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Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States, July, 1863. (search)
best in America, which did not prevent my spending eight hours last night off the line; but, being asleep at the time, I was unaware of the circumstance. Instead of arriving at Philadelphia at 6 A. M., we did not get there till 3 P. M. Passed Harrisburg at 9 A. M. It was full of Yankee soldiers, and has evidently not recovered from the excitement consequent upon the late invasion, one effect of which has been to prevent the cutting of the crops by the calling out of the militia. At Philade the idea of the speedy and complete subjugation of the South. I was filled with astonishment to hear the people speaking in this confident manner, when one of their most prosperous States had been so recently laid under contribution as far as Harrisburg; and Washington, their capital itself, having just been saved by a fortunate turn of luck. Fourfifths of the Pennsylvanian spoil had safely crossed the Potomac before I left Hagerstown. The consternation in the streets seemed to be on the
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, West Point-graduation (search)
ting had expired. On this occasion we had no vexatious delays, and in about three days Pittsburgh was reached. From Pittsburgh I chose passage by the canal to Harrisburg, rather than by the more expeditious stage. This gave a better opportunity of enjoying the fine scenery of Western Pennsylvania, and I had rather a dread of remuch patronized by travellers, and, with the comfortable packets of the period, no mode of conveyance could be more pleasant, when time was not an object. From Harrisburg to Philadelphia there was a railroad, the first I had ever seen, except the one on which I had just crossed the summit of the Allegheny Mountains, and over which canal boats were transported. In travelling by the road from Harrisburg, I thought the perfection of rapid transit had been reached. We travelled at least eighteen miles an hour, when at full speed, and made the whole distance averaging probably as much as twelve miles an hour. This seemed like annihilating space. I stopped
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 19 (search)
escaping by the Potomac, if it were not for the traitors here, who go to Norfolk and Baltimore by flag of truce, and inform the Lincoln Government (for pay) that we have no troops here-none between this and Manassas, none all the way to Lee, while thousands in the army are prostrated with physical exhaustion. September 9 Lord, what a scare they are having in the North! They are calling everybody to arms for the defense of Philadelphia, and they are removing specie, arms, etc., from Harrisburg and all the intervening towns. This is the chalice so long held by them to our lips. September 10 On the very day that Lee gained the signal victory at Manassas, Kirby Smith gained one at Richmond, Kentucky, capturing thousands of prisoners. This is not chance-it is God, to whom all the glory is due. September 11 And Cincinnati is trembling to its center. That abolition city, half foreign and half American, is listening for the thunder of our avenging guns. September 12
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
thern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Harrisburg, June 15th.-Dispatches from Chambersburg andying for safety from Harper's Ferry. Harrisburg, June 16th.-Business is suspended here. Allor to head the State troops. Reports from Harrisburg. Harrisburg, Pa., June 16th.-Midnight.-ReHarrisburg, Pa., June 16th.-Midnight.-Rebel cavalry today occupied Littletown, eleven miles from Gettysburg, but at last accounts had not aatly excited and hundreds were leaving. Harrisburg, June 17th.-The aspect of affairs, so far asas leave them free to operate either against Harrisburg or Baltimore. Apprehensions are entertaiifications constructed on the hills opposite Harrisburg are considered sufficient protection for theat Lee's army has taken and destroyed Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and second, that Vicksburg has falle; nor is it certain that we have advanced to Harrisburg, but it is probable. Gen. D. H. Hill wrietty authentic intelligence of the taking of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, the City of Yo
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
inst Johnston at Jackson. fighting at that place. Yankees repulsed at Charleston. Lee and Meade facing each other. Pemberton surrenders his whole army. fall of Port Hudson. second class conscripts called for. Lee has got back across the Potomac. Lincoln getting fresh troops. Lee writes that he cannot be responsible if the soldiers fail for want of food. rumors of Grant coming East. Pemberton in bad odor. Hon. W. L. Yancey is dead. July 1 The intelligence of the capture of Harrisburg and York, Pa., is so far confirmed as to be admitted by the fficers of the Federal flag of truce boat that came up to City Point yesterday. Of the movements of Hooker's army, we have the following information: Eadquarters, cavalry division, June 27th, 1863. General:--I took possession of Fairfax C. H. this morning at nine o'clock, together with a large quantity of stores. The main body of Hooker's army has gone toward Leesburg, except the garrison of Alexandria and Washington, whi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
tains, and to keep our communications open. Gen. Imboden destroyed all the important bridges of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from Martinsburg to Cumberland, damaging the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Preparations were made to march upon Harrisburg, when information was received of the approach of the army of the enemy, menacing communications with the Potomac, necessitating a concentration of our army at Gettysburg. Hill became engaged with a superior force of the enemy on the 1st July, but Ewell, coming up by the Harrisburg road, participated in the engagement, and the enemy were driven through Gettysburg with heavy loss, including about 5000 prisoners and several pieces of artillery. The enemy retired to a high range of hills, south and east of the town. On the 2d, Gen. Ewell occupied the left, Gen. Hill the center, and Gen. Longstreet the right. Longstreet got possession of the enemy's position in front of his corps after a severe struggle; Ewell also carried
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
paign must close disastrously in the West, and then the peace party of the North will have a new inspiration of vitality. It is now said that Gen. Lee, despairing of being attacked in his chosen position, has resolved to attack Meade, or at least to advance somewhere. It is possible (if Meade has really sent two corps of his army to the West) that he will cross the Potomac again-at least on a foraging expedition. If he meets with only conscripts and militia he may penetrate as far as Harrisburg, and then let Europe perpend! The Union will be as difficult of reconstruction, as would have been the celebrated Campo Formio vase shivered by Napoleon. It is much easier to destroy than to construct. The emancipation and confiscation measures rendered reconstruction impracticable-unless, indeed, at a future day, the Abolitionists of the United States should be annihilated and Abolitionism abolished. To-day I got an excellent pair of winter shoes from a quartermaster here for $13-t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XL. July, 1864 (search)
ne's division, who attacked them in front, while their left flank was turned by Gen. Fitz Lee's cavalry. The enemy was completely routed, and several pieces of artillery, with a number of prisoners, wagons, ambulances, etc., captured. The cavalry are in pursuit. R. E. Lee, General. Gen. Early, with perhaps 10,000 men, is believed to be in Winchester to-day. He will probably be soon playing havoc with the enemy's railroads, stores, etc., and perhaps may threaten Washington or Harrisburg, or both; and so have Grant called off from his siege of Richmond. We were paid our salaries yesterday, and Custis, after his campaign and his sickness, resolved on a little indulgence. So he had a couple of small saucers of ice-cream-one for his mother, costing $6; quarter pound of coffee and two pounds of sugar, $25; and to-day a rice pudding, two pounds of rice, $5; one pound of sugar, $10; two quarts of milk, $5; total, $511 Col. Shields, Commandant of Conscripts, etc., informe
t sea of upturned faces before him. From Philadelphia his journey took him to Harrisburg, where he visited both branches of the Legislature then in session. For an ave of Dr. Holland. Describing the welcome tendered him by the Legislature at Harrisburg, the latter says: At the conclusion of the exercises of the day Mr. Lincoln, stood that he was to start for Washington the next morning, and the people of Harrisburg supposed they had only taken a temporary leave of him. He remained in his rooim. As a matter of precaution the telegraph wires were cut the moment he left Harrisburg, so that if his departure should be discovered intelligence of it could not bemaining members of the Presidential party from whom Mr. Lincoln separated at Harrisburg left that place on the special train intended for him; and as news of his saf soon in possession of inside information. The change of plans and trains at Harrisburg was due to his management and advice. Some years before his death Mr. Pinke
ndred miles, was a pageant without a parallel in the history of the continent or the world. At every halt in the sombre march vast crowds, such as never before had collected together, filed past the catafalque for a glimpse of the dead chieftain's face. Farmers left their farms, workmen left their shops, societies and soldiers marched in solid columns, and the great cities poured forth their population in countless masses. From Washington the funeral train moved to Baltimore, thence to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, and at last to Springfield. As the funeral cortege passed through New York it was reverently gazed upon by a mass of humanity impossible to enumerate. No ovation could be so eloquent as the spectacle of the vast population, hushed and bareheaded under the bright spring sky, gazing upon his coffin. Lincoln's own words over the dead at Gettysburg came to many as the stately car went by: The world will
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