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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
rigade. It will be more interesting to give its history in the words of Col. William F. Fox, a Federal officer, whose account may be taken as entirely without prejuThe total loss of the regiment on the first day alone, based on the figures of Col. Fox, was in killed, wounded and missing, eighty-six and three-tenths per cent. In killed and wounded alone, according to Colonel Fox, the 26th North Carolina stands third on the list of great losses, having seventy-one and seven-tenths per centclaiming Burgwyn and Pettigrew among her sons? The following figures from Colonel Fox, give the absolute losses of the twenty-seven Confederate regiments that sufng list of North Carolina regiments suffering heavy losses is extracted from Colonel Fox's book. It is given for general information and for the reason that about onds, death by disease and in prison, was eight and six-tenths per cent. See Col. Fox's article in The Century, on the chance of being hit in battle. In his larger
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Confederate armies. (search)
ated that Virginia had 16o batteries of artillery in the Confederate armies. Below I send you an extract from Regimental Losses in the Civil War, by Lieutenant-Colonel William F. Fox; a work which the author says, represents the patient and conscientious labor of years. Days, and often weeks, have been spent on the figures of eacwith others of like character, is the most accurate and complete, and by far the most impartial work of the kind published since the war by the northern press. Colonel Fox gives the following: Strength of the Confederate armies. Alabama—Fifty-five regiments and eleven battalions of infantry; five regiments of cavalry; threeangers; five regiments and six battalions of heavy artillery, and 261 batteries of light artillery—in all, equivalent to 764 regiments of ten companies each. Colonel Fox says: The severity of the losses among the Confederates, and the heroic persistency with which they would stand before the enemies musketry, becomes apparen
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The laying of the corner-stone of the monument to President Jefferson Davis, (search)
fifty years of the republic. No stain on their lives. I cannot hold him wise who would willingly wound the patriotism of any citizen of the republic. To brand such men as Albert Sydney Johnston, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, or Jefferson Davis as traitors, is not to stain the whiteness of their lives, but rather to spoil the word for any useful purpose, to make the traitor a title, which Hampton or Washington might have borne as well, had the fortunes of war gone against them. As Fox said to Lord North: The great asserters of liberty, the saviors of their country, the benefactors of mankind, in all ages, have been called rebels. We owe the constitution which enables us to sit in this house to a rebellion. The future historian will note with astonishment that the Southern struggle for independence began, not with committees of public safety, with declarations of the rights of men, or enunciation of the mighty doctrine, that governments derive their just powers from th