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Waterloo, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 39
common dirt or sand roads, over which it is almost impossible to travel. What artillery in the world could have advanced the morning after Malvern Hill? Rain poured in torrents, and cavalrymen could scarcely force their horses into a fast walk through the immense quantities of mud; as for the infantry, they manfully trudged along, knee-deep in mire. In Europe warfare is carried on differently. It usually happens there that the combatants meet in large plains, like Marengo, Austerlitz, Waterloo, and other places I have visited; and had it so chanced that our engagements were fought in such places, the war would have been long since decided. Our artillery are certainly not to blame for being behind time; the infantry marched too fast, and were hurried forward at the rate of thirty miles a day. Our youth seem predisposed in favor of artillery service; at one time nothing else was thought of in the whole South but artillery! artillery! That spirit, said Robins, was infused by the
John B. Hood (search for this): chapter 39
wounded, or missing; while many were completely broken down, and nearly every one was struck or grazed. We staid here all night without interruption, being heavily reenforced during the night. General Lee is loud in praise of their gallantry. Hood, who commanded them, put himself at the head of his old regiment, and with a Come on, boys! led them on right gallantly. He is now a full general, I believe, and his skill and valor deserve it. I cannot comprehend, said another, how it was that the top of the hill sooner than the rest. Had he moved out of the woods alone his destruction was inevitable-for the artillery of the enemy was numerous and powerful. It is said that the sight of Wilcox, Featherstone, Pryor, Whiting, Archer, Hood, and others advancing afoot, sword in hand, cheering on their commands through the woods and up the hill, was most inspiriting: the men cheered vociferously, and would have followed such commanders anywhere. Come on, boys! said little Whitin
nd went to Yorktown to meet McClellan, Fredericksburgh was threatened by a large division under McDowell: Ewell was deputed to watch him, and did it well; but in the Valley there were not less than thin, and, recruited, rushed down the Valley, and instead of allowing Shields and Fremont to join McDowell, beat them both in detail, and obliged McDowell to fall back. Retreating again, Jackson beggedMcDowell to fall back. Retreating again, Jackson begged for reenforcements, and they were sent. But while the Federal commanders were planning to entrap him, should he again go to the Valley, he made pretences of doing so, and by forced marches swooped dder McClellan, looking upon him as an arrant humbug, and had been assigned to Pope's army. General McDowell also — who for many months before had been stationed at Fredericksburgh, and was promised cboth uncompromising negro-worshippers, and as military men were laughed at by the whole South. McDowell, also, was known to be a Democrat, and, though too good a soldier to allow politics to interfer
en were laughed at by the whole South. McDowell, also, was known to be a Democrat, and, though too good a soldier to allow politics to interfere with duty, was discarded, and assigned an unimportant command, while striplings of the East, from political influence, were placed above him. All these things were fully known to us, and no movement occurred in either army of which we were not cognizant. Our lines before the enemy were so well kept that few were aware of any movement preparing; but as the foe were becoming very active on the line of the Rappahannock, and daily glorifying themselves in the newspapers about some trifling cavalry skirmish with our scouts, it was evident their advance under Banks was about to move into an eligible position. As soon as this was ascertained, his old friend, the inevitable Stonewall, received marching orders with his division to proceed from the main army and creep upon him, which he did in his usual brilliant style, and with his wonted success.
usiness, and not allowing us an opportunity. Did you ever hear what Featherstone said of us? At Beaver Dam Creek, there were twelve pieces playing against twice as many of the enemy, and Featherstone, commanding, anxiously watched us, to cover his infantry. We fired very accurately and deliberately, our shot and shell chipping their embrasures in beautiful style, and slicing off the parapets in large cakes, rapidly silencing their pieces. Featherstone was in raptures, and exclaimed: By Jupiter, that beats all! Just look at our boys tumbling the breastworks about! Who would ever believe it of raw volunteers? Why, sir, the regulars could not beat them! Gentlemen, I must confess, I entertained poor opinions of our artillery till now, and looked upon them as fit for little else but to waste ammunition, but the manner in which they fought and defeated Porter's regulars, convinces me that we are a superior stock altogether. Highly complimentary, wasn't it? The boys deserved such
Washington Dobbs (search for this): chapter 39
nitely more. That's the beauty of it! said Dobbs, delighted. That shows the brilliancy of a geat Frazier's Farm was the most desperate, said Dobbs, drinking again, and getting steam up. Oh!when you arrived there. Tink so? answered Dobbs indignantly. But I know so. Just fancy, trave Well, it was as well as it was, continued Dobbs. We gave them a sound thrashing, but the vill impossibility. Of course it was, chimed in Dobbs. No artillery in the world could pretend to khowl, sure! A warlike friend of mine, said Dobbs, who always had more to say about militaryss I am-slightly! I hadn't fairly got into it, Dobbs, said he, ‘fore some villain wounded me, and hhe comparative loss, Major? Frank inquired of Dobbs. From the amount of carnage From a Noro mention. All these things we know, added Dobbs, from ocular proof! How much more fell into o number, at the lowest estimate! Well, said Dobbs, seizing the bottle, and half filling a tumble[3 more...]
tioned the circumstance, except in ambiguous terms, we had other evidence that the disaster was appreciated by those who were the witnesses and sufferers by it. Prisoners of the better class subsequently confirmed our convictions that the loss was so great, and followed so quickly after their disastrous handling in the Week's campaign, that they dared not inform the North of the destruction of transports and supplies, or of the sudden change of camps during that fearful cannonade. Some of Cobb's legion on picket-duty next day picked up many stragglers, who naively said that the assault was so sudden, fearful, and accompanied with such havoc and disorder, it seemed as if the Last Day had arrived ; for regiments were hurriedly formed and marched away in the darkness, many having no other covering but their drawers. Many thought the occasion presented a fine opportunity for a night attack on the land side, but McClellan's favorite style of planting cannon on high grounds and throwing
Jefferson Davis (search for this): chapter 39
I addressed him, and inquired if there was any news from the field? He answered politely that nothing new had transpired; we were progressing slowly It was President Davis He had been on the field all day, and was ordered from the front by Lee; nor would the guards permit him, as a citizen, to cross the lines again without a pasring the battle of Gaines's Mills, I was sent across the Chickahominy to Magruder's quarters at Garnett's Farm-almost in a direct line with the battle-field. President Davis, and many others, sat on the portico, observing the progress of the fight through their field-glasses, at a distance of not more than two miles in a direct lider answered, in his usual lisp, they ought to accomplish something, since they have Jackson, Longstreet, the Hills, Whiting, and others, over there. I heard President Davis remark, subsequently, to a senator, that our force then over the river was fifty thousand men. Our force on the south bank, at that moment, did not muster mor
ade pretences of doing so, and by forced marches swooped down upon McClellan's right and rear, before the Federals in the Valley could recover from their astonishment and chagrin. True, said another, it was a master-stroke of Lee; and when Branch at Brooke Bridge and Hill at Meadow Bridge assailed in front, the game was up with their right wing, for these, uncovering Mechanicsville Bridge, allowed Longstreet and D. H. Hill to cross likewise. ‘The attack of Ambrose Hill was a spirited . No general on earth could make head against such a coup de guerre. If McClellan had stood his ground and fought in such a position, nothing in the world could have prevented the utter annihilation of the army of the Potomac.-New-York Paper. and Branch fighting his way in our centre, so that before such a force they were obliged to fall back. Their defence of Mechanicsville, Ellison's Mills, and Beaver Dam Creek deserves credit, for had our men been less impetuous, we should have found every a
ion subsequent demonstration of McClellan General Pope and other Northern commanders rising in favnd main hope. All this time the Federals under Pope were concentrating round Fredericksburgh, and ps, if possible, to cooperate on the peninsula. Pope took command of his army with a grand flourish s to the Rappahannock, and form a junction with Pope. For this purpose,. although maintaining dailylso been intently studying the programme of General Pope, now industriously engaged in gathering a l us that great expectations were entertained of Pope's movement towards Richmond, and that he had maoughly defeated in his own attempt, looked upon Pope as an upstart and braggadocio, who, by dint of m as an arrant humbug, and had been assigned to Pope's army. General McDowell also — who for many m N. P. Banks, of Massachusetts, being second to Pope. Politics had much to do with these appointhat praise which ability and bravery deserved. Pope and Banks were both uncompromising negro-worshi
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