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aph shows the location of Union Battery No. 1 on the left, in the peach-orchard, at Yorktown, and the York River lies at hand, to the right of the house. A lookout on the roof of Farenholt's house, Yorktown Army and navy These quarters were established near Harrison's Landing, Virginia, in July, 1862, after the Seven Days battles during McClellan's retreat. Colonel (then Lieutenant) Benjamin F. Fisher, of the Signal Corps, then in command, opened a local station on the famous Berkely mansion. The Signal Corps had proved indispensable to the success of McClellan in changing his base from York River to James River. When the vigorous Confederate attack at Malvern Hill threatened the rout of the army, McClellan was aboard the gunboat Galena, whose army signal officer informed him of the situation through messages flagged from the shore. Through information from the signal officers directing the fire of the fleet, he was aided in repelling the advances of the Confederates
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Report of General J. E. B. Stuart of cavalry operations on First Maryland campaign, from August 30th to September 18th, 1862. (search)
ght at Middletown--Lieutenant-Colonel Martin having been left with his command and two pieces of artillery to hold the Catoctin mountain. Munford was in the meanwhile ordered to occupy the gap in this range near the town of Jefferson. The force under his command consisted at this time of only the Second and Twelfth Virginia cavalry--the Sixth Virginia having been left at Centreville to collect arms, etc., the Seventeenth battalion detached before crossing the Potomac on an expedition into Berkely, and the Seventh Virginia cavalry having been ordered a day or two before to report to General Jackson for operations against Harper's Ferry. Every means was taken to ascertain what the nature of the enemy's movement was, whether a reconnoisance feeling for our whereabouts, or an aggressive movement of the army. The enemy studiously avoided displaying any force, except a part of Burnside's corps, and built no camp fires in their halt at Frederick that night. The information was conveyed
Margaret Fuller, Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (ed. W. H. Channing), chapter 3 (search)
ve such overstatement, such a crude, intemperate tirade as you have been guilty of about Mr. Alcott;—a true and noble man, a philanthropist, whom a true and noble woman, also a philanthropist, should have delighted to honor; whose disinterested and resolute efforts, for the redemption of poor humanity, all independent and faithful minds should sustain, since the broadcloth vulgar will be sure to assail them; a philosopher, worthy of the palmy times of ancient Greece; a man whom Carlyle and Berkely, whom you so uphold, would delight to honor; a man whom the worldlings of Boston hold in as much horror as the worldlings of ancient Athens did Socrates. They smile to hear their verdict confirmed from the other side of the Atlantic, by their censor, Harriet Martineau. I do not like that your book should be an abolition book. You might have borne your testimony as decidedly as you pleased; but why leaven the whole book with it? This subject haunts us on almost every page. It is a gre
rms, by the Confederates. Can it be that in the editions designed for Europe the proprietors of the Yankee papers were ordered by Seward to omit all allusion to this disaster! We should hardly think it possible to carry such an order into execution, and yet we cannot account for the silence of the British press in any other way than by supposing the writers ignorant of the circumstance. Although they had had evidence enough of the sort of victories McClellan gained, in his bulletins from Berkely, and had commented upon them in a style of contemptuous irony that must have cut that shallow and pretentions cox comb to the vary gizzard, yet they allowed him to pass off upon them on this occasion a tissue of lies even more palpable than those written on the banks of James river. The fact is that McClellan would have been broken in any other service in the world for his blunders in that campaign. He started from Washington to attack Gen. Lee with an army thrice as numerous as the l