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umn of 1863, the officers of the army stationed at West Point formed an association for erecting at that post a monument in commemoration of such officers of the regular army as shall have fallen in the service during the present war. The permission of the Secretary of War to erect the proposed monument at West Point was obtained, and letters were addressed to commanding generals and others, describing the project and soliciting co-operation. Many favorable replies were received; and in January, 1864, a general circular was sent to the officers of the army, setting forth the plan and asking subscriptions. The response to this appeal was so universal, prompt, and earnest that the committee who had the enterprise in charge felt authorized to make choice of a site for the proposed monument and have it consecrated by appropriate religious ceremonies. Trophy Point, on the northern brow of the plain on which West Point stands, was accordingly selected, and the 15th of June, 1864, was nam
ansas-13. Mr. Seddon's project, excluding that part which provides for State secession, was likewise moved as a substitute, and defeated by the following vote: Ays--Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia--4. Noes-Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Kansas--16. Mr. James B. Clay, Son of Henry Clay; since a prominent Rebel; died in Canada in January, 1864. of Kentucky, now moved a very long substitute, which was substantially Mr. Seddon's over again; which was rejected by the following vote: Ays--Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia-5. Noes--Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont-14. Mr. Tuck's proposition, consisting of an address and three resolves, was now moved as a substitute. His resolves w
sing, out of 229 taken into the fight. In January, 1864, 330 of the men reenlisted, and, being gra4 missing. The regiment reenlisted, and in January, 1864, went home on the customary veterans' furlamong the first to reenlist, going home in January, 1864, on the usual thirty days furlough allowed Corps at the Siege of Knoxville, Tenn. In January, 1864, 426 of the men reenlisted for the war, thr it was granted a thirty days furlough in January, 1864, after which it returned with its ranks wehe field. Enough of the men renlisted, in January, 1864, to ensure a continuance of the organizatit 9 killed, and 49 wounded. Reenlisting in January, 1864, it went home on the usual furlough, in Ma 22d, it lost 18 killed and 60 wounded. In January, 1864, 287 men reenlisted, received the customarwounded, and 34 missing; total, 189. From January, 1864, it lay encamped at Algiers and in the defg the rest of its service. Reenlisting in January, 1864, it was furloughed for thirty days, and up[4 more...]
nty-one men lay dead around the flags, twelve of whom were Confederates. The 2d West Virginia Infantry was changed to mounted infantry in June, 1863, and in January, 1864, to the 5th West Virginia Cavalry. The 3d Infantry was changed to mounted infantry in November, 1863, and to the 6th Cavalry in January, 1864. The 8th InfantJanuary, 1864. The 8th Infantry was changed to the 7th Cavalry in January, 1864. The 1st Veteran Infantry was formed, November 9, 1864, by consolidating the reenlisted veterans and recruits with unexpired terms belonging to the 5th and 9th Infantry; and the 2d Veteran Infantry was formed, December 21, 1864, by consolidating the veterans and recruits of the 1sJanuary, 1864. The 1st Veteran Infantry was formed, November 9, 1864, by consolidating the reenlisted veterans and recruits with unexpired terms belonging to the 5th and 9th Infantry; and the 2d Veteran Infantry was formed, December 21, 1864, by consolidating the veterans and recruits of the 1st and 4th Infantry. The 4th West Virginia Infantry served, also, in Blair's Division of the Fifteenth Corps, and in the assault on Vicksburg--May 19th and 22d--lost 156 in killed and wounded. Ohio.--The quota due from the State of Ohio, under the various calls for troops, was 306,322 men. The quota was not only promptly filled,
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington, Chapter 13: aggregate of deaths in the Union Armies by States--total enlistment by States--percentages of military population furnished, and percentages of loss — strength of the Army at various dates casualties in the Navy. (search)
,917 Mch. 31, 1862 533,984 103,142 637,126 Jan. 1, 1863 698,802 219,389 918,191 Jan. 1, 1864 611,250 249,487 860,737 Mch. 31, 1865 657,747 322,339 980,086 May 1, 1865 797,807 202,709 1,000,516 It would be impossible to state the number of individuals who served in the war, as so many of the men, after serving a short term, enlisted for a second, and often for a third, time. Then, again, nearly all of the three years regiments that volunteered in 1861 reenlisted in January, 1864, for another three years term of service. There were 136,000 of these veterans who reenlisted and were counted twice in the number of troops (2,036,700) reported as enlisted for three years. Many of the three-years' men who were discharged for physical disability or other reasons, enlisted again in other regiments before the war had closed, and thus were counted twice. Over 300, 0000 men enlisted just before the close of the war, few of whom, if any, participated in any active service
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 16 (search)
Chapter 14: Meridian campaign. January and February, 1864. The winter of 1863-64 opened very cold and severe; and it was manifest after the battle of Chattanooga, November 25, 1863, and the raising of the siege of Knoxville, December 5th, that military operations in that quarter must in a measure cease, or be limited to Burnside's force beyond Knoxville. On the 21st of December General Grant had removed his headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee, leaving General George H. Thomas at Chattanooga, in command of the Department of the Cumberland, and of the army round about that place; and I was at Bridgeport, with orders to distribute my troops along the railroad from Stevenson to Decatur, Alabama, and from Decatur up toward Nashville. General G. M. Dodge, who was in command of the detachment of the Sixteenth Corps, numbering about eight thousand men, had not participated with us in the battle of Chattanooga, but had remained at and near Pulaski, Tennessee, engaged in repairing t
And the sleet came tempest-tost! But the orders out were rigid-- “Not a man must quit his post.” For, in front, (we'd had the warning,) Massed, in force, the rebels lay, Yet we looked for--prayed for morning, Though 't should prove our final day! Hours passed. One watcher, weary-- Faltered, halted, breathed a moan; Then, amidst the darkness dreary, Failed — and sank to earth, alone. When the gray light broke, at dawning, Calm, beneath a friendly tree-- Blanched, and still, lay Harry Corning! Sleeping on his post--was he? Surely, no! A soldier braver Never met or charged the foe. Such true hearts are few! And never Could he fail in duty so. “Forward!” came the word. We lifted Quickly up his stiffened form, Round it wreaths of snow had drifted, But his heart no more was warm. He had frozen, dead — on picket. Dreadful fate was this, alack! And we laid him 'neath the thicket, Where he died--en bivouac. In camp, near the Rapidan, Va., first division, Second corps, January, 18
Dante, exile and free, With Milton, blind in the Strand, With Hugo, lone by the sea! In the attic, with Beranger, She could carol, how blithe and free! Of the old, worn frocks of blue, (All threadbare with victory! Des habits bleus par la victoire uses.) But never of purple and gold, Never of lily or bee! And thus, though the traitor sword Were the bravest that battle wields-- Though the fiery valor poured Its life on a thousand fields-- The sheen of its ill renown All tarnished with guilt and blame, No poet a deed may crown, No lay may laurel a name. Yet never for thee, fair song! The fallen brave to condemn; They died for a mighty wrong-- But their demon died with them. (Died, by field and by city!)-- Be thine on the day to dwell, When dews of peace and of pity Shall fall o'er the fading hell-- And the dead shall smile in heaven-- And tears, that now may not rise, Of love and of all forgiveness, Shall stream from a million eyes. U. S. N. Flag-ship Hartford, at sea, January, 1864
der, brave and bold, In the chivalrous days of old, Did not nobler deeds perform In the stirring battle-storm, On Europa's bloody soil, Than our hardy sons of toil, Have, when so intrepidly Battling for our liberty. Nor did brave Leonidas-- When was stormed the bloody pass At old-time Thermopyloe-- Strike with nobler gallantry With his dauntless Spartan band, Fighting for their native land, Than Columbia's sons of Mars, Warring for the Stripes and Stars. Honor to the hero-slain! They who for their country's gain, In the nation's gloomy night, Left their homes and firesides bright; So that this, our favored land, May again take up her stand In the van of nations, where She e'er stood through peace and war. When war's clarion blast shall cease And the swift-winged bird of peace, Soaring over hill and glen, Bears the olive-branch again-- Will these slumbering warriors be, In their country's memory, Patriots true and heroes tried, Who for freedom nobly died! Ann arbor, January, 1864.
lla-hunters than the whites. When the rebellion shall have subsided into partisan warfare, so far from lasting for ever, as Jeff Davis threatens, our colored troops will take care that its end is soon reached. It is an instructive turn of the tables that the men who have been accustomed to hunt runaway slaves hiding in the swamps of the South, should now, hiding there themselves, be hunted by them. Tewksbury. Rebel retaliation. headquarters forces on Blackwater, Franklin, Va., January, 1864. General Wild, Commanding Colored Brigade, Norfolk, Va.: sir: Probably no expedition, during the progress of this war, has been attended with more utter disregard for the long-established usages of civilization or the dictates of humanity, than your late raid into the country bordering the Albemarle. Your stay, though short, was marked by crimes and enormities. You burned houses over the heads of defenceless women and children, carried off private property of every description, arre
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