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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 10: Sherman's Army. (search)
ce which one might ponder, whole families of freed slaves, as servants, trustfully leading their little ones, obedient to fate, silent, without sign of joy; more touching in some ways than the proud passing column; more touching in some deep ways than the spectacle of captive kings led in the triumph of imperial Rome. So pass in due order of precedence all the corps of that historic army,--the men of Shiloh, of Corinth, of Vicksburg, of Missionary Ridge, of Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Altoona. We cannot name them familiarly, but we accord them admiration. And now comes a corps which we of the Army of the Potomac may be pardoned for looking on with peculiar interest. It is the Twentieth Corps, led by Mower, the consolidation of our old Eleventh and Twelfth (Howard's and Slocum's), reduced now to scarcely more than two divisions, those of Williams and Geary. We recognize regiments that had last been with us on the hard-pressed right wing at Gettysburg: the 2d Massachusetts
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
avalry, under Jenkins and Imboden, and did not exceed 2500. All was quiet at Frederick up to five o'clock this evening, though the people were greatly excited and hundreds were leaving. Harrisburg, June 17th.-The aspect of affairs, so far as can be judged by the reports from the border, seems to be this: The rebel force occupy Hagerstown and such other points as leave them free to operate either against Harrisburg or Baltimore. Apprehensions are entertained by the people of Altoona and other points on the line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, that the rebels will strike for the West, and then go back to their own soil by way of Pittsburg and Wheeling. The fortifications constructed on the hills opposite Harrisburg are considered sufficient protection for the city, and an offensive movement on our part is not unlikely. June 21 To-day we have an account of the burning of Darien, Ga. The temptation is strong for our army to retaliate on the soil of Pennsylvania.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 44 (search)
. He says Gen. Stewart's corps struck the railroad at Big Shanty, capturing 350 prisoners, and destroying ten miles of the road. Gen. Forrest is marching against Altoona. We shall soon have stirring news. All is quiet near Petersburg and Richmond to-day. Eight of the local companies (clerks) have been ordered to guard the pruld be resumed to-day, but we have no information of any fighting up to this hour-5 P. M. From Gen. Hood we have a dispatch, saying Major-Gen. French attacked Altoona day before yesterday. He carried all the outworks, but failed at the inner one, and learning a body of the enemy were approaching his rear, Gen. F. withdrew to t. October 11 Bright and pleasant. All is quiet below. From Georgia we have many rumors. It is reported that a battle has been fought (second time) at Altoona, which we captured, with 4000 prisoners; that Rome has been taken, with 3000 negro prisoners; .and, finally, that we have Atlanta again. I have seen no such disp
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxvi. (search)
necessary! This noble response [quoted from memory] overwhelmed the President, and lifted the dead weight which seemed to have paralyzed all present. I repeated this account substantially as here given; but both parties smiled and shook their heads. It is a pity to spoil so good a story, returned the President, but, unfortunately, there is not a word of truth in it. I believe the only convocation of Governors that has taken place during the war, he added, looking at Curtin, was that at Altoona — was it not? Subsequently the two gentlemen proposed to visit my room, and Mr. Lincoln accompanied them. Sitting down under the chandelier on the edge of the long table, which ran the whole length of the apartment, swinging back and forth his long legs; passing his hand occasionally over his brow and through his rough hair (his appearance and manner come back to me most vividly, as I write), he listened abstractedly to my brief explanation of the design of the picture. When I ceased,
uisition from the Governor this morning to set out this evening, at 6 o'clock, for Harrisburgh, a place of rendezvous for the first Pennsylvanians in the field. There was a large and enthusiastic Government meeting at Tyrone, Blair county, to-night. Speeches were enthusiastically received. Ex-Senator Bigler arrived after the adjournment; and expressed himself unequivocally for the Government, and he was determined to sustain it to the last. Two military companies from Tyrone, two from Altoona, and two from Hollidaysburgh, will leave to-morrow for Harrisburgh.--Times, April 17. The Mechanics', Elm City, Fairfield County, Thames, and other banks of Connecticut, voted large sums of money to assist in equipping the troops, and the support of their families.--Times, April 17. Governor Buckingham, of Connecticut, issued a proclamation calling for volunteers, to rendezvous at Hartford..--Times, April 17. The session of the New York East Methodist Conference was opened by
Governor Curtin, of Pennsylvania, issued a proclamation dismissing the militia troops that were called into service for the purpose of resisting the invasion of the State by the rebel army under General Lee. At Carlisle, Pa., the office of the American Volunteer was destroyed by a party of citizens and the Anderson Troop, on account of an editorial reflecting severely upon President Lincoln and his Administration. The Convention of the Governors of the loyal States, was held at Altoona, Pa., in accordance with a request of the Governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Western Virginia. An address to the President of the United States was adopted, pledging their cordial support of the Government in the prosecution of the war for the restoration of the Union. The members of the Convention also recommended that a reserve army of one hundred thousand men for one year's service should be called forth. They also indorsed the emancipation proclamation, and paid a full tribute to the
September 25. The One Hundred and Sixty-ninth regiment of New York volunteers, commanded by Col. Clarence Buel, left Camp Corcoran, at Troy, for the seat of war.--The One Hundred and Fifty-seventh regiment New York State volunteers, Col. Philip P. Brown, left Hamilton for Washington City.--The Convention of loyal Governors, at Altoona, Pa., adjourned to meet again in Washington, D. C. Sabine Pass, Texas, was this day attacked and captured by the United States steamer Kensington, under the command of Acting Master Crocker, assisted by the mortar-boat Henry Janes, and blockading schooner Rachel Seaman.--See Supplement. Judge T. W. Thomas, in the Superior Court, Elbert County, Georgia, in the case of James M. Lovinggood, decided that the rebel conscript act was unconstitutional, and that, therefore, the plaintiff was entitled to his liberty.
A heroine.--A correspondent of the Altoona (Pa.) Register, writing from Broadtop City, Huntingdon County, says he had the pleasure of meeting, at a place called Dudley, a woman named Mary Owens, who had just returned from the army in full uniform. This remarkable woman accompanied her husband to the army, and fought by his side until he fell. She was in the service eighteen months, and took part in three battles, and was wounded twice; first in the face above the right eye, and then in her arm, which required her to be taken to the hospital, where she confessed the deception. She had enlisted in Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania, under the name of John Evans, and gives as her reason for this romantic undertaking the fact that her father was uncompromising in his hostility to her marriage with Mr. Owens, threatening violence in case she disobeyed his commands; whereupon, after having been secretly married, she donned the United States uniform, enlisted in the same company
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorandum of information as to battles, &c., in the year 1864, called for by the Honorable Secretary of War. (search)
ut 800; Confederate 800. No official report. August to September Battle of Jonesboroa and fall of Atlanta. Loss on each side about 3,000. September 19 Battle near Winchester. General Early defeated. Confederate loss about 3,500; enemy's supposed to be 5,000. September 24 Confederates driven from Fisher's Hill. Loss, 17 pieces of artillery; very little fighting. September 29 Fort Harrison, below Richmond, captured. Con-federate loss about 200. October 2 Altoona, Georgia, attacked. Confederates repulsed. October 9 General Rosser's cavalry defeated in Valley. Loss, 400 killed, wounded and missing, and 5 pieces of artillery. In many of the foregoing cases no official reports have been received. The information is, therefore, furnished from the best sources at present accessible. The number of battle flags captured has been large, but at present cannot be stated with any accuracy. From the accounts which seem most entitled to credit the foll
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Lieutenant-General S. D. Lee's report of the Tennessee campaign, beginning September 29th, 1864. (search)
of these facts, it was my opinion that the army should take up the offensive, with the hope that favorable opportunities would be offered for striking the enemy successfully, thus insuring the efficiency of the army for future operations. These opinions were freely expressed to the Commanding General. My corps crossed the Chattahoochee river on September 29th, and on October 3d took position near Lost mountain, to cover the movement of Stewart's corps, on the railroad, at Big Shanty and Altoona. On October 6th, I left my position near Lost mountain, marching via Dallas and Cedartown, crossing the Coosa river at Coosaville October 10th, and moved on Resaca, partially investing the place by four P. M. on October 12th. The surrender of the place was demanded in a written communication, which was in my possession, signed by General Hood. The commanding officer refused to surrender, as he could have easily escaped from the forts with his forces and crossed the Oustenaula river. I d
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