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impart new life, courage, and confidence to our enemies. They will say to their troops: You see how these scoundrels run when you stand up to them. July, 29 Was slightly unwell this morning; but about noon accompanied General Reynolds, Colonel Wagner, Colonel Heffron, and a squad of cavalry, up the valley, and returned somewhat tired, but quite well. Lieutenant-Colonel Owen was also of the party. He is fifty or fifty-five years old, a thin, spare man, of very ordinary personal appearancched the road, a mile and a half south of camp, and went to my quarters fast as my legs could carry me. I found my detail for picket duty waiting and wondering what could so detain the officer of the day. July, 31 The Fifteenth Indiana, Colonel Wagner, moved up the valley eight miles. The sickly months are now on us. Considerable dysentery among the men, and many reported unfit for duty. Mv limbs are stiff and sore from yesterday's exercise, but my adventure proves to have been a l
the higher points was being fired rapidly. The skirmishers were advancing cautiously, and the contest between the two lines was quite exciting. As I supposed, our army is feeling its way into position. To-morrow, doubtless, the grand battle will be fought, when I trust the good Lord will grant us a glorious victory, and one that will make glad the hearts of all loyal people on NewYear's Day. I saw Lieutenant-Colonel Given, Eighteenth Ohio. Twelve of his men had been wounded. Met Colonel Wagner, Fifteenth Indiana. Starkweather's brigade lost its wagon train this forenoon. Jeff C. Davis, I am told, was wounded this evening. A shell exploded near a group, consisting of General Rosecrans and staff, killing two horses and wounding two men. Stone river. December, 31 At six o'clock in the morning my brigade marches to the front and forms in line of battle. The roar of musketry and artillery is incessant. At nine o'clock we move into the cedar woods on the right to sup
sh la machree. Thy sons they are brave; but the battle once over, In brotherly peace with their foes they agree, And the roseate cheeks of thy daughters discover, The soul-speaking blush that says cush la machree. March, 17 Dined with General Wagner, and, in company with Wagner and General Palmer, witnessed an artillery review. March, 18 My brigade is still at work on the fortifications. They are, however, nearly completed. Shelter tents were issued to our division to-day. WeWagner and General Palmer, witnessed an artillery review. March, 18 My brigade is still at work on the fortifications. They are, however, nearly completed. Shelter tents were issued to our division to-day. We are still using the larger tent; but it is evidently the intention to leave these behind when we move. Last fall the shelter tents were used for a time bv the Pioneer Brigade. They are so small that a man cannot stand up in them. The boys were then very bitter in condemnation of them, and called them dog tents and dog pens. Almost every one of these tents was marked in a way to indicate the unfavorable opinion which the boys entertained of them, and in riding through the company quarters o
rmission to enter and subdue the flames. June, 3 Our division was reviewed to-day. The spectators were numerous, numbering among other distinguished personages Generals Rosecrans, Thomas, Crittenden, Rousseau, Sheridan, and Wood. The weather was favorable, and the review a success. In the evening, a large party gathered at Negley's quarters, where lunch and punch were provided in abundance. Generals Wood and Crittenden, of the Twentyfirst Army Corps, claimed that I did not beat Wagner fairly in the horse-race the other day. I expressed a willingness to satisfy them that I could do so any day; and, further, that my horse could out-go any thing in the Twenty-first Corps. The upshot of the matter is that we have a race arranged for Friday afternoon at four o'clock. The party was a merry one; gentlemen imbibed freely. General Rosecrans' face was as red as a beet; he had, however, been talking with ladies, and being a diffident man, was possibly blushing. Wood persisted
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The siege of Morris Island. (search)
se our troops came within reach of the guns of Wagner, when a halt was made, and some intrenchments mter. General Gillmore was now convinced that Wagner was too strong to be taken by assault, and couheir fire at the for, while the others engaged Wagner. When the firing ceased on the 23d, the fort rd parallel, four hundred and fifty yards from Wagner, was opened on the 9th of August. The approaceventy prisoners. The alarm opened the guns of Wagner, and brought a shower of grape, which killed aed the same night, within two hundred yards of Wagner. This was the most advanced parallel. Beyondspector of the department reported that unless Wagner should soon fall the troops would not be in a ry Gregg having failed, it became evident that Wagner must be stormed, if taken at all, and this wasSullivan's Islands. On the return I went into Wagner, and never before saw a place in such universa broke ground to erect a heavy battery between Wagner and Gregg there occurred an event which seemed[3 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
, under General Order 77, revoking details, etc. I don't wonder, for there has been the natural confusion consequent upon a conflict of authority between Gen. Kemper and the Bureau of Conscription. About as many details have been made by the one authority as have been enrolled by the other. November 26 Clear and frosty. The following dispatch was received to-day from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, Nov. 25th, 1864. Arrived late last night, and take command this morning. We learn from Gen. Wagner, who holds the Oconee Railroad bridge, that the enemy has not crossed the river in any force. He has concentrated in Milledgeville, and seems to be tending South. Our cavalry, under Wheeler, is in his front, and has been ordered to destroy every vestige of subsistence and forage as it retires; to hang upon his flanks, and retard his progress by every possible means. I am informed the brigades from Southwest Virginia have joined Wheeler. President's dispatch of 23d just received. B
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 47 (search)
ued by every succeeding Secretary of War, enables the enemy to obtain information of all our troubles and all our vulnerable points. The United States can get recruits under the conviction that there will be little or no more fighting. Some $40,000 worth of provisions, belonging to speculators, but marked for a naval bureau and the Mining and Niter Bureau, have been seized at Danville. This is well — if it be not too late. A letter from Mr. Trenholm, Secretary of the Treasury, to Mr. Wagner, Charleston, S. C. (sent over for approval), appoints him agent to proceed to Augusta, etc., with authority to buy all the cotton for the government, at $1 to $1.25 per pound; and then sell it for sterling bills of exchange to certain parties, giving them permission to remove it within the enemy's lines; or better still, to have it shipped abroad on government account by reliable parties. This indicates a purpose to die full-handed, if the government must die, and to defeat the plans of
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 18: battle of Sharpsburg, or Antietam. (search)
icer of the Topographical Engineers walked into the open, in front of our lines, fixed his plane table and seated himself to make a map of the Confederate works. A non-commissioned officer, without orders, adjusted his gun, carefully aimed it, and fired. At the report of the gun all eyes were turned to see the occasion of it, and then to observe the object, when the shell was seen to explode as if in the hands of the officer. It had been dropped squarely upon the drawing-table, and Lieutenant Wagner was mortally wounded. Of this shot, Captain A. B. More, of Richmond, Virginia, wrote, under date of June 16, 1886,-- The Howitzers have always been proud of that shot, and, thinking it would interest you, I write to say that it was fired by Corporal Holzburton, of the Second Company, Richmond Howitzers, from a ten-pound Parrott. Of the first shot, Major Alfred A. Woodhull, under date of June 8, 1886, wrote,--On the 17th of September, 1862, I was standing in Weed's battery, wh
They ran away like deer, some crawling on their hands and knees. See Life Afloat and Ashore, Judge Cowley, page 93. By this time the enemy was in full retreat, and the conflict was virtually ended. The demoralization of the negro troops at the supreme moment threw the ranks of the Federals into disorder. The converging fire of artillery and infantry on the narrow approach prevented a rally. Few could move within the fatal area and live. After the second successful defence of Wagner, the remainder of the month of July and the early part of August were employed in establishing batteries to bombard Sumter. At 1.30 P. M. on September 6th, an attempt was made to carry Battery Gregg. In five minutes the conflict was ended. Fort Wagner had now been held under a furious cannonade by land and sea, night and day, for fifty-seven days, and General Beauregard, who had been for some time considering the case, and to save the brave men forming the garrison of Wagner from t
June 18. The fort over Eastern Branch, near Washington, D. C., in the vicinity of the hamlet Good hope, hitherto known as Fort Good Hope, was named Fort Wagner, in honor of Lieut. Wagner, of the Topographical Engineers, who died of wounds received near Yorktown, on the seventeenth of April last. Col. Averill returned to the headquarters of General McClellan, on the Chickahominy, from a scout to the Mattapony, in search of a band of guerrillas. They were found to have left the previous day. He destroyed the bridge, took a number of wagons and carts loaded with supplies for Richmond, destroyed a large amount of rebel grain, and captured several important prisoners. A reconnoissance was this day made by the Sixteenth Massachusetts, under Col. P. T. Wyman, for the purpose of ascertaining the exact character of the ground in front of the picket-line at Fair Oaks, Va.--(Doc. 135.) A band of rebels were attacked by Major Zeley and a party of Union troops, near Smithvil
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