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5. On March 15th it moved into East Tennessee, in order to prevent the possible escape of Lee's and Johnston's armies, returning in April to Nashville, where it remained until June 16th, when it was ordered to New Orleans, en route for Texas. Although the war had virtually ended, the Fourth Corps remained in Texas during the rest of 1865, forming a part of Sheridan's Army of Occupation. The most of the regiments were, however, mustered out in December, 1865, in time for the men to spend Christmas in their homes. Fifth Corps. Hanover Court House Mechanicsville Gaines' Mill Glendale Malvern Hill Manassas Antietam Shepherdstown Ford Fredericksburg Chancellorsville Gettysburg Rappahannock Station Mine Run Wilderness Alsop's Farm Laurel Hill Spotsylvania North Anna Totopotomoy Bethesda Church Cold Harbor Petersburg assault Siege of Petersburg Weldon Railroad Poplar Spring Church Hatcher's Run Dabney's Mills Gravelly Run White Oak Road five Forks
9. hymn for the host in war. C. M. Christmas, (Handel's,) or any other solemn and stirring common Metre tune. by the Author of the New priest. With banners fluttering forth on high, And music's stirring breath, Lord God! we stand beneath Thine eye, Arrayed for work of death. When we our stormy battle wage, Thy Spirit be our zeal! In conquering, teach us not man's rage, But Thine own truth to feel. Thy Christ led forth no host to fight, And he disbanded none; But our true life, and our best right, By death alone He won. Dear Lord! if we our lives must give, And give our share of earth, To save, for those that after live, What makes our land's true worth, Lead Thou our march to war's worst lot, As to a peace-time feast; Grant, only, that our souls be not Without Christ's life released! O God of heaven's most glorious host! To Thee this hymn we raise; To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, One God, one voice of praise! --Boston Transcript, Aug. 3.
ommunication from a friend who was on the ground. We annex his communication: Sewall's Point, Sunday, December 29, 1861. Mr. Editor: Eight gunboats and an armed transport attacked a little Confederate gunboat this morning, and engaged this battery about two hours. We answered with some of the guns from our battery. Nobody hurt but one fine rooster, which was killed. The men were very cool. The rooster was duly prepared, roasted, and eaten by some of the boys. A rare treat for Christmas times. What glorification for Yankeedom--one rooster killed; none wounded or missing. This brilliant affair will be heralded in capitals in the New York Herald and other truthful prints. S. The Sea Bird proceeded on her way up to the city with her prize in tow, and we learn it is the schooner Sherwood, which formerly belonged to George Booker, Esq., on Back River, and was stolen from him sometime since by the Federals, and has been since used as a water transport between Newport Ne
o torn up and cut down that they furnished a protection rather than an impediment to the assailants, when all the heavy guns, save one, bearing on the land approach had been disabled, and the killed and wounded had reduced my available force to about my strength on Christmas night, it took more than three times the number which General Weitzel had, of the very flower of the army and navy, five hours to capture the fort; and so desperate was the resistance of those same men who were with me Christmas night and so doubtful the result in the work, that I have heard that General Terry, naturally fearing an attack from Bragg in the rear, sent word to General Ames to make one more effort, and if he failed, to stop and intrench. Reinforced by additional troops the effort was made, and resistance became less effective until with thin ranks and ammunition exhausted the garrison surrendered. William Lamb. Norfolk, Va., Jan. 20, 1890. Let us now see how the fort appeared to General Weitzel
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 23 (search)
large, heavy sea-coast guns; although afterward, on a more careful count, there proved to be more than two hundred and fifty sea-coast or siege guns, and thirty-one thousand bales of cotton. At that interview Mr. Browne, who was a shrewd, clever Yankee, told me that a vessel was on the point of starting for Old Point Comfort, and, if she had good weather off Cape Hatteras, would reach Fortress Monroe by Christmas-day, and he suggested that I might make it the occasion of sending a welcome Christmas gift to the President, Mr. Lincoln, who peculiarly enjoyed such pleasantry. I accordingly sat down and wrote on a slip of paper, to be left at the telegraph-office at Fortress Monroe for transmission, the following: Savannah, Georgia, December 22, 1864. To His Excellency President Lincoln, Washington, D. C.: I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 25 (search)
esaw; and the heats of summer found us on the banks of the Chattahoochee, far from home, and dependent on a single road for supplies. Again we were not to be held back by any obstacle, and crossed over and fought four hard battles for the possession of the citadel of Atlanta. That was the crisis of our history. A doubt still clouded our future, but we solved the problem, destroyed Atlanta, struck boldly across the State of Georgia, severed all the main arteries of life to our enemy, and Christmas found us at Savannah. Waiting there only long enough to fill our wagons, we again began a march which, for peril, labor, and results, will compare with any ever made by an organized army. The floods of the Savannah, the swamps of the Combahee and Edisto, the high hills and rocks of the Santee, the flat quagmires of the Pedee and Cape Fear Rivers, were all passed in midwinter, with its floods and rains, in the face of an accumulating enemy; and, after the battles of Averysboroa and Bent
Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 16.--We have just learned from a reliable gentleman, of Newcastle, the circumstances of a very unusual occurrence in that place just before Christmas, which we deem it proper should be placed before the people of Kentucky. Some forty or sixty negroes, all slaves, had been engaged in killing hogs for one of the citizens of Newcastle at night. About that time, and after the work was over, they paraded the streets of the town in a body, between the hours of ten and twelve, uttering all sorts of disorderly sounds, singing political songs and shouting for Lincoln. They seemed to take especial pains to make their unusual and disorderly demonstrations in front of the residences of one or two promiment Southern rights citizens. They continued their tumultuous proceedings for an hour or so without interruption from either officers or citizens, and finally dispersed of their own accord. We deem it due to the peace and security of the Commonwealth to give this inf
edit to General Rosecrans, to whom it belongs. The army was not prepared to follow the rebels constantly immediately after the battle. After pursuing them several miles with great slaughter, they were recalled and prepared for rapid and continued pursuit on Sunday morning. The army has been gone ever since. It is not prudent to say where the fugitives have been followed. Suffice it that they have been scattered and demoralized, and that they are not likely to gather head again before Christmas. If General Rosecrans is permitted to exercise his energy, they will not be permitted to concentrate anywhere. It may be worth while to mention that the facts go to show that the enemy attacked Corinth with fully forty-five thousand men. Villipigue certainly joined Van Dorn Friday evening, and was in the rout. He came up from Holly Springs. Breckinridge was not in the fight. The loss of rebel officers was as heavy as our own, proportionally. Among the prominent rebels who were kill
A negro soldier's speech.--At a celebration of Christmas by a negro regiment at New-Orleans, one of, the men made the following speech: Fellow-soldiers ob de Sebenth Regiment: I is mighty glad to enjoy dis ‘portunity for enjoying dis fust free Christmas in dis world what we live in. A year ago, where was we? We was down in de dark land of slavery. And now where are we? We are free men, and soldiers of de United States. And what have we to do? We have to fight de rebels so dat we never more be slaves. When de day of battle come, what will we do? I speak for me, and I say for myself, I go and fight de rebels till de last man die. Yes, under de flags what was presented to us from New-York, we fight till de last man die; and if I be de last man, what will I do? I hold up de flags, and if I die, den I go to my grave cousified for doing my duty. De President of de United States is one great man what has done more good dan any oder man whatever was borned. I bless de Lor
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Correspondence between General Butler and a feminine secessionist. (search)
Correspondence between General Butler and a feminine secessionist. Locustville, Accomac Co., Va., March 10, 1864. General B. F. Butler: Sir: My school has been closed since Christmas, because, as I understood the oath required of us, I could not conscientiously take it. Having heard since then that one of your officers explains the oath as meaning simply that we consent to the acts of the United States Government, and pledge passive obedience to the same, I take the liberty of address be proud of their country, to glory in its flag, and to be true to its Constitution. But, as you don't understand that yourself, you can't teach it to them, and, therefore, I am to learn from your letter that your school has been closed since Christmas, and with my consent, until you change your sentiments, and are a loyal woman in heart, it never shall be opened. I would advise you, madam, forthwith to go where your sympathies are. I am only doubtful whether it is not my duty to send you.
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