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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 16. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.36 (search)
hal Saxe lost but two and a half per cent. At Zurich Massena lost but eight per cent. At Lagriz Frederick lost but six and a half per cent. At Malplaquet Marlborough lost but ten per cent., and at Ramillies the same intrepid commander lost but six per cent. At Contras Henry of Navarre was reported as cut to pieces, yet his loss was less than ten per cent. At Lodi Napoleon lost one and one-fourth per cent. At Valmy Frederick lost but three per cent., and at the great battles of Marengo and Austerlitz, sanguinary as they were, Napoleon lost an average of less than fourteen and a half per cent. At Magenta and Solferino, in 1859, the average loss of both armies was less than nine per cent. At Koniggratz, in 1866, it was six per cent. At Worth, Specheran, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte and Sedan, in 1870, the average loss was twelve per cent. At Linden General Moreau lost but four per cent., and the Archduke John lost but seven per cent. in killed and wounded. Americans can scarcely call thi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Robert Edward Lee. (search)
ng order for the movement of the morrow. The facts of the enemy's position and the surrounding topography had just been ascertained. The genius of the commander, justly weighing the character of his adversary, the nature of the country, and the priceless gift in his own hands of such a thunder-bolt of war, such a Titanic force as Jackson, instantly devised that immortal flank march which will emblazon Chancellorsville on the same roll of deathless fame with Blenheim, with Leuthen, with Austerlitz, and Jena. The battle of Chancellorsville will rank with the model battles of history. It displayed Lee in every character of military greatness. Nothing could exceed the sublime intrepidity with which, leaving Early to dispute the heights of Fredericksburg against Sedgwick's imposing force, he himself led five weak divisions to confront Hooker's mighty host. Lee meant to fight, but not in the dark. He meant first to look his adversary in the eye. He meant to see himself how to aim
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorial services in Memphis Tenn., March 31, 1891. (search)
Beauregard. The Union army made a terrific assault on the Confederate's left and drove it back and would have gained the victory, but for the fact that Johnston rallied his forces with marvellous speed and coolness, encouraged his men by his presence and example, and strengthened the position with reinforcements. He was in the thickest of the fight, and sometimes leading regiments to the charge whose officers had fallen. In this battle he displayed all the dash and genius of Napoleon at Austerlitz. He viewed the theatre of war as a skilful player would a game of chess. When the several parts or pieces were not properly supported, he considered that the game of war was badly played. Johnston's faculty for military combinations on a large scale, in which the several parts will support each other in any emergency, was one of his most prominent characteristics. Long before the battle of Seven Pines, where he was wounded and disabled, he demonstrated to the Confederate War Department
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Joseph E. Johnston. (search)
ered the movements which snatched, from the very jaws of death, the last Confederate victory. In the thrilling game of chess, which he now played, no pawn was taken without his leave, while he darted forward and back ward upon the board, each time giving check to the king. That game was played with the coolness and consummate skill of a master hand, which knew no pause, no tremor, no uncertainty, and only lacked the force of numbers, which genius could not create, to shine by the side of Austerlitz. It was the grand audacity of a conscious master, whose nerve matched his skill; whose ministers were strength and swiftness. His first movement was with the troops of Bragg's then near Goldsboro, added to those of D. H. Hill, just arrived from Charlotte, to strike Schofield at Kingston. The blow was sufficient to scotch Schofield's advance. Bragg's troops and those of the Army of Tennessee were now ordered to Smithfield, midway between Raleigh and Goldsboro—it being at the moment un
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.3 (search)
it, the rank and file, when properly led, never failed to do their whole duty as long as human nature could endure, with a heroism that has never been equalled. Gallant knights they were, Nature's own true noblemen, though coarse might be their garb, and uncouth their exterior— Brave knights, and true as ever drew Their swords with knightly Roland, Or died at Sobieski's side For love of martyr'd Poland, Or knelt with Cromwell's Ironsides Or bled with great Gustavus, Or on the plains of Austerlitz Breathed out their dying aves? Comrades of those glorious days, our ranks are forever broken, and the splendid regiments whose martial array once gladdened our eyes and our hearts, shall never answer again but to the roll call of the last day, when the trumpet of resurrection shall sound the reveille of the dead! They sleep their last sleep, They have fought their last battle. On Fame's eternal camping ground Their silent tents are spread, And Honor guards with solemn round The bivoua
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General J. E. B. Stuart. (search)
rons he put in the field; still those that survive revere his memory, and will ever honor his name, for the ties that bind old soldiers cannot for light and trivial causes be destroyed. Men who have espoused a common cause and who have experienced hardships together, who have touched elbows and fought under the same banner, always have mutual regard and esteem one for the other. We have an illustration of this in those brave men who followed Napoleon in his victories at Jena, Marengo and Austerlitz, and in his reverses at Leipsic and Waterloo, in his marches over treacherous and rugged roads, in the midst of ice and snow storms, in his disastrous campaigns in Russia. In 1840, long years after Napoleon's army had been disbanded, and the rattle of musketry and the roar of artillery had been silenced, by the consent of the English government, a small French squadron went out from the French waters to convey the remains of the mighty conqueror to his beloved France from that lonely isle
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Hunter Holmes McGuire, M. D., Ll. D. (search)
egions of Philip as to achieve by them the conquest of Greece, and lead them across wide fields of Asia until their victorious march was stayed on the banks of the far distant Hyphasis? How did the younger Pitt so lead captive the Commons of England, make impotent the resistless logic of Fox, the profound philosphy and the gorgeous rhetoric of Burke, and hold them unbroken, in his resistance to Napoleon's pride, until he himself was stricken to his death by the baleful rays of the Star of Austerlitz? In every human heart, however benighted by ignorance, debauched by sin, or depraved by crime, there remains a susceptibility to the ennobling influences of heroism. Thomas Carlyle has said: It will ever be so. We all love great men; love, venerate and bow down submissive before great men; nay, can we honestly bow down to anything else? Ah, does not every true man feel that he is himself made higher by doing reverence to what is really above him? No nobler or more blessed feeling dwel
Murry at, IV., 92,243; band before headquarters, VIII., 235; Pleasonton's headquarters, VIII., 235. Augur, C. C., II., 320; III., 146; X., 193; 230. Augusta, Ga.: V., 150, 156, 162, 164, 166; powder mills and arsenal, at V., 170; Confederate powder works at, V., 183; ordnance works at, statistics of output, V., 189, 302; VIII., 70, 133; Clinch Rifles at, VIII., 139. Augusta, Ark., II., 350. Augusta,, U. S. S., II., 330; VI., 314. Auslinty, W. J., I., 223. Austerlitz, losses at, X.; 140. Austin, E. F., X., 2. Austin, pilot, VII., 139. Austin, Ark., II., 342. Autocrat of the Breakfast table, O. W. Holmes, IX., 33. Avary, M. L., Recollections of A. H. Stephens, VI., 28. Avengers, VIII., 91. Averell, W. D., cavalry, III., 324, 326, 332. Averell, W. W., I., 317; with staff, I., 339; III., 148, 150; IV., 233, 244. Averell's raid in Western Virginia, II., 342, in Southwestern Virginia, II., 348. Avery Ho
The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Speech of U. S. Senator Benjamin on the Crisis. (search)
ctory, and completely changed the face of affairs. It was a great exploit, worthy of any commander that ever lived, rivalled only by the march of the Consul Nero, when he left Hannibal in the lurch on the Vulturous, and fell upon and destroyed the recruits which his brother was bringing to his army. A flank march, in the face of an enemy in position, says Napoleon, is the most dangerous operation in war. Such a march brought on the rout of Frederick the Great at Kolin, of the Russians at Austerlitz, of Marmont at Salamanca. This operation, delicate as it is, Washington conducted with the most entire success, in the face of an enemy more than doubly as strong as he was, with raw, undisciplined troops in opposition to veterans that had never met their match in Europe, commanded by a man who had been specially selected for the service on account of the supposed superiority of his talents and enterprise. "I will bag my fox in the morning," said Cornwallis, in sportsman's phrase, when ad
Death of a Survivor of Moscow and Austerlitz. --Michael Kersher died in Flagstaff (Me.) on the 12th ult., aged 85 years and 6 months. The Farmington Patriot, of the 28d ult., says: "The deceased was a soldier in the armies of France for fourteen years and nine months, and served under Napoleon Bonaparte in his campaign in Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Prussia and Russia; was in the battles of Moscow, Austerlitz, and several others. He was wounded severely three times — once in the was a soldier in the armies of France for fourteen years and nine months, and served under Napoleon Bonaparte in his campaign in Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Prussia and Russia; was in the battles of Moscow, Austerlitz, and several others. He was wounded severely three times — once in the head by a bullet, once by the stroke of a cutlass on the head, and once by a bayonet thrust through the thigh. Three years of his services were spent in the artillery and the remainder in the cavalry.
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