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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The treatment of prisoners during the war between the States. (search)
onel--Oh, God! Oh, God! My God, what did you shoot me for? Why didn't you tell me to go on? I never heard you say anything to me! --and with a few such exclamations, he sank upon the ground; and then fell, or rather rolled, down the embankment. Colonel Jones has been in the barracks so short a time, that I have not had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. I have only learned that he is an intelligent physician, of considerable property and influence, and that he is from Middlesex county, Virginia. Since he came to Fort Delaware, he has been, constantly, suffering with some affection of the feet, causing lameness. At the time he was shot, he was hobbling along, with one shoe, and was carefully stepping down a rough place, near the water-house, buttoning his pants. He could not have been more than twenty steps from the point of the musket. It is said that the murderer seemed, all day, to be seeking an opportunity to shoot some one. It is also reported that Captain Ahl
misapprehension of General Wistar's orders, General Kilpatrick marched direct to West-Point, where he arrived about the same time with General Wistar. A small cavalry force was then despatched to New Market, and the infantry and artillery moved out as far as Little Plymouth, while Kilpatrick scouted across the Dragon River and tried to cross at Old and New Bridge, but could not, owing to the swollen state of the stream. Our forces then moved down through the counties of King and Queen, Middlesex and Gloucester, making many captures and destroying large quantities of supplies. King and Queen Court-House was destroyed, and when near Carrolton's store, Colonel Onderdonk, commanding the First New York Mounted Rifles, and Colonel Spear, of the Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry, came upon the looked — for rebel force of cavalry and citizens. This was in the midst of a severe rain-storm which had been pouring all day, and the mud was knee-deep; yet the rebels were gallantly charged, disper
Colonel Kilpatrick's brigade in one of the most brilliant acts of the war. He left Gloucester Point on Saturday last, and passing in a north-easterly direction through Gloucester County, crossed the Dragon River at Saluta, and thence through Middlesex County to Urbanna, on the Rappahannock; crossing that river to Union Point, Colonel Kilpatrick proceeded through Westmoreland and King George counties to near the headquarters of General Hooker without losing a single man of his command. The rebel. The bridge was then destroyed. Here, to foil the enemy, the command moved forward in several columns. The principal one on the right, under Colonel Hasbrouck Davis, took a southerly direction, and went to Pine Tree, in the lower part of Middlesex County. The people of this hitherto unrivalled region were completely taken by surprise; they did not deem it possible that the much hated Yankees would dare visit that spot; in fact, it was a place so secluded that some of the large planters near
derate prisons. battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. Williamsburg Road, Va., June 18, 1862 29 Gettysburg, Pa. 23 Oak Grove, Va., June 25, 1862 4 Locust Grove, Va. 2 Glendale, Va. 7 Wilderness, Va. 10 Malvern Hill, Va. 1 Spotsylvania, Va. 12 Manassas, Va. 31 Totopotomoy, Va. 1 Fredericksburg, Va. 4 Petersburg, Va. 6 Chancellorsville, Va. 19 Picket Line 1 Present, also, at Chantilly; Wapping Heights; North Anna; Cold Harbor. notes.--Recruited mostly in Middlesex County. The colonelcy was tendered to Powell T. Wyman, a graduate of West Point, who was in Europe when the war broke out, but returned and offered his services to his State. The regiment left Massachusetts August 17, 1861, and proceeded to Old Point Comfort, Va., where it encamped for the winter. In May, 1862, it went to Suffolk, and in June joined McClellan's army, then before Richmond, when it was assigned to Grover's (1st) Brigade, Hooker's (2d) Division, Third Corps. Within a few days
on five hundred thousand bushels. The people are intelligent and industrious, and, having been left pretty much to themselves during the present political troubles, have, for the most part, observed an outward neutrality. The majority of the people have been devotedly attached to the Union, but, from motives of prudence, have acquiesced with the action of the State in going out of the Union. Many of the young men, however, in the early part of the struggle, went over to the mainland, in Middlesex and Gloucester counties, and to Yorktown, and joined the rebel forces there. Others of them remained at home, but formed organizations, obtained arms, and practised military evolutions, with the avowed purpose of aiding the rebel cause. These organizations embraced fully three thousand men. There are thirty-two churches in the county, of which four are Episcopal, one Catholic, two Presbyterian, six Baptist, one Universalist, and seventeen Methodist. Northampton County, the more southern
Remarkable Coincidence — was it accident?--It has already been noticed, that the attack upon the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment at Baltimore, occurred on the anniversary of the battle of Lexington--the one being on April 19th, 1861, and the other on April 19th, 1775, just 86 years previous. This fact was remarkable, but not as much as another in the same connection. It appears from a Boston letter in the New York World, that that Regiment was all from Middlesex County, which embraces the battle-fields of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. One or two of the companies are entirely composed of the lineal descendants of the patriots who were in the Concord fight. The gallant Sixth was first sent forward because it first reported itself at Headquarters with fullest ranks. Col. Jones received his orders at Lowell on Monday night at 11 o'clock, in the midst of a driving northeast storm. He mounted his horse, and rode all night through the scattered towns in which his companies wer
cessity of keeping a small cavalry force in the vicinity of Gloucester Point, say one squadron, which would be subsisted (both men and horses) without expense to the Government, for the purpose of protecting the road leading to Richmond. If this were done, large quantities of beef, mutton, bacon, and such things as are necessary for the sick and wounded, would be sent to the latter place. This force would keep open the road to Richmond, leading from the counties of King and Queen, Essex, Middlesex, and Matthews, in all of which counties are large military stores. While at Gloucester Point, my picket reported a large transport, filled with men, leaving the wharf at York. She went out of the river, and returned, in the course of six or eight hours, light, and when I left, was loading with stores of some sort. The citizens in the vicinity of Gloucester Point reported to me that the guns in the fort at York had been bursted some short time before. The reports induced me to belie
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 12.89 (search)
, Sumner's headquarters, and which is directly opposite Fredericksburg and on the hill above the river. The Rappahannock, drawing its sources from the Blue Ridge mountains, drains the counties of Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper, while the Rapidan,its twin sister, flowing through Madison, Green and Orange, unites with it some twelve miles above Fredericksburg. From that point the river tranquilly meanders through a beautiful country until, passing between the counties of Lancaster and Middlesex, it is lost in the waters of the Chesapeake bay. It is navigable for steamboats and small sailing vessels ninety-two miles from its mouth to Fredericksburg, the head of navigation. There are two fords between the city and the junction of the Rapidan. Three miles above by the Spotsylvania side, or six by the Stafford side, is Banks' ford, and above that is the United States, or Mine, or Bark Mill ford. On the Rappahannock, above the union of the two streams, comes first Richards' ford
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lee, William 1737-1795 (search)
Lee, William 1737-1795 Diplomatist; born in Stratford, Va., in 1737: brother of Richard Henry and Arthur; was agent for Virginia in London, and became a merchant there. The city of London being overwhelmingly Whig in politics, William Lee was elected sheriff of that city and Middlesex county in 1773. In 1775 he was chosen alderman, but on the breaking out of the war in America retired to France. Congress appointed him commercial agent at Nantes at the beginning of 1777, and he was afterwards American minister at The Hague. Mr. Lee was also agent in Berlin and Vienna, but was recalled in 1779. In 1778 Jan de Neufville, an Amsterdam merchant, procured a loan to the Americans from Holland, through his house, and, to negotiate for it, gained permission of the burgomasters of Amsterdam to meet Lee at Aix-la-Chapelle. There they arranged terms for a commercial convention proper to be entered into between the two republics. When Lee communicated this project to the American commis
hiladelphia, on the 18th of April. I now proceed with the narrative. The Third and Fourth Regiments were composed of companies belonging to towns in Norfolk, Plymouth, and Bristol Counties. The Sixth and Eighth were almost exclusively from Middlesex and Essex Counties. The field-officers of the Third were David W. Wardrop, of New Bedford, colonel; Charles Raymond, of Plymouth, lieutenant-colonel; John H. Jennings, of New Bedford, major; Austin S. Cushman, of New Bedford, adjutant; Edward aroused it like a giant to defend its life. This was the anniversary of the battle of Lexington, in which, on the soil of Massachusetts, the first blood was shed in the struggle for Independence in 1775. This regiment came from the county of Middlesex, in which are Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill; and some of the men who were attacked in Baltimore were the direct descendants of the men who breasted the power of England in those memorable conflicts. At midnight on the 18th, reports rea
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