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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Chapter 3: up the St. Mary's. (search)
led and desolate, which I have ever seen in the South. The deserted house was embowered in great blossoming shrubs, and filled with hyacinthine odors, among which predominated that of the little Chickasaw roses which everywhere bloomed and trailed around. There were fig-trees and date-palms, crape-myrtles and wax-myrtles, Mexican agaves and English ivies, japonicas, bananas, oranges, lemons, oleanders, jonquils, great cactuses, and wild Florida lilies. This was not the plantation which Mrs. Kemble has since made historic, although that was on the same island; and I could not waste much sentiment over it, for it had belonged to a Northern renegade, Thomas Butler King. Yet I felt then,/as I have felt a hundred times since, an emotion of heart-sickness at this desecration of a homestead,--and especially when, looking from a bare upper window of the empty house upon a range of broad, flat, sunny roofs, such as children love to play on, I thought how that place might have been loved by
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Appendix B: the First black soldiers. (search)
. But that matter needs an appendix by itself. The Hunter regiment remained in camp on Hilton Head Island until the beginning of August, 1862, kept constantly under drill, but much demoralized by desertion. It was then disbanded, except one company That company, under command of Sergeant Trowbridge, then acting as Captain, but not commissioned, was kept in service, and was sent (August 5, 1862) to garrison St. Simon's Island, on the coast of Georgia. On this island (made famous by Mrs. Kemble's description) there were then five hundred colored people, and not a single white man. The black soldiers were sent down on the Ben De Ford, Captain Hallett. On arriving, Trowbridge was at once informed by Commodore Goldsborough, naval commander at that station, that there was a party of rebel guerillas on the island, and was asked whether he would trust his soldiers in pursuit of them. Trowbridge gladly assented; and the Commodore added, If you should capture them, it will be a gr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Index. (search)
ard, Miles, 275. Heasley, A., Capt., 230, 270. Heron, Charles, 122. Hinton, R. J., Col., 277. Holden, Lt., 122. Hooper, C. W., Capt., 155, 237, 270, 271, 272. Hughes, Lt. Comr., 78 81, 82. Hunter, David Gen . 20, 15 43, 57 60, 61, 64 97, 98, 119 126, 129, 135, 136, 151, 68, 272 273 276. Hyde, E. W., Lt., 271, 272,294. Hyde, W. H., Lt., 76, 271. Jackson, A. W., Capt., 73, 76,270, 271, 272. James, William, Capt., 84, 170, 270. Johnston, J. F., Lt., 271. Jones, Lt., 76, 81. Kemble, Mrs., 67, 274. Kennon, Clarence, Corp., 275. King, T. B., 67. Lambkin, Prince, Corp, 109. Lincoln, Abraham, Pres., 23, 34, 252. Long, Thomas, Corp., 256. Manning, B. I., Lt., 272. McIntyre, I., Sergt., 71, 72, 252. Meeker, L., Maj., 117, 122. Merriam, E. C., apt., 270, 271. Metcalf, L. W., Capt., 71, 73, 84, 270. Miller family, 247. Minor, T. T., Surg., 73, 269. Mitchell, O. M., Gen., 276. Montgomery, James, Col., 104,107 115, 126, 127, 169, 277. Moses, Acting Master, 68.
Defending the national capital O. E. Hunt, Captain, United States Army Blockhouse at the chain bridge, above Georgetown: this approach was defended by forts Ethan Allen and Marcy on the Virginia side, and by batteries martin Scott, Vermont, and Kemble on the Maryland side of the Potomac Colonel Michael Corcoran in a Washington Fort: and his officers of the 69th New York, in Fort Corcoran, 1861 Erect on the parapet is the tall, soldierly figure of Colonel Michael Corcoran of the Sixty-ninth New York, who was subsequently captured and chosen by lot to meet the same fate as Walter W. Smith, prizemaster of the Southern schooner Enchantress, taken prisoner, July 22, 1861, and tried for piracy. Neither was executed. The men pictured in their shirt-sleeves, and the heavy shadows cast by the glaring sun, indicate that the time is summer. The soldier with the empty sleeve has evidently suffered a minor injury, and is carrying his arm inside his coat. Several of the office
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 10: Favorites of a day (search)
Chapter 10: Favorites of a day Criticism on English writers, wrote Edward Fitzgerald to Mrs. Kemble, is likely to be more impartial across the Atlantic and not biased by clubs, coteries, etc. True as this is, the fact must also be borne in mind that the American critic is always limited by knowing that what he writes will probably not be read in England, and therefore will not reach the persons most concerned. It is not strange if the English author judges America by his balance-sheet, since it is his only point of contact with our readers. The late Mr. Du Maurier had reason to think well of a public that yielded him $50,000; and though it was freely declared here that his style was meretricious, his theme dubious, his title borrowed from Nodier, his group of three Englishmen from Dumas, and his heroine, pretty feet and all, from Delvaux's Les Amours Buissonieresall this naturally did not trouble him, particularly as it never reached him. In the same way the authors who have
Historic leaves, volume 2, April, 1903 - January, 1904, Literary men and women of Somerville. (search)
ed a taste for literary composition, publishing many articles in prose and poetry in the Cambridge and Somerville papers. Mr. Flanagan attended the Unitarian church in this city, and wrote a number of prose essays for the meetings of the Unity Club. Selections from his writings were published after his death, under the title, Essays in Poetry and Prose. Among the prose essays is one containing curious information on Some Minor Poets of America. Another treats at length the career of Miss Kemble, the actor. A third describes the gray pine of New England. But the most original of the printed prose writings are the burlesque fables. These are whimsical in character, and point a moral, sometimes severe, as often gay. One of the very shortest is as follows—– XXXI.—the Ant and the Elephant. An Ant, meeting an Elephant, exclaimed: Sirrah! Fellow, one of us must turn out. One of us must indeed turn out, replied the Elephant, as he lifted his foot to advance. Whereupon the An<
Old Middlesex Canal49 Hooksett Locks and Canal50, 57 Horn Pond, Woburn53 Huguenots, The10,11,12 Hunt, M. Agnes13 Hunt, Rev. Samuel103, 104 Hutchinson Collection, The42 Hutchinson, Mrs. Jacob T.104 Indian Wars, The40 Inman House, The, Cambridge94 Ipswich Female Seminary103 Ipswich, Mass.20, 40 Ireland, Shadrach15 Israel Putnam and Bunker Hill85 Israel Putnam and Prospect Hill85 Jackson, George Russell6 Jaques, Samuel53, 55 Jennor (Jenner), Elizabeth62 John Abbot Lodge101 Kemble, Miss4 Kentucky7 Kettell, Deacon Joseph60 King's Chapel, Boston13, 38 King Philip's War34 King William38 Kirtland, Susanna33 Knapp, Mrs. O. S.46 Knowlton, Captain90 Ladies' Repository, The8, 9, 25, 27 Lake Champlain49 Lake Sunapee52 Lake Winnepesaukee56 Landgrave of Hesse10 Larion, Johannah11, 13 Larion, Louis13 Lathrop, Ellen20 Lathrop, Rev. Thomas L.10 Latin Schoolhouse, Boston13 Leathe, Edwin66 Lechmere Point, Cambridge87, 94 Lee, General Charles78, 87, 95 Lefevre10 Le
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 16: literary life in Cambridge (search)
w. He began a dramatic romance of the age of Louis XIV., but did not persist in it, and apart from the story of Kavanagh did no extended work. He continued to publish scattered poems, and in two years (1850) there appeared another volume called The Seaside and the Fireside in which the longest contribution and the most finished—perhaps the most complete and artistic which he ever wrote—was called The Building of the Ship. To those who remember the unequalled voice and dramatic power of Mrs. Kemble, it is easy to imagine the enthusiasm with which her reading of this poem was received by an audience of three thousand, and none the less because at that troubled time the concluding appeal to the Union had a distinct bearing on the conflicts of the time. For the rest of the volume, it included the strong and lyric verses called Seaweed, which were at the time criticised by many, though unreasonably, as rugged and boisterous; another poem of dramatic power, Sir Humphrey Gilbert; and on
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
8. Irving, Washington, 7, 18, 46, 68, 80, 89, 132, 133, 249; Longfellow imitates, 26, 27; speaks of Longfellow, 50; his Sketch Book compared with Longfellow's Outre-Mer, 69-71. Italy, 33, 50, 55, 65, 96, 142, 223. Jamaica Plain, Mass., 146. James, G. P. R., 237. Janin, Jules, 161. Jefferson, Thomas, 6. Jewett, Sarah O., 198. Johnson, Eastman, 272. Jones, J. A., 23. Jones, Sir, William, 43; his Letters, 42. Joubert, J., his Pensees, quoted, 235. Keats, John, 280. Kemble, Mrs., 200. Kent, Duke of, 118. Khayyam, Omar, 282. Kiel, 108. Kingsley, Rev., Charles, 237. Knickerbocker, the, 140. Korner, Charles Theodore, 64. Kossuth, Louis, 173. Lafayette, Marquis de, 52. Lamartine, Alphonse M. L. de, 161. Lawrence, Sir, Thomas, 207. Lawton, William C., 234, 266; his The New England Poets, cited, 234 note, 265 note. Lenau, Nicholas, 161. Leopold, King of the Belgiums, 195. Lincoln, Abraham, 6. Liston, Sir, Robert, 93. Liszt, Abbe, 223. Liver
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), chapter 8 (search)
tive point of view, the regiment had no separate existence; there was no community of interest except in the companies among the men who were fed from the same camp-kettle. Note B, page 82. If any one wishes to form an idea of the irremediable demoralization that slavery entails, there is no necessity to read romances or pleadings, but only the simple diary kept in Georgia, on the plantation of her husband, by an author who bears a name illustrious in the dramatic annals of England, Miss Kemble. It is the naked truth, such as would strike an observer free from local prejudices; the astonishments and the hopes, even, expressed by the author, are evidences of her good faith. She was struck at first by the contrast between the magnificence of nature and the human wretchedness to be seen there. It was only by degrees, however, that she found out all the evils of which slavery was the source. Being seized with charitable enthusiasm at each sight of the picture, she wished to appl
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