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Among the characters of the detachment, Corporal Personne, my gunner-he who superintended the consf odd humour that was inexhaustible. To hear Personne laugh was to experience an irresistible desiro home and see his first wife's relations. Personne was thus the victim of a depraved taste for s the ribs of death. Once having posted them, Personne returned as solemnly to his quarters, from whoof of this assertion is here given. One day Personne, with a friend of his, went forth on a foragice could they operate upon the female heart? Personne found the device he wished, and proceeded to g? friend, with deference.-I was saying, Mr. Personne, that the remarkable feature in the presentfrom a deep reverie into which he had fallen, Personne rose, bowed, and accepted the invitation, bowessary to continue the narrative, to say that Personne and his friend nearly produced a famine, and ters in his old detachment, but the figure of Personne has pushed all others from the canvas — the b[10 more...]
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Confederate negro enlistments. (search)
reciation of the fact. There is evidence enough and to spare of this. I have before me a curious pamphlet, Marginalia; or, Gleanings from an army note-book, by Personne, army correspondent of the Charleston Courier, published at Columbia, S. C., in 1864, which abounds with instances and recitals of the good conduct of the negroes. Thus, Personne relates the story of Daniel, a slave of Lieutenant Bellinger, who was shot to pieces trying to take his master's sword to him, in the fort at Secessionville, during the assault on that post, and he says: Such instances of genuine loyalty have their parallel nowhere so frequently as in the pages of Southern histother, from General Lee's life, to show the Caleb Balderstone sort of devotion with which these house servants used to guard their masters' interests.--It is from Personne's pamphlet, and relates to the last year of the war, when provisions were scarce, and the General himself only had meat twice a week: Having invited a number
under his command had displayed, wisely postponed the final coup de main till the coming of the morrow's light. What the morrow brought forth, and how the rebels, worn out and dispirited by the protracted beleaguerment, concluded to give up their strong-hold and lay down their arms, is already well known. The more detailed particulars of the surrender of Fort Donelson, and its cordon of field-works, the departing mail allows me no time to speak of. G. W. B. Secession Narratives. Personne, the correspondent of the Charleston Courier, writes from Augusta, Ga., under date of February twenty-first, as follows: It has been my good fortune to enjoy an interview with Lieut. F. H. Duquecron, one of the officers engaged in the recent battle of Fort Donelson, who has arrived here disabled by a wound in the leg, received during that terrible contest. From one fragmentary conversation I have woven the following interesting narrative of events preceding, but not including, the surre
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
t of the South Carolina Dead from Gettysburg, address of Rev. Dr. Girardeau, odes, &c.; Oration of General Wade Hampton, and poem of Rev. Dr. E. T. Winkler, at the unveiling of the monument of the Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, June 16th, 1870; South Carolina in arms, arts, and the Industries, by John Peyre Thomas, Superintendent of Carolina Military Institute; Map of the Siege of Vicksburg; Map of the Seat of War in Mississippi; Marginalia, or Gleanings from an army note book, by Personne, army correspondent, &c., Columbia, S. C., 1864; The burning of Columbia, S. C., by Dr. D. H. Trezevant. From J. F. Mayer, Richmond: Messages of President Davis for January 18th, February 5th, February 13th and February 14th, 1864. Mr. Mayer is an industrious collector of Confederate material, and places us under frequent obligations for rare and valuable documents. From General Carter L. Stevenson, Fredericksburg, Va: A box of his headquarter papers, which consist of such valuable ma
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Second battle of Manassas--a reply to General Longstreet. (search)
g and tearing them to pieces; they were swept away before this horrible fire like leaves in the wind, and disappeared, broken and flying, in the woods, to be immediately succeeded however by another brigade charging as before. Again the iron storm crashed through their ranks, and again they broke and ran. A third force, heavier than before, now advanced with mad rapidity, and in the midst of the awful fire of our batteries threw themselves upon Jackson and engaged him with desperation. Personne, one of the most graphic and reliable writers of the time, and an eye witness, says of Colonel Lee and his batteries: As the fight progressed, Lee moved his batteries to the left, until reaching a position only four hundred yards distant from the enemy's lines, he opened again. The spectacle was now magnificent. As shell after shell burst in the wavering ranks, and round-shot plowed broad gaps among them, you could distinctly see through the rifts of smoke the Federal soldiers flying
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Address before the Virginia division of Army of Northern Virginia, at their reunion on the evening of October 21, 1886. (search)
thousands of dollars; wives and mothers insulted, and husbands and fathers arrested if they dared to murmur; horses and negroes taken in large numbers; ladies robbed of all their wearing apparel except what they had on — in a word, every outrage was committed and every excess indulged in that ever was heard of, by a most savage and brutal soldiery, towards a defenceless and alarmed population. This is an everlasting disgrace, that can never be wiped from the page of history. Marginalia by Personne, army correspondent of the Charleston Courier, page 45 It should be mentioned that the officer in command, Colonel John B. Turchin, was arrested, tried, and cashiered by a court-martial, of which General Garfield was president. He was, however, immediately appointed Brigadier-General by President Lincoln. Records War of Rebellion, Vol. XVI, page 273-8. Now let us turn to the other: When the army was passing through Pennsylvania, the ladies frequently came out of their houses to sho
st Tennessee Senatorial districts, declined to take the oath to support the Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States, on the ground, if we correctly understood him, that there was no law authorizing the administration of such an oath.--This gave rise to some discussion, and seemed at one time likely to delay the organization of that body. The subject was finally passed over, for the time being, the Senator qualifying in the usual mode. Smuggling whiskey in the Camp. "Personne," the intelligent and spicy correspondent of the Charleston Courier, writing from Fairfax, Oct. 11, communicates the following, which is a pretty fair specimen of the expedients which are resorted to for obtaining that favorite contraband of an army, whiskey: Speaking of Bourbon, it is positively distressing to one with a sympathizing nature, to see the straits to which the soldiers are occasionally reduced by the want of their accustomed stimuli. Liquor of any kind is a rarity, and
nd shaded the porch, we waited patiently for "something to turn up" to give employment to two roving pens. Suddenly a dull, booming sound came to our ears from the direction of our batteries on the Potomac. "There's a gun," said my friend "Personne," who was quietly smoking his Havana; "and another, and another," as the reports reverberated through the air in quick succession. Every moment the firing increased, until the sounds run into each other, producing a continuous roar. "They riding on a mule that would have passed in a menagerie for any of the wild beasts, halted before us. Like Samivell Veller, your disconsolate "Own" worked an imaginary pump handle in the direction of his friend, then a few paces in advance. "Personne" took the hint. "My friend, what was the firing about this morning?" "Wall, I dun'no, reckon they're firing at the Yanks. I hearn they landed down by Occoquon." "But do you know anything about it?"--with a peculiar emphasis on th
The Daily Dispatch: November 12, 1861., [Electronic resource], The battle at Leesburg--interesting description — an affecting Incident, &c. (search)
The battle at Leesburg--interesting description — an affecting Incident, &c. The Charleston Courier, on Tuesday, the 5th instant, has another letter from its special army correspondent, ("Personne,") dated Leesburg, October 29, which far surpasses all others from the pen of that gentleman, in vivid description and intense, soul-thrilling language. Below will be found some extracts, which are richly worth the room they occupy in our columns: Evidences of destruction around the battle flluted and their arms would have soaked with the blood of its rightful owners. Lord, have mercy on their wicked souls! The Yankees in their retreat. In speaking of the cliff down which the Yankees tumbled in their precipitate retreat, "Personne" says: The appearance of the place is as if an avalanche had passed over it. The ground is torn up, bushes torn down, rocks are displaced, shrubs are trampled out of existence while portions of clothing, cartridge boxes bayonets, straps, st
Ex-Lieutenant General Scott. --"Personne," the army of the Potomac correspondent of the Charleston Courier, in alluding to the general conduct of the Federal invasion thus far, uses the following language in regard to the ability of Scott for carrying on the war. The letter was sent before the writer was aware of the old peacock's resignation: It is one of those grand schemes which have generated in the brain of Winfield Scott. His was the mind which so admirably planned the attack upon Manassas and the concentration of armies in Western Virginia, and upon the Peninsula, the establishment of the cordon of soldiers which now extends along the line of the border States, the occupation of Maryland, and indeed all the movements — magnificent in everything but their success — which have been made during this struggle. Say what you will, Scott is anything but the old, effete, worn out gouty individual which we all wish him to be, and justice as well as facts compel us to ac
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