ed: Over the river!
Over the river!
Ah! that night we slept with our guns in our hands; and another night, and another, saw more than one of our division camped beyond and over the river — in that last tenting-ground where the reveille was heard no more forever.
I next saw Grant on May 18th, 1863, and this time at the battle of Champion hills, in rear of Vicksburg.
We had crossed the Mississippi river at Grand Gulf, and swung off east and north; had fought the battles of Port Gibson, Raymond, and Jackson, and were overtaking Pemberton's army hastening to the walls of Vicksburg.
It was a very hot day, and we had marched hard, slept little, and rested none.
Among the magnolias on Champion hills, the enemy, forty to fifty thousand strong, turned on us. Sherman's Corps was already engaged far on the right as we approached the field in that overpowering Mississippi sun. Our brigade was soon in line, on the edge of a meadow, or open field sloping toward the woods, where the enemy w
housand ways his feathers would stick, He was in a sad condition. They called a doctor to cure the bird: There came with the doctor General Scott. The voice of Sir Fuss and Feathers was heard-- He could not set by without saying a word, As the ire of the gallant old soldier was stirred! He proposed that the bird be shot. Loud rose the voice of Greeley and Seward! Many their words — we're sorry to lose them-- They told how the Eagle might be cured, Like a Duffield ham — and his life insured. Raymond and Bennett added a word, And they hid him in Abraham's bosom. Poor old Eagle, of Stars and Stripes, There was a nest for you, I said; At the very thought my eyes I wipe, Your talons I see take a firmer gripe. The stars fade away, but you feel the stripe-- Poor Eagle hangs down his head. Better the fate proposed by Scott; Perhaps not better, but full as well; Rather than live, so I would be shot, Picked of my feathers, boiled in a pot; Rather would list to my funeral knell, Be dead and be b
Putnam, Col. H. S., killed at Fort Wagner, 3.205.
Quaker guns at Munson's Hill, 2.186.
Quakers at the battle of Gettysburg (note), 3.79.
Quantrell, his Lawrence Massacre, 3.215; his massacre of Gen. Blunt's escort, 3.217.
Queen of the West, ram, capture of, 2.589.
Ransom, den., at battle of Sabine Cross-Roads, 3.258.
Rapid Anna, Stonewall Jackson on the, 2.447.
Rappahannock, operations of Pope on the, 2.451.
Rappahannock Station, battle of, 3.107.
Raymond, battle of, 2.606.
Reams's Station, battle of, 3.356.
Rebellion, plans for, early matured, 1.84.
Red River, march of Banks and Weitzel to, 2.599.
Red River expedition, Gen. Banks's, 3.251-3.269.
Reese, Col., surrender of to Van Dorn, 1.273.
Refreshment Saloons in Philadelphia, 1.577.
Refugees, Union troops welcomed by in East Tennes see, 3.129.
Relay House, Gen. Butler at, 1.444.
Reno, Gen. J. L., in the Burnside expedition, 2.167.
Renshaw, Commodore, death of,