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M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 7, line 87 (search)
vered in air, and shades of kindred dead Passed flitting through the gloom. Yet had the host, Conscious of guilty prayers, and of the hope To do to death their brothers and their sires, One solace: that they found in hearts amazed With horrors, and in earth and air distraught, A happy omen of the crimes to come. Was't strange that peoples whom their latest day Of happy life awaited (if the mind Of man foreknows) should tremble with affright? Romans who dwelt by far Araxes' stream, And Tyrian Gades,Gades (Cadiz) is stated to have been founded by the Phoenicians about 1000 BC. in whatever clime, 'Neath every sky, struck by mysterious dread Were plunged in sorrow-yet rebuked the tear, For yet they knew not of the fatal day. Thus on Euganean hills This alludes to the story told by Plutarch ('Caesar,' 47), that, at Patavium, Caius Cornelius, a man reputed for skill in divination, and a friend of Livy the historian, was sitting to watch the birds that day. 'And first of all (as Livius says
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 9, line 410 (search)
One-third of all the world,Compare Herodotus, ii., 16: 'For they all say that the earth is divided into three parts, Europe, Asia and Libya.' See Bunbury's 'Ancient Geography,' i., 145, 146. I read par in this passage, preferring it to pars with Francken. if fame we trust, Is Libya; yet by winds and sky she proves Equal to Europe; for the shores of Nile No more than Scythian Tanais are remote From furthest Gades, where with bending coast, Yielding a place to Ocean, Europe parts From Afric shores. Yet falls the larger world To Asia only. From the former two Issues the Western wind; but Asia's right Touches the Southern limits and her left The Northern tempest's home, and of the East She's mistress to the rising of the Sun. All that is fertile of the Afric lands Lies to the west, but even here abound No wells of water: though the Northern wind, Infrequent, leaving us with skies serene, Falls there in showers. Not gold nor wealth of brass It yields the seeker; pure and unalloyed Down t
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 12: Gettysburg. (search)
Chapter 12: Gettysburg. The fifth commander of the Army of the Potomac was Major-General George Gordon Meade, then in command of the Fifth Corps. This officer was born in Cadiz, Spain, in December, 1815, and was consequently forty-six years old. He graduated at West Point in 1835, and was assigned to the artillery arm of the service. A year afterward he resigned from the army, but after six years was reappointed second lieutenant of the Topographical Engineers, and was in Mexico on General Patterson's staff. Meade's father served as a private soldier in the Pennsylvania troops to suppress the Whisky Insurrection in western Pennsylvania, and therefore was under General Lee's father, who commanded the forces raised for that purpose. He was afterward a merchant, a shipowner, and a navy agent in Cadiz, but shortly after his son's birth returned to the United States. In justice to this officer, it may be said that he protested against being placed in command of an army that ha
26, 1863, to June 28th. Later, he exhibited great gallantry as corps commander at Lookout Mountain, and in the Atlanta campaign. On October 1, 1864, he was placed at the head of the Northern Department, and served at the head of other departments until he was retired, as the result of a paralytic stroke, with full rank of major-general, in October, 1868. His death occurred at Garden City, New York, October 31, 1879. Major-General George Gordon Meade (U. S. M.A. 1835) was born in Cadiz, Spain, December 31, 1815, while his father was American naval agent at that city. He saw service in the Seminole War, and then resigned in 1836 to take up the practice of civil engineering. He reentered the army and served with the Topographical Engineer Corps during the Mexican War. He was afterward employed on river and harbor improvements, lighthouse construction, and the survey of the Great Lakes, until the Civil War broke out, when he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Meade, George Gordon 1815-1872 (search)
Meade, George Gordon 1815-1872 Military officer; born in Cadiz, Spain, Dec. 31, 1815; graduated at West Point in 1835, served in the war with the Seminoles, and resigned from the army in 1836. He practised civil engineering until May, 1842, when he was appointed a second lieutenant of topographical engineers, serving through the war against Mexico, attached to the staff, first of General Taylor, and then of General Scott. The citizens of Philadelphia presented him with an elegant sword on his return from Mexico. In the summer of 1861 he was made a brigadier-general of volunteers, having been in charge of the surveys on the northern lakes until that year as captain of engineers. He was in the Army of the Potomac, active and efficient, from 1861 until the close of the war. In June, 1862, he was made major-general of volunteers, and was in command of the Army of the Potomac in the summer of 1863. On July 1, 2, and 3, of that year he fought the decisive battle of Gettysburg. In
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 1 (search)
Part 1. Genealogy and narrative to the Mexican War letters 1815-1845 George Gordon Meade was born on the 31st of December, 1815, in the city of Cadiz, Spain, where his parents, who were citizens of the United States, were temporarily residing. His ancestors had been residents of the city of Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania, in colonial times. The first of whom there is any record was Robert Meade, the great-grandfather of George Gordon Meade. He was born in Ireland, and about the year 1732 we find him living in Philadelphia. He was a shipping and commission merchant, doing a considerable trade with the West Indies, principally with Barbadoes, where he is known to have had relations, and whence he had probably come to Philadelphia. The owner of real estate in and about the city, a prominent member of the small body of Roman Catholics who had settled there, assisting by his means and influence in building in the city the first chapel devoted to his religion, wh
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 7 (search)
r, as he was borne to his last resting-place past banks on which, drawn up at intervals in line, stood regiment after regiment, with its band playing a dirge as his requiem, the notes of one becoming fainter and fainter as those of the next were wafted down the stream. And so, to the landing at Laurel Hill, the strange stillness, broken only by the sad music, followed the dead as his mortal remains were borne near to their resting-place through the scenes which he had loved so well. They laid to rest with the last sad rites, beside his eldest boy, called away in the dark hours of the war, the hero of Gettysburg, the record of whose simple tombstone reads: George Gordon Meade, Major-General U. S. Army. Born in Cadiz, Spain, Dec. 31st, 1815. Died in Phila., Pa., Nov. 6th, 1872. He did his work bravely and is at rest. So lived and died one who, according to those who knew him best, whether parent, brother, sister, wife, child, friend, or fellow-soldier, bore himself nobly.
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Pennsylvania. (search)
ntage had not prevented its being beaten at Chancellorsville. It conquered at Gettysburg because chance afforded it strong positions, which Buford and Reynolds preserved for it, and which Meade turned to excellent account. Eight days after his appointment this fortunate chieftain gave his soldiers a decisive victory: there was the less reason for begrudging him his glory because, being born on European soil, he could not aspire to the Presidency, Gen. Meade was born Dec. 31, 1815, at Cadiz, Spain, where his parents, who were American citizens, temporarily resided. His father, Richard W. Meade, at the time held the appointment of United States Naval Agent at the port of Cadiz, and Gen. Meade was born under the American flag. Whatever question there may be as to what the law might have been at the time of Gen. Meade's birth, the reverse of what is stated in the text seems to have been settled by the Act of Congress of February 10, 1855, the passage of which was brought about by
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