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Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 3: from New York to Richmond (search)
North shining somewhat in his reflected light. Thus, to our great relief, the awkward contretemps of his arrest contributed rather to the reputation and advantage of our friend. I recall this additional incident: Mr. John Randolph Tucker-Ran. Tucker --then Attorney-General of Virginia, was an intimate friend of my father, who had now arrived in Richmond, and suggested to him that Mr. Beers and I, as we were citizens of the State of Connecticut where I had recently cast my first vote, weretional position, as bearing upon a possible charge of treason, in case we should enlist in the military service. The suggestion was deemed of sufficient importance to refer to Mr. Benjamin, then Attorney-General of the Confederate States. and Mr. Tucker and I interviewed him about it. These two great lawyers. concurred in the view that the principles which protected citizens of the Southern and seceded States were, to say the least, of doubtful application to us, and that it would probably go
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 17: between Gettysburg and the Wilderness (search)
er saw in the army, and if there was forage or food, for man or beast, to be had anywhere, Tuck was sure to get at least our share for us. As above said, it was the very day we reached the soil of old Virginia, or the day after, that Tuck, or Tucker,--I believe the latter was really his name,--was dragging along with his wagon, through the mud and mist, considerably in rear of the battery, grieving that his two faithful mules had gone supperless to bed the last night and taken breakfastlessn on the place. Tuck watered and fed his mules at the stable and himself at the house, touching his hat to the old man's pretty daughter as he entered. In due course of time he married her, and he owns that farm to-day. Thus the house of Tucker rode into home and fortune upon my mules, which its illustrious founder swore the infernal Yankees sha'n't never git! Some little time since, in a conversation with Mr. George Cary Eggleston, he remarked that, years ago, perhaps during the war
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 22: from Cold Harbor to evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg (search)
attalion of heavy artillery at Chaffin's Bluff, on the north side of the James River, about ten or twelve miles below Richmond, and about a mile below Drewry's Bluff, which was on the south side. There were batteries of heavy guns on the shore at both these points, the battalions manning them being also armed with muskets, and our iron-clads were anchored in the river about and between the two land batteries. These iron-clads were manned by a body of marines and seamen under command of Admiral Tucker. At the close of the campaign proper of 1864 all the troops manning the defenses of Richmond who were not strictly of the Army of Northern Virginia were under command of Lieutenant-General Ewell, who was in charge of the Department of Richmond. The heavy artillery battalions on the river — the Chaffin's Bluff battalion among them-and the local troops manning the parts of the line adjacent thereto constituted the division of Gen. Custis Lee, eldest son of Gen. Robert E. Lee, a man of t
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 23: the retreat from Chaffin's Bluff to Sailor's Creek (search)
ere surrounded, but could not tell how strong the force was upon which we were turning our backs. I remember, in all the discomfort and wretchedness of the retreat, we had been no little amused by the Naval Battalion, under that old hero, Admiral Tucker. The soldiers called them the Aye, Ayes, because they responded aye, aye to every order, sometimes repeating the order itself, and adding, Aye, aye, it is, sir! As this battalion, which followed immediately after ours, was getting into posiion, and seamen's and landsmen's jargon and movements were getting a good deal mixed in the orders and evolutions,--all being harmonized, however, and licked into shape by the aye, aye, --a young officer of the division staff rode up, saluted Admiral Tucker, and said: Admiral, I may possibly be of assistance to you in getting your command into line. The Admiral replied: Young man, I understand how to talk to my people ; and thereupon followed a grand moral combination of right flank and left fl