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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 11: religious life of Lee's Army (search)
was supposed to write in the appropriate place. Dear Brother William could not always burden himself with all these Testaments taken from the dead soldiers' pockets; but because that was not possible, he used to carry a little blank book in which he would copy the home addresses of the dead soldiers and would afterwards write to their friends, telling them where they were buried, and, if possible, how their bodies might be identified. After one of the bloody repulses of the enemy at Spottsylvania in 1864, Brother William was, as usual, out in front of our works, utterly unconscious of his own heroism or his own peril. He had removed the wounded of both sides and taken note of our dead, and was making his memoranda of the home addresses of the Federal dead, when a Minie ball struck his left elbow, shattering it dreadfully. He was at once carried to the field hospital, and some of Barksdale's (now Humphreys') men sent word down the line to me. As soon as our guns were disengaged
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 12: between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville (search)
cer should take his battalion in the field. When this feature was developed, for once he flamed into ungovernable rage. It was the only time I ever heard him swear. Stiles, said he, what do these people take me for? Have I given men any reason to consider me a damned sneak and coward and fool? I cannot forbear a trifling incident, revealing in a flash the simplicity and beauty of his nature and of our relations and intercourse. It occurred at the left base of the Bloody Angle at Spottsylvania in 1864, where one or two of his batteries had been ordered to take the place of some of our artillery which had been captured, and to stay the rout. The guns were in column back of the lines, awaiting our return, we having ridden into that gloomy pit of defeat and demoralization to determine exactly where they should be placed. As we came out, before riding back to bring up the guns, we dismounted in a place of comparative security, just to stretch our limbs and unbend a moment from t
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 17: between Gettysburg and the Wilderness (search)
He proved to be, all in all, such a man as one seldom sees — a combination of Praise God Barebone and Sir Philip Sidney, with a dash of Hedley Vicars about him. He had all the stern grit of the Puritan, with much of the chivalry of the Cavalier and the zeal of the Apostle. No man ever gave himself such a send-off as Calloway did with his battery. He gripped their very souls at the first pass. Not long after he took command the battalion spent a few days in these Poison Fields of Spottsylvania. The very evening we arrived, before we had gotten fixed for the night, a woman of the type of the one above described by Billy came to battalion headquarters and complained that one of the men in that company over yonder --pointing to where Calloway's guns were parked-had gone right into her pig pen, before her very eyes, and killed and carried off her pig. The colonel directed me to look after the matter, and the woman and I walked over to the battery and laid the complaint before
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 18: Campaign of 1864-the Wilderness (search)
at every man in our battery who was absent on furlough the 1st of May, 1864, returned instantly, some of them having just reached home. I cannot forbear mentioning that Billy was one of these latter, and my youngest brother, who had joined us from Georgia some months before, another. Some of these men arrived before we left camp at Morton's Ford; and others walked many hours, following the solemn sound of the firing, and found us in the midst of the sombre Wilderness, and two at bloody Spottsylvania. One of these two, a Petersburg boy, was delayed because of having fought at home one day under Beauregard against Butler. To this I may add the fact that another man of the battery, wounded during the campaign, apologized humbly to the captain for the imprudence which led to his wound, because, as he said, he well understood what the loss of one man meant to us now. Upon the whole, while not formally deciding, as the Supreme Court of Texas recently did in a telegraph case,--as to
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 19: Spottsylvania (search)
Chapter 19: Spottsylvania Death of a gallant boy Mickey free hard to kill the 10th and 12th of May handsome Conduct of the Napoleon section of the Howitzers frying pan as sword and banner prayer with a dying Federal soldier trot out your deaf man and your old Doctor the base of the Bloody Angle the musketry fire majestic equipoise of Marse Robert. At Spottsylvania Court House, when the artillery and infantry arrived and took the place of the gallant cavalrymen, who had ridge above mentioned. The only explanation I can suggest is that the fighting must have been much hotter further to the right. It may be well just here to explain, while we cannot excuse, the existence not alone of the great Salient of Spottsylvania, with its soldier nickname of Bloody Angle, and its fearful lesson of calamity, but also of other like faulty formations in our Confederate battle lines. It was noticeable toward the close of the war what skilful, practical engineers the
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 20: from Spottsylvania to Cold Harbor (search)
Chapter 20: from Spottsylvania to Cold Harbor Another Slide to the east, and another, and another the armies straining like two Coursers, side by side, for the next goal Grant waiting for reinforcements Lee seriously Indisposed one of his three corps commanders disabled by wounds, another by sickness Mickey and the hollow! We almost began to hope that Grant had gotten enough. Even his apparent, yes, real, success at the Salient did not embolden him to attack again at Spottsylvania. He had retired without any serious fighting at Hanover Junction or North Anna, and after feeling our position about Atlee's, he had once more slipped away frs would have retired and given it up long ago. Was he about to do so? The fact is, Grant was waiting for reinforcements. He had been heavily reinforced at Spottsylvania after the 12th of May, but not up to the measure of his desires, or of his needs, either; for he really needed more men-and more, and more. He needed them, he
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 21: Cold Harbor of 1864. (search)
s thus stretched, let me paint for you two or three life and death pictures of Cold Harbor of 1864. The reader may recall our Old Doctor, the chief of our ambulance corps, who helped to rally the Texans and Georgians on the 10th of May at Spottsylvania, first exhorting them as gentlemen, then berating and belaboring them as cowards. No man who was ever in the Howitzers but will appreciate the grim absurdity of this man's feeling a lack of confidence in his own nerve and courage; but he did followed, when, for example, its huge adversary overlapped it upon one flank or upon both; or even turned its flank and took it in reverse — a thing which actually happened at least once in this campaign, when Hancock, on the 10th of May, at Spottsylvania, marched clean and clear around our left flank, and even, for a time, drove us in the fighting there. The men in our line fully appreciated what was happening, and yet there was not the slightest trepidation. Billy chanced to be standing ne
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 24: fatal mistake of the Confederate military authorities (search)
times promoted for gallantry in our service, and even in Lee's glorious army; but the point is, the promotion lagged and followed afar off-so far that, before the tardy recognition came, men had forgotten the heroic deeds that forced it, and the effect was almost, if not altogether, lost. May I be pardoned for referring to my personal experience in this regard, amongst the bitterest of my life. I was recommended for promotion for conduct at The Salient, that is, The Bloody Angle, of Spottsylvania, of the 12th of May, 1864; and the promotion came, but more than six months later, and then the commission gave me rank, not from the date of the engagement, but from the date of its issue; nor was there upon its face the slightest reference to or connection with the glorious 12th of May. I do not think I was ever so disappointed and indignant. I never saw the commission again; my recollection is that I tore it to tatters. I presume it is, in part at least, to the delay in issuing thi
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 25: Potpourri (search)
understand, the above figures represent the number and losses of the Federal armies alone. If so, what a story they tell of the fighting power of the little Confederacy, cut off from the world in its death grapple, opposing the great hosts of the Union with less than one-third their numbers, and meeting, among the overwhelming myriads of its foes, more imported foreigners than the entire number of the native soldiers of the South. In my account of the campaign of 1864, especially of Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor, in noting our first real experience of fighting in the trenches and behind the works, I failed to mention its tendency to demoralize the men. The protection of a little pile of earth being in front of a man and between him and his enemy, his natural tendency is to stay behind it, not only as to part, but as to the whole of his person. I have more than once seen men behind such a line fire their muskets without so much as raising their heads above the curtain of eart
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
Slaves with Confederate armies, 136-37. Smith, Carey, 116-17, 292 Smith, Frederick Waugh, 202 Smith, James Judson, 116-17, 292 Smith, William ( Extra-Billy ), 26, 110-11, 194, 202-206. Smith, William Farrar, 269 Smith, William Nathan Harrell, 27 Snakes, 276-77. Snickersville Blues, 70-71. Snowball battles, 157-58. Soldier life, analysis of, 358-68. Somerville Ford, Va., 232 Southern Historical Society Papers, 286 Spotswood Hotel, Richmond, Va., 45 Spotsylvania, Va.: battle of, 144-45, 156, 241, 248-69, 291, 305; Bloody Angle at, 262-64, 287, 305-306, 342; brick kiln at, 260-61; earthworks at, 288-90, 347 Spotsylvania County, Va., Poison Fields in, 229-31. Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 354 Staunton Artillery (Va.), 196-97. Stevens, Thaddeus, 26, 29 Stiles, Benjamin Edward, 78, 124, 136- 37, 282-83. Stiles, Eugene West, 39, 41, 241, 249-50. Stiles, Joseph Clay, 25, 30, 34, 36-40, 111-15, 138-40, 158-59, 161-62, 182, 189, 356 Stiles, Jos