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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 9: the last review. (search)
-drawn squadron charges at Brandy Station, the clattering sweep at Aldie, the heroic lone-hand in the lead at Gettysburg, holding back the battle till our splendid First Corps could surge forward to meet its crested wave, and John Buford and John Reynolds could shake hands! Through the dark campaign of 1864, everywhere giving account of themselves as there. At last in 1865, sweeping over the breastworks at Five Forks down upon the smoking cannon and serried bayonets; thence swirling around Sah's, on whose list appear such names as Lucius Fairchild, Henry Morrow, Rufus Dawes, and Samuel Williams, and such regiments as the g9th Indiana, 24th Michigan, and 2d, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin, which on the first day's front line with Buford and Reynolds, in that one fierce onset at Willoughby's Run, withstood overwhelming odds, with the loss of a thousand, a hundred and fifty-three of highest manliness; that of the 24th Michigan largest of all,--three hundred and sixty-five, --eighty-one out of
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
tion. I have been promulgating the above sentiment, although it is rather revolutionary. A Provisional Government should be established at Washington to receive the power of the outgoing President, and for the President elect to take the oath of office out of Slave Territory. . . . If the Slave States would unite and form a convention, they might have the power to coerce the North into terms to amend the Constitution so as to protect Slavery more effectually. --Extract of a Letter from John Reynolds, of Belleville, Illinois, to Jefferson Davis and ex-Governor William Smith, of Virginia, dated December 28, 1860. Many influential public journals in the Free-labor States advocated the right of secession and the wrong of coercion. One of these, more widely read and more frequently quoted in the South than any other, as the exponent of public opinion in the North, said:--For far less than this [the election of Mr. Lincoln] our fathers seceded from Great Britain; and they left revolut
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 25: the battle of Bull's Run, (search)
The Second Rhode Island, Colonel John Slocum, led. As they approached the open fields he threw out skirmishers, and very soon his regiment, with Marston's Second New Hampshire, and Martin's Seventy-first New York, with Griffin's battery, and Major Reynolds's Marine Artillery, of Rhode Island, opened the battle. Evans was soon so hard pressed that his line was beginning to waver, when General Bee, who had advanced with the detachments of his own and Bartow's Georgia brigade, and Imboden's battenry W. Slocum. The troops engaged in this first severe conflict of the day were the First and Second Rhode Island, Second New Hampshire, Eighth, Fourteenth, and Twenty-seventh New York, Sykes's battalion of Regulars, Griffin'a battery, and Major Reynolds's Rhode Island Marine Artillery. The fugitives found General T. J. Jackson, with Stanard's battery, on the plateau. He was in command of reserves next behind Bee, and had just arrived and taken position on the eastern edge of the table-l
mocrats but Proffit, a Tylerized Whig), who voted for this resolve, were as follows: Maine.--Virgil D. Parris, Albert Smith.--New Hampshire.--Charles G. Atherton, Edmund Burke, Ira A. Eastman, Tristram Shaw.--New York.--Nehemiah II. Earle, John Fine, Nathaniel Jones, Gouverneur Kemble, James de la Montanya, John H. Prentiss, Theron R. Strong. Pennsylvania.--John Davis, Joseph Fornance, James Gerry, George McCullough, David Petriken, William S. Ramsay. Ohio.--D. P. Leadbetter, William Medill, Isaac Parrish, George Sweeney, Jonathan Taylor, John B. Weller. Indiana.--John Davis, George H. Proffit.--Illinois.--John Reynolds. In a little more than ten years after this, Congress prohibited the Slave-Trade in the District; and, within twenty-two years, Slavery itself, in that District, was likewise abolished by a decided vote. Thus Congress at last discovered and applied the true, enduring remedy for agitation, in hearing and heeding the demands of Justice, Humanity, and Freedom.
hour, by telegraph, he could order Fort Moultrie to fire on Charleston, and the war would rage over the Union. I am, in heart and soul, against war; but the best way to keep peace is to be able to defend yourselves. If the Slave States would unite and form a Convention, they might have the power to coerce the North into terms to amend the Constitution so as to protect Slavery more efficiently. You will pardon this letter, as it proceeds from friendly motives, from Your friend, John Reynolds. To the Hon. Jeff. Davis and Ex-Governor Wm. Smith. Prof. Charles W. Hackley, of Columbia College, New York, writing two days earlier to Mr. Davis, to suggest a moderate and reasonable mean between the Northern and the Southern positions respecting the territories, commences: My sympathies are entirely with the South --an averment which doubtless meant much more to the receiver than was intended by the writer. Yet it is probable that nine out of every ten letters written from the N
made a strong reconnoissance in force rather than a serious attack, on the position held by Gen. Reynolds on Cheat Mountain, in Randolph county, not far from the arena of Garnett's and of Pegram's dearly one hundred other Rebels. The Union loss was nearly equal to this, mainly in prisoners. Reynolds's force was about half that of his assailants, but so strongly posted that Lee found it impossible to dislodge him, and retired to his camp at Greenbrier. Here Reynolds, whose forces were equal, if not superior, to those in his front, after Lee's departure for the South, paid a return visit to the Rebels, now commanded by Gen. H. R. Jackson, of Georgia, on the 3d of October. Reynolds, in turn, found his adversary's position too strong to be carried by assault, and retreated unpursued, afth, West Virginia was nearly cleared of armed Rebels. Gen. R. H. Milroy, who had succeeded Gen. Reynolds in command at Cheat Mountain, attempted, soon afterward, December 12th. a similar dash on
y thereupon, adjourned to the third Monday in December. Their action was ratified, of course, and the functionaries above named continued in their respective offices. These proceedings were met by a proclamation from the Rebel Lieut. Governor, Reynolds, styling himself acting Governor, dated New Madrid, July 31st; wherein he declares that he has been absent for two months,as a Commissioner of Missouri to the Confederate States, and that now I return to the State, to accompany, in my officiernment were absorbed in hurrying to the Potomac every available regiment and battery from whatever quarter; while the Secessionists, exultant and sanguine, were preparing on all sides to push their advantage promptly and to the utmost. Lieut. Gov. Reynolds, in a proclamation to the people of Missouri, dated New Madrid, July 31st, with good reason assured them, that the sun which shone in its full, midday splendor at Manassas, is about to rise upon Missouri. Every young slaveholder instincti
uly 20th, 498; 506-7; capture of his correspondence; letter from Buchanan to, 511; letters from Reynolds and Pierce, 512-13; is present at Bull Run, 543; his dispatch describing the battle, 544; forms91-2, 555; map of the war region in, 573; sham Secession at Neosho, 589-90. See C. F. Jackson, Reynolds, St. Louis, etc. Missouri Argus, The, citation from, 128. Mitchell, Col., wounded at Wil by the Democratic Convention of 1852, 222; alluded to by Davis in one of his Messages, 497. Reynolds, Gen., attacked by Gen. Lee at Cheat Mountain, 526; superseded by Gen. Milroy, 527. ReynoldsReynolds, John, his letter to Jeff. Davis, 512. Reynolds, Thomas C., is elected Lieut. Governor of Missouri, 488; his proclamation, 576; 583. Rhett, Robert B., of S. C., 333; remarks in the Convention, Reynolds, Thomas C., is elected Lieut. Governor of Missouri, 488; his proclamation, 576; 583. Rhett, Robert B., of S. C., 333; remarks in the Convention, 345; his motion for a Convention of slaveholding States, 414. Rhode Island, slave population in 11790 ; troops furnished during the Revolution, 36; 37; first manumission society in, 107; emancipate
d other officers were standing. It struck heavily in the sand, but did not explode. A quick response followed from Captain Weeden's battery, which brought an immediate rejoinder. This second shot, a solid one, struck one of the gunners, named Reynolds, on the right leg below the thigh. The limb was amputated; but he died fifteen minutes after the operation. A continuous firing was kept up an hour and a half; subsequently, intervals of from fifteen to twenty minutes occurred between the sh following is a complete list of the killed and wounded. killed. Charles L. Lord, private, battery C, Massachusetts artillery. Edwin W. Lewis, private, battery C, Massachusetts artillery. I. Ide, Co. E, Berdan's sharpshooters. John Reynolds, private, leg amputated, Weeden's battery. Adam Musser, private, Co. I, Sixty--second Pennsylvania volunteers. David Phelps, private, Co. H, Berdan's sharpshooters. wounded. M. C. Barrett, Co. B, Twenty-second Massachusetts, slig
ille in storming the works on Marie's Heights, and afterwards holding his own against tremendous odds, was a remarkable and most brilliant feat of arms. Hancock received a brigade early in the formation of the Army of the Potomac. He was a man of the most chivalrous courage, and of a superb presence, especially in action; he had a wonderfully quick and correct eye for ground and for handling troops; his judgment was good, and it would be difficult to find a better corps commander. John Reynolds was commandant of the corps of cadets when the war broke out. He gained a high reputation in the Mexican war as an officer of light artillery, and was among the first whom I caused to be appointed brigadier-general. He was a splendid soldier and performed admirably every duty assigned to him. Constantly improving, he was, when killed at Gettysburg, with Meade and Sedgwick, the best officer then with the Army of the Potomac. He was remarkably brave and intelligent, an honest, true gentl
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