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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., From Moultrie to Sumter. (search)
the hour of the siesta, and fortunately the Charleston militia were taking their afternoon nap. We saw nobody, and soon reached a low line of sea-wall under which were hidden the boats in charge of the three engineers, for Lieutenants Snyder and Meade had been sent by Floyd to help Captain Foster do the work on the forts. The boats had been used in going back and forward in the work of construction, manned by ordinary workmen, who now vacated them for our use. Lieutenant Snyder said to me in mbardment, as he had been sent as a special messenger to Washington with dispatches. Lieutenant Snyder of the engineers, a most promising young officer, also died at the very commencement of hostilities. Only one of our number left us and joined the Confederacy,--Lieutenant R. K. Meade of the engineers, a Virginian. His death occurred soon after. Sumter. Guard-boat. Charleston. Castle Pinckney. Moultrie. Major Anderson's men crossing in boats to Fort Sumter. From a war-time sketch.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
dead, were gallant and true on all occasions. His other officers were brave, and also loyal, with the exception of Lieutenant Meade, a Virginian, Soon after leaving Fort Sumter, Meade abandoned his flag and joined the insurgents. He was active Meade abandoned his flag and joined the insurgents. He was active in the construction of the defenses of Petersburg, in the second and third years of the war. and several of them have since held distinguished positions in the Army. His little garrison, with one or two exceptions, were true to the old flag when teLieutenant J. C. Davis, and Surgeon S. W. Crawford, all of whom were afterward general officers in the Army; also Lieutenant R. K. Meade. Trembling with excitement, he said:--I am General Wigfall; I come from General Beauregard, who wants to stop thived the same appointment. Lieutenant Snyder died in November following, and Lieutenant Talbot died in April, 1862. Lieutenant Meade resigned his commission and joined the insurgents. Major Anderson performed gallant service in the war with Mexico.
ed by Mr. Root's resolve, was reported by Caleb B. Smith, of Indiana, on the 20th, and that for New Mexico followed on the 3d of January, 1849. An effort (January 15), by Mr. Julius Rockwell, of Massachusetts, to make the former a special order, failed, lacking a two-thirds vote, but received the vote of nearly every member from the Free States--114 to 71. The bill was finally taken out of Committee of the Whole on the 26th of February, and engrossed for a third reading next day; when Mr. R. K. Meade, of Virginia, moved that it do lie on the table, which was decisively negatived; and then the bill passed the House by 126 Yeas to 87 Nays. Mr. Aylett Buckner (Whig of Kentucky), who had made a forcible and thorough-going speech in favor of excluding Slavery from the Territories, voted with his Whig colleague, Green Adams, and all the Whigs and all but four Messrs. Samuel A. Bridges of Pennsylvania, and William Kennon, jr., John K. Miller, and William Sawyer, of Ohio. Messrs. Chas.
night of the twenty-eighth the signs of a general movement were apparent, and no indications of his approach to the lower bridges of the Chickahominy having been discovered by the pickets in observation at those points, it became manifest that General McClellan was retreating to the James River. Battle of Savage Station. Early on the twenty-ninth, Longstreet and A. P. Hill were ordered to recross the Chickahominy at New-Bridge, and move by the Darbytown to the Long Bridge road. Major R. K. Meade and Lieutenant S. K. Johnson, of the engineers, attached to General Longstreet's division, who had been sent to reconnoitre, found about sunrise the work on the upper extremity of the enemy's line of intrenchments abandoned. Generals Huger and Magruder were immediately ordered in pursuit, the former by the Charles City road, so as to take the Federal army in flank; and the latter by the Williamsburgh road, to attack its rear. Jackson was directed to cross at Grapevine Bridge and move
rt of the engagement. I am ignorant of the casualties of the brigade. The reports of the brigade, regimental, and battery commanders have, I suppose, been forwarded to you. After the action had been terminated, I, because of the condition of my wounds, turned over the command of the division to Brigadier-General Starke. In conclusion, I beg to recognize the gallantry of my personal staff, and the obligations I am under to them. I beg to mention Major W. A. Taliaferro, A. A. G.; Lieutenant R. K. Meade and Lieutenant P. A. Taliaferro, Aids-de-camp, and to testify my regard for the gallantry and good conduct of my orderly, private Depriest, who was severely wounded, and of privates Dowman, Bowen, and Tyree, couriers. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, William B. Taliaferro, Brigadier-General, commanding Division A. V. Report of Brigadier-General Walker, commanding division, of operations at Harper's Ferry. headquarters Walker's division
From Charleston. Charleston, Jan. 24. --The offer of military services extended to the Governor of South Carolina by the Catawba Indians of the State, have been accepted. Hon. Jeff Davis, of Mississippi, has arrived here. Lieut. R. K. Meade, Jr., of Va., has returned to Fort Sumter. The Legislature has appropriated $50,000 for carrying on the present postal arrangement, if the Federal Government stops the present system. A Committee of Inquiry has been appointed on what changes are necessary in the banking system of South Carolina. The Legislature will adjourn on Friday.
From South Carolina. Charleston, Jan. 16. --Gov. Pickens has sent a message to the Legislature, advising the raising of two more artillery companies and one more regiment, to serve three years. He advises permanently garrisoning the fortifications of South Carolina. This may be expensive, but considering we will soon have a Southern Confederacy the cost will be lessened. The fanaticism of the Northern States shows that if we would have peace, we must prepare for war. The House of Representatives has passed a bill to stay the collection and prosecution of all debts due by South Carolina to men in the non-slaveholding States until after December next. Lieut. R. K. Meade, Jr., (of Petersburg, Va.,) of Fort Sumter, reached here to-day, on a leave of absence to go home to Virginia to visit his sister, who is ill.
Death of Hon. R. K. Meade. A private dispatch from Petersburg says that the Hon. R. E. Meade died last night. He will be buried to morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.
The Episcopal Diocesan Council --On the assembling of this body at St. Paul's Church, Wednesday, thirty-eight clerical and thirty-two lay delegates appeared. The various standing committees were appointed, among them the following on the state of the Church; Rev. Dr. Minnegerode. Rev. R. K. Meade, Rev. Jno. Grammer, Rev. Wm. H. Platt. Judge Thomas Gholson, Mr. N. H. Massie, Mr. J. L Bacon, Dr. P. H. Foster. The report of the managers of the widows' and orphans' fund shows the income of the society for the past year to be $2,555,86, and the expenses $320. Total assets upwards of $40,000. Yesterday Bishop Johns presented his annual report, which gave a variety of interesting information on the state of the Church. Rev. T. G. Dashiell has been elected Secretary of the Council.
elected. On motion of Mr. Baker, the visiting clergy and theological students were admitted to seats in the Council. The Bishop announced the standing committees as follows: On the State of the Church.--Rev Dr Minnegerode, Rev R K Meade, Rev John Grammer, Rev Wm H Platt, Judge T S Gholson, Mr N H Massie, Mr J L Bacon, Dr P H Foster. Widows and Orphans of Deceased Clergymen.--Rev C Walker, D D; Mr Samuel Tyree. Episcopal Fund,--Rev G Woodbridge, D D; Col T H Burwell. Second day. The Bishop read his annual report, (heretofore noticed.) Mr. Sprigg moved that so much of the Bishop's report as relates to services for the army, be referred to a committee of three. Motion carried, and Messrs. Gibson, R. K. Meade, and James Galt were appointed on said committee. Dr. Woodbridge moved that a receiver be appointed for funds for a monument to the late Rt. Rev. Wm. Meads, D. D. Motion carried, and Mr. George C. Williams, of Richmond, appointed. Mr