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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 6: from Manassas to Leesburg. (search)
down before a massive iron safe supposed to be full of currency. No one, so far as I know, ever questioned the validity of Leesburg's fiat money; certainly we Howitzers experienced no difficulty whatever in getting rid of all we could get our hands upon. About the middle of November, pursuant to a policy of brigading together, so far as possible, troops from the same State, the Eighth Virginia Regiment was ordered back to Manassas, and the Twenty-first Mississippi, commanded by Col. B. G. Humphreys, was sent to fill its place — the entire Mississippi brigade, consisting of the Thirteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Twenty-first Regiments, being then, or shortly after, put under the command of General Griffith, of that State, who was killed at Savage Station in June, 1862, when Barksdale, theretofore colonel of the Thirteenth, was made brigadier-general and took command of the brigade, which bore his name up to Gettysburg, where he met his gallant death. Thereupon Colonel Humph
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 9: Malvern Hill and the effect of the Seven Days battles (search)
her mighty well, but they didn't just feel certain whether they wanted him around having prayers so close under the Yankee guns; that he didn't seem to pay hardly enough attention to them things. Colonel Brandon, father of my Yale classmate of that name, who was a captain in the regiment, was lieutenantcolonel of the Twenty-first Mississippi. He was a dignified, majestic-looking officer and a rigid disciplinarian, but an old man and very stout and heavy. I do not recollect whether Colonel Humphreys was present at Malvem Hill, but Brandon certainly went in with his regiment when the brigade, as I remember, unsupported, made repeated quixotic efforts to capture the Federal guns massed on the hill. They were exposed to the fire I have already described, and of course suffered bloody repulse. Colonel Brandon had his ankle shattered while the regiment was advancing in the first charge. On the way back his men proposed to carry him with them to the rear, but he refused. He was sitt
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 11: religious life of Lee's Army (search)
ght be identified. After one of the bloody repulses of the enemy at Spottsylvania in 1864, Brother William was, as usual, out in front of our works, utterly unconscious of his own heroism or his own peril. He had removed the wounded of both sides and taken note of our dead, and was making his memoranda of the home addresses of the Federal dead, when a Minie ball struck his left elbow, shattering it dreadfully. He was at once carried to the field hospital, and some of Barksdale's (now Humphreys') men sent word down the line to me. As soon as our guns were disengaged I galloped to the hospital to see him; but when I arrived he was under the knife, his elbow being in process of resection, and, of course, was unconscious. My recollection is that I saw him but for a moment only. Much as I would have given for even so little as one word from him, I could not possibly wait, but was obliged to return to my post. I never saw him again. As usual, after one of these death grapples o
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 19: Spottsylvania (search)
to have gotten his hand in, might keep up this trick of getting killed, as Barrett said, once too often. I may as well say. right here that the noble horse got safely through the war, but was captured with his master at Sailor's Creek. When our guns first entered the works, or rather were stationed on the line just back of the little trench, there seemed to be comparatively few infantrymen about. One thing that pleased us greatly was, that our old Mississippi brigade, Barksdale's, or Humphreys', was supporting us; but it must have been just the end of their brigade line, and a very thin line it was. We saw nothing of the major-general of our division. General Rodes, of Ewell's corps, was the only major-general we saw. He was a man of very striking appearance, of erect, fine figure and martial bearing. He constantly passed and repassed in rear of our guns, riding a black horse that champed his bit and tossed his head proudly, until his neck and shoulders were flecked with white
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 21: Cold Harbor of 1864. (search)
rned to me and asked my pardon for his disregard of my warning and his imprudence in getting shot, protesting still, however, that it was very hard indeed for a gentleman to walk in those filthy, abominable covered ways. The spring was perhaps the point of greatest power and pathos in all the weird drama of The lines. About this date, or very soon after, a few of us were sitting in the part of the trenches occupied by the Twenty-first Mississippi, of our old brigade,--Barksdale's, now Humphreys',--which was supporting our guns. There had been a number of Yale men in the Twenty-first--the Sims, Smiths, Brandon, Scott, and perhaps others. A good many were gone, and those of us who were left were talking of them and of good times at Old Yale, when someone said, Scott, isn't it your turn to go to the spring? Yes, said Scott, submissively, I believe it is. Pass up your canteens, and he loaded up and started out. There was a particularly exposed spot on the way to water, which we ha
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
1, 168-69, 192, 208-10, 219 Hill, Daniel Harvey, 65-67, 69-72, 91, 158, 204 Hoge, Moses Drury, 318 Hoge, William James, 139 Hoke, Robert Frederick, 158, 270, 274-75, 287 Hollywood Cemetery, 42 Holmes, Theophilus Hunter, 101-102, 107 Hood's Brigade. See--Texas Brigade Hooker, Joseph, 18, 163-66, 174, 178- 80, 191-92, 227-28, 304, 306, 339 Horse supply, 86, 199-200, 210-11, 234-35. Houston, George Smith, 28-29. Huger, Benjamin, 101, 107 Hugo, Victor, 252 Humphreys, Benjamin Grubb, 64, 115, 261, 292 Hunter, David, 308 Hunter, James, 255 Hunter, John, Jr., 195-96. Hunton, Eppa, 62 I'm a good old Rebel, 18 The impending crisis of the South, 26 Irishmen, 160, 212-14, 229-30. Iuka, Miss., 117 Jackson, Mary Anna Morrison (Mrs. Thomas J.), 160-61. Jackson, Thomas Jonathan: description of and anecdotes concerning, 97-101, 105-106, 121-24, 159-62, 190, 351, 362; mentioned, 18, 21-22, 65-66, 72, 74, 89, 92-93, 110, 132, 164-65, 168-70, 181-