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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
ounded the charge, reins loosened, and sabers flashed in the air, lead them to victory. The headquarters of the Second Cavalry were established at Louisville, Ky., where Lieutenant-Colonel Lee assumed command on the 20th of April, 1855. Afterward he was transferred to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, where the companies were to be organized and instructed, and which was then the temporary regimental headquarters. He writes Mrs. Lee from that post, July 1, 1855: The chaplain of the post, a Mr. Fish, is now absent; he is an Episcopal clergyman and well spoken of; we have therefore not had service since I have been here. The church stands out in the trees, grotesque in its form and ancient in its appearance. I have not been in it, but am content to read the Bible and prayers alone, and draw much comfort from their holy precepts and merciful promises. Though feeling unable to follow the one, and truly unworthy of the other, I must still pray to that glorious God without whom there i
o obtain, by some means or other, a copy of the Old or New Testament, and from this precious volume he used to read to the captives, who listened to him in alternate groups. Just about the time that Mr. Rogers was producing a good effect by this habit, the school was peremptorily discontinued by the rebels, who feared the dissemination of abolition doctrines, notwithstanding the fact that Rogers was a Southern man. While here, I made the acquaintance of Dr. Doke of East Tennessee, and Dr. Fish of Illinois, both of whom were busy day and night ministering to the physical wants and ailments of the prisoners. Medical stores were meagre, and Dr. Doke informed me that to this cause was traceable one-half the deaths that occured. Mr. Rogers and I, falling into conversation one afternoon, struck upon the question of God's special providence. In this we agreed very well, but on that of slavery we were opposed to each other. He had been all his life an inhabitant of the South, and
he site of Madison. The nearest Indian village was on the opposite side of the lake. Nothing, I think, was known to the garrison of Fort Winnebago, about the Four Lakes, before I saw them. Indeed, sir, it may astonish you to learn, in view of the (now) densely populated condition of that country, that I and the file of soldiers who accompanied me, were the first white men who ever passed over the country between the Portage of the Wisconsin and Fox Rivers, and the then village of Chicago. Fish and water-fowl were abundant; deer and pheasant less plentiful. The Indians subsisted largely on Indian corn and wild rice. When sent out on various expeditions I crossed Rock River at different points, but saw no sign of settlement above Dixon's Ferry. That point had then been occupied by a white man only a year. This reconnaissance was a very bold and dangerous one, and one of many anecdotes of that period is inserted here. The reconnaissance of which Mr. Davis spoke in this letter
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 45: exchange of prisoners and Andersonville. (search)
the United States Government be released from the obligation of their parole. The recommendation was urged as a retaliation for the reckless breach of good faith on the part of the Northern Government with regard to the exchange of prisoners, and was accompanied by the exposure of this perfidy in a lengthy correspondence conducted by the War Department. The points of this interesting correspondence are here extracted. At the time permission was asked by the Northern Government for Messrs. Fish and Ames to visit their prisoners in the South, our Government, while denying this permission, sought to improve the opportunity by concerting a settled plan for the exchange of prisoners. To execute this purpose our Government deputed Messrs. Conrad and Seddon as commissioners to meet those of the Northern Government under a flag of truce at Norfolk. Subsequently, a letter from General Wool informed General Huger that he, General Wool, had full authority to settle terms for the exchan
ossible, the price of bunting in Dixie is incompatible with the rebels' idea of economy. Yesterday morning a party of rebels approached the river opposite Falmouth with a seine, and immediately commenced preparations for a little piscatorial recreation. The officer of our picket, acting in compliance with orders, called out his guard, and ordering the men to prime their pieces, hailed the would-be fishermen after the following manner: Hello, over there! What are you going to do? Fish, was the brief response from one of the party. Don't you know that General Hooker has forbidden fishing in the river? inquired the officer. Yes, but we thought you'd have no objection as long as we kept on our side. But we do object, replied the officer, and if you put that seine in the river I'll order my guard to fire on you. A short consultation among the rebel party ensued, and in a few moments they withdrew, taking their seine with them. Communication between the pickets is n
arricades are of the shallowest description, and would throw but little obstruction in the path of a resolute enemy. They consist of a number of barrels placed side by side, with beams resting on them. Only yesterday a lady, riding down Lombard street, touched her horse with her riding-whip, and cleared one with a bound. What possible defence could these be against a charge of cavalry? On the outskirts of the city earth-works are being rapidly constructed, and guns of considerable calibre mounted commanding the Northern and Frederick roads. By order of Lieutenant Colonel Fish, Provost-Marshal, no person is allowed to visit the fortifications without a proper pass. I must postpone, therefore, going more into detail, until I have had an opportunity of inspecting them. General Halleck was here yesterday, but returned almost immediately to Washington. There is but little excitement in the city, law and order prevailing, without interruption even of the slightest kind. N. G. S.
urse, prevailed: Yeas 35; Nays 10: whereupon Mr. Chase moved March 2d. to add thereto as follows: Under which, the people of the Territory, through their appropriate representatives, may, if they see fit, prohibit the existence of Slavery therein. This touchstone of the true nature and intent of the measure was most decisively voted down; the Yeas and Nays being as follows: Yeas — Fessenden and Hamlin, of Maine; Sumner, of Massachusetts; Foot, of Vermont; Smith, of Connecticut; Fish and Seward, of New York; Chase and Wade, of Ohio; Dodge (Henry), of Wisconsin--10. Nays — Norris and Williams, of New Hampshire; Toucey, of Connecticut; Brodhead, of Pennsylvania; Clayton, of Delaware; Stuart, Gen. Cass, the inventor of Popular Sovereignty, who was in his seat and voted just before, did not respond to the call of his name on this occasion. of Michigan; Pettit, of Indiana; Douglas and Shields, of Illinois; Dodge (A. C.) and Jones, of Iowa; Walker, of Wisconsin; Hunter an
orts Morgan and Gaines, Mobile bay, 651. Farrand, Comr., surrenders to Rear-Admiral Fletcher on the Tombigbee river, 754. Fayetteville, N. C., taken by Sherman, 633. Fayetteville, Ark., Cabell defeated at, 448. Featherston, Brig.-Gen. W. S., wounded at Glendale, 163. Federal Government, its right to subdue resistance to its authority, 232. Ferrero, Brig.-Gen. Edward, in attack on Roanoke Island, 76; defends Fort Sanders, 432. field, Brig.-Gen., at second Bull Run, 189. Fish, Col., 16th La., killed at Stone River, 282. Florida, contributions to the Confederate army in, 459; Gen. Truman Seymour's expedition to, 529. Florida, the and the Alabama Southern corsairs built and fitted out in England and flying British colors, 643; depredations and capture of, 644-5. Floyd, Gen. John B., 17; 18; 19; 47; would not surrender, 50. Foote, (Com. A. H., at Fort Henry, 45; 46-7; at Fort Donelson, 48-9; up the Cumberland, 53; at Columbus, Ky., 54; at Island No.10, 55
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 9 (search)
eys to press the pursuit, and all waggons were ordered out of the road, that the 6th Corps might close in immediately on his rear. Away went the General again, full tilt, along the road crowded by the infantry, every man of whom was footing it, as if a lottery prize lay just ahead! A bugler trotted ahead, blowing to call the attention of the troops, while General Webb followed, crying, Give way to the right! Give way to the right! Thus we ingeniously worked our way, amid much pleasantly. Fish for sale! roared one doughboy. Yes, joined in a pithy comrade, and a tarnation big one, too! The comments on the General were endless. That's Meade. Yes, that's him. Is he sick? I expect he is; he looks kinder wild! Guess the old man hain't had much sleep lately. The heavy artillery firing we had earlier heard, now had suddenly ceased, and there was a perfect stillness — a suspicious circumstance that gave us new hope. Somewhat before noon we got to General Humphreys, some five mi
, in hope to capture the rebels by a flank movement. Two guns were placed on the hill to cover the advance. Before their position was reached by the flanking column, the rebel line wheeled into column, and rode off. A few shells were sent after them, which had no other effect than to scare a number of our own scouts, who were so far in advance as to be directly under fire, and were very nearly hit. The entrance to Harrisonburgh was not disputed. A company of Connecticut cavalry under Capt. Fish, rode through the main street, and discovered two or three hundred rebel cavalry in line at the opposite end of the town, who fired on them without injury. When all the cavalry had come up, a force, consisting of the First New-Jersey, First Pennsylvania, two companies Fourth New-York, and two companies Connecticut cavalry — in all, about eight hundred, under command of Col. Windham, of First New-Jersey regiment, was ordered forward by Gen Fremont, to take possession of the town and reconn
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