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Beaufort, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
n, and these were employed in defending the lighthouses and protecting the loyal inhabitants from the outrages of their immediate neighbors. January 25, 1864, the roads being impassable, Brigadier-General Graham, with some armed transports, went up the James River to Lower Brandon and destroyed a large quantity of provisions and forage stored there, and captured some smuggling vessels. Major-General Pickett, of the Confederate forces, made an attack upon New Berne and our lines at Beaufort, N. C., on the 1st of February, but was cleverly repulsed with loss, Brigadier-General Palmer commanding the district. By a surprise of an outpost, fifty-three of the Second North Carolina (loyal) Regiment were captured by General Pickett. By his order they were tried by court martial and twenty-two of them were hanged. Their supposed offence was that they, being enrolled in the Confederate army, had enlisted in the Union army. Upon remonstrance by General Peck, commanding in North Carol
Chesapeake Bay (United States) (search for this): chapter 16
, the enemy held the intervening territory, and the only communication between these places was by water by travelling a distance of from 120 to 170 miles. This opinion was reported to the War Department, but no action was taken, and I did not feel at liberty to order the evacuation of either place. November 16, an expedition under Colonel Quinn, with 450 men of the One Hundred and Forty-Eighth New York Volunteers, captured a rebel marine brigade organized to prey upon the commerce of Chesapeake Bay, and a dangerous nest of pirates was broken up. November 27, Colonel Draper, with the Sixth U. S. Colored Troops, made a successful raid into the counties lying on the sounds in Virginia and North Carolina, capturing and dispersing organized guerillas. December 4, Brigadier-General Wilde, at the head of two regiments of colored troops, overran all the counties as far as Chowan River, releasing some two thousand slaves and inflicting much damage upon the enemy. December 13, Briga
Ponder (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
y, I came to the conclusion to take command in person of this movement so that nothing should be lost because of any disagreement between my corps commanders, neither of whom really desired that the other should succeed. At daybreak on the 12th, all the movements were made in conformity with these orders. Brigadier-General Ames' brigade was posted near Port Walthall Junction to cover our rear from the enemy's forces arriving at Petersburg from the South. The enemy met us at Proctor or Mill Creek, and after several severe engagements were forced back into their first line of works around Drury's Bluff. As soon as the roads by Chesterfield Court-House were opened by our advance, in obedience to the instructions of the lieutenant-general, General Kautz was sent with his cavalry by those roads to cut the Danville Railroad and the James River Canal. He was not able to strike the canal, but cut the road near Appomattox Station, and thence marched along the line of the road destroying
Suffolk, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
ork and James Rivers, up to the line of Williamsburg, the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and a line extending towards Suffolk, about seven miles from Norfolk, on the line of the Dismal Swamp Canal in Virginia, and by the aid of the gunboats, the ere met General Kilpatrick on his return. On the 9th of March the Confederates made a demonstration upon our lines at Suffolk. Not knowing the force of the enemy, and Kilpatrick's men being recruiting from their march at Yorktown, I asked his ait Hampton, the colored cavalry at Williamsburg, and all the white cavalry at the line beyond Norfolk in the direction of Suffolk. About the 1st of May West Point, at the head of York River, was seized, preparations were made for building wharves . W. Hincks, embarked at Fortress Monroe. At sunrise of the 5th, General Kautz, with three thousand cavalry, moved from Suffolk to cut the Weldon Railroad at Hicksford, and thence to join us at City Point. Col. Robert West, with eighteen hundred co
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
de of the James or on the south, Bermuda and City Point should be used as a base of operations. CitCity Point on the opposite side of the peninsula, which was known as Bermuda Hundred, needed to be fortnd Wright with his Sixth Corps was sent from City Point by water, and I sent a portion of the Ninetehirty thousand men up to Bermuda Hundred and City Point with all their ammunition and supplies in twour hours, so as to be up the James River at City Point and Bermuda before the enemy knew that I waspressed upon me: that I must be sure to hold City Point in any event, and make Bermuda impregnable; e left flank across the James and join me at City Point. I insert his orders. Let them tell the ith me against Lee, as he afterwards did, at City Point, Bermuda Hundred, and Petersburg. In consctions that I was to intrench and fortify at City Point and Bermuda Hundred; that our new base was tirmish, and crossing and joining us opposite City Point, as ordered. During the day of the 8th no[14 more...]
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
pickets of the garrison of those cities in North Carolina. Upon inspection of these several postsemonstrance by General Peck, commanding in North Carolina, Pickett replied, that being deserters thelly around Richmond were away operating in North Carolina, the enemy, relying upon the almost impassarticularly the topography of Virginia and North Carolina and that, too, in connection with the campSmith, as to the movements of the enemy in North Carolina, the subject of my proposed army co-operatould be a means of relieving our forces in North Carolina from their impending danger. Meanwhile, o for two and a half millions of rations to North Carolina. With this fact in view, knowing that GenSmith had strongly advised a movement into North Carolina instead of up the James, and fearing lest o say that if a movement upon the enemy in North Carolina was intended, as I was inclined to believe which he assured me that no operations in North Carolina were intended, and that it was his wish th[4 more...]
Bermuda Hundred (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
Davis frustrated advantages of occupying Bermuda hundred noted: Grant and Butler plan its occupati, and an intrenched camp could be made of Bermuda Hundred more impregnable than Fortress Monroe. Iside of the peninsula, which was known as Bermuda Hundred, needed to be fortified and held as a depsurprise City Point and this peninsula of Bermuda Hundred and so hold it as to get around Richmond ke to transport thirty thousand men up to Bermuda Hundred and City Point with all their ammunition Lee, as he afterwards did, at City Point, Bermuda Hundred, and Petersburg. In consultation with to intrench and fortify at City Point and Bermuda Hundred; that our new base was to be established right of the proposed intrenched lines of Bermuda Hundred, which was the highest point ever reachedhite troops of the two corps pushed on to Bermuda Hundred, and by eight o'clock ten thousand men, wry out my instructions, secure my base at Bermuda Hundred, and move as far up the James as possible
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 16
when one should be called for in the other loyal States. This order was vigorously protested against by Governor Pierpont, and this was all the assistance the United States ever received from the loyal government of Virginia in defending the State. My predecessors in command had endeavored to recruit a regiment of loyal Virginianck, commanding in North Carolina, Pickett replied, that being deserters they were executed by his orders, and if retaliation was attempted he would execute ten United States soldiers for every one upon whom we retaliated, unless, indeed, the Confederates were deserters from our army, in which case hanging them would be proper. As ndidate for re-election, as I suppose it is proper for me to be. Now, every one of my equals has a right to be a candidate against me, and every citizen of the United States is my equal who is not my subordinate. Now, if you desire to be a candidate I will give you the present opportunity to be one by making you my equal and not m
Turkey Bend (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
autz, with three thousand cavalry, moved from Suffolk to cut the Weldon Railroad at Hicksford, and thence to join us at City Point. Col. Robert West, with eighteen hundred colored cavalry, moved at the same time from Williamsburg to meet us at Turkey Bend, opposite City Point. The armed transports, under the command of Brig.-Gen. Charles K. Graham, moved at night on the 4th up James River, destroyed the enemy's signal stations, and arrived at City Point at 11 A. M., of the 5th, finding no toe there for the purpose of covering my rear, I endeavored to supply this deficiency as below set forth. At evening of the 14th General Sheridan was reported by Lieutenant-Colonel Fuller, chief quartermaster, as having arrived at Haxalls, or Turkey Bend, on the opposite side of the river, some fourteen miles below, where he asked to be supplied with rations and forage. I telegraphed to Colonel Fuller to give General Sheridan all the forage and rations he needed. See Appendix No. 50. Lat
Chesterfield (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
tions being made to move our whole force to the railroad and destroy as much of it as possible. General Smith was to endeavor to reach the railroad bridge over Swift Creek, supported by General Gillmore on the left toward Chester Station. It was found quite impossible to discover any ford to cross the creek, and the railroad bron the next day. That evening I had a consultation with my corps commanders, and it was determined that we should make a vigorous movement on the morrow to pass Swift creek, to reach the Appomattox, and destroy the bridges across it. Cooperating with this, General Hincks was to move on the south side of the Appomattox upon Petersbuth, the enemy making an attack in force upon Generals Brooks and Heckman, but were handsomely repulsed. On the 10th the plan of withdrawal of the troops from Swift Creek was carried out without loss, and the railroad wholly destroyed for seven miles, under my personal supervision, there being no such agreement between my corps c
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