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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: February 15, 1864., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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such men. Official reports, soon, will do them greater honor than my limits will permit. I ask, in concluding, a prominent place in the history of the Empire State for them as actors in one of the most brilliant achievements of the war. I am your Excellency's obedient servant, W. A. Gorman, Brig.-Gen. Commanding. Cincinnati Commercial narrative. battle-ground of Fair Oaks station, Henrico County, Va. My last communication recorded the prevalence of a terrific thunder-storm. Nature's artillery rolled and clashed magnificently, as if in stately mockery of the puny efforts of martial man. There was a tropical grandeur and sublimity in the storm, seldom, if ever, paralleled in our equable northern climes. Such floods of rain, as if aerial freshets had burst their confines, and were spirting in broad jets upon us; such fiery, vivid blinding sheets of lightning, which threatened to consume the swimming earth; such awful peals upon peals of thunder, as if the sky was riving
The Daily Dispatch: February 15, 1864., [Electronic resource], Napoleon's Judgment on men and things. (search)
his Generals, Napoleon remarked: "Kieher was gifted with the greatest talent. But he was only the man of the moment.--He sought glory as the only route to pleasure; he had no patriotism, and would, without hesitation, have taken service with any foreign power. In his youth he had served Prussia, and he had remained very much attached to that power. Desaix possessed to an eminent degree the desirable equilibrium spoken of above. Morean did not deserve to be placed among the first generals Nature, with him, had not completed its creation; he had more instinct than real genius. With Lannes courage at first carried it over the mind. But his mind rose every day to regain the equilibrium. He possessed superior ability when he perished. I took him a pigmy; when I lost him he was a giant. Speaking of bravery, courage, the Emperor said: There is not one of my Generals whose draft, as I call it, is not known to me. Some go in up to their waist; others to the chin; and