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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), A campaign with sharpshooters. (search)
on Reams' Station, in which the sharpshooters bore their full part, and bore it well, was the battle of the Crater, an action fought entirely by Mahone, from which he gained enduring fame. Here, also, the sharpshooters covered themselves with glory, being always in the van and doing full service there. Their commandant, Captain Broadbent, a man of gigantic strength and stature, especially distinguished himself by his reckless daring. Like the brave Major Ridge, who led the stormers at Ciudad Rodrigo, Broadbent was the first in the works and fell at the foot of the Crater wall, pierced, it was said, with no less than eleven bayonet wounds. After Mahone drove the enemy from the captured mine and retook the pieces, when the line was re-established, a Napoleon gun belonging to Pegram's Battery (which being just over the mine was blown up by its explosion), was found to be outside of the line, at some distance in front of them. It was then almost death to show a head along the line, an
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 3: Fortifications.Their importance in the defence of States proved by numerous historical examples (search)
a very small work) in 1810 sustained a siege of more than two weeks. Astorga in 1810 sustained a siege of thirty days; twenty-four being of open trench. Lerida in 1810 sustained a siege of thirty days, two weeks being of open trench. Ciudad Rodrigo in 1810 sustained a siege of two months. Almeida in 1810 sustained a siege of more than a month. Tortosa in 1810 sustained a siege of six months. Tarragona in 1811 sustained a siege of nearly two months. Badajos in 1811 sustained a siege of more than forty days open trench. Lerida in 1811 sustained a siege of two weeks open trench. Saguntum in 1811 sustained a siege of a month. Valencia in 1811-12 sustained a siege of two months. Ciudad Rodrigo in 1812 sustained a blockade of several months, and a close siege of two weeks. Badajos in 1812 sustained twenty-one days of open trenches. Burgos in 1812 sustained thirty-three days of open trenches. St. Sebastian in 1813 sustained a siege and blockade of ne
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 12: army organization—Engineers.—Their history, duties, and organization,—with a brief discussion, showing their importance as a part of a modern army organization. (search)
d from the line, and daily instructed in the practice of sapping, making and laying fascines and gabions, and the construction of batteries, &c. The siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, which immediately followed this organization, was conducted with greater skill and success than any other till nearly the close of the war; and all military 11 -- -- 232 461 Girona, 54 603 62 1299 657 1361 Astorga, 7 91 17 427 98 444 Lerida, 15 316 11 208 331 219 Meguinenza, 34 278 -- -- 312 136 1st Ciudad Rodrigo, 34 441 -- -- 475 1019 Almeida, 34 489 -- -- 523 1019 Tortosa, 43 429 32 381 472 413 Tarragona, 50 681 46 701 731 747 Olivensa, 10 106 -- -- 116 186 1st Badajos, 25 707 41 699 732 740 Tarifa, 12 235 17 148 247 165 Peniscola, 13 138 9 183 151 192 2d Ciudad Rodrigo, 3 12 8 160 15 168 2d Badajos, 9 256 -- -- 265 268 Burgos, 4 124 3 126 128 129 Castio Udiales, 5 68 8 197 73 205 St. Sebastian, 13 248 7 166 261 173 From this table it appears that the
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Report of Hon. L. T. Wigfall in the Senate of the Confederate States, march 18, 1865. (search)
not certain, even with the best arrangements. He persisted in his defensive policy, and saved Portugal from subjugation. When he had determined to abandon Spain and retreat through Portugal to Lisbon, he was urged to relieve the garrison of Ciudad Rodrigo, containing five thousand men. Napier says: This was a trying moment. He had in a manner pledged himself, his army was close at hand, the garrison brave and distressed, and the governor honorably fulfilled his part. To permit such a place tbrigade, and thus proved himself a great commander, and of a steadfast mind. It was not a single campaign, but a terrible war that he had undertaken. .. . What would even a momentary success have availed? Five thousand men brought off from Ciudad Rodrigo would have ill supplied the ten or twelve thousand men lost in the battle, and the temporary relief of the fortress would have been a poor compensation for the loss of Portugal. . . . Massena, sagacious and well understanding his business, on
, constituting a matrix of hydrated silicate of lime. To guard against the filling up of the Said end of the Suez Canal by the deposits of the Nile, great blocks weighing twenty tons each, of a composite stone, formed out of hydraulic lime ground to dust by powerful mills, and mixed with sand, are sunk and piled in the harbor, and piers constructed thereon. Three hundred thousand tons of these blocks have been used at Port Said alone. See Beton. The walls of the fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo, in Spain, are of concrete. The marks of the boards which retained the semi-fluid matter in their construction are everywhere perfectly visible; and besides sand and gravel, there are large quantities of round bowlder-stones in the walls, from 4 to 6 inches in diameter, procured from the ground around the city, where they abound. Schroder's cement: coal-ashes, 100; hydraulic cement, 16; Portland cement, 1 part. Work in a pug-mill and mold. Cooley's: coarse pebbles, 60; rough sand, 25;
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Tales and Sketches (search)
lanti at the head of his knavish Greeks? I can account for it only on the supposition that the mischief was inherited,—an heirloom from the old sea-kings of the ninth century. Education and reflection have, indeed, since wrought a change in my feelings. The trumpet of the Cid, or Ziska's drum even, could not now waken that old martial spirit. The bull-dog ferocity of a half-intoxicated Anglo-Saxon, pushing his blind way against the converging cannon-fire from the shattered walls of Ciudad Rodrigo, commends itself neither to my reason nor my fancy. I now regard the accounts of the bloody passage of the Bridge of Lodi, and of French cuirassiers madly transfixing themselves upon the bayonets of Wellington's squares, with very much the same feeling of horror and loathing which is excited by a detail of the exploits of an Indian Thug, or those of a mad Malay running a muck, creese in hand, through the streets of Pulo Penang. Your Waterloo, and battles of the Nile and Baltic,—what ar