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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
the aid of Cox against Floyd. He issued a stirring proclamation to the loyal inhabitants of Western Virginia, and promised them ample protection. General Cox, of Ohio, in the mean time, had advanced from Charleston to the site of Gauley bridge, which Wise, in his hasty flight, had burnt; and, at the junction of New River with the Gauley, New River rises among the spurs of the Blue Ridge, in North Carolina, and, uniting with the Gauley, forms. the Great Kanawha. he had reported to Governor Pierpont, on the 29th of July, that the Kanawha Valley was free from the Secession troops, and that the inhabitants were denouncing Wise for his vandalism. He had moved up the Kanawha, by land and water, having under his control a number of steamboats. His whole force proceeded cautiously, for masked batteries were dreaded. His scouting parties were very active. One of these, under Colonel Guthrie, composed of the First Kentucky cavalry, routed a Confederate troop at Cissonville. Others we
urces of pretty active minds were exhausted in an endeavor to make his position as uncomfortable as possible and useless to ourselves. His unfortunate name was a source of continual attack, and gave occasion to the most unpremeditated and irritating pun I ever heard at school or elsewhere. One morning a classmate, who may not wish me to give his name, had a pretty severe tiff with the master in which both lost their tempers. Immediately afterwards the first class was called up to read in Pierpont's reader. The order of exercises was that each man, as we called ourselves, should read a paragraph and then give the definition of the principal words therein. To the classmate of whom I have spoken a portion of Collins' Ode to the Passions was given. It contained the phrase, Eyes with fine frenzy rolling. The teacher: Give the definition of frenzy. Pupil: Hopping mad, sir. No further definition was asked of that scholar. At the Lowell High School I finished my fitting for college
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 14: in command of the Army of the James. (search)
aptured two companies of rebel cavalry, being the outposts of Richmond. The force was gallantly led by Col. Robert West. The army being much in need of recruits, and Eastern Virginia claiming to be a fully organized loyal State, by permission of the President an enrolment of all the able-bodied loyal citizens of Virginia within my command was ordered for the purposes of a draft, when one should be called for in the other loyal States. This order was vigorously protested against by Governor Pierpont, and this was all the assistance the United States ever received from the loyal government of Virginia in defending the State. My predecessors in command had endeavored to recruit a regiment of loyal Virginians, but after many months of energetic trial, both by them and by myself, the attempt was abandoned. A company and a half was all the recruits that State would furnish to the Union, and these were employed in defending the lighthouses and protecting the loyal inhabitants from the
. Phelps, General J. W., occupies Hampton, 252; detailed to Newport News, 254; should have commanded at Big Bethel, 268; opponent of slavery, 305; unwarrantable action of, at Ship Island, 355-356; his ships towed up the Mississippi, 370; collision with, on the negro question, 488-489; at New Orleans, 896; differs with Butler on the slavery question, 896-897. Phillips, Wendell, on contraband theory, 259. Pickett, Major-General, attack upon New Berne and Beaufort, N. C., 618. Pierpont, Governor, protests against draft, 618. Pierce, General, at Big Bethel, 172, 268, 270, 275, 292. Pierce, President, appoints Butler visitor at West Point, 127; makes Davis Secretary of War, 140; persuades law partner not to enlist, 303-304: reference to, 982; son killed, 1020; asks Butler to defend railroad, 1021; the suit, 1021-1026. Pierce, Mrs., the piety of, 1021. Pierce, Henry B., reminds Butler of Fast Day proclamation, 970. Plymouth, N. C., occupied by Union forces, 617; ca
a new government. He has thus been guilty of the unprincipled conduct of using the people's money to lavish upon traitors, and encourage them to perseverance in their work of treason. The history of Abraham Lincoln is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having for their object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these Confederate States. To this end he has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power. He has combined with Pierpont, and other traitors in Virginia, to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation. He is endeavoring to quarter large bodies of armed troops amongst us. He is endeavoring to cut off our trade with all parts of the world. He is endeavoring to impose taxes upon us without our consent. He is endeavoring to deprive us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury. He has abdica
eneral-in-Chief: General Kelley, on the tenth, attacked Imboden's camp, eighteen miles south of Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia, routing him completely, killing and wounding many, and capturing his camps, fifty prisoners, a quantity of arms, and a large number of horses, cattle, hogs, wagons, etc. The enemy was entirely dispersed, and fled to the mountains. H. W. Gright, Major-General Commanding. Despatch from General Kelley. Moorefield, Hardy County, Nov. 10, 1862. To Governor Pierpont: I left New-Creek on Saturday morning, the eighth instant, and after a continuous march of twenty-four hours, a distance of about sixty miles, reached Imboden's camp on the South-Fork, eighteen miles south of this place, at half-past 6 o'clock yesterday morning. We attacked him at once and routed him completely, killing and wounding many of the enemy; also capturing his camp, fifty prisoners, a quantity of arms, three hundred and fifty fat hogs, a large number of horses, cattle,
l Powell came out of the cell, having been put there simply upon Turner's authority, and because he had the power to do it. A truer, better, and nobler man never lived. A better soldier never drew a sword in battle. His regiment is the Second Virginia cavalry. It happened that the whole regiment was recruited in Ohio; but at that time our government had no need of cavalry, but was willing to accept them as a regiment of infantry. They crossed the Ohio and tendered their services to Governor Pierpont, of Virginia, who received them and commissioned the officers, calling them the Second Virginia cavalry, and in this way Ohio loses in the count one thousand two hundred men. I have seen men confined in the dungeon two days, on bread and water, for spitting on the floor of that old tobacco house. I have seen a member of the Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania regiment confined in one of these cells five weeks, until his clothes were mouldy. In regard to the charge against me. They said the
L. P. Brockett, The camp, the battlefield, and the hospital: or, lights and shadows of the great rebellion, Part 2: daring enterprises of officers and men. (search)
Wheeling, when I learned by a despatch that the road was occupied below Harper's Ferry by a force of rebels, and therefore no train would pass. This proved to be true in reference to ordinary trains, but a special, with which was the Hon. Mr. Pierpont, and a few other notabilities, had passed before the rebels cut the track, and was therefore approaching. On inquiry, I found that the engineer of the coming train had been one of my old chums, ere I had discarded engine-driving for more profal contained, and would therefore use all endeavors to capture or kill us. There was but one car behind the engine, and in it was briefly discussed the question of go or stay, while Joe was having the tender refilled with wood and water. Mr. Pierpont's business was too urgent to admit of any possible delay; two or three others concluded to risk the trip, and I-well, if it's not too egotistical to say so-I had run risks on railways too often to back out because there was danger ahead, while
the rebels were forced to disperse, in utter rout and confusion. This complete success of the first dash at the enemy had the most inspiriting effect upon the Union troops, and also encouraged and fortified the Western Virginia unionists, in their determination to break away from the East and to form a new State. This movement was successfully accomplished, and early in July they elected two United States senators, who were admitted to, and took part in the national legislature. Governor Pierpont, who was head of this provisional State government, organized at Wheeling, made a formal application to the United States for aid to suppress the rebellion and protect the people against domestic violence. General McClellan, in furtherance of this object, ordered additional forces into the State from his department. In order to act intelligently in the matter, it was necessary that some definite information should be derived respecting the country which was now to be protected, an
C. Edwards Lester, Life and public services of Charles Sumner: Born Jan. 6, 1811. Died March 11, 1874., Section Eighth: the war of the Rebellion. (search)
highest pleasure, which, although ostensibly an anti-slavery dinner, was limited chiefly in its company to the literary men of London. Among the good things of that evening was a short poem written for the occasion by Wm. Beattie, M. D., the gifted and well-known author of Scotland Illustrated, etc. I do not know if it has been published. I remember some of the stanzas. It is an address from England's Poets to the Poets of America. Your Garrison has faun'd the flame, Child, Chapman, Pierpont, caught the fire, And, roused at Freedom's hallow'd name, Hark! Bryant, Whittier, strike the lyre; While here hearts myriad trumpet-toned, Montgomery, Cowper, Campbell, Moore, To Freedom's glorious cause respond, In sounds which thrill through every core. Their voice has conjured up a power No fears can daunt, no foes arrest, Which gathers strength with every hour And strikes a chord in every breast,— A power that soon in every land— On Europe's shore, on ocean's flood— Shall sm<
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