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also pleaded the illness of his son-in-law, then in the house. No reply was vouchsafed to the old gentleman, but with a look of hardened ferocity, he turned to the soldiers, with the order: Men, to your work, and do it thoroughly! In an instant the torch was applied to that home of domestic elegance and comfort. One soldier seized the sick sonin-law, who is a surgeon in our service, threatening to carry him to Headquarters, and was with difficulty prevented by the kind interposition of Dr. Sinclair, the surgeon of the regiment. They allowed the family to save as much furniture as they could, but the servants were all gone, and there was no one near to help them. The soldiers at once went to Mr. ----‘s secretary, containing $40,000 in bonds, destroyed it, and scattered the mutilated papers to the winds. Matches were applied to window and bed curtains; burning coals were sprinkled in the linen-closet, containing every variety of house and table linen. Mrs., the daughter, opened a
e again hurled back by an impetuous, determined Rebel charge, losing many prisoners. Meade had already called for aid: and Gen. Gibbon had advanced on his right, and one of Birney's brigades on his left, whereby the enemy were checked and repulsed; Col. Atkinson, commanding Lawton's brigade, being here wounded and taken prisoner. Meade's division fell back, having lost 1,760 men this day out some 6,000 engaged; having, of its three Brigadiers, Gen. C. F. Jackson killed, and Col. Wm. t. Sinclair severely wounded. Maj.-Gen. Gibbon, on his right, was also wounded and taken off the field; whereupon, his division fell back also. Sickles's division of Hooker's men, which had followed Birney's to the front, took the place of Gibbon's; but Smith's corps--21,000 strong — was not sent in, and remained nearer to Fredericksburg, not determinedly engaged throughout the day. Yet, even Reynolds's and Stoneman's corps (the latter composed of Birney's and Sickles's divisions) showed so strong
el, Gen. Franz, retreats from Bentonville, Ark., 27-8; at Pea Ridge, 28-31; succeeds Gen. Fremont, 172; on the Rappahannock, 179: in the fight at Gainesville, 183 ; is defeated at Newmarket by Breckinridge, 599; is superseded by Hunter, 600. Silliman, Col, killed at Bloody Bridge, 533. Sill, Gen. J. W., killed at Stone River, 274. Simmons, Col., 5th Pa., mortally wounded, 162. Simmsport, La., Banks's army marches to, 551. Simpson, Col., N. J., killed at Gaines's Mill, 157. Sinclair, Col. Wm. T., wounded at Fredericksburg, 347. Skiddaway, S. C., abandoned by the Rebels, 460. slaughter, Gen. J. E., routs Col. Barrett at Brazos, on the Rio Grande, 757. Slavery in War, 232; Patrick Henry, J. Q. Adams , Edmund Randolph, and others on, 233-6; Joshua R. Giddings and Gov. Seward on, 237; Mr. Lincoln on, 2:37; the West Point conception of, 237; Gens. McDowell and McClellan on, 237-8; Gen. Butler declares slaves contraband of war, 238; Gen. Cameron, Gen. Fremont, and
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 168.-the burning of Hampton, Va. August 7-8, 1861. (search)
party. The town was burned to the ground on Wednesday night by the order of Gen. Magruder. The expedition for its destruction was composed of the Mecklenburg Cavalry, Captain Goode, Old Dominion Dragoons, Captain Phillips, York Rangers, Captain Sinclair, Warwick Beauregards, Captain Custis, and six companies of the Fourteenth Virginia regiment, the whole force being under the command of Col. James J. Hodges, of the Fourteenth. The town was most effectually fired. But a single house was left standing. The village church was intended to be spared, but caught fire accidentally, and was consumed to the ground. Many of the members of the companies were citizens of Hampton, and set fire to their own houses — among others, Captain Sinclair fired his own home. In the early part of the night, about 11 o'clock, a skirmish took place at the bridge, between a small detachment of our forces, composed of Capts. Young and Leftridge's companies, and a German regiment on the other side. Th
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
ncamped, some going and some coming, all full of gold-stories, and each surpassing the other. We found preparations in progress for celebrating the Fourth of July, then close at hand, and we agreed to remain over to assist on the occasion; of course, being the high officials, we were the honored guests. People came from a great distance to attend this celebration of the Fourth of July, and the tables were laid in the large room inside the storehouse of the fort. A man of some note, named Sinclair, presided, and after a substantial meal and a reasonable supply of aguardiente we began the toasts. All that I remember is that Folsom and I spoke for our party; others, Captain Sutter included, made speeches, and before the celebration was over Sutter was enthusiastic, and many others showed the effects of the aguardiente. The next day (namely, July 5, 1848) we resumed our journey toward the mines, and, in twenty-five miles of as hot and dusty a ride as possible, we reached Mormon Island.
ers state that a number of men came on board at Cherbourg, and the night before the action boats were going to and fro, and in the morning strange men were seen, who were stationed as captains of the guns. Among these there was one lieutenant, (Sinclair,) who joined her in Cherbourg. The Alabama had been five days in preparation. She had taken in three hundred and fifty tons of coal, which brought her down in the water. The Kearsarge had only one hundred and twenty tons in; but as an offsed men, of either one hundred and forty-seven or one hundred and forty-nine; but what number joined her there I have no means of ascertaining. Several persons were prevented by the police at Cherbourg from going on board; but it appears that Mr. Sinclair (lieutenant) was one of those who succeeded in joining her. The rebel officers state their crew (officers and men) to have been about one hundred and fifty. I have no means of either falsifying or verifying these statements; but the Americ
verely wounded at Malvern Hill, while leading the regiment, and compelled to retire. In the absence of three regimental commanders, who led the Thirteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-third North Carolina regiments, in the recent engagements, the regimental reports of those commands refrain from the selection of the names of particular officers and men for special gallantry. Colonel McRae presents the following from the Fifth North Carolina, as deserving special mention at Cold Harbor, viz.: Major Sinclair, wounded early and compelled to retire; Lieutenants Riddick, Sprague, Davis, Brookfield, (severely wounded,) Taylor, and Haywood; Color-Sergeant Grimstead, wounded; privates Noah McDaniel, (who captured seven prisoners,) and John Trotman. Colonel Wade, Twelfth North Carolina, mentions the good conduct of Lieutenant Plummer, company C, and private T. L. Emory, company A. My personal staff, during these engagements, consisted of Captain Charles Wood, A. A. General, Lieutenants Ro. D.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Garland's report of the battle of seven Pines. (search)
ter physical exhaustion. I had relied much upon his services in looking after the right of our long line in the woods. A portion of his regiment I found temporarily confused from causes no way reflecting upon their gallantry, and I assisted Major Sinclair to rally them, and they again went forward under his command (see his report). I also assisted Colonel Christie, Twenty-third North Carolina, to reform and send forward a portion of his regiment, which had halted under the impression that somie, Twenty-third North Carolina--the latter mortally wounded, and since reported dead. These were gallant gentlemen and chivalrous soldiers. Colonel McRae, Fifth North Carolina, being compelled to retire, as already stated, from exhaustion, Major Sinclair acted very handsomely in supplying his place. Colonel Christie and Lieutenant-Colonel Johnston were both disabled while doing handsome service--Colonel Christie's horse being shot under him, and, in falling, throwing his rider against a tree
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Williamsburg--reply to Colonel Bratton. (search)
al Hill to be in the woods somewhere, where the centre of the brigade would be, I dispatched Major Sinclair to state to him the posture of affairs and to ascertain if that was the battery he desired ten separated from the Twenty-third North Carolina, and that it had not come out, I dispached Major Sinclair to tell General Hill--who I supposed would be in the woods where the centre of the line mighon, and to inquire of him if that was the battery he desired us to assail. I also requested Major Sinclair to say to General Hill that we were in open ground and the work would be stiff, and to urge uch like, that the more force we had in a fight the better chance we would have of success. Major Sinclair found General Hill, with the two regiments — the Twenty-third North Carolina and Thirty-eigh remained there facing my flank as I advanced beyond them. General Hill sent me an order by Major Sinclair to move on the battery rapidly and use only the bayonet. The regiment was advancing at doub
clad vessels, the Mississippi and the Louisiana. Reports having reached him that the work on the latter vessel was not pushed with sufficient energy, on March 15th he authorized Commander Mitchell to consult with General Lovell, and, if the contractors were not doing everything practicable to complete her at the earliest moment, that he should take her out of their hands, and, with the aid of General Lovell, go on to complete her himself. On April 5, 1862, Secretary Mallory instructed Commander Sinclair, who had been assigned to the command of the Mississippi, to urge on by night and day the completion of the ship. In March, 1861, the Navy Department sent from Montgomery officers to New Orleans, with instructions to purchase steamers and fit them for war purposes. Officers were also sent to the North to purchase vessels suited to such uses, and in the ensuing May an agent was dispatched to Canada and another to Europe for like objects; in April, 1861, contracts were made with foundr
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