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iles across the river at Wiltown, and a prisoner whom we had taken affected great terror of torpedoes. None, however, appeared, and the able engineering of Captain Trowbridge, in three hours effected a passage for the two small vessels. This was too late for the tide, and we were obliged to wait till noon before ascending farthes going on, the John Adams was employed in removing some spiling that extended across the river. The work was done under the supervision and engineering of Captain Trowbridge, First S. C. V., and was done with despatch, opening a breach wide enough for the boats to pass up the river. The little Milton and the Dean passed throughompany K, Captain Whiting, and company G, Lieutenant Lampson, with a detachment of company B, under Lieutenant Parker, and a detachment of company A, under Lieutenant Trowbridge. As they were about to embark, the rebels dashed down upon them with a force five hundred strong, consisting of cavalry and infantry. A brisk skirmish en
s soon after reported to be advancing on my front. The detachment of fifty men sent on the Oxford road were driven in, and at the same time the enemy's line of skirmishers, consisting of dismounted cavalry, appeared on the crest of the ridge of hills on my front. The line extended beyond my left. To repel their advance, I ordered the Fifth cavalry to a more advanced position, with instructions to maintain their ground at all hazards. Colonel Alger, commanding the Fifth, assisted by Majors Trowbridge and Ferry, of the same regiment, made such admirable disposition of their men behind fences and other defences, as enabled them to successfully repel the repeated advance of a greatly superior force. I attributed their success in a great measure to the fact that this regiment is armed with the Spencer repeating rifle, which, in the hands of brave, determined men, like those composing the Fifth Michigan cavalry, is, in my estimation, the most effective fire-arm that our cavalry can ado
from a concealed enemy so bravely; for holding the causeways referred to during the two days and nights required for loading two large steamers, with valuable property, in the face of an enemy. To do this, my men worked day and night without intermission; and though short of provisions, I heard not a murmur. On the last expedition the fact was developed that colored men would fight behind barricades; this time they have proved by their heroism that they will fight in the open field. Captain Trowbridge aided me greatly. Captain Crandell, of the Darlington, I found a trifling, childish pest. Capt Meriam, of the Madgie, rendered me valuable assistance. I cannot forbear to make honorable mention of Capt. Hallet, of the steamer Ben De-ford. With a man of less nerve and less capacity I would not have dared to take so large a steamer to such a place. Hence, I could not have obtained so valuable a cargo. I have the honor to be, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Oliv
tersely to Mr. Allan. Dey tink de Lord mean fo‘ to say de Yankees call us. We'll fight for liberty, We'll fight for liberty, We'll fight for liberty, When de Lord will call us home. And it won't be long, And it won't be long, And it won't be long, When de Lord will call us home. Many thousand go This spiritual, to which the Civil war actually gave rise, was composed by nobody knows whom, although it is perhaps the most recent of the slave spirituals of which we have record. Lieut. Col. Trowbridge learned that it was first sung on the occasion when General Beauregard gathered the slaves from the Port royal Islands to build fortifications at Hilton head and Bay Point. No more peck oa corn for me, No more, no more; No more peck oa corn for me, Many tousand go. No more driver's lash for me, No more, no more; No more driver's lash for me, Many tousand go. Pray on This curious spiritual is one of those arising directly from the events of the war. When the news of approachin
circumference, and will bear 1/2 ton weight. Sir William Thomson proposes the use of steel wire. With this, using a 30-pound lead, he states that he obtained bottom in the Bay of Biscay at 2,700 fathoms. In the sounding apparatus of Professor Trowbridge, the coil of line is inclosed in a hollow cylindrical case, which is connected with the lead, and unwinds from the center as the latter descends, avoiding the friction of the water and securing a uniform and rapid rate of descent. The timnected with the lead, and also with an alarm or chronoscope, and a battery in the boat from which the observation is made. The impact of the lead on the bottom completes an electric current, and the time of descent is thus ascertained. Professor Trowbridge has also employed a pair of Saxton's current meters in connection with the tube containing the line. This instrument consists of a delicately pivoted helix, which is turned by the action of the water, and registers the number of revolutio
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
he line of officers to salute the commandant. This Dr. Minor writes. Worcester, October 28 To-morrow I may go to Boston chiefly to see on business Colonel Hartwell, of the Massachusetts Fifty-Fifth, just from Folly Island, and may either go to the opera or to a Republican dinner to Sumner and Wilson. I hanker after opera, and indeed after all the vanities of life; one returns from the seat of war with a wholesome appetite for luxuries.... Mary declares that in reading to her from Trowbridge's letter something about tales of rebel atrocities, I stopped and groaned, as she supposed for the atrocities, until I added, He spells tales tails. He is shady in his spelling, yet I think he ought to be promoted. . . During the Board of Foreign Missions here, a particularly stout Board, a perfect joist, came to stay with the Firths and was taken to see the organ, then in process of building. Crossing a narrow board, narrower than himself, the human Board fell in and went crashing do
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XII: the Black regiment (search)
it—for if ever a family of grown up babies needed a papa, this was the one. To be sure if I had come back here sick I should probably have died in a day—for anything so forlorn, dismal, despairing as these dozen officers who were not on the sick list, you can scarcely imagine. Such lachrymose bugbears of diseases, discords, delinquencies, Captains under arrest, officers suspected of cheating their companies, companies of mutiny . . . . Lt. Col. Strong sick in hospital and going North, Major Trowbridge ditto . . . . The first Brigade review of the regiment to come off that afternoon—and no field officer! The Adjutant yellow as gold, and no Quartermaster! In the midst of which gloomy gallery, in popped I! You are the only person in the Universe who can conceive the picture. Now you are to observe that by some extra-wonderful stroke of my accustomed good luck, I come on shore from a comfortless voyage perfectly buoyant and hilarious—feeling better than for 6 months back and so
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), William Henry Chase Whiting, Major-General C. S. Army. (search)
was paid to the deceased and his sorrowing relatives and friends. General Beale (the agent in this city for supplying the Confederacy with soldiers' blankets in exchange for cotton), with five other intimate friends of the deceased general, most of whom are paroled Confederate officers, acted as pall-bearers on the occasion. Several Federal officers, in uniform, were in attendance at the obsequies. [The pall-bearers were General Beall, of the Confederate service, and General Stone, Major Trowbridge, Major Prime and Lieutenant Mowry, of the United States service, and Mr. S. L. Merchant.—C. B. D.] The Rev. Dr. Morgan Dix, Rector of Trinity, was the officiating minister, assisted by Rev. Dr. Ogilvie. The corpse of the deceased was brought from Governor's Island about 12.30 o'clock on Saturday morning, and placed in the vestibule of Trinity, where, for half an hour, the friends and relatives were allowed to view the features of the late general. The body was embalmed, and on the
Simonds, Elizabeth H., h. Beacon. Simmons, Ambrose B., b. F. H. market, h. Linden. Simmons, James E., horse dealer, h. Milk. Simpson, Jesse, yeoman, h. Broadway. Todd, Jehiel, clerk, h. Garden court. Topliff, Charles, Baptist clergyman, Mt. Pleasant. Town, Orr N., horticulturalist, h. Cambridge. Tower, Charles B., b. attorney, h. Florence. Towle, Ebenezer, victualler, h. Porter. Towsend, Henry, bookkeeper, h. Linden. Truli, Samuel, b. merchant, h. Church. Trowbridge, Mrs. Caroline, widow, h. Cross. Trefren, Jonas, carpenter, h. Snow hill. Tufts, Isaac, yeoman, h. Elm. Tufts, Edmund, printer, office Winter hill, Broadway. Tufts, George, yeoman, h. Elm. Tufts, Timothy, steam-brick manufacturer, h. Elm. Tufts, Charles, h. Cambridge. Tufts, Nathan, h. cor. Cambridge and Medford. Tufts, Nathan, Jr., grain dealer, h. Broadway. Tufts, Oliver, yeoman, h. Medford. Tufts, Miss Abby, h. Winter hill. Tufts, Caroline, teacher, boa
re been taught by a Mr. Hill of Medford. He lived in North Woburn, and may or may not have walked thither, but those were pre-automobile days in 1770. Of so much of the story there is no doubt; Parson Sewall, historian of Woburn, tells the same story. He, however, says nothing about the contemplation by these young men of tempting red cheeks, on loaded boughs, in Upper Medford or elsewhere. (Of course the red cheeks were those of apples.) Readable and interesting stories are, as Mr. Trowbridge told the writer (relative to Tinkham Brothers' Tide Mill), mainly fiction, woven around some historic fact or incident that comes to public attention. The Baldwin apple had come into prominence some fifty years before this entertaining story, claiming Medford as its origination, was written. Governor Brooks had known Colonel Baldwin, and, himself in advanced years, tells his young kinsman Charles about the origin of the Baldwin apple, formerly called the Woodpecker, or, for short, the
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