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James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: Fleshing the sword. (search)
t Montgomery should be arrested. At this time one of Montgomery's men stopped a messenger from Fort Scott, and found a letter on his person addressed to the Governor. Montgomery opened it, found an account of the plans laid for his arrest, and then enclosed in it a note to Denver, in which he stated that if the Governor wanted him, he had only to do justice to the Free State men, and recall the troops from Fort Scott. This double letter was then forwarded to Lecompton! About this time Hamilton marched into the Territory at the head of twenty-five men, and committed the hideous massacre of the Marais-des-Cygnes. This act aroused the most terrible passions. The whole Free State population took up arms. It needed only a leader and a provocation to create a revolution. The leader was there — the troops were coming. But, alarmed by these symptoms of a rebellion, Governor Denver recalled the soldiery; and, accompanied by a prominent Free State politician, went down and made a tre
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 4: Exodus. (search)
g Post, Kansas, January, 1859. Gentlemen: You will greatly oblige a humble friend by allowing the use of your columns while I briefly state two parallels, in my poor way. Not one year ago, eleven quiet citizens of this neighborhood, viz.: William Robertson, William Colpetzer, Amos Hall, Austin Hall, John Campbell, Asa Snyder, Thomas Stilwell, William Hairgrove, Asa Hairgrove, Patrick Ross, and B. L. Reed, were gathered up from their work and their homes by an armed force under one Hamilton, and without trial or opportunity to speak in their own defence, were formed into line, and all but one shot--five killed and five wounded. One fell unharmed, pretending to be dead. All were left for dead. The only crime charged against them was that of being Free State men. Now, I inquire, what action has ever, since the occurrence in May last, been taken by either the President of the United States, the Governor of Missouri, the Governor of Kansas, or any of their tools, or by any pro-s
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 12: General George B. McClellan and the organization of the army of the Potomac (search)
deour highest grade, except by special Act of Congress, was that of major general. McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, and Banks were the first five army corps commanders. A few days later Banks's command was differently designated and a fifth corps was given to Fitz John Porter, a sixth to Franklin. McDowell had for division commanders at first Franklin, McCall, and King; Sumner-Richardson, Sedgwick, and Bleriker. Heintzelman's division commanders were Fitz John Porter, Hooker, and Hamilton; Keyes's were Couch, W. F. Smith, and Casey; and Banks's, Williams and Shields. But I am anticipating the order of events. Possibly the Army of the Potomac thus formed and located might have remained sheltered along the Virginia Heights free from trials by combat or battle during the important time of incubation and growth had it not been for the Confederates. General Johnston at Centreville, Va., though disposed himself to stand mainly on the defensive, still had a teasing way of let
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
would have drunk it even to the very dregs. It was on the twenty-first day of October that an order, issuing from General Banks, to hold ourselves in readiness, with five days rations, cooked and uncooked, and to report for orders to Brigadier-General Hamilton commanding the Second Brigade, was followed within a short time by a note from that officer to move at once without baggage, leaving a guard to come on with tents, baggage, rations, etc. You will take the lead; the other regiments will tter to me that Stone was in Leesburg, with very little fighting. At five o'clock P. M., news of Colonel Baker's death was conveyed to General Stone; the news of the disaster soon followed. Instructions delivered on the road from Stone met General Hamilton: these were, to repair to Conrad's Ferry, and there dispose of his force so as to protect Harrison's Island. The rain poured piteously upon us all day of the 22d, as all day fugitives and wounded came into our lines. Parts of three regim
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
force was as follows: We had the brigades that wintered with us at Frederick, commanded by Generals Hamilton, Williams, and Abercrombie. This force was increased by the division formerly commanded be moved from Hancock through Martinsburg to Bunker Hill (our old position under Patterson); General Hamilton passing through Charlestown stopped at Smithfield, midway between Charlestown and Bunker Hito Winchester, about ten and one half miles. General Williams was only fourteen miles away, and Hamilton about the same. On the morning of the tenth of March, General —, at 7 o'clock, started with hiat so largely entered into the year of 1862. We were to be no more to General Abercrombie. General Hamilton was, by order of General McClellan, transferred to another corps in his army, and my regiment sent to the brigade lately commanded by Hamilton. As senior colonel, I thus became the commander of a brigade which, then for the first time united, remained unbroken during the remainder of the w
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
ferred to a more active field. A reply to this letter, received after Jackson had driven our regiment out of the valley, declared that the exigencies of the service required thewriters to remain at Strasburg (within the valley). Major Scott, of Colonel Murphy's Twenty-ninth Pennsylvania Regiment, suppressed his perturbed spirits and spent much of his pay in presents as testimonials to officers who met his approbation. Not content with having given superb swords to Generals Banks and Hamilton and to Major Copeland, the former's assistant adjutant-general, he now bent his energies towards a gift for the colonel of the Second Massachusetts, his then brigade commander; which, alas! never came to fruition, for Jackson soon made us think of other things. But we were acting without foreknowledge, and so gathered such comforts as were at hand. Peggy, my faithful negro woman, duly installed as cook, gave more satisfaction for money paid than had any of our compromises. Following on
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
131. Goodwin, Captain, of the Second Mass. Regiment, 13. Is sick at Little Washington, 277. Killed in the battle of Cedar Mountain, 311, 332. Gorman, General, Federal officer in Civil War, 113, 116. Gould, Major, historian of the Tenth Maine Regiment, 301, 302 (and notes), 316 (note), 349. Grafton, Lieutenant, 219. Greene, George S., commands a brigade under Banks, 226, 257. H Hall and Lounsburg, telegraph operators, who saved a bridge from destruction, 172 (note). Hamilton, General, commands Federal troops in Civil War, 62, 113, 114. Hardy, Captain, 76. Hatch, General, commander of Federal Cavalry, 162. Forms the rearguard in Banks's retreat from Strasburg, 201. Is met by Stonewall Jackson at Middletown (Va.), and fights an unequal battle, 209, 210. Retreats towards Strasburg, and fights again, and then makes his escape, 211; enumeration of his forces in this battle, 211 (note),--and what became of them, 212. He reaches Newtown, and confers with Ge
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 23: period of reconstruction (search)
d from office, not only because he was not guilty of the high crimes and misdemeanors with which he was charged, but because his removal for differing with his party on a novel question of constitutional procedure would have set a precedent by which the independence of the chief executive might have been destroyed, while the character of the government itself would have been so changed as to become more like the revolutionary governments of Latin America than that established by Washington, Hamilton, and Marshall. See, Dewitt, Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson. From this time forth it may be truthfully said that Dana was the Sun, and the Sun Dana. He was the sole arbiter of its policy, and it was his constant practice to supervise every editorial contribution that came in while he was on duty. The editorial page was absolutely his, whether he wrote a line of it or not, and he gave it the characteristic compactness of form and directness of statement which were ever after
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 6: removal to Brunswick, 1850-1852. (search)
slavery forever. No stronger utterances against this national sin are to be found anywhere than in the letters and published writings of Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, and Patrick Henry. Jefferson encountered difficulties greater than he could overcome, and after vain wrestlings the words that broke from him, I tremble fa general emancipation grew more and more dim . . . he did all that he could by bequeathing freedom to his own slaves. Bancroft's funeral oration on Lincoln. Hamilton was one of the founders of the Manumission Society, the object of which was the abolition of slaves in the State of New York. Patrick Henry, speaking of slaveryrinciples of the gospel applied to the burning question of negro slavery. It sets forth those principles of the Declaration of Independence that made Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, and Patrick Henry anti-slavery men; not in the language of the philosopher, but in a series of pictures. Mrs. Stowe spoke to the understanding and
of Litchfield home, 35; on school life in Hartford, 41. Granville, Lord, 233. Gray's Elegy, visit to scene of, 236. Guiccioli, Countess, Recollections of Lord Byron, 446. H. Hall, Judge, James, 68, 69. Hallam, Arthur Henry, 235. Hamilton and Manumission Society, 141. Harper & Brothers reprint Guiccioli's Recollections of Byron, 446. Hartford, H. B. S. goes to school at, 21; the Stowes make their home at, 373. Harvey, a phantom, 430. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 353; letter Skinner, Dr., 57. Slave, aiding a fugitive, 93. Slave-holding States on English address, 378; intensity of conflict in, 379. Slavery, H. B. S.'s first notice of, 71; anti-slavery agitation, 81; deathknell of, 141; Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, and Patrick Henry on, 141; growth of, 142; resume of its history, 143; responsibility of church for, 151; Lord Carlisle's opinion on, 164; moral effect of, 165; sacrilege of, 193; its past and future, 194; its injustice, 255; its death-blow; 37
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