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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Chapter 7: up the Edisto. (search)
which Marion had helped to deprive them. It is stated by Major-General Gillmore, in his Siege of Charleston, as one of the three points in his preliminary strategy, that an expedition was sent up the Edisto River to destroy a bridge on the Charleston and Savannah Railway. As one of the early raids of the colored troops, this expedition may deserve narration, though it was, in a strategic point of view, a disappointment. It has already been told, briefly and on the whole with truth, by Greeley and others, but I will venture on a more complete account. The project dated back earlier than General Gillmore's siege, and had originally no connection with that movement. It had been formed by Captain Trowbridge and myself in camp, and was based on facts learned from the men. General Saxton and Colonel W. W. H. Davis, the successive post-commanders, had both favored it. It had been also approved by General Hunter, before his sudden removal, though he regarded the bridge as a second
le. The Eagle was sick. He'd had too much physic of Abolition; The blood in his veins was hot and thick, The Eagle's pulse was fevered and quick, A thousand ways his feathers would stick, He was in a sad condition. They called a doctor to cure the bird: There came with the doctor General Scott. The voice of Sir Fuss and Feathers was heard-- He could not set by without saying a word, As the ire of the gallant old soldier was stirred! He proposed that the bird be shot. Loud rose the voice of Greeley and Seward! Many their words — we're sorry to lose them-- They told how the Eagle might be cured, Like a Duffield ham — and his life insured. Raymond and Bennett added a word, And they hid him in Abraham's bosom. Poor old Eagle, of Stars and Stripes, There was a nest for you, I said; At the very thought my eyes I wipe, Your talons I see take a firmer gripe. The stars fade away, but you feel the stripe-- Poor Eagle hangs down his head. Better the fate proposed by Scott; Perhaps not better, b
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Siege and capture of Fort Pulaski. (search)
rison waiting to surrender might become exhausted, and they be tempted to open fire again on their dilatory captors. among the visitors to the fort was George W. Smalley, the correspondent of the New York Tribune, and now the well-known London representative of that journal. one of the captured officers asked me who was the person in citizen's dress, and when I replied that he was a war correspondent of the Tribune, exclaimed, what! that old abolition sheet? yes. Edited by old man Greeley? yes. and we're going to be written up by his gang? yes. well, I could have stood the surrender, but this humiliation is too much! from a photograph. though carefully and fairly well served, were from some cause practically inefficient, not more than one-tenth of the shells falling within the fort. It was clear that for the reduction of the work we should have to depend on breaching alone, ending, perhaps, in an assault. An assault was really impracticable, owing to the lack of bo
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Canby's services in the New Mexican campaign. (search)
ons of all sorts, his own troops were on short rations, and he was at Peralta, one thousand miles from his base of supplies. His only alternative was to force the Texans into their disastrous retreat. The account of the battle of Valverde in Greeley's American conflict is erroneous in two important statements. First, speaking of the fighting in the morning he says: The day wore on with more noise than execution, until 2 P. M. As a matter of fact our losses in the morning were heavier than in the evening, when most of the casualties were confined to McRae's Battery. Also Mr. Greeley states: Our supporting infantry, twice or thrice the Texans in number, and including more than man for man of regulars, shamefully withstood every entreaty to charge, and the Colorado volunteers vied with the regulars in this infamous flight. There were only one thousand regulars in the field altogether, and the bulk of them were on the extreme right, out of supporting distance of the battery. In t
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Iuka and Corinth. (search)
the banks of the Tennessee an army of one hundred thousand men. Remarkable and imposing as this great army was for its numbers and the excellence of its personnel, it was still more remarkable for its array of distinguished leaders. Among them were the future generals-in-chief of the armies of the United States,--Halleck himself, and after him the three most successful of all the soldiers that fought for the Union--Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan; and with them were George H. Thomas, whom Greeley believed to be the greatest soldier of them all, and Buell, and Pope, and Rosecrans, and many others that rose to high command. With it, but not of it, were also the great War Governor of Indiana, Oliver P. Morton, and the Assistant Secretary of War, Colonel Thomas A. Scott, the railway king of the future, who had come to advise and assist Halleck; while in commands more or less important were McClernand, Palmer, Oglesby, Hurlbut, John A. Logan, and Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, Illinoisian
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 20: a brave officer's mortification.--history set right. (search)
stood by the historians. One (Rev. Mr. Boynton's) history not even mentioning me, although it did those of officers commanding vessels under me. My name was merely inserted (as commanding a division) at the instance of a friend, who discovered the omission too late to make a further correction. The resolution of the United States Senate of June 6, 1862, and accompanying documents, of which two thousand were printed, perpetuates the error of our passing the forts in two columns abreast. Mr. Greeley in his American conflict, and other authors, are led into the same misstatements. Lossing's Pictorial history erroneously describes the Cayuga as retiring from the fight on account of her damages, whereas she was continually in action notwithstanding she was much cut up with forty-two shot holes. The Varuna, which had passed us while heavily engaged, went up the river and drew off three of the Cayuga's assailants. The fight of the Varuna with two of which is treated as the great event
in these last twenty years, and have been made, by Sewards, Greeleys, Beechers, &c., &c., to suck in the hydrogen gas of madness under the name of liberty. Thus their votes have been secured for their infamous Republican party. But Seward and Greeley split. Seward wished to keep them in order, Greeley (insane himself) turned them loose on Seward, made them put Soulouque Lincoln on the throne, and compelled Seward to act as his Prince of Marmalade. Now, what next? The wind bloweth where itGreeley (insane himself) turned them loose on Seward, made them put Soulouque Lincoln on the throne, and compelled Seward to act as his Prince of Marmalade. Now, what next? The wind bloweth where it listeth. But there is a God over all. And, certainly, He has thus far been with us. The wealth of the North, great nominally, is on the surface of the earth. Cities, machineshops, railroads, ships, stocks, &c., &c. It has no vitality — no power of production, but what labor gives it. But there, as everywhere, all seek to avoid the sweat of the brow, and prefer to labor with the brain rather than with the muscles. Hence their cultivated ingenuity. Hence the credit system, the banks and b
d not have been at pains to do so. They would but have fallen before an indignant constituency, and men would have been sent to their places whose minds could never change. Nor, in fact, have they been without their use. As the conflict was irrepressible; as they were urged on by an inexorable power, it was important we should know it. Our own political leaders refused to realize the fact. The zealots of the North alone could force the recognition; and I am bound to own that Giddings, and Greeley, and Seward, and Lincoln, parasites as they are, panderers to popular taste as they are, the instruments, and the mere instruments, of aggression, have done more to rouse us to the vindication of our rights than the bravest and the best among us. Such, then, was the nature of this contest. It was inevitable. It was inaugurated with the Government. It began at the beginning, and almost at the start the chances of the game were turned against us. If the foreign slave trade had never bee
you the kingdoms which I would bestow, If you and your party would only agree To fall down in worship and homage to me; Obey my directions, fulfil my commands, Spread carnage and death over all these lands, By a horrible warfare, such as would win Success to my cause, and a triumph to sin. To all of these terms you most promptly agreed, And made them your grounds of political creed; I gave you my subjects — the best I have got, Such as Cameron, and Seward, and Old Granny Scott; Assisted by Greeley, and Bennett, and Weed, As miserable scoundrels as Tophet could breed, To fix up a plan for preserving the Union, In the bonds of a happy fraternal communion, By a terrible warfare of conquest and blood, Such as never was known since the day of the flood. I gave you my minions from the purlieus of hell, The ranks of your fearful grand army to swell; I stirred up the North with its vagabond crew, And set witch-burning Yankeedom all in a stew, With its isms and schisms — fanatical trappings-
Repudiation. 'Neath a ragged palmetto, a Southerner sat, A-twisting the band of his Panama hat, And trying to lighten his mind of a load, By humming the words of the following ode: “Oh! for a nigger! and oh! for a whip; Oh! for a cocktail! and oh! for a nip; Oh! for a shot at old Greeley and Beecher! Oh! for a crack at a Yankee school-teacher! Oh! for a captain! and oh! for a ship; Oh! for a cargo of niggers each trip!” And so he kept oh-ing for all he had not, Not contented with owing for all that he'd got. --N. Y. Tribune, June
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