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A New prison murder of Lieutenant Bliss in irons-yankee ingenuity rebel ignorance Parson Rogers-faithful servants bold and successful escape of prisoners Captain Troy a Blindfold journey a traitor. We were now conducted to our new quarters in the military prison, a description of which I will attempt. The side walls ed thirty days furlough as a reward. The only apology offered was, that possibly the guard misunderstood his instructions! I ventured to tell the commandant, Captain Troy, my opinion of such conduct, and to his face called the outrage by its proper name, a bloody murder, committed under his guilty authority. As I might have exptheir sentiments, while the universal conviction seemed to be that this system of human bondage had been the parent source of all our national dissensions. Captain Troy seemed to derive special delight in practicing almost every species of deception upon the defenceless prisoners. He frequently cheered us with assurances that
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 9: the Western influence (search)
icle of the vast interior! An Easterner traveling in the West may well be amazed, not at any ostentation of vanity on the part of Western hosts, but at their wonderful humility over an achievement so vast as the material conquest of a continent. How easily all else must seem to them secondary; so that it may look like a trivial matter, as the Western editor said, to make culture hum. But when we turn our eyes backward, we see that in all nations the laurels of literature have endured beyond these external displays of power. They outlive cities, state-houses and statesmen. One may quote those fine lines of the once famous poem, Festus:-- Homer is gone, and where is Troy and where The rival cities seven? His song outlasts Town, tower and god, all that then was, save Heaven. It may be that Mr. Norris's book will live when the tremendous operations of the wheat pit are forgotten; or if not that book, some other. Life is more important than art, but art is its noblest record.
d permanent disability of Brig.-Gen. A. J. Vaughan, who lost a leg from a cannon shot while his brigade was resting in the trenches. General Vaughan was a representative of the best type of the Southern soldier, was present and conspicuous at every battle from Belmont down to this date, and never failed in his duty. His judgment was never at fault, his vigilance and reliability proverbial, his courage superb, and in another age he would have been classed with Hector and all the gallantry of Troy. Maj.-Gen. Alexander P. Stewart, of Tennessee, was made lieutenant-general, and on the 7th of July assumed command of Polk's corps, a well-deserved promotion won on the battlefield. General Johnston hesitated in his recommendation of a successor to Lieutenant-General Polk. Major-Generals Loring and French commanded divisions in Polk's corps. Cheatham and Cleburne had just won great distinction at New Hope church and Kenesaw Mountain. Without their knowledge their names were considered b
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The race problem in the South—Was the Fifteenth Amendment a mistake? (search)
of a small fragment of our nation's heroes, whom our mother earth so tenderly presses to her bosom, covered with this mantel of green. Small as this fragment of the Grand Army is that lies within these walls, yet it is twice as large as the white male population of this entire county capable of bearing arms. It is more than one-third the size of the grand army which Alexander the Great marched out with to conquer the world. The custom of floral decoration is one of great antiquity. When Troy fell, Aeneas with his Trojan band started on his tempestuous voyage to Italy, where he founded an empire which afterward ruled the world. Before reaching his destination his fleet halted for a time at Drepanum, in Sicily, where the tomb of his father, King Anchises, was located. He erected altars at the sepulcher and sacrificed to the gods, and among other things, Virgil says, according to custom he scattered blooming flowers there. In ancient Rome the flower celebration, called the Floral
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.13 (search)
given away. To which General Terry replied: You can have two, thinking that the men might just as well be in action as to remain where they were then halted, exposed as they were. After a second's pause, General Terry added, General Gracie, let your men lie down, and let me have the front. To which Gracie replied: Very well; you are entitled to it. Mr. E. T. Witherby, of the Twenty-fifth Massachusetts, now of Shelby, Alabama, in a letter to me writes that, in conversation with Lieutenant-Colonel Troy, of the Sixtieth Alabama, he was informed that while the Sixtieth was lying down east of the road some troops passed them and went into the road ahead, and these troops, he afterwards learned, were Kemper's men. The old First Advances. Colonel R. L. Maury, commanding the Twenty-fourth Virginia (who was severely wounded in that fight) says that General Gracie came to him, desiring his support, saying, as he understood it, that two of his regiments had given away, whereupon he
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), William Smith, Governor of Virginia, and Major-General C. S. Army, hero and patriot. (search)
ill. And now we are gathered to unveil a monument to his memory and to present it to the Commonwealth of Virginia, in whose service his life was spent. To erect monuments that we may perpetuate the memory of noble deeds, seems to me an inversion of the true order of things. It is striving to make the perishable bear witness to that which is imperishable; to call upon that which is earthly to keep alive that which is spiritual and immortal. You may stand at the tomb of Achilles and hear Troy doubted. Gone are its towers and battlements, its stately temples and gorgeous palaces, but the Iliad which tells the story of the siege and fall of Troy is as fresh today as it was three thousand years ago. This bronze will yield to the remorseless touch of time, this granite pedestal will crumble into dust; but the influence of a noble life is never lost, nor its memory wholly forgotten until the day when The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great gl
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Dedication of a bronze tablet in honor of Botetourt Battery (search)
m gray, To bless the turf that wraps their clay, And freedom shall a while repair To dwell a weeping hermit there! It is forty-four years since the siege of Vicksburg. The war is dead. The men who fought are going fast, are vanishing from the face of the earth like leaves before the blast of autumn. They were—they are—heroic. We see them so; and through the haze of time and distance, our children's children and all the generations to come will find them still heroic. From the time of Troy to the time of Vicksburg, from the time of Port Arthur to the time of some mighty siege to come, the man of war, no less than the man of peace, has wrought for that great, white peaceful and supreme temple which, above the smoke of all wars, the Infinite in us shall yet raise to greet the Infinite above us. Upon those temple walls, how many friezes of fighting men! The hundred men, to whom we do honor this November day, have their place in those still and deathless ranks, in that procession,
The Troy Arsenal. --A letter from Troy says that never since the Mexican war has there been such an activity displayed at the United States Arsenal at West Troy, as at the present moment. The works are kept going night and day, the Sabbath even being entirely disregarded. Immense quantities of six, twelve and twenty-four plunder cartridges, bomb-shells, cannister and grape, rile and musket balls, and all other known implements of war, are being prepared for shipment. A large number of siege guns and carriages are being shipped. Major Mordecai, who has command of the Arsenal, is a Virginian, and is now absent in that State.
iss their frowns, suspend their words of bitterness, and approach us with the gentleness and affection of brethren and friends. If a few of our citizens are willing to debase themselves by loading these sycophants with attentions on coming among us, surely our Government need not forget the arrogant and hectoring attitude which their Government uniformly maintains towards us. The trite adage, "beware of Greeks, though bearing gifts," and the hackneyed warning against the wooden horse of Troy, assume a new and fresh significance, when applied to the Yankees in this contest. There is nothing in dissimulation, in hypocrisy, in fawning deportment and honeyed speech, to which they are not capable of resorting to accomplish a malicious purpose; and we are never more safe than when we repulse all their overtures of civility, as ruses to compass our ruin. The full purposes of the mission of Fish and Ames have not been developed; but we sincerely trust that they will be narrowly and