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ciferously chaunted the praises of Scott and McDowell; but when the truth leaked out the day following, not a newspaper in the whole country but vilified them both, calling the first a stupid, ignorant old blockhead, and the latter a traitor. Butler had appeared upon the scene some short time before. Being from Massachusetts, (where none are found, of course, except men of extraordinary talents, genius, veracity, and bravery,) he was going forth from Fortress Monroe to massacre or bag the entire Confederate force at Little Bethel. The press was in ecstasies; a swarm of reporters repaired to headquarters, and Butler could not sneeze but the fact was telegraphed North as something very ominous, and presaging no good to the rebels. Magruder and Hill whipped him completely in half an hour; and the press, as usual, poured out their vials of wrath, and he was treated to all the derision and vilification of an angry and disappointed populace. McClellan next appeared in the arena,
ajor-General Magruder is about forty years of age, thick-set, voluptuous in appearance, very dressy and dandified, showy in his style and bearing, and nearly always mounted. He was an artillery officer in Mexico, under Scott, and gained an enviable name for efficiency in that branch, as also in engineering. He looks like a man too much given to dissipation, and is incapable of planning a battle, although very vigorous in fighting one. If appointed to fortify a place, there is no man on the continent that could do it better. He commanded the small Confederate force that defeated Butler in the engagement at Little Bethel, and was ably assisted by Colonel D. H. Hill, now a General, commanding at Leesburgh. When the war commenced, Magruder was registered on the U. S. army roll, Captain company I, first artillery. I saw dozens of other generals, since known to fame, and conversed with many, but defer speaking of them until their names occur as prominent actors on the stage of events.
his duty was assigned to General Magruder, who often ventured to the vicinity of Newport News, (the most southern point of the peninsula,) and greatly annoyed General Butler, who then commanded the fortress. Butler was tempted to open the campaign of 1861 before Scott, by marching upon Magruder in the hope of overwhelming him. HaButler was tempted to open the campaign of 1861 before Scott, by marching upon Magruder in the hope of overwhelming him. Having made his preparations, he found the Confederates posted at the village of Little Bethel, and was soundly thrashed by a much inferior force in less than sixty minutes. Magruder remained master of the peninsula, and scoured the country between Yorktown and Newport News until the close of the year. His pickets were numerous and vigilant, and captured several hundred negroes who had run away from their masters and sought the Yankee lines. Following the example of Butler, Magruder set the contrabands to work on his chain of fortifications, extending from Yorktown (on the York River) south-westwardly along the banks of the shallow Warwick to Mulberry P
on taken by Commodore Farragut arrival of General Butler his brutal attacks upon the ladies of New forces could annihilate our city at any time; Butler was reported to have said, he held the keys oft he could blow up all Butler's transports Butler's land forces were on Ship Island and Mississial surrender of the city before the arrival of Butler, who was now known to be on his way. The corremoved to Ship Island. By command of Major-General Butler. R. S. Davis, Captain and Acting Assistthrough these Headquarters.-By order of Major-General Butler. R. S. Davis, Captain and Assisttant-General. A lady friend, who has known Butler for years, writes as follows: I have known Butler by sight and reputation some fifteen years, and so was not at all surprised by his orders had congregated in front of the St. Charles, Butler's Headquarters. A handsome carriage was drivedelighted visitors took their departure. Picayune Butler did not appreciate the fact that he had b[9 more...]
e of the loved ones you have left at home. You are fighting for all that is dearest to men; and though opposed to a foe who disregards many of the usages of civilized war, your humanity to the wounded and the prisoners was the fit and crowning glory to your valor. Defenders of a just cause, may God have you in his keeping. Jefferson Davis. The General will cause the above to be read to the troops under his command. The following, printed in extremely large type, appeared, by General Butler's orders, in his organ, the New-Orleans Delta, June twelfth, 1862: On May thirty-first, Richmond was evacuated, and General McClellan took possession of the city! General Banks had driven Stonewall Jackson headlong to the foot of General McDowell, who before this had probably kicked him over the border. So end the drama!-it is enough (!) Comment is unnecessary. There was much inquiry among the soldiers at other parts of the line regarding the particulars of the engagement, but the vict
vely fire, that the enemy would not advance. Well, boys, said General Anderson, riding up, the enemy are before us, and in strong force I Did you say, Charge them, general? asked Goodwin, their commander. Yes, boys, replied Anderson, remember Butler and New-Orleans, and drive them into h-ll! No sooner said than done. This handful of determined men crept through the chapparal, until within fifty yards of the foe, and although exposed to a cross-fire, suddenly rose, rushed with a yell upon t were so affected by liquor as to be scarcely able to walk. I heard one of the Zouaves, sitting by the roadside, bathing his leg in a mud-puddle, swear he had shot four men that day, and would not grant quarter at all: their cry was, Orleans and Butler the beast! They gave no quarter, and expected none. One Louisianian, while drinking at a spring, was shot at; the Yankee missed fire, and then approached to surrender. I do not understand you, said the Creole, in French, and despatched the un
f emulation or competition was exhibited among us, it never met with favor. In all things their maxims were apparent: We are more numerous, and will rule as it suits ourselves--our interests must be always attended to — we know nothing of the rights, privileges, or customs of those who did most to gain our independence; all we know and remember is--ourselves These are not my ideas alone, but the sentiments of the whole South. Were not Douglas, Buchanan, Pierce, Dickinson, and infamous Butler, supposed friends of the South, fully aware of all these grievances, and did they attempt to ameliorate our condition, or seek to obtain for us common justice, or even an impartial hearing? Ambitious as they were for favor, the North was always courted, as being the most populous, and whatever praise they seemed to bestow upon us was qualified in such a manner as to be construed in any way. Douglas, of whom much has been said, was not a truthful or reliable man, for it is on record that in
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
firmly held by the Confederates. The time for Butler to act had arrived. Half an hour after Farragpanions had pulled down the National flag, General Butler arrived and joined Farragut on the Hartforxplicitly stated. In that proclamation, General Butler called upon all who had taken up arms agaiistered, as the occasion calls for it General Butler had resolved to act with strictest justiceence, the temper of the people and that of General Butler were mutually understood; and his proclamarompt the inhabitants to erect a statue of General Butler in one of the public squares, in testimonyre made to thwart the orders and wishes of General Butler while he was feeding the starving poor by uncompromising with treason and rebellion, was Butler's administration of affairs in New Orleans, ththe most foolish acts. At about the time when Butler left New Orleans, Jefferson Davis issued a notouthern heart, in which he professed to review Butler's administration of affairs there. In connect[41 more...]
oring to comply with a popular demand for Picayune Butler, which none of his bands were able to plathus enabled successively to land and form; Gen. Butler and his staff — no horses having yet been l on the levee by its side. That evening, Gen. Butler finished his proclamation and sent it to th Charles Hotel having been suddenly closed, Gen. Butler reopened and made it his Headquarters, summ hated order is this: that no soldier under Gen. Butler's command ever acted upon the vile construcof the confident prediction of the Rebels that Butler would not dare to do it. They did not dare; het they should be reduced again to Slavery. Gen. Butler, after anxious consideration, felt obliged ng to do so. Toward the end of November, Gen. Butler's spies brought him information from the ne which lie had been appointed. On the 23d, Gen. Butler took personal leave of his many friends, an that act; the imprisonment of non-combatants; Butler's woman order aforesaid; his sequestration of [13 more...]
rosperity of the country, or in the enlightenment of the age, to modify the rule in our peculiar case. War was necessary to elevate the American character. The heroic principle still had existence at the South, but it was extinct at the North. Butler is a specimen of the only type of hero which the North can furnish. Sickles is another; Lincoln still another. Seward the false, Seward the liar, is the best type of statesman that the North can boast. Paradoxical as it may seem, none who knowr than any of the creatures we have named. Heenan is a man of war in his way. Circumstances cast his lot in the lowest ranks of society; but, even in the sewers, he devoted his life to fame rather than to gain; and he is a better man to-day than Butler, or Sickles, or Lincoln, or Seward. The South was far from being corrupted by the principles of gain and selfishness. With Davis, Beauregard, Pickens, Wise, Beach, McCullough, and thousands of their stamp, it would be a libel to say that he
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