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rate, the Capital isolated from the country. We had need to make haste, or it might be difficult to join Hooker's army. It was not to be a solitary trip. Samuel Wilkeson, the well-known brilliant writer on the New-York Tribune, lately transferred to the Times; and U. H. Painter, chief Washington correspondent of the Philadelph were nearly all driven away from headquarters Friday forenoon by the furious cannonade, has already been told; but my friend and companion on that morning, Mr. Samuel Wilkeson, of the New-York Times, has so vividly described the scene, that I must be allowed to reproduce it: In the shadow cast by the tiny farm-house, sixteensluggish watches was one hour and forty minutes. How the correspondents faced death. To this vivid description, in justice to its author, let me add that Mr. Wilkeson staid at the house during this whole terrible cannonade. Mr. Frank Henry, also of the Times, likewise stood it out. Their accounts may well be said to have th
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The first day at Gettysburg. (search)
of the most heroic episodes of the fight. He was but nineteen years old and was the son of Samuel Wilkeson, who, as correspondent of the New-York times, was at Meade's headquarters during the fight. Young Wilkeson, by his fearless demeanor, held his battery in an exposed position on the Union right. General John B. Gordon, finding it impossible to advance his Confederate division in the face of Wilkeson's fire, and realizing that if the officer on the horse could be disposed of the battery would not remain, directed two batteries of his command to train every gun upon him. Wilkeson was broWilkeson was brought to the ground, desperately wounded, and his horse was killed. He was carried by the Confederates to the Alms House (or dragged himself there — the accounts differ), where he died that night. Ju give me some! He passed the canteen untouched to the man, who drank every drop it contained. Wilkeson smiled on the man, turned slightly, and expired.--editors. Note.--Edward Johnson's Confeder
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 2: Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (search)
isurely reconnoitered Meade's position. testimony of officers of the College. his observations there determined him to aim his chief blow at Hancock's position on Cemetery Hill, and, giving the signal at one o'clock, one hundred and fifteen of his cannon opened a rapid cross fire upon the devoted point. Just behind it was Meade's Headquarters, where shot and shell made many a pit and furrow in the grounds around it, and endangered the life of every living thing connected with it. Samuel Wilkeson, then a correspondent of a New York journal, made the following record of the scene at Headquarters, of which he was an eye-witness: every size and form of shell known to British and to American gunnery, shrieked, whirled, moaned, and whistled, and wrathfully fluttered over our ground. As many as six in a second, constantly two in a second, bursting and screaming over and around Headquarters, made a very hell of fire that amazed the oldest officers. They burst in the yard (see picture
and around Malvern Hill, during the next forenoon, July 1. closely pursued by the converging columns of the Rebels. The anxious days and sleepless nights of the preceding week; the constant and resolute efforts required to force their 40 miles of guns and trains over the narrow, wretched roads which traverse White Oak Swamp; their ignorance of the locality and exposure to be ambushed and assailed at every turn, rendered this retreat an ordeal for our men long to be remembered. Mr. Samuel Wilkeson, who shared in this experience, wrote of it as follows to The New York Tribune: Huddled among the wagons were 10,000 stragglers — for the credit of the nation be it said that four-fifths of them were wounded, sick, or utterly exhausted, and could not have stirred but for dread of the tobacco warehouses of the South. The confusion of this herd of men and mules, wagons and wounded, men on horses, men on foot, men by the road-side, men perched on wagons, men searching for water, m
eds Gen. Hunter in command of the Department of the South, 473; condition of his army and plan of operations, 473-4; establishes the marsh battery, which opens on Charleston, 478-9; captures Fort Wagner, 481; stops blockade-running at Charleston, 482; occupies Jacksonville unresisted, 528; 630. Gist, Gen., at Chickamauga, 417; killed at Franklin, Tenn., 683. Gladding, Brig.-Gen., killed at Shiloh, 70. Glendale, Va., battle of, 161 to 163; extracts from various reports of, 162-3; Sam. Wilkeson's account of retreat from, 164. Golding's farm, fight at, 160. Goldsboroa, N. C., Schofield enters, 716; Sherman arrives, 708. Goldsborough, Com. L. M., with Burnside's expedition, 73; relieved from command, 76; 121. Gooding, Col. O. P., encounters a Rebel force near Red river, 589. Gooding, Gen., taken prisoner, 220. Gordon, Gen. J. B., mortally wounded near Richmond, 574. Gordon, Gen. G. H., extract from his report of attack on Banks's rear-guard at Winchester, 135
fficers of the Medical Department are entitled to the gratitude of all for their self sacrificing and untiring devotion to the wounded. Major West, of the Pennsylvania artillery, I take especial satisfaction in commending for valuable services. Privates W. C. Wall, Jr., and John Aiken, Jr., are mentioned favorably by their regimental commander. Brigade-Surgeon S. R. Haven, Lieut. Silas Titus, and Daniel Lodor, Jr., Aids; Quartermaster J. S. Schultze, Commissary M. J. Green, and Samuel Wilkeson of the New-York Tribune, who volunteered his services, were constantly employed in the transmission and execution of orders involving great personal risk. Capt. Wm. H. Morris, Asst. Adj.-Gen., and Lieut. Charles R. Stirling, Aid, deserve particular mention for gallant conduct with the One Hundred and Second and Ninety-third Pennsylvania regiments, in the rapid and bold advance on the right. The horses of both officers were wounded. My horse fell with me after the third or fourth
Chief of my Staff, to attend to the forwarding of orders, etc. Shortly after I left, he received an order from the Commanding General to remain and keep him informed by telegraph of the progress of the battle; and thus I was deprived of his services in the battle. His services and those of Capt. Moses, Assistant Adjutant-General, were very arduous in attending to the wounded, who were all sent to my headquarters for transportation to the White House. When I arrived on the field, I met Samuel Wilkeson, Esq., of the New-York Tribune, I accepted his services as volunteer aid, and I wish to bear testimony to his gallantry and coolness during the battle. When the rebel reenforcements arrived, about five P. M., and our troops commenced to give way, he was conspicuous in the throng, aiding in rallying the men. The officers of my staff, who were with me at this critical moment, Dr. Milhau, the Medical Director of my corps, Lieuts. Morton and Deacon, were also quite active and efficient. L
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 6 (search)
I presume the project of sending me to take command has fallen through. I feel quite easy and indifferent to what course they may think proper to take. My conscience is clear. I have done my duty to the best of my ability, and shall continue to do so, regardless of newspaper abuse, and without any effort at reply thereto. A court of inquiry, at my request, has been appointed, with Hancock as President. The whole affair of the 30th will be ventilated. I had to-day a visit from Mr. Sam. Wilkeson, one of the editors of the Tribune, and one of my most bitter villifiers last spring. This individual called to make the amende honorable—to say he had been deceived, and to express the most friendly feelings for me. As I had never seen him before, but once on the field of Gettysburg, and had never exchanged a word with him, or given him any cause of offense, I received his apologies as if nothing had ever taken place, and he left me quite pleased. I hope the dear children will enj
ox, Alexander, I, 274. Wilcox, C. M., Gen., I, 287, 290-295; II, 69, 75, 88. Wilcox, O. B., II, 266, 346, 349. Wilderness, battle of, May 5-7. 1864, II, 194, 202. Wilkes, II, 147, 164. Wilkes, Charles, I, 234, 239, 240, 381. Wilkeson, Mr., I, 363. Wilkeson, Senator, II, 165, 169, 219. Wilkeson, B., II, 51. Wilkins, Wm., I, 350. Wilkinson, Senator, II, 174, 177, 178, 212. Willard, G. L., II, 87, 88. Willcox, Col., I, 232, 244. Willcox, Gen., I, 324. WillWilkeson, Senator, II, 165, 169, 219. Wilkeson, B., II, 51. Wilkins, Wm., I, 350. Wilkinson, Senator, II, 174, 177, 178, 212. Willard, G. L., II, 87, 88. Willcox, Col., I, 232, 244. Willcox, Gen., I, 324. Williams, A. S., I, 329; II, 55, 56, 64, 65, 88, 90, 91, 93, 95, 98, 163, 304, 409, 410, 415, 419, 422. Williams, J. M., II, 90, 91. Williams, John W., I, 266, 322, 356. Williams, Seth, I, 197, 299, 302, 308, 310, 337; II, 10, 15, 16, 17, 31, 37, 38, 40, 121, 123, 128, 163, 184, 304, 352, 382, 383, 387, 388, 393, 394, 413-415, 420, 422. Williams, W. G., I, 111, 112, 115, 117, 123, 135, 144, 209. Williamsport, Md., July, 1863, II, 134,140, 201, 363, 364, 366, 372. Willings, I, 9.