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ne hand, the failure of cavalry in recent European wars to achieve success has been made use of by one class of critics, who hold that the cavalry has had its day ; that the improved rifle has made cavalry charges impracticable ; that it has degenerated into mere mounted infantry, and that its value as an arm of service has been greatly impaired. On the other hand it is held by the principal cavalry leaders who have seen service in the field — Field-Marshal Lord Roberts, Generals French, Hamilton, and Baden-Powell (of Boer War fame), De Negrier and Langlois of France, and Von Bernhardi of Germany, and others, (1) that while the method of using modern cavalry has changed, the arm itself is more important in war than ever; (2) that its scope is broadened; (3) that its duties require a higher order of intelligence and training of its personnel — officers and men, and (4), above all, that it is quite possible to turn out a modern horse-soldier, armed with saber and rifle, who will be eq
James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), Naval actions along the shore (search)
hich distinguished itself at Roanoke Island. An old converted ferryboat, she was on the advance line of the action of February 10, 1862, when the signal for a dash at the Confederate gunboats was given. She pursued and captured the Sea Bird, the flagship of Captain Lynch, C. S. N., upon that occasion, making prisoners of nearly all her officers and crew. On July 9, 1862, she led two other frail gunboats up the Roanoke River on a reconnaissance. Commander Flusser's orders were to go to Hamilton; and despite the fact that the river banks were lined with sharpshooters, he braved their fire for ten hours, reached his destination, took possession of the Confederate steamer Nelson, and returned with his prize. Flusser in the old Perry achieved a brilliant record on the shallow Carolina waters, where he finally lost his life. A plucky light-draft The navy ashore — crew of the foster with howitzers The gunboat Massasoit While the Federals with both army and navy closed in
culture in the larger cities of the Confederacy were splendidly equipped at the outset of the war. Captain Alexander Duncan of the Georgia Hussars, of Savannah, is authority for the statement that the regiment spent $26,000 on its initial outfit. He also adds that at the close of the war the uniforms of this company would have brought about twenty-five cents. upon them to furnish their quota of troops to coerce the seceded States back into the Union. Even the strongest Federalists, like Hamilton, had, in the discussions in the Constitutional Convention, utterly repudiated and condemned the coercion of a State. It was not strange, then, that the summons to take up arms and march against their Southern brethren, aroused deep indignation in these States, and instantly transformed them into secession states. But for that proclamation, the Southern army would not have been much more than half its size, and would have missed its greatest leaders. A glance at its personnel will perha
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.51 (search)
ties to be forwarded who have escaped into Canada and who are anxious to rejoin the army. As these will generally consist of brave and enterprising men, I am trying to make some permanent arrangement to furnish them in the most economical way with the necessary means. For this purpose I propose to leave as much as five thousand dollars in the hands of B. Weir & Co., to carry interest until used, to defray these expenses; and to employ discreet and responsible persons in Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Saint Catherine, Windsor, and other points likely to be reached by our men, whose interest in the cause will induce them to take the requisite precautions to prevent imposition and to advance the price of transportation until reimbursed by Mr. Weir. Experience has shown us that our escaped prisoners are too improvident in general to be entrusted with money, and I am organizing a system by which tickets for transportation and necessary board to Halifax can be furnished them by our agents.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Our fallen heroes: an address delivered by Hon. A. M. Keiley, of Richmond, on Memorial day, at Loudon park, near Baltimore, June 5, 1879. (search)
assionately denounced the patriotic women of New York. At the base of every statue which gratitude has erected to patriotism in America, you will find rebel written. The springing shaft at Bunker Hill, the modest slab which tells where Warren fell, the monument which has given your fair city its proudest title, the fortresses which line our coast, the name of our country capital, the very streets of our cities — all proclaim America's boundless debt to Rebels--not only to rebels who, like Hamilton and Warren, gave their first love and service to the young republic;: but rebels who, like Franklin and Washington, broke their oath of allegiance to become rebels. It was a rebellion that gave England her Great Charter, habeas corpus, her constitutional form, her parlimentary government. It was a rebellion which, after a hundred years of fierce unrest, has blossomed in our own day upon the soil of France into a republic, which every well-wisher of liberty must pray may be perpetual It
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Confederate flag. (search)
s, many or few, red or blue. Instead of the Stars and Stripes, let us have the Stars and Bars. The colors of the new flag would be chiefly white and red with as little as possible of the Yankee blue. The heraldic significance of these colors is deemed especially appropriate for the Confederate States--the white (argent) being emblematic of purity and innocence, and the red (gules) of fortitude and courage. In the adoption of ensigns by various nations of the world, it is noticed by Captain Hamilton, in the history of the United States flag, that they generally imitate the ensigns of the nations from which they sprung. This rule is complied with in the flag as proposed, for our people are chiefly descended from the British and French, and we get the union and cross of Saint Andrew from the former and the red bar from the flag of the latter nation, while the idea of having stars to represent the States respectively is taken from the flag of the old Union, mainly founded by our fore
William Boynton, Sherman's Historical Raid, Chapter 4: (search)
e of about five thousand men, and had some skirmishing with rebel pickets. This morning the fight was resumed by General Rosecrans, who was nearest to the town, but it was found that the enemy had been evacuating during the night, going south. Hamilton and Stanley, with the cavalry, are in full pursuit. This will, no doubt, break up the enemy, and possibly force them to abandon much of their artillery. The loss on either side in killed and wounded is from four to five hundred. The enemyition until Van Dorn could come up on the south-west of Corinth and make a simultaneous attack, they were defeated in that. Our only defeat was in not capturing the entire army, or in destroying it, as I had hoped to do. It was a part of General Hamilton's command that did the fighting, directed entirely by that cool and deserving officer. I commend him to the President for acknowledgment for his services. * * * * I can not close this report without paying a tribute to all the officers an
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 14: fall of 1862 (search)
lans as the moment of execution drew near. Franklin had been informed that Burnside would give the final order which should put his force in motion. About 7 A. M. on the 13th an order came, but it was not at all the order expected. It made no reference to the plans of the day before, but ordered Franklin to keep his whole command in position for a rapid movement down the old Richmond road. Then he was to send out, at once, a division, at least, to seize, if possible, the height near Capt. Hamilton's on this side of the Massaponax, taking care to keep it well supported and its line of retreat open. The order went on to tell Franklin what Sumner was to be doing at the same time. He was also to send a division or more up the Plank road to its intersection with the Telegraph road, where they will divide with the view of seizing the heights on both of these roads. Then the order set forth what he hoped to accomplish. Holding these two heights, he hopes will compel the enemy to ev
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 4 (search)
ll) saw the whole battle. He says they were whipped the first day, and if we had only pressed them the second day they would have retreated. We are in a beautiful country, the valley of the Catoctin Creek, between Leesburg and Winchester. We do not hear much about the enemy. Tell Sergeant Son of General Meade. to get you Lord's map of the state of Virginia, it gives a fair description and idea of localities. For instance, we are not far from Waterford now, and we expect to be near Hamilton to-night. camp near Purcellville, Va., November 3, 1862. We yesterday moved to this place, which for a time placed us in the advance, but to-day Burnside has gone ahead of us, and I presume to-morrow we shall push on again. It appears the enemy are still either in the Valley of the Shenandoah or are manoeuvring to make us believe so. To-day their cavalry in large force, with artillery, have been disputing the advance of our cavalry, and I understand this afternoon they displayed infan
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Virginia Volunteers. (search)
Big Springs and Hillsboro May 16. Waterford May 17. Near Wheatland June 10. Mosby's attack on Point of Rocks July 4. Near Middletown July 7. Solomon's Gap July 7. Frederick July 8. Monocacy July 9. Leesburg August 21. Hamilton August 21. Duty in Military District of Harper's Ferry till March, 1865. Adamstown October 14, 1864. Leesburg November 28. Paxton's Store, Hillsboro, December 1. Expedition into Loudoun County, Va., March 20-25, 1865. Purcellsve 10. Mosby's attack on Point of Rocks July 4. Near Middletown July 7. Solomon's Gap July 7. Frederick July 8. Monocacy July 9. Leesburg August 21. Hamilton August 21. Duty in Military District of Harper's Ferry till March, 1865. Adamstown October 14, 1864. Leesburg November 28. Paxton's Store, Hillsboro, December 1. Expedition into Loudoun County, Va., March 20-25, 1865. Purcellsville and Hamilton March 21. Mustered out at Bolivar, W. Va., May 31, 1865.
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