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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 7: the Peninsula Campaign. (search)
as we were compelled to impress corn for the horses — of course old, hard corn-we roasted a little of it for ourselves. On the third day we overhauled a commissary train, in a by-road we were traveling to escape the jam and the mud, and Captain McCarthy, making known the extreme need of his men, begged rations enough to give them just one meal; but the officer in charge answered: I cannot issue you anything, Captain, except upon the order of General Griffith, your brigadier, or my cohat has occurred, signed by me! We sprang with a shout to execute the Captain's order, and in a few moments had our three days rations, cooking them in the few utensils we always kept with us, and soon made a good square meal. I suppose Captain McCarthy's conduct was deemed justifiable, as no notice of a courtmartial or a court of inquiry was ever served upon him. It was, however, some days before the supply departments were thoroughly organized, after the disorganization and paralysis
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 12: between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville (search)
ng. The captain informed me that General Jackson had sent an order for me to report immediately at his headquarters. When my first surprise subsided I told Captain McCarthy, what I was then confident was the case, that the message was doubtless from my father, who loved to work in the Second Corps, and spent much time at the Gennd, in the spring of 1861, General Magruder called upon Major Randolph to send him a suitable man for a courier, adding, intelligent young Irishman preferred and McCarthy was sent as filling the bill. The captain had long been laying for me, as the saying is, and now he had his revenge-Old Jack had conferred upon me orthodox Presappearance of General Jackson's note. It was written in pencil on a small half sheet of bluish paper, evidently torn from a letter, and I remember, too, how Captain McCarthy-laughing still-tore it up, when he had read it out three or four times, and how the fragments floated adown the air. I told Mrs. Jackson of the circumstance
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 17: between Gettysburg and the Wilderness (search)
Apropos of the time and the region in which the operations just commented upon occurred,--being the great battlefield of central Virginia, threshed over for three years by the iron flail of war,--Billy sends me what he very justly terms the most pathetic and harrowing incident of my service in the Army of Northern Virginia. I give it substantially in his own words: One day while we were encamped in the Poison Fields of Spottsylvania County, Tom Armistead and I were summoned to Captain McCarthy's quarters. We found him talking to a woman very poorly but cleanly dressed, who seemed in bitter distress. The captain ordered us to go with the woman and bury her child. We went with her to her home, a small house with but two rooms. There we found her mother, an aged woman, and the child, a boy of ten, who had just died of a most virulent case of diphtheria. The father, a soldier in some Virginia regiment, was of course absent, and of neighbors there were none in that war-strick
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 19: Spottsylvania (search)
with tears streaming down their faces, led his horse to the rear, are too familiar to justify repetition, especially as I did not happen to be an eye-xwitness of either of these impressive scenes. Our guns were put in at the left base of the Salient, and there, in full sight and but a short distance up the side of the angle, stood two or three of the guns from which our men had been driven, or at which they had been captured. The Howitzers had two clumsy iron three-inch rifles, and Captain McCarthy and I offered, with volunteers from that company, to draw these captured guns back into our lines, provided we were allowed to exchange our two iron guns for two of these, which were brass Napoleons. This would have given the battery a uniform armament and prevented the frequent separation of the sections. There was not at the time a Federal soldier in sight, and some of us walked out to or near these guns without being fired upon. It might have been a perilous undertaking, yet I thi
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 20: from Spottsylvania to Cold Harbor (search)
him what had occurred, and he smiled grimly. Then I fell back further to the old battery. The column was pretty well closed up that morning; everybody seemed to feel it well to be so. I was strongly attached to the old company and particularly to the captain, who was a magnificent fellow. It was early on a beautiful spring morning, and we were again passing through a tract of undesolated, undesecrated country-greenness, quiet, the song of birds, the scent of flowers, all about us. Captain McCarthy was on foot, walking among his men, his great arms frequently around the necks of two of them at once — a position which displayed his martial, manly figure to great advantage. I dismounted, one of the fellows mounting my horse, and walked and talked and chatted with the men, and particularly with the captain. He was altogether an uncommon person, marked by great simplicity, sincerity, kindliness, courage, good sense, personal force, and a genius for commanding men. He had been rat
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 21: Cold Harbor of 1864. (search)
hooting the covered way the spring death of Captain McCarthy, of the Howitzers how it occurred on the line it had yet experienced. An order had come to Captain McCarthy, from General Alexander, commanding the artiller style, Who's that's dead? When we told him Captain McCarthy, of the Howitzers, he said musingly: McCarthy,McCarthy, McCarthy; why, that's the name of the folks that took care oa me, when I was wounded so bad last year. Well,McCarthy; why, that's the name of the folks that took care oa me, when I was wounded so bad last year. Well, here's the cannons from his hat. And so it was; his hat, as we suppose, had gone over the works, and his badnd then all, save his cousin, Dan, afterwards Lieutenant McCarthy, who went into Richmond with his body, turned the house. As the sash went up the man said: Captain McCarthy was killed on the lines awhile ago. If you wan that, as the night threatened to be stormy, young McCarthy had better go home and get some proper wraps and pavy battery of maledictions. The day after Captain McCarthy's death, my brother, being in almost the exact
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
9; wounded at Wilderness, 246-48. Louisa Court House, Va., 90 Louisiana Guard Artillery, 197 Louisiana Infantry: 9th Regiment, 212-13. Louisiana Tigers, 80-81, 172, 201 Lounsbury, Thomas Raynesford, 34 Lutherans, 206 McCarthy, Daniel Stephens, 294-96. McCarthy, Edward S.: family of, 294- 96; mentioned, 74, 85, 95, 159-60, 229, 260, 271, 291, 293-96. McClellan, George Brinton, 74, 79, 88-89, 92-95, 101-104, 106-108, 125-26, 285 McDowell, Battle of, 218 McDaniel, HenMcCarthy, Edward S.: family of, 294- 96; mentioned, 74, 85, 95, 159-60, 229, 260, 271, 291, 293-96. McClellan, George Brinton, 74, 79, 88-89, 92-95, 101-104, 106-108, 125-26, 285 McDowell, Battle of, 218 McDaniel, Henry Dickerson, 220-21. McGowan, Samuel, 57-58. McGuire, Hunter Holmes, 105, 245-46, 351 McLaws, Lafayette: described, 223; mentioned, 129, 165, 168-69, 173- 79, 182, 192, 222-24, 231, 270 Machine guns, 76-77. Magruder, John Bankhead, 75, 79-80, 94-97, 102, 107, 160 Mahone, William, 311 Malvern Hill, 41, 96-97, 101-18, 130, 146, 309 Manassas, Va.: first battle of, 41, 44- 48, 59, 111, 324; second battle of, 118-24, 191 Manly's Battery (N. C.), 154, 168, 301, 310 Marse Ro