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s, and Fred'rick, Charles, Blucher, and Saxe, And the like, who trod ably in Hannibal's tracks, 'Mong our own, Greene, “Mad Anthony,” Schuyler, and Lamb, And Montgomery, dead near the field of Montcalm-- That field where Wolfe died, all content as victorious-- Leaving names that are watchwords-whole nation's themes glorious. Well! who most in this war showed a spirit like theirs? Grant and Farragut truly have done their full shares; But the two, who at outset, the foremost will show Were Phil Kearny in coffin; alive, “Fighting Joe.” Do you know why true soldiers will talk “Fighting Joe,” Because he's a game-cock will fight well as crow, And like Taylor no responsibility shirk If the country would win though he lost by the work. “As well hang for a sheep as a lamb,” so he said, When the orders to back out from Richmond were read; And at Look-Out, when counted all out of the fight, 'Twas Hooker who triumphed, 'twas Joe stormed the height. “If a man's got fight in him, lau
their revolvers on the principle that two arms suffice — the carbine for long distance, the saber for hand-to-hand fighting. it will show that eighty-five years of great and small wars, Indian fighting, and frontier service, proved to be a training school in which the methods followed by Sheridan, Stuart, Forrest, and others of their time had been really initiated by their famous predecessors — Marion, the Swamp Fox, and Light horse Harry Lee of the War for Independence, Charlie May and Phil Kearny of the Mexican War, and those old-time dragoons and Indian fighters, Harney and Cooke. Before the Revolution of 1776, the colonists were generally armed with, and proficient in the use of, the rifle — of long barrel and generous bore — and familiarity with the broken and wooded surface of the country made them formidable opponents of the British from the start, who both in tactical methods and armament were very inferior to the American patriots. Fortescue, an English writer, records
alf bred mare by Mambrino. He was of a rich chestnut color, stood nearly seventeen hands high, and had long slender legs. Despite his great height, the horse was known to trot a mile in two minutes and forty-five seconds. When the battle of Chattanooga occurred, the horse was seven years old. It was here that the animal received its name of Lookout. The grandeur of Lookout's stride and his height dwarfed many gallant war-horses and he has been termed the finest charger in the army. General Kearny's horses General Philip Kearny was a veteran of the Mexican War, with the rank of captain. It had been decided to equip Kearny's troop (First United States Dragoons) with horses all of the same color, and he went to Illinois to purchase them. He was assisted in the work by Abraham Lincoln and finally found himself in possession of one hundred gray horses. While engaged in battle before the City of Mexico, mounted upon one of the newly purchased grays, Monmouth, Kearny was When s
pired by stirring or pathetic incidents of the conflict—by the fall of some leader in the thick of the fight, by the dash of troops into the jaws of death, by the musings of a lonely private in faithful discharge of duty. It is well that such poems should live into these piping times of peace to keep fresh the remembrance of American heroism on whatever field displayed. When preserved in the amber of fit poetic form, these achievements shine with no trace of sectional pride. The charge of Kearny at the battle of Fair Oaks, or Seven Pines, as sung in Stedman's ringing verse, is familiar to many who have never read a military account of the battle, and cannot tell whether it occurred in the first or the last year of the war. Ticknor's ballad on the touching devotion of Little Giffen of Tennessee will likewise go straight to the hearts of thousands who may never learn whether Johnston was a Northern or a Southern leader. Such instances demonstrate the capacity of the American citizen
Kearny at Seven Pines Stedman's stirring poem was suggested by a newspaper account of the ringing retort made by General Kearny to a colonel. The military historian, John C. Ropes, writing of the battle at Chantilly, September 1, 1862, says: thntiring, always hopeful, and always vigilant and alert. So that soldierly legend is still on its journey,— That story of Kearny who knew not to yield! 'Twas the day when with Jameson, fierce Berry, and Birney, Against twenty thousand he rallied the d lay in clumps through the dwarf oak and pine, Where the aim from the thicket was surest and nighest,— No charge like Phil Kearny's along the whole line. When the battle went ill, and the bravest were solemn, Near the dark Seven Pines, where we stiring or pine? ‘O, anywhere! Forward! 'Tis all the same, Colonel: You'll find lovely fighting along the whole line!’ Kearny—‘how we saw his blade brighten’ In Brigadier-General Philip Kearny, Stedman selected as the hero of his poem on
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 15: the battle of Williamsburg (search)
k and brought more troops. Hooker's men, reserves and all, pushed in, and were nearly exhausted, when, about 4 P. M., Phil Kearny managed to get up his division. Hooker's division was at last relieved by Kearny's and fell back to be a reserve. HoKearny's and fell back to be a reserve. Hooker's soldiers deserved this rest, for they had faced Fort Magruder and those strong redoubts well manned and actively firing for nine hours. Kearny's men charged and cleared the outside point of woods, carried some rifle pits, and silenced troublesKearny's men charged and cleared the outside point of woods, carried some rifle pits, and silenced troublesome light batteries, so that Kearny declared: The victory is ours His men bivouacked where they had fought. Thus the battle went on contrary to all planning, working along from left to right. While the operations just recounted were progressing uKearny declared: The victory is ours His men bivouacked where they had fought. Thus the battle went on contrary to all planning, working along from left to right. While the operations just recounted were progressing under Heintzelman's eyes, Sumner and Keyes were trying to bring order out of confusion on the right of our line and back to the rear on the Yorktown road. A passageway across a stream and through the woods around the Confederate left flank having b
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 16: the battle of Fair Oaks (search)
three miles due south of Bottom's Bridge, and Kearny's division forward on the Richmond road about ng at criminal stragglers and hurrying forward Kearny's division. With such a battlefield won, wich might bring Confederate independence. Phil Kearny, following his instructions literally, sentbie over the railway toward the Chickahominy. Kearny quickly took in the situation; the zigzag rifling from both the felled and standing timber. Kearny eagerly asked: Where is your greatest need Casey, cheered by the newcomers, said: Kearny, if you will regain our late camp the day will still be ours. Kearny just then had only the Third Michigan up. The men moved forward with alacrity; they ranegiments had joined the fiercely fighting line Kearny found that after all his promptness he could et, were the divisions of Sedgwick, Richardson, Kearny, and Hooker. Sumner's troops were at the extrlong an interval between French and Birney, of Kearny's division, was reported-only pickets connecti[3 more...]
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le work. For Heintzelman's, with Hooker's and Kearny's divisions, coming from McClellan before Jackreet time to get near him before battle. Phil Kearny's division, passing to the north of Manassatoward Sudley Springs and Jackson. Naturally, Kearny was not able to bring him to battle. King's dtreville; he led three divisions under Hooker, Kearny, and Reno toward Gainesville. Sigel's corps, ming up rearranged the battle front; he placed Kearny's troops on his right, Reynolds's on his left,about 4.30, when a desperate attack was made. Kearny and Hooker got nearer and nearer, firing and aroops, Reno's and Stevens's divisions, with Phil Kearny's near at hand. Hooker's had passed beyond was at this trying epoch of this battle that Kearny sprang to the rescue. Birney's brigade he cauhilling rain poured down upon the combatants. Kearny, to see what more could be done at the right owo officers of great ability and energy-Philip Kearny and Isaac I. Stevens. It was a serious loss t
the Potomac still passing. The troops from Harper's Ferry were to join the Third Corps,—the celebrated fighting troops of Gen. Sickles, who, having lost a leg at Gettysburg, had left his command and was succeeded by Gen. French. We soon found ourselves in the midst of the great army, cheek by jowl with the men who fought under McDowell, and McClellan, and Pope, and Burnside, and Hooker, as principals, and under the more immediate direction of such leaders as Sumner and Franklin, Keyes and Kearny, Heintzelman and McCall, Sedgwick, Reno, and Banks in the earlier days of the war, and now were fresh from the gory fields of Gettysburg, where Reynolds, of precious memory, and Buford, and Hancock, and Sickles had immortalized themselves; and we rejoiced at our good fortune in being thus associated. When we left Frederick, Capt. Sleeper was placed in charge of the entire supply train of the Third Corps. The long lines of ammunition and forage wagons stretching with their white coverings
be of value introduced in this connection. The idea of a corps badge originated, as far as can be ascertained, with Gen. Kearny. During the seven days battle on the Peninsula he saw the necessity of having some distinctive mark by which the offi the men, of their own accord, cut pieces out of their overcoat linings to make patches for themselves. At the same time Kearny adopted a plain red flag to denote his division headquarters, and Hooker adopted a blue one for his headquarters. See al and Military History of Philip Kearny, from which many of these facts were taken. At Harrison's Landing, July 4, 1862, Kearny issued a general order, directing officers to wear a red patch of the diamond or lozenge shape either on the crown or leffied bodies) found without badges, and return them to their commands under guard. This scheme of badges, originated by Kearny and perfected by Hooker, continued, substantially unaltered, to the close of the war. The system of headquarters' flags,
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