ed away, the regular lines of the Federals advanced to the attack, raked and torn by batteries.
Broken, they were formed again, only to be mowed down afresh; while the scream of a thousand shells from Stafford filled the air with a continuous whoo, amid which the rattle of southern musketry sang ever fiercer and swifter.
Then dark masses of blue came out of the town and formed for the charge, under a terrific fire from the Washington Artillery on Mayre's Hill.
Steadily and fearlessly did Meagher's First Brigade move to the attack.
Crowded into the narrow road, swept by the accurate fire of the Louisianians and McLaws' veterans — the head of the column went down, only to be filled by the gallant fellows behind.
Into the jaws of death they came, up to the very works-then, with half their number dead and dying about their feet, they broke, the left gave way-and the bloody field was won at all points.
The victory was terrible and complete.
But it had cost dear, and the rejoicing
Hill, 230, 231.
Maryland Heights, 104, 203, 206, 213.
Marshall, Colonel, Charles, of Lee's staff, 393.
Marshall, John, 10.
Marshall, William, 19.
Mason, Captain, 39.
Matamoras, city of, 63.
Mattapony River, 338.
Matthews, John, 9.
Maxey, General, killed at Fredericksburg, 233.
Mayflower, slaves on, 83.
Meade, Bishop, 95.
Meade, General George G., succeeds Hooker, 269; his character, 269; statement by, 299; censured, 306; mentioned, 227, 228, 277, 278, 283, 302, 304.
Meagher's Irish brigade, 231.
Meigs, General, 107.
Merrimac frigate, 138.
Merritt, General, Wesley, mentioned, 333, 373.
Mexican Republic, 31.
Mexican treaty, 40.
Miles, Colonel, 203.
Milroy, General, mentioned, 143, 262, 263, 264.
Minnigerode, Rev. Dr., 379.
Mitchell, Private W. B., 204.
Moltke, Field-Marshal, 261, 423.
Molino del Rey, 41.
Monocacy, battle of, 351.
Mont St. Jean, Waterloo, 421.
Monroe, James, I.
Montezuma's gifts, 31.
Moore, Anne, 20.