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John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life, I. The tocsin of war. (search)
troops went forth from the towns in the shore counties of Massachusetts. Most of the companies in the regiments that were called reported for duty at Boston this Adjutant Hinks Notifying Captain Knott V. Martin. very 16th--two companies from Marblehead being the first to arrive. One of these companies was commanded by Captain Knott V. Martin, who was engaged in slaughtering hogs when Adjutant (now Major-General) E. W. Hinks rode up and instructed him to report on Boston Common in the morningly on the departure of these dear ones, who were going no one knew just where, and would return — perhaps never; so there were many touching scenes witnessed at the various railway stations, as the men boarded the trains for Boston. When these Marblehead companies arrived at that city the enthusiasm was something unprecedented, and as a new detachment appeared in the streets it was cheered to the echo all along its line of march. The early months of the war were stirring ones for Boston; for n
assed through New York on their march to the south. It is composed of six companies: Newburyport Artillery, Newburyport Light Infantry, Gloucester Artillery, Lynn City Guards, Capt. Hundson, Lynn Light Infantry, Capt. Frazer, Lafayette Guards, Marblehead, Capt. Orne, all of Essex County, numbering twelve hundred. They are all picked men, those of Gloucester and Marblehead being stout and sturdy fishermen; those from Lynn and Newburyport chiefly shoemakers. Many of the members of the two Lynn r, Lafayette Guards, Marblehead, Capt. Orne, all of Essex County, numbering twelve hundred. They are all picked men, those of Gloucester and Marblehead being stout and sturdy fishermen; those from Lynn and Newburyport chiefly shoemakers. Many of the members of the two Lynn companies served thoughout the Mexican campaign. All of the men were in the best of spirits. Brig.-Gen. Benj. F. Butler and Quartermaster John Moran, of Boston, accompany the Regiment.--(Doc. 72.)--N. Y. Tribune, April 20.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
from the Capital responded to by the Governor, that before sunset of the same day, orders were in the hands of Colonel Wardrop, of the Third Regiment, at New Bedford; of Colonel Packard, of the Fourth, at Quincy; of Colonel Jones, of the Sixth, at Lowell; and of Colonel Munroe, of the Eighth, at Lynn, to muster forthwith on Boston Common. As in 1775, so now, the first companies that appeared, in response to the call of authority for the protection of the liberties of the people, came from Marblehead. These appeared on the evening of the 15th, and early the following day the four regiments called for were on Boston Common, mustered in regular order, with banners flying and bayonets gleaming, and each company with full ranks. These companies had arrived by different railways. They had left their homes with the blessings of neighbors and friends, who assured them that their families should be taken care of during their absence, as adopted children. They were cheered on the way by the
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
yler, Massachusetts. Schooner Annie Dees 16,637 09 2,027 89 14,609 20 do Dec. 8, 1863 Seneca, G. W. Blunt, Canandaigua, Flag, Mem phis, Powhatan, Housatonic, Marblehead, Mercedita, Flambeau, Keystone State. Steamer Anglia 95,110 21 10,260 31 84,849 90 do Nov. 5, 1863 Restless, Flag. Schooner Aigburth 3,106 54 1,784 74 1,3 Unadilla, Dandelion, and South Carolina. 1,842 55 490 84 1,351 71 Philadelphia   Powhatan, New Ironsides, Canandaigua, Housatonic, Paul Jones, Huron, Unadilla, Marblehead, Wamsutta, Augusta, Lodona, Stettin, Dandelion, Para, South Carolina. Steamer Cuba, cargo of 778 84 129 54 649 20 Key West Mar. 29, 1864 De Soto. Schooner5 do Feb. 17, 1863 Union. Schooner Guide. 20,407 67 1,549 53 18,858 14 do Nov. 6, 1862 Huron. Schooner Glide 22,980 84 1,609 21 21,371 63 do Oct. 14, 1864 Marblehead, Passaic, Arago, Caswell. Schooner Garonne 3,130 70 1,079 44 2,051 26 New York Mar. 11, 1863 Santee. Schooner Gipsy. 9,162 97 1,397 23 7,765 74 do Aug. 20
A patriotic family.--David Norton, of Candia, N. H., has all his sons-William C., David T., Richard E., and Henry C.--in the Federal army. Mr. Norton himself served in the war of 1812, and was on duty at Marblehead when the ship Constitution was chased into port by two British seventy-four gun ships. His father, Mr. Simon Norton, who was born at Chester, N. H., 1760, enlisted when fifteen years of age, and served throughout the Revolutionary War. He was in the battles at Bunker's Hill and at Bennington, and went South under General Washington. In 1775 and 1776 he was in Breed's regiment, under Capt. Emerson, of Candia. Henry C., the youngest son, seventeen years old, was in the battle of Bull Run under Colonel Marston, of the New Hampshire Second, and was there wounded by a rifle ball. The ball tore away his hat band, and, glancing along the skull several inches, lodged there and was not extracted till he reached Washington, he walking the whole distance. The next morning the
arked as a like pronunciation in Virginia, and, until lately, the pronunciation in England. For example, the proper name Currier was always pronounced as if spelled K-i-a-h, and the highest courts in New Hampshire have judicially determined them to be idem sonans. Goodrich was pronounced as if spelled G-u-t-r-i-d-g-e; Seelye as if spelled C-i-l-l-e-y; and Seabrook as if spelled S-a-y-b-r-o-o-k. These pronunciations show their English tone. They found no imitation in Massachusetts save in Marblehead, a purely English settlement, where Crowninshield was pronounced as if spelled G-r-u-n-s-e-l, and Florence as if spelled F-l-u-r-r-y. The English blood is also seen from the fact that in the earlier times, in the courts of New Hampshire, more form and ceremony was observed, and more outward respect was paid to the judges. This was continued down to a later day than in any other colony. The towns of New Hampshire, being on the frontier and in the direct line between Massachusetts and
erred to the ship Constitution, and I answered: Yes, that is just what I am here for. Are those your orders? Then the old ship is safe. I have no orders, said I; I am carrying on war now on my own hook; I cut loose from my orders when I left Philadelphia. What do you want me to do to save the Constitution? I want some sailor men, he answered, for I have no sailors;. I want to get her out, and get her afloat. Oh, well, said I, I have plenty of sailor men from the town of Marblehead, where their fathers built the Constitution. Well, said he, can you stop and help me? I must stop, I replied. I can go no further at present, and I propose to stop here and hold this town. Oh, well, said he, you can do that as long as we can keep off any force by sea. This peninsula is connected with the mainland by a little neck not half a mile wide, and a small body of troops there posted, can hold off a large force. Now, General, he added, won't you come over with me and take
communication with Norfolk. Annexed please find a list of my killed and wounded. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, John Kurtz. Killed.--Lieut. John Goodwin, private John Shaw, both of company B, of Marblehead. Wounded.--Company B, Sergeant Gamaliel H. Morse, seriously, in shoulder and breast. Company I, private Frank Howard, seriously, by deep flesh wounds on inside of both thighs. Company D, private John Battles, slightly; Wm. H. Jennings, sliecticut.--Col. Chas. L. Russell, Lieut. Stillman, and two others, names unknown yet. Fifty-First New-York.--Wm. H. Banker, Private Co. I; Private Nicholas Darling, Co. A. Twenty--Third Massachusetts.--Lieut. John Goodwin, Jr., of Co. B, Marblehead, Mass., shot through the body by a cannon-ball. Lieut. Col. Viguier de Monteuil, of the D'Epineuil Zouaves, killed by a ball in the head while gallantly urging the Ninth New-York forward, in the desperate charge just before the evacuation of th
Religious music Among the Soldiers.--A letter from Hatteras Inlet (N. C.) says: The New-England troops excel in the musical faculty, and in every regiment from Massachusetts, Connecticut or New-Hampshire, music-teachers or good singers abound, and many an otherwise tedious evening has thus been beguiled by the elevating influence of music. In this respect no regiment, perhaps, is more favored than the Massachusetts Twenty-third, composed chiefly of Salem, Marblehead, Danvers and Boston men. Many of the officers were members of the best musical societies, and leaders or pillars in their church choirs kat home. Could their friends have looked in upon us on board of the Highlander, during many of the boisterous nights we have been anchored in this Sound, while the storm howled without, they might have heard: “Perhaps Dundee's wild, warbling measures rise, Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the name, Or noble Elgin beat the heavenward flame.” On board of the Huzzar, which carries
Yankee management.--The following letter published in the Marblehead, Mass., Ledger, describes a shrewd Yankee trick: United States Brig Bohio, Sunday, March 9, 1862. dear Parents: The Bohio has been at work again. Yesterday, at six A. M., we sighted a schooner in the horizon, hoisted the Spanish ensign, and she did the same, but as soon as we ran up the Stars and Stripes she hauled to the wind and tried to escape; we put on sail after sail, till we had twenty-one sail set; but the schooner was a smart sailer, and we did not gain any. We then run out the guns, and fired two shots at her, but she did not mind it. The Captain ordered the sails to be wet down, and they were drenched, and we began to come up with her. At last we resorted to strategy, and rigged a smoke-stack amidships, and built a fire, and soon had steam on. As soon as she saw this, she hove to, thinking we were a steamer, and would soon catch her. We boarded her, and found her to be the Henry Travers, of N
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