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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Union men of Maryland. (search)
he administration at Washington was to blame for not giving the city authorities timely notice of the coming of the troops. He could and would, he said, have arranged to pass the troops safely. He added, that he was afraid the affair would be misunderstood in the North, and the people in that section, becoming infuriated, would cry out for vengeance on Baltimore. I withdrew before the conversation was concluded. In the evening, during the progress of a secession meeting, held in front of Barnum's, I saw Marshal Kane eject from the hotel three men who came to the clerk's desk demanding the whereabouts of Senator Sumner. Upon inquiry, I learned that Mr. Sumner had been at the hotel in the forepart of the day, but, by the advice of friends, had withdrawn to a private house. Colonel Kane appeared to be very active and successful in his endeavors to keep the peace. In the morning, I read with astonishment his famous dispatch to Bradley Johnson: Baltimore, April 19th, 1861. Thank
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
men to do the business may be picked up by the hundred in the streets of those very cities. If it should be thought unsafe to use them, there are daring men in Canada, of Morgan's and other commands, who have escaped from Yankee dungeons, and would rejoice at an opportunity of doing something that would make all Yankeedom howl with anguish and consternation. The enterprise was actually undertaken, and on the night of the 25th of November, 1864, an attempt was made to destroy New York City. Barnum's Museum, several hotels, and one or two theaters, were fired in the evening, by a combustible compound left by secret emissaries of the public enemies. Jacob Thompson, one of the conspirators, then in Canada (see page 45, volume I.), appears to have had the incendiary business in charge, and to have been engaged, in connection with those at Richmond, in the iniquitous scheme long before Sheridan's operations. So early as the beginning of August, he wrote to the Confederate Secretary of Wa
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), A Bacchanal of Beaufort. (search)
s's cousins; and so with a merry go-rounder of murder, we should have half the commissioned officers of the Confederacy dead speedily. But this is digression. We must return to the cup-captured citizen of Beaufort. We are apprehensive that Mr. Barnum has been a little rash in offering a reward of $1,000 for the catching and caging and delivery at his Broadway establishment of this last man at Beaufort. If the Great Showman was not in earnest, he should have remembered how easily this curio caught, and how soon a bold Gordon Cumming may make prize of such a lion in his liquor. It will be a pretty piece of business if some fair morning a van should arrive at the Museum door with the trenchant tippler of Beaufort inside! What would Barnum do? His constructive genius may extemporize tanks for whales or a sufficient tub for the hippopotamus; but is he prepared to maintain a creature who will require puncheons upon puncheons of the choicest brands of the best Bourbon? The enterpris
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Laughter in New Hampshire. (search)
irrepressible Doctor Bachelder mounts the stage with his budget of quips and quirks, and soon has the grave Democracy of New Hampshire in a roar worthy of any peepshow or penny theatre. The man who could do this should not content himself with peddling pills in the rural districts. He has a right to aspire to metropolitan fame. With a little chalk upon his cheeks, and red ochre on the tip of his nose, he would be invaluable in a traveling circus. We cordially recommend him to our friend Barnum as quite a monster of merriment. With the two dwarfs to make jokes, and the Doctor to laugh at them, we believe it would be necessary to enlarge the cash-box of the museum. If we are ourselves exhibiting a little ill-timed pleasantry, we must plead the contagion of example. It is impossible to write of this Medical Momus in a serious way. Perhaps if we were to take a few lessons of him in the Art of Laughing — will he be good enough to send us a card of his terms for twelve lessons?--we
their programme: Latin, Greek, German, French, Surveying, Chemistry, Astrology, Natural History, Mental Philosophy, Constitution, Bookkeeping, Trigonometry, etc. Alas, to quote Vauvenargues again: On ne corrigera jamais les hommes d'apprendre des choses inutiles! But good secondary schools, not with the programme of our classical and commercial academies, but with a serious programme — a programme really suited to the wants and capacities of those who are to be trained — this, I repeat, is what American civilization in my belief most requires, as it is what our civilization, too, at present most requires. The special present defects of both American civilization and ours are the kind of defects for which this is a natural remedy. I commend it to the attention of my friendly Boston critic in America; and some months hence, perhaps, when Mr. Barnum begins to require less space for his chronicles of Jumbo, my critic will tell me what he thinks of it. A word more about America
ur name? To which he quickly replied, I am Mr.------, of New York. Don't you remember me, old fellow? We were in Congress together. I only came out to see the fun. To which Mr. Miles replied, drawing himself up with dignity, Sir, I don't know you. I can't recognize any one who comes out to witness the subjugation of my country as an amusement ; and turned on his heel, leaving the New Yorker to enjoy the fun of bare floors and rations not such as he has been accustomed to at Willard's or Barnum's, and from which, no doubt, he will come a wiser, if not a better man. An old soldier is here who fought in the Creek, the Seminole, and the Mexican wars. He was in the fight at Manassas, and he says he has never seen any soldiers, regulars nor any others, who stood fire as our army did at Manassas. They were perfectly fearless and unflinching, heeding neither the falling balls nor their falling comrades, but keeping up a steady and persistent fire. He seemed to think it was glory eno
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 25 (search)
rk Volun. Second division. Brevet Major-General John W. Geary. First Brigade. Brevet Brig.-Gen. N. Pardee, Jr. 5th Ohio Volunteers. 29th Ohio Volunteers. 66th Ohio Volunteers. 28th Pennsylvania Volun. 147th Pennsylvania Volun. Detachment K. P. B. Second Brigade. Colonel P. H. Jones. 33d New Jersey Volunteers. 73d Pennsylvania Volun. 109th Pennsylvania Volun. 119th New York Volun. 134th New York Volun. 154th New York Volun. Third Brigade. Brevet Brig.-General Barnum. 29th Pennsylvania Volun. 111th Pennsylvania Volun 60th New York Volunteers. 102d New York Volunt'rs. 137th New York Volunt'rs. 149th New York Volunt'rs. Third division. Brevet Major-General W. T. Ward. First Brigade. Colonel H. Case. 70th Indiana Volunteers. 79th Ohio Volunteers. 102d Illinois Volunteers. 105th Illinois Volunteers. 129th Illinois Volunteers. Second Brigade. Colonel Daniel Dustin. 19th Michigan Volunteers. 22d Wisconsin Volunteer
ered Legare's, the enemy having — to use their own expressive term--skedaddled the day previous. The first feature meeting the eyes of the advancing confederates was a number of mock sentinels stationed at intervals along the road. The dummies were neatly manufactured out of old clothes, and, with the addition of damaged gun-stocks, looked quite the martial Yankee. They were doubtless posted on the road with the hope of frightening off the confederate pickets. Of course the countrymen of Barnum did not succeed with their little humbug. Our pickets found the deserted encampment covered with fragments of commissary stores; there were thousands of empty bottles, boxes, tin cans, etc. The rogues had undoubtedly been living luxuriously. What was more interesting, however, our men captured a large quantity of Yankee letters, documents and newspapers. The walls of the houses at Legare's were variously inscribed, most of the language being too indecent for repetition here. Appeals we
to the heap, and poured a bottle of turpentine over the whole mass. I then opened a bottle of Greek fire and quickly spilled it on top. It blazed instantly. I locked the door and went downstairs. Leaving the key at the office, as usual, I passed out. I did likewise at the City Hotel, Everett House, and United States Hotel. At the same time Martin operated at the Hoffman House, Fifth Avenue, St. Denis, and others. Altogether our little band fired nineteen hotels. Captain Kennedy went to Barnum's Museum and broke a bottle on the stairway, creating a panic. Lieutenant Harrington did the same at the Metropolitan Theater, and Lieutenant Ashbrook at Niblo's Garden. I threw several bottles into barges of hay, and caused the only fires, for, strange to say, nothing serious resulted from any of the Hotel fires. It was not discovered until the next day, at the Astor House, that my room had been set on fire. Our reliance on Greek fire was the cause of the failure. We found that it coul
nclination, notwithstanding the inequalities in the surface of the ground. This is shown in the upper illustrations of Fig. 1856. The boxes H are in pairs, suspended on each side of the carriage, which travels upon a pair of grooved wheels D. The track K is supported on the pillars. The wheels are placed one before the other, and the axles are extended laterally so as to support the boxes by the suspension-rods I. The center of gravity of the loaded boxes is below the level of the rail. Barnum's elevated Railway. The carriages are hooked together, and are drawn by horses and a towing-rope. A railway on this principle was constructed in 1825 at Cheshunt, in England, and used for conveying bricks across the marshes to the river Lea, where they were shipped. Fisher's English patent, 1825, in the same figure, shows a suspended carriage between two lines of rail. In the figure, the bar a with rail-flanges b b is shown suspended by rods from a catenary chain, which is suppo
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