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nor Philadelphia, nor Washington, will our armies suffer defeat. We went down to Bull Run, as I had the honor to remark in conversation with a gentleman to-day, a congregation of town meetings without a leader. (Laughter.) Wheresoever we march again we march as an army, disciplined, drilled, thoroughly banded, and ably commanded, the men knowing who their commanders are. And we will not be content much longer with defending Washington under the walls of the Capitol nor on the banks of the Potomac. (Applause.) Washington shall be defended at Charleston, South Carolina; at Savannah, Georgia; at the city of New Orleans, and all the way up the Mississippi. (Great applause.) The Union men of the South shall be liberated by the arms of the men of the North and the West; and all men capable of bearing arms, capable of allegiance, will yet be summoned, unless a blight or blast shall smite the head of every American statesman in America — shall be summoned to the American standard wherever
Doc. 76. affair at Quantico Creek, Va. Lieutenant Harrell's report. U. S. Steamer Union, Acquia Creek, Oct. 11, 1861. sir: I have the honor to submit the following report for your information: Being informed of a large schooner lying in Quantico or Dumfries Creek, and knowing also that a large number of troops were collected at that point, with the view of crossing the Potomac River, as was reported to me, I conceived it to be my duty to destroy her. With this object in view I took two launches and my boat and pulled in for the vessel at half-past 2 o'clock this morning. One of the launches was commanded by Midshipman W. F. Stewart, accompanied by the Master, Edward L. Haynes, of the Rescue, and the other by Acting Master Amos Foster, of the Resolute. I also took with me the pilot of the vessel, Lewis Penn. Some little difficulty was experienced in finding the entrance to the creek, which you will remember is very narrow, but having found it we pulled up this crooked
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 90. battle of Bolivar Heights, Va. Fought October 16, 1861. (search)
nies (A, D, F, and G) of the Twenty-eighth regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, three companies (C, I, and K) of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers, and three companies of the Third Wisconsin regiment, numbering in all about six hundred men, and two pieces of cannon, under command of Captain Tompkins of the Rhode Island battery. and two pieces of the Ninth New York battery, under Lieutenant Martin. About one hundred men of the Massachusetts regiment were left on the north side of the Potomac River, and the two pieces of the Rhode Island battery were placed on the Maryland Heights; one of the New York guns on the railroad opposite Harper's Ferry, and the other to command the approach from Pleasant Valley (in Virginia). The command of all the troops thus left I confided to Major Gould. The object for which the river had been crossed having been accomplished, on Tuesday night, I had determined to re-cross the river on Wednesday, and permit the troops to return to their various reg
rs Tammany regiment, camp Lyon, near Poolesville, Md., Nov. 4, 1861. To His Excellency Edwin D. Morgan, Governor of the State of New York: sir: I herewith transmit to you a complete report of an engagement with the rebels at a point on the Potomac River, in the State of Virginia, known as Ball's Bluff, in which the Tammany regiment from New York City were active participants. On the morning of the 21st ult. Col. Coggswell received orders from Brig.-Gen. Stone to hold the regiment in readineint two miles below Conrad's Ferry, in the State of Maryland. On arriving at the point, the whole regiment was transported in good order and without accident to Harrison's Island, about midway between the Maryland and Virginia shores, in the Potomac River. Here, in accordance with the orders of the General in command, the regiment commenced crossing to the Virginia shore to a steep acclivity, some fifty feet in height. The passage across was slow and tedious, owing to the inadequate means of