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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1859. (search)
ver our country's success. If I fall, remember you have given your husband a sacrifice to the most righteous cause that ever widowed a woman. The regiment reached Washington in September, and was assigned to Butterfield's brigade, Major-General Fitz-John Porter's division. A man of Vincent's ability did not long escape the notice of higher commanders; and the position of lieutenant-colonel of a regiment being of subordinate importance, he was frequently called away on other duty, being empldetailed, he made the siege of Yorktown a study. He knew the position and importance of every work and gun along our lines. Marching up the Peninsula after the evacuation of Yorktown, the army reached the right bank of the Pamunkey. Here General Porter selected Vincent to take command of a small body of troops in a reconnoissance across the river in the lower part of King William County. The expedition took him some miles into the interior, but was bloodless. He merely learned that there
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
o cross the Potomac and report for duty to General Fitz-John Porter. Upon doing so they were assigned to Brig Martindale, who commanded the first brigade of General Porter's division, and was stationed near Fort Corcorarg. In pursuance of this plan, the corps under General Porter, to which Lieutenant Russell and his regiment bJune, the day before the battle there fought by General Porter, in command of the right wing of our army, afteis retreat, a force was sent, on the 26th, from General Porter's camp, to co-operate in the work of changing t that at noon, notwithstanding the accession of General Porter's corps, General Pope was confronted by a superhe corps of McDowell, Sigel, Reno, Heintzelman, and Porter. Unfortunately, Franklin and Sumner, at Centrevilleductions from the national side. The corps of General Porter was on the left of the line, and at about threeade terrible havoc in the loyal lines. By dark General Porter's corps had been forced back a half or three qu
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1861. (search)
ore Almy's death. It was stationed at this time at Hall's Hill, opposite Wasiington. During the following winter this regiment, with others, was principally employed in cutting down woods and building roads, no proper military operations being at that time carried on. When Manassas was evacuated by the Rebels, in the spring of 1862, Almy's regiment went to Vienna, a few miles west from Washington. When General McClellan moved down the Peninsula, this regiment went with him, in General Fitz-John Porter's division. It was engaged in the siege of Yorktown, but did not participate in much of the fighting in the campaign against Richmond. A singular accident prevented it from taking part in the seven days battle immediately before Richmond. The regiment, with others, was sent out on an expedition under General Stoneman, expecting to meet the enemy and to see some hard service. But they did not find the enemy as they expected; and they were cut off from the main body of the Federal
, Mass., Jan. 4, 1842. Volunteer Aide-de-Camp on staff of General Wright and took part in expedition which captured Port Royal, S. C., and Hilton Head. Second Lieutenant, 18th Mass. Infantry, Jan. 24, 1862. Aide-de-Camp of the staff of General Fitz-John Porter; with the Army of the Potomac on the march to Centreville, Va., and in the Peninsular campaign; prisoner at Gaines's Mill; sent to Libby Prison and remained there six weeks; exchanged and joined General Porter at Harrison's Landing; engaGeneral Porter at Harrison's Landing; engaged in Pope's and Antietam, Md., campaigns; Second battle of Bull Run. First Lieutenant, Oct. 24, 1862. Aidede-Camp on the staff of General Benham; present at the battles of Fredericksburg, Va. (second), and Chancellorsville; on the staff of General Reynolds as 1st Aide-de-Camp. Present at the battle of Gettysburg; after death of General Reynolds assigned to staff of General Newton. Captain, May 4, 1863. Lieut. Colonel, 56th Mass. Infantry, July 22, 1863. Recruiting regiment till Mar., 1864,
e; with maps and illus. Warren Lee Goss. Century, vol. 31, p. 467. — – Wounded soldiers cared for by Mr. and Mrs. John A. Fowle of Boston. Boston Evening Journal, Sept. 5, 1862, p. 4, col. 3. —Ad. and Gen. Reynolds. J. G. Rosengarten. United Service Mag., vol. 2, p. 613. —Army under Pope. John C. Ropes, rev. of. Century, vol. 23, p. 625; N. Y. Nation, vol. 34, p. 84. —Campaigns of Northern Virginia (German). Maj. F. Mangold, rev. of. N. Y. Nation, vol. 34, p. 62. —Gen. Fitz-John Porter at. Gen. John Gibbon. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 12, p. 570. — – Correspondence between the Comte de Paris and Gen. Pope, reviewing action of. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 14, pp. 202, 346, 578. — – Events of Aug. 29, 30, reviewed in his appeal. Old and New, vol. 1, p. 816. — – Evidence in his case, throwing light upon positions in the field. Army and Navy Journal, vol. 16, pp. 85, 154, 166, 186, 571, 625, 638 (map). — – Full report in his case. Ar
hapter 47: Grant and his friends. General Grant's friendships were like everything else in his life—various in character and result, sometimes adding to his dignity and happiness and renown, sometimes unfortunate in the last degree. He was the friend of General Sherman and of Ferdinand Ward, of Dr. Newman and Hamilton Fish, of George Child and the King of Siam, of Rawlins, Belknap, Babcock, Sheridan; of a man named Hillyer, now forgotten, and of Abraham Lincoln; of Roscoe Conklin, Fitz-John Porter and John A. Logan. Many of his early friendships were not with distinguished people, but the manner in which he adhered to these was characteristic of the man, and explains some of the circumstances in his career that have been most criticised. Grant, as every one knows, stepped very low in his fortunes after leaving the army. He bought a farm, but did not succeed in farming; he cut wood and drove it to St. Louis; he tried collecting money; he sought petty office and failed to obta
gnity. A hundred thousand dollars were to be subscribed to pay off the debt to Vanderbilt, who it was supposed would compromise his claim for that amount. But General Grant was weary of the repeated efforts to aid him. Congress had failed to place him on the retired list. A bill for this purpose had indeed passed the Senate at the preceding session, but President Arthur, it was known, would veto it, in order to preserve his consistency, having vetoed another intended to restore General Fitz-John Porter to the army. He forgot, apparently, that the cases were different. General Grant himself said: I have not been court-martialed. Mr. Arthur proposed, it is true, a pension, but this Grant indignantly declined to receive. He disliked to appear to apply for public or private charity, and wrote now to Mr. Vanderbilt, informing him of the well-meant efforts in his behalf, but declaring that he preferred not to avail himself of them. He requested Vanderbilt to exercise his legal righ
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Malvern HillJuly 1, 1862. (search)
g abandoned their position at Glen Dale during the night, were now safe behind the lines of Fitz-John Porter, who had carefully massed his artillery on the hills around Crew's house. The Ten Thousandg with reserve artillery, under the shelter of the gun-boats. In this impregnable position Fitz-John Porter awaited our attack. Before sunrise, General Magruder's forces, having slept on the field killed and wounded reached 3,000. The loss of the enemy, while heavy, was not so severe. Fitz-John Porter says: It is not to be supposed that our men, though concealed by the irregularities of the and decide the action. Again, he says of the operations on the south of the Chickahominy: Porter could expect no aid from the southside, for they were fully engaged by the demonstrations of Mag movement and clatter, held the corps commanders, to whom McClellan applied for aid in behalf of Porter, so fully occupied that they declared they could spare none. Of the devoted, loyal sons of Vi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.46 (search)
ston, meanwhile, threw himself in the charge of a brigade and received a wound in the leg. A mortal wound it proved. He died from loss of blood in the arms of his devoted brotherin-law, Colonel William Preston, of Kentucky. The scene of this unfortunate occurrence was in a hollow, which obscured him from the army, and the loss of the commander was not known until that night. General Johnston was among the great generals of the day. When war was declared he was in California, and General Fitz-John Porter, his former adjutant, was sent by the Washington government to offer him the command of the Federal armies. There is no question that had he signified the wish he would have been Commander-in-Chief of the United States forces. About the time of General Johnston's death, General Bragg applied through his aide, Colonel Urquhart, for a diversion against some batteries, which were holding his line at bay, and Breckinridge, with the reserve, was thrown into action. His line was form
would hang the leading rebels and balance the rope with the Abolitionists. The Abolitionists control every department of the Government, and were worse than the rebels. Miscellaneous. Miss Belle Boyd, of Martinsburg, Va., has been sent to Washington and placed in prison. Of course "treason" was the crime alleged against her. Jas. McGee, Samuel G. Acton, Bernard Rafferty, John C. Faber, and John A. Brown, of Baltimore, have been sent to Fort McHenry on the same charge. Gen. Fitz-John Porter, in a letter to Gov. Andrew, of Massachusetts, urges that recruits for the old regiments be sent on in squads of ten at a time, if no more can be procured; and the recruiting officers of the Harris Light Cavalry in this city send on every recruit just as soon as he enlists, without waiting for any more to join him. The Federal have now in the various military prisons and depots, at Camp Douglas, Chicago; Alton, Ill., Camp Morton, Indiana; Camp Chase, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; St
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