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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade at Fredericksburg. (search)
ried with all speed towards Rapidan station. Burnside bad moved from Warrenton, destined for Richmoh cannot be matched by precedent. What General Burnside expected to accomplish by taking up positurrounding country by the 10th of the month. Burnside, however, made strong demonstrations above anto each point a part of General Lee's force. Burnside evidently expected to surprise General Lee atonfederates could not prevent the crossing of Burnside's army, but what they could do and did do, afifle pits. It was the evident purpose of General Burnside to make his main attack on the city. Majing the night. About 10 o'clock of the 11th, Burnside, annoyed because a few skirmishers were able ifle pits and hiding places. Assuredly General Burnside knew the wide destruction which would fol a savage act, unworthy of civilized war. But Burnside concentrated 200 cannon on the city. Suddenlf some kind. Under cover of the bombardment, Burnside undertook to renew his efforts to complete th[1 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Brilliant Page in history of War. From the Birmingham age-herald, February 4, 1906. (search)
ng this communication to General Saunders, Captain Clark said: They are asking for a truce to bury their dead and remove their wounded. Terms agreed on. The communication was forwarded to the proper authorities, and proved to be from General Burnside, who commanded the Federal troops in front; but, not being in accordance with the usages and civilities of war, it was promptly returned, with the information that whenever a like request came from the general commanding the Army of Northernr, mingled, chatted, and exchanged courtesies, as though they had not sought in desperate effort to take each other's lives but an hour before. During the truce I met Gen. R. B. Potter, who commanded, as he informed me, a Michigan division in Burnside's corps. He was extremely polite and affable, and extended to me his canteen with an invitation to sample its contents, which I did, and found it containing nothing objectionable. He then handed me a good cigar and for a time we smoked the pip
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.34 (search)
ered the army, I was in the field and in forts exposed to danger, risking my life for a cause I thought was right. With the same lights before me, I would do the same thing again, and have never regretted what I did then. Ordered to evacuate. During the last year of the war, in 1864, I was in Petersburg, Va., and had command of the artillery on the north side of the Appomattox river, sharing in the fighting on the lines and in the trenches, the roughest of which was the explosion of Burnside's mine. In the spring (in March) when an assault was made by night on the Union lines we were actively engaged, and from that time until the order came to evacuate Petersburg we were almost daily engaged. This order to evacuate was not unexpected. I knew our line had been much weakened in order to meet the Union forces. On our extreme right the railroad had been cut. The order to evacuate came about 9 o'clock on the 2nd of April, and by 12 o'clock that night we had withdrawn and stood u
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.45 (search)
d on the plane. General Hoke had well held the enemy to its defences on the western side, but by the success of Ransom, its lines were untenable, and all of the enemy who had not been captured retired to Fort Williams. This stronghold continued the struggle a few hours longer, and then surrendered, making the Confederate victory complete. It was the fortune of the writer to occupy a place in the line which defended Marye's Hill at Fredericksburg, and to witness the repeated onsets of Burnside's thousands against that strong position. Well does he remember how Meigher's celebrated brigade from New York, selecting a somewhat different point of attack, and advancing in column under cover of some buildings, sought by a rush to penetrate our lines only to recoil wellnigh destroyed by the blow which it received. But not upon the famous field of Fredericksburg did he see anything which surpassed the conduct of Ransom's Brigade at Plymouth. Indeed, the late Colonel Duncan K. McRae, o