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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 21: Cold Harbor of 1864. (search)
t pour the water out to the Lord, as David did when the three mightiest brake through the host of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate --albeit, in a truer sense than David spoke, this water was the very blood of this man. It was about six o'clock in the evening of one of the days that followed close upon the great fight that there befell the company the very saddest loss it had yet experienced. An order had come to Captain McCarthy, from General Alexander, commanding the artillery corps, directing that the effect of the fire of several Howitzers, which were operating as mortars, from a position immediately back of the Howitzer guns, should be carefully observed and reported to him. The captain, appreciating at once the responsibility and the peril of the work, with characteristic chivalry, determined to divide it between himself and one of the most competent and careful men in the company. He was not the man to shrink, or slur over, or
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 22: from Cold Harbor to evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg (search)
d well nigh mould them to my will. Billy came over to see me after I had gotten pretty well under way in my work, and seemed thoroughly to agree with me about it; though it was shocking to him to be brought into contact with soldiers of such a stamp and standard as I have described. Colonel Hardaway's old battalion was composed of as fine material as any in General Lee's army, and I did not wonder that he preferred to return to it. Just before or just after we abandoned our lines, General Alexander requested that both Major Gibbes and myself should be sent to him, one to serve in Hardaway's battalion and one in Haskell's. But Gen. Custis Lee, commanding our division, declined to give up both of us, and as Gibbes ranked me, he had the choice and went to Hardaway, while I remained with my Chaffin's Bluff battalion, not only in command, but the only field officer connected with it. I recall but one incident of these lines worth relating. After the loss of Fort Harrison in Septe
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
Index. Abbott, Henry Larcom, 130 Accidental deaths and injuries, 30, 63, 195-97, 328 Adjutant, duties of, 55 Albermarle County, Va., 355 Alexander, Edward Porter, 293, 316 Amelia County, Va., 318, 351 American Bible Society, 144 Anderson, George Thomas, 276, 286 Anderson, Richard Heron, 165, 168, 192, 209, 274 Appomattox Campaign, 238-40, 318-35, 351 Armistead, Lewis Addison, 112 Armistead, Thomas S., 229 Artillerists lauded, 53-58. Artillery, Confederate, ge Morgan, 230-31, 270, 272, 275, 280-83, 297-99, 302 Camp equippage, 46-47, 158, 242-43. Camp Lee, Va., 74 Camp life, 46-49, 60-61, 68-71, 145- 46, 157-58, 170-72, 268-69. The campaigns of Gen. Robert E. Lee, 102, 307-308. Campbell, Alexander 279-80. Carlisle, Pa., 205-206. Carlton's Battery (Ga.). See--Troup Artillery (Ga.) Caroline County, Va., 127 Carrington, Edward, 34 Carter, Thomas Henry, 53, 91, 109 Cashtown, Pa., 207, 209 Causes of the war, 49-51. Centrevil
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835- (search)
Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835- Engineer; born in Washington, Ga., May 26, 1835; was graduated at the United States Military Academy, and commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Engineer Corps in 1857, resigned and entered the Confederate army in 1861; served with the Army of Northern Virginia from the beginning to the close of the war, attaining the rank of brigadier-general and chief of ordnance. In 1866-70 he was Professor of Mathematies and Engineering in the University of South Carolina; in 1871-92 engaged in railroad business; and in 1892-94 was a member of the Boards on Navigation of the Columbia River, Ore., and on the ship-canal between Chesapeake and Delaware bays. Subsequently he was engineer-arbitrator of the boundary survey between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.