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Harvard (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
take the pains to describe them. On Sunday there arrived General Benham, one of the dirtiest and most ramshackle parties I ever saw. Behind him walked his Adjutant-General, a great contrast, in all respects, being a trig, broad-shouldered officer, with a fierce moustache and imperial and a big clanking sabre. I gazed at this Adjutant-General and he at me, and gradually, through the military fierceness, there peeped forth the formerly pacific expression of Channing Clapp! A classmate at Harvard. There never was such a change, Achilles and all other warlike persons; and is much improved withal. That same evening enter another general (distinguished foreigner this time), El General Jose Cortez, chevalier of some sort of red ribbon and possessor of a bad hat. He was accompanied by two eminent Señors, Mexicans and patriotic exiles. We were out riding when they came; but, after our return, and in the midst of dinner, there comes an orderly with a big official envelope, proving to be
Fredericksburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
letter to General Meade, in command of the Army of the Potomac:-- As your time is valuable I will write in few words. I arrived here from Europe, with my family, some few weeks since; all well. In your letter to me, dated, Camp opposite Fredericksburg, December 22, 1862, you were kind enough to say: I shall be delighted to have you on my staff ; and you go on to suggest that I should come as Volunteer aide with a commission from the Governor of the state, and getting no pay; only forage fo found, I think, a good trait in our General, that he will hold his forces in hand for a proper occasion. Meanwhile the papers say, The fine autumn weather is slipping away. Certainly; and shall we add, as a corollary, Therefore let another Fredericksburg be fought! Put some flesh on our skeleton regiments, and there is no difficulty; but if, instead of ten conscripts, only one is sent, que voulez vous! Headquarters Army of Potomac in the field, October 16, 1863 Contrary to expectation to
Centreville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
Meade, outmarching Lee, kept between him and Washington, finally bringing the Headquarters to Centreville about twenty-four miles west of Alexandria. Meanwhile, it appears to have been extremely xt morning, every corps was in motion, tramping diligently in the direction of the heights of Centreville, via Manassas Junction. We of the Staff had hardly dressed, when there was a great cracking t the army toward Washington, which caused uneasiness and dissatisfaction at the Capitol. At Centreville, writes Lyman, we had a set — to between Meade and Halleck. Meade had asked, by telegraph, ft more lie still. Headquarters Army of Potomac November 3, 1863 Did I mention that, since Centreville, some two weeks, I have had a tent-mate, a Swede, one of those regular Europeans, who have betowards Germanna Ford. Map. The above rough map, with the other I sent when I wrote at Centreville, will sufficiently explain our moves. From Rapid Ann Station to Morton's Ford, the Rebels ha
Cape Cod (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
evelopment of character under pressing circumstances. In peace times he would have lived and died a quiet, manly, happy-tempered fellow; but the peril forced his true spirit into action, and now his name stands as that of one who gave up a life spotless of low ambition, of cowardice, of immorality; a life torn from all that is attractive and agreeable and devoted to the cause of Eternal Right. An entry in his journal says of a shooting-trip of his on some old haunts among the marshes of Cape Cod: As I walked about this beautiful old place, with the clear air and the fine breeze, the idea of going to war struck me with a ten-fold disagreeable contrast. N-----B-----was quite eloquent on the topic and strongly urged against it. But what's the use? A man must march when it is his plain duty; and all the more if he has had, in this world, more than his slice of cake! On August 10th Lyman wrote the following letter to General Meade, in command of the Army of the Potomac:-- As you
Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
n in his journal. Every one takes the matter with great calmness; we are too dead! Soon came Gettysburg; and shortly afterward Mrs. Lyman's cousin, Robert Shaw, fell at the head of his negro regimenn touch with the Confederate Army, and placed his forces in such a position, on the heights of Gettysburg, that Lee was forced to attack him. After three days stubborn fighting, which culminated in th and there fight French Zouaves or anybody else you chose to bring on. . . . Some divisions at Gettysburg marched thirty-six miles in one day; and then fought for two days after that, with scarcely anem have been in a good many battles. They say that General Meade is an extremely cool man. At Gettysburg he was in a little wooden house, when the hot fire began. The shells flew very thick and closer Pope's experience. The only one I can think of is Hancock, for a long while laid up by his Gettysburg wound, and not yet in the field. He belongs in this army, is popular, and has an excellent na
Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
by an outlying cavalry, a move may be either covered or simulated. ] Headquarters Army of Potomac October 12, 1863 You will probably have all sorts of rumors of defeats, or victories, or something. The facts are very simple: as our great object is Uncle Lee's army (one might properly say our only object), we have to watch and follow his movements, so as, 1st, to catch him if possible in a good corner; or, 2d, to prevent his catching us in a bad corner; also 3d, to cover Washington and Maryland, which, for us, is more important than for him to come to Richmond. Thus we have to watch him and shift as he shifts, like two fencers. One may say, pitch into him! But do you think he is so soft as to give us any decent chance, if he knows it? Not he! Meanwhile Meade knows what hangs on this army, and how easy it is to talk about raising 3,000,000 men and how hard it is to raise 30,000. He said yesterday: If Bob Lee will go into those fields there and fight me, man for man, I will do
Paris (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
advance had had a heavy fight with the Rebels, in force, and had driven them from the field; but had thus been greatly delayed, and besides had found no roads, or bad roads, and could not effect a junction that evening. And so there was Sedgwick's Corps jammed up in the woods behind, and kept back also! So we pitched camp and waited for morning. November 28 I thought that our wedding day would be celebrated by a great battle, but so it was not fated. Let us see, a year ago, we were in Paris; and this year, behold me no longer ornamenting the Boulevards but booted and spurred, and covered with an india-rubber coat, standing in the mud, midst a soft, driving rain, among the dreary hills of Old Virginny. It was early in the morning, and we were on the crest, near Robertson's Tavern. On either side, the infantry, in line of battle, was advancing, and a close chain of skirmishers was just going into the woods; while close in the rear followed the batteries, laboriously moving over
Rappahannock (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
hat the officers will come to Headquarters and remove all the trouble in his commission. Now he is going to Washington about it; or rather has said he was going, for the last three days. Au reste, he is a quiet, polite man, who, I think, will not do much to improve the Swedish artillery. He has obtained a nigger boy, whose name is Burgess, but whom he calls Booyus, remarking to me that it was a singular name, in which I fully agreed! . . . Headquarters Army of Potomac (not far from Rappahannock river) November 7, 1863 . . . This morning, forward march! horse, foot, and artillery, all streaming towards Dixie; weather fresh and fine, nothing to mar but a high wind, and, in some places, clouds of dust. Everyone was hearty; there was General Hays, in bed with rheumatism, but he hopped up, and got on his horse, remarking that, if there were any Rebs to catch, he was all well. Our last Headquarters were on the Warrenton branch railroad, half a mile north of it and three miles from
Gainesville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
h I entrusted to a mounted orderly. Thereupon we speedily got on horseback, and first rode to General Sedgwick (familiarly called Uncle John ), to whom General Meade handed over the command, in his absence at Washington, to consult about the late moves and those consequent on them. Uncle John received the heavy honors in a smiling and broad-shouldered style, and wished us all a good journey, for he is a cheery soul. With little delay, we again mounted and rode twelve miles, briskly, to Gainesville,. whither the railroad comes. The Chief stepped into a little room, used as a telegraph-office, and, quicker than winking, he stood, arrayed only in his undergarments; then, before, almost, I could get my coat off, he had put on a pair of shoes, a new coat, and an elegant pair of trousers! Now then, Lyman, are you ready? Where's Humphreys? Humphreys is always late! Come, come along, the train is going to start! You should have seen the unfortunate Aide — his coat unbuttoned, his sho
Michigan (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 2
musing, is also pleasing, as he has a very merry blue eye, and a devil-may-care style. His first greeting to General Pleasonton, as he rode up, was: How are you, fifteen-days'-leave-of-absence? They have spoiled my boots but they didn't gain much there, for I stole 'em from a Reb. And certainly, there was one boot torn by a piece of shell and the leg hurt also, so the warlike ringlets got not only fifteen, but twelve [additional] days' leave of absence, and have retreated to their native Michigan! The Rebels now retreated in all haste, and we rode at once in, and found a good many supplies at the depot with a number of rifles and saddles. As we rode up, the building was beset with grinning dragoons, each munching, with great content, a large apple, whereof they found several barrels which had been intended for the comfort of Mr. Stuart's dashing knights. I was surprised at the good conduct of the gypsy-looking men. They insulted no one, broke nothing, and only took a few green
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