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John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., Jennings Wise: Captain of the Blues (search)
having communicated with a steamer sent down to Roanoke Island under a flag of truce. She brought up the bodies of Captain O. J. Wise, Lieutenant William Selden, and Captain Coles. Captain Wise was pierced by three balls, and Lieutenant Selden was sCaptain Wise was pierced by three balls, and Lieutenant Selden was shot through the head. The Yankees who saw Captain Wise during the fierce and unequal contest, declare that he displayed a gallantry and valour never surpassed. Alas, that he has fallen in a contest so unequal! But who has fallen more honourably, mCaptain Wise during the fierce and unequal contest, declare that he displayed a gallantry and valour never surpassed. Alas, that he has fallen in a contest so unequal! But who has fallen more honourably, more nobly? Young Selden, too, died at his gun, while gallantly fighting the enemy that had gathered in so superior numbers upon our shores. Last night, when the steamer arrived at Currituck, General Wise directed that the coffin containing the rGeneral Wise directed that the coffin containing the remains of his son be opened. Then, I learn from those who were present, a scene transpired that words cannot describe. The old hero bent over the body of his son, on whose pale face the full moon threw its light, kissed the cold brow many times, an
a volunteer with Hawkins's Zouaves. Lying down to receive a fire of grape from the Rebel batteries, part of the 51st New York, with Hawkins's Zouaves and the 21st Massachusetts, instantly rose and rushed over the Rebel breast-works, chasing out their defenders and following them in their retreat; securing, by their impetuosity, the capture of the larger number, as no time was given for their escape from the Island. Their loss in killed and wounded was but 55; but among the former were Capt. O. J. Wise, son of the General, and other valuable officers; while their loss in prisoners was not far from 2,700, including Cols. Shaw and Jordan, Lt.-Cols. Fowle and Price, Majors Hill, Yates, and Williamson. Our loss in the bombardment and assault was about 50 killed and 250 wounded. All the cannon, small arms, munitions, provisions, etc., on the Island, were among the spoils of victory. Com. Rowan, with 14 gunboats, was dispatched next evening up Albemarle Sound and Pasquotank river in pur
ed Savage's Station early this morning, and was ordered, with Longstreet and A. P. Hill, to follow immediately on the track of our army, while huger, supported by Magruder, pushed down on our right. McClellan, with perhaps a third of our army, had already emerged from the Swamp, upon the high, open ground near Malvern Hill; while Gen. Holmes, who had just brought part of a Rebel division across from the south side of James river to Richmond, moved down upon the river road, reenforced by Gen. Wise, with part of his brigade. Coming in sight of our advance near Malvern, he was about to open with his artillery, when he found that we were far too strong for him, and recoiled, awaiting the advance of Magruder to his aid. Jackson was to have deflected toward the Chickahominy, so as to gain our right flank and rear; but his advance was checked by the destruction of the bridge in his front; and on reaching, at noon, White Oak Swamp Bridge, he was confronted by Gen. Franklin, with Smith'
h at least as many more behind at call, Keyes moved up to Baltimore Crossroads, whence some 1,500 cavalry were sent forward to burn the Central Railroad bridge over the South Anna, which they effected. There was some skirmishing at various points, with the advantage oftener on the side of the enemy; the upshot of all being that Keyes retreated without a serious fight, and without having accomplished any thing worth the cost of the movement. As Richmond was defended by a single brigade under Wise, with such help as might be hastily summoned from points farther south or obtained from her officeholders and other exempts organized as militia, it seems obvious that a more determined leader, who would not have fallen back without knowing why, was badly needed. A spirited, resolute dash might have given us Richmond on the same day that Grant took possession of surrendered Vicksburg and Lee recoiled from Meade's unshaken front at Gettysburg. Gen. Buford, with his cavalry division, pushe
nded that his neighbors had intrusted him with the lives of their sons, and he could not leave them while the War lasted. He was but one among thousands animated by like motives; but none ever volunteered from purer impulses, or served with more unselfish devotion, than Peter A. Porter. Lewis O. Morris, and F. F. Wead; all of New York. Cols. Edward Pye, 95th N. Y., O. H. Morris, 66th N. Y., J. C. Drake, 112th N. Y., John McConihe, 169th N. Y., Edwin Schall, 51st Pa., and F. A. Haskell, 36th Wise. Brig.-Gen. R. O. Tyler was among the severely wounded. Brig.-Gen. Doles was the only Rebel officer of note reported as killed. Col. Lawrence M. Keitt, formerly a conspicuous M. C. from South Carolina, had fallen the day before. Our army had suffered terribly in this battle; but it had lost blood only. The fighting closed with our front advanced on several points and forced back on none; but Lee, overestimating the effects of our repulse on the morale of our men, and seeing that our h
munition. Schofield, lacking wagons and animals, was unable to pursue directly; but he had already dispatched 5,000 men to Morehead city to impel or strengthen an advance from Newbern on Goldsborough. Couch's and Cox's divisions were now ordered across the country to Kinston; but the lack of wagons delayed their movement till March 6; when they started under Couch, while Schofield went by sea to Morehead city, and thence by rail to Newbern; whence he reached, on the 8th, Cox's position at Wise's forks, near South-west creek, on his way to Goldsboroa. Cox had sent up two regiments under Col. Upham, 15th Conn., to seize and hold the crossing of the creek; but Hoke, who had ere this been reenforced by part of Cheatham's corps from the Tennessee, had that morning flanked and surprised Upham there; striking him suddenly in the rear, and capturing 700 of his men. Elated by this stroke, Hoke advanced on Schofield; attempting to bore in betwixt Carter's and Palmer's divisions, after th
ure of Selma and Montgomery, 719-720. Winchester, Va., Jackson defeated at, 135; Gen. Ewell takes, 371. Winslow, Capt. John, of the Kearsarge, engages the Alabama, and sinks her, 646-47. Winthrop, Gen. Fred., killed at Five Forks, 734. Wise, Gen. Henry A., at Roanoke Island, 74. Wise, Capt. O. J., killed at do., 76. Wolfe, Lt.-Col., killed at Richmond, Ky., 215. Wolford, Gen. Frank T., opposes Morgan, 404; pursues Pegram to Somerset, 427; repels Scott's cavalry, 428; is routWise, Capt. O. J., killed at do., 76. Wolfe, Lt.-Col., killed at Richmond, Ky., 215. Wolford, Gen. Frank T., opposes Morgan, 404; pursues Pegram to Somerset, 427; repels Scott's cavalry, 428; is routed at Philadelphia, Tenn., 431. Wood, Gen. T. J., wounded at Stone River, 276; at Chickamauga, 415; at Mission Ridge, 442; at Nashville, 654-6. Wood, Maj., brings off four guns from Maryland Heights, 200. Wood, Brig.-Gen. (Rebel), wounded, 221. Wood, Col. Jas., 136th N. Y., at Wauhatchie, 436. Woodward, Judge Geo. W:, on the conscription act, 488; beaten as candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 509. Wool, Gen. John E., at Fortress Monroe, 127; occupies Norfolk and Portsmouth
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 10: husband and wife. (search)
Chapter 10: husband and wife. Mrs. Brown, on her return to Philadelphia from Baltimore, wrote a letter to Governor Wise, asking for the bodies of her slain sons, and of her husband, after his execution. He sent her the orders for them, addressed to the Sheriff and the General in command. On Wednesday evening, Mrs. Brown, carrying these sad certificates, arrived at Harper's Ferry, under the escort of two gentlemen from Philadelphia. She intended to have gone to Charlestown with them, onf as their attorneys, for if it gets into the hands of attorneys, we do not know what will become of it. Subsequently he requested his wife to make a denial of the statement that had gained publicity, that he had said in his interview with Governor Wise that he had been actuated by feelings of revenge. He denied that he had ever made such statement, and wished his denial made known; and he denied further that any such base motives had ever been his incentive action. After this conversati
40, Welch 31, Coleman 27. No election. Mr. Wise. of Princess Anne, desired to know if this sq same to the Convention for its action. Mr. Wise, of Princess Anne, opposed the appointment ofs. Mr. Carlile withdraw his motion. Mr. Wise resumed his argument against the resolution. of Mr. Wise. Personal Explanations. Mr. Wise said he wished to detain the members for a shter at rest. He never dreamed of alluding to Mr. Wise as one of the rash and ill-advised persons. o remove Gov. Letcher from office, and to put Mr. Wise in his place; that the fact had been telegrapic, and there was no doubt of its truth. Mr. Wise, after reading the letter, and a note from Mr except as one of the rumors of the day. Mr. Wise replied that he had trouble enough in tng that position during the John Brown raid. Mr. Wise thanked God that, in times like these, he wasof rashness without calculation. In closing, Mr. Wise said that if this Commonwealth ever submitted[11 more...]
The Convention The organization of this body was completed yesterday. Mr. W. J. Leake, of Goochland, was elected second Doorkeeper after an animated contest, and Capt. W. M. Elliott, of the Richmond Whig, Printer, without opposition. The Convention resolved to give a formal reception to the Commissioners from South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi, on Monday next. A Committee on Elections and another on Federal Relations were provided for by resolutions, and some other preliminary business was transacted. A resolution, calling on the Commissioners to the Peace Conference for information as to the prospect of an acceptable adjustment of difficulties, lies over until to-day. A personal explanation between Messrs, Wise and Stuart, which will be found in the report, terminated the proceedings of the day.
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