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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Monument to the Confederate dead at the University of Virginia. (search)
the gigantic bouny system, a scheme originally devised with the view of purchasing the exemption from military service of men supposed to be worth more at home, but which finally offered accumulated bribes so alluring that even the stay-at-homes rushed to the front to secure them. Near the close of the great conflict I was standing on the roadside, not far from the city of Petersburg, a prisoner of war, and very near General Custis Lee, both of us having been captured in the battle of Sailor's Creek. We were watching the march of the never-ending columns of Grant's infantry. The very earth seemed shaking with their ceaseless tramp. Suddenly, a general officer, whose name and appearance I distinctly recall, left the column and riding up to us, dismounted and greeted General Lee with effusion. They had been classmates, I think, at West Point. When the first salutations and inquiries had been exchanged the Federal officer, calling Lee's attention to the command just then passing
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The muster roll [from the Staunton, Va., Vindicator, March 3, 1893.] (search)
1862; Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862; Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863; Winchester (Milroy's defeat), June 13, 1863; Gettysburg, July 3, 1863; Mine Run, November 7, 1863; Wilderness, May 5 and 6, 1864; Spotsylvania C. H., May 12 and 18, 1864; Haw's Shop, May 30, 1864; Second Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864; Monocacy Bridge, July 8, 1864; Winchester (Early's defeat), September 19, 1864; Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864; Fort Steadman, March 25, 1865; Five Forks and Petersburg, April 1 and 2, 1865; Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865; High Bridge, April 7, 1865; Appomattox Station, April 8, 186,5; surrendered Appomattox C. H., April 9, 1865. After the disaster at Spotsylvania C. H., the Fifth regiment was little more in size than a full company, and Company D was proportionally small, so that at the surrender, owing to casualties of severe service, but three were present to ground arms—to-wit: Lieutenant C. W. Baylor, Sergeant Frank McCutchan and private C. G. Berry. On the morning of the surrende
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Last days of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
nearly all day. An obstinate stand was made at Sailor's Creek, but the numbers of the enemy enabled them to tson's forces, which were so terribly handled at Sailor's Creek, were not captured in the same proportion as itht for nearly fourteen miles, was driven across Sailor's Creek, Lee lost about eight thousand men, including setersburg lines were swept to Hatcher's Run, at Sailor's Creek and other places on the retreat, to say nothingns were captured or destroyed in the retreat at Sailor's Creek, Painesville and Farmville, but it is probable burg lines were broken and at Five Forks and at Sailor's Creek. His ordnance officers gleaned these battle-fi carried at the break of day, and in the rout at Sailors Creek, after Gordon's persistent stand there just at dve Forks, at several places on the lines, and at Sailors Creek, the Confederates retreated under fire, after behty pursuers. I well remember on the day after Sailor's Creek, riding by some troops drawn up in line and mom