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Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain – Gettysburg
Report of Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain, Twentieth Maine Infantry Field Near Emmitsburg – July 6, 1863
In compliance with the request of the colonel commanding the brigade, I have the honor to submit a somewhat detailed report of the operations of the Twentieth Regiment Maine Volunteers in the battle of Gettysburg, on the 2d and 3d instant.:
Having acted as the advance guard, made necessary by the proximity of the enemy’s cavalry, on the march of the clay before, my command on reaching Hanover, Pa., just before sunset on that day, were much worn, and lost no time in getting ready for an expected bivouac. Rations were scarcely issued, and the men about preparing supper, when rumors that the enemy had been encountered that day near Gettysburg absorbed every other interest, and very soon orders came to march forthwith to Gettysburg.:
My men moved out with a promptitude and spirit extraordinary, the cheers and welcome they received on the road adding to their enthusiasm. After an hour or two of sleep by the roadside just before daybreak, we reached the heights southeasterly of Gettysburg at about 7 am, July 2.:
Massed at first with the rest of the division on the right of the road, we were moved several times farther toward the left. Although expecting every moment to be put into action and held strictly in line of battle, yet the men were able to take some rest and make the most of their rations.:
Somewhere near 4 p.m. a sharp cannonade, at some distance to our left and front, was the signal for a sudden and rapid movement of our whole division in the direction of this firing, which grew warmer as we approached. Passing an open field in the hollow ground in which some of our batteries were going into position, our brigade reached the skirt of a piece of woods, in the farther edge of which there was a heavy musketry fire, and when about to go forward into line we received from Colonel Vincent, commanding the brigade, orders to move to the left at the double-quick, when we took a farm road crossing Plum Run in order to gain a rugged mountain spur called Granite Spur, or Little Round Top.:
The enemy’s artillery got range of our column as we were climbing the spur, and the crashing of the shells among the rocks and the tree tops made us move lively along the crest. One or two shells burst in our ranks. Passing to the southern slope of Little Round Top, Colonel Vincent indicated to me the ground my regiment was to occupy, informing me that this was the extreme left of our general line, and that a desperate attack was expected in order to turn that position, concluding by telling me I was to” hold that ground at all hazards.” This was the last word I heard from him.:
In order to commence by making my right firm, I formed my regiment on the right into line, giving such direction to the line as should best secure the advantage of the rough, rocky, and straggling wooded ground.:
The line faced generally toward a more conspicuous eminence southwest of ours, which is known as Sugar Loaf, or Round Top. Between this and my position intervened a smooth and thinly wooded hollow. My line formed, I immediately detached Company B, Captain Morrill commanding, to extend from my left flank across this hollow as a line of skirmishers, with directions to act as occasion might dictate, to prevent a surprise on my exposed flank and rear.:
The artillery fire on our position had meanwhile been constant and heavy, but my formation was scarcely complete when the artillery was replaced by a vigorous infantry assault upon the center of our brigade to my right, but it very soon involved the right of my regiment and gradually extended along my entire front. The action was quite sharp and at close quarters.:
In the midst of this, an officer from my center informed me that some important movement of the enemy was going on in his front, beyond that of the line with which we were engaged. Mounting a large rock, I was able to see a considerable body of the enemy moving by the flank in rear of their line engaged, and passing from the direction of the foot of Great Round Top through the valley toward the front of my left. The close engagement not allowing any change of front, I immediately stretched my regiment to the left, by taking intervals by the left flank, and at the same time “refusing” my left wing, so that it was nearly at right angles with my right, thus occupying about twice the extent of our ordinary front, some of the companies being brought into single rank when the nature of the ground gave sufficient strength or shelter. My officers and men understood wishes so well that this movement was executed under fire, the right wing keeping up fire, without giving the enemy any occasion to seize or even to suspect their advantage. But we were not a moment too soon; the enemy’s flanking column having gained their desired direction, burst upon my left, where they evidently had expected an unguarded flank, with great demonstration.:
We opened a brisk fire at close range, which was so sudden and effective that they soon fell back among the rocks and low trees in the valley, only to burst forth again with a shout, and rapidly advanced, firing as they came. They pushed up to within a dozen yards of us before the terrible effectiveness of our fire compelled them to break and take shelter.:
They renewed the assault on our whole front, and for an hour the fighting was severe. Squads of the enemy broke through our line in several places, and the fight was literally hand to hand. The edge of the fight rolled backward and forward like a wave. The dead and wounded were now in our front and then in our rear. Forced from our position, we desperately recovered it, and pushed the enemy down to the foot of the slope. The intervals of the struggle were seized to remove our wounded (and those of the enemy also), to gather ammunition from the cartridge-boxes of disabled friend or foe on the field, and even to secure better muskets than the Enfields, which we found did not stand service well. Rude shelters were thrown up of the loose rocks that covered the ground.:
Captain Woodward, commanding the Eighty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, on my right, gallantly maintaining his fight, judiciously and with hearty co-operation made his movements conform to my necessities, so that my right was at no time exposed to a flank attack.:
The enemy seemed to have gathered all their energies for their final assault. We had gotten our thin line into as good a shape as possible, when a strong force emerged from the scrub wood in the valley, as well as I could judge, in two lines in echelon by the right, and, opening a heavy fire, the first line came on as if they meant to sweep everything before them. We opened on them as well as we could with our scanty ammunition snatched from the field.:
It did not seem possible to withstand another shock like this now coming on. Our loss had been severe. One-half of my left wing had fallen, and a third of my regiment lay just behind us, dead or badly wounded. At this moment my anxiety was increased by a great roar of musketry in my rear, on the farther or northerly slope of Little Round Top, apparently on the flank of the regular brigade, which was in support of Hazlett’s battery on the crest behind us. The bullets from this attack struck into my left rear, and I feared that the enemy might have nearly surrounded the Little Round Top, and only a desperate chance was left for us. My ammunition was soon exhausted. My men were firing their last shot and getting ready to club their muskets.:
It was imperative to strike before we were struck by this overwhelming force in a hand-to-hand fight, which we could not probably have withstood or survived. At that crisis, I ordered the bayonet. The word was enough. It ran like fire along the line, from man to man, and rose into a shout, with which they sprang forward upon the enemy, now not 30 yards away. The effect was surprising; many of the enemy’s first line threw down their arms and surrendered. An officer fired his pistol at my head with one hand, while he handed me his sword with the other. Holding fast by our right, and swinging forward our left, we made an extended right wheel, before which the enemy’s second line broke and fell back, fighting from tree to tree, many being captured, until we had swept the valley and cleared the front of nearly our entire brigade.:
Meantime Captain Morrill with his skirmishers sent out from my left flank, with some dozen or fifteen of the U.S. Sharpshooters who had put themselves under his direction, fell upon the enemy as they were breaking, and by his demonstrations, as well as his well-directed fire, added much to the effect of the charge.:
Having thus cleared the valley and driven the enemy up the western slope of the Great Round Top, not wishing to press so far out as to hazard the ground I was to hold by leaving it exposed to a sudden rush of the enemy, I succeeded (although with some effort to stop my men, who declared they were “on the road to Richmond”) in getting the regiment into good order and resuming our original position.:
Four hundred prisoners, including two field and several line officers, were sent to the rear. These were mainly from the Fifteenth and Forty-seventh Alabama Regiments, with some of the Fourth and Fifth Texas. One hundred and fifty of the enemy were found killed and wounded in our front.:
At dusk, Colonel Rice informed me of the fall of Colonel Vincent, which had devolved the command of the brigade on him, and that Colonel Fisher had come up with a brigade to our support. These troops were massed in our rear. It was the understanding, as Colonel Rice informed me, that Colonel Fisher’s brigade was to advance and seize the western slope of Great Round Top, where the enemy had shortly before been driven. But, after considerable delay, this intention for some reason was not carried into execution.:
We were apprehensive that if the enemy were allowed to strengthen himself in that position, he would have a great advantage in renewing the attack on us at daylight or before. Colonel Rice then directed me to make the movement to seize that crest.:
It was now 9 p.m. Without waiting to get ammunition, but trusting in part to the very circumstance of not exposing our movement or our small front by firing, and with bayonets fixed, the little handful of 200 men pressed up the mountain side in very extended order, as the steep and jagged surface of the ground compelled. We heard squads of the enemy failing back before us, and, when near the crest, we met a scattering and uncertain fire, which caused us the great loss of the gallant Lieutenant Linscott, who fell, mortally wounded. In the silent advance in the darkness we laid hold of 25 prisoners, among them a staff officer of General Law, commanding the brigade immediately opposed to us during the fight. Reaching the crest, and reconnoitering the ground, I placed the men in a strong position among the rocks, and informed Colonel Rice, requesting also ammunition and some support to our right, which was very near the enemy, their movements and words even being now distinctly heard by us.:
Some confusion soon after resulted from the attempt of some regiment of Colonel Fisher’s brigade to come to our support. They had found a wood road up the mountain, which brought them on my right flank, and also in proximity to the enemy, massed a little below. Hearing their approach, and thinking a movement from that quarter could only be from the enemy, I made disposition to receive them as such. In the confusion which attended the attempt to form them in support of my right, the enemy opened a brisk fire, which disconcerted my efforts to form them and disheartened the supports themselves, so that I saw no more of them that night.:
Feeling somewhat insecure in this isolated position, I sent in for the Eighty-third Pennsylvania, which came speedily, followed by the Forty-fourth New York, and, having seen these well posted, I sent a strong picket to the front, with instructions to report to me every half hour during the night, and allowed the rest of my men to sleep on their arms.:
At some time about midnight, two regiments of Colonel Fisher’s brigade came up the mountain beyond my left, and took position near the summit; but as the enemy did not threaten from that direction, I made no effort to connect with them.:
We went into the fight with 386, all told 358 guns. Every pioneer and musician who could carry a musket went into the ranks. Even the sick and foot-sore, who could not keep up in the march, came up as soon as they could find their regiments, and took their places in line of battle, while it was battle, indeed. Some prisoners I had under guard, under sentence of court-martial, I was obliged to put into the fight, and they bore their part well, for which I shall recommend a commutation of their sentence.:
The loss, so far as I can ascertain it, is 136-30 of whom were killed, and among the wounded are many mortally.:
Captain Billings, Lieutenant Kendall, and Lieutenant Linscott are officers whose loss we deeply mourn – efficient soldiers, and pure and high-minded men.:
In such an engagement there were many incidents of heroism and noble character which should have place even in an official report; but, under present circumstances, I am unable to do justice to them. I will say of that regiment that the resolution, courage, and heroic fortitude which enabled us to withstand so formidable an attack have happily led to so conspicuous a result that they may safely trust to history to record their merits.:
About noon on the 3d of July, we were withdrawn, and formed on the right of the brigade, in the front edge of a piece of woods near the left center of our main line of battle, where we were held in readiness to support our troops, then receiving the severe attack of the afternoon of that day.:
On the 4th, we made a reconnaissance to the front, to ascertain the movements of the enemy, but finding that they had retired, at least beyond Willoughby’s Run, we returned to Little Round Top, where we buried our dead in the place where we had laid them during the fight, marking each grave by a head-board made of ammunition boxes, with each dead soldiers name cut upon it. We also buried 50 of the enemy’s dead in front of our position of July 2. We then looked after our wounded, whom I had taken the responsibility of putting into the houses of citizens in the vicinity of Little Round Top, and, on the morning of the 5th, took up our march on the Emmitsburg road.:
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,:
Joshua L. Chamberlain,: Colonel, Commanding Twentieth Maine Volunteers.:
Lieut. George B. Herendeen,: A. A. A. G., Third Brig., First Div., Fifth Army Corps.
The first slave turns out to be the 11th great-grandfather of the first African American president.
Here is the link if anyone wants to read the whole garbage pail of media spin….
- The man started his presidency off with a bang by botching his oath of office.
- For good measure, he set the tone for his administration for allowing Chief Justice John Roberts to take the blame for the error.
- Obama promises on the campaign trail to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay. The detention facility is open three years later and counting.
- In the same breath, he promises to restore habeas corpus. Three years into his term, he signs the National Defense Authorization Act, which leaves open the possibility of indefinite detention of American citizens.
- President Obama ordered the assassination of an American citizen.
- As Senator, Obama spoke out against but voted for the Patriot Act.
- As President, he extended it, with an auto-pen, while he was in France.
- Obama continues the “Bush practice” of extraordinary rendition.
- As a candidate, Obama promises to end the War in Iraq and bring all troops home within 16 months. He even says in 2007 that it would be the first thing he would do in office, and that “you can take that to the bank.” As president, he announces all troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 (34 months later).
- Obama states the Afghan War would conclude in June 2011, but projections now have us running into 2014.
- As Senator, Obama opposes the surge in Iraq. He claims that increasing troop levels by 20,000 would actually increase sectarian violence.
- When pulling troops out of Iraq, Obama tries to claim success for ending the war, without giving credit to Bush or the troops for any “victory.” The Bush surge was what turned the tide in the war.
- Sectarian violence is up sharply since Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in December 2011.
- President Obama refuses to say “victory” is necessarily the goal in Afghanistan. Obama reasons the U.S. should not project the image of Emperor Hirohito being forced to sign a treaty of surrender before Macarthur to end the war against Japan.
- Emperor Hirohito did not sign the treaty of surrender ending the war against Japan. It was his foreign minister Shigemitsu.
- Obama plans to ease travel restrictions to communist Cuba in 2009. And in 2011.
- The president pledges a “new beginning” with the Cuban dictatorial regime.
- A glance at a Cuban-U.S. relations timeline running to December 2011 shows nothing changed.
- President Obama greets Venezuela’s socialist dictator Hugo Chavez warmly at the Summit of the Americas.
- Earlier that month, Chavez calls Obama an “ignoramus.”
- At the same summit, President Obama sits patiently through a 50 minute diatribe against the United States delivered by socialist strongman Daniel Ortega, only scribbling notes instead of walking out with his diplomatic team.
- President Obama meets a grinning Daniel Ortega at the same summit.
- When asked later by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper what he thought of the anti-American tirade, President Obama replies, “It was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.”
- The attempted subversion of the rule of law in Honduras by the socialist president Zelaya, which would have unconstitutionally put him on the ballot for a third term, prompts his judicial removal from office. Obama condemns the supposed “coup” as “not legal.”
- President Obama directs his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to cut off $30 million in aid to Honduras.
- Election fraud propelling anti-Israel Iranian president and saber-rattling madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power leads to a mass civil uprising. Despite reports of widespread and cruel bloodshed repressing the protests, President Obama says nothing for ten days.
- President Obama refuses to “intervene” in pro-democratic Iranian protests.
- Obama’s first call as president is made to the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas.
- Obama’s first formal interview is conducted with Al-Arabiya television.
- One of President Obama’s first executive orders is to greatly restrict the influence of lobbyists in his administration.
- Years later, it is well-known that the Obama administration routinely meets with lobbyists off White House grounds, where Secret Service logs are not kept.
- In 2012, Obama promotes a recent lobbyist with Mexican illegal immigration advocate La Raza from a position as director of intergovernmental affairs to director of the Domestic Policy Council.
- The second executive order Obama gives is one reversing Bush era rules safeguarding prior administration’s records. It narrows “executive privilege.”
- Obama invokes executive privilege within the first year over the gatecrasher fiasco.
- In late 2011, the Obama administration refuses to turn over all communiques relating to the politically seedy financing of bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra.
- Another early executive order froze pay for White House staffers making over $100,000. A year later 74% of staffers got a pay raise, many of them to well over a $100,000. (Freezing pay does not apply to promotions or position changes.) The average boost was 9%, three times private sector average.
- The next year, 54% got a raise. The average increase was 8%, and of those who got raises, it was nearly 16%.
- Barack Obama was declared by presidential historian Michael Beschloss as “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Beschloss gushed that Obama’s IQ was “off the charts,” but when pressed by radio host Don Imus, he could not say what Obama’s IQ was.
- Despite being heralded as a brilliant thinker, Obama still to this day refuses to release his college records.
- Barack Obama received a degree from prestigious Columbia University, where hardly anybody recalls him attending there.
- As editor of the Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama anonymously wrote one article – championing abortion.
- The one quote provided from the article cited by Politico contains a grammatical error – “in to” instead of “into.”
- A letter to a Harvard newspaper written by Obama shows rampant grammatical errors, including a demonstrable lack of subject-predicate agreement.
- In Dreams from My Father, Obama makes known that he “chose his friends carefully” and deliberately sought out “Marxist Professors,” “structural feminists,” and discussed with his friends the socialist, anti-colonialist revolutionary Franz Fanon.
by Aaron Klein
Russian intelligence has information that U.S. troops are in Turkey near the country’s border with Syria, a senior Syrian official told WND today.
The official said the information about a U.S. military presence in Turkey has led to a debate within the Syrian leadership about whether to move the Syrian military to its highest alert level.
Currently, the Syrian army is on its second highest alert.
While the presence of U.S. forces in Turkey could not be immediately verified, it is not the first time the American military has been accused of aiding the insurgency targeting Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
In February, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, according to several knowledgeable Egyptian and Arab security officials speaking to WND.
The security officials also claimed Saudi Arabia was sending weapons to the rebels via surrogates, including through Druze and Christian leaders in Lebanon such as Druze leader Walid Jumblatt; Saudi-Lebanese billionaire Saad Hariri, who recently served as Lebanon’s prime minister; and senior Lebanese opposition leader Samir Farid Geagea.
The U.S. repeatedly has denied directly arming the rebels, stating it is only providing non-lethal aid.
Any aid to the rebels is highly controversial.
It reported that Assad held a meeting last week in which he set the goal of entirely quelling the opposition targeting his regime by October, according to a senior Syrian official.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Assad ordered his military to rid the Damascus region, including Aleppo, of rebels by the end of Ramadan on Aug. 18. He said Assad believes he can clear the opposition from the region of Homs by Sept. 10 and end the insurgency by October.
The official admitted the coming weeks will be “bloody.” He affirmed Russia stands squarely in the Syrian camp.
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Antietam / Sharpsburg Maryland
September 16-18, 1862
Virginia April 8, 1865
Appomattox Court House
Virginia April 9, 1865
Aquia Creek Virginia May
29-June 1, 1861
Arkansas Post / Fort Hindman
Arkansas January 9-11, 1863
Atlanta Georgia July
Athens Alabama January 26, 1864
Averasborough / Smiths Ferry / Black River North
Carolina March 16, 1865
Auburn / Catlett’s
Station / St. Stephen’s Church Virginia October 13, 1863
Auburn / Coffee Hill Virginia October 14, 1863
Ball’s Bluff / Leesburg Virginia October 21,
Baton Rouge / Magnolia Cemetery Louisiana
August 5, 1862
Baxter Springs Kansas October 6,
Bayou Fourche / Little Rock Arkansas
September 10, 1863
Bean’s Station Tennessee
December 14, 1863
Bear River / Massacre at Boa
Ogoi Idaho January 29, 1863
Beaver Dam Creek /
Mechanicsville / Ellerson’s Mill Virginia June 26, 1862
Bentonville / Bentonsville North Carolina March 19-21, 1865
Berryville Virginia September 3-4, 1864
Big Bethel / Bethel Church Virginia June 10,
Big Black River Bridge Mississippi May 17,
Blair’s Landing / Pleasant Hill Landing
Louisiana April 12-13, 1864
Tennessee September 22, 1863
Tennessee October 10, 1863
July 8, 1863
Boonville Missouri June 17, 1861
Boydton Plank / Hatcher’s Run / Burgess’ Mill
Virginia October 27-28, 1864
Brandy Station /
Fleetwood Hill Virginia June 9, 1863
Tennessee March 25, 1863
Brices Cross Roads /
Tishomingo Creek Mississippi June 10, 1864
Bristoe Station Virginia October 14, 1863
Buck Head Creek Georgia November 28, 1864
Buckland Mills / Buckland Races / Chestnut Hill Virginia
October 19, 1863
Bull Run / Blackburn’s Ford
Virginia July 18, 1861
Bull’s Gap Tennessee
November 11-13, 1864
Cabin Creek Oklahoma
July 1-2, 1863
Camp Allegheny / Allegheny
Mountain West Virginia December 13, 1861
Campbell’s Station Tennessee November 16, 1863
Cane Hill / Boston Mountains Arkansas November 28, 1862
Carnifex Ferry West Virginia September 10, 1861
Carthage Missouri July 5, 1861
Cedar Creek Virginia October 19, 1864
Cedar Mountain / Slaughter’s Mountain / Cedar Run Virginia
August 9, 1862
Chaffin’s Farm / New Market
Heights Virginia September 29-30, 1864
Bluff Arkansas May 1-2, 1863
Champion Hill /
Bakers Creek Mississippi May 16, 1863
Chancellorsville Virginia April 30-May 6, 1863
Chantilly / Ox Hill Virginia September 1, 1862
Charleston Harbor / Fort Sumter
South Carolina April 7, 1863
Charleston Harbor /
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Chattanooga Tennessee June 7-8, 1862
Chattanooga Tennessee August 21, 1863
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Chester Station Virginia May 10, 1864
Cheat Mountain Summit West Virginia September 12-15 1861
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Chickasaw Bayou / Walnut Hills Mississippi
December 26-29, 1862
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Chusto-Talasah / Caving Banks
Oklahoma December 9, 1861
Virginia May 9, 1864
Cockpit Point / Freestone
Point Virginia January 3, 1862
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Collierville Tennessee November 3, 1863
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Cool Spring / Island Ford / Parkers Ford Virginia July
Corinth Mississippi April 29-June
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Corydon Indiana July 9, 1863
Cove Mountain Virginia May 10, 1864
Crater / The Mine Virginia July 30, 1864
Cross Keys Virginia June 8, 1862
Cumberland Church / Farmville Virginia April 7,
Dallas / Pumpkinvine Creek Georgia May
26-June 1, 1864
Dalton I Georgia February 22-27,
Dalton II Georgia August 14-15, 1864
Dandridge Tennessee January 17, 1864
Darbytown / New Market Roads / Fourmile Creek Virginia
October 7, 1864
Darbytown Road / Alms House
Virginia October 13, 1864
Davis’ Cross Roads /
Dug Gap Georgia September 10-11, 1864
/ Sand Mountain Alabama May 4, 1864
Alabama October 26-29, 1864
Deep Bottom I /
Strawberry Plains / Gravel Hill Virginia July 27-29, 1864
Deep Bottom II / Fussell’s Mill / Bailey’s Creek Virginia
August 13-20, 1864
Devil’s Backbone / Backbone
Mountain Arkansas September 1, 1863
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Donaldsonville Louisiana June 28, 1863
Dover / Fort Donelson Tennessee February
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Drewry’s Bluff / Fort Darling / Fort Drewry
Virginia May 15, 1862
Droop Mountain West
Virginia November 6, 1863
Dry Wood Creek /
Battle of the Mules Missouri September 2, 1861
Fair Garden Tennessee
January 27, 1864
Fair Oaks / Darbytown Road /
Second Fair Oaks Virginia October 27-28, 1864
Fisher’s Hill Virginia September 21-22, 1864
Five Forks Virginia April 1,
Front Royal / Guard Hill / Cedarville
Virginia May 23, 1862
Folck’s Mill / Cumberland
Maryland August 1, 1864
Franklin Tennessee April
Franklin Tennessee November 30, 1864
Fredericksburg I / Marye’s Heights Virginia
December 11-15, 1862
Fredericksburg II / Marye’s
Heights Virginia May 3, 1863
Fort Anderson /
Deep Gully North Carolina March 13-15, 1863
Fort Blakeley Alabama April 2-9, 1865
Fort Bisland / Bethel Place Louisiana April
Fort Brooke Florida October 16-18,
Fort DeRussy Louisiana March 14, 1864
Fort Donelson Tennessee
February 11-16, 1862
Fort Fisher North Carolina
December 7-27, 1864
Fort Fisher North Carolina
January 13-15, 1865
Fort Henry Tennessee
February 6, 1862
Fort Jackson / Fort St. Philip
Louisiana April 16-28, 1862
Fort McAllister I
Georgia March 3, 1863
Fort McAllister II Georgia
December 13, 1864
Fort Macon North Carolina
March 23-April 26, 1862
Fort Pillow Tennessee
April 12, 1864
Fort Pocahontas May 24,
Fort Pulaski Georgia April 10-11, 1862
Fort Sanders / Fort Loudon Tennessee November
Fort Stedman Virginia March 25, 1865
Fort Sumter South Carolina
April 12-14, 1861
Sumter / Charleston Harbor / Morris Island South Carolina Aug 17- 23, 1863
Fort Wagner / Morris Island South Carolina July
Fort Wagner / Morris Island South
Carolina July 18-September 7, 1863
Gaines’ Mill / First Cold Harbor
Virginia June 27, 1862
Galveston Texas October
Galveston Texas January 1, 1863
Garnett’s Farm / Golding’s Farm Virginia June
Georgia Landing / Labadieville /
Texana Louisiana October 27, 1862
Pennsylvania July 1-3, 1863
Glendale / Frayser’s Farm /
Riddell’s Shop Virginia June 30, 1862
Tavern / Yellow Tavern / Blick’s Station Virginia August 18-21, 1864
Goldsborough Bridge North Carolina December 17, 1862
Goodrich’s Landing / The Mounds / Lake
Providence Louisiana June 29–30, 1863
Mississippi April 29, 1863
Greenbrier River /
Camp Bartow West Virginia October 3, 1861
Griswoldville Georgia November 22, 1864
Guard Hill / Front Royal / Cedarville Virginia August 16,
Hampton Roads / Battle of the Ironclads
Virginia March 8-9, 1862
Hancock / Romney
Campaign Maryland January 5-6, 1862
Pennsylvania June 30, 1863
Hanover Court House /
Slash Church Virginia May 27, 1862
West Virginia September 12-15, 1862
Tennessee December 7, 1862
Hatcher’s Run /
Dabney’s Mill / Rowanty Creek Virginia February 5-7, 1865
Hatchie’s Bridge / Davis Bridge / Matamora Tennessee
October 5, 1862
Hatteras Batteries / Fort Clark / Fort Hatteras North Carolina August 28-29, 1861
Haw’s Shop / Enon Church Virginia May 28, 1864
Helena Arkansas July 4, 1863
High Bridge Virginia April 6-7, 1865
Hill’s Plantation / Cache River / Cotton Plant Arkansas
April 2, 1865
Hoke’s Run / Falling Waters /
Hainesville West Virginia July 2, 1861
Hill South Carolina November 30, 1864
Springs / Elk Creek / Shaw’s Inn Oklahoma July 17, 1863
Hoover’s Gap Tennessee June 24-26, 1863
Jackson Tennessee December 19,
Jackson Mississippi May 14, 1863
Jenkins’ Ferry Arkansas April 30, 1864
Jerusalem Plank Road / First Battle of Weldon Virginia June
Jonesborough Georgia August
31–September 1, 1864
November 4-5, 1864
Kelly’s Ford /
Kellysville Virginia March 17, 1863
Mountain Georgia June 27, 1864
Kernstown Virginia March 23, 1862
Kernstown Second Virginia July 24, 1864
Kessler’s Cross Lanes West Virginia August 26,
Kinston North Carolina December 14, 1862
Kock’s Plantation / Cox’s Plantation Louisiana
July 12-13, 1863
Kolb’s Farm Georgia June 22,
LaFourche Crossing Louisiana June
Lawrence / Lawrence Massacre Kansas
August 21, 1863
Lewis’s Farm / Quaker Road /
Military Road Virginia March 29, 1865
Station Georgia August 20, 1864
Virginia June 17-18, 1864
Malvern Hill / Poindexter’s Farm
Virginia July 1, 1862
Manassas First / First
Bull Run Virginia July 21, 1861
Operations Virginia August 25-27,1862
Second / Second Bull Run Virginia August 28-30, 1862
Manassas Gap / Wapping Heights Virginia July 23, 1863
Mansfield / Sabine Cross-Roads / Pleasant Grove
Louisiana April 8, 1864
Mansura / Smith’s Place
/ Marksville Louisiana May 16, 1864
Cygnes / Battle of Trading Post Kansas October 25, 1864
Marietta / Pine Hill / Ruff’s Mill Georgia June 9-July 3,
Marion Virginia December 17-18, 1864
Marks’ Mills Arkansas April 25, 1864
McDowell / Sitlington’s Hill Virginia May 8, 1862
Memphis Tennessee June 6, 1862
Memphis Tennessee August 21, 1864
Meridian Mississippi February 14-20, 1864
Middle Boggy Depot Oklahoma February 13, 1864
Middleburg Virginia June 17-19, 1863
Milliken’s Bend Louisiana June 7, 1863
Mine Creek / Battle of the Osage Kansas October 25, 1864
Mine Run / Payne’s Farm / New Hope Church
Virginia Nov 27-Dec 2, 1863
Mobile Bay / Fort
Morgan Fort Gaines Alabama August 2-23, 1864
Monett’s Ferry / Cane River Crossing Louisiana April 23,
Monocacy Maryland July 9, 1864
Monroe’s Cross Roads / Fayetteville Road / Blue Farm N.
Carolina March 10, 1865
Moorefield / Oldfields
West Virginia August 7, 1864
Morton’s Ford /
Rapidan River Virginia February 6-7, 1864
Creek Tennessee December 29, 1863
Tennessee July 13, 1862
Murfreesboro / Wilkinson
Pike / Cedars Tennessee December 5-7, 1864
Namozine Church Virginia April 3 1865
Nashville Tennessee December 15-16,
Natural Bridge Florida March 6, 1865
New Berne North Carolina March 14, 1862
New Hope Church Georgia May 25-26, 1864
New Market Virginia May 15, 1864
New Orleans Louisiana April 25–May 1, 1862
North Anna / Jericho Mill / Hanover Junction Virginia May
Grove French’s Field / King’s School House Virginia June 25, 1862
Okolona Mississippi February 22, 1864
Old Church / Matadequin Creek Virginia May 30, 1864
Old Fort Wayne / Beaty’s Prairie Oklahoma
October 22, 1862
Old River Lake / Ditch Bayou /
Lake Chicot ArkansasJune 6, 1864
Olustee / Ocean
Pond Florida February 20, 1864
Opequon / Third
Winchester Virginia September 19, 1864
Palmito Ranch / Palmito Hill Texas May 12-13, 1865
Parker’s Cross Roads Tennessee December 31, 1862
Pea Ridge / Elkhorn Tavern Arkansas March 6-8,
Peachtree Creek Georgia July 20, 1864
Peebles’ Farm / Poplar Springs Church Virginia
September 30, 1864
Petersburg Virginia June 9,
Petersburg ‘Assault on’ Virginia June
Petersburg / The Breakthrough
Virginia April 2, 1865
Philippi / Philippi Races
West Virginia June 3, 1861
Pickett’s Mills / New
Hope Georgia May 27, 1864
Piedmont Virginia June
Pine Bluff Arkansas October 25, 1863
Plains Store / Springfield Road Louisiana May
Pleasant Hill Louisiana April 9, 1864
Plymouth North Carolina April 17-20, 1864
Poison Spring Arkansas April 18, 1864
Port Gibson / Thompson’s Hill Mississippi May 1, 1863
Port Hudson Louisiana May 21-July 9, 1863
Port Republic Virginia June 9, 1862
Port Walthall Junction Virginia May 6-7, 1864
Prairie D’Ane / Gum Grove / Moscow Arkansas April 9-13,
Prairie Grove / Fayetteville Arkansas
December 7, 1862
Princeton Courthouse / Actions
at Wolf Creek West Virginia May 15-17, 1862
Proctor’s Creek / Drewry’s Bluff, / Fort Darling Virginia
May 12-16, 1864
Rappahannock Station /
Waterloo Bridge Virginia August 22-25, 1862
Rappahannock Station Virginia November 7, 1863
Raymond Mississippi May 12, 1863
Ream’s Station Virginia June 29, 1864
Ream’s Station Virginia August 25, 1864
Resaca Georgia May 13-15, 1864
Rice’s Station Virginia April 6, 1865
Rich Mountain West Virginia July 11, 1861
Ringgold Gap / Taylor’s Ridge Georgia November 27, 1863
Rivers’ Bridge / Owens’ Crossroads South
Carolina February 3, 1865
Roanoke Island / Fort
Huger North Carolina February 7-8, 1862
Face Ridge / Mill Creek / Dug Gap Georgia May 7-13, 1864
Round Mountain Oklahoma November 19, 1861
Rutherford’s Farm Virginia July 20, 1864
Sabine Pass Texas September 24-25, 1862
Sabine Pass II Texas September 8, 1863
Sailor’s Creek / Hillsman Farm Virginia April 6, 1865
Saint Charles Arkansas June 17, 1862
Saint Mary’s Church / Nance’s Shop Virginia June 24, 1864
Saint John’s Bluff Florida October 1-3, 1862
Salem Church / Banks’ Ford Virginia May 3-4,
Saltville Virginia October 2, 1864
Saltville Virginia December 20-21, 1864
Sand Creek / Chivington Massacre Colorado
November 29-30, 1864
Rosa Island Florida October 9, 1861
Church / Stony Creek Depot Virginia June 28, 1864
Savage’s Station Virginia June
Secessionville / Ft. Lamar / James
Island South Carolina June 16, 1862
Secessionville / Grimball’s Landing / James Island South
Carolina July 16, 1863
Selma Alabama April 2,
Seven Pines / Fair Oaks Station Virginia
May 31-June 1, 1862
Sewell’s Point Virginia May
Shepherdstown / Boteler’s Ford West
Virginia September 19-20, 1862
Pittsburg Landing Tennessee April 6-7, 1862
Simmon’s Bluff South Carolina June
Smithfield Crossing West Virginia
August 25-29, 1864
Snyder’s Bluff / Snyder’s
Mill Mississippi April 29-May 1, 1863
Mills / Camden North Carolina April 19, 1862
South Mountain / Crampton Gap / Turner Gap / Fox Gap
Maryland Sept 14, 1862
Spanish Fort Alabama
March 27-April 8, 1865
Spring Hill Tennessee
November 29, 1864
Spotsylvania Court House /
Corbin’s Bridge Virginia May 8-21, 1864
River / Blacks and Whites Virginia June 25, 1864
Stirling’s Plantation / Fordoche Bridge Louisiana September
Stones River / Murfreesboro Tennessee
Dec 31, 1862-Jan 2, 1863
Suffolk / Fort Huger /
Hill’s Point Virginia April 11-May 4, 1863
Suffolk / Norfleet House Battery Virginia April 13-15, 1863
Summit Point / Flowing Springs / Cameron’s Depot
West Virginia August 21, 1864
Station Virginia April 2, 1865
Swift Creek /
Arrowfield Church Virginia May 9, 1864
Florida June 30-July 1, 1862
Tennessee March 5, 1863
Tom’s Brook / Woodstock
Races Virginia October 9, 1864
/ Chapman’s Mill Virginia August 28, 1862
Totopotomoy Creek / Shady Grove Road Virginia May 28-30,
Tranter’s Creek North Carolina June 5, 1862
Trevilian Station Virginia June 11-12, 1864
Tupelo / Harrisburg Mississippi July 14-15, 1864
Walkerton / Mantapike Hill Virginia March 2, 1864
Ware Bottom Church Virginia May 20, 1864
Washington North Carolina March 30-April 20,
Wauhatchie / Brown’s Ferry Tennessee
October 28-29, 1863
December 4, 1864
Waynesboro Virginia March 2,
White Hall / Whitehall / White Hall Ferry
North Carolina December 16, 1862
White Oak Road
/ Hatcher’s Run / Gravelly Run Virginia March 31, 1865
White Oak Swamp Virginia June 30, 1862
Williamsport / Hagerstown / Falling Waters Maryland July
Wilmington / Forks Road / Sugar Loaf
Hill North Carolina February 12-22, 1865
Wilson’s Creek / Oak Hills Missouri August 10, 1861
Wilson’s Wharf May 24, 1864
Williamsburg / Fort Magruder Virginia May 5, 1862
Winchester / Bowers Hill Virginia May 25, 1862
Wilson’s Wharf / Fort Pocahontas Virginia May
Wilderness / Furnaces / Todd’s Tavern
Virginia May 5-7, 1864
Virginia June 13-15, 1863
Wyse Fork / Wilcox’s
Bridge North Carolina March 7-10, 1865
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian police on Tuesday seized a record half a tonne of the drug ice and heroin worth up to A$500 million ($525 million) hidden in a shipment of terracotta pots from Thailand.
Seven people, including four from Hong Kong, were arrested after a year-long investigation following a tip-off from U.S. authorities, police said.
The 306 kg of methamphetamine, also known as ice, was Australia’s biggest seizure of the drug, while the 252 kg of heroin was the nation’s third largest-haul of heroin.
“At the end of the day, there’s a lot of ‘Mr Mediums’ and ‘Mr Littles’ that work with ‘Mr Big’,” Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters. “I think we’ve got a good combination of the people responsible for this importation.”
The drugs were found hidden in a shipment of 3,200 terracotta pots at Sydney’s Port Botany.
Those arrested were charged with conspiracy to import illicit drugs and holding a commercial quantity of illicit drugs. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in jail.
“We’re talking about a significant quantity of two separate types of substances which generally have different source countries,” Colvin said, adding the investigation was continuing and further arrests were possible.
China-North Korea: Senior Chinese and North Korean party officials met in Pyongyang on Monday, according to official North Korean media outlets. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Wang Jiarui, head of the Communist Party of China’s International Department, arrived in Pyongyang on Monday and later held talks with Kim Yong Il, a secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party’s Central Committee.
The two officials “informed each other of their party activities and exchanged views on boosting the traditional friendly and cooperative relations between the two parties and countries and on other matters of mutual concern,” KCNA said without providing further details.
Comment: The Chinese delegation might be arranging a visit to Beijing by young Kim, as suggested in some South Korean analyses, but the Chinese certainly want to learn more about the political situation in North Korea. An exchange of high level military delegations is the next likely step.
Syria: The US warned Syrian opposition forces not to completely disband Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s security and government apparatus if al Assad is killed or forced from power, according to U.S. officials.
Comment: Those formulating policy on Syria hope to avoid the administrative disaster in Iraq that followed from the dismantling of the Ba’ath Party government in Baghdad. Syria is not Iraq and the two situations are not even remotely comparable. The US has no forces in Syria so the Syrian opposition will do as it chooses.
Egypt: Update. Newly appointed Prime Minister Hisham Qandil stated on Monday that he has filled 70 per cent of Cabinet seats, and would present his list to President Mursi. He also said he would announce his new cabinet on 2 August.
Spain: For the record. According to data released by the National Statistics Institute on 27 July, unemployment levels in Spain rose to 24.63 percent of the workforce in the second quarter, rising from 24.4 percent. The figure amounts to more than 5.7 million people without jobs.
The unemployment figure for people under the age of 25 rose to 53 percent, from 52 percent in the previous quarter. The unemployment figure is double the EU’s average and the highest reported across the euro area.
End of NightWatch for 30 July.
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