist of the day wrote conceran army has been annihilated; and the way to Nashville and Memphis is opened. and General Halleckn this chapter, early in May, 1866. He left Nashville in the steamer Tyrone, toward the evening ofas occupying the Hermitage, a few miles from Nashville. He warmly espoused the cause of the conspil voyage of twenty-four hours, we arrived at Nashville, where the writer was joined by his former tsee, Georgia, and Virginia. The aspect of Nashville, and especially its surroundings, had materior, who also had the good fortune to meet in Nashville General Ewell, one of the most estimable of [2 more...]
Ogeechee (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
rkland never lost one, by capture, over which he had personal control. When Sherman reached tide-water, after his march for the sea, the mail for his army was in readiness for distribution; and the first vessel to reach King's Bridge, on the Ogeechee River, was the mail steamer. Subsequently, when Sherman marched through the Carolinas, and after the hard-fought battle of Bentonville, he met the mail for his army on the evening of the day of that battle. Letter to the author by General Marklcumulation, forwarding it promptly, by sea or by land, for distribution. During the campaign of four months against Atlanta, the mail was received with great regularity. On the 13th December, the very day our communication was opened on the Ogeechee River with Admiral Dahlgren's fleet, the mail-boat, with your personal charge, was the first to pass the obstructions and greet the Army of the Tennessee. When our army arrived at Goldsborough, having been marching 500 miles without communication,
Harper's Ferry (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
and forwarded to their destination by steamer or railway, under military authority. The Post-office Department had no further control of the army mail after it left the post-office at Washington City. During the Peninsula campaign, the mail for the Army of the Potomac was forwarded from Washington by way of Baltimore and Old Point Comfort, the Potomac being blockaded by shore batteries. At the same time, the troops in the Shenandoah Valley were supplied with a mail service by way of Harper's Ferry, the mails being sent under military control to that place, over the Baltimore and Ohio railway, and there furnished to the brigades when called for. Owing to the peculiar condition of affairs in that region, much of the time there was very little regularity in the delivery of the mails, and communication between the army and home was at times very uncertain. The mails for these armies, and also for the Army of the James, were all distributed in the Post-office at Washington City, whe
Fort McAllister (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
kner from the right center commanded by Colonel Hieman. The troops employed for this purpose were Illinois regiments — the Seventeenth, Major Smith, commanding; the Forty-eighth, Colonel Hayne; and the Forty-ninth, Colonel Morrison--covered by McAllister's battery. They were placed under Hayne, who was the senior colonel. Dashing across the intervening knolls and ravines, and up toward the battery, with great spirit, they found themselves confronted by superior numbers. Their line not being nois, whose commander, Colonel John A. Logan, inspired his troops with such courage and faith by his own acts, that they stood like a wall opposed to the foe, and prevented a panic and a rout. In the mean time the light batteries under Taylor, McAllister, and Dresser, shifting positions and continually sending heavy volleys of grape and canister shot, made the line of the assailants recoil again and again. But the fresh troops continually pressing forward in greater numbers kept its strength u
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 9
t, and he determined to do that very thing, to advance on the enemy, when, as he prognosticated, the enemy surrendered. --Sherman's Letter to the Editor of the United States service magazine, January, 1865. The new movement was immediately begun. McClernand requested Wallace to retake the ground lost in the morning. A column ir power to belittle the event, and, by taking advantage of the general deficiency of knowledge of American geography, The amazing territorial extent of the United States is but little comprehended in Europe, and the relative position of places mentioned in connection with the war seemed to be very little understood, even by somtil the end of the war. The origin and general efficiency of that service is stated in the following letter to the author, dated, Headquarters Armies of the United States, Washington, D. C., July 30th, 1866: -- Dear Sir :--Among the subjects that occupied my mind when I assumed command at Cairo, in the fall of 1861, was t
Dover Ridge (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
adiers. Shall we march on Donelson, or wait for further re-enforcements? was the question considered. Information that heavy re-enforcements were hastening toward that stronghold carried a decision in favor of an immediate march against it; and in general field orders the next morning, Feb. 12, 1862. Grant directed one of McClernand's brigades to move at once by the telegraph road directly upon Fort Donelson, and to halt within two miles of it; his other three brigades to march by the Dover Ridge road, to within the same distance, to unite with the first in forming the right wing in the investment of the fort. Two of Smith's Brigades were to follow by the Dover Road, and these were to be followed, in turn, by the troops on the left bank of the river, then occupying Fort Hieman, as soon as they could be sent forward. Smith was directed to occupy the little village of Dover, on the river bank, a short mile above the fort, if possible, and thus cut off the retreat of the Confederat
Cincinnati (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
then prevailing kept thousands from openly expressing their attachment to the old flag. Bring us a small organized force, with arms and ammunition, they said, and we can maintain our position. Report of Commodore Foote, Feb. 6th, 1862. The report of this reconnoissance was very cheering, and it was determined to capture Fort Donelson as speedily as possible, and then, with a heavy force, march across Tennessee and penetrate Alabama. Foote had already hurried back to Cairo with the Cincinnati, Essex, and St. Louis, to prepare mortar-boats for the new enter-prise, leaving Commander Walke, of the Carondelet, in charge of a portion of his flotilla at Fort Henry. With the spirit of the old Puritans (from whom he was descended He was a son of Senator Samuel Foote, of Connecticut, whose resolution concerning the public lands occasioned the famous debate in the Senate of the United States between Daniel Webster and Robert Y. Hayne.), who were everr eady to fight or pray, as circum
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
lative position of places mentioned in connection with the war seemed to be very little understood, even by some of the best informed writers and speakers. This lack of exact information led writers on American affairs into the most absurd speculations as well as serious blunders. An illustrative example was found in the summary of war news from America in the Paris Moniteur, at about the time we are considering. Speaking of the capture of Roanoke Island, and of Elizabeth City, in Eastern North Carolina Feb., 1862. the writer observed: The Federal army landed, and proceeded toward Elizabeth City, which it found evacuated and burned by the Southern troops. From there a detachment advanced as far as the Tennessee River, and thus occupies the principal road between Memphis and Columbus. This movement establishes the troops of General Burnside in the rear of the great army of the Potomac. Elizabeth City, on the Atlantic coast, and the Tennessee River, at the point indicated, are ful
Dover, Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
mer being chief. They were put in motion from Dover at five o'clock on Saturday morning ; Feb. 15 heights that reached to the river, just above Dover. Buckner was directed to strike Wallace's divl of War was held at Pillow's Headquarters, in Dover, at midnight, to consider the matter. There wn. Wallace immediately sent word to Grant that Dover was surrendered, and his troops were in posses and at three o'clock we landed at the site of Dover. The little village, with its church, court-hnois Battery, who performed gallant service at Dover, in repelling an attack by the cavalry of Forep, a short distance from the road leading from Dover to Fort Henry. Mrs. Crisp, a stout, kind-heartto allow the use of the pencil. So we rode to Dover, supped with Mr. Stewart, and lodged at Cooleyes of these fortifications. Between these and Dover, we visited a strong work on a commanding eminks. Remounting our horses, we hurried back to Dover, reaching there just as the steamer was moored[11 more...]
Ohio (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
ce on the enemy, when, as he prognosticated, the enemy surrendered. --Sherman's Letter to the Editor of the United States service magazine, January, 1865. The new movement was immediately begun. McClernand requested Wallace to retake the ground lost in the morning. A column of attack was soon formed, with the Eighth Missouri, Colonel Morgan L. Smith, and the Eleventh Indiana (Wallace's old regiment), Colonel George McGinnis (both led by the former as a brigade), moving at the head. Two Ohio regiments, under Colonel Ross, formed a supporting column. At the same time, Colonel Cruft formed a line of battle at the foot of the hill. The Eighth Missouri led the van, closely followed by the Eleventh Indiana; and when about half way up the hill, they received a volley from its summit. The ground was broken, rough, and partly wooded. The Nationals pressed on, and the struggle was fierce and unyielding for more than an hour. Gradually the Confederates were pushed back, and their as
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