Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1912 - United States
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Page 105 - The enemy surrendered this morning. The only terms allowed is their parole as prisoners of war. This I regard as a great advantage to us at this moment. It saves, probably, several days in the capture, and leaves troops and transports ready for immediate service. Sherman, with a large force, moves immediately on Johnston, to drive him from the State. I will send troops to the relief of Banks, and return...
Page 118 - If you can't feed us you had better surrender us — horrible as the idea is — than suffer this noble army to disgrace themselves by desertion. I tell you plainly men are not going to lie here and perish. If they do love their country, self-preservation is the first law of nature, and hunger will compel a man to do almost anything. You had better heed a warning voice, though it is the voice of a private soldier. " This army is now ripe for mutiny unless it can be fed.
Page 22 - ... still fighting when the assault had proved unsuccessful. The army had terrible work before them, and are fighting as well as soldiers ever fought before, but the works are stronger than any of us dreamed of.
Page 104 - ... and ammunition for the army. Though the rebels, on several occasions, built batteries, and with a large force attempted to sink or capture the transports, they never succeeded, but were defeated by the gunboats with severe loss on all occasions.
Page 282 - Kalb was moving slowly along she run foul of a torpedo, which exploded and sunk her. There was no sign of anything of the kind to be seen. While she was going down another exploded under her stern.
Page 228 - I have the honor to remain, Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, DAVID D. PORTER, Commanding Flotilla. Hon. GIDEON WELLES, Secretary of the Navy.
Page 452 - ... seaboard. Mr. Doughty finding he could not get the steamers over the bar and out of Red river, set fire to them, and burnt them up. This is a great loss to the rebels at this moment, as it cuts off their means of operating across that part of Atchafalaya where they lately came over to attack Morganzia. This capture will deter others from coming down Red river. The affair was well managed, and the officers and men composing the expedition deserve great credit for the share they took in it.
Page 263 - He despatched a boat around to inform me of it, but General Ransom, who had landed a few days before at Natchez, hearing of it, also sent a detachment of cavalry and captured the whole. Thus Walker's army is left almost without ammunition. The officers and men have shown great energy on this expedition, and have met with no mishaps. They procured a good deal of information by which future movements will be regulated. The people in the whole of that section are very hostile to the government — rank...
Page 103 - History has seldom had an opportunity of recording so desperate a defense on one side, with so much courage, ability, perseverance, and endurance on the other, and if ever an army was entitled to the gratitude of a nation, it is the Army of the Tennessee and its gallant leaders.
Page 106 - God grant that the harmony and mutual respect that exist between our respective commanders, and shared by all the true men of the joint service, may continue forever, and serve to elevate our national character, threatened with shipwreck. Thus I muse as I sit in my solitary camp out in the wood, far from the point for which we have jointly striven so long and so well, and, though personal curiosity would tempt me to go and see the frowning batteries and sunken pits that have defied us so long, and...

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