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Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 151 151 Browse Search
The Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign: May 1 - September 8, 1864., Part I: General Report. (ed. Maj. George B. Davis, Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley) 18 18 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 11 11 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: August 19, 1861., [Electronic resource] 8 8 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies 7 7 Browse Search
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 6 6 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 6 6 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 6 6 Browse Search
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865 6 6 Browse Search
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4 5 5 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1857. (search)
r the ordnance officer, landing shot and shell, hauling guns, &c. To-morrow night we go into the trenches .... The men don't gain much in strength, of course. I have got up as high as twenty-five privates for duty, with only thirty-three sick, all told. But there I have stuck for five days past. I can't go any higher. A man will go on duty, be immediately set to work, and fall sick again. So it is, only worse, in the other companies. The sun is too much for any one. Morris Island, August 17. The fight has begun. Our batteries opened this morning about six o'clock. There had been a good deal of firing, indeed, ever since twelve, but all the guns had not opened. About the same time the Ironsides moved in with the Montauk and another monitor, the Montauk leading, and going in very close. A little later the other four followed, all but the Nantucket. She is off somewhere. There are six wooden boats in there too, half a mile or so astern of the monitors. The Ironsides w
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
atten. Second Lieutenant 20th Mass. Vols. (Infantry), November 25, 1861; first Lieutenant, October 1, 1862; Captain, May 1, 1863; Major, June 20, 1864; died at Philadelphia, Pa., September 10, 1864, of a wound received at deep Bottom, Va., August 17. Henry Lyman Patten, of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteers, was born in Kingston, New Hampshire, on the 4th of April, 1836. His father, Colcord Patten, and his mother, Maria (Fletcher) Patten, were substantial New England people, whose djudged worthy of the rank of Major, the assurance of which he received just before his death,—antedated to May i, 1864. Soon after occurred the series of sanguinary feints at Deep Bottom. Major Patten took his regiment into the fight of the 17th of August, at Deep Bottom, where Gibbon's division suffered greatly, and soon, rushing in to the front, as he always did, he received a rifle-ball in the left knee, —his fifth and final wound. He was carried from his last field, and the surgeons amput
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1859. (search)
A great many have died within a few days. Fresh beef, beans, and corn-bread. August 15. —The fever is abating which has for a few days prevailed in the camp on the subject of exchange. I dread the idea of a winter campaign in this hole. Not so many deaths for the last two or three days. One has no idea of the sights in this place. Horrible! Men ought not to be kept in this state on any conditions. August 16.—Fine morning; had a fair night's sleep, but sweat in my sleep. August 17.—Bad night's sleep; washed my shirt and drawers before daylight. August 18.—Think of selling my pen and pencil for a pail to cook in; it is hard to part with it, but then I must look tomy health. August 19.—Very hot day. Stayed in my tent most of the day; very weak like the rest of the boys, can hardly carry a bucket of water. August 20.—For breakfast, beans, crust-coffee, corn-bread, fresh beef, and bacon. August 22.—Played chess. Some prisoners brought in, but
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
were his words. At last, on the 14th of August, 1862, perseverance received its reward, and he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Second Massachusetts Volunteers, which had just immortalized itself at Cedar Mountain. The evening of August 17th found the young lieutenant with his regiment at Culpeper, in temporary command of Company D. The regiment, both officers and men, seem in excellent spirits, he wrote; the true Devil-may-care spirit pervades, them, though of course they feel the loss of their comrades severely. His introduction to the field was of the rudest, and his experience of one month most discouraging to any nature less undaunted. Joining his regiment on the afternoon of the 17th of August, he set off at midnight of the 18th on that disastrous retreat of Pope which culminated in the second Bull Run. He wrote:— August 19.—We marched about two miles in blissful ignorance of our destination, except that it is somewhere in the rear, there being rumors of a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1864. (search)
dents to take charge of it. The boating fever has abated; everything is fight now. Yesterday was the anniversary of the day when Washington first drew his sword as commander of the American Army. An immense war meeting was held under the Washington elm. Governor Banks spoke, a band played; a regiment which goes off Tuesday paraded. I shall probably pay you a short visit—till I am better. He was quite feeble during the most of the summer, but in August grew rapidly stronger. On the 17th of August, at the house of his uncle, Gerritt Smith, in Peterborough, New York, he received a letter from his brother David, who said, I am now Colonel of the regiment called Birney's Zouaves. If you can get your mother's permission, you may go with me as Lieutenant. On the envelope is written in pencil, Would you give me leave to go if I were intent on it? Yes, is the answer in his mother's hand, if you were well. At the end of August, Fitzhugh, now a Sophomore, rejoined his Class. Octobe