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ery respectfully, your obedient servant, Jno. F. O'Brien, Major, and A. A. G. Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., Sept. 15th, 1863. Brig.-General R. S. Ripley, Comdg. First Mil. Dist., etc., etc.: General,—I am instructed to communicate to you the following orders of the Commanding General: 1st. That the treble-banded Brooke gun which burst on Sullivan's Island be brought to the city as soon as practicable. 2d. That, if not already done, the other Brooke gun which arrived from Richmond be forthwith sent to Sullivan's Island. This was ordered several days ago. 3d. That you will please inform these Headquarters whether the order in reference to the picket at Monk's Corner has yet been complied with, and any deserters arrested. 4th. That you turn over, temporarily, to Lieutenant Rochelle, C. S. N., for army transportation and guard purposes in the harbor, all row-boats, barges, etc., not required for your current wants, taking proper r
pparent. The wrought-iron bolts from a 7-inch Brooke gun were plainly seen to penetrate her turret number of guns brought into action: Two 7-inch Brooke guns, four 10-inch columbiads, two 9-inch Dahlt and one 7-inch rifle shot, and a wroughtiron Brooke bolt had penetrated seven-eighths of its lengtance, say, of nine hundred yards as the 7-inch Brooke bolts against such structures as the turrets ol 10-inch columbiads and 7-inch rifled guns of Brooke's pattern that can be supplied by the works ind, for one 10-inch columbiad and one 6.40-inch Brooke rifled gun, on traversingcar-riage, with provitraverses, and the placing there of the 7-inch Brooke gun from the northeast salient angle—the lattepriming-tubes, 1 box paper-fuses, assorted, 50 Brooke bolts, 50 10-inch solid shot, 50 10-inch shelltar shell, ammunition chests, wheels, etc. One Brooke gun and one 42-pounder, rifled, were thrown ovht to the city for disposition. The 11-inch Brooke gun, referred to in your letter of the 2d inst[4 more...]
of steam on, and throttle wide open, the Sassacus dashed upon her adversary, under a headway of nine or ten knots, striking her a fair, square, right-angled blow, without glance or slide! The iron-clad reeled under the blow, and her black hull was forced under water by the bow of the Sassacus, till the water flowed over it from side to side, and it seemed as if the monster was sinking. As we struck her, says one of the participants in the fight, the ram drove a one hundred pounder Brooke's shot through and through us, from starboard bow to port side. Our stem was forced into her side, and keeping up our headway we careened her down beneath our weight, and pushed her like an inert mass beneath our weight, while, in profound silence, our gunners were training their heavy ordnance to bear upon our astonished enemy. Now a black muzzle protrudes from the ram's open port, and the loaders of our Parrott rifle, standing on the slide, served the gun within fifteen feet of that yaw
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 11: the great revival along the Rapidan. (search)
ith many bitter regrets that we were compelled to leave such a people to the tender mercies of such a foe. Brother John A. Broadus preached every day (twice a day, sometimes) for two weeks, and despite the bad weather and other adverse circumstances the congregations were large and attentive, and many precious seed were sown which shall, in due season, bring forth their fruit. We were especially indebted to the pastors who were present (Rev. Dr. Boyd, Rev. Mr. Graham, Rev. Mr. Dosh and Rev. Mr. Brooke) for the tender of their churches, as also for many personal kindnesses—they were Christian brethren with whom it was pleasant to hold intercourse. Dr. Burrows, of Richmond, was also there with the ambulance committee, and preached us several sermons, which were none the less acceptable because the preacher was constantly seen on the street with coat off and hard at work amongst the wounded, and did not have on exactly his 't'other clothes' when he entered the pulpit, as some rascal ha
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 13: General E. V. Sumner and my first reconnoissance (search)
comed us to headquarters, pleasant to visit and worthy to imitate. General W. H. French, who commanded the next brigade, the Second, was a man advanced in years, who had graduated at West Point seventeen years before me. He had a mind of unusual quickness, well replenished by a long experience in his profession. French somehow was able to take more men into action and have less stragglers than any of his parallel commanders. Among our colonels were Zook, who was killed at Gettysburg; Brooke, who, steadily advancing, attained the rank of major general in the regular army; Barlow, of the Sixty-first New York, who, by wounds received in several engagements went again and again to death's door but lived through a most distinguished career of work and promotion to exercise eminent civil functions after the war, and Miller, who fell in our first great battle. My brother, Lieutenant C. H. Howard, and Lieutenant Nelson A. Miles were then my aids. Sumner, noticing his conduct in act
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 16: the battle of Fair Oaks (search)
enough, so by Richardson's order I sent Colonel Miller with the Eighty-first Pennsylvania. Miller promptly deployed his men and moved forward till abreast of Colonel Brooke, who commanded French's left regiment. The reason for not connecting with Birney's brigade, now under command of Colonel Ward, was that it was much farther bHe took a handkerchief, bound up my arm, and then ran back to the Sixty-first. As the impulse was favorable to a charge I decided to go on farther, and, asking Brooke's regiment on French's left to lie down, called again: Forwardl And on we went, pushing back the enemy and breaking through his nearest line. We pressed our way nel of the Sixty-fourth was also Barlow's senior, but he had failed in the necessary physical strength that day. Barlow took command and stood his ground until Brooke, to whom I spoke on my way to the rear, brought up his line. After a little further conflict in that vicinity the Confederates gave way and along our division fr
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 19: the battle of Antietam; I succeed Sedgwick in command of a division (search)
sting the same deep roadway farther to the left. He did not attempt our formation but placed Meagher's brigade and Caldwell's abreast, Caldwell's on the left and Brooke's brigade considerably in the rear to watch his flanks. Thus he moved into close action. Once the Confederates were moving between Richardson and French, for there was free space enough. Brooke caught the glimmer of their rifles and sent to his right a regiment to meet and stop them at the right moment. Cross of the Fifth New Hampshire, aided by the Eighty-first Pennsylvania, did a like handsome thing for Caldwell's left flank. Cross in this successful move made a run for higher ground, while Brooke generously sent forward enough of his brigade to keep up Cross's connection with his proper front line. In these impulsive thrusts of subordinates, almost without orders, a part of that horrid sunken road was captured and passed, and Piper's house reached at last and held. Francis C. Barlow was given that day
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 20: General Burnside assumes command of the army of the Potomac (search)
ervous and panicky, and the hostile defenders but few in number. Seeing our troops coming steadily on, the Confederates soon abandoned the shore line and fled, so that we quietly occupied the left bank and the town of Falmouth. After the enemy's detachment had disappeared from our view behind the houses of Fredericksburg, one of Sumner's officers saw a steer start from the south side and wade slowly across to the north bank of the Rappahannock. The commander of the leading brigade, Colonel Brooke, whose attention was called to the fact, went to the animal and measured the height the water had reached on his side; it did not exceed three feet. This being reported to Sumner, he dispatched a letter to Burnside, asking permission to cross immediately and seize the heights beyond the city. Burnside answered: Wait till I come. When he came forward and looked at the broad river, the rough river bed and swift current, he decided that the risk of crossing before his bridges were in sigh
only benefit which we derived from issuing letters of marque was the acknowledgment by the Federal government that the Confederates were actual belligerents, and that prisoners made from them on the sea as well as on the land were to be considered as prisoners of war. In the early summer of 1861 the Navy Department at Richmond had designed an iron-clad war vessel, which for the long period of eight months was in course of construction at the Gosport navy yard. A plan originated with Lieut. Brooke to convert the hull of the frigate Merrimac, which vessel had been scuttled and sunk by the Federals on their abandonment of Norfolk at the opening of the war, into a shot-proof steam battery, constructed with inclined iron-plated sides and submerged ends. The plates to protect her sides were prepared at the Tredegar Iron Works at Richmond; and their inclination and thickness, and form, were determined by actual experiment. The eaves of the casemates as well as the ends of vessels were
y they did their work (2d Army Corps, 451). included the 28th Mass., Lieutenant-Colonel Cartwright. One of the most distinguished division commanders (in the 6th Corps) was Brig.-Gen. David A. Russell of Massachusetts; while another (in the 9th Corps) was Brig.-Gen. T. G. Stevenson; and among the brigade commanders were Brig.-Gen. H. L. Eustis, Col. N. A. Miles and S. H. Leonard, all of Massachusetts. Col. N. A. Miles won at this battle his promotion as brigadier-general, Generals Miles and Brooke had been conspicuous on every battlefield ... not more for their indomitable valor than for their command over men; their calm intelligence, over which the smoke of battle never cast a cloud; their resistless energy in assault; their ready wit and abounding resources in disaster. (Walker's 2d Army Corps, p. 479.) and among regimental commanders Col. William Blaisdell of the 11th Mass. Infantry deserves especial mention for unflinching determination in holding his line against the most despe
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