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The Daily Dispatch: February 18, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
ameron, the messenger from Richmond, formerly Morgan's chaplain, arrived this afternoon with documents proving the belligerency of the raiders. He left Richmond on the 4th instant, and was delayed by ice in the Potomac. Two others in his company were drowned. Miscellaneous. The Louisville Press of the 10th says that Quantrell, the noted Kansas guerrilla, who has long been supposed to be dead, is now operating in that State. The House Committee on Elections have reported in favor of admitting Mr. Bonsall to a seat as Representative from Louisiana, and have also decided to report in favor of admitting Messrs. Johnson and Jackson as Representatives from Arkansas. Pascagoula, Louisiana, has been evacuated by the Yankees. All is quiet at Wilmington. Colonel Lamb, captured at Fort Fisher, is dangerously ill. General Schofield has been superseded. Terry is in command. The Yankees have advices "confirming" the evacuation of Mobile, Of course it is a humbug.
The Daily Dispatch: February 18, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
arlotte, North Carolina, which is a hundred miles north of Columbia, on the Charlotte and Columbia railroad; or at Florence, South Carolina, the junction of the Columbia and Wilmington and the Charleston and Wilmington railroads, some ninety miles east of Columbia. There was a report yesterday that Augusta had also been taken by the enemy. This we do not believe. We have reason to feel assured that nearly the whole of Sherman's army is together at Columbia, and that the report that Schofield was advancing on Augusta was untrue. Firing below Richmond. Several heavy guns were heard in the direction of Dutch Gap yesterday evening. The cause of the firing has not been explained. Probably some wet guns were being fired off. From Petersburg. On Wednesday and Thursday some movement was going on in Grant's camp opposite Petersburg. Deserters state that Grant has sent eight thousand men to City Point since Saturday, and say it is the impression in the Yankee army t
The News. From North Carolina. The Yankee papers represent that Schofield has at Wilmington and Newbern a sufficient force to beat any troops that may be dispatched from Richmond against Sherman. The Richmond and Petersburg lines. All is quiet on this side of James river. During the forenoon of Monday, the enemy, shelled our works on the Appomattox with great fury, some of the shells falling in the city of Petersburg. Grant is extending his City Point railroad to his position on Hatcher's run. East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia. A report comes from Southwestern Virginia that Gilliam, with forty-five hundred Yankees, is advancing into Upper East Tennessee, their advance being now north of Greenville. It is believed to be their intention to try and occupy the whole of the State at the time of the coming election. Gilmer's brigade of Kentucky cavalry had an engagement last Saturday at Ball's bridge, in Lee county, Virginia, twenty-five miles north
We have received Northern papers of the evening of the 18th instant. There is nothing of importance in them. Sherman's plans — his March a Dangerous one. The New York Times, writing of Sherman's plans for his march to Richmond, says: It is well known now to the public that General Schofield has a very heavy force near Wilmington, which, of course, will flank any body that Lee may send out south of that point to oppose Sherman's army. We can count the time almost by weeks in which General Sherman, in his victorious march, will form a new base in Wilmington, or at some other point in North Carolina. With these fixed elements of the problem, with an approaching concentration, under the two best generals of the national armies, of some two hundred thousand veteran Union soldiers on the blood-stained fields of Virginia, what is Lee, with his hundred thousand men and his reduced supplies, to do? We admit that the progress of these various concentrating move
eneral Kelly was ordered with his command from the neighborhood of Resaca to report to Major-General Wheeler. The effective artillery and infantry of the Army of Tennessee, after the arrival of Mercer's brigade, amounted to forty thousand nine hundred; the effective cavalry to about four thousand. Major-General Sherman's army was composed of that of Missionary Ridge (then eighty thousand), increased by several thousand recruits; five thousand, then under Hovey; the Twenty-third corps (Schofield's), from Knoxville, and two divisions of the Sixteenth, from North Alabama. Major-General Wheeler estimated the cavalry of that army at fifteen thousand. On the 5th of May, this army was in line between Ringgold and Tunnel Hill, and after skirmishing on that and the following day, on the 7th passed back our advanced troops to Mill Creek gap. On the same day Brigadier-General Canty reached Resaca with his brigade, and was halted there. On the 8th, at 4 P. M., a division of H
ation of the fall of Charleston. They say they gained possession of seven hundred pieces of cannon by the capture of that city and its environs. It is reported that Grant has shipped off eighteen thousand men from his army to combine with Schofield's forces, and co-operate with Sherman in his advance into North Carolina. At Petersburg there is the usual quiet. Tuesday evening the Yankee troops could be seen drawn up in line, listening to the reading of the latest news from Charleston. They cheered very much, but fired no salute. From the South--nothing but rumors. There were many rumors in circulation yesterday relative to Sherman's movements, north of Columbia, and Schofield's, in the vicinity of Wilmington, which, in the absence of any official or other authentic advices, we think it useless to repeat. Mosby's men Operating on the Peninsula. We mentioned, some days ago, a brilliant dash made into Williamsburg by some of Colonel Mosby's men. From the f
in the city. On this side, as we have before stated, they contented themselves with letting off blank cartridges. For several days past there has been so much stir within the enemy's lines south of Petersburg as to give rise to the report that they were concentrating for another attack on our extreme right. As, however, no attack has been made, it is probable the commotion observed was incidental to the removal of a part of the Yankee army to City Point, en route to co-operate with Schofield and Sherman in the Carolinas. If any offensive movement against the Petersburg lines was contemplated by Grant, it has been indefinitely postponed by the drenching rain of yesterday, which has converted Eastern Virginia into one vast quagmire. From the South. The city was, yesterday, filled with rumors relative to military movements in North and South Carolina; but we have no official intelligence from that quarter. We, however, know that affairs in that quarter are already begi
spies and others whose release is deemed incompatible with the public safety. An amnesty is granted to all such as keep their parole. He promises that hereafter all extraordinary arrests shall be made by the military authorities alone. From Wilmington — fall of Fort Anderson. An arrival at Fortress Monroe, from Wilmington, announces the fall of Fort Anderson. The American says: The bombardment of Fort Anderson was kept up by the navy with great spirit on Saturday, and General Schofield had prepared for a grand assault of the works on Sunday morning. At an early hour it was discovered that the enemy had commenced the evacuation, when the assault was ordered, and the fort was soon in our possession, with all its guns uninjured, and before they had time to blow up the magazine. A number of prisoners were captured, but the larger portion of the garrison made good their escape to Wilmington. A pursuit was immediately ordered, and at the time Lieutenant Cushing left
he fort was heavily shelled by Porter's fleet and a demonstration made in its front while another effort was made to get in its rear. An account says: General Schofield having accomplished all that he had contemplated by this demonstration in front, about 3 o'clock P. M. withdrew the whole of the Third division and sent it anited States Flagship Malvern, Cape Fear River, February 19th, 1865. Sir: I have the honor to report the surrender or evacuation of Fort Anderson. General Schofield advanced from Smithville, with eight thousand men, on the 17th instant. At the same time I attacked the works by water, placing the monitor Montauk close toon. The enemy's batteries were silenced by three o'clock, though we kept up the fire until dark. We also fired through the night. In the meantime, General Schofield was working in the rear of the rebels to out them off. The latter did not wait for the army to surround them, but left in the night, taking five or six piece
Wilmington by the Federal forces: Fortress Monroe, Virginia, February 24--10 P. M. To General U. S. Grant, City Point: Our troops entered Wilmington on the morning of the 22d instant. After the evacuation of Fort Anderson, General Schofield directed Cox to follow its garrison towards Wilmington, while Terry followed Hoke on the east side of the river. The latter took up a new line, four miles from Wilmington, but was so closely pressed by Terry that he could send no troops to us by this summing up: Thus, day after day, and with capture after capture, the great game goes on to its culmination. Grant watching and waiting at Petersburg, Sherman driving on through South and North Carolina with irresistible force, Schofield advancing from Wilmington, and Sheridan ready to swoop up the Valley.--This is the great picture on one side; and on the other, we have only Lee trembling in his trenches, and Beauregard and Hardee straggling forward to add their weakness to hi
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