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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
uccor Harper's Ferry. During the contest at Turner's Gap, Franklin was struggling to force the passage of the ridge at Crampton's Pass, defended by a part of the force of McLaws, who was then engaged in the investment of Harper's Ferry. Crampton's Pass debouches into Pleasant Valley directly in the rear of and but five miles from Maryland Heights, opposite Harper's Ferry. McLaws on learning the approach of the Union force, and seeing the danger of this attack in his rear, sent back General Cobb, with three brigades, instructing him to hold Crampton's Pass until the work at Harper's Ferry should be completed, oven if he lost his last man in doing it. McLaws' Report: Reports of the Army of Northern Virginia, vol. II., p. 165. The position here was similar to that at Turner's Gap, and the operations were of a like kind. Forming his troops with Slocum's division on the right of the road and Smith's on the left, Franklin advanced his line, driving the Confederates from their posit
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 7 (search)
g in its effects, and frequently made gaps in the enemy's ranks that could be seen at the distance of a mile.—Longstreet: Report of Fredericksburg. Longstreet, who held the position in the rear of Fredericksburg, forming the Confederate left, had taken up as his advance line the stone wall and rifle-trenches along the telegraph road, at the foot of Marye's Heights; and here he posted a brigade, afterwards re-enforced by another brigade. This position was first held by the brigade of R. R. Cobb, re-enforced in the afternoon by Kershaw's brigade, both of McLaws' division; and this small force, not exceeding seventeen hundred men, was all that was found necessary to repulse the numerous assaults made by the Union columns.—McLaws: Roports of the Army of Northern Virginia, vol. II., p. 445. But the whole plain was swept by a direct and converging fire from the numerous batteries on the semicircular crest above, and behind this lay the heavy Confederate reserves—unneeded, as it prove<
Francis S. Bartow. In the Congress of the Confederate States, on Wednesday, an eloquent eulogy was pronounced upon Col. Francis S. Bartow, who fell at Stone Bridge. We copy the proceedings entire. The late Hon. Francis S. Bartow. Mr. Th R. R. Cobb, of Georgia.--Mr. President arise, sir, to announce the fact, too well known to this Congress, which saddens the faces of many convened here, and which is deeply felt by all. It is, that the mortal remains of our late colleague, the Hon. Francis S. Bartow, now lie in the other end of this Capitol, temporarily made a charnel house for the illustrious dead. Mr. President, I confess it is one of the saddest duties I was ever called upon to perform I confess, moreover, my incompetency to perform it. To indulge in the formal generalities usual upon such occasions, would illy comport with your feelings or with mine.--To yield to the teachings of my own heart would, perhaps, be a sign as inappropriate to-day; for, sir, in every
on a bill empowering the President to make appointment in the Army and Navy, which had failed to be reported to him during the late session. Hon. Howell Cobb in the chair. The session was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Flynn,of Georgia. The roll being called, the following named members were ascertained to be present: From Alabama--Mr. Shorter. From Arkansas--Mr. Johnson. From Florida--Messrs. Moreton and Ward. From Georgia--Messrs. Howell Cobb and Thos. R. R. Cobb. From Louisiana--Mr. Declout. From Mississippi--Mr. Harris. From North Carolina--Mr. Craig. From South Carolina--Mr. Miles. From Texas--Messrs. Reagan, Hemphill, Waul, Oldham and Ochiltree. From Tennessee--Mr. Hughes. From Virginia--Messrs. Preston, Hunter, MacFarlan and Brockenbrough. The President declared a quorum present. On motion of Mr. Miles, a committee of three was appointed by the Chair to wait upon President Davis and inform him that