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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1854. (search)
the day. With his little force, just now routed and in full retreat, but unable, even in a moment of panic, to forget its discipline, he held his ground against two brigades of the enemy's best cavalry. Colonel Lowell's control over his men on this occasion has been compared by his officers, not inaptly, to Sheridan's famous rally of his army at the battle of Cedar Creek. On the 26th of July, Colonel Lowell was put in command of a new Provisional Brigade, and was ordered to report to General Hunter, then at the head of the Army of the Shenandoah. This brigade, which numbered nineteen hundred men, contained, besides the Second Massachusetts, representatives of every cavalry regiment in the service; and Lowell never gave a more signal proof of his wonderful administrative power than when he brought this heterogeneous collection of men in a few days into a state of organic unity. On the 6th of August General Sheridan took command of the Army of the Shenandoah, which, on the 10th,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1857. (search)
Nothing but his indomitable pluck enabled him, in his debilitated condition, to stand the fatigues of this long march. The Twenty-fourth left Newbern, with other portions of the Eighteenth Corps, for South Carolina, in January, 1863, when General Hunter undertook operations against Charleston in conjunction with the fleet under the late Admiral Dupont. The land forces, however, effected little, and the great naval contest of the 7th of April ended unsuccessfully for us. In June, General Gillmore relieved General Hunter, and soon afterwards he commenced the series of operations by which he captured Fort Wagner and silenced Fort Sumter. Folly Island was first seized, and then a landing effected on Morris Island, at the northern extremity of which was Fort Wagner. Some of Lieutenant Perkins's letters written at this time, besides giving an excellent picture of what was going on, show unconsciously how bravely he was bearing up against debility and sickness, and how faithfully he was
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
e file, over swampy, muddy ground. There they remained all day, with hard-tack and coffee for their fare; and of this only what was left in their haversacks, not a regular ration. From eleven o'clock of Friday evening until four o'clock of Saturday morning they were being put on the transport General Hunter, in a boat which took about fifty at a time. There they breakfasted on the same fare, and had no other food before entering into the assault on Fort Wagner in the evening. The General Hunter left Cole's Island for Folly Island at six A. M., and the troops landed at Pawnee Landing about half past 9, A. M., and thence marched to the point opposite Morris Island, reaching there about two o'clock in the afternoon. They were transported in a steamer across the inlet, and reached General Strong's Headquarters about six o'clock, where they halted. I saw them there, and they looked worn and weary. They had been without tents during the pelting rains of the two previous nights. Gener
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, Biographical Index. (search)
29. Also, II. 202. Hopkinson, Thomas, II. 21. How, H. J., Major, Memoir, I. 30, 37;. Also, I. 406; II. 4, 6;, 9. How, Phineas, II. 30. How, Tryphena, II. 30. Howard, O. H., Capt., II. 251, 252;. Howard, O. O., Maj.-Gen., I. 174; II. 301. Hoyt, Chancellor, I. 418. Huger, B., Maj.-Gen. (Rebel service), I. 213. Hume, L. J., Lieut., I. 340. Humphreys, A. A., Maj.-Gen., I. 14; II. 140. Humphreys, C. A., Chaplain, II. 116, 117;, 159, 329. Huney, John, I. 95. Hunter, David, Maj.-Gen., I. 296, 373;. Hutchinson Family, I. 41. I. Irving, Washington, I. 307. J. Jackson, Charles, I. 395; II. 453. Jackson, P. T., I. 275, 395;II. 457. Jackson, T. J., Maj.-Gen. (Rebel service), I. 146, 159;, 263, 264; II. 168,169, 257, 421. James, G. W., II. 462, 464;. James, W., II. 357. Jefferson, Thomas (President U. S.), I. 90. Johnson, Mrs., II. 236. Johnston, J. E., Maj.-Gen. (Rebel service), I. 213. Jones, Corporal, II. 311. Jord