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John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life 2 0 Browse Search
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The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 1 1 Browse Search
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ch to the alarm of the signal men above. Signalling was carried on during an engagement between different parts of the army. By calling for needed reenforce-ments, or giving news of their approach, or requesting ammunition, or reporting movements of the enemy, or noting the effects of shelling,--in these and a hundred kindred ways the corps made their services invaluable to the troops. Sometimes signal officers on shore communicated with others on shipboard, and, in one instance, Lieutenant Brown told me that through the information he imparted to a gunboat off Suffolk, in 1863, regarding the effects of the shot which were thrown from it, General Longstreet had since written him that the fire was so accurate he was compelled to withdraw his troops. The signals were made from the tower of the Masonic Hall in Suffolk, whence they were taken up by another signal party on the river bluff, and thence communicated to the gunboat. Not long since, General Sherman, in conversation,
eant-Major, James E. Hall; QuartermasterSer-geant, J. H. Robinson; Chaplain, W. A. Start. This Post, though so young, bears on its rolls 128 names. Fifteen veterans have deceased. Its present membership is 96. It has expended about $1500 in relief work. Its present officers are these: Commander, Joseph T. Batcheller; Senior Vice-Commander, Samuel Spink; Junior Vice-Commander, Fred. A. Libbey; Surgeon, Marshall L. Brown; Adjutant, William P. Brown; Quartermaster, Thomas Pear; Chaplain, J. Willard Brown; Officer of the Day, Thomas Allan; Officer of the Guard, George E. Seward; Sergeant-Major, G. W. B. Litchfield; Quartermaster-Sergeant, George B. Smith. Each of the Posts has an associate membership connected with it, and all but Post 186 have an organization of the Woman's Relief Corps as an auxiliary. The Posts hold occasional campfires, have lectures, and in various ways aim to keep alive the fraternal spirit, and by fairs and divers forms of entertainment replenish their re
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
I have little satisfaction in anything I am able to do; and I value these things which are now published, simply as my earnest testimony to truths which I have most sincerely at heart. They have all been done because I could not help it,—almost unconsciously, I may say. One of the thoughts which reconciles me to my audacity is that possibly these volumes may tempt young men, particularly at colleges, to our fields of action. But I have little confidence even in this aspiration. To J. Willard Brown, a student at Phillips Academy, Andover (with whom Sumner was not personally acquainted), Jan. 31, 1851:— I am not able to correspond with you at length on the subject of your inquiry; Concerning the allotment of time between regular studies and other academic means of culture. but I cannot lose the opportunity of impressing on your mind the importance while at school and college of mastering the regular studies, omitting nothing, and adding to them as much as possible of solid h