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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 4: Five Forks. (search)
20, 1864, War Records, Serial No. 80, p. 26.) Meade was much displeased, too, with Warren for his characteristic remark to the effect that no proper superior commanding officer was present at the time of the Mine explosion, to take control of the whole affair. And now, with Sheridan against him, poor Warren may well have wished at least for David's faculty of putting his grievances into song, with variations on the theme: Many bulls have compassed me about; yea, many strong bulls of Bashan. The troops had enjoyed about four hours of this unwonted rest when, the cavalry having completed its reconnoissance, we were ordered forward. We turned off on a narrow road said to lead pretty nearly to the left of the enemy's defenses at Five Forks on the White Oak Road. Crawford led, followed by Griffin and Ayres,--the natural order for prompt and free movement. The road had been much cut up by repeated scurries of both the contending parties, and was even yet obstructed by cavalr
g the defence of the approaches as the hostility of the Indians became more pronounced. Mrs. Kinzie gives a humorous account of his efforts to furnish the garrison quarters. She describes his furniture thus. After saying she was to have two rooms in General Twiggs's house until her own could be built, she said: The one in the rear was to be the sleeping apartment, as was evident from a huge, unwieldy bedstead, of proportions amply sufficient to have accommodated Og, the king of Bashan, with Mrs. Og and the children into the bargain. We could not repress our laughter; but the bedstead was nothing to another structure which occupied a second corner of the apartment. This edifice had been built under the immediate superintendence of one of our young lieutenants, and it was plain to be seen that upon it both he and the soldiers who fabricated it had exhausted their architectural skill. The timbers of which it was composed had been grooved and carved; the pillars that suppo
Egypt and among the later Greeks. They were only used, however, by the wealthier classes. Many ornate bedsteads are represented in the tombs at various parts along the river Nile. Among the earlier notices is the iron bedstead of Og, king of Bashan; it was nine cubits long and four broad (Deut. III. 11). This was adapted for a man twelve feet high. The Rabbinical writers have exercised their ingenuity upon Og, and their highest flight concerns a bedstead, the first mention of the article has a crook, so that the knuckles are not grazed against the timber when hewing. The Israelites west of the Jordan had but small advantages of timber, and. were not skillful hewers. They imported axemen and timber. Lebanon had cedar and fir; Bashan had oak. The kings of Syria and Egypt fought for their possession for centuries. Even firewood was scarce in Judea and Samaria. The poor widows gathered a bundle of sticks then as now. Dung and hay used for heating ovens, Ezekiel IV. 12-15,
feet). These were loaded with lead on the part inside of the rowlocks, so as to evenly balance. The scarcity of timber in Eastern lands had a great deal to do with the importance and peace of nations thereabouts. The possession of Lebanon and Bashan was not one of the least of the points in dispute between the two branches of the Macedonian Empire represented by the Seleucidae and the Ptolemies. These struggles fill up the time between the death of Alexander and the absorption of the couns, and form the history which was so remarkably portrayed in prophency by Daniel several hundred years before. See the 11th chapter of Daniel. While the fir-trees of Senir furnished the planks, and the cedars of Lebanon the masts, the oaks of Bashan contributed the oars of the famous galleys of Phoenicia. Being the great carriers of that day, and having direct dealings with Britain, India, Greece, Spain, Africa, and many ports whose names remain but whose localities are difficult to determi
nally I would see things that amused me, and I would laugh outright, and the crowd would stop to see what I was laughing at. Then I would sail in with another sentence or two. A good many times the crowd threw up questions that I caught and threw back. I may as well at this point mention a thing that amused me hugely. There were baize doors that opened both ways into side alleys, and there was a huge burly Englishman standing right in front of one of these doors and roaring like a bull of Bashan. One of the policemen swung his elbow round and hit him in the belly and knocked him through the doorway, so that the last part of his bawl was out in the alleyway. It struck me so ludicrously to think how the fellow must have looked when he found himself hollering outside, that I could not refrain from laughing outright. The audience immediately stopped its uproar, wondering what I was laughing at. That gave me another chance, and I caught on to it. So we kept it up for about an hour a
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Milton. (search)
dex to back him Mr. Masson could safely say this.] The same delicacy of ear is even more apparent in his management of the sh sound. He has it often, of course; but it may be noted that he rejects it in his verse when he can. He writes Basan for Bashan, Sittim for Shittim, Silo for Shiloh, Asdod for Ashdod. Still more, however, does he seem to have been wary of the compound sound ch as in church. Of his sensitiveness to this sound in excess there is a curious proof in his prose pamphlet entitle with his teach each! Generalizations are always risky, but when extemporized from a single hint they are maliciously so. Surely it needed no great sensitiveness of ear to be set on edge by Hall's echo of teach each. Did Milton reject the h from Bashan and the rest because he disliked the sound of sh, or because he had found it already rejected by the Vulgate and by some of the earlier translators of the Bible into English? Oddly enough, Milton uses words beginning with sh seven hundred and fi
Exeter Hall is the rank sewer of English radical fanaticism, but has never exerted the slightest influence up on the intelligent public mind of the kingdom. Dr. Hoge has mingled freely with the best classes of the English people, with the controlling and influential classes, and when he tells us that their sympathies are unanimously with the South we believe the fact, in spite of all that unscrupulous politicians like Russell may assert for diplomatic purposes, or all that the mad bulls of Bashan may roar forth from Exeter Hall. It does not militate at all against this fact that England is unwilling to go to war with the United States. Nations are governed by their interests, not their sympathies, and England may well wish us success, and yet recoil from the dangers which she sees in a state of war. Who doubts that she sympathizes with Poland, but will her Government go to war with Russia on that account?--Sympathy, which bears no fruits, may be a very unprofitable thing, but i