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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
t Napoleon calls the terrible passage of the bridge of Lodi, the loss was one in four. The proportion of loss in the force engaged in that charge on the 12th of May I do not know; but in one regiment — the centre regiment of one of the brigades, and if more exposed than others I know it not and know not why — the loss was one in two. There was still another account of this scene, but agreeing with the two given above in all of the essential points, written at the time by the now Professor W. W. Smith, of Randolph-Macon College--then a beardless boy serving in the Forty-ninth Virginia regiment--which was so graphic that I will publish it so soon as I can obtain a copy. A similar scene was enacted on the same day near the bloody angle, where General Lee was only prevented from leading Harris' Mississippi brigade into the thickest of that terrible fight by the positive refusal of the men to go forward unless their beloved Chieftain would go to the rear. These three incidents a
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Lee to the rear. (search)
General Lee to the rear. By Professor W. W. Smith, of Randolph Macon College. [In our narrative, in our January, 1880, number, of three occasions on which the men vociferated to General Lee to go to the rear, we promised to give in some future issue the sketch of one of the incidents written at the time by Professor W. W. Smith, then a private in the Forty-ninth Virginia regiment. We have been unable to find the sketch to which we then referred, but are glad to be able to give an extract from a speech made by Professor Smith on Memorial day in Warrenton, Va., June, 1878, in which the incident is eloquently given, if not with the fresh enthusiasm of the boy soldier which characterized the sketch Mr. Smith wrote the day after the blMr. Smith wrote the day after the bloody struggle at Spotsylvania. We regret that we have not space for the whole speech, but give the extract as follows:] We are met, comrades, to pay a brother's tribute to those who marched shoulder to shoulder with us in the army of Northern
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Forrest's operations against Smith and Grierson. (search)
General Forrest's operations against Smith and Grierson. Letter from General Polk.headquarters, Demopolis, March 4, 1864. General Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General, Richmond: I send by Captain Vanderford accompanying dispatches, among them a communication from Major-General Forrest, containing account of his operations in checking and defeating the enemy's cavalry forces, intended to form a junction with his infantry at Meridian. You will perceive that it was a brilliant affai honor to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 20th inst., and am under many obligations for the ordnance stores and train sent to Gainsville. I am also gratified at being able to say that your wishes in regard to the enemy's forces under Generals Smith and Grierson are realized-at least to the extent of defeat and utter rout. We met them on Sunday morning last at Ellis's Bridge, or Succartouchee creek, three miles south of West Point, in front of which Colonel Forrest's brigade was post
Maj. J. S. Robinson, of Chicot county. The commanders of companies were: Capt. A. A. Adair, of Craighead county; Capt. E. McAllister, of Crittenden county; Capt. Henry Hillis, of Craighead county; Capt. John Clendenin, of Phillips county; Capt. W. W. Smith, of Monroe county; Capt. Thomas Westmoreland, of Poinsett county; Capt. J. H. Robinson, of Chicot county, and after his election as major, Captain Craycraft, of Chicot; Capt. Simon P. Hughes, of Monroe, and after his election as lieutenant-eenth, Eighteenth and Col. Batt. Jones' battalion, and sent to the defense of Port Hudson under Colonel Lyles, going through the siege. Its officers and men were surrendered and eventually exchanged, after which the regiment was mounted. Capt. W. W. Smith, of Monroe, was elected associate justice of the supreme court, in which position he died in 1892. Simon P. Hughes was successively attorney-general, governor and associate justice of the supreme court of Arkansas. The Twenty-fifth Arka
al V., 58. Smith, Preston Ii., 288; X., 153. Smith, T., X., 233. Smith, T. B., X., 297. Smith, T. C. H., X., 231. Smith, T. K., I., 248. Smith, T. W., X., 2. Smith, W.: VI., 168, 208; X., 111. Smith, Will, I., 179. Smith, W. B., VI, 162, 301. Smith, W. F., (Baldy): I., 51, 264, 325; II, 296, 297, 328; III., 84, 86, 88, 92, 95, 188, 190, 230, 338, 340; V., 31; X., 183, 200, 226. Smith, W. S.: II., 91, 341, 350; X., 237. Smith, W. W.: VII., 29; trial of, for piracy, VII, 34, 47. Smith,, U. S. S., II., 348. Smith Brigs,, U. S. S., II., 348. Smithfarm, Keedysville, Md. : field hospital at, VII., 263. Smithfield, Va.: II., 348; III., 330; VI., 320. Smithsbury, Md., II., 340. Smyrna Camp ground, Ga., L, 353. Smyrna or Nickajack Creek, Ga., III., 326. Smyth, Sarah A. X., 2. Smyth, T. A.: III., 77; VIII., 102; X., 135. Snake Creek Ix., 95. Snake Creek Gap, Ga
Post-Office Affairs --Appointments.--W. W. Smith, postmaster at Mountain Cave, Fayette county, Va., vice Aug. Vaughan, resigned. Wayne McMahon, postmaster at Guyandotte, Cabell county, Va., vice A. P. Chapman, resigned. John Faris, postmaster at Two-Mile Branch, Smythe county, Va., vice William Stewart, resigned. John H. Plunkett, Sr., postmaster at Spout Spring, Appomattox county, Va., vice Wm. N. Plunkett, resigned.
Company G. --The efforts of this company, (which, under Capt. Gordon's command, has attained a good position in the 1st Regiment,) to get up a ball on a grand and splendid scale, bid fair to be crowned with ample success.--The ball-room in the Mechanics' Institute has been decorated with excellent taste, and so far as the visible attractions are concerned, nothing is lacking. We understand that Smith's celebrated band of music is engaged for the ocsion, and the arrangements for "refreshing" the guests are on a liberal scale. We really hope that Company G will to-night be encouraged by the attendance of a throng, and that the fair ladies will not hesitate to cheer the military men with their presence. The ball commences at half-past 8 o'clock. Price of tickets, admitting a gentleman and two ladies, $2.50.