America's second revolution, as did the first, have an ending.
even then, as if in derision of prophecy and hope, there hung upon the horizon a cloud—not yet comparatively bigger than a man's hand, but which was destined to increase in proportions and intensity, and ere long to burst and scatter destruction and death over all the land.
On the night of the 3d of May Yorktown was evacuated.
Twelve miles out in the suburbs of the ancient town of Williamsburg the battle of the 5th of May occurred, rendered necessary by the too eager pursuit of the enemy.
From a point on the road several miles beyond the town towards Richmond, Early's Brigade—now composed of the 5th and 23d North Carolina, the 24th Virginia and the 2d Florida Battalion—was ordered back to aid Longstreet in resisting the furious attack.
At the moment of our reaching the field the bloody drama was going on in full view of the town.
Much was said at the time and afterwards of the part the 23d Regiment took<