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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
d Light Artillery, who was in Washington City on business at the time of their arrival. He was already an enrolled member of a temporary homeguard in Washington, under Cassius M. Clay, which we shall consider presently, and was working with all his might for the salvation of the city. After exchanging greetings with his company at the Capitol, he hastened to Willard's Hotel to proclaim the news. In a letter to the writer, he says:--The first man I met as I entered the doors was Lieutenant-Colonel Magruder [who afterward abandoned his flag and was a General of the Confederate army]. I said, Colonel, have you heard the good news? What is it? he asked. I told him to step to the door. He did so. Pointing to the lights at the Capitol, I said, Do you see that? Yes, he answered, but what of that? Two thousand soldiers, I said, have marched in there this evening, Sir, armed with Minie rifles. Possible! so much! he exclaimed, in an excited manner. Of course what I told him wa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 21: beginning of the War in Southeastern Virginia. (search)
he Peninsula, who were commanded by Colonel J. Bankhead Magruder Magruder, who became a ConfederaMagruder, who became a Confederate general, was an infamous character. He was a lieutenant-colonel of the artillery in the Nationalcasions to attack the Union pickets. J. Bankhead Magruder. Major Winthrop, Butler's aid and mitered these positions, and was satisfied that Magruder was preparing to attempt the seizure of Newpor, page 77. (many of them cavalry), under Colonel Magruder, composed of Virginians and a North Carolrgents, and they were mistaken for a party of Magruder's men out-flanking the New Yorkers. Townsendiles, when they returned; and on the same day Magruder and his whole party withdrew to Yorktown. Thth Carolina, June 11, 1861; and Report of Colonel Magruder, June 12, and correspondence of the Richmlage escaped the conflagration lighted by General Magruder just after midnight on the 7th of August,few feet in width. We visited the remains of Magruder's redoubts and intrenchments, and of Big Beth