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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Hampton at Fayetteville. (search)
ed of more individuality, and thus the personal dash and prowess of a leader were more frequently instrumental in accomplishing very important results. This was the case in the incident I am about to relate. A few days after the surprise of Kilpatrick's camp in March, 1865 (an account of which was contributed to the March, 1884, number of the Southern Historical Society papers), our army was retreating through Fayetteville, N. C., Wilmington having fallen and fresh stores and reinforcements o hot for comfort to those crossing last. Thus the Federal reconnoisance proved a fiasco, but if the detachment had fought properly, and had been ably seconded by supports, the affair might have had a very different result. It is strange that Kilpatrick should have been so remiss, when energetic bold pressure might have been troublesome. Indeed, to say the least, he did not hanker after a fight during the remainder of this campaign. Perhaps he remembered too well that dark cloudy morning, a
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Sherman's method of making war. (search)
hall spare the public buildings there as we did at Milledgeville. And now we look with interest for the dispatches that would settle the vexed question as to whether Sherman, or his officers, acting under his orders, burned Columbia on the 17th of February. Unfortunately, a paternal government, not thinking it good that the truth should be known, has suppressed all the dispatches between the 16th and the 21st, and every other allusion to the transaction. On the 23d he writes to General Kilpatrick: Let the whole people know the war is now against them, because their armies flee before us and do not defend their country or frontier as they should. It is pretty nonsense for Wheeler and Beauregard and such vain heroes to talk of our warring against women and children. If they claim to be men, they should defend their women and children and prevent us reaching their homes. If, therefore, an army defending their country can prevent invaders from reaching their homes and families
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 34 (search)
others were followed and dispatched by his men. Only one escaped to tell the tale, the young sergeant. About the same hour that he had talked with us, so careless and free, the next evening, he was shot by general orders at the headquarters of Kilpatrick's command, stationed in Chapel Hill. They had violated the truce of ten days which was in force previous to Johnston's surrender, and thus was the punishment of the only survivor. Captain C. traced his two men to their lurking place. In thrs. DeGe. She had long been threatened with a heart trouble; and a few days later fell from her chair unconscious, and died within twenty-four hours. For weeks Captain C. was compelled to keep himself perdu. The neighborhood was filled with Kilpatrick's men, seeking to take revenge for the death of a man who was at once the terror and the admiration of the corps. Nothing was too desperate for him to dare, we heard; and one of his comrades remarked: In liquor, old Belzebub himself couldn't
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Return of a refugee. (search)
ewalk as he came down breathless, with bag, basket and umbrella, to meet the approaching train. Once embarked, I ceased to hear or see them, as only two or three had entered the same car—one of them an officer. Fortunately, as it then seemed to me, I found an acquaintance aboard, returning from New York. We fell into conversation, and as time went on our mutual war experiences became naturally the theme of discourse I told him of the recent encounter I had had with a raiding party of Kilpatrick's men, and received some thrilling incidents of his own in return. At Salisbury, as the train stopped, a party of half a dozen or more Federal soldiers pressed noisily into the car, and approached my companion. See here! the spokesman began; you have been talking too much. You can't abuse us that way, you and her (indicating me), and not get paid up for it. Come out here and we'll fix you, adding the usual accompaniment of oaths and imprecations. I saw the face opposite blanch,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid against Richmond. (search)
Richmond and make an attack at the same time Kilpatrick was to make an attack on the Brooke pike, enwith Kilpatrick. Dahlgren reasoned that General Kilpatrick might make a stand near the city and at us again, but, by good fortune, got in with Kilpatrick's forces and escaped. We were not so fortun the result are to be entertained. But if Kilpatrick will not risk another attack, there are but paid off, and prepared to march last night. Kilpatrick receiving marching orders. Three days ration was prevented from forming a junction with Kilpatrick by the interposition of my command between ting Adjutant-General. When the attack on Kilpatrick was made, Dahlgren, who had been repulsed bytter the execration of all honorable men. Kilpatrick having recruited at Yorktown, moved out, as ommand was detached from the main body under Kilpatrick, with the intention, it was presumed, of cro the expectation of finding and uniting with Kilpatrick in Richmond. The latter, however, had left [30 more...]