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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Stuart's ride around McClellan. (search)
on of the rail-road, with its rolling-stock the enemy could easily throw troops along its line to any given point. However, no timely information had been furnished to the Federal general. We moved with such celerity that we carried with us the first news of our arrival. Pushing forward at a trot, and picking up straggling prisoners every few hundred yards, the advance-guard at length reached the telegraph road. At this point we overtook an ordnance wagon, heavily loaded with canteens and Colt's revolvers. The horses had stalled in a mud-hole, and the driver, cutting them out from the wagon, made his escape. The sergeant in charge stood his ground and was captured. Here was a prize indeed, as in those days we were poorly armed. In order to save time, a man furnished with an ax was sent to cut the telegraph wire, while the rest of the party was engaged in rifling the wagon. While these operations were in progress a body of Federal cavalry, suddenly turning a bend in the road, m
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
he was charged with the duty of recruiting a body of cavalry as a body-guard for the General. He selected for this purpose young men, and formed them into three companies, one of which were nearly all Kentuckians. There were very few foreigners in the guard, and all the officers were Americans excepting three, one Hollander and two Hungarians, the latter being Major Zagonyi and Lieutenant Majthenyi. The Guard was mounted on well-equipped blooded bay horses. Each man was armed with two of Colt's six-barrel navy revolvers, one five-barrel rifle, and a saber. had arrived there on the 16th, October. after encountering a severe rain storm. General Sigel, who led the advance, had already crossed his force over the rapidly swelling stream by means of a single flatboat and the swimming of his horses; but its banks were now filled to the brim with the recent rains, and could not be forded, nor were boats or lumber for their construction to be had there. The ax was soon heard in the surr
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
t and horse, under Colonel Steele, who had gathered in concealment in a thick wood and behind sand-hills, armed with carbines, revolvers, and bowie-knives, suddenly rushed One of Sibley's Texas Rangers. these Rangers who went into the rebellion were described as being, many of them, a desperate set of fellows, having no higher motive than plunder and adventure. They were half savage, and each was mounted on a mustang horse. Each man carried a rifle, a tomahawk, a bowie-knife, a pair of Colt's revolvers, and a lasso for catching and throwing the horses of a flying foe. The above picture is from a sketch by one of Colonel. Canby's subalterns. forward and charged furiously upon the batteries of McRea and Hall. The Texas cavalry, under Major Raguet, charged upon Hall's battery, and were easily repulsed; but those on foot, who made for McRea's battery, could not be checked. His grape and canister shot made fearful lanes in their ranks, but they did not recoil. They captured the b
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 11: army organization.—Artillery.—Its history and organization, with a brief Notice of the different kinds of Ordnance, the Manufacture of Projectiles, &c. (search)
ave place to flint-locks. Arms of this description were sometimes made to be loaded at the breach, and guns with two, three, and even as many as eight barrels, were at one time in fashion. In the Musee de l'artillerie at Paris may be found many arms of this kind, which have been reproduced in this country and England as new inventions. In this Museum are two ancient pieces, invented near the end of the sixteenth or the beginning of the seventeenth century, which very nearly correspond with Colt's patent, with the single exception of the lock! It is not to be inferred that the modern improvements (as they are called) are copied from the more ancient inventions. Two men of different ages, or even of the same age, sometimes fall upon the same identical discovery, without either's borrowing from the other. The materiel of artillery employed in modern warfare is divided into two general classes: 1st. Siege Artillery, or such as is employed in the attack and defence of places. 2d.
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), The Humanities South. (search)
strict Abrahamic principles partly, and partly because the Greeks and Romans did so, to say nothing of the Barbarians. But now ethnology, chronology, philology and archaeology have all come to grief in these demesnes which they once did so illustrate; and Dr. Fuller, if he really does want to serve the cause, should at once convert his useless lexicons and chrestomathies into cartridges, and give his whole stack of ancient sermons to the same sacred service. What is a classical point to a Colt's pistol? a text to a trumpet? the Sacred Canon to a rifled-cannon? Philemon to fighting? why bother about Ham when you have a chance to hammer the heads of the confoundedly illiterate Yankee Doodles? To be sure, it may be urged, that whereas the Southern neophytes and other students have heretofore mainly resorted for polish and illumination to Northern seminaries, it is not wise, since they can no longer do so, to permit the Southern rills of learning, however thread-like, to be chok
nt McMillan, with McHenry's men, and Captain Eaton, numbering in all about 125 men. They were drawn up in a deep wood and protected by the bushes and trees. Captain McCullough at once formed his men and boldly charged the enemy. They were met by a discharge of double-barreled shot-guns loaded with ball and buck-shot; but no one was killed or wounded by this discharge. They continued to advance till stopped by the thick bushes, when they opened upon the enemy at 15 paces distance with their Colt's revolvers. Immediately after the action began Captain McCullough was mortally wounded, and in about four hours died. The command devolved upon Lieutenant Longsdorf, and within fifteen minutes he entirely routed the enemy, scattering them in every direction, pursuing them for about half a mile, when he was met by a professed Union man, who informed him that re-enforcements were reaching the enemy, and forming in the rear of a brick church, some 2 miles in his front. This information deter
ttle it was in Miller's (3d) Brigade, Negley's (2d) Division, Fourteenth Corps, its losses aggregating 24 killed, 109 wounded, and 26 missing. The regiment remained at Murfreesboro from January, 1863, until June, when it moved southward with the Army, its next engagement occurring at Chickamauga, where it lost 28 killed, 84 wounded, and 131 captured or missing,--Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Stoughton, the regimental commandant, being among the killed. At that time the Twenty-first was armed with Colt's revolving rifles, and inflicted a severe loss on the enemy, the men expending over 43,000 rounds of ammunition in that action. The regiment reenlisted, was furloughed, and on its return marched with the Army on the Atlanta Campaign, it being then in Neibling's (3d) Brigade, Johnson's (1st) Division, Fourteenth Corps. Its hardest fight, during that campaign, occurred July 9th, at Vining's Station, where the regiment, under command of Major McMahon, was ordered to drive in the enemy from hi
found the doors locked. Immediately after a revolver was fired, and the ball passed through the floor into the second story, into a room occupied by Tailor Stewart's sewing women, causing, of course, great consternation. From the direction of the ball, it is evident that the weapon was fired for the simple purpose of intimidating the crowd. Soon after the publishers, four in number, appeared at the windows armed with revolvers, guns, and axes. One of them very impudently reached forth a Colt's revolver, shook it, and told the crowd they were well prepared and should defend themselves to the last extremity. Those who composed the mob answered with ejaculations like these following: fire, you traitor --you rebel and secessionist --fire, if you dare. At this time the City Marshal appeared and read the riot act, and with great difficulty prevented the soldiers from ascending the stairway. John M. Hill, Esq., and several prominent citizens endeavored to calm the excited populace, b
At the battle of Booneville, the Rev. W. A. Pile, chaplain of the First regiment, of Missouri, with four men, two of whom were mounted, and two on foot, captured and disarmed a party of twenty-four rebels, who were flying, and brought them into camp as prisoners! They were armed with Colt's revolvers. --N. Y. Tribune, June 25.
red the men to fire, then began the fun. The enemy rushed to the roadside and hills, and turned and fired upon our troops. Buckshot and balls flew thick and fast. Wherever the shot fell thickest, there was the major, cheering on his men. Capt. Keiffner, of Company B, Ninth Illinois regiment, led the advance, and truly may he be said to have led, for he was the first to reach the encampment. He was slightly wounded by a pistol-ball, which your correspondent quickly avenged by sending one of Colt's pills through the head of his assailant. Too much cannot be said in praise of Capt. Armstrong and Capt. Robinson, and the officers and men under them. They were mostly raw troops, but behaved like veterans. And I feel proud to belong to the same brigade. Gen. Paine's son accompanied the expedition, and was under fire, cheering the men, and pointing out to our sharpshooters the flying rebels. It is impossible to say how many are killed. I saw six, and heard of more than three times t
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