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Black soldiers. A Western colonel, in a private letter, dated June, 1863, from General Rosecrans's army, to a friend, says: I want to say a word about darkey soldiers. You probably know more about their fighting than I do, but I am satisfied they will fight like tigers when properly managed ; but a more useful attachment to a post than a regiment of them was never made. We have a regiment here, First Mississippi, and without them it would have been impossible for us to do all the guarding and fatigue. They relieve us of the fatigue duty entirely, and have built some fine breastworks besides. When soldiers see them hard at work in the hot sun, doing what they would otherwise have to do, the opposition and prejudice to the plan of organizing and enlisting them soon disappear. It is a wise movement of the Government. Never did any thing give the army more pleasure than the conscription act.
he most dispiriting accounts show. Our line was held, except at the right of the centre, till we chose to leave it, as Rosecrans would have done before the fight, if the rebels had let him. They fought to break him up before he could get back to tho Stevenson. The distance of the battle-field from Chattanooga has not been fully understood, and the supposition that Rosecrans was driven back twenty or thirty miles has added a gloomy shade even to the most cheering aspect of the fight; but the ilder was sent off up the Tennessee to guard fords and passes for Burnside's benefit, and took with him despatches from Rosecrans with full news of the situation. These despatches were safely delivered, as the courier taking them got back just as Wstate that by this time he is past all danger of being intercepted by the rebels, and has force enough to make good all Rosecrans has lost, and something over. At Stevenson Wilder heard a rumor that Grierson's cavalry from the Mississippi were with
t of line which the Federals were necessarily forced to defend, after holding the enemy at bay for forty-eight hours, our lines were withdrawn within the support of the works which had been thrown up by the enemy previous to their evacuation of this place. The enemy having been so severely punished in the late conflict, were slow in following us to our present established line. They held back as if to give us full opportunity for a successful recrossing of the Tennessee River. But General Rosecrans did not see proper to take advantage of these favorable designs of the enemy. On retiring to Chattanooga, instead of placing the Tennessee between his forces and those of the rebels, he immediately called around him his generals, and in a few words explained to them his future intended plans. This place is to be held at all hazards; we here make the big fight, be the strength of the enemy what it may. Beyond this point the army of the Cumberland will not retire while there is a fo
a chance that we might take the whole party together; otherwise, our design was to take the individuals from their abiding-places. We were piloted by a scout named Hogan, one of those who became so efficient under Sigel's direction — than whom no general in the army appears so well to understand the business and the benefits of scouting. Hogan and all the privates of our party belong to the First Indiana cavalry, a detachment recruited as a bodyguard, and which has acted as such under Rosecrans, in Western Virginia, Fremont, Sigel, and is now with General Howard. Better soldiers than those of this guard do not exist, and their story is much more worthy of being told, while it would be more interesting, than that of the Missouri Guard to which Mrs. Fremont devotes a book. It was this guard, with some of the Sixth Ohio cavalry, that, led by Captain Dahlgren, made the famous raid into Fredericksburgh last fall, and which rebels even confess was the most daring feat of the war. T
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Chattanooga, Saturday, June 16, 1863. (search)
circumstances. It would be desirable if the Commissioners in each State would agree on a uniform system of prices, which could be easily done. The movements of our army toward Murfreesboro indicate that General Bragg is determined that General Rosecrans shall show his hand, and not keep up an appearance of strength under false pretences. We have, therefore, made an advance to feel of the enemy, and already several skirmishes have occurred. A portion of our forces have advanced to within five miles of Murfreesboro, and if Rosecrans will come out of his fortifications, an engagement will take place. But if not, it is supposed General Bragg will not attempt to storm the enemy's works without having learned his strength; in the latter case we may attempt to turn the enemy by a flank movement and gain his rear. Last Sabbath, the thirty-first ultimo, General Bragg was confirmed in the Episcopal faith by Rev. Bishop Elliott, of Georgia. General Bragg has thus set an example to hi
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Proposition to hang the Dutch soldiers. (search)
ng thieves captured by Forrest, who stole half the jewelry and watches in a dozen counties of Alabama, were immaculate Dutchmen. The national odor of Dutchmen, as distinctive of the race as that which, constantly ascending to heaven, has distended the nostrils of the negro, is as unmistakable as that peculiar to a pole-cat, an old pipe, or a lager-bier saloon. Crimes, thefts, and insults to the women of the South invariably mark the course of these stinking bodies of animated sour-krout. Rosecrans himself is an unmixed Dutchman — an accursed race which has overrun the vast districts of the country of the North-West. It happens that we entertain a greater degree of respect for an Ethiopian in the ranks of the Northern armiesthan for an odoriferous Dutchman, who can have no possible interest in this revolution. . . . Why not hang every Dutchman captured? We will hereafter hang, or shoot, or imprison for life all white men taken in command of negroes, and enslave the negroes thems
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), The dove of the regiment: an incident of the battle of Ohickamauga. (search)
of the regiment: an incident of the battle of Ohickamauga. And the dove came into him in the evening, and lo! in her mouth was an olive leaf!--Bible. It will be remembered that, during the battle of Chickamauga, stragglers from our army spread extravagant reports of disaster and defeat, and that the enemy, supposing the destruction of our army complete, exultingly announced that the road was clear to Nashville. After the retreat, while placing Chattanooga in a state of defence, General Rosecrans ordered groves levelled and houses burned, when so situated as to afford shelter to the enemy, or interfere with the range of the artillery. A dove escaped from a burning building, and took shelter in the tent of an officer of the Forty-first Ohio regiment. It remained with its protector during the siege, which terminated in the rout of Bragg's army at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge. When the regiment marched with Granger's corps to the relief of the beleaguered army,at Knoxvill