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lities which could not fail to draw the eyes of his commanders upon him. The outline which has been given of his share in the battles, is sustained by the following passages from the official reports of the Commander-in-Chief, Generals Pillow and Worth, and his own captain. The first says:-- To the north, and at the base of the mound (Chapultepec), inaccessible on that side, the 11th Infantry, under Lieut.-Colonel Herbert, and the 14th under Colonel Tronsdale, and Captain Magruder's field-s battery, one section of which was served with great gallantry by himself, and the other by his brave Lieutenant Jackson, in the face of a galling fire from the enemy's position, did invaluable service preparatory to the general assault. General Worth, though commanding a different division of troops, gives the following tribute:-- After advancing some four hundred yards, we came to a battery which had been assailed by a portion of Magruder's field-guns, particularly the section unde
John Bankhead Magruder (search for this): chapter 4
l. It was in this assault that Captain John Bankhead Magruder, commanding a light field-battery,d, and the enemy retired nearer the city. To Magruder's battery was assigned an important post in f battery; which he so handled, as to win from Magruder, the following commendation in his report:--ISeptember 13th. Major-General Pillow, to whom Magruder's battery was assigned, was directed to attaccircuit beyond Pillow, and assail the north. Magruder was ordered by his general to divide his battxican batteries. When the detachment, which Magruder supported with the section under his immediatby the rapid and unerring fire of Jackson and Magruder. By this time the storming parties had piand the 14th under Colonel Tronsdale, and Captain Magruder's field-battery, 1st Artillery (one sectined his guns upon his retreating forces. Captain Magruder's battery, one section of which was servesingular coincidence, that this report of Captain Magruder was addressed immediately to one who has [4 more...]
the paradigms of the language from it; and by the help of reading and constant conversation with the people, became in a few months a good Spanish scholar. It was an amusing trait of his character that he appeared afterwards proud of this accomplishment, and fond of exercising it, so far as his modest nature could be said to make any manifestation of pride. He ever took pleasure in testifying to the cultivation, hospitality, and flowing courtesy of the Spanish gentry in Mexico; and, like Napier, among their kindred in their mother-country, acknowledged the fascination of their accomplished manners, and their noble and sonorous tongue, and the indescribable grace and beauty of their women. Having formed the acquaintance of some educated ecclesiastics of the Romish Church (probably of the order of Canons), he went, by their invitation, to reside with them. He found their bachelor abode the perfection of luxurious comfort. Upon awaking in the morning, the servants brought him, befo
Tom Jackson (search for this): chapter 4
r the city, without a single casualty. Young Jackson often referred to this as a spectacle more gr, after a heavy bombardment. In this service Jackson, who had on March 3d received the commission dation in his report:--In a few moments, Lieutenant Jackson, commanding the second section of the baicans were again victorious. In this affair, Jackson had no other part than to protect the flank o battery, and send one section forward, under Jackson, towards the northwest angle, while he assailwn friends, he proceeded to the front to join Jackson. The latter had been pushed forward by Colonhis battery by the rapid and unerring fire of Jackson and Magruder. By this time the storming pe consumed many minutes. The eager spirit of Jackson suggested the attachment of his guns to the lst Artillery (one section advanced under Lieutenant Jackson), all of Pillow's division, had at the sFor his conduct in the battle of Chapultepec, Jackson received the brevet rank of Major. To this h[14 more...]
Winfield Scott (search for this): chapter 4
ine of advance, by the great National Road. General Winfield Scott, who had been sent out as commander-in-chiedred and thirty miles north of Vera Cruz, where General Scott was also assembling his reinforcements. Young Jcans (now masters of Vera Cruz) on the capital. General Scott having set out for the interior on April 12th, hohnston of the cavalry received a severe wound), General Scott determined to adopt a plan of assault suggested everal thousand prisoners; and the victory opened to Scott the town of Jalapa, the powerful fortress of Perote,peedily became one of his favorite officers. General Scott, after remaining at La Puebla to rearrange and r After heavy skirmishing on the 19th of August, General Scott turned the hill of Contreras by a night march, atack its west side, while Worth, the most skilful of Scott's lieutenants, was to march by a circuit beyond Pilln armistice was concluded for two months between General Scott and the Mexican authorities; and on May 26th, a
Lieutenant Johnstone, kept up the fire with great briskness and effect. His conduct was equally conspicuous during the whole day, and I cannot too highly commend him to the Major-General's favorable consideration. In reward for his gallantry this day, he was honored with the brevet rank of captain of artillery; and his actual rank in the company was henceforth that of first lieutenant. On the 8th of September, a fierce combat was fought at a point still nearer the city, called Molino del Rey, in which the Americans were again victorious. In this affair, Jackson had no other part than to protect the flank of the force engaged, from the insults of the Mexican cavalry, which he accomplished by a few welldirected shots. One more obstacle remained between the victors and their prize; but this was the most formidable of all. The Castle of Chapultepec, at first perhaps a monastery, was built upon an insulated and lofty hill overlooking the plain which extended up to the gates of t
Resaca De la Palma (search for this): chapter 4
Chapter 3: in Mexico. The war of the United States against Mexico, beginning with the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma in Western Texas, had rolled its waves, under General Zachary Taylor, up the Rio Grande, and into the province of New Leon. Monterey was occupied after a sanguinary victory, and the advanced forces had proceeded as far as Saltillo. But it was apparent, at the end of 1846, that successes on this line of operations would never bring peace, because it could only away from it, it was condemned to inactivity, and a partial disaster could compel its surrender. But the rapid manceuvring of the light artillery in action was then a new feature in American warfare. Its brilliant results at Palo Alto, at Resaca de la Palma, at Buena Vista, had delighted General Taylor, and electrified the country. Jackson foresaw that this arm of warfare was henceforth destined to be used in every battle, and to be always thrust forward to the post of danger and of honor. T
Joseph E. Johnston (search for this): chapter 4
reorganized and recruited his forces, to resist the advance of the Americans (now masters of Vera Cruz) on the capital. General Scott having set out for the interior on April 12th, he prepared himself for battle on the strong position of Cerro Gordo, a few miles east of Jalapa, crowning a line of precipitous hills with barricades and field-works ranging along, and commanding the great highway. After a reconnoissance effected by Captain Robert E. Lee of the Engineers (in which Lieut.-Col. Joseph E. Johnston of the cavalry received a severe wound), General Scott determined to adopt a plan of assault suggested by the former officer. This was to threaten the whole front of the enemy, but to direct the main attack against a hill at the western extremity of his position; because this post, if once seized by the Americans, commanded the only line of retreat for the discomfited Mexicans, as completely as, they supposed, their position commanded the great road. This vital attack was confi
Christian (search for this): chapter 4
they may bear always two phases of meaning; the one more decided and gross, the other more akin to the evangelical truth. When, for instance, Rome requires her teachers to say that, in the sinner's justification, the meritorious cause is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, while the formal cause is the personal holiness inwrought by the grace of the gospel in the Christian's soul; the words in the hands of a Jansenist, may be made almost to mean that precious truth which every evangelical Christian, in every church, embraces in substance, that our acceptance before God is only in the merits of the Redeemer; while, in the hands of a self-righteous Jesuit, they will teach essentially a Pharisaic dependence on our own observances. So the doctrine of peD ance and absolution, in the instruction of the former, will be made to mean little more than that the minister of God's church is commissioned to publish'therein His mercy to the truly penitent soul; while, in the teachings of the latt
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ldier, then is he entitled to the distinction which their possession confers. I have been ably seconded in all the operations of the battery by him; and upon this occasion, when circumstances placed him in command fer a short time of an independent section, he proved himself eminently worthy of it. It is a singular coincidence, that this report of Captain Magruder was addressed immediately to one who has since had disastrous occasion to verify its correctness. It was received by Captain Joe Hooker, then acting as adjutant to General Pillow, afterwards a Major-General in the Federal army, and Commander at Chancellorsville. For his conduct in the battle of Chapultepec, Jackson received the brevet rank of Major. To this he had risen, purely by the force of his merit, within seven months, from the insignificant position of brevet second lieutenant. No other officer in the whole army in Mexico was promoted so often for meritorious conduct, or made so great a stride in rank. If
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