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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Closing operations in the Gulf and western rivers. (search)
her. On the 3d of June Lieutenant-Commander W. E. Fitzhugh received the surrender of Lieutenant J. H. Carter and the Confederate naval forces under his command in the Red River. On the west Gulf coast the blockade continued until the end, several important cutting-out expeditions occurring during January and February. Among these the most noteworthy were the capture of the Delphina, January 22d, in Calcasieu River, by Lieutenant-Commander R. W. Meade; of the Pet and the Anna Sophia, February 7th, at Galveston, by an expedition organized by Commander J. R. M. Mullany; and of the Anna Dale, February 18th, at Pass Cavallo, by a party sent in by Lieutenant-Commander Henry Erben. After the surrender of Mobile, Admiral Thatcher turned his attention to the coast of Texas, and on May 25th Sabine Pass was evacuated. On the 2d of June Galveston surrendered, and the war on the Texas coast came to an end. The Levee at Nashville, looking down the Cumberland. From a War-time photograph.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
argumentative address to the people of Northwestern Virginia. these proceedings thoroughly alarmed the conspirators, who expected a revolt and an appeal to arms in Western Virginia, under the auspices of the National Government; and on the 25th of May, Governor Letcher wrote a letter to Colonel Porterfield, who was in command of some State troops at Grafton, at the junction of the Baltimore and Ohio and the Northwestern Railway, ordering him to take the train some night, run up to Wheeling,hia, was invited to become its leader. He had lived in Wheeling, and had been commander of a volunteer Regiment there. His skill and bravery were appreciated, and in this hour of need they were required. He hastened to Wheeling, and, on the 25th of May, took command of the Regiment. George B. McClellan had been called to the command of the Ohio troops, as we have observed. He was soon afterward commissioned a Major-General of Volunteers, May 14, 1861. and assigned to the command of the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
s were waiting for General McClellan. the weather was not very unfavorable, and nothing seemed to offer an excuse for an hour's delay. The Commander-in-Chief had been promptly informed May 24, 1862. from Washington of the reasons and the necessity of countermanding the order for McDowell to move on from Fredericksburg to join him, and he had as usual sent back a complaining remonstrance, and charges of a withholding of troops from him. Nevertheless he issued that order of great promise. May 25. He had said to the Secretary of War, ten days before, I will fight the enemy, whatever their force may be, with whatever force we may have; and the Secretary could see no reasons for a change now in the General's resolution, for, so long as the Confederate force that kept McDowell back was withheld from Richmond, McClellan was comparatively as strong in power to fight his enemy as if McDowell was with him, and Jackson and Ewell were confronting that soldier on the Chickahominy instead of on
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
siderable force of infantry sent out from Richmond, and who attacked him in the rear, while another force assailed his front. He also drove the foe on his front, when he destroyed the railway bridge there, and then pushed on southward to Haxhall's Landing, May 14, 1864. on the James River, where he rested three days and Philip H. Sheridan. procured supplies. Then, by way of White House and Hanover Court-House, he leisurely returned to the Army of the Potomac, which he rejoined on the 25th of May. Before proceeding to follow the Army of the Potomac further in its advance toward Richmond, let us see what had been doing for awhile on its right by forces which, as we have observed, had been arranged in Western Virginia for co-operating movements. For some time that region had been the theater of some stirring minor events of the war. Confederate cavalry, guerrilla bands, and resident bushwhackers had been active and mischievous; while Moseby, the marauding chief, was busy in the
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
ote urgent letters in the middle of May to the Navy Department, requesting that ironclads be sent him. It was the most uncomfortable position that any officer was placed in during the war, when told by the Department as late as June, 1864, that the vessels could not be furnished because the contractors had not come up to their contract. But the Admiral bore it all bravely, and with his usual equanimity prepared his wooden ships to do the best they could in the coming conflict. Not until May 25th does Farragut speak of the Tennessee having arrived in the Mobile Roads, and anchored under the guns of Fort Morgan. He went in as close as he could, examined her with good glasses, and satisfied himself that all that had been said about her formidable character was true. He had been deceived so many times by what were supposed to be iron-clads, that he was glad to have his mind settled on this question, and to know that this was really the Tennessee without her consorts. On June 2d, r
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
ver and had done considerable damage. She followed in the footsteps of all the Confederate rams, and was the last one that we know of that was at that time owned by the Confederacy. The following officers of the Webb gave themselves up, after having been pursued to the swamps by the Navy: Lieutenant Read, her late commanding officer; Lieutenant Wm. H. Wall, Master S. P. LeBlanc, Passed-Midshipman H. H. Scott, Assistant Surgeon W. J. Addison, and Pilot James West. It was not until the 25th of May that the Confederates began to evacuate their fortified places in Texas and return to their homes. The first place evacuated was the works at Sabine Pass, which had been a point both parties had contended for throughout the war. About May 27th, the Confederate Army in Texas generally disbanded, taking advantage of the terms of surrender entered into and executed at New Orleans between the Confederate Commissioners and General Canby, of the U. S. Army, where all the Confederate fortifi
three thousand three hundred and eighty-eight (3388) Johnston's Narrative, page 325. killed and wounded prior to his arrival at that point, or to the passage of the Etowah, since they were effective soldiers at Dalton; in this manner I shall gradually trace the number of available troops, from which deduct the effective total turned over to me by General Johnston on the 18th July, and I shall finally arrive at his entire loss during the campaign. The Army reached New Hope Church on the 25th and 26th of May, and remained in that vicinity about ten days previous to the retreat upon Pine and Kennesaw Mountains, near Marietta. It was here visited by General L. T. Wigfall, a man of talent, and, at that time, in the Confederate States Senate, but who, owing to his intense enmity to President Davis, allowed himself to be governed by undue influences. General Wigfall was virtually the political chief of staff of General Johnston, and considering the close relations of these gentlemen,
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Chapter XXII: Operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Mississippi, North Alabama, and Southwest Virginia. March 4-June 10, 1862. (ed. Lieut. Col. Robert N. Scott), April 29-June 10, 1862.-advance upon and siege of Corinth, and pursuit of the Confederate forces to Guntown, Miss. (search)
commanding Fourth Division, of operations from May 25 to June 12. No. 26.-Brig. Gen. Gordon Grangercommanding Fourth Division, of operations from May 25 to June 12. Hdqrs. 4TH Div., left wing, Ad herewith. It is probably Hardee's letter of May 25, in Correspondence, etc., pp. 544, 545, Series prior to the evacuation of Corinth. May 25, aggregate number of men present in camp 879 May 25, aggregate of men present and absent 1,060 May 25, total number of guns 48 June 29, aMay 25, total number of guns 48 June 29, aggregate of men present in camp 824 June 29, aggregate of men present and absent 1,036 June 29g, prior to the evacuation of Corinth. May 25, aggregate of men present in camp 2,965 MayMay 25, aggregate of men present and absent 3,807 May 25, total number of guns 97 June 29, aggregMay 25, total number of guns 97 June 29, aggregate of men present in camp 1,976 June 29, aggregate of men present and absent 2,710 June 29, t at Columbus, Miss., and included in report of May 25. [exhibit L.] Report of arms, ordnace, and[1 more...]
had been directed to extend his right wing so as to form a junction with General McDowell; and the order for his co-operation being simply suspended, not revoked, General McClellan was not at liberty to abandon the northern approach. On the 25th of May he received a telegraphic despatch from the President, at considerable length, detailing the enemy's movements as far as they were known up to its date, stating that twenty thousand of McDowell's forces were moving back to Front Royal, that onhim another despatch, indicating apprehensions for the safety of Washington, saying, I think the time is near when you must either attack Richmond or give up the job and come to the defence of Washington. Upon the President's first despatch of May 25, in which he says that apprehensions for the safety of Washington, and nothing else, prevented McDowell's being sent to the Peninsula, Colonel Lecomte remarks, We have full faith in the sincerity of the frank and honest language of the President;
and artillery were again concentrated at Winchester by midnight. Here they were allowed a rest of two or three hours, broken at brief intervals by the rattle of musketry, as the Rebels closed around them, their artillery opening at day-light. May 25. Banks had now less than 7,000 men, Gen. Banks's official report. says: My own command consisted of 2 brigades of less than 4,000 men. all told, with 900 cavalry, 10 Parrott guns, and one battery of G-pounders, smooth-bore cannon. e therefore decided to go by Moorefield, which compelled him to go 29 miles farther northeast, to Wardensville, in order to find a practicable route across the mountains. Stripping his army as naked as possible, he left Franklin next morning, May 25. the soldiers discarding even their knapsacks, but taking five days rations of hard bread ; and thus, through constant rain, and over mountain roads that could be made barely passable, he crossed the Alleghanies and descended into the Valley, rea
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