Yankee bayonet Charging.
The late Robert Baylor Semple
used to tell of a notorious bully who was suspected of having negro blood in his veins, and who always charged his adversary for the time with being a negro.
This was done, of course to divert attention from his own shortcomings on the negro question, as a thief joins in the hue and cry, and is the loudest in the shout of ‘"stop thief. "’
is actuated by some such feeling, or knows the Yankee
nation to be sore on this subject, when he feeds them with the fond fancy that their soldiers have immortalized themselves by their desperate charges with the bayonet upon the thick array of the rebel legions.
are sore upon this subject — very sore.
From the beginning of this war they have never made a single charge of the bayonet, nor have they ever stood before one of the many charges that have been made upon them
long enough for the weapons to cross.
They invariably run before their adversary gets within thirty yards of them.
The correspondent of the London Times
, was unlucky enough to State in one of his letters that they neither made nor attempted a single charge during the whole day at Manassas
, and the contemptuous comments with which his statement was accompanied brought down a shower of abuse upon his head.
It did more than that.
It caused his exclusion from the army of McClellan
, who had no notion of allowing a shrewd foreigner to be a witness to his defeats in the field and his victories on paper, thereby circumscribing the limits within which his imagination might range when giving a tongue to his exploits.
He can now with safety make the Yankee
nation believe that his men are famous men at the bayonet, and he makes good use of his immunity from criticism.
There is nobody to contradict him, or tell unpalatable truths to the world.
One of the gentlemen connected with the Examiner
went to all the hospitals to see if there was any person therein who received his wounds from the bayonet.
This happened nearly a fortnight since and we do not know that we precisely recollect the issue of the investigation as stated in the paper.
We are under the impression, however, that only one or two were found thus wounded, and that they were accidentally hurt by some of their own comrades in the hurry of the conflict.
This statement agrees with all we have heard from other quarters.
We have examined many persons — officers and men — with regard to the matter, and they all say the Yankees
made no bayonet charge, either at Williamsburg
or at Chickahominy
Indeed, they all asseverate the direct reverse.
They say that our men repeatedly charged, and that in no instance did the Yankees
stand long enough to receive the shock.
's statement, on his official dispatch with regard to a charge made upon Early
's brigade at Williamsburg
, was so notoriously false that General Early
felt himself constrained to give it the lie direct, under his own hand, in the newspapers.
His statements about Yankee charges at Chickahominy
are given the lie just as direct by every General on the field.
But it is not wonderful.
A man who can descend to lie as he did about that battle in other respects, will descend to anything.
evidently wishes to stimulate his men to the bayonet trial.
He has tried whiskey, and it failed.
He is now trying to make them believe that they did things which they never did, in the hope that they may try to do the same thing again.