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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative 123 3 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 117 1 Browse Search
An English Combatant, Lieutenant of Artillery of the Field Staff., Battlefields of the South from Bull Run to Fredericksburgh; with sketches of Confederate commanders, and gossip of the camps. 101 3 Browse Search
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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 50 16 Browse Search
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Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 4 (search)
ght sight of Fred in the crowd. He had been in the fight at Columbus, and I concluded was now on his way to Cuthbert to find Metta and me. I called to let him know that we were on board, but he did not hear me, and before I could make my way to the opposite window, the train moved on a few hundred yards and he was lost in the crowd. I was greatly disturbed, for it was said that the train we were on was the last that would be run over the South-Western Road. While I was in this dilemma, Col. Magruder and Marsh Fouche came out of the crowd and hailed me. They said they were on furlough and trying to make their way to Uncle Fouche's plantation in Appling County. I told them my troubles, and they went to hunt up Fred for me, but must have gotten swallowed up in the crowd themselves, for I never saw either of them again. At last I sent for the conductor to unlock the door so that I could get out of the car and begin a search on my own account. Just as I had stepped out on the platform
er had appeared upon the scene some short time before. Being from Massachusetts, (where none are found, of course, except men of extraordinary talents, genius, veracity, and bravery,) he was going forth from Fortress Monroe to massacre or bag the entire Confederate force at Little Bethel. The press was in ecstasies; a swarm of reporters repaired to headquarters, and Butler could not sneeze but the fact was telegraphed North as something very ominous, and presaging no good to the rebels. Magruder and Hill whipped him completely in half an hour; and the press, as usual, poured out their vials of wrath, and he was treated to all the derision and vilification of an angry and disappointed populace. McClellan next appeared in the arena, and the whole country was awe-struck at the supposed magnitude of his genius. None dared approach him save on tip-toe; dead silence prevailed wherever he went; reporters stretched their ears to catch the least word he uttered, which, after being high
hin and tall, with a feminine face, delicate moustaches, and long black hair. He is veritably one of the fire-eaters, and with a brigade of Mississippians once under his command, and lately of Louisianians, he has made his name famous. Major-General Magruder is about forty years of age, thick-set, voluptuous in appearance, very dressy and dandified, showy in his style and bearing, and nearly always mounted. He was an artillery officer in Mexico, under Scott, and gained an enviable name for ee continent that could do it better. He commanded the small Confederate force that defeated Butler in the engagement at Little Bethel, and was ably assisted by Colonel D. H. Hill, now a General, commanding at Leesburgh. When the war commenced, Magruder was registered on the U. S. army roll, Captain company I, first artillery. I saw dozens of other generals, since known to fame, and conversed with many, but defer speaking of them until their names occur as prominent actors on the stage of even
ty to the Yorktown Peninsula, thinking to surprise Magruder at Yorktown, and quietly seize Richmond before anyin strength to oppose them. For ten days, indeed, Magruder displayed his ten thousand men and few guns to sucatch the peninsula. This duty was assigned to General Magruder, who often ventured to the vicinity of Newporthe campaign of 1861 before Scott, by marching upon Magruder in the hope of overwhelming him. Having made his p a much inferior force in less than sixty minutes. Magruder remained master of the peninsula, and scoured the Yankee lines. Following the example of Butler, Magruder set the contrabands to work on his chain of fortifnd shallow; and as it was generally dry in summer, Magruder had made a series of dams, which held the waters aression was: These immense works are a monument of Magruder's skill and industry, but are of no avail, for thel D. H. Hill commanded Yorktown and the left wing; Magruder the right; Longstreet the centre; while Johnston w
ng the enemy to pursue, our brigade was in battle array; but up to two P. M. none had appeared; so the line of march was resumed, and we halted in the streets of Williamsburgh, before Johnston's headquarters. The Warwick and Yorktown roads converge a short distance east of this little town, the whole eastern part of it being cleared like a lawn, and exactly suitable for a fight. Several earthworks fully commanded all this open space and the east portion of the town, having been erected by Magruder to protect his late winter-quarters. A few pieces of artillery were pointed eastward along the roads, when suddenly the enemy appeared, and, under cover of the woods, commenced shelling our redoubts. It was evident a fight must cone off at this place, so several brigades were countermarched through Williamsburgh, and took up positions in a strip, of wood on the edge of the town. The artillery were exchanging shots very briskly, and the greatest confusion was manifested by the inhabita
eir gold bands and white gloves more to political and family influence than service or sound qualification. The men were truly magnificent specimens of bone and muscle-mostly foreign-born, from the merchant navy; and, dressed as they all were in the neat blue uniforms captured at Norfolk, reminded me much of what I had seen in the British navy in American waters-bronzed and rosy fellows, active as cats, and fit to fight a frigate at any odds. While at City Point I was informed that General Magruder was alarmingly unwell at one of the many beautiful residences near this point; but it was whispered confidentially: Oh! he's not very sick! he's been on a spree because Johnston would not fight at Yorktown It is only the effect of too much Bourbon and chagrin! This was probably the truth. This accomplished but nervous officer very much desired to fight and immortalize his name at Yorktown, behind the lines he had so scientifically planned and perfected in secrecy; but Lee and Johnst
ed pantaloons. Hogan's residence, Lee's temporary quarters, was not far from the river, and I could distinctly see our batteries and troops at Garnett's farm (Magruder's quarters) on the south bank, and in a direct line across. It was' now about one P. M., and as we had full possession of both banks thus far, several couriers rode over to Magruder, and one of his heavy batteries immediately opened upon the woods on the north bank, about a mile to our immediate front, in order to clear the way for our further advance. Our skirmishers were far ahead, popping away in the timber, and in addition to this evidence, the occasional discharge of field-pieces tis papers to Lee, who soon after mounts, and with Longstreet and staffs, proceeds to New Coal Harbor, where it is said Jackson's right wing has already arrived. Magruder's guns have stopped their cannonade, and the advance begins, through the woods towards Gaines's Mills. Jackson was in position at New Coal Harbor on the left
r Hogan's House, which would have taken me to Magruder's quarters at Garnett's Farm, seven miles froines's Mills by passing the Chickahominy near Magruder's quarters at Garnett's Farm. When I arrived — about ten A. M.-Magruder was about to make an attack on the enemy's left centre, not more than a were withdrawn with considerable loss. What Magruder meant in attacking this stronghold with such rely a diversion, the thing is explained, but Magruder evidently did not look upon it in that light,es's Mills, and began to march to the rear of Magruder and Huger's forces, taking up the line of marg, also, Mississippi and Louisiana pickets at Magruder's and Huger's front were attacked in force, bs breastworks had been announced by pickets,) Magruder began to move down the road in pursuit, and med smouldering ashes. Major Bloomfield, of Magruder's staff, found an immense Federal flag in theright flank; Huger in their rear; Longstreet, Magruder, and the Hills on their left flank, while Gen
rageous to push their temporary advantage. With his men under arms, therefore, and excellently posted, he remained in position nearly an hour, expecting other demonstrations in his front; but all was still, until the distant tramp and shouts of Magruder's division agreeably broke upon the ear, as they gaily marched upon the scene, and relieved him of all further anxiety. Gathering the remnants of his gallant division, almost decimated by continual hard-fought engagements, Hill retired to the rear to recruit and re-form, while Magruder's men bivouacked in the enemy's camps, among guns, prisoners, and spoil; their hearts pained by the heartrending cries of the wounded and dying. The scene upon this, as upon all battle-fields, was truly painful and horrible. The engagement had been obstinately contested, and was a bloody one; for placed as the enemy were upon rising ground, well protected by artillery, every inch had been stoutly contested, and was marked by prostrate bodies of friend
ed bed of straw. First, I found myself among Magruder's men; next, I turned down the road a few yaras dangerous to push on the advance rapidly. Magruder therefore moved his division cautiously throu flank, and Longstreet close up on the right, Magruder being the centre; all our troops, consequentln the edge of the timber, and consulting with Magruder, explained the true posture of affairs. It wrusting to the impetuous valor of his troops, Magruder insisted upon charging the position, no mattebut met with a similar fate. It seemed as if Magruder was intent on killing his men by detachments,gs as they really were; and if my comments on Magruder's actions seem severe, I but simply reiteratetment comprised in the State of Texas alone. Magruder soon began to show signs of activity and capacaptured. With the people of the South-West, Magruder is a great favorite. It is true, Malvern magnificent command as was intrusted to him, Magruder might have rendered his name for ever illustr[6 more...]
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