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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The crisis of the Confederacy (search)
nd the killing power infinitely more fearful than that of modern rifles, because of the size and shape of the bullet. Moreover the rough nature of the ground where fighting took place invariably forbade mounted charges in mass, and rifle fire in the open would usually render them impossible, or suicidal. All that could be accomplished by shock-tactics was effected against cavalry and small bodies of infantry, but the magnificent fighting qualities of the cavalry (developed by Hampton, and Forrest, and not by Stuart, as the author supposes), were displayed as dismounted riflemen, where they equalled infantry in deadly work and staying-power and were enabled to excel them in mobility and dash by means of their horses. Gettysburg, the author considers the turning point of the war, and that if Lee had there completely defeated Meade it would have ended the contest victoriously for the South. His account of the battle is good—though he errs in numbers—but the main causes to which is
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.19 (search)
strike at Vicksburg. Thus the way was open for one of those bold cavalry raids for which heretofore only the Confederates had distinguished themselves; Van Dorn, Forrest and Morgan had set the example which was to be followed by Colonel Grierson, in a bold movement from LaGrange, Tennessee, through the State of Mississippi to Batosupplies intended for Banks' army were destroyed. The writer witnessed at Johnsonville, on the Tennessee river, in November, 1864, such another sight, when General Forrest destroyed Sherman's military supplies, together with several gunboats and many transports—a conflagration once seen never to be forgotten or effaced from the Regiment, Colonel Dumonteil commanding, with John B. Gage lieutenant-colonel. Afterwards these two regiments were attached to Mabry's Brigade and formed part of Forrest's Cavalry Corps. Colonel Powers' and Colonel Griffith's Regiments were assigned to duty in east Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. Colonel Gage was killed an
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Some of the drug conditions during the war between the States, 1861-5. (search)
nusually, among officers and men, and, in the abscence of any pharmaceutical attachment to the army, it was without remedy until Dr. Cowan, attached as a physician to a Tennessee regiment, adopted the use of what is now the famous tablespoon remedy, consisting of a tablespoon of Epsom salts, and equal quantities of bicarbonate soda and laudanum, this dissolved in water and taken a tablespoonful at a dose. This remedy acted magically, and being so widely adopted, attracted the notice of General Forrest, who, out of admiration and gratitude, promoted Dr. Cowan to his personal staff with rank of major. There was another doctor who ought to have been promoted for this same sort of service, for diseases of the bowels, during long encampments, became pestilential. The food, especially the bread, when prepared by the ordinary mess soldier, seemed to be especially invented for the production of irritation. Such camp-made biscuit would these days prove a successful rival and threaten the r
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
as did our artillery, and the enemy's infantry and artillery from all sides opened upon us. Into the mouth of hell charged the six hundred. On we went, as it seemed to us, literally into the mouth of hell. When we got to the walls of the fort we dropped on the ground to get the men in order and let them get their breath. While waiting we could hear the Yankee officers in the fort trying to encourage their men, telling them among other things to remember Fort Pillow. (In that fort Forrest's men had found whites and negroes together. History tells what they did for them.) Then commenced a novel method of fighting. There was quite a number of abandoned muskets, with bayonets on them, lying on the ground around the fort. Our men began pitching them over the embankment, bayonets foremost, trying to harpoon the men inside, and both sides threw over cannon balls and fragments of shells and earth, which by the impact of the explosion had been pressed as hard as brick. Everybody
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
fied, 17, 294; horrors of, 295 Humphreys, General B. G., 323 Hunter, Major Robert W.. 335 Jackson, General Stonewall, imperturbability of, 230; sorrow at death of, 240 Jacobs, Joseph, pharmacist 161 Jamestown, Ter-centenery Celebration, 194 Jewish Officers in C. S. Army, 200, 201, 204 Johnson General Edward, 18; Fought with his Cane, 338 Johnson D. D., Rev. John, 1 Johnson's Island Prisoners, plan to release, 72 Johnsonville, Sherman's supplies at, destroyed by Forrest, 91 Jones, Colonel R. T., killed, 220 Keeling, Captain R. H., tribute to, 222 King, Colonel J. Floyd, 345 Lamb, Captain John, services of, 300, 351 Lamar, Colonel Jeff, killed, 265 Last Charge at Appomattox, 69, 190 375 L'Etondal, Captain J., coolness of, 229 Lee, General R. E., orders at Chambers-burg 132; a gentleman by birth and breeding, his physique, 140; greatness, 158; his corps commanders Ewell, 141; Hill Stuart, 142; episode of to the rear, 295, 339; saved l