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ce well worth the results attained. Of this action, the Comte de Paris wrote fifteen years later: The sacrifice of some of the bravest of the cavalry certainly saved a part of the artillery, as did, on a larger scale, the Austrian cavalry on the evening of Sadowa. General Wesley Merritt, U. S. A., one of the ablest cavalry officers of his time, who was present at Gaines' Mill as an aide-de-Camp to General Cooke, thus described this affair: Journal United States Cavalry Association, March, 1895. During the early part of this battle the Union army held its ground and gained from time to time some material success. But it was only temporary. In the afternoon the writer of this, by General Cooke's direction, reported at the headquarters of the commanding general on the field, Fitz John Porter, and during his attendance there heard read a despatch from General McClellan congratulating Porter on his success. It closed with directions to drive the rebels off the field, and to t
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Walthall, Edward Cary 1831-1898 (search)
Walthall, Edward Cary 1831-1898 Legislator; born in Richmond, Va., April 4, 1831; admitted to the bar in 1852 and began practice in Coffeeville, Miss.; elected attorney of the tenth Mississippi judicial district in 1856 and 1859; joined the Confederate army as lieutenant in the 15th Mississippi Infantry in 1861; promoted brigadiergeneral in December, 1862, and majorgeneral in 1864; distinguished himself in the battle of Missionary Ridge and in the action at Nashville, where he covered the retreat of Gen. John B. Hood and prevented the capture of his army by Gen. George H. Thomas. He resumed law practice in Grenada, Miss., in 1871; was United States Senator in 1885-98, with exception of the period from January, 1894, to March, 1895. He died in Washington, D. C., April 21, 1898.
nied its removal to a new building. . . . The plan of an addition to the building, with special reference to the needs of the children, was largely hers; she was spared to see its completion, and met her death while placing the new rooms in order. She died literally in harness, as she always wished to die; and her name will be forever associated with the most important formative period of her beloved institution. After Miss Hayward's death the care of the library devolved for several months upon the first assistant, Miss Etta L. Russell, who proved herself altogether competent for it, but declined to be a candidate for the librarianship. Mr. W. R. L. Gifford, of the New Bedford Public Library, was elected to the vacancy, and entered upon his duties in March, 1895. The results of his first year's service indicate that this was a happy choice. The past history of the library is a chapter in her annals of which Cambridge may honestly be proud, and the future is full of promise.
societies and individuals working in harmony with it will allow. From the first the cooperation requested has been given by the Overseers of the Poor, and to a smaller extent by some of the churches and benevolent organizations. The more extensive and complete this is, the more satisfactory will be the work that the Associated Charities can accomplish; and under the skillful, trained direction of the general secretary, it is confidently expected that the cooperation, which has been steadily growing the past year, will continue to increase. Up to March, 1895, the expenses averaged a little over $1100 a year, principally for the salaries of the registrar and paid agent. Since then the increase in the amount of work and the employment of more experienced officials has increased the expenditure for salaries, while the cost of rent, printing, and postage is much larger, so that it is estimated that from $3000 to $4000 annually will be required to carry on the work satisfactorily.
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical (search)
en years in that exalted body vindicated the good judgment and patriotism of the State which deputed him as its representative. In the stormy days of sectional debate in Congress he was one of the foremost champions of the South, but at a later period he was enabled to make a splendid record in constructive statesmanship by his staunch advocacy of a strong navy, of civil service reform, and other measures now settled in national policy. After the expiration of his service in the Senate, March, 1895, he engaged in the practice of law at Washington, D. C. In 1898 he was appointed a major-general in the volunteer army of the United States, for the war with Spain, and after peace was secured he served as a member of the commission for the removal of the Spanish forces from Cuba. Brigadier-General Ellison Capers Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, a descendant of an English family which settled in South Carolina among the earliest colonists, was born in Charleston, October 14, 1837
Colonel Charles E. Hooker, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 12.2, Mississippi (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical. (search)
ndered with General Johnston. At the close of this remarkable military career he returned to the work of his profession, at Coffeeville, removing to Grenada in 1871. He at once became prominent in the political struggle into which his State was plunged, and, with the same fearless leadership that had characterized his participation in war, he strove to restore to his people the blessings of peace. He led the delegations of his State as chairman in the national Democratic conventions of 1868, 1876, 1680 and 1884, and in the first convention held the position of vice-president. March 12, 1885, he took his seat as United States senator by appointment to succeed L. Q. C. Lamar, the latter having been called to the cabinet of President Cleveland, and was elected by the legislature in 1886 and re-elected in 1888 and 1892. He resigned from the Senate in 1894, on account of ill health, but resumed his seat in March, 1895. While a member of that exalted body he died at Washington, 1898.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.48 (search)
rateful praise. Their fidelity and devoted sacrifice shall be celebrated in song and story, and shall be borne in loving memory while time shall last. * * * * “Lament them not! No love can make immortal That span which we call life; And never heroes passed to life eternal From fields of grander strife. Graham Daves. Newbern, A. C. In offering this imperfect history of the 22d Regiment of North Carolina Troops in the late war between the States, the writer will say, in explanation of its many omissions and shortcomings, that during more than the last two years of its service, he had been transferred to other duty, and was not a member of the regiment. He gratefully acknowledges his indebtedness to Lieutenant J. R. Cole, some time its adjutant, for much valuable information. He hopes the brave story of the part the regiment bore in the momentous campaigns of 1864-‘65 will yet be told in full detail. Graham Daves, First Adjutant, 22d N. C. Troops. Newbern, N. C., March, 1895
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
this very subject, decided that we would get at the facts by writing to the Hon. Alexander H. Stephens in reference to it. The letter was written, asking him if Mr. Lincoln had at any time said that if the South would lay down her arms and return to the Union she would receive pay for her slaves. Mr. Stephens replied that, if Mr. Lincoln had ever made a proposition of that kind he had never heard of it. I also quote the following from a letter written by the Hon. Frank B. Sexton, in March, 1895, and published in the newspapers at that time, in which he says: On the day after the return of the commissioners from the Fort Monroe conference, I was told by Senator James. L. Orr, a close friend of, and certainly in the confidence of Mr. Stephens, that Mr. Stephens had told him the night before, and just after the return of the commissioners, that the conference was utterly fruitless; that Mr. Lincoln offered the Confederate States nothing but unconditional submission; that we n