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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.