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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 1: from Massachusetts to Virginia. (search)
M. Ellis, C. P. Horton, appended to a paper dated May 9, 1861, showing the connection of those gentlemen with the regiment at that time. The names of Savage and Cary, captains; of Wheaton, adjutant; of Henry L. Higginson, Hawes, Motley, Howard and Sawyer,--do not appear in any lists or in ally letters in my possession. For at second lieutenant, and on the other side a statement of the condition of the companies, as follows: Abbott, full; Quincy, probably full; Savage, 80; Curtis, 80; Cary (Lowell men), 80; Underwood, 82; Tucker, 33; Goodwin, not noted; Whitney, full; Cogswell, full. The date of this paper (unfortunately it is a matter of surmise) Cedar Mountain, to fall with his men on either hand; Dwight, the brave, the ardent, and faithful, conspicuous in the most exacting demands of his rank; Savage and Cary, Abbott, Williams, and Robeson, in the tornado of fire that swept their heroic souls from earth,--all falling where only the brave fall; Mudge and Shaw, with youth
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
ed to his noble death on the parapet of Wagner. Savage, Abbott, and Cary, Williams, Goodwin, and Perkins, would not have faltered if before t the Southern women. Hardly had we arrived at this camp, when Captain Cary made application to me for permission to cross the river and getal N. G. Evans, the Rebel commander. As well known at the time, Captain Cary's effort terminated without result. The captain crossed, but foerchief on the end of a stick, in token of his peaceful designs, Captain Cary at last encountered a non-belligerent Irishman, who informed himw Orleans. To aid in carrying out this magnificent undertaking, Captain Cary of our regiment was detailed to take the detachment from Banks'sCairo, Ill. I confess my hopes were somewhat dashed as I read Captain Cary's first letter from Baltimore, upon his arrival, in which, aftern they all get off it will be well for the Division. Sharp on Captain Cary's letter came the soul-stirring news that we had captured Fort D
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
s stone-wall, opened upon their gunners. Now Colonel Andrews strengthened Captain Savage by Captain Cary's Company. While the fire from my battery was incessant and effective, the two companies o my battery, as I was posting it on the edge of the ridge; he saw, nearer to his left front, Captains Cary and Savage behind an oblique stone-fence pouring a galling fire upon his gunners that struckm, and with canister raking them, General Jackson found that not one inch could he make Savage or Cary turn back, although Cary was knocked over by a flying stone, through a shell that killed a man byCary was knocked over by a flying stone, through a shell that killed a man by his side. As Jackson looked upon the scene, it is represented that he did not doubt that the enemy would attempt to drive his artillery from this vital position and occupy it with his own; and so ble, from the hill. [So the enemy seems to have interpreted the movements of Captains Savage and Cary.] At the same moment another Federal battery began to thunder on the left, and a dangerous enfila
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
red tones, I recrossed to Harper's Ferry, where, taking the train for Winchester, I reached my command on the twenty-fifth of June. My camp was located on the Front Royal and Winchester road, some seven or eight miles north of the former town, where we could watch the crossings of the Shenandoah. The officers of my regiment took the occasion of my arrival to offer their congratulations upon my promotion. In full uniform, but without other display, they came forward to my tent, led by Captain Cary, who, in behalf of all, in quiet but feeling words, expressed for himself and others gratitude at my return. I replied very briefly. There was no occasion for much speaking; every one knew how glad I was to come back, and how I had labored to overcome plans (if there were any) for my removal to another army. There was not an officer or private of the Second Regiment who did not know, without assurance of mine, that my nearest, dearest, and strongest tie was just themselves. They knew
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 9: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
ed and wounded out of the Second alone; and of this number, six of the officers and fifty-two of the non-commissioned officers and privates were instantly killed or mortally wounded. The losses of the Second had been terrible: Captains Abbott, Cary, Williams, and Goodwin, and Lieutenant Perkins, were dead; Major Savage was mortally wounded and a prisoner; Captain Quincy and Lieutenant Millen were wounded and prisoners; Surgeon Leland (early in the action), Lieutenants Oakey, Browning, Graftounhurt, and thirty-five per cent of the regiment as engaged were killed or wounded. See Record of the Second Massachusetts infantry, by A. H. Quint, pp.110, 111. Surrounded by many of their men killed in the action, I saw dead upon the field Captains Cary, Goodwin, Abbott, Williams, and Lieutenant Perkins. Major Savage had been removed, to die at Charlottesville. Never in the entire history of the Second Massachusetts Regiment had its percentage of loss been so great. Not at Winchester, An
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
edar Mountain, 304. Buford, General, Federal cavalry officer, 278, 280. Burks, Colonel, Rebel officer, 124-126. C Cameron, Simon (Secretary of War), writes Governor Andrew in regard to Massachusetts regiments for the war, 15, 16. Camp Andrew, the name given to the first camping-ground of the Second Massachusetts Regiment, 14. Campbell, John, Colonel, under Stonewall Jackson, 127, 177, 231, 289, 295. Is killed at the battle of Cedar Mountain, 296. Candy, Captain, 70. Cary, Captain, of the Second Massachusetts Regiment, 13. Searches for th emissing in battle of Bali's Bluff, 82, 83. Commands detachment of the Second detailed for service at Cairo, 111., 98. In battle of Winchester, 232, 233. Killed at the battle of Cedar Mountain, 332. Cedar Mountain, battle of, 282-313. A criticism of the plan of, 335-337. Chapman, Colonel, of the Fifth Connecticut, in battle of Cedar Mountain, 305. Clark, Colonel, 327, 328. Cogswell, William, holds a captai