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General Orders no. 153 from Headquarters, Department of the South, 1864 November 7.
Wyles SC 313
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Title:

General Orders no. 153 from Headquarters, Department of the South, 1864 November 7

Creator/Contributor:

United States, Army., Department of the South., creator

Creator/Contributor:

Burger, William L. M., 1833-

Creator/Contributor:

Online Archive of California

Abstract:

Printed General Orders no. 153 from Headquarters, Department of the South, Hilton Head, S. C. about the failed attack on Forts Johnson and Simpkins [Battery Simpkins, James Island, S. C.]. The account states that on July 3d, 1864, the 52d Penn. Vol. Infantry, Col. Hoyt, and the 127th, New York Vol. Infantry, Major Little, with 60 men of the 3d R. I. Artillery, left Paine's Dock, Morris Island on boats and under orders to take Forts Johnson and Simpkins. They were to cross Charleston Harbor, pull vigorously to land, and assault with the bayonet. However, when Col. Hoyt, Lieut.-Col. Conyngham, Capt. Camp, Lieuts. Stevens and Evans, Adjt. Bunyan (afterwards killed) and 135 men landed and drove the enemy, they were deserted by their comrades and were forced to surrender to superior numbers. Col. Gurney, 127th N. Y. Regiment, the commanding officer of Morris Island who was charged with sending the expedition and whose presence during the landing may have prevented the retreat, did not accompany it. He, along with Capt. Weed, Lieuts. Farr, Moses and Hollingsworth of the 52d Pa. Regt., were among those most wanting in decision and determination. The officers of 127th N. Y. Regt. showed better discipline and among them were Capts. Henry and Weston and Lieuts. Little and Abercombie. The order is by command of Major-General J. G. Foster and signed by W. L. M. Burger, Assistant Adjutant General.

Date:

1864 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-sc -- n-us-ri -- n-us-ny -- n-us-pa
Schimmelfennig, Alexander -- 1824-1865
Foster, John G. (John Gray) -- 1823-1874
Hoyt, Henry M. (Henry Martyn) -- 1830-1892
Conyngham, John B
Little, Edward H
Little, George N -- 1839-1893
Abercrombie, John J -- 1845-1919
Henry, Edmund S -- 1832-
Weston, Henry James -- 1841-
Jayne, Thomas B
Camp, T. B
Stevens, J. G
Evans, Thomas
Bunyan, Silar A
Gurney, William -- 1821-1879
Weed. H. D
Farr, N. P
Moses, David
Hollingsworth, W. V
Military orders
Fort Johnson (S.C.) -- History
Morris Island (S.C.) -- History
Battery Simpkins (S.C.) -- History
James Island (S.C.) -- History
Charleston Harbor (S.C.) -- History -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- New York (State)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Pennsylvania
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Rhode Island

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Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.
Cite as: [Identification of item], Special Orders no.153 from Headquarters, Department of the South. Wyles SC 313. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Type:

Orders (military records)

Physical Description:

1 item (1 leaf) ; 20 x 13 cm.

Language:

English

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Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.