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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Going to the front: recollections of a private — I. (search)
ct any man whom you may see aiming at you, and be sure you drop him. Reaching Baltimore, horses were attached the instant that the locomotive was detached, and the cars were driven at a rapid pace across the city. After the cars containing seven companies had reached the Washington depot the track behind them was barricaded, and the cars containing .. . the following companies, viz., Company C, of Lowell, Captain Follansbee; Company D, of Lowell, Captain Hart; Company I, of Lawrence, Captain Pickering, and Company L, of Stoneham, Captain Dike, were vacated, and they proceeded but a short distance before they were furiously attacked by a shower of missiles, which came faster as they advanced. They increased their steps to double-quick, which seemed to infuriate the mob, as it evidently impressed the mob with the idea that the soldiers dared not fire or had no ammunition, and pistol-shots were numerously fired into the ranks, and one soldier fell dead. The order Fire was given, and
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 15: military Education—Military schools of France, Prussia, Austria, Russia, England, &c.—Washington's reasons for establishing the West point Academy.—Rules of appointment and Promotion in foreign Services.—Absurdity and injustice of our own system. (search)
nd pupils; and numerous depot and regimental schools of practice. The smaller European powers-Belgium, Sardinia, Naples, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Wurtemberg, Bavaria, Baden, have each several military schools, with a large number of pupils. It is seen from these statistics, that the European powers are not so negligent in educating their officers, and in instructing and disciplining their soldiers, as some in this country would have us believe. Washington, Hamilton, Knox, Pickering, and others, learning, by their own experience in the war of the American revolution, the great necessity of military education, urged upon our government, as early as 1783, the importance of establishing a military academy in this country, but the subject continued to be postponed from year to year till 1802. In 1794, the subaltern grade of cadet was created by an act of Congress, the officers of this grade being attached to their regiments, and furnished at the public expense with the n
Lakeport, with three companies of the Twelfth regiment Maine volunteers, commanded respectively by Capts. Thornton, Farrington, and Winter, and one company, Captain Pickering's, of the Twenty-sixth Massachusetts regiment. I had previously sent one hundred men of the Thirteenth Connecticut regiment on board the gunboat New-London,, Captain Winter was sent with his company southward, to make the destruction of the railroad on Manchac Island complete, which duty he thoroughly performed. Capt. Pickering's company was left to guard the steamer, and the companies of Captains Thornton and Farrington began a forced march of ten miles upon Ponchatoula. A locomoive commands, though nearly exhausted by the march, two miles of which was over an open trestle-work, in the heat of the day, behaved nobly in the fight. Captains Pickering and Winter, after a very rapid march, for which they are entitled to much credit, came up after we had left the village, covered our rear, and assisted in b
each week and hold a class-meeting, which was conducted by one of their number who had been appointed leader. During the winter of 1843-4, Rev. J. W. Whitman, stationed at Malden, and whose circuit included this town also, preached several times, in a small building, to attentive congregations; and, the Holy Spirit accompanying his earnest endeavors, a gracious revival was the result, and about sixty individuals were brought under a saving religious influence. In the spring of 1844, Father Pickering, a veteran soldier of our Lord, was stationed, by the New England Conference, at this place. With true apostolic zeal, he organized a church, gathered the trembling ones within the fold, and, by his heavenly teachings, led them on to more perfect trust and confidence in Christ. During this year also, and under his special supervision,--the result of the earnest self-denial of some, and the generous kindness of others,--a plain, neat, and commodious house of worship was erected. In
nemy increased. Still these enterprises proved destructive to the end of the war; and it is a proof of the efficiency of this class of cruisers to the last, that small privateers constantly sailed out of the English ports, with a view to make money by recapturing their own vessels; the trade of America at this time, offering but few inducements to such undertakings. Among the vessels employed [the historian tells us there were several hundred of them], the Halker, the Black Prince, the Pickering, the Wild Cat, the Vengeance, the Marlborough, in addition to those elsewhere named, were very conspicuous. The Marlborough is said to have made twenty-eight prizes in one cruise. Other vessels were scarcely less fortunate. Many sharp actions occurred, and quite as often to the advantage of the cruisers, as to that of the enemy. In repeated instances they escaped from British ships of war, under favorable circumstances, and there is no question that in a few cases they captured them. *
means through a system of levers upon a belt-shifter. In the medium position the belt runs on a loose pulley; but when the balls rise by acceleration of speed or fall by retardation, the belt is shifted on to the upper or the lower pulley, which pulleys act upon the valve or gate requiring adjustment. In d, instead of the arms being connected with a slide working on a spindle, they cross each other and are elongated upwardly, where they connect with the valve-rod by two short links. Pickering's governor c has balls on springs, the upper ends of which are attached to a collar fixed on the spindle, and the lower end to a collar on the sliding sleeve. The springs bend outward proportionally to the centrifugal force of the balls, and there by raise the sleeve, acting upon a rod which diminishes the area of induction steam opening. A diminution of speed has the contrary effect. In f the balls ascend the parabolic arms as they fly outward when the motion of the engine is acceler
ndAug. 5, 1856. 16,914GibbsMar. 31, 1857. 18,359SmithOct. 6, 1857. 18,605SmithNov. 10, 1857. 20,739SmithJune 29, 1858. 27,214GibbsFeb. 21, 1860. 28,746GiermannJune 19, 1860. 34,926ThompsonApr. 8, 1862. 36,256McCurdyAug. 19, 1862. 42,687PickeringMay 10, 1864. 49,421Allen et al.Aug. 15, 1865. 57,585ShellenbergerAug. 28, 1866. 58,925WarthOct. 16, 1866. 60,021LenherNov. 27, 1866. 87,595RoganMar. 9, 1869. 92,068MacphersonJune 29, 1869. 94,187DavisAug. 31, 1869. 94,677WarthSept. 7, 1s. f, a spring having an inner edge of greater vertical thickness. g, a spring made of metallic strands or strips, twisted or braided and then coiled. In Fig. 5420, a b c d e f are springs of the Culmer Spring Company. g h, Nichols, Pickering, & Co., spiral spring. i, the Vose spring. Spi′ral-spring Coup′ling. A coupling for a pair of shafts meeting at an angle. The ends of the spiral connect to the respective shafts and make a bent coupling. See Fig. 2021. Spi′ral-van<
ward the center of the curve and facilitating the turning. In Fig. 6930, the drivingwheel is operated by handcranks. To the stirrups for the rider's feet are attached cords leading to the two rear wheels, by which the machine is steered. Pickering's (Fig. 6931) is a bicycle. The tiller is sufficiently elevated to permit a perfectly upright position in riding. The stirrups or crank-pedals are three-sided, and turn on the crank-pins, so that the pressure of the foot always brings one of . The reach is so hinged that the wheel may be brought directly under the seat for attaining great speeds on level ground, or thrown forward when descending a slope. A pivotal arrangement permits of guiding the wheels to the right or left. Pickering's bicycle. In Fig. 6933, the rear seat may be used either as a sidesaddle for ladies or as an ordinary seat for gentlemen, both riders assisting in the propulsion. The monocycle (Fig. 6934) is propelled by a hand-wheel, from which belts
r, or the great geniality which lurked beneath a taciturn exterior. I remember once borrowing two valuable prisms from him, when I was a green young instructor, which I succeeded in chipping. On returning them to him with great perturbation of spirit, he instantly said: Oh, I always intended to get Alvan Clark to reduce the size of these prisms, and he would have had to chip off these edges. I loved the man instantly. The observatory has prospered exceedingly, and it is now, under Professor Pickering, the principal astrophysical observatory in America. The scientific life in Cambridge began with astronomy and mathematics, and Cambridge has sent out the leading astronomers in America. There was little systematic instruction in the higher branches of astronomy and mathematics in 1850, but there was a strong intellectual environment; and one sometimes gets as much in a colloquium, even in Berlin, as in a course of systematic lectures. One should be led, however, by great minds. I
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 6 (search)
ble could put round Westminster Hall. I was once a member of the profession myself, but glad I am so no longer, since the head of it has bowed his burly person to Francis Tukey's chain. [Cheers.] Did he not know that he was making history that hour, when the Chief Justice of the Commonwealth entered his own court, bowing down like a criminal beneath a chain four feet from the soil? Did he not recollect he was the author of that decision which shall be remembered when every other case in Pickering's Reports is lost, declaring the slave Med a free woman the moment she set foot on the soil of Massachusetts, and that he owed more respect to himself and his own fame than to disgrace the ermine by passing beneath a chain? There is something in emblems. There is something, on great occasions, even in the attitude of a man. Chief Justice Shaw betrayed the bench and the courts of the Commonwealth, and the honor of a noble profession, when for any purpose, still more for the purpose of ena
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