General Stannard assaulted and took Fort Harrison with his division. The fort was located on the north side of the James River, near Chapin's Bluff, four miles from Richmond. At noon on September 30th, General Lee tried to recapture Fort Harrison; his attacking column, some 7,000 strong, was formed in three successive lines. The Confederates made three different attacks within an hour, and did not withdraw till after at least 2,000 were killed and wounded. Those who survived from the first Confederate line came into Fort Harrison, and one of the first arrivals was the colonel of an Alabama regiment, who, with blood streaming down his face, looked up at General Stannard and said: “You had better come out of this fort, for General Lee himself is over there” (pointing to the Confederate works), “and he says he will retake this fort” (Harrison) “if it takes half of his army.” Stannard's reply was: “I shall be happy to see General Lee whenever he chooses to call.” During this short but terrific engagement Stannard stood, walked, or ran around the top of the parapet, hat in one hand and sword in the other, encouraging by voice and motions the men of liis division. He was seen not only by men of the Union army, not far away, but by the Confederates. Within Fort Harrison were log cabins used during their occupation by the Confederates as quarters. These cabins took fire, and between the excessive heat of the burning buildings and the severe fighting the men of Stannard's division were in a most hazardous
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Chapter 35 : Battle of Atlanta
Chapter 36 : Battle of Ezra Church
Chapter 37 : Battle of Jonesboro
Chapter 37 : Battle of Lovejoy's Station and capture of Atlanta
Chapter 39 : General Hood 's northward march; Sherman in pursuit; battle of Allatoona
Chapter 40 : return to Atlanta ; the March to the sea; Battle of Griswoldville, ga.
Chapter 41 : the march to the sea; capture of Fort McAllister and Savannah
Chapter 42 : March through the Carolinas ; Savannah, Ga. , to Columbia, S. C.
Chapter 43 : march through the Carolinas ; the taking of Columbia
Chapter 44 : skirmishing at Cheraw and Fayetteville and the Battle of Averysboro
Chapter 45 : March through the Carolinas ; the Battle of Bentonville ; Johnston 's surrender
Chapter 46 : negro conditions during the Civil War
Chapter 47 : freedmen's aid societies and an act of congress creating a Bureau of refugees, freedmen and abandoned lands
Chapter 48 : organization of the freedmen's Bureau and my principles of action
Chapter 49 : the abandoned lands
Chapter 50 : courts for freedmen; medical care and provision for orphans
Chapter 51 : the early finances; schools started
Chapter 52 : President Johnson 's reconstruction and further bureau legislation for 1866
Chapter 53 : the bureau work in 1866 ; President Johnson 's first opposition
Chapter 54 : public addresses concerning the freedmen in 1866 , advocating education
Chapter 55 : first appropriation by congress for the bureau; the reconstruction Act, March 2 , 1867 ; increase of educational work
Chapter 56 : famine reliefs; paying soldiers' bounties, and summary of work accomplished
Chapter 57 : the Ku-Klux Klan
Chapter 58 : beginning of Howard University
Chapter 59 : institutions of the higher grade; the Barry Farm
Chapter 60 : opposition to Bureau and reconstruction work became personal; the Congregational Church of Washington
Chapter 61 : Court of inquiry ; president of Howard University
Chapter 62 : life in Washington, D. C. , 1866 to 1874 ; assigned to duty in regular army as commander, Department of the Columbia
Chapter 63 : in the Northwest , among the Indians ; trip to Alaska ; life in Portland, Ore. ; 1874 to 1881
Chapter 64 : superintendent of the United States military Academy ; commanding Department of the Platte , Omaha, Neb.
Chapter 65 : in Europe , Egypt , and Constantinople
Chapter 66 : Italy and Switzerland
Chapter 67 : France and Germany ; Convention of young men's Christian Association , Berlin , 1884
Chapter 68 : French army maneuvers, 1884 ; promotion to Major General , United States army , San Francisco 1886 - 88
Chapter 69 : transferred to New York city
Chapter 70 : D. L. Moody on board the Spree ; Spanish War, 1898 ; Lincoln Memorial University ; conclusion
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