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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1842. (search)
y the news arrived, and wrote, I never did see such a set of croakers. . . . . For my own part, much as I regret the result, I see in it good to come. In September he went to Washington to see about an appointment, but nothing came of it, though he enjoyed the visit very much. He says (October 8th, 1861): I failed in the object of my visit to Washington, but saw, what every one ought to see, the capital in war time. I have new love for my country and new confidence in our rulers. In November he was elected to the State Legislature, as a Conservative Republican. There he was an active member of the Committee on Finance,— no easy post in Massachusetts in war time. The session lasted until April 30th, 1862; and his services were thus mentioned, in a letter written after his death, by Honorable A. H. Bullock, then Speaker of the House, and now Governor: In the session of 1862 I became warmly attached to Colonel Rodman, and our friendship ripened into intimacy. His frank and gall
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1848. (search)
in any great battle, it had its full share of watching, marching, and skirmishing. It was once highly complimented for performing a night march of twenty-eight miles, and fording eight streams on the way, some of these being waist-deep, and at November temperature. At Hartsville, Missouri, January 1, 1863, a battalion of the regiment, including less that three hundred, after being overwhelmingly outnumbered and flanked, held its position, under Lieutenant-Colonel Dunlap,—although all other reame of their organization. He returned, September 1st, with one hundred and twentyeight recruits; and as Colonel Taylor had been commissioned as Brigadier-General, was promoted to the colonelcy, the commission dating from September 8th. In November, marching across the country, he rejoined the Army of the Potomac at Warrenton Junction. At Fredericksburg his command was in the left grand division under Franklin, and was not engaged. The winter was given to the drill and discipline of his
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1854. (search)
cannot but mark in his letters, exceedingly infrequent during his whole stay there, the growing shadow of disease. In November a friend went over from New York to see him, and found him in his room, bleeding at the lungs and seriously changed. It attached to his mode of life. But he did not hesitate to accept this opportunity of returning to his former plans. In November we find him at Mt. Savage, in a position of great responsibility, at the head of a small city of workmen; and once agaithe 10th of July Captain Lowell was detailed for duty as an aid to General McClellan. He remained in this position till November, winning the esteem of his chief by efficient conduct at the second battle of Malvern Hill (August 5), and rendering enement of gentlemen, even if practicable, would not suit me at all. What do you mean by gentlemen ? Drivers of gigs? In November, however, he was ordered to report to Governor Andrew, for the purpose of organizing the Second Massachusetts Cavalry, o
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1857. (search)
e enemy's works, and on the 14th of March, after a short contest with musketry, in which our troops suffered more than the enemy, carried the lines by a brilliant assault, capturing many guns and prisoners. He advanced at once to Newbern, which place was evacuated, and became from this time to the close of the war the Headquarters of our forces in North Carolina. The Twenty-fourth Massachusetts was stationed near Newbern all the summer and autumn of 1862, and saw no active service until November, when General Foster, who then commanded the department, made an expedition to Little Washington and Plymouth. Lieutenant Perkins's health had been a good deal impaired by chills and fever; and after this march, which was wearisome, and followed by exhausting picket duty in the swamp country, he was obliged to go down to Beaufort to recruit. He had by no means, however, regained his strength when he rejoined his regiment to take part in the expedition to Kinston and Goldsborough, in Dece
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
any other regiment I know of can say; in fact, we have only lost one man by disease (and that was small-pox) since last November. The new regiments suffer most, as would of course be expected. . . . I wish I could daguerreotype our camp for yois hope of returning sooner to duty, he yielded to advice and went home. He remained with his family from the middle of November to the beginning of February. He had the less trouble from his wound on account of his vigorous health. There was not n the afternoon when he was brought into the hospital. The remains were removed by affectionate hands in the succeeding November, and deposited in Mount Auburn beside those of his brother. This was a short life, only a span long: but if the essen come home and see you by and by. But I must wait until all the rest have had their turn, on account of my visit home in November last. There is no news to tell you. Most of our old men have reenlisted; but we did not want to go home as a regime
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
command. Abbott was present with his regiment at Mine Run, at the close of November in the same year. His regiment, deployed as skirmishers, and covering the froecond Lieutenant 2d Mass. Vols. (Infantry), August 14, 1862; first Lieutenant, November I, 1862; Captain, June 6, 1863; died at Dorchester, Mass., July 25, 1863, of wed his reputation at once in the Second Corps. At last, in the latter part of November, a long-desired leave of absence was obtained, and the memory of all sufferingt through England and France, in the hope of regaining health. Returning in November, of the same year, with strength partially restored, he entered his father's c North Carolina, marching and fighting with it on the Tarborough expedition of November, and in the Goldsborough expedition of the month after. Very early in his ealmouth on the 18th of April. The history of Lieutenant Weston, from May to November of 1863, is identified with that of the Eighteenth Massachusetts, in all whose
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1861. (search)
roll of prisoners in Richmond. A friend was sent to recover his body, if indeed he had been killed, but was not permitted to reach the field. The terrible suspicion that he had been burned to death while lying wounded, in the fire which followed the battle, added pain to the deepest anxiety. His classmates, meeting on Commencement day, though mourning him as dead, yet passed resolutions so worded as not to mock the feeble hope yet cherished by his parents. Weary months passed on, and November came before his fate was learned. Then, from a comrade who had been wounded and taken prisoner, the information was obtained that our classmate was instantly killed on Sunday, May 3, 1863. This informant stated that he himself, Emerson and another, not having heard any order to retreat, were the last to leave a rifle-pit which the Rebels had nearly surrounded. As they were retreating, all were shot. A ball passed through Emerson's head, and he fell on his back without a word. No word
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1862. (search)
thoroughly honest, and transparent as crystal. There was a great charm in his naturalness and guilelessness, his unaffected modesty and truthfulness. He had also great kindness of heart. No one was readier than he to do a favor, and to do it without seeming to impose an obligation. He was remarkably pure-minded. He came from college with his heart unstained, and he maintained the same character to the end. James Ingersoll Grafton. Second Lieutenant 2d Mass. Vols. (Infantry), November I, 1861; first Lieutenant, July 21, 1862; Captain, November 9, 1862; killed at Averysborough, N. C., March 16, 1865. James Ingersoll Grafton was the youngest son of Major Joseph Grafton, of the United States Army. His father served in the war of 1812. His eldest brother was also in the military service during the Mexican war. His mother was Maria (Gurley) Grafton. He was born in Boston, June 16, 1841, received his early education at Boston (where he studied with William P. Field, Esq.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1863. (search)
Boston Daily Advertiser for December 4, 1865, under date of Charleston, November 25th, gives the following account of the battle:— Your readers may remember that Major-General Foster despatched General Hatch with some four thousand men, in November last, to cut the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, and offer another objective point to Sherman, then coming from Atlanta shoreward. The expedition landed at Boyd's Neck, on Broad River, and marched inland eight miles, encountering the enemy (a6, and the regiment immediately proceeded by rail to Newbern, North Carolina, ninety miles up the Neuse River, and thence by transports to Washington, North Carolina. Private Crane participated in the campaign against the Wilmington Railroad, in November, the objective point of which was Tarborough. The forced marches and unusual hardships of this expedition proved a severe trial to the young soldier, but served rather to enhance than abate his enthusiasm. On Wednesday, November 12, the Forty-
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1864. (search)
ad of the Fitzhughs, near Geneseo, Livingston County, New York. A posthumous daughter, born in November, bears his name. Of the five sons of James G. Birney living at the outbreak of the war, four Harper's Ferry. The army remained in camp at or near Bolivar Heights till about the middle of November, when it moved to Falmouth, opposite to Fredericksburg, and there went into camp. In the firstsional troops at Chattanooga for a time, but at length joined his regiment at Atlanta early in November, a few days before it set out on the grand march. We cannot follow him through this campaignentieth Army Corps, in the left wing of Sherman's army, which left Atlanta about the middle of November, on its march to the sea. Lieutenant Storrow, in his Captain's absence, commanded his company t day we went to Davisborough, the Second Division being on the track. The morning of the 28th (November) saw us at work on the railroad. We began at the one hundred and twenty-first mile-post from S
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