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The river at this point flows almost due south,
The rebels had a camp there and some artillery,
A few broadsides and Battle Creek enters it running in a south- but made no use of the latter. easterly direction. Captain Edgarton, as soon as from the Crusader dispersed the enemy, and the enemy's infantry made its appearance, imme. Lieut. Commanding Rhind, on landing with a diately crossed the creek, planted his guns in a company of the Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania volun. new position, and so disgusted the fellows upon teers, under command of Capt. Bennett, met with the other side of the river, by flinging amongst
no resistance. them a dozen rounds of shell and shrapnel
About thirty tents and some cabins, used as they incontinently took to their heels.
quarters, were fired, and a few muskets brought
We had no casualties. Of course we cannot ascertain the enemy's loss, away. but it must have been considerable ; and so
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. F. Du Pont, thoroughly frightened were they, that they have not since troubled us, except to fire an occasional Flag-officer Commanding South-Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Hon, Gideon Welles, shot across the river, from behind a rock or a
Secretary of the Navy. tree, taking good care, however, to keep their carcasses well concealed.
UNITED STATES STEAMER CRUSADER, Our loss consisted of one man wounded -John
NORTH-EDISTO, June 23, 1862.
} Eckhart, company B, Second Ohio, shot in the
Sır: On the twenty-first I took this vessel, folright breast. One of Capt. Edgarton's horses was lowed by the Planter, Acting Master Phønix, up killed,
to Simon's Bluff, on Wadmelan Sound, and, after Col. Sill, throughout these operations, has ex. a short engagement, drove off the enemy stationed hibited much prudence and ability, and has been there, and captured and destroyed their camp. well supported by those under his command. On board the Planter were four officers and The position he occupies at the mouth of Battle seventy men of the Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania volunCreek is, for defensive purposes, one of the finest teers, under command of Captain Bennett. From I ever saw. A thousand men could hold it against orders and papers found in the camp, it appears five times their numbers, whether it were assailed that the force at the point consisted of the Marion upon the north or south, or from the east, across artillery and two companies of the Eleventh the Tennessee. A huge mountain upon the west South-Carolina volunteers, and that the regiment runs parallel with the river, and just at the mouth was placed two miles back. of the creek sends down a mighty spur to within As we approached the point, the artillery a few hundred yards of the Tennessee. North (which seemed to be quartered in some plantationof this spur the creek comes wandering along houses near a mile off) was seen advancing, and through a gorge so narrow as to admit nothing some baggage-wagons going off from the bluff. save itself to pass.
We advanced slowly without firing, my object Between the mountain and the river, the road being to draw the artillery down, but they seemned from Stevenson to Jasper passes, as also an un- to halt in a clump of trees some distance off from finished branch railroad running from Bridgeport the point, and apparently retired, as we saw no to the latter place. Upon the other side of the more of them during the day. Tennessee is a narrow belt of cleared land, then a We slowly passed the bluff, at half-pistol-shot line of low hills, and then the tine valley through distance, and received a smart musketry-fire from which runs the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. rifle-pits and the houses. Our nearness seems to Beyond this, a range of the Cumberland Moun. have disconcerted their aim, as their volleys tains rears itself
, extending far away both up and passed harmlessly over our heads. A couple of down the river, until its great masses are lost in broadsides were discharged, and when the smoke the blue distance.
had cleared away, the enemy had disappeared. South of the point where Colonel Sill has his Rounding to above the bluff
, we passed slowly headquarters, the mountain upon the west bank down again, and anchored abreast the rifle-pits of the river recedes, and a beautiful “cove” is and houses. I then went on board the Planter, formed, in which a number of our troops are en- and taking her in to the shore, landed with Capt. camped.
Bennett's command, and fired their tents, about -Cincinnati Gasette.
thirty in number, and some cabins used as quar
ters. Doc. 139.
The enemy had taken off the baggage, etc., be
fore we landed. A few muskets and other artiFIGHT AT SIMON'S BLUFF, S. C. cles were brought away. We returned to our an
chorage off the wharf about six P.M., without loss FLAG-OFFICER DU PONT'S REPORT.
and with very trifling damage. FLAG-SHIP WABASH, Port Royal, 8. C., June 28, 1862.
Colonel White, of the Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania, Sir: I enclose another interesting report from commanding the post here, and his officers and Lieut. Commanding Rhind, of further operations men, coöperated with us with great cordiality. in North-Edisto.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, On the twenty-first instant, with the Crusader
A. C. Raind, and the Planter, and piloted by Robert Small, he
Lieutenant Commanding. ran up North-Edisto River into Wadmelan Sound, Flag-Officer S. F. Du Pont, as far as Simon's Bluff, which is on the main land.
Commanding South-Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
REPORT OF CAPTAIN JOCKNICK.
my train, which was returning without corn. I
caused the train to go back, and joined both of CAPTAIN JOCKNICK'S RECONNOISSANCE.
my battalions together. At Stewart's plantation
I learned that the enemy was near by, and I deWASHINGTON, N. O., June 25, 1862.
termined to attack him. Sir: Having within the last few days received
When a mile beyond Stewart's plantation, a number of reports from various sources in re- which is about six miles from this place, my adgard to certain fly-trap contrivances made by the vance-guard, under Capt. Knight, came suddenly rebels on the Greenville road, for the purpose of upon the enemy, and the fight commenced in catching my mounted patrols whenever they earnest. I sent my companies forward, one after should venture beyond their usual limit of four another, amid a continuous blaze of fire from the miles, I made yesterday a reconnoissance with my enemy, who were strongly posted among the company to Tranter's "Creek, a distance of eight trees and on the edge of a swamp. I tried sevemiles, where they were said to have a large force ral times to charge them, but they were so well on each side of the stream. I advanced cautious- posted, and the underbrush was so thick, that I ly, with my advance-guard dismounted and acting
was unable to do so, notwithstanding my men as skirmishers, but could discover no signs of the were close upon them, some of them being within presence of an enemy until we struck the bridge, fifty yards. where our late engagement took place. Here,
I fought them in this way for at least half an within reach of our rifles, and partially concealed hour, when seeing that I could not force them behind the trees, we could just discover, in the from their position, as they outnumbered me bend of the road on the other side of the stream, greatly, and it being dark, I gave orders to move two mounted pickets, whom my men were ex back to a large corn-field, where I knew if they ceedingly anxious to relieve from all further followed me I could cripple them, as they would troubles in this world; but, as I did not wish to not then have the advantage of their cover. make a noise until the object of my reconnoissance
I got my men out in fine order, and upon was accomplished, their lives were spared.
I reaching the turn in the main road halted, but found the bridge partially destroyed, the mill the enemy had been so severely handled that where they made their last stand entirely desert- they made no attempt to follow. It was now ed, and no traces whatever of the presence of a quite dark, when, seeing nothing further could large force. In the direct road to Greenville, and be done, I returned to this camp. As I left the a mile from this point, is another bridge, which woods the enemy retreated, leaving their dead Lieutenant Allis crossed at the time of his engage in a flag of truce to obtain perinission to bury
men lying in the road, and to-day they have sent ment; but, although I made a careful reconnoissance of that locality, no rebel pickets could be
them. About twelve feet of the centre of this
On my way in, I met an artillery and infantry bridge had been sawed off, and a breastwork of force going out under Brig.-Gen. Benton, but it logs and lumber constructed on the other side; was too dark for him to travel, and he halted but, as I said before, no indications of the pres- and fought with the most perfect coolness and
My officers and men are entitled to great praise, ence of rebel troops could be found. I mention these little particulars merely to show
determination. I had with me Majors Hum. that our late battle at Tranter's Creek has had a phrey and Wallis, (wounded) Captains Gifford, salutary effect on the enemy, and that we shall Chidister, Knight, (wounded';) Cameron, Blake probably not be molested here for some time to more, and Booth ; Adjutant Stevenson; Battalion come. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Adjutant Blackburn, (wounded,) Lieuts
. HarringG. F. JOCKNICK,
ton, Shear, Ellsworth, Bayley, and Shattuck, all Captain Commanding Company 1, Third New-York Cavalry. of the Ninth Illinois cavalry. First Lieutenant R. M. HALL,
My guide, William McCulloch, Sergeant-Major Adjutant Third New-York Cavalry, Newbern, N. C. Price, Battalion Sergeant-Majors Knight and Ro
berts, and Chief Bugler Fritson also behaved ad
mirably. Doc. 141.
I was struck with a rifle-ball in the breast,
which sickened me for a time, but I soon reBATTLE OF VILLAGE CREEK, ARK. covered from its effects sufficiently to give orders
My wounded men were well cared for by Sur HEADQUARTERS NISTA REGIMENT ILLINOIS CAVALRY,
geon James W. Brackett and Assistant Surgeon CAMP ON VILLAGE CREEK, JACKSON COUNTY, ARK., Charles Brackett, for which they have my thanks. June 29, 1862.
My loss was thirty-three officers and men Captain: Yesterday afternoon I received orders killed and wounded.' Seven horses killed and from General Steele to send a force down White twenty-four wounded. The loss to the enemy, River to reënforce the Third battalion of my re- under Colonel Matloek, was severe. giment, which I had sent out under Major Wallis
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient serv on a foraging expedition, the train of the Post ant,
ALBERT G BRACKETT, Quartermaster having been attacked by the ene
Colonel Ninth Wlinois Carally my. Accordingly I started with the Second bat- To Capt. J. W. PADDOCK, talion of my regiment, and shortly after overtook
Ass't Adjt.-General, Steele's Division, Curtis's Aray.
COLONEL BRACKETTS REPORT.
GENERAL WILLIAMS'S OFFICIAL REPORTS.
Wisconsin, Ninth Connecticut and four guns, OPERATIONS AT VICKSBURGH, MISS.
after marching two miles, taking a branch road by Hamilton's plantation, which led to the rear of the reported rebel camp-some said five hun
dred, some nine hundred strong, pitched between HEADQUARTERS SECOND BRIGADE, VICKSBURGH, July 4, 1862.
the Port Gibson Railroad and the road from Grand CAPTAIN: Leaving the Twenty-first Indiana, Gulf to Willow Springs, and which branch road Sixth Michigan, a section of Everett's battery and produced the only two roads--namely, the railMcGee's cavalry, and taking with me the Thir- road and Willow Springs road leading from Grand tieth Massachusetts, Ninth Connecticut, Seventh Gulf to the interior--took the direct road which Vermont and Fourth Wisconsin, regular Nims's cuts the railroad about one mile in rear of Grand battery and two sections of Everett's, I left Ba- Gulf. One of the regiments, the Seventh Verton Rouge on the morning of the twentieth of mont, was to cooperate with the Fourth Wiscon. June; arrived off Elles Cliff in the afternoon of sin and Ninth Connecticut in the contemplated the twenty-second, where I found three gunboats attack on the camp, and the other, Col. Dudley's, awaiting my approach. To cover the transports to be held in reserve at the fork of the two roads. in passing the cliffs I landed, so as to occupy all The rebels, apprised of our coming, had decamped, the woods leading from the cliffs to the interior, leaving some of their sick, a few old tents, numeand cut off two field-guns reported to be in posi- rous booths, some articles of household furniture tion on the cliffs. The Thirtieth Massachusetts and a secession flag. (See herewith Col. Paine's and two guns of Nims's made a touring march of report.) The town of Grand Gulf, which our eight miles, while the Fourth Wisconsin, with troops, before leaving, burned to the ground, was skirmishers in advance, followed by the Ninth abandoned by all save a single sentinel on picket, Connecticut and four guns of Nims's and two of who, left behind, was captured by Col. Dudley's Everett's, marched directly forward by the cliff- flankers. road leading to the battery and to Natchez, dis- On the twenty-fifth we arrived here off Vickstant eighteen miles, giving time, however, for burgh, and commenced running and levelling the Dudley's column first to reach this road and cut line of the cut-off canal, and on the morning of off the retreat to Natchez. Soon the skirmishers the twenty-seventh broke ground. Between eleven of the Fourth Wisconsin came upon the aban- and twelve hundred negroes, gathered from the doned battery, abandoned save by a gun-limber neighboring plantations by armed parties, are left behind in the abandonment. Limber benches, now engaged in the work of excavating, cutting tables, a broken whiffle-tree, some few ears of down trees, and grubbing up the roots. The newly-gathered green corn, from a neighboring labor of making this cut is far greater than estifield, and the well-trodden earth marked the place mated by anybody. The soil is hard clay, as far of the camp, near the battery, which was spa- as yet excavated-sixteen and a half to seventeen cious, shaded and afforded a clear view of the feet-and must be gone through with, say some river, up and down, and was perfectly protected four feet more, before the water can be let in; by its height above the river from the fire of the for all concur in this: that we must come to sand gunboats. The rebel method of using their guns before the clay. from the cliffs is to run the gun forward till it Yesterday the river fall was only two inches. projects beyond the cliff, depress it, fire and run Drift-wood was seen coming down, and the Misthe gun back out of sight, load and repeat. souri Republican of the twenty-eighth of June
Negroes afterwards told us that the battery, announces the flooding up of the Missouri River consisting of two guns and ninety mounted men, and the rise of the Upper Mississippi. Under left some five hours before our landing; but the the heading of the June rise, with the hard-workfellows had greatly loitered on the way, for Col. ing twelve hundred negro force engaged, and this Dudley reported he was within an hour of inter- prospect of a rise, we are in good heart. The cepting them. The twenty-third of June Rod- project is a great one, and worthy of success. In ney was passed without molestation, but having the next three days we expect to be ready for learned from various sources that resistance to the water of the Mississippi
. The fleet of Flagthe further advance of the transports would cer- Officers Farragut and Davis are awaiting the retainly be made by guns in position on the heights sult with great interest, seven of Flag-Officer Farof Grand Gulf, we entered Bayou Pierre about ragut's vessels having passed Vicksburgh at eleven three o'clock on the morning of the twenty-fourth, o'clock on the morning of the twenty-eighth with. and attempted to reach its point of intersection out alarming the batteries of the town, and are with the Port Gibson and Grand Gulf Railroad, anchored with Flag-Officer Davis's fleet of six in order to move from thence on the rear of the mortar-boats and four gunboats on the west side town and heights of Grand Gulf. After passing of Burney's Point. The mortar vessels of Comup the bayou some nine miles, and still eight modore Porter and the remainder of Flag-Officer miles from Port Gibson, a raft across the bayou Farragut's fleet remain below. Vicksburgh. Capstopped us. We then backed down, for the tain Davis arrived from Memphis on the first of bayou was too narrow to turn in, to one Colonel July. Berry's plantation, four miles only by a good To protect Commodore Porter's mortar fleet, wagon-road. Here, at about eleven o'clock in the lying close along the east bank of the river, withmorning, the troops were landed. The Fourth l in range of the batteries of Vicksburgh, but con.
Vol. V. Doc. 35.
cealed from their view by a dense forest from the teries at the city of Vicksburgh, Miss., had been enemy's skirmishers, I have despatched some in contemplation for some time, in order to efthree hundred men, under Major Whitmore, of fectually open the river, and it was at first the Thirtieth Massachusetts, for picket and re- thought that the squadron under Commodore connoitring on that side of the town. In the Farragut could accomplish this end alone, but a next five or six days I hope to be in the posses- reconnoissance made a month since induced the sion of much information regarding the batteries, belief that we could not attain a sufficient elevation their approaches, and the forces in support. with our guns to reach the rebel batteries located Respectfully, your obed't servant,
on the bluffs. Accordingly the mortar fleet of T. WILLIAMS, Commodore Porter, which was then lying at PenBrigadier-General Volunteers Commanding. sacola, was sent for, and after the lapse of a P. S. -- Lieutenant Elliott's Brigade Quarter- month all the vessels of the feet were towed up master goes down for supplies, and can furnish the river and anchored below the city of Vicksdetails not given here.
burgh. HEADQUARTERS SECOND BRIGADE, BELOW VICKSBURGH,
This ship, together with the Richmond and
} July 6, 1862
Brooklyn, arrived some three or four days preCaptain: The Tennessee left here last evening vious to the fight. The navigation of the river with the mail, but hearing the beating of drums with large ships had to be made with extreme at Grand Gulf
, proceeded no further, and re- caution, and rendered it necessary to come to anturned this evening for an additional gunboat to chor at night, so that our progress up the river protect her in passing that point. Her return was very slow. A part of our feet was left at enabled me to supply an omission in my report New Orleans and Baton Rouge, but a majority of of the fourth instant. It is that the eight long- the vessels were brought up the river. ranged rifled guns of Nims's and Everett's batte- On the twenty-sixth instant the bomb-fotilla ries, from their position behind the levee at Bur- opened fire on the batteries, but met with very ney's Point, distant seven eighths of a mile from little response. Their labors, however, only conthe enemy's nearest battery on the upper side of tinued during daylight. The nature of the coun. Vicksburgh, coöperated gallantly and effectively try in and around Vicksburgh rendered it admirwith the fleet in the cannonade and bombardment ably adapted for defensive operations, and the of the twenty-eighth ult. Everett's battery lost rebels seemed to have taken advantage of it, and one man and one horse killed. The fall of the mounted guns in every commanding position. water in the river is nearly at a stand-point, and Their increased strength was apparent, and indithe drift of logs and brush foreshadow what the cated that no time had been thrown away since newspapers promise, namely, a June rise. The our first reconnoissance was made. work of the negro force on the cut-off
, they being
The city of Vicksburgh is located on the side organized into squads of twenty, with an intel- of a hill which slopes gradually down to the waligent non-commissioned officer or private to each, ter's edge. Guns were mounted in front of the superintended by officers, is satisfactory. The city, back of the city, to the sides of the city, in Flag-Officer and his fleet are most sanguine and fact, in the city. No thought seemed to be given even enthusiastic. I regard the cut-off to be my to the safety of the place, their desire to bar the best bower. Should it fail me, I shall resort to passage of vessels up the river predominating over the next best — to seize and hold the enemy's
all else. batteries, or at least spike their guns.
Just as day began to dawn on the morning of Respectfully, your obed't servant,
the twenty-eighth, the rebel batteries opened on T. WILLIAMS,
The Richmond, Scioto and Oneida preceded Brigadier-General of Voluntoers. us, while the Brooklyn and the gunboats brought P. S.—The reconnoissance of to-day has shown up the rear. By the time we had got in complete how we ought not to approach the batteries; that range it was fully daylight, and an immense of to-morrow will probably give the affirmative shower of solid shot was poured into us. side.
The fire seemed to come from columbiads, and was particularly directed on the flag-ship. Our
starboard battery was belching forth a fearful The annexed letter was written by a young
|hail on the rebels, whilst we were going at such participant on board the United States steamer
a slow rate of speed as to scarcely give us steer.
age-way. Most of their batteries mounted one or Hartford, the flag-ship of Commodore Farragut.
two guns, and were scattered over the whole surUNITED STATES STEAMER HARTFORD, MISSISSIPPI RIVER,
face of the bill. Some were mounted behind THREE MILES ABOVE VICKSBURGI, June 29, 1862. earthworks, whilst some were protected by solid Dear Father: Yesterday morning, at about rocks. We were so close to the batteries that half-past two o'clock, we got under way, and the men could be seen working the guns and under a most galling fire passed the city of Vicks- waving their hats in defiance. Most of their burgh, and are now anchored above the city some shots were too high to disable us, but completely three miles, in company with four of the advance tore our rigging to pieces. They also cut off boats of Flag-Officer Davis, of the Upper Missis- about seven or eight feet of our maintopsail yard, sippi Flotilla.
but the toplift prevented it from falling. A solid The project of silencing and capturing the bat-I shot struck us just at the water's edge, and lodged
RUNNING THE VICKSBURGH FORTS.
in a room filled with sand-shell, or shell contain- Allen, seaman, slightly ; Alexander Cafrau, landsing sand, which we used as solid shot in case of man, slightly; Lawrence Fay, boy, slightly ; emergency. Our mizzen rigging was torn in Patrick Roach, coal-heaver, head; Philip Robshreds, and had only been left by Flag-Officererts, seaman, severely; Sylvester Beckit, landsFarragut about two minutes before it was struck. man, slightly ; Alfred Stone, landsman, slightly ; It will be necessary for us to have new knees in John H. Knowles, quartermaster, slightly ; John some parts of the ship, which are cut in two by Hardegan, landsman, slightly; Joseph Lands, shot.
ordinary seaman, slightly ; Nathan Salter, ordiDuring the engagement the mortar-fleet was nary seaman, contusion; Capt. John L. Broome, firing rapidly, as also the steamer of the mortar- marine, contusion; Flag-Officer D. G. Farragut, fleet, which came up near enough to send their slight contusion. rifle-shot into the batteries.
Richmond-Howard F. Maffat, master's mate, When our fire was directed on any particular amputated arm ; James Noonan, ordinary seabattery, the rebels would desert their guns until man, contusion; Thomas Nolan, marine, do. ; our attention was directed to others, when they George W. Harris, marine, do. ; James Reddy, would return and open on us again. After being seaman, severely; James Mohegan, landsman, under fire for about two hours in front of the do.; George Millard, seaman, do. ; Wm. Nicholas, city, and finding that we could not bring our landsman, slightly ; Charles Howard, ordinary guns to bear any longer, we started ahead fast, the seaman, do. shot still dropping around us, and soon came Oneida-Richard M. Hodgson, assistant engi. to anchor out of range of their guns. We lost neer, severely; Wm. Cowell, seaman, do. ; Henry only one man killed, but had several slightly Clark, boatswain's mate, slightly. wounded.
Pinola—John Brown, ordinary seaman, severeThe sloop-of-war Brooklyn, after engaging the ly; Wm. H. Shucks, landsman, slightly. batteries for nearly two hours, dropped below Scioto—Edward Hathaway, seaman, amputated again. Captain Craven had orders not to leave arm; Wm. Arne, landsman, slightly ; Clarence any batteries behind without silencing them, and Miller, ship-steward, severely. finding it impossible to effectually silence them, KILLED, eight.-Mortar flotilla-Six scalded, fell back again, and now lies below the city in one killed, one drowned. company with the Kennebec, Katahdin, and Com- Total-Killed, fifteen; wounded, thirty. modore Porter's mortar-fleet.
Returns have not yet been received from Capt. We used six-second shrapnel during the entire Porter's mortar flotilla, and that portion of the fight, and must have killed a great many of the fleet below Vicksburgh. enemy, though they had no more men exposed I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, than were necessary to work the guns.
J, M. Foltz, General Williams is in command of the Federal
Flect Surgeon. forces, and has some four thousand men here, in
Flag-Officer D. G. FARRAGUT,
Commanding Western Gulf Blockading Squadron. cluding Nims's Boston battery, and his army will soon be increased by ten thousand men from Gen. Halleck's army. We will then attack them again, and with the aid of the army, take posses
Doc. 143. sion of the batteries at all hazards.
PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S CALL. The casualties in the fleet are few, and I escaped uninjured, and am well and ready and willing to try it again. Your affectionate son,
To the President :
The undersigned, Governors of States of the P. S.-I annex the following official list of the Union, impressed with the belief that the citizens killed and wounded during the engagement: of the States which they respectively represent
are of one accord in the hearty desire that the re
cent successes of the Federal arms may be followed FLAG-SHIP HARTFORD, ABOVE VICKSBURGH, Miss., up by measures which must insure the speedy June 28, 1862
restoration of the Union, and believing that in Sir: I have the honor to report the following view of the important military movements now in. list of killed and wounded in that portion of the progress, and the reduced condition of our effecfleet which passed above Vicksburgh in the en- tive forces in the field, resulting from the usual gagement this morning :
and unavoidable casualties of the service, that the KILLED, seven.-Flag-ship Hartford, Edward time has arrived for prompt and vigorous measE. Jennings, seaman, from Massachusetts. ures to be adopted by the people in support of
Richmond-George Allstrum, ordinary seaman; the great interests committed to your charge, we Thomas Flarity, seaman.
respectfully request, if it meets with your entire Oneida-Stephen H. Randall, seaman.
approval, that you at once call upon the several Pinola-William H. Thomas, quarter-gunner; States for such numbers of men as may be reThomas Graham, landsman.
quired to fill up all military organizations now in Scioto-Augustine Ellsworth, ordinary seaman. the field, and add to the army heretofore organWOUNDED, thirty.--Flag-ship Hartford-Chas. I ized such additional number of men as may, in
LETTER FROM THE GOVERNORS.
OFFICIAL LIST OF KILLED AND WOUNDED.