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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
party, should, in a special manner, View in Independence Square. in this view, at the end of the avenue of trees is seen the Walnut Street front of the venerable State Rouse,in whose great hall the Declaration of Independence was discussed, adopted, and signed. avow their unfailing fidelity to the Union, and their abiding faith in the Constitution and laws. The meeting was opened with prayer by the thoroughly loyal Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of that diocese, Right Rev. Alonzo Potter, and was addressed by men of all parties. The tone of every speech was deprecatory of war; and nearly every one expressed a willingness to make every possible concession to the demands of the Oligarchy necessary for the preservation of Union and peace. The troubled aspect of the nation was generally attributed to the interference of the North with Slavery, such as the misplaced teachings of the pulpit, the unwise rhapsodies of the lecture-room, and the exciting appeals of the press,
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), IV. Cold Harbor (search)
to General Meade, which I took back. June 17, 1864 At daylight Potter, of the 9th Corps, assaulted the enemy's works at a point near whatwith four guns and 350 prisoners, and had his horse shot under him. Potter (a son of the Bishop of Pennsylvania) is a grave, pleasant-looking 's division attacked and took a third line, beyond the one taken by Potter. This could have been held, I think, but for the idea that we were and again drove out our troops, who fell back to the work taken by Potter in the morning; and so ended the anniversary of Bunker Hill. In thts, I beheld a collection of Generals — not only Burnside, but also Potter, Willcox, and Ferrero. Speaking of this last, did you hear what thent slop, slop along. Near the Cheever house was a damp brigade of Potter's division, halted. The General ordered me to tell it to move on, as it might be needed. General Potter himself was near by at General White's Headquarters. . . . After which I was fain to gallop briskly to
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 7 (search)
0 we got to Globe Tavern where was the astute Warren. Everything was set, as he would say, for an advance by Griffin's and Ayres's divisions, while Willcox's and Potter's divisions of the 9th Corps were massed at the Gurley house, ready to support. General Gregg made an advance west of Reams' station, and was heavily attacked abe general crash, which was kept up till darkness had well set in; while we sat and watched and listened, in comparative safety, just beside the captured redoubt. Potter had been taken in the flank by the Rebels charging, and had been driven back in confusion. Griffin had advanced and restored the retired line. And who rides hits his old soul, has been having a real nice time, right in the line of battle! A pretty little fight, said he gingerly, a pretty little fight. He! he! he! Poor Potter! it wasn't his fault. Our extreme advance was driven back, but the day was a great success, with important strategic bearing. October 2, 1864 Taking up the na
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 8 (search)
aughan road reported heavy artillery firing in the direction of Jarrott's station. This made Grant so uneasy that he directed aid to be sent Warren. Accordingly Potter, with 9000 men, marched that night, and arrived next morning at five A. M. at the Nottoway, at Freeman's Bridge. A wretched march indeed! in slush and mud and a I am sure of, that, what with expeditions little and big, threatenings and reconnaissances, the Rebels must be kept in quite an active state of simmer. Poor General Potter! He had a frightful night march and was doubtless buoyed up by the feeling that he had a separate command and could distinguish himself if there was a fight,ng at each other, across the stream, each wondering what the other meant by being there; and both wondering why so many men were concentrated against nobody. General Potter philosophically shrugged his shoulders, gave the word to face about, and put his best leg forward for home, where he arrived a little after dark. It was a te
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 9 (search)
Petersburg, and his right taken in flank and left quite isolated. At the same moment Parke attacked the powerful works in his front, somewhat to the right of the Jerusalem plank road, and carried the strong outer line, with three batteries, containing twelve guns; but the fire was so hot from the inner line that his men could get no further, but continued to hold on, with great obstinacy, for the rest of the day, while the Rebels made desperate sorties to dislodge them. In this attack General Potter received a wound which still keeps him in an extremely critical condition. You may well believe that the musketry, which had spattered pretty well during the night, now broke out with redoubled noise in all directions. Under the excitement of getting at my valise and having some fresh paper, I am moved to write you some more about the great Sunday, which I so irreverently broke off. Actually written April 13. I was saying that the musketry broke out pretty freely from all quarters
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), Index (search)
Phillips, Charles Appleton, 169. Picket line, described, 301. Piney Branch church, 104. Platt, Edward Russell, 123. Pleasonton, Alfred, 75, 79, 80; Lyman with, 14; for command, 60. Pleasants, Henry, 195, 198. Plunder, demoralizing effect, 40; Hancock and, 288. Point of Rocks, Appomattox River, 193. Pontoon bridge, 130, 159. Po-Ny, 119. Pope, John, 60. Poplar Grove church, 234. Porter, David Dixon, 249. Porter, Georgia Ann (Patterson), 249. Porter, Horace, 142. Potter, Alonzo, 167. Potter, Robert Barnwell, 166, 212, 219, 234, 237, 296, 297, 334. Pourtales, Louis Auguste de, 212. Pratt, Mary, 26. Prisoners, provost, 13; Rebel, 32, 45, 324, 836, 347. Punishments, 243. Raccoon Ford, 19, 68, 69. Races, horse, 321. Railroad construction, 311. Rapidan River, 51. Rawlins, John Aaron, 91n, 114n. Reams' station, 224, 234. Rebels, fighting qualities, 87, 99, 100, 208; privations, 132; valuable qualities, 186; wearing down, 245, 271; deserters, 3
Doc. 26. Bishop Potter's address to the Clergy and congregations of the diocese of Pennsylvania. My dear brethren: The President of the United States, moved by his own sense of duty, and by the request of both Houses of Congress, has designated the last Thursday in September (the 26th inst.) as a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting, for all the people of the nation. He earnestly recommends that the day be observed in all families and churches with religious solemnity, and with a e God of their fathers — their respect for the memory of one of His honored servants, and their desire to extend to those who need it, the Gospel of His grace. Contributions can be sent to John Welsh, Esq., Treasurer of the Episcopal Fund. Alonzo Potter, Bishop of the Diocese of Penpsylvania. Philadelphia, Sept. 2, 1861. Special service for the National fast. Morning Prayer.--Instead of the Venite, the 130th Psalm. Proper Psalms, 51st and 77th. First Lesson, Isaiah 58th. Second
oklyn, D. 84 Porter, George M., D. 57 Porterfield, S. A., Col., proclamation of, to the people of North-Western Virginia, Doc. 324, 344 Portland, Me., Union at, D. 16; attempt on powder-house at, D. 52 Postal affairs, Southern opinions of, D. 80; mails suspended in the seceded States, D. 82; Confederate orders in reference to the post-office, D. 90 See Confederate post-office. Potosi, Mo., taken possession of, D. 71; account of the taking of, Doc. 253 Potter, Alonzo, Bishop--letter to a secessionist, Doc. 292 Pratt, George W., Col. 20th Regiment N. Y. S. M., D. 60; Doc. 198 Pratt, —, Gov. of Md., D. 87 Prayer, Bardwell's, at the opening of the Tenn. legislature, D. 65 Prayer for the Times, Doc. 280 Prentice, George D., P. 17; his retort to Gen. Pillow, P. 2<*> tells where Kentucky will go, P. 3<*> his reply to George Lake, P. 99 Prentiss, —, Gen., interview with Col. Tilghman, D. 60; Doc. 194; reply to Col. Wickl
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Armstrong, John, 1758-1843 (search)
Armstrong, John, 1758-1843 Military officer; born in Carlisle, Pa., Nov. 25, 1758. While a student at Princeton, in 1775, he became a volunteer in Potter's Pennsylvania regiment, and was soon afterwards made an aide-de-camp to General Mercer. He was afterwards placed on the staff of General Gates, and remained so from the beginning of that officer's campaign against Burgoyne until the end of the war, having the rank of major. Holding a facile pen, he was employed to write the famous John Armstrong. Newburgh addresses. They were powerfully and eloquently written. After the war he was successively Secretary of State and Adjutant-General of Pennsylvania; and in 1784 he conducted operations against the settlers in the Wyoming Valley. The Continental Congress in 1787 appointed him one of the judges for the Northwestern Territory, but he declined. Two years later he married a sister of Chancellor Livingston, removed to New York, purchased a farm within the precincts of the old
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Potter, Robert B. 1829-1887 (search)
Potter, Robert B. 1829-1887 Military officer; born in Schenectady, N. Y., July 16, 1829; son of Bishop Alonzo Potter; was a successful lawyer in New York City when the Civil War broke out. He entered the military service as major of the Shepard Rifles, and led the attack with Reno's Zouaves and the 9th New Jersey Regiment on Roanoke Island, Feb. 8, 1862. He was wounded at Newbern; behaved gallantly at the head of his regiment in battles in Virginia, and at Antietam carried the stone bridge on the National left, when he was again wounded. He was in the battle at Fredericksburg, and was made brigadier-general of volunteers in March, 1863. He commanded a division in the siege of Vicksburg, was active in the defence of Knoxville, and commanded a corps against Longstreet in Tennessee. In command of a division in the Army of the Potomac, he was distinguished throughout the Richmond campaign in 1864-65, and was shot through the body at Petersburg (April 2, 1865), but recovered. He w
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