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Union Springs (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
danger, and more than once took the battle flag of the regiment from the color bearer, waved it aloft, and rushed in front of the command, but he didn't fail to boast about it next day. Dr. Moore complimented me by selecting me to deliver one number in his course of lectures, and I had busied myself writing a speech on True Courage, but the Sunday night I was to deliver it found us marching, and it was never heard. General Battle and Major R. H. Powell, of the Third Alabama, from Union Springs, were prominent members of our Christian Association. The disposition of a large majority of the men was religious, and I fully believe that the vast majority of those whose lives were lost had their noble souls translated to the realms of the hereafter, to live forever with the good and true. Music in the camp. Our Confederate soldiers had their hours of rest and relaxation, and sometimes music of various kinds was interspersed with their recreation hours. There were a few fiddl
Hamilton, Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
n in my regiment. Captain McNeely, my most intimate friend and mess-mate for the past two years, had the calf of his leg penetrated by a grape shot, and was disabled for the rest of the service. He spent the remainder of the the war at Talladega, drilling conscripts. Private P. W. Chappell, of Company F, was shot entirely through the body by a minie ball, but, in less then sixty days, reported again for duty. An immense number of prisoners were crowded into the cars and shipped from Hamilton's and Guinea's to Richmond. Some of these prisoners were rude; boisterous and violent. Many of them were foreigners whose language we did not understand. All seemed to know how to use oaths, and to indulge in profanity profusely. In the various battles, which we have fought to this time, we have had with us Carter's famous Virginia Battery of artillery, commanded first by Captain, now Colonel Thomas H. Carter, and lastly by his brother, Captain William Page Carter, now of Boyce, Virgi
Boonsboro (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
nto Maryland. It bore a conspicuous part at Boonsboro, and also at Sharpsburg, losing in these blole, of Morgan, promoted from Captain; killed Boonsboro. Colonel Samuel B. Pickens, of South Caroold Harbor. Corporal Alexander Porter, at Boonsboro. James Kearns, at Spotsylvania, May 11, 1Va. Jacob Mitchell and J. A. Mikles, at Boonsboro, Md. Captain John Rogers, at Spotsylvania, CGaines' Mills, Frazier's Farm, Malvern Hill, Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, Winchester, Wafter the death of Colonel Jones. Killed at Boonsboro. Captain J. H. Darwin. Promoted to captaim Harris, at Seven Pines. J. Hamilton, at Boonsboro. F. M. Hamilton, at Spotsylvania. Lud ent is given under the head of the Battle of Boonesboro. Company K, Tom Watts' Rebels, Macon coe anniversary of my memorable skirmish near Boonsboro, (South Mountain) Md. We are ordered to SummPotomac at Williamsport, and marched towards Boonsboro, halting five miles from Funkstown. General[2 more...]
Halltown (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
lly. July 4. Declaration of Independece day, but, as we had other business before us, we did not celebrate the day in the old time style. We marched through Halltown to Charlestown near the old field where that fanatical murderer and abolitionist, John Brown, was hung, and halted under a heavy cannonading at Bolivar Heights, us to walk over the town, but as we were on a frolic, resolved to see everything and dare everything, we heeded the danger very little. We returned to camp near Halltown. July 6. Rodes' and Ramseur's divisions crossed the Potomac at Shepherdstown, and marched through the famous town of Sharpsburg. Signs of the bloody battle ses. This course was in great contrast to that pursued by General Hunter when he caused the destruction of the residence of his cousin, Hon. Andrew Hunter, near Halltown, Va. Breckinridge is the very soul of honor, as are all our leading Generals. The meanest private in our army would not sanction the conduct of Milroy and Hunte
Robinson's River (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
up and we had to make up our flour, water and salt on oil cloths, and bake before the fire on our gun ramrods, sticks, rails, etc. And, after salting our beef, hung it on poles before the fire until cooked. We were all hungry and ate heartily of our beef and bread. Oct. 10. Continued our march through byroads and old fields, and new roads cut by the pioneer squads through the woods, until we came to the Sperryville turnkike, 11 miles from Culpeper C. H. Oct. 1. We waded across Robinson river, as it is called, and occupied an old camp of the 6th Yankee army corps. It was on a high, bleak hill, where the wind blew constantly and fiercely, and rendered our sleep very uncomfortable. Such cold winds eighteen months ago, would have caused colds, coughs and pneumonia, but now we are accustomed to rough weather and thin clothing. Battle of Warrenton Springs. October 12. At 2 P. M. we were aroused and started for the Rappahannock river. It was not a pleasure excursion. At
Chattanooga (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
te of the company, and commanded it until April, 1862, when he was elected lieutenant-colonel of the regiment and immediately resigned his commission and returned to Alabama. He was a teacher of fine reputation. He died on the 20th December, 1885. Captain William L. Meroney. He was promoted to succeed Captain Patterson, and resigned one year later and returned to Alabama and resumed his practice as a physician. He died in Comanche, Tex., in 1904. Captain Philip A. Brandon, of Chattanooga, Tenn., a very intelligent and faithful member of this company, has written an excellent pamphlet called the Muster Roll of Company E, 12th Alabama Regiment, and it is a souvenir of great interest and value, and should be in the hands, not only of every member of Company E, but of the 12th Alabama. Captain C. M. Thomason. He succeeded Captain Meroney, but resigned his commission and joined the Seventh Alabama cavalry. He was a teacher of note. Captain John Rogers was promoted captain o
Hanover Court House (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
sionally hear a comrade utter an exclamation as a stray bullet from the enemy pierced some part of his body and placed him hors du combat. And it was well that the men were kept standing, as I saw many of them walking first by the right flank and then by the left flank, and in profound sleep, wholly unconscious of what they were doing. These were hours that tried men's souls. The next day Grant's forces had disappeared from our front, and we were told that they were marching towards Hanover C. H. in an effort to flank Gen. Lee and get between him and Richmond. I walked over the famous salient, so much discussed by critics and historians, where General Edward Johnson and some of his troops were captured, and I saw the stump of a hickory tree, probably six inches in diameter, which is now in the museum of the Smithsonian Institute at Washington. The stump had been literally cut in two by the myriads of bullets that had pierced it, and the top of the tree was lying prone beside th
Lynchburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
ieved me beyond expression. There was no better officer in the entire army than he, very few as brave, skillful and thoroughly trained. His men regarded him as second only to General Lee, excelled by none other. Robert E. Rodes was born at Lynchburg, Va., and graduated at the Virginia Military Institute, served two years as assistant professor, and afterwards became chief engineer of the A. & C. R. R. of Alabama. He entered the army as captain of a company from Tuscaloosa, was elected Colone pain, though so quiet, take some refreshments, and tomorrow you shall have a better bed than this hard floor. I thanked her, drank some coffee, and inquired what she had heard of General Rodes. She told me his body had been saved and sent to Lynchburg. Many of my wounded comrades wept aloud and bitterly on learning for the first time the fate of their beloved commander. All seemed overcome with unaffected grief. General Goodwin of North Carolina, and Col. G. W. Patton were killed, and Gen
Rohrersville (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
ream, came before my mind and kept away sleep for a long while. The preservation of such an undesirable union of States is not worth the life of a single southerner, lost on that memorable battle field. Lieut. John Fletcher of my company, from Auburn, and Capt. Tucker of Co. D. commanding the 12th Alabama, were killed at Sharpsburg. Left the Antietam and marched through a mountainous country towards Harper's Ferry, where constant cannonading could be heard. Our brigade halted near Rohrersville, three miles from Crampton's Gap, and the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 12th and 61st Ala., of which the brigade was composed were sent in different directions to guard roads. The 12th Alabama was on picket all night, leaving outpost for the brigade at 3 o'clock P. M. Rodes' division was taken within a short distance of the Ferry, halted for an hour or two, and then marched across the mountain at Crampton's Gap, where Gen. Howell Cobb's brigade of Georgians fought in 1862, and where Lieut-Col. Jeff
Pike County (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 1.29
st 15th the roll of this company, including officers and men, contained one hundred names. About the 20th of July the company left Auburn for Richmond, and camped near the other companies of the regiment with which it was soon united, near the reservoir. Company K joined the other nine companies of the 12th Alabama at Camp Walker, near Centreville, Va., early in August. Dr. D. S. Patterson, a prominent citizen and druggist of Montgomery, Ala., carried a squad of this company from Pike county, reaching Virginia about the 15th of August. This company was named Tom Watts' Rebels after Attorney General T. H. Watts of President Davis' Cabinet, and later one of the war governors of Alabama, who assisted in procuring its organization and equipment. The following is a list of the officers: Captains: William H. C. Price, resigned after one year's service; D. H. Garrison, E. H. Rowell. First Lieutenants: W. S. Goodwyn, B. F. O'Neal, now an honored citizen of South Sulphur, T
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