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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
await the bursting of the coming storm. Report, page 124. He did not wait long. General Lee called a council of general officers on the 25th, Composed of Generals Lee, Baldwin, Jackson, A. P. Hill, D. H. Hill, Huger, Longstreet, Branch, Wise, Anderson, Whiting, Ripley, and Magruder. when it was resolved to begin the movement on McClellan's right, already mentioned, at three o'clock the next morning. Jackson was to advance, take with him Branch's troops, near Hanover Court-House, and and reserve of artillery arrived at about four o'clock in the afternoon, and at about that hour General Holmes, who had been summoned to Richmond from the south side of the James, and had marched down the river road with his brigade and a part of Wise's, appeared on the left of Porter (he having changed front, with his face toward Richmond), and opened fire upon him with artillery. Holmes soon found himself overmatched, for Porter had ample artillery at command, and withdrew so hastily that he
al wounded men. One of the wounded was Capt. O. Jennings Wise, of the Wise Legion, who was struck tw The following were among the number: O. Jennings Wise, captain in the Fifty-ninth Virginia regi. One wounded man lay in the same room with Capt. Wise, and several up-stairs. The body of Wm. Bmake a defence on land, and word was sent to Gen. Wise to send over reinforcements immediately fromualties were as follows: Killed. Capt. O. Jennings Wise, Forty-sixth Virginia, shot in severalep-looking cypress swamp. About ten o'clock Capt. Wise found his battalion exposed to the galling f the Secretary of War, or General Huger, or General Wise, let it be known. As for General Wise, witGeneral Wise, without consultation with him, with only a general knowledge of his purposes, made known to us before hlery are now ordered to North-Carolina, and General Wise ordered to report at Manassas with three cohe correspondence between the Department and Gen. Wise, and the public can then decide where the re[24 more...]
but a fine large dredging-machine remained, and this we soon saw sinking. This sunk diagonally across the canal, closing it entirely for the passage of the smallest vessel, being say ten feet from one bank and six from the other. The machinery was entirely destroyed by the working party, the hull above water burnt and entirely consumed. A resident named Stone, having a store near this point, was interrogated, and stated that the force near was the remnant of the Wise Legion, commanded by Wise in person, and numbering about six hundred men. Capt. Graves, with a few men, followed their rear guard to the county bridge. This is the thoroughfare between Currituck and the upper counties, and there was a battery of three guns placed to command the canal and main road. The guard had been removed. In their haste they left the axes used in destroying the dredging-machine, some canteens, haversacks, and clothing. In fact, as a contraband deserter from the Legion at Elizabeth City told me
ter's Sergeant Wm. C. Crawford. Ordnance Sergeant Harvey Sims. officers of the Montgomery guard, Savannah. Capt. L. J. Gilmartin, First Lieut. John J. Symons, Senior Second Lieut. Christopher Hussey, Junior Second Lieut. C. M. Murphy. German Volunteers, Savannah. Capt. John H. Steigen, Senior Second Lieut. Henry Warner, Junior Second Lieut. Charles Umback. Oglethorpe light infantry, Savannah. Capt. T. W. Sims, First Lieut. H. C. Truman, Junior Second Lieut. James Ackerman. Wise guard, Macon County, Ga. Capt. M. J. McMullin, First Lieut. T. W. Montfort, Senior Second Lieut. J. D. N. Lullow, Junior Second Lieut. John Blow. Washington Volunteers, Savannah. Capt. John McMahon, First Lieut. Francis Blair, Senior Second Lieut. J. C. Rowland, Junior Second Lieut. A. J. McArthur. Account by a participant. On the eighth of April, Gen. Hunter and staff went ashore on Tybee Island. It was intended to open fire the next morning, but a delay of one day was found n
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 7: the blow struck. (search)
ook, I was placed under Captain Stevens, who received orders to proceed to the house of Colonel Lewis Washington, and to take him prisoner, and to bring his slaves, horses, and arms; and, as we came back, to take Mr. Alstadtt and his slaves, and to bring them all to Captain Brown at the Armory. This party of six arrived at the house of Colonel Washington shortly after midnight, took him prisoner, seized his arms, horses, and carriage, and liberated his ,slaves. It is remarkable, said Governor Wise, speaking of this event, that the only thing of material value which they took, besides his slaves, was the sword of Frederick the Great, which was sent to General Washington. This was taken by Stevens to Brown, and the latter commanded his men with that sword in this fight against the peace and safety of Washington's native State! In returning to the Armory, Mr. Alstadtt and his son were taken prisoners, and the slaves on their estate were freed. On entering the Armory, said Was
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 9: fallen among thieves. (search)
the hostages, the voice of Brown was heard continually repeating, Are you awake, men? Are you ready? And Colonel Washington said that he — Brown — was the coolest man he ever saw in defying death and danger. With one son dead by his side, and another shot through, he felt the pulse of his dying son with one hand, and held his rifle with the other, and commanded his men with the utmost composure, encouraging them to be firm, and to sell their lives as dearly as possible. Speech of Governor Wise, at Richmond. on his return from Harper's Ferry. The old man, we are told, spoke freely with Colonel Washington, and referred to his sons. He said he had lost one in Kansas, and two here. He had not pressed them to join him in the expedition, but did not regret their loss-- they had died in a good cause. At seven o'clock the preparations for an assault began. Watson Brown lay writhing in agony on the ground, unable to assist in the defence; but his undaunted comrades stood fearles
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 10: spoils of war. (search)
r stock and provisions purchased for the war of liberation. In the mean time, now that the fight was over, the valiant Virginians flocked to Harper's Ferry. Governor Wise came down by the midday train, and, after ridiculing the people, visited the prisoners. The interview lasted several hours. None but the bitterest enemies ofesentative of her chivalry. The character of her gentry, therefore, may be judged from the spirit of his description: The midday train of Tuesday brought Governor Wise, accompanied by several hundred men from Richmond, Alexandria, Baltimore, and elsewhere. There was real disappointment to find that the fight was all over, anthe mere handful of men who had created all this bobbery, he boiled over. In his wrath he said some good things. Indeed it was universally seen and felt that Governor Wise was just the man for such an occasion. Accompanied by Andrew Hunter, Esq., a distinguished lawyer of Jefferson County, the Governor presently repaired to th
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: State evidence. (search)
the form of a threat. Brown accompanied me; both had rifles. As we crossed the bridge, the three armed men were still in their places. When we got across, Brown said to me, You, doubtless, wonder that a man of my age should be here with a band of armed men; but if you knew my past history, you would not wonder at it so much. My train was then through the bridge, and I bade him good morning, jumped on my train, and left him. He narrated the conversation between Captain Brown and Governor Wise, when the Liberator was confined in the guard house at Harper's Ferry, in which he said that the prisoner stated, in reply to a question, that he thought he had been betrayed to the Secretary of War, but had practised a ruse to prevent suspicion; yet refused to inform them whom he believed to be the traitor, or how he had acted to avert the consequences of the betrayal. John Brown thus alluded to Colonel Forbes and his own third visit to Kansas. During the examination of this witn
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 4: State evidence closed. (search)
Chapter 4: State evidence closed. Here was great exultation in Charlestown on Friday, October 28. John E. Cook was brought in as a prisoner, by men who, in a Free State, betrayed and seized him, for the price of his blood, previously offered by Governor Wise. But until this record of the outrage called the trial of John Brown be completed, I will not divert the attention of the reader to the fears and hopes, the crimes and prayers which were agitating the world outside of the Court House and the Jail of Charlestown. On Friday morning, Mr. Hoyt, a young Boston lawyer, arrived as a volunteer counsel for John Brown; and, although declining to act until he obtained a knowledge of the case, was qualified as a member of the bar. The testimony for the prosecution was resumed. Colonel Washington, recalled, stated that he heard Captain Brown frequently complain of the bad faith of the people by firing on his men when under a flag of truce; but he heard him make no threat, nor utt
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 6: lawyers' pleas. (search)
: and it had been fair! . He charged the jury to look on this case, as far as the law would allow, with an eye favorable to the prisoner, and when their verdict should be returned — no matter what it might be--he trusted that every man in the country would acquiesce in it. Unless the majesty of the law were supported, dissolution of the Union must soon ensue, with all the evils that must necessarily follow in its train. Mr. Hunter was true to his barbaric instincts to the last; eulogizing Wise to begin with, filling up his speech with the infamous maxims of iniquitous laws, and closing it with anathemas on godly John Brown. The peroration of his speech is noteworthy from its audacity of assertion: We therefore ask his conviction to vindicate the majesty of the law. While we have patiently borne delays, as well here as outside in the community, in preservation of the character of Virginia, that plumes itself on its moral character, as well as physical, and on its loyal and its
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