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ulsed, and the same annoyances of guerrilla raids were experienced on the Orange and Alexandria road as had been Bridge at Bridgeport, Alabama. This bridge of 1864 over the Tennessee, on the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad at Bridgeport, Alabama, was the fourth in succession. Three previous bridges had been destroyed by the Confederates. But the United States Military Railroad Construction Corps, then under the command of Colonel D. C. McCallum, seemed like the mythical giant Antaeus to rise twice as strong after each upset. So it was only for a short time that supplies were kept out of Chattanooga. So confident did Sherman become during his great Atlanta campaign of their ability to accomplish wonders, that he frequently based his plans upon the rapidity of their railroad work. They never failed him. Colonel W. W. Wright directed the transportation, and General Adna Anderson directed repairs to the road, including the reconstruction of the bridges, but this latter w
except the face of Old Bill, but that alone was a marvel compared with which all Election day was feeble, and when you add a paper collar, words can say no more. Monsieur Comstock also had that ten times barbered look which Shakespeare ascribes to Mark Antony, and which has belonged to that hero's successor in the histrionic profession ever since. His chin was unnaturally smooth, his mustache obtrusively perfumed, and nothing but the unchanged dirtiness of his hands still linked him, like Antaeus, with the earth. De Marsan had intended some personal preparation, but had been, as usual, in no hurry, and the appointed moment found him, as usual, in his shirtsleeves. Madam Delia, however, wore a new breastpin and gave Gerty another. And the great new attraction, the Chinese giant, had put on a black broadcloth coat across his bony shoulders, in her honor, and made a vigorous effort to sit up straight, and appear at his ease when off duty. He habitually stooped a good deal in priva
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 14: (search)
. We had come down on an invitation to pass as much time with him as we could, and were received with the simple good-nature and good spirits which I have constantly found in his house. Mrs. Scott was not there, nor either of the sons. . . . The establishment, therefore, consisted of Mr. Scott, his two girls, Sophia and Anne, and Mr. Skeene, to whom he has dedicated one of the cantos of Marmion. Mr. Scott himself was more amusing here than I had found him even in town. He seemed, like Antaeus, to feel that he touched a kindred earth, and to quicken into new life by its influences. The Border country is indeed the natural home of his talent, and it is when walking with him over his own hills and through his own valleys,. . . . and in the bosom and affections of his own family, that he is all you can imagine or desire him to be. His house itself is a kind of collection of fragments of history; architectural ornaments,—copies from Melrose in one part, the old identical gate of the
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Dante. (search)
do we feel the parched lips of Master Adam for those rivulets of the Casentino which run down into the Arno, making their channels cool and soft! His comparisons are as fresh, as simple, and as directly from nature as those of Homer. See, for example, Inferno, XVII. 127-132; Ib. XXIV. 7-12; Purgatorio, II. 124-129; Ib., III. 79-84; Ib., XXVII. 76-81; Paradiso, XIX. 91-93; Ib. XXI. 34-39; Ib. XXIII. 1-9. Sometimes they show a more subtle observation, as where he compares the stooping of Antaeus over him to the leaning tower of Garisenda, to which the clouds, flying in an opposite direction to its inclination, give away their motion. Inferno, XXXI. 136-138. And those thin clouds above, in flakes and bars, That give away their motion to the stars. Coleridge, Dejection, an Ode. See also the comparison of the dimness of the faces seen around him in Paradise to a pearl on a white forehead. (Paradiso, III. 14.) His suggestions of individuality, too, from attitude or speech, as i
g from work, or in their shops, or on their little farms; or at play or festival. At Domo d'ossola there was a charming fete, with fireworks, dances, and music for Our Lady of the Snows. He made me ask the peasants questions in their own language, for he was no linguist, as the world knows; but he got at the people quickly and often was himself his own and best interpreter. Nothing in all his travel delighted or interested him more than this going direct to the people themselves. It was Antaeus touching earth. But he was sufficiently courteous to those who thought themselves the great, when they came to offer him civilities. He was by no means indifferent to the evidences of his distinction. At a charming spot on one of the Italian lakes, where we staid for a day cr two, one evening after dinner a Princess was announced—a handsome, sumptuous woman, with a famous Russian name. She came across the lake in her boat through the twilight, with attendants and a female friend, and
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Pennsylvania. (search)
ant chieftain. Wadsworth's division, encamped upon Marsh Creek, about five miles from Gettysburg, had been the first to start at eight o'clock in the morning on receiving the news forwarded by Buford to Pleasonton the previous evening: the two other divisions of the First corps, commanded by Rowley and Robinson, got under way half an hour later, under the direction of Doubleday, making a forced march to join him. The Federal soldiers and their leaders are fired by extraordinary zeal: like Antaeus, who gathered new strength whenever he touched the earth, it seems that the idea of fighting on the soil of the free States, in the midst of a friendly population threatened with a terrible invasion, doubles their energy and their activity. The hesitations, the delays, and the frequent discouragements which seemed to paralyze the best-conceived plans in Virginia have given place to a noble emulation which urges them to dispute with each other the honor of dealing the swiftest and heaviest
my's hands. But the accomplishment even of that result, with all their superiority of numbers, is an achievement beyond their power. They have taught us by the perseverance with which they contrived to fight us after their signal reverses at Bethel, Bull Run, Manassas, Springfield, Belmont, Carnifax Ferry, Leesburg, Greenbrier River, Alleghany, and others, not to be dismayed and disheartened by reverses, but to make them incentives to new energy and fresh determination. We shall rise, like Antaeus, refreshed by every fall. The farther the enemy penetrates into the interior and extends his line of march, the more costly and perilous will be his means of aggression, and the more economical and practicable our means of defence. Everywhere he will be met by desperate and prolonged resistance, until the foreign world, dependent as it is upon Southern commerce, would become impatient of the eternal contest, and itself interpose to put an end to the mad dreams of Southern subjugation.