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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 3: the White Oak Road. (search)
rents, then rolling back, leaving a fringe of wrecks,--and all is over. We pour over the works, swing to the right and drive the enemy into their entrenchments along the Claiborne Road, and then establish ourselves across the White Oak Road facing northeast, and take breath. General Hunton, since Senator from Virginia, said in his testimony before the Warren Court, speaking of this charge, I thought it was one of the most gallant things I had ever seen. --Records, Part I, p. 625. Major Woodward in his history of the 198th Pennsylvania, giving a graphic outline of the last dash, closes with an incident I had not recorded. Only for a moment, he says, did the sudden and terrible blast of death cause the right of the line to waver. On they dashed, every color flying, officers leading, right in among the enemy, leaping the breastworks,--a confused struggle of firing, cutting, thrusting, a tremendous surge of force, both moral and physical, on the enemy's breaking lines,--and the w
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official Reports of the battle of Gettysburg. (search)
on the strongly fortified mountain. Just after the arrival of General Anderson on my left, I learned that the gallant Colonel Van H. Manning, of the Third Arkansas, had been wounded and carried from the field, and about the same time I received intelligence of the wounding and being carried from the field of those two able and efficient officers, Lieutenant-Colonels K. Bryan, of the Fifth, and B. T. Carter, of the Fourth, both of whom were wounded while bravely discharging their duty. Captain Woodward, acting major of the First Texas, was wounded near me, while gallantly discharging his duty. The Fourth and Fifth Texas, under the command of Majors Bane and Rogers, continued to hold the ground of their original line, leaving the space over which they had made their successive charges strewn with their wounded and dead comrades, many of whom could not be removed and were left upon the field. The First Texas, under Lieutenant-Colonel Work, with a portion of Benning's brigade, held th
ers. He ordered the firing to cease, and halted to make them prisoners.--St. Louis Republican, June 18.--(Doc. 258 1/2.) Col. Boernstein, commanding the Federal force at Jefferson City, Mo., issued a proclamation establishing a Provisional Government in consequence of the absence of the proper anuthorities. He promised protection to life and property, and urged the Union men, four companies, to assist him.--(Doc. 259.) The First Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, pioneers of the three years enlistments from that State, arrived at Washington and took quarters in Woodward's buildings, Pennsylvania avenue. The regiment numbers 1,050 men, and is fully provided with camp equipage — Sibley and Wall tents, army wagons, &c. The uniform is the standard gray, furnished by the State--the muskets the Springfield rifle. General Patterson crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, and marched down the Virginia banks of the Potomac towards Harper's Ferry.--National Intelligencer, June 1
operty of Quartermaster Means, of the Confederate service — and one prisoner, who mistook the National pickets for his own. He represents himself as an aid of Gen. Stuart. The Union troops of the expedition consisted of the New York Seventy-ninth, Third Vt., Nineteenth Indiana, and a portion of a Wisconsin regiment, with eighty regular cavalry, Griffin's West Point battery, and a section, two guns, of Mott's New York battery. This afternoon Lieut.-Col. Letcher, with a detachment of Col. Woodward's regiment, captured James B. Clay, with sixteen of his men, while on his way to join Zollicoffer. They were taken to Camp Dick Robinson. John C. Breckinridge was with their party in Cincinnati, Ohio, but escaped.--National Intelligencer, Sept. 28. Lieutenant McCrea, with the steamers J. Bell and Seminole, made an attack on a rebel battery at Freestone Point, on the Potomac River.--(Doc. 59.) An action took place at Chapmanville, Va., between a force of National troops under C
in another part of the town, and beat their brains out.--Newbern Progress, May 10. General Hunter declared the persons in the three States, Georgia, Florida, and South-Carolina, heretofore held as slaves, forever free. --(Doc. 28.) Captain Connet, company E, Twenty-seventh Indiana volunteers, (Colonel Gazlay's,) stationed with a squad of forty-eight men to guard a bridge at Elkton station, twelve miles from Athens, Ala., was attacked by six hundred rebel cavalry, under Col. Tom. Woodward, of Kentucky, and after a fight of half an hour, was captured, with all his men, five of them being killed. Captain C. was severely wounded. The rebels lost thirteen, who were buried at Athens.--Nashville Union, June 5. Two guerrillas were hung at Chester, Va., this day.--The House of Representatives adopted a resolution tendering its thanks to Major-General George B. McClellan, for the display of those high military qualities which secure important results with but little sacrifice
res. She got aground and an officer unloaded a portion of her stores when he was attacked by thirty rebels. The crew, being unarmed, were compelled to surrender. The guerrillas, after removing the furniture and silver ware, set fire to both the boats. The crews were released on parole. The rebel Colonel John H. Morgan, issued a proclamation from Hartsville, Tenn., in which he said that in consequence of the Federal Government causing his friends to pay for property destroyed by him, he would thenceforth put the law of retaliation in full force, and act upon it with vigor. For every dollar exacted from his Southern fellow-citizens, he would have two from men of known Union sentiments, and would make their persons and property responsible for the payment. Clarksville, Tenn., garrisoned by a small number of Union troops, under command of Col. Mason, was this day surrendered to Col. Woodward and a superior force of rebel guerrilla troops, without firing a shot.--(Doc. 186.)
d an address to the free colored people of the United States, suggesting the organization of emigration parties of such people for settlement in Central America. Major Lippert, Thirteenth Illinois cavalry, with one hundred and thirty men, was attacked by a force of rebel guerrillas, three hundred and fifty strong, under Colonel Hicks, thirty-six miles beyond Bloomfield, Mo. The rebels were totally routed, twenty of them being killed, many wounded, and a number taken prisoners. Colonel Woodward, with a strong force of rebel guerrillas, attacked Fort Donelson, Tenn., and was repulsed with heavy loss.--(Doc. 191.) After fighting the Sioux Indians during the two preceding days, and finally routing them, the whole population, including the garrison under command of Capt. Flaudrau, of New Ulm, Minn., evacuated that place this day.--(Doc. 192.) The Eleventh New Jersey regiment of volunteers, under the command of Col. Robert McAllister, left for Washington.--The One Hundred
t. The One Hundred and Twenty-sixth regiment of New York volunteers, left Geneva, for Washington, D. C. The regiment was commanded by Colonel Sherrill.--The Ninth regiment of New Hampshire volunteers, Col. Enoch Q. Fellows, passed through New York City for the seat of war. It left Concord, N. H., yesterday morning. A skirmish took place near Fort Donelson, Tenn., between a force of Union troops under command of Col. Lowe, Fifth Iowa cavalry, and a body of rebel guerrillas under Col. Woodward, resulting in the retreat of the latter with the loss of their artillery. The Nationals had two men killed and eighteen wounded.--(Doc. 191.) Brigadier-General Lloyd Tilghman, in accordance with a special order issued by General Bragg, August 16th, assumed command of all abolition and confederate officers and soldiers in the vicinity of Vicksburgh, Miss., for the purpose of being exchanged or paroled, and ordered them to report immediately at headquarters at Jackson, Miss. A l
er Maggie Fulton, while attempting to run the blockade at Indian River Inlet, Fla., was captured by the bark Gem of the Sea.--The Union gunboat George Washington, while on a reconnoissance up Broad River, S. C., was stranded, and soon afterward attacked by a party of rebels on shore, who succeeded in throwing a shell into her magazine and blowing her up. Two of the Unionists were killed and eight wounded, all belonging to the Third Rhode Island artillery.--A party of rebel guerrillas, under Woodward, captured and burned the steamers Saxonia and Lovell, on the Cumberland River, after killing the captain of the latter, and severely wounding the captain of the former. The Tallahatchie fleet, consisting of the divisions under Generals Ross and Quimby, and numerous gunboats and mortar-boats, arrived at Helena, Ark. The expedition, which had been absent forty-three days, left Fort Greenwood on the fifth. As soon as the bustle was observed by the rebels, they opened a brisk fire upon th
enemy advanced skirmishing, and made a dart for Elder's guns. They got so near that one gunner knocked a rebel down with his rammer. Elder gave them grape and canister, and the Fifth New-York sabres, while the First Vermont used their carbines. The repulse was complete, but owing to the superior force of the enemy, our men were compelled reluctantly to fall back. At the second position taken there was another desperate contest, against odds. Here one of the bravest spirits fell--Lieutenant Woodward, son of the Chaplain of the First Vermont. At one time companies B and H, First Vermont, Captain Beeman, were entirely cut off, and they were ordered to surrender I I don't see it, replied Captain Beeman. Who are you talking to q screamed the rebel officer. To you, was the response, when the Captain, leaping a fence, was followed by the squadron, and nearly all escaped. Falling back again, two of the Vermont, companies were preparing to charge an advancing force; they yelled so lou
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