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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.37 (search)
r waited to be rescued from the excavation, but finally making their way back without a bayonet thrust or a sword stroke. The accuracy of this is in keeping with his claim of four thousand prisoners, who actually numbered 1,101. He gives no credit to the men of the three brigades, who charged up this hill two hundred yards, and fought hand to hand, foot to foot, with bayonets and butts, pistols and swords, as desperately and daringly as ever recorded in the annals of war; and took from Burnside nineteen flags (Mahone 15, Saunders 3, Wright 1.) Then that voluminous Confederate Military History, in giving its account, leaves out entirely the charge of the Alabama brigade under the chivalrous Saunders. I shall always remember the splendid manner in which that glorious brigade did the final act which enabled General Lee to re-establish his line without interruption. Mahone's brigade had recaptured the works on the left up to the excavation, and I could look back and see the Alab
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
tive sides. In handing the communication to General Saunders, Captain Clark said: They are asking for a truce to bury their dead and remove their wounded. 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 the Potom 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 General R. B. Potter, who commanded. as he informed me, a Michigan division in Burnside's corps. He was exceedingly polite and affable, and extended to me his canteen with an ivitation to sample the contents, which I did and found in it nothing objectionable. He then handed mea good cigar, and for a time we smoked the pipe of pe
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.29 (search)
command in position at Edwards' Ferry prevented the advance of a large column of the enemy, which was intended to reinforce General Baker's command near Conrad's Ferry, then engaged in battle with our forces, is ample testimony to the great value of the service here rendered, and also to the modesty and valor of this noble Mississipian, whose fearless fighters, it will be remembered, at a later period in the war, by their tenacious contention upon the river banks at Fredericksburg, checked Burnside's advance until Lee was prepared to welcome and overwhelm him. The Richmond Howitzers. Major Robert Stiles, who was with the Howitzers, near Fort Evans, says in his Four Years Under Marse Robert: We felt peculiarly chagrined at not being able to fire even so much as one shot while the battle roared in the thicket. And again: We changed position several times during the action, in the vain hope of finding a point from which we might fire upon the enemy without imperilling our own men.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.33 (search)
Northern people, with tongue and pen, had compared him to the great Napoleon. Then it was Ambrose Burnside was put in command of the Army of the Potomac. A man whose zeal and ambition were consumch passes through so many hands. Nevertheless, three days after the date of this dispatch, General Burnside did fight the great battle of Fredericksburg, where he was overwhelmingly defeated. The Unin session when this battle was fought, held a long investigation to find out the causes of General Burnside's failure, and the readers of this paper, who desire to know the causes that conspired to defeat General Ambrose Burnside at Fredericksburg on the 13th day of December, 1862, should get the Congressional Record of that year, suffice it to say here, that the special committee to whom the casame Vol., page 1019). Then all was quiet along the Potomac—in fact, the signal defeat of General Burnside greatly enhanced the significance of the oft-repeated war-song, All is Quiet Along the Poto
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 34. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.35 (search)
The Virginia's great fight on water. From the Times-dispatch, December 23, 1906, and January 9, 1907. Her last challenge and why she was destroyed. Extracts from the account prepared and published by Mr. Joseph G. Fiveash, of Norfolk, Va., of the career of the Confederate gunboat Virginia, or Merrimac, the first iron-clad warship the world has ever known. The operations of General Burnside in North Carolina, in the rear of Norfolk, and the transfer of General McClellan's army from the neighborhood of Washington to the Virginia Peninsula, between the York and James rivers, in the spring of 1862, caused the Confederate authorities to determine to evacuate Norfolk and vicinity to prevent the capture of the 15,000 troops in that department. As early as March 26th the commandant of the navy-yard was confidentially informed of the intended action, and ordered to quietly prepare to send valuable machinery to the interior of North Carolina. The peremptory order of General Joseph
heard with great regret that your adventurous correspondent, "Bohemian," than whom I knew no more pleasant and accomplished writer and acquaintance, qualifies me to add, no more whole-souled and generous gentleman has fallen, along with so many others worthy a better fate, into the hands of the enemy. I will miss his letters in the Dispatch, which have always repaid the careful reading I gave them. I trust he will be able to induce a proper respect for non-combatants in the heart of Mr. Ambrose Burnside, and return once more to delight your readers. The Fingall, which has abandoned the idea of running the blockade, was to-day taken down to Fort Jackson, made a store-ship and the quarters of the gallant Commodore.--The crew left yesterday for Norfolk, on their way, via Fortress Monroe, to England. Can you inform us what especially good news lies perdu in Richmond that the Examiner declared a few days since would counterbalance our defeat at Fort Henry? We would like to know
sultation with Gen. Grant and my own officers here, I determined to retire until we could repair damages by bringing up a competent force from Cairo to attack the fort. I have sent the Tyler to the Tennessee river to render the railroad bridge impassable. A. H. Foote, Flag Officer, Com' Naval Force Western Division. The President thanks the army and Navy. Washington City, D. C., Feb. 15. --The President, Commander-in-Chief of the army and navy, returns thanks to Brig.-Gen. Burnside and Flag Officer Goldsborough, and to Brig.-Gen. Grant and Flag-Officer Foote, and the land and naval forces under their respective commands, for their gallant achievements in the capture of Fort Henry and Roanoke Island. While it will be no ordinary pleasure for him to acknowledge and reward, in becoming manner, the valor of the living, he also recognizes his duty to pay fitting honor to the memory of the gallant dead. The charge at Roanoke Island, like the bayonet charge at
aged — soldiers as Spies on the movements of citizens, Etc. The most interesting trial under Burnside's "death order" that has taken place is that of Hon. Clement L. Vallandigham, by court-martial,and officers of the army, as minions of the Administration. He said that he did not ask Gen. Ambrose Burnside whether he might speak there or not; that he was a freeman, and spoke when and where he uthority to speak to the people was higher than General Order No. 38 of that mobbing despot, Gen. Burnside. It was order No. I, signed by George Washington. Q.--Were not the three names of Tod, Lincoln, and Burnside used together, and that I didn't ask their consent to speak? A.--At another time he used these words. Q.--Were not the remarks you said I made about despising, spittin, I naturally noticed the topics which he discussed. Q.--Did you hear his allusions to General Burnside, and if so, what were they? A — The only allusion he made to the General was, I think,
The Vallandigham fund. --A fund is being raised in Ohio, called the Vallandigham fund. A lady enclosing a $50 subscription to Gov. Medary, of the Crisis, accompanies it with the following: "For refusing to speak by permission of and within the limits of Order No. 38, signed by Ambrose Burnside, and choosing to speak by authority, as he expressed it, of Order. No. 1, the Constitution of the United States, signed by George Washington, Mr. Vallandigham is banished from his home and country. We yet hope he may return and receive the highest honors of the Republic."
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