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George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 6 (search)
ee appears so determined to be prudent and cautious. He confines himself strictly to the defensive, and lets slip the chances for a coup we offer him. On the second day, whilst I was on horseback on the field, talking to Generals Griffin and Bartlett, surrounded by my staff and escort, a shell fell in our midst, grazing Humphreys's horse, grazing and striking my left leg, just below the knee, passing between Griffin and Bartlett, and embedding itself in the ground in the centre of a group ofBartlett, and embedding itself in the ground in the centre of a group of officers, covering them all with earth, but without exploding or injuring a soul. A more wonderful escape I never saw. At first I thought my leg was gone, as I felt and heard the blow plainly, but it only rubbed the leather of my riding-boot, without even bruising the skin. Afterwards Colonel Lyman had the shell dug up, and is going to preserve it. How would you like to have me back minus a leg and on crutches? I have seen your brother Willie several times. He seems in good spirits and qu
Bache, Markoe, I, 346; II, 208, 257, 269, 278. Backus, Capt., I, 163. Baird, Capt., I, 220, 227. Baker, Edward D., I, 226. Banks, Nathaniel P., I, 225, 249, 250, 256, 262, 268-271, 273, 276; II, 144, 234, 239. Barclay, Clem., I, 339. Barksdale, W., II, 80, 85, 86, 88. Barlow, Francis C., II, 48, 49, 51, 65, 96, 113, 419. Barnes, James, II, 64, 83, 84, 100, 182, 188, 327, 332, 333, 335, 337, 339, 340. Barry, Commodore, I, 3. Barstow, S. F., II, 166. Bartlett, Joseph J., II, 100, 107, 231. Bates, Mr., I, 363, 364. Baxter, Henry, II, 48, 49, 50. Bayard, Geo. D., I, 136, 232, 261, 267, 334, 336, 338. Bayfield, Capt., I, 208. Beauregard, P. G. T., I, 196, 257, 271; II, 148. Beckham, Robert F., I, 212, 258, 324, 380, 389; II, 150, 262. Beecher, Henry Ward, II, 236, 237. Belknapp, Col., I, 100. Bell, John, I, 213. Belton, Col., I, 168. Benedict, G. G., II, 350, 351. Benham, H. W., II, 281. Benning, Henry L., II, 81.
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Introduction (search)
finite variety. In this respect the 121st was especially fortunate. Its original members were young men of fine personal character, the companies were recruited from neighboring townships, it was officered by the men who had conducted the recruiting, and was assigned to a brigade, division, and corps that had no superiors in the army. The Sixth Corps was commanded by Major General John Sedgwick, the First Division by Brigadier General H. W. Slocum, and the Second Brigade by Brigadier General J. J. Bartlett. Under these officers the brigade had acquired an efficiency and reputation that immediately affected favorably the newly assigned regiment. They were all officers of marked military ability, who thought little of mere display, and much of soldierly efficiency, whose effort was not to make themselves conspicuous, but to make the troops under them capable of the best service under every exigency of war. But the officer, to whom the regiment was most indebted for the develop
ton. When on the march to cross the Potomac, it was met by General Slocum, who was a friend of Col. Franchot, and by his influence the regiment was reassigned to the Sixth Corps. It was by this unexpected meeting of two old friends that in going to the front the 121st was put into one of the choicest brigades of the army; and we were marched out by way of the Tenallyville road, to, and through Rockville, and by Darnstown and Sugar Loaf Mountain, and joined the brigade commanded by Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett, with which we remained till the war ended. (B.) By all accounts this march to the front was unnecessarily severe. On the first day it was continued until late in the evening, and the men were too weary even to eat, and as they had left their knapsacks behind and had not yet been supplied with shelter tents, the night was spent most miserably, and in many cases the health of the men was so shattered that they never recovered from the effects of their excessive fatigue and expos
ing magnitude of the infantry fire. I went along with the troops in the road as far as the village. A few cannon shots were fired at the column but did no damage. (B.) Of the part taken in this battle of Crampton's Pass by the brigade, General Bartlett's report is as follows: My command after a march of nearly ten miles arrived opposite the village of Burkettsville, and Crampton's Pass, about 12 M. with the 96th Penn. Volunteers as skirmishers. The enemy's pickets retired from the to flag by the 16th N. Y. Volunteers. The action of my own regiments and of the 32d and 18th N. Y. Regiments, who were under my command, recommends them to the highest consideration of their general officers. Very respectfully, (Signed) Jos. J. Bartlett, Colonel Commanding Brigade. The losses of the 16th N. Y. in this engagement, was twenty enlisted men killed and one officer, and forty enlisted men wounded. The unusual percentage of the killed to the wounded no doubt resulted from th
e in the opinion so commonly expressed among the battalions from the Peninsula, that their Commanding General had been badly treated, and so we did not enthuse for McClellan as did the other regiments of the Brigade. Our Brigade Commander, Joseph J. Bartlett, was an intense admirer of General McClellan, and I think his influence was strong with the men of his command who idolized him. It was a strange sight to us to see these battle-tried veterans swarm to the roadside and yell and cheer and run after McClellan. General Bartlett was a splendid specimen of a soldier. He was nearly six feet tall, straight as an arrow, of powerful build, with black eyes and hair, and sat in his saddle as though horse and man were one. He dressed in a tight fitting uniform, low cap with straight visor. As he rode by on his fine black horse, he gained the admiration of his command and he deserved it, for he was a splendid officer, skillful and brave, and there was not a man of our regiment who would no
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 5: the battle of Fredericksburg (search)
ttack. The part which the Second Brigade took in this battle was comparatively unimportant. The hills in front were too steep to justify an assault, and the banks of Deep Run furnished shelter from the artillery of the enemy, so that the chief duty of the regiments of the Brigade was to do skirmish or picket duty. Of this duty the 121st had its full share, as vividly described by Comrade Beckwith. Our Brigade, as I remember, was commanded by Col. H. L. Cake of the 96th Penn., General Bartlett having another command temporarily, and the Division was commanded by General Brooks. We moved early on the morning of the 12th, which was Friday, up towards the heights, crossing a deep gully along the bottom of which a little stream ran towards the river. The sun rose and dispelled the fog, which was heavy and thick and covered the flats of the river like a blanket, also concealing from view the hills in our front, at the same time screening us from the enemy's observation. Looking
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 6: the Chancellorsville campaign (search)
I judged it was that regiment. To the right I could see very little. Behind us there were no troops coming up, but General Bartlett and staff were a little way off. Captain Wilson, who was General Bartlett's A. A. General, and who for some reason hGeneral Bartlett's A. A. General, and who for some reason had been nicknamed The Spook, rode up to the right of our regiment on a gallop, which was his usual custom, and almost instantly we moved into the wood, which seemed to be mostly second growth and thickly grown up with underbrush of the oak variety. I realized how useless it was for us to stay, but did not know enough to run, and it was well that Captain Wilson of General Bartlett's staff rode up and ordered us back, accompanying the order with the inquiry, D-n you, don't you know enough to fallrmed consisted of the 5th Maine, the 95th Penn. (Gosling Zouaves), the 96th Penn. and the 121st N. Y., commanded by Joseph J. Bartlett. More than thirty years have elapsed since the battle of Salem Church, yet some of its incidents are as fresh an
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 8: Meade and Lee's game of strategy (search)
ked by Moseby the battle of Rappahannock Station Adjt. Gen. R. P. Wilson the importance of the victory Mine Run General Bartlett visits the regiment his speech life in winter quarters at Hazel Run This time however there was no long delay taphically describes. On Sept. 4, a squad of Rebel cavalry broke through our picket line and attempted to capture General Bartlett, who had his headquarters near the picket line in the yard of a mansion about six hundred yards from our camp. A falong roll sounded. We all tumbled out and on a run made for headquarters, but the Rebs had made good their escape. General Bartlett, ready and intrepid soldier that he was, had seized his revolver instead of his pants, and fought his would-be captod of the Third and Second Brigades. General Russell commanded the Third and General Upton (then Colonel) the Second. General Bartlett had been assigned to temporary duty with the Fifth Corps. General Russell was to attack the redoubt and Colonel Upto
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—the war on the Rapidan. (search)
oolhouse. The Federals are following him closely. Colonel Brown, with the New Jersey brigade, Kearny's original command.—Ed. advances north of the road; General Bartlett, with his own, south of it. Newton has been ordered to deploy to the right of Brooks, but the length of his column retards the movement. The Unionist artillr pace, but penetrate into the wood; a few steps farther and the two lines come in contact. A final discharge from the Confederates staggers the assailants, but Bartlett rallies his men and brings them back to the charge, capturing the schoolhouse and all its defenders. Taking advantage of the impulse which this success gives himent; Wilcox's brigade is almost entirely routed. But its commander is not discouraged. He has one regiment left in good condition; he leads it forward to meet Bartlett, and succeeds in checking the course of the latter. The reinforcements of the Federals are at some distance, whilst the Confederate troops can sustain themselv
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