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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Preface. (search)
ct, and to the belief that it is well to preserve in a permanent form the living realities of the great struggle of the nation in 1861-1865, this book owes its existence. The volumes heretofore published, The Army of Virginia and A War Diary of events in the great Rebellion, continue, with the present volume, my history in chronological order to the end of the war. ond Massachusetts Infantry at the house, the camp and the evening parade, on the fields of the old historic Brook Farm at West Roxbury, are taken from large sketches of house, camp, and field, made on the ground by a private soldier of the Regiment during our occupancy in the spring of 1861. The winter encampment near Frederick, in Maryland, in 1861-1862, is a reproduction of a sketch made by a German artist while we were in camp there. The reports of officers are taken, some from originals in my possession, some from Moore's Rebellion Record, and others from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate armies,
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 1: from Massachusetts to Virginia. (search)
of inquiry, letters offering money and aid, and clothing,--I will not dwell longer on this branch of the subject, but hasten on with a word of my encampment in West Roxbury. On the ninth of May, 1861, moved by the conviction that the men and officers selected for the regiment should be brought together in camp, I directed Mr. R shall get into Boston sometime this afternoon, h added, with one found. Fortunately the ground on which Mr. Copeland happened was the historic Brook Farm, in West Roxbury. Easily accessible, though isolated, its surface diversified with bill and vale, the spot was admirably adapted to all the requirements of an encampment. I co the third of August, the Governor grew rapidly in wisdom. From the eleventh of May to the eighth of July, 1861, the regiment was in camp on Brook Farm, in West Roxbury. To the discipline of that encampment is due the general character and reputation which attended the regiment, wherever it formed an element of an army. If I
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
judgment is entitled to great consideration may be quoted in defence of the policy we adopted for the government of our regiment, I may refer to Macaulay's most excellent comments as vindicating our judgment, when opposed by Governor Andrew at West Roxbury, and for a second time by Governor Banks and the Twelfth Massachusetts Regiment at Darnstown. I now resume this history, to speak first of the portentous orders of those days,--stampedes we called them,when we moved but to halt again upon tnts whom I recommended for promotion as second lieutenants, the action of his Excellency in this matter was entirely acceptable to me so long as I remained Colonel of the Second Massachusetts Regiment; indeed, save that Mr. Stephen M. Weld, of West Roxbury, on the 26th of December, 1861, made application to me to nominate for a commission in my regiment his son, Stephen M. Weld, Jr., adding, that before applying to the Governor of Massachusetts for a commission he would like to know that such ap
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
olgrove, Colonel, in command of the Twenty-seventh Indiana Regiment in Banks's flight to Winchester, 207, -and in the battle of Cedar Mountain, 308, 309 (and notes). Comey, Captain, 241 (note). Cook, Major, Federal officer, wounded and captured at Cedar Mountain, p04. Cooke, John Esten, his Life of Jackson, 117, 129, 130, 156, 184, 198, 199, 210, 212-214, 217-219, 233, 234, 295. Copeland, R. M., Quartermaster of the Second Mass. Regiment, 12; finds a camping-ground for same in West Roxbury, 13. Afterwards Major, on General Banks's staff, 170. His communication to the Boston Advertiser after the battle of Winchester, 255,--and subsequent suspension therefor from the service, 256 (and note). His second appearance in the Boston Advertiser, blaming the War Department, and his final dismissal from the service by the President, 266, 267 (and note). Courtenay, Colonel, commander of Rebel battery under Stonewall Jackson, 199, 235. Crane, Major, 121. Killed at Cedar Mountai