Illustrations of Thompson's poem: taken during the battle of May 3, 1863.These two views, the lower being the right half of the panorama, are a truly remarkable illustration of Thompson's lines. ‘Taken during the battle of May 3, 1863’ is the legend written on the print by the Government photographer, Captain A. J. Russell. In the early morning of that day, Gibbon had encrimsoned the stream at this point in crossing the river to cooperate with Sedgwick to attack the Confederate positions on the heights of Fredericksburg. When this picture was taken, Sedgwick was some nine miles away, fighting desperately along a crest near Salem Chapel, from which he was at length driven slowly back through the woods. Sedgwick held his ground through the next day; but on the night of May 4th he recrossed the Rappahannock, this time above Fredericksburg, while the Confederate batteries shelled the bridges over which his troops were marching. The waters were indeed ‘crimsoned by battle's recent slaughters.’ To the right in the lower half of the panorama are the stone piers of the bridge in the telephoto picture on the next page.
‘Where Rappahannock's waters ran deeply crimsoned’
Panorama (with picture above) of Fredericksburg from lacy house
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Table of Contents:
Introduction: the spirit of nationality
Chapter 1 : separation and reunion
Chapter 2 : deeds of valor
Chapter 3 : in Memoriam
Chapter 4 : scenes from soldier life
Chapter 5 : Wives and sweethearts
Chapter 6 : lyrics
Chapter 7 : the lighter side
Chapter 8 : between battles
Chapter 9 : Gettysburg : the high-water mark of the war
Chapter 10 : the end of the struggle
Chapter 11 : Lincoln
Chapter 12 : the heritage
Chapter 13 : brotherhood.
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