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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
at first, but that night one of Franklin's vedettes was shot near the woods that bordered the edge of the plain. On the following morning a considerable force of Confederates was seen, when Dana landed, and the Sixteenth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second New York, and the Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Pennsylvania, were ordered to drive from the woods what was supposed to be a body of scouts lurking there in front of a few Confederate regiments. They pushed into the forest and were met by Whiting's division and other troops, forming the rear-guard of Johnston's retreating forces, when a spirited engagement began, chiefly by Hood's Texas brigade and Hampton's (South Carolina) Legion, on the part of the Confederates. The contest was continued for three or four hours, when the cannon on the gun-boats, and batteries that were speedily landed, drove the foe from their shelter in the woods, and kept them at bay. In this encounter the Nationals lost one hundred and ninety-four men, mostly
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
more formidable operations were to be begun in the Shenandoah Valley, Lee sent Whiting's division in that direction, in a way that would be easily discovered by the mptly informed the Secretary of War June 18, 1863. of the rumored movement of Whiting, but on the same day, possessed of other information, he telegraphed to him thn, Jackson, A. P. Hill, D. H. Hill, Huger, Longstreet, Branch, Wise, Anderson, Whiting, Ripley, and Magruder. when it was resolved to begin the movement on McClellanhe Confederate line, to come up. The divisions of A. P. Hill, Anderson, and Whiting, formed the center. Longstreet was held back for the same purpose. The brunt kened by carnage. Finally, when Jackson, with the divisions of Longstreet and Whiting, made a furious assault upon the National left, Butterfield's gallant brigade,e, after ten o'clock. He formed his line with the divisions of Jackson, Ewell, Whiting, and D. H. Hill, on the left (a large portion of Ewell's in reserve), and thos
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
all as to what were the real powers of the Government, and especially of the President, under the Constitution, and the ablest jurists disagreed in opinion, Mr. William Whiting, a lawyer in extensive practice in Boston, wrote a most lucid and conclusive treatise on the subject, entitled, The War powers of the President and the Legiincipally written in the Spring of 1862, with the exception of the chapter on the operation of the Confiscation Act of July 17, 1862. This able treatise caused Mr. Whiting to be called into the service of the Government, as Solicitor to the War Department. It is proper to add that Mr. Whiting, whose sole desire in preparing the tMr. Whiting, whose sole desire in preparing the treatise and in responding to the call to Washington was to serve his country, remained there until the close of the war, steadily refusing all compensation for his services, or even the reimbursement of his expenses. His treatise and his name will ever hold a deservedly conspicuous place in the annals of the war; the first as an u
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
to do. Are you for it? If you are, so we are agreed. If you are not for it, a second way is to give up the Union. I am against this. If you are, you should say so plainly. If you are not for force, nor yet for dissolution, there only remains some imaginary compromise. I do not believe that any compromise, embracing the maintenance of the Union, Is now possible. Yet the President and Congress went steadily forward in the path of duty prescribed by the necessities of the hour. William Whiting, the able Solicitor of the War Department (see page 558, volume II.), in a letter to a convention of colored citizens at Poughkeepsie, New York, at the close of July, said: The policy of the Government is fixed and immovable. Abraham Lincoln takes no backward step. A man once made free by law cannot be again made a slave. The Government has no power, if it had the will, to do it. Omnipotence alone can re-enslave a freeman. Fear not the Administration will ever take the back track.
justice done us. . . . These men were enlisted either legally under the Act of July, 1861, and they should then be paid as soldiers, or illegally, and then they should be mustered out of the service. . . . Think of what the men do and suffer; think of their starving families. There is Sergeant Swails, a man who has fairly won promotion on the field of battle. While he was doing the work of government in the field, his wife and children were placed in the poorhouse. In a letter to Hon. Wm. Whiting, Solicitor of the War Department at Washington, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper wrote,— The question whether the men of the Fifty-fourth were legally enlisted into the service of the United States is about to be put before a court-martial here,—that is, a man of the regiment is to be tried by a court-martial for a military offence, and he will put in a plea in bar of trial, on the ground that he is not amenable to a court-martial because he is not a soldier; that he is not a soldier beca
Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865, Roster of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry. (search)
on, Anderson 26, mar.; boatman; Memphis, Tenn. 28 Apl 63; 20 Aug 65. Wounded 18 Jly 63 Ft Wagner. $50. Watson, Hezekiah Corpl, 18, sin.; quarryman; Mercersburg, Pa. 22 Apl 63; 20 Aug 65. Wounded 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. $50. Watt, Charles 19, sin.; shoemaker; Cincinnati, O. 28 Apl 63; 2 Jly 64 Black Id. S. C.; dis. Wounded 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner. $50. weeks, John 36, —— —— Rutland, Vt. 19 Dec 63; 20 Aug 65. —— Wentworth, William H. 23, —— —— Woodstock, Vt. 11 Nov 63; 20 Aug 65. —— Whiting, Alfred Sergt. 23, mar.; waiter; Carlisle, Pa. 22 Apl 63; wounded and captd 18 Jly 63; ex. 4 Mch 65 Goldsboro, N. C.; died 26 Je 65 Alexandria, Va. Typhoid Fever. Williams Edward H. 34, mar.; laborer; Gt Barrington. 30 Nov 63; 20 Aug 65. $325. Williams, Ezekiel 20, sin.; laborer; Harrisburg, Pa. 26 Apl 63; missing 18 Jly 63 Ft. Wagner; supposed died pris. $50. Williams, Henry B. 18, sin.; farmer; Chester Co. Pa. 22 Apl 63; missing 18 Jly 63 Ft Wagner; supposed die
C. Smith, Baltimore. Private, Co. I; roster says: Missing, and nothing further. Name in list of prisoners, June 13, 1864, at Charleston, S. C. Stanton, Charles. Private, Co. G, wounded; died a prisoner, in Feb., 1865, at Florence, S. C. States, Daniel. Private, Co. B, wounded; exchanged, March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, S. C.; returned to regiment, June 7, 1865. Thomas, George W. Private, Co. F; exchanged, March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C.; returned to regiment, May 8, 1865. Whiting, Alfred. Sergeant, Co. I, wounded; exchanged, March 4, 1865, at Goldsboro, N. C.; died, June 26, 1865, at Alexandria, Va., of typhoid fever. Williams, Charles. Private, Co. B; died a prisoner, in January 1865, at Florence, S. C. Wilson, Samuel R. Private, Co. B; roster says: Missing, supposed died prisoner, and nothing further. Name in list of prisoners, June 13, 1864, at Charleston, S. C. woods, Stewart W. Private, Co. I; exchanged; died, March 15, 1865, at General Hospital, Wi
Waterston, Mrs. R. C., 16. Way, C. H., 56. Webb, A. F., 111. Webster, Frederick H., 233, 237, 272, 318. Webster, Moses F., 291, 304. Weed, Harriet A., steamer, 41, 46. Weehawken, monitor, 46, 128, 140. Welch, Frank M., 296, 315, 317. Weld, William F., 15. Wesley, John, 45. Wessells, Henry W., 195. Whaley plantation, 285, Wheaton, John F., 167. White, Battery, 290. White, J. H., 293. White Point, S. C., 208. Whitemarsh Island, Ga., 158. Whitfield, sutler, 177. Whiting, William, 179. Whitney, Alonzo B., 255. Whitney, William L., Jr., 276, 291, 297, 302, 305, 314, 316, 317. Wild, Edward A., 24, 108. Wildt, E. A., 201, 212, 241, 242. Wilkins, James H., 164, 166, 168, 291, 298, 316. Willard (Mann), Samuel, 34, 54, 55, 56, 59, 61, 79, 81, 90, 133. Williams, C. P., mortar schooner, 52. Williams, George W., 283. Williams, James M., 1. Williams, Preston, 59. Williams, Seth, 287. Willoughby, R. H., 311. Wilmington, N. C., 289, 311. Wilson, Ezra, 10
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
personal responsibility in regard to it, so far as the Massachusetts regiments were concerned. He first protested against it to the Secretary of War; but, strange to say, Stanton obtained a legal opinion in justification of his order from William Whiting, the solicitor of the War Department. Governor Andrew then appealed to President Lincoln, who referred the case to Attorney-General Bates, and Bates, after examining the question, reported adversely to Solicitor Whiting and notified PresidenSolicitor Whiting and notified President Lincoln that the Government would be liable to an action for damages. The President accordingly referred this report to Stanton, who paid no attention whatever to it. Meanwhile the Massachusetts Legislature had passed an act to make good the deficiency of five dollars a month to the Massachusetts colored regiments, but the private soldiers, with a magnanimity that should never be forgotten, refused to accept from the State what they considered due them from the National Government. At l
r return to Washington in January, 1864 she becomes one of the Hospital visitors of the Sanitary Commission ten hospitals a week Remitting the soldiers' money and valuables to their families the service of Mr. And Mrs. Barker as lecturers and missionaries of the Sanitary Commission to the Aid Societies in the smaller cities and villages the distribution of supplies to the disbanding armies her report Mrs. Barker is a lady of great refinement and high culture, the sister of the Hon. William Whiting, late Attorney-General of Massachusetts, and the wife of the Rev. Stephen Barker, during the war, Chaplain of the First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. This regiment was organized in July, 1861, as the Fourteenth Massachusetts Infantry (but afterwards changed as above) under the command of Colonel William B. Green, of Boston, and was immediately ordered to Fort Albany, which was then an outpost of defense guarding the Long Bridge over the Potomac, near Washington. Having resolv
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