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John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., From the Rapidan to Frying-Pan in October, 1863. (search)
er to present such details and incidents as convey a clear idea of the actual occurrence, then to indulge in historical generalization. Often the least trifling of things are trifles. In October, 1863, General Meade's army was around Culpeper Court-House, with the advance at Mitchell's Station, on the Orange road, and General Lee faced him on the south bank of the Rapidan. One day there came from our signal-station, on Clarke's Mountain, the message: General Meade's Headquarters are at Wallack's, and Pleasanton's at Cumberland, Georgia. General Fitz Lee thereupon sent to General Stuart, after the jocose fashion of General Fitz, to ask why Pleasanton had been sent to Cumberland, Georgia. The message should have been Cumberland George's-the house, that is to say, of the Rev. Mr. George, in the suburbs of Culpeper Court-House. Every day, at that time, the whistle of the Yankee cars, as we used to call them, was heard a few miles off, at Mitchell's Station; and as General Meade
John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., Facetiae of the camp: souvenirs of a C. S. Officer. (search)
nton of the U. S. Army had been sent to Georgia? --a dispatch by signal from corps headquarters having communicated that intelligence. Grand tableau when the affair was explained! General Stuart had signalled: Meade's Headquarters are at Wallack's, and Pleasanton's at Cumberland George's --names of persons residing near Culpeper Court-house. The signal flags had said: Meade's headquarters are at Wallack's, and Pleasanton's at Cumberland Georgia! Ii. In November, 1863, LieutenaWallack's, and Pleasanton's at Cumberland Georgia! Ii. In November, 1863, Lieutenant — was in an old deserted mansion near Culpeper Court-house, with some prisoners confined in the upper rooms; the enemy not being far distant. While waiting, a blaze shot up from a fire which some soldiers had kindled near, and threw the shadow of the Lieutenant on the wall. Thinking the shadow was a human being he called out: Halt! there! No reply from the intruder. Answer, or I fire! The same silence-when the Lieutenant drew a pistol from his belt. The shadow did the sa
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Keene, Laura 1820- (search)
Keene, Laura 1820- Actress; born in Chelsea, London, England, in 1820; real name, Mary Moss; made her first appearance on the stage in London, in 1845; was married to Henry W. Taylor in 1847, and to John Lutz in 1857. She won her greatest successes in light comedy. She first appeared in the United States at Wallack's Theatre, New York, in 1852, where she subsequently took the management of the Varieties Theatre, and later opened a theatre under her name, which she managed till 1863. At this house, in 1858, she first brought out Our American cousin, in which Joseph Jefferson took the part of Asa Trenchard and Edward A. Sothern that of Lord Dundreary, then a minor character, which Mr. Sothern afterwards made the principal one in a new version of the play. In 1860 she brought out The seven sisters, which ran for 169 nights. It was while her company was playing Our American cousin, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, on April 14, 1865, that President Lincoln was fatally shot. She r
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 7: passion flowers 1852-1858; aet. 33-39 (search)
ears later a second volume of verse was published by Ticknor and Fields under the title of Words for the hour. Of this, George William Curtis wrote, It is a better book than its predecessor, but will probably not meet with the same success. She had written plays ever since she was nine years old. In 1857, the same year which saw the publication of Words for the hour, she produced her first serious dramatic work, a five-act drama entitled The world's own. It was performed in New York at Wallack's Theatre, and in Boston with Matilda Heron and the elder Sothern in the leading parts. She notes that one critic pronounced the play full of literary merits and of dramatic defects ; and she adds, It did not, as they say, keep the stage. Yet her brother Sam writes to her from New York: Lenore still draws the best houses; there was hardly standing room on Friday night ; and again: Mr. Russell went last night, a second time, bought the libretto, which I send you by this mail — declares t
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 16: the last of Green Peace 1872-1876; aet. 53-57 (search)
dismantlement and the division of its dear contents. Here I came on my return from Europe in 1844, bringing my dear Julia, then an infant of six months. Uncle John had just bought and fitted it up. Here I came to attend Sister Louisa's wedding, Uncle John being rather distant to me, supposing that I had favored the marriage. Here I saw dear Brother Marion for the last time. Here I came in my most faulty and unhappy period. Here, after my first publications; here, to see my play acted at Wallack's. Here, when death had taken my dearest Sammy from me. Uncle John was so kind and merciful at that time, and always except that once, when indeed he did not express displeasure, but I partly guessed it and learned it more fully afterwards. God's blessing rest upon the memory of this hospitable and unstained house. It seems to me as if neither words nor tears could express the pain I feel in closing this account with my father's generation. The most important episode of 1874, the visit
Vincent Hospital, II, 158. Vineyard Haven, I, 342, 387. Vinton, Mr., II, 287. Virginia, I, 29. Viti de Marco, Marchesa de, II, 255. Viti de Marco, Marchese de, II, 255. Voickoff, Alex, I, 350. Voshell, Lucy, II, 344, 345, 347. Waddington, Mary K., II, 9. Waddington, William, II, 9. Wade, Benjamin, I, 321. Wadsworth, William, I, 86. Wagner, Richard, II, 156. Wales, I, 88; II, 166. Walker, Francis, II, 150, 172, 226. Wallace, H. B., I, 134, 271. Wallack's Theatre, I, 143, 352. Walmsley, Mrs., II, 209. Ward, name of, I, 4. Ward, Capt., II, 8. Ward, Anne, I, 19, 22. Ward, Annie, see Mailliard. Ward, Emily A., I, 50, 57, 60, 64. Ward, F. Marion, I, 17, 22, 30, 46-48, 58, 130, 352; II, 108, 174, 175, 411. Ward, Henry, I, 22, 60. Ward, Henry, I, 31, 60; II, 174, 175. Ward, Henry, I, 17, 46-48, 58, 65, 66, 74, 341; II, 160, 277, 288, 411. Ward, Herbert D., II, 270. Ward, Mrs., Humphry, II, 165, 378. Ward, J
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 11: anti-slavery attitude: literary work: trip to Cuba (search)
part in the volume. A second publication, following two years later, and styled Words for the Hour, was esteemed by some critics as better than the first. George William Curtis, at that time editor of Putnam's Magazine, wrote me, It is a better book than its predecessor, but will probably not meet with the same success. And so, indeed, it proved. I had always contemplated writing for the stage, and was now emboldened to compose a drama entitled, The World's Own, which was produced at Wallack's Theatre in New York. The principal characters were sustained by Matilda Heron, then in the height of her popularity, and Mr. Sothern, afterwards so famous in the role of Lord Dundreary. The play was performed several times in New York and once in Boston. It was pronounced by one critic full of literary merits and of dramatic defects. It did not, as they say, keep the stage. My next literary venture was a series of papers descriptive of a visit made to the island of Cuba in 1859, un
American actors in England. The New York Express observes that the success of American actors in England is remarkable. Almost every performer of note who goes from England to the United States makes a mark. Miss Cushman is ranked by the English quite as high as by her own countrymen. The Barney Williamses were even more fortunate abroad than at home, and English and Irish players, who were not famous until they come out hither, go back to London with their American laurels to win new ones. Some of the best English performers, Fanny Kemble, Wallack, Lester, Burton, old Booth, &c., were attracted and retained here, and cast in their lot where they were best appreciated.
o universally is this known and conceded that we were disappointed in not seeing a larger audience at the Opera House last evening. But those who were present could not fail to have been gratified beyond expression, not only with the wonderful acting of Mrs. Waller, but the general tone of the performance. The witch choruses might have been bettered. There was not strength enough, and the solos were poorly rendered. This evening Guy Mannering will be played, with Mrs. W. as Meg Merriles. We have said that we preferred the Meg of Mrs. Wallack to that of Charlotte Cushman. An Eastern contemporary thinks that if it had been said of Mrs. Waller's rendition we would have hit the mark.--And it may be true of hers. Mrs. Waller's has the physical power and intensity to impart to it all the thrilling effects so sharply produced by Charlotte Cushman, while she is more than her peer in the pure art of her profession. "The engagement of the Wailers will extend through another week."
ber of volunteers were present among them General Blanker, with all the field officers of the General Division, in full uniform. After having been present at the Diplomatic presentation, the members of the Cabinet repaired to their houses, where they in turn received their friends. The Diplomats all called on Mr. Seward, whose daughter-in-law, Mrs Frederick Seward, did the honors. Mr. Cameren and the ladies of his family received calls from all the officers and many citizens. Mayor Wallack kept "open house" at his residence on Louisiana avenue, and his predecessor; Col. Berrett, was among the first who partook of his hospitalities. The police in their becoming new uniforms, paid the Mayor a visit, and were reviewed by him at 9 o'clock. The President was gratified to learn, at the commencement of his reception, by one of the medical attendants at "headquarters," that General McClellan is slowly recovering from what was doubtless an attack of typhoid, yet was fortunate
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