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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 16 0 Browse Search
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disorder about sunset, and ceased any further efforts. If this remarkable concentration of troops was necessary, at last, to save the left of our army, it is almost incredible that the single corps of General Sickles was able to withstand the impetuous onset of Longstreet's legions for nearly an hour before any succor reached it. On Friday, July third, the enemy renewed their efforts to carry out the original design of Lee by overthrowing our left wing, and Longstreet was reenforced by Pickett's three brigades, and further supported by one division and two brigades from Hill's corps. In addition to this heavy mass of infantry, the entire artillery of the rebel army was concentrated against our left. After his oversight of the day before, it may be supposed that General Meade was better prepared to defend his left, and had made adequate preparations. About one P. M. the enemy opened a furious cannonade upon our left and left centre, which continued some two hours, with occasi
ficers of their own regiment, they all would have escaped, or, as preferable to their inevitable doom if taken prisoners, would have found a more honorable death on the field. As it was, they were sternly forbidden to leave the ranks, and, without a shot being fired, or the stipulation secured that they should be treated as prisoners of war, they were surrendered; nineteen out of seventy only escaping. Of the fifty-one prisoners, twenty-four were immediately hung by order of the rebel General Pickett. On the scaffold at Kinston, these twenty-four heroes met their fate with true courage. In the presence of the rebel forces, and surrounded by the people of their own State, they avowed their entire devotion to the Union. After receiving the consolation of religion, one of their number stepped forward, and, in a firm and clear voice, declared that he and his companions died, as they had lived, Union men. One of the victims was a little drummer-boy, named Joey Neal, only fourteen yea
Doc. 89.-retaliation in North-Carolina. The following correspondence passed between Generals Peck and Pickett: Headquarters of the army, and District of North-Carolina, Newbern, Northcarolina, Feb. 11, 1864. Major-General Pickett, DepartMajor-General Pickett, Department of Virginia and North-Carolina, Confederate Army, Petersburgh: General: I have the honor to inclose a slip cut from the Richmond Examiner, February eighth, 1864. It is styled The advance on Newbern, and appears to have been extracted from tction in the premises. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, John J. Peck, Major-General. Reply of General Pickett. headquarters of the Department of North Carolina, Petersburgh, Virginia, February 16, 1864. Major-General Johnent, some four hundred and fifty officers and men of the United States army, and for every man you hang I will hang ten of the United States army. I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. E. Pickett, Major-General Commanding.
t the men would have dashed upon and over any thing that stood in their way, so enthusiastic had they become, but General Kilpatrick acted the wiser part, and as the shrill whistle of the locomotive told of the bringing up of reinforcements from Pickett's brigade, at Bottom's Bridge and vicinity, he reluctantly gave the order to move toward Mechanicsville. That this was difficult to do, soon became apparent. On every road the enemy's pickets confronted them, and a series of manoeuvres took he fighting, as well it might. The men who have been baffled of their prey — the rebel capital — feel that they would have been gloriously successful if the authorities at Washington had permitted General Butler to cooperate with them, and keep Pickett's infantry employed down the Peninsula. Another account. The following letter was written by a member of the Fourth Pennsylvania cavalry, who participated in the raid: detachment Fourth Pennsylvania cavalry, Yorktown, Va., March 5,