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e corner of the road, coming towards us. He asked me the cause of the firing in the rear, and whose premises we were on. I told him he knew the first as well as I did, but as to the last, could give full information; that the house belonged to one Adjutant Whiting, who, just before, had sent a bullet whizzing by me, and shot one of my boys, and that my greatest pleasure would be to burn the rascal's house in payment. Your wish will be gratified at once, said the colonel. I am ordered by Gen. Butler to burn every house whose occupant or owner fires upon our troops. Burn it. He leaped from his horse, and I upon the steps, and by that time three Zouaves were with me. I ordered them to try the door with the butts of their guns — down went the door and in went we. A well packed travelling bag lay upon a mahogany table. I tore it open with the hopes of finding a revolver, but did not. The first thing I took out was a white linen coat: I laid it on the table, and Col. Duryea put a light
, 'twas devilish hard! But in spite of all this, the rebellion's a spurt; The panic's fictitious, and nobody's hurt. Herewith I beg leave to submit the report Of Butler, the General, concerning the sport They had at Great Bethel, near Fortress Monroe, With Hill and Magruder some four weeks ago; And here let me say a more recklessnown than this Colonel Magruder: He has taken the Comfort away from Old Point, And thrown our peninsular plans out of joint; While in matters of warfare to him Gen'l Butler Would scarce be thought worthy to act as a sutler, And the insolent rebels will call to our faces The flight at Great Bethel the “New Market Races:” Then supersede Butler at once with whoever Can drive this Magruder clean into the river; And I shall be confident still to assert That the panic's fictitious, and nobody's hurt! 'Tis my province, perhaps, herein briefly to state The state of my provinces, surly of late, Missouri and Maryland--one has the paw Of my Lyon upon her; and one ha
118. to General Butler. by Bay State. Ben. Butler, my boy, It gives me much joy Of your brave words and acts to hear; So prompt and so quick, You are truly a “brick,” Knowing not the meaning of fear. As a lawyer bold We know you of old, In many a “hard knotty case ;” But now on the field, Convinced you'll not yield; You are just the man for the place. Be true to your trust, And bring to the dust The rebels, where'er they are found; Inform them, dear Ben, They've mistaken the men, If they think the North is not sound. We know you are right, Wherever you fight, In upholding the Stripes and Stars; We know they are wrong, Where'er they belong, Who follow the Stripes and Bars. See to it, our flag Displaces that rag, Symbolic of despot and slave; From Georgia to Maine It must wave again, “O'er the land of the free and the brave.” We will anxiously wait To hear of your fate, Entreating God's blessing on you; For one thing we know, “Come weal or come woe,” To the Uni
eer fitted out by himself and his friends. He did some harm to the enemy, and in return therefor he received a commission from the government to be the bearer of despatches to General Jackson at New Orleans. He carried out his mission and was thus enabled to make the acquaintance of General Jackson, for whom he entertained the highest respect and admiration. Hence, having a son born on the 13th of February, 1815, he named him Andrew Jackson. Capt. John Butler, War of 1812, father of Benj. Butler. Engraved from an oil Painting. The war being practically ended, as the battle of New Orleans was fought after the treaty of peace had been agreed upon, my father turned his attention to mercantile voyages going several trips to the West Indies and Spanish Islands on the coast of South America. While Copyrighted. so engaged he took letters of marque under Bolivar, and with his vessel formed a part of Bolivar's expedition. When Bolivar crossed the Cordilleras, my father returned to
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 13: occupations in 1863; exchange of prisoners. (search)
young man who appreciated himself Lincoln and Butler discuss the enlisting of colored troops Commichange of prisoners considered at some length Butler appointed commissioner scheme for retaliatinglored prisoners for white they also object to Butler conference with Ould, the Confederate commissition General Grant takes a hand explains to Butler that exchanging prisoners recruits the Confederate Army, and orders it to cease Butler to Ould on rights of negro prisoners Confederate leaders ccompanied by several gentlemen, conducted General Butler upon the stage. Immediately there began artially subsided, Senator Morgan presented General Butler to the mayor. The presentation was but a d not be heard. The mayor then welcomed General Butler, in an exceedingly pertinent and happy add of the North refused to render homage to Benjamin Butler — the beastliest, bloodiest poltroon and rewith published, and presenting it said: Now, Butler, if you go down there, and find anything that [1 more...]
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
rmon, but in such cases it always happened that he had remembered more of the discourse than any of those who criticized him. The 1906 diary records:— Feb. 12. Evening at North End school—very turbulent—Italian boys, but I enjoyed talking to them, until I read from Army Life which was a mistake. Never read before children. Mar. 12. Boston before legislative committee at State House, with 8 old soldiers against me. This meeting was to consider the erection of a statue to General Butler, which Colonel Higginson opposed. Mar. 19. At Binghamton, N. Y. P. M. Lecture and had good audience of perhaps 250 in hard storm. June 28. Phi Beta Kappa. At meeting, gave notice of amendment next year in regard to women's admission to dinner. Two grandchildren came to cheer these later days, the first a boy named Wentworth born in 1906, of whom he wrote:— The beautiful and happy baby makes my health or illness a secondary trifle—if I can only pass quietly awa
8; revenge for, 195, 196; farewell and death, 196; Higginson on affair of, 199, 200. Brown, Theophilus, and T. W. Higginson, 118. Browning, Miss (sister of poet), account of, 355, 356. Browning, Robert (the poet), 80; Higginson meets, 334, 335; account of, 356, 357. Browning, Robert (son of poet), described, 356. Bryce, James, and Higginson, 325. Burlingame, Anson, on Higginson's speech in Sim's case, 113. Burns, Anthony, a fugitive slave, affair of, 142-46. Butler, General, Benjamin, opposition to statue of, 394. Butman, A. O., 177; riot, 149-51. Cambridge, Mass., early accounts of, 21, 22, 27, 29. Canterbury, Archbishop of, 328. Carlyle, Thomas, 323. Carlyle's Laugh, and Other Surprises, 323, 396, 428. Carnegie, Andrew, 284. Cary, Alice, 130. Cary, P$hoebe, 130. Chalmers, Thomas, described, 339. Channing, Barbara, on rescue of Sims, 112. Channing, Ellery, 48; on literary profits, 51. Channing, Francis (Lord Channing of Wellingbor
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Last days of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
ould long maintain himself so far inland, and many believed he must finally retreat, which he could not do without great disaster. Grant had sustained fearful losses in the Wilderness, at Spotsylvania, at Cold Harbor, in assaults on Petersburg, and at the Mine explosion. The Confederates still holding Grant at arm's length before Richmond, had invaded Maryland, and thrown an army up to the very walls of Washington, driven Hunter from Lynchburg, defeated Seigel in the Valley, and bottled up Butler at Bermuda Hundreds. To the popular conception of the North, the invading armies appeared at this time as far, if not farther, from accomplishing their task than in 1862, and there was great and almost universal despondency as to the final result of the war in the Northern mind. The depreciation of the currency was very great, and the strain of the war also added to the general feeling of despair. The Confederate cruisers had destroyed the United States merchant marine and practically d
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorial address (search)
four companies of Richmond Howitzers, under the command of Major G. W. Randolph (afterwards Secretary of War) to Little Bethel Church. Receiving information that Butler's forces were preparing to move up the Peninsula, Colonel Hill fell back to Big Bethel Church, where, with a small branch of Black river on his front and right flank and an almost impenetrable forest on his left, he used twenty-five spades and several hundreds of bayonets during the night in making an enclosed work. Ben. Butler had started 5,000 men in three columns, with the confident expectation that two of the detachments would travel by roads passing north and south of the position at skirmish, in which two men were killed and eight wounded. The Zouaves, instead of following immediately upon the heels of the fugitive rebels, as contemplated by Butler, turned back, and fled precipitately on hearing the firing in front of their own reserve line. On the next day they again moved forward and attacked the force
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.11 (search)
nt peril from an attack on the east, Confederate troops were withdrawn from General Butler's front, on the Bermuda Hundreds line, and hurried across the Appomattox to orders to push back the enemy when found, so as to occupy and hold the line in Butler's front, if possible, without bringing on an engagement. When Corse's Brigadcured the key to the situation, and this enabled the Confederates to force back Butler into his entrenchment all along the line, where he was kept closely shut up unt been well nigh impregnable if properly defended by brave and adequate forces. Butler could have placed these there in a few hours. McCabe's history and the orders uregard assumed the responsibility of withdrawing his command into Petersburg. Butler then taking advantage of this withdrawal, occupied the Confederate works. Gefforts of their officers to stop them, and in a fierce, impetuous charge, drove Butler back into his own works, and reestablished Beauregard's line. These achievem
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