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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Company D, Clarke Cavalry. (search)
Payne. General Stuart was afterwards made major-general, commanding all the cavalry, which he did up to the time of his death, at Yellow Tavern, May 12, 1864, when glorious, dashing Wade Hampton was made lieutenant-general, commanding the Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. These thunderbolts of war, having carved their epitaphs with gleaming sabres, need no encomiums nor recitals of their chivalrous deeds. High up in the dazzling niche of fame and glory, they stand as peers of Ney, Murat, and Henry of Navarre. Fought in many battles. In all of the following named battles Company D figured conspicuously, and left some of its members upon nearly every field: Capture of Brigadier-General William S. Harney at Harper's Ferry in April, 1861; Falling Waters, Bunker Hill, First Manassas, Second Manassas, Mine Run, Catlett's Station, Auburn, Warrenton Springs, Seven Days battles around Richmond, First Cold Harbor, Second Cold Harbor, Hanover Junction, around McClellan, First Br
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Confederate cavalry. (search)
ver recurring dangers, where they fell—not by scores and hundreds it may be—but by twos and tens; on the outposts, in advance guards, in surprises, by the camp-fires as they slept—or waking, died midst flame and smoke, or, yet, in the grand charge by fours—by squadrons or in the line where the earth trembled, as it does when volcanic fires are throbbing at its heart. Stories of officers and men—living and dead—the Lees sharing the name and rivaling the name of Light Horse Harry, Rosser and Murat of the mounted charge, and the glorious Cavalier of the Palmetto State, who we have seen carve his name on the roll of fame, high among the civic heroes of this age; of Maryland! My Maryland!and the brave men who knew no boundary line between their own and the mother of States. One patriotic duty the survivors of the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia aided by the Sons of Veterans, and particularly the grateful women of Virginia, will soon perform, and that is, erect a suitable
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
would make his way to Texas, with many of his ablest generals, and in a month or two probably 100,000 soldiers would succeed in following him. Shelby applied to Kirby Smith to make an aggressive fight. The commander listened, assented and did nothing. Then the daring Missourian held a conference with several other generals and it was agreed to make a determined stand for the Confederacy, under the leadership of General Simon Bolivar Buckner, a soldier with all the dash and glitter of Murat, and none of his fighting qualities. Buckner agreed to the plan, everybody favored it. The next thing was to get rid of Kirby Smith. Shelby hunted up the old man, and told him all about the conference. The army has lost confidence in you, he said. I know it, replied Smith. What would you advise? Resign in favor of Buckner, was the prompt answer. It was a bitter pill, but Smith swallowed it. He wrote out his resignation, leaving Buckner commander-in-chief of the department.
General Lauriston was sent to Prince Kutusoff, to propose an armistice. The Prince received Lauriston in the midst of his General." Napoleon's comment is curt, and to the point. --"This, " says he "is all false. It was not the object of Lauriston's mission to demand either peace or an armistice." Now, we are simple enough to believe Napoleon in preference to Sir Robert Wilson, not withstanding the elaborate dramatic machinery which he has introduced into his narrative. The famous scene of Murat with Miloradowitch is also pronounced to be false. See 5th volume of Napoleon's own Memoirs, dictated at St. Helena to Gourgaud and Montholon, page 232. Let us now turn to the closing paragraph of Blackwood, in its notice of Wilson's work: "It is now ascertained beyond all doubt that the frightful losses sustained by the French in Russia were not owing to the cold. The following facts, upon which all writers of all parties are agreed, decisively prove this. Napoleon crossed the
rk Herald) has let the cat entirely out of the bag, and admits that the commerce — not the Christianity — of the North will be entirely destroyed if the war is prolonged more than six months or a year. You all, therefore, with one accord, shout at a respectful distance from the battle field, that the conflict should be brief, the onset terrible, the victory overwhelming. You do not admire the Fabian policy of old Fuss and Feathers. You desire to make quick work of it. Alas! that some Murat could not be transferred from that nest of warriors, the Tribune office, to the head of your ragged regiments. But Fortune and Jeff. Davis are opposed to you, and your great idol, H. Ward Beecher, has concluded to stay at home. Consequently, we are forced to the conclusion that your Christianity and humanity — now collected in and around Washington City--and "above all" your commerce, will be injured, severely hurt, and it may be, as we devoutly hope, utterly destroyed and swept away.--Wil<
The charge of Murat at Eylan. It is at Eylan that Murat always appears in his most terrible aspect. This battle, foughMurat always appears in his most terrible aspect. This battle, fought in mid-winter, in 1807, was the most important and bloody one that had then occurred. France and Russia had never before o the battle, but there was no other resource left him. Murat sustained his high reputation on this occasion, and proved t. Bonaparte and the Empire trembled in the balance, while Murat prepared to lead down his cavalry to save them. Seventy sq on a plunging trot, pressing hard after the white plume of Murat, that streamed through the snow storm far in front a smile together; the Russian reserve were ordered up, and on these Murat fell with his fierce horsemen, crushing and trampling them and rent field. It was during this strange fight that Murat was seen to perform one of those desperate deeds for which on them, and scattered them as if a hurricane had swept by. Murat was a thunderbolt on that day, and the deeds that were wrou
t. John's College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of M. A. in 1804. In that year, having resided some time in Greece, he founded the Athenian Society, of which no one might be a member who had not visited Athens. In 1813, he was sent to Vienna, as Ambassador of England, and concluded at Toplitz, October 3d, 1813, the preliminary negotiations by which Austria was detached from the French alliance, and united with England, against Napoleon. He subsequently brought about the alliance of Murat, King of Naples, with Austria; but in 1515 exerted himself vainly to prevent the rupture which took place between the courts of Naples and Vienna, and resulted in the restoration of the Bourbons to the throne of the former State. Elected in 1814 a Scottish representative Peer, he uniformly approved himself a decided Tory. In 1828, he became minister of foreign affairs under Wellington. In this position he departed widely from the system of Canning, inasmuch as he abetted the policy of Aus
other interests. They, of course, approve the war spirit of the Western barbarians, and look now upon Maryland with a suspicious eye, because of the recent Union election in the State, which is considered an effort to cover their secret preparations to strike colors with us in the conflict. She is ready to embrace our side as soon as the faintest whisper reaches her people that we will meet mid way on the glorious march to wrest our country from the despot at Washington, whose Administration, thus far, will leave a darker and more odious stain upon our history than the Legislative Assembly of France, during the eighteenth century, made upon hers. The names of the present Cabinet officers will excite more contempt from future generations than such as Danton, Murat, and Robespierre, of French Revolution notoriety. The recent action of the Convention, in passing a coastwise guard bill, is highly approved by our people, who appreciate any thing looking to protection. Frederick.
Valuable Relic. --An Old Field Glass Tendered Gen. Anderson.--The Field Glass used by Gen. Murat through the Russian campaign, is the property of our fellow-citizen, P. F. Tavel. That gentleman yesterday tendered it to Gen. S. Anderson, who now has it in his possession, and will probably have some use for the instrument before the close of the present war. It is 2½ feet long, and discerns objects, color and form, at a distance 5½ miles.--Nashville Gazette.
d now a devoted citizen of this Confederacy, I felt it my duty to warn my own countrymen against enlisting in that Legion, and against fighting in favor of principles contrary to those that have procured the independence of Italy. Deeply interested as I am in the cause of the Confederate States, I hope you will allow me to address you for the second time, submitting, first, that I had a military education in the Pyrotechnical Military School of Naples, which I entered a short time after Murat left that kingdom, and where, therefore, the French system of instruction continued for some time to prevail. From there, after a rigid examination, I passed to be a commissioned officer in the corps of the Topographical Engineer, and Etat-Major; and as the service of that corps was entirely my profession, and I understand, therefore, the great need that every well organized arm of a proportionate number of well sed officers in that branch, I see with regret that, while our adversaries of t
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