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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Notes and Queries. (search)
ts insertion in your valuable Historical Magazine, in the hope that it will meet the eye of some one who can tell me the name of the battery, the kind and numbers of guns (I think there were but two), the nature of the position, the casualties, and any other facts that may be of interest, which I should like to incorporate in the history of my company soon to be published. Hoping to hear something authentic touching this matter in your next issue, I am, sir, Yours, very truly, John D. Billings, Historian, and former member of Tenth Massachusetts Battery, Second Army corps, Army of Potomac. The failure of General Hooker to cut Jackson's column when moving to his rear at Chancellorsville has been much discussed. The following letter will throw some light on an interesting episode of that great movement: San Francisco, 26th January, 1881, 439 California Street. General Fitzhugh Lee: Dear General,--Accident some time ago placed me in poseession of a copy of your ad
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Literary notices. (search)
Literary notices. History of the tenth Massachusetts Battery of light Artillery, 1862-1865. By John D. Billings. Boston: Hall & Whiting, Publishers. 1881. This is a well gotten up book of four hundred pages, which tells in interesting style the story of a gallant battery which served with the Army of the Potomac. With few exceptions it seems to be written in a fair spirit, and to strive to do justice to the Confederates--albeit a little more careful study of our official reports and a little less reliance on McCabe's Lee as Confederate authority, would have helped the historic value of the book. On the whole, we commend it as greatly superior to many similar publications. We are indebted to the courteous author for our copy. The Publishers — Charles Scribner's Sons, New York — have sent us the following additional volumes of their Campaigns of the civil war: III. The Peninsula, by General Alexander S. Webb; IV. The Army under Pope, by John C. Ropes, Esq.; V
r schools, each for both sexes, with six grades of pupils. The following table of these schools is based on the data of December, 1895:— Schools.When founded.Teachers.Pupils.Principals. Allston184814571Benjamin W. Roberts. Harvard184119742James S. Barrell. Morse189011414Mary A. Townsend. Peabody18897295Frederick S. Cutter. Putnam184518688Thomas W. Davis. Shepard185212449Edward O. Grover. Thorndike186113488Ruel H. Fletcher. Washington184214453John W. Freese. Webster185317685John D. Billings. Wellington18845 Assisted by the training class.435Herbert H. Bates. The history and work of these great schools merit a larger notice than is here possible. It may be said in passing that Mr. Roberts has been principal of the Allston School from its beginning. At the age of eighty, he shows the vigor and progressive spirit of his prime. Many of these schools had an existence under other names and conditions before the dates of their founding as given above, like the Shepard,
The Grand Army in Cambridge. John D. Billings. If faith is to be judged by works, then must the faith of those who regard Cambridge as one of the most patriotic of towns find abundant justification. The history of the settlement, from its earliest beginning, is rich in testimony to this point. Every page is illumined with S. Kenney; Officer of the Guard, John Gilligan; Chaplain, T. H. Ball; Sergeant-Major, M. F. Davlin; Quartermaster-Sergeant, Peter B. Haley. Late in 1886 Mr. John D. Billings, then a member of E. W. Kinsley Post 113 of Boston, aided by Captain John S. Sawyer and Lieutenant John H. Webber, obtained signatures for a new Post in CaJanuary 13 a charter was granted to John A. Logan Post 186 by Department Commander Richard F. Tobin. The following officers were elected and installed: Commander, John D. Billings; Senior Vice-Commander, John S. Sawyer; Junior ViceCom-mander, James G. Harris; Surgeon, Charles E. Vaughan; Adjutant, W. P. Brown; Quartermaster, Thoma
. Charles W. Dailey, Mr. James F. Aylward, Mr. Joseph P. Gibson, Mr. William A. Munroe, Mr. Warren F. Spalding, Mr. Isaac S. Pear, Dr. James A. Dow, Mr. John D. Billings, Mr. Charles W. Cheney, Hon. Chester W. Kingsley, Mr. Stillman F. Kelley, Mr. David T. Dickinson, Mr. Thomas F. Dolan, Mr. John E. Parry, Mr. Georgen Robert A. Parry, Cornelius Minihan, and Hamilton H. Perkins, Rev. David N. Beach, Messrs. M. G. Parker, William Goepper, Joseph P. Gibson, Thomas F. Dolan, John D. Billings, and John H. Ponce. Decorations and illumination. Alderman Charles P. Keith, chairman; Councilman William F. Brooks, clerk; Councilman David W. ButterfOrigen O. Preble, Messrs. Otis S. Brown, John Read, William B. Durant, Rev. David N. Beach, George Close, Leander M. Hannum, George H. Howard, John S. Clary, John D. Billings, Edmund Reardon, and Walter H. Lerned. Incidentals. Mr. Henry O. Houghton, chairman; Councilman George E. Saunders, clerk; Alderman Watson G. Cutter, C
for right of way. Century, vol. 32, p. 761. — – At Gettysburg. Win. F. Fox. Century, vol. 36, p. 103. — – – Illus. Century, vol. 33, p. 282. — – Dress parade uniforms of. Bivouac, vol. 3, p. 91. — 10th Batt. Mass. Services of John D. Billings. Bivouac, vol. 2, p. 54. — – Obituary notice, with details of military record, of 1st Lieut. Henry H. Granger. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 2, p. 295. — – Short note, praising history of. J. D. Billings. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 19,ry J. Lectures on military surgery, with demonstrations described; effect of Minie ball, etc. Boston Evening Journal, May 8, 1861, p. 4, col. 5. Bigelow, John. France and Confederate navy, rev. of. N. Y. Nation, vol. 47, p. 457. Billings, John D. 10th Batt. Mass. L. A. Services of. Bivouac, vol. 2, p. 54. — – History of, short note in praise of. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 19, p. 435. Bingham, Chas. H. Recruits, 13th Regt. M. V. I., 1862. Bivouac, v
y some years since made but slight use of this book. The lapse of time has shown the survivors of the Battery that this omission on the part of their historian was a mistake; that many of them could have been materially aided in establishing their claims for a pension had these records been available, and that other historical material omitted should have found place in the volume. Acting on this idea at the last meeting of the Battery Association a committee was chosen, consisting of John D. Billings, Maj. Milbrey Green and Lieut. Charles E. Pierce and given full power to print the contents of the Morning Report Book with such other valuable historical material as seemed desirable. That committee, after careful deliberation, decided it to be the part of wisdom to publish these Morning Reports, adding to them the history written many years ago carefully revised and corrected with its roster made accurate and complete. The committee also voted to include in the volume such portrai
May 7. Packard reported for duty. Hunt reported for quarters. Received notice of the discharge of Wm. H. Martin, April 22, 1863. May 9. Colbath reported to quarters. May 10. Pierce (?) and Colbath reported for stable duty. May 12. Billings reported for quarters. One horse shot per order Capt. Sleeper; disease glanders. Capt. Sleeper returned from Washington. Redfield returned from furlough. Chase reported for stable duty. May 13. Billings reported for duty. One horse diedBillings reported for duty. One horse died; disease lung fever. Lieut. Adams started for Washington on 48 hours furlough. May 14. Fifteen horses condemned (11 shot, 4 turned in) per order Col. A. B. Jewett commanding brigade. May 15. Samuel Abbott (Abell)? having been discharged is dropped from the roll. Lieut. Adams returned. May 17. Leroy E. Hunt returned to duty. May 19. Received notice of the discharge of Joseph Brooks on the 11th inst. for disability. May 20. Received notice of the discharge of John Norton on th
or all losses save that of companions in arms. Had the men known the number pitted against them they would have felt even more jubilant. But now our occupation was gone for a season. We were without guns and had but few horses, so we lay at ease in camp in rear of the army, having no fear of orderlies or their orders, and utterly indifferent to all rumors of impending movements. Lest it may be thought by the casual reader that the historian has been too partial to his old com- John D. Billings mand, let one of the enemy tell the story as he saw it acted. May 10, 1890, the Hon. Charles M. Stedman of Wilmington, N. C., delivered a Memorial Day address on the life and character of Gen. William MacRae. It will be remembered that MacRae's brigade formed a part of the charging body, and incidentally the orator gives a sketch of the battle of Reams Station. Toward the conclusion he says: In truth the Federal infantry did not show the determination which had generally marked
spital. Sergeant G. M. Townsend promoted First Sergeant. Corporals Parker and Currant promoted sergeants. Private Allard promoted sergeant. Privates Goldsmith, John E. Mugford (?), O. F. Glidden (?), W. E. Endicott (?), Ellis (?) and Carr (?) promoted corporals (?). Private Estee Lance Corporal to date from Dec. 1. [The above record is a sad jumble of fact and fancy. Mugford, Glidden, Endicott, Ellis (whoever this may mean) and Carr were notpromoted. Estee, Leverett Pierce and John D. Billings were made Lance corporals.] Nov. 4. Privates William Allen and Thomas Smith returned to duty from general hospital. Nov. 6. Notice received of Corp. G. A. Smith and privates Wm. Rawson, Thos. Cusick, G. W. Stetson, L. W. Adams and J. P. Brown being at Camp Parole, Md., as paroled prisoners. Nov. 7. Notice received of private C. D. Thompson at hospital, Annapolis, Md. Nov. 8. Four horses turned over to Capt. Strang by order of Lieut. E. L. Smith Battery K, 4th U. S. Art'y,
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