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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the first conflict. (search)
ia. At the least puff of wind each of these monsters would give a sudden jerk, compelling those who held them captive to stand on tip-toe, and to perform, in spite of themselves, some of the strangest evolutions. Although expensive, difficult of transportation, and of doubtful service, this instrument was not without its usefulness, especially during a siege, when, elevated at leisure, it could communicate the most valuable information concerning the enemy's works. Thus, before Yorktown, Mr. Lowe, the operator, who carried an electric apparatus in the car and communicated by means of a wire with the Federal batteries, could indicate the result of their fire and enable them to correct their aim. At the same time he discerned the position of all the enemy's pieces with a precision which an inspection after the evacuation of the place fully confirmed. But it would be wrong to rely upon so capricious an auxiliary; for on the day of battle, when its assistance is needed to discover the
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the first autumn. (search)
ounced the approach of the Federals he sent for Wise, who, as we have seen, had remained in the vicinity of New River. The brigade of Benham, composed of the Tenth, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Ohio regiments, commanded by Colonels Lytle, Smith, and Lowe, was at the head of the Federal column. Lytle is the first to descend into the wooded ravine which extends to the foot of the enemy's positions. He is hardly in sight of these when he is received by a well-sustained fire. After a few shots he eed the fight of their own accord, and the reconnaissance assumed the proportions of a regular battle. The Twelfth Ohio became separated in the wood, and the largest portion of that regiment proceeded to take a position on the right of the Tenth. Lowe led it to the assault, a little to the left of the road, but was himself killed at the first fire, and his command was driven back in disorder. Although it was getting dark, Rosecrans determined to make one last effort. Part of McCook's brigad