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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 7: the return of the Army. (search)
d so long striven; but now when we saw their terrible strength, we were not wholly sorry that we satisfied ourselves with the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and Cold Harbor, and took a wide sweep to the southern flank of those entrenchments rather than fight it out on that line all summer. Out towards the old battlefields we drew, crossing the baleful Chickahominy and the unforgotten Totopotomoy, scarcely pausing until ten o'clock at night, when we were halted, after a singularly hard march, at Peake's turn out on the Virginia Central Railroad, not far from Hanover Court House. This was familiar ground for the Fifth Corps. Here it was that our First Division in the ardor of its youth made the gallant fight three years before, and where especially our Second Maine under the chivalrous Roberts proved the quality of its soldiership and manhood. In the darkness of establishing bivouac, I heard some mutterings, as I had seen some sour looks before, among the men, seeming to hold me resp
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 21: beginning of the War in Southeastern Virginia. (search)
emporary and subsequent events, the historian is constrained to believe that the disaster on that day was chargeable more to a general eagerness to do, without experience in doing, than to any special shortcomings of individuals. View in the main Street of Hampton in 1864. this is a view from the main Street, looking northwest toward the old church, whose ruins are seen toward the left of the picture, in the back-ground. The three huts in front occupy the sites of the stores of Adler, Peake, and Armistead, merchants of Hampton. The one with the wood-sawyer in front was a barber's shop The writer visited the battle-ground at Great Bethel early in December, 1864, in company with the father of Lieutenant Greble and his friend (F. J. Dreer), who was with him when he bore home the lifeless body of his son. We arrived at Fortress Monroe on Sunday morning, December 11, 1864. and after breakfasting at the Hygeian Restaurant, near the Baltimore wharf, we called on General Butler,
he old fair grounds, and set about collecting fresh horses with which to resume the field. Between one and two o'clook P. M., John L. Phillips and James Crone, the telegraph operator and engineer, who had started out in the morning to repair the wires on the Central Railroad, returned to this city on foot. They give the following account of their expedition: They left the city at seven o'clock A. M., with an engine and tender, having with them two negro firemen. They proceeded as far as Peake's, eighteen miles from Richmond, without seeing any signs of the enemy. At this place they were met by a section master of the road, who informed them that the Yankees were at Hanover Court-House, where they had staid all night. Upon the receipt of this information they immediately reversed the engine and started to return. On nearing the bridge over the Chickahominy the engineer discovered the Yankees employed in burning that structure. Leaving the free negroes to shift for themselves,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), History of Lane's North Carolina brigade. (search)
me, when it was ordered to the Valley to join General Ewell, but, on reaching the base of the Blue Ridge, the order was countermanded and it was taken to Hanover Courthouse. From that point it was moved, on the 26th of May, to Slash church, near Peake's turnout on the Virginia Central railroad. Battle at Slash church and Hanover Courthouse. Early next morning General Branch sent the Twenty-eighth regiment under me to Taliaferro's mill to cut off a body of marauders, but it was itself c-fifth Georgia regiment was sent to repair the railroad at Ashcake, where it had been obstructed by the enemy the day before, and watch any approach of the enemy on that road. About the middle of the day the enemy opened fire from a battery near Peake's crossing. Latham's battery very soon got into position to reply, and after a sharp action silenced it. In the meantime a severe cannonade had been going on in the direction of Lane, showing that he, too, had been attacked. As soon as the batt
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hornet, (search)
of eighteen guns rating and 480 tons burden; was conspicuous in the naval events of the War of 1812-15. After the capture of the Java (see Constitution of the United States), Bainbridge left the Hornet, Commander James Lawrence, to blockade the Bonne Citoyenne, an English vessel laden with treasure, in the harbor of San Salvador, on the coast of Brazil. the Hornet was driven away by a large British vessel, and on Feb. 24, 1813, she fell in with the British brig Peacock, eighteen guns, Captain Peake, off the mouth of the Demerara River. the Hornet, gaining a good position, with quick and incessant firing, came down upon the Peacock, closed upon her, and in this advantageous position poured in her shot with so much vigor for fifteen minutes that her antagonist not only struck her colors, but raised the union in a position that indicated a cry of distress. Very soon afterwards the main-mast of the Peacock fell and went over her side. She was sinking when officers from the Hornet we
f the boat be upset, the heavy iron keel and the filled water-tanks near the bottom, aided by the light air-cases near the top, tend to right it. It is rigged with a lug foresail and a mizzen. The draft of water, with thirty persons on board, is about two feet; the weight of the boat and its fittings is about three tons and a half, and the cost £ 250. It is capable of carrying seventy-five persons with safety. The boat of the National Life-Boat Institution, England, is the invention of Mr. Peake, master shipwright of Devonport Dockyard. It is a strong boat, 30 feet long, 8 feet beam, and rowed by 8 to 12 oars, double-banked. It is nearly flat-bottomed, but the bow and stern rise 2 feet higher than the midship portion. Running along the upper part of each side, and occupying 4 feet at each end, are airtight chambers, which impart sufficient buoyancy to float the boat and crew when the boat is filled with water. The iron keel weighs 800 pounds, and in connection with the curved
d used a combination of two convex lenses, the image being inverted; to this he afterward added two other glasses which again reversed the images, making them appear in their natural position. Gig-saddle, with terrets. Ter′ret. (Saddlery.) A ring attached to the pad or saddle and hames of harness, through which the drivingreins pass. Ter′ri-er. An auger. A wimble. Ter′ro-met′al. A composition of several clays, possessing, when baked, peculiar hardness, introduced by Mr. Peake, a potter, of Burslem, England. It is principally employed for making tiles of various kinds. Ter′ry. (Rope-making.) An open reel. Ter′ry-fab′ric. (Weaving.) (Fr. tirer, to draw, to draw out.) A pile fabric, such as plush or velvet; probably from the drawing out of the wires over which the warp is laid to make the series of loops seen in Brussels carpet or uncut velvet. In some looms for weaving pile fabrics, mechanism is employed for actuating the wires
k 81 Boston Street Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. F. E.21 Brook Street Munroe, James 70 Myrtle Street Munroe, Miss Alice 70 Myrtle Street Munroe, Miss Carrie 70 Myrtle Street Munroe, Miss91 Washington Street Neal, George5 Walnut Street Nickerson, John F.25 Flint Street Niles, Mr. and Mrs. L. V.Wellesley Farms, Mass. North, Mrs. Blanche8 Munroe Street Norton, Miss C. G.30 Dartmouth Street Owler, Ed., Jr. 30 Browning Road Parker, Miss24 Gilman Street Parsons, Miss M. E.253 Medford Street Peake, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.7 Grant Street Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. A. H.151 Perkins Street Perry, Miss M. A.16 Pleasant Avenue Phillips, Miss Dr. E. M.19 Highland Avenue Pingree, Mr. and Mrs. F. L.4 Benedict Street Pingree, Mr. and Mrs. W. J.4 Benedict Street Pinney, Mr. and Mrs. George H.21 Morton Street Pitman, Mrs. Kate42 Benton Road Pitman, Mr. and Mrs. George W.42 Benton Road Pitman, Miss42 Benton Road Poor, Miss Emily30 Mt. Pleasant Street Powers, Miss Belle F.41 Everett Avenue Porter
a Central railroad. The Federal cavalry, moving by roads more to the eastward, sent its scouts to the vicinity of Hanover Court House on the 26th, thus informing Porter as to the condition of affairs in that vicinity. On the 27th, Branch, ignorant of the movements of Porter, had sent a portion of his force to repair the Virginia Central railroad near Peake. Porter's column, which had left Mechanicsville at 4 in the morning with fourteen regiments of infantry, fell upon Branch's force near Peake and quickly routed it, and when Branch reinforced that with the rest of his command, they also, after a spirited resistance, had to give way before overwhelming numbers, and he fell back to Ashland, after the loss of one gun and some 700 prisoners. His loss in action was 265, and the Federal loss 285, numbers showing that this Hanover Court House engagement, as it is called, but Peake Station or Slash Church as it should be called, was hotly contested by Branch with his comparatively small f
nimals, and the reconstruction of bridges and the removal of obstacles from the roads which Fitz John Porter had destroyed and placed during his movement on Hanover Court House, delayed Jackson's march, so that his column did not reach Ashland until the night of the 25th, although his army had made 50 miles from Gordonsville in three days. By 3 a. m. of the 26th his advance, under Whiting, moved from Ashland on the Ash-cake road; by 9 a. m. it was crossing the Virginia Central railroad, near Peake's, and by 10, Branch was informed of Jackson's progress, some six hours later than Lee had expected. Part of this delay was caused by the failure of the commissary department at Richmond to provide rations for Jackson at Ashland, as had been promised him. Jackson, in person, was pushing forward with all possible dispatch and, as White writes in his Life of Lee, with vigor unabated and his spirit aglow with the ardor of battle. Keeping to the left and pressing toward Cold Harbor, his right
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