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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The crisis of the Confederacy (search)
r his enemy, which was a terrible handicap and spoiled his programme. Yet all would have turned out well at last if Longstreet had executed Lee's orders, and attacked vigorously early in the morning of July 2. Also if Longstreet had earnestly attacked and vigorously supported, as Lee ordered, on July 3, it is clear that the blow would have demolished Meade. The author speaks in several places of divisions coming out of charges with dripping bayonets. This must be considered only a figure of speech, for it is doubtful if on a large scale bayonets ever crossed, minie bullets doing the business. The remarks of Captain Battine on the importance of the army compared to sea power are worthy of deep consideration—Captain Mahan to the contrary notwithstanding. We must confess to thinking sea power and world-power twin fads, which will have run their course after a time, and yield place to sensible military defence to protect our own homes, not to shell the over-sea homes of others
rrival of the 2d Infantry. During all this time, that gallant Lieutenant held his position, and had he lost it, the battle of Cerro Gorde never would have been won. That intrepid young man was Gardner, of Washington city. The storming column against the main work on Cerro Gordo Hill was led by that tried veteran Harney, of Georgia." Major Hill adds that the South has not merely evinced military spirit on the field. but in authorship. The books in use on infantry tactics were prepared by Scott, of Virginia, and Hardee, of Georgia. The Manual of Artillery Tactics in use is by Major Anderson, of Kentucky. The only works in this country on the Science of Artillery, written in the English language, are by Kingsbury and Gibbon, of North Carolina, and the only books on Military Engineering, by Mahan, of Virginia. The published experiments of Mordecai, of South Carolina, convey all our information of the strength of gunpowder and of cannon, and the proper tests for their trial.
The fire at Hickman, Ky. --The following are some of the principal losers by the late fire at Hickman, Ky.; R. D. Holt, $3,000; F. W. Irwine, $8,000; Ralpoe & Landerdale, $5,000; W. D. Walker, $2,000; Lewrett & Horner, $12,000; White & McMahan, $4,000; Samuel Lanson, $25,000; A. G. Payne, $1,000; Miller &Warren, (Courier office,) $2,000; Adams & Brem, $1,500; Nebbane & Cole, $1,000; Blondin & Mahan, $7,000; T. Barter, $1,000; Mick Pierpont, $3,000; Cooper & Young, $2,500; Post-Office, $1,000. Total loss $200,000.
Divorce case decided. --A verdict was rendered on Thursday morning in the Beardaley divorce case, at Brooklyn, N. Y., to the effect that both parties having been guilty of adultery since marriage, the case is dismissed. The point as to Mrs. B's marriage with Dr. Mahan, was decided in the negative.
m Messrs. West & Johnston we have received the following military works, all of which are very convenient hand-books: Southern Military Manual; containing all the Confederate military laws, articles of war, army regulations, field artillery; Mahan's Treatise on the effects of musketry and artillery, and the means of directing the fire so as to obtain the best results; Hardee's Manual of Arms, fully illustrated; Military Ordinances of Louisiana and Mississippi; Uniform; Military Maxims of Nof the militia of the Confederate States. Richmond: West &Johnston. An Elementary Treatise on advanced guard, out-post and detachment service of troops, and the manner of posting and handling them in presence of an enemy, &c., & c. By D. H. Mahan, Professor of Military and Civil Engineering, & c, United States Military Academy Richmond: West & Johnston. Volunteer's Hand Book, containing Hardee's Infantry Tactics, adapted to the use of the percussion musket in squad and company exerci
nd internal bruises; John Fabin, bayonet wound; Henry McCollough, head, thigh and knee; G. W. Smith, wounded in both legs; P. H. Walker, wounded slightly in hip and side. Davies Rangers — John Colman, wounded in head, back, and hip; R. Overton, shoulders and leg; G. H. Coney, back, arm and shoulder; John Kembrow, left knee; M. L. Gist, hip; T. B. Monks, collar-bone broken; J. B. Quigings, collar-bone broken and other bruises; J. J. C. Swin, cut in face; Lieut Wm. Gilmore, bruised internally; Geo. Holbrook, wounded in back; Mr. Mahan, arm sprained; S. A. Atkinson, hip badly bruised, and number of others slightly injured. A dispatch for surgical aid was received the same night at the St. Charles Hospital, which was responded to as soon as possible by the departure of Drs. Beale, Hancock, and Milis. The road has been repaired, and the accident will not interfere with the regular running of the trains. The engine was not much damaged, though some of the ears were smashed up.
rature the South is pre-eminent. The efforts at publishing of late by Southern firms are of the most creditable kind. Books are gotten up in a style unsurpassed by Northern houses.--Among the military books lately issued none surpass Gilham's Manual, published by, West and Johnston, of this city, at 145 Main street. It is gotten up regardless of cost. Competent authority pronounces it an admirable book, shewing the soldier's art from Alpha to Omega. Among other books published by the same firm may be mentioned Cary's Bayonet Exercise, Lee's Volunteer's Hand-Book, Confederate States Army Regulations, Hardee's Tactic's, Mahan's Outpost Duty, School of the Guides, or the Practicing Soldier, Southern Military Manual, &c., &c. We saw yesterday, at the above publishing house a beautiful map of the Seat of War, published in New York, and which, by some means, had run the blockade. It conveys much valuable information. Mars is in the ascendant and military books go off like hot cakes.
ences the history of the present war, which will be continued up to the latest moment the pages can be with held from the printer. The value of such a work will be great in a statistical point of view, saying nothing of the interest attached to the description of battle scenes. We hope it may be set before the public at an early date. That it will meet with a ready sale sale and will deserve a wide-spread circulation, the names of the authors are a sufficient guarantee. Messrs. West & Johnston have also just issued Mahan's "Treatise on Field Fortifications," a book of great value to officers in the service. It embraces instructions in the art of constructing, defending and attacking entrenchments, with general remarks regarding permanent fortifications. This book is a revised edition and contains all the original place very finely executed. We shall give further notice of this valuable work as soon as space will allow. Meanwhile, we warmly commend it to all in the army.
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