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Badajos (Amazonas, Brazil) (search for this): chapter 6.34
follow. But there comes no response befitting the stern grandeur of the scene — no trampling charge — no rolling drums of Austerlitz — no fierce shouts of warlike joy as burst from the men of the Light division when they mounted the breach of Badajos, or from Frazer's Royals as they crowned the crimson slopes of St. Sebastian. No, none of this is here. But a straggling line of the men of the Second brigade, First division, uttering a mechanical cheer, slowly mounts the crest, passes unmointo the ravine between Cemetery Hill and the drunken battalions of Ferrero, a stern array of silent men, clad in faded gray, resolved with grim resolve to avert from the mother-town a fate as dreadful as that which marked the three days sack of Badajos. Lee, informed of the disaster at 6.10 A. M., The hour is taken from the note-book of the staff-officer who delivered the message from Beauregard to Lee, and who noted the exact time at the moment. This note-book was kindly placed at my d<
Hastings (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
er-charge was but one ounce and a half--and, without intermission, the storm of fire beat upon the hapless men imprisoned within. Mahone's men watched with great interest this easy method or reaching troops behind cover, and then, with the imitative ingenuity of soldiers, gleefully gathered up the countless muskets with bayonets fixed, which had been abandoned by the enemy, and propelled them with such nice skill that they came down upon Ledlie's men like the rain of the Norman arrows at Hastings. At half-past 10, the Georgia brigade advanced and attempted to dislodge Wilcox's men, who still held a portion of the lines south of the Crater, but so closely was every inch of the ground searched by artillery, so biting was the fire of musketry, that, obliquing to their left, they sought cover behind the cavalier-trench won by the Virginia brigade — many officers and men testifying by their blood how gallantly the venture had been essayed. Half an hour later, the Alabamians under S
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
two officers and twenty men of Pegram's Petersburg Battery. Beauregard's Ms. Report of Mine Explosion; Lieutenant-Colonel Loring's statement. The dread upheaval has rent in twain Elliott's brigade, and the men to the right and left of the huge abyss recoil in terror and dismay. Nor shall we censure them, for so terrible was the explosion that even the assaulting column shrank back aghast, and nearly ten minutes elapsed ere it could be reformed. Statement of General O. B. Wilcox, U. S. A.--Report on the Conduct of the War (1865), vol. i, p. 79; Burnside's testimony--Ib., p. 147. Now a storm of fire bursts in red fury from the Federal front, and in an instant all the valley between the hostile lines lies shrouded in billowing smoke. Then Marshall, putting himself at the head of the stormers, sword in hand, bids his men to follow. But there comes no response befitting the stern grandeur of the scene — no trampling charge — no rolling drums of Austerlitz — no fierce<
Chickahominy (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
t the last effort of the enemy, establish the independence of your native land, and earn the lasting love and gratitude of your countrymen and the admiration of mankind. Lee's General Order, May 16th, 1864. And to an army intelligent as it was resolute, there was surely much to confirm this confidence, outside enthusiastic trust in the resources of their leader. The sobering consciousness of instant peril had quickened their discernment, and the patient watchers in the swamps of Chickahominy, no longer deluded by the ignis fatuus of foreign intervention, hopes of which had been kindled anew in the Capital by the fiery speech of the Marquis of Clanricarde, regarded only, but with eager exultation, the signs in camp and country of the enemy. Mr. Seward's thirty days draft on victory, though given to a superb army for collection, and endorsed by the credulity of the nation, had gone to protest, and Mr. Lincoln now signified his intention of calling for 500,000 additional men to
Danville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
sharply assailed by W. H. F. Lee, who had followed him with his division of cavalry, and who now wrested from him the road upon which the raiders were moving. Again and again did Wilson seek to wrest it back, but Lee could not be dislodged. The combat was renewed next day, lasting from midday till dark, but at daylight of the 24th the Federal cavalry withdrew, leaving their killed and wounded on the field. Lee's official dispatch, June 25th, 1864. Wilson reached Meherrin Station on the Danville road the same day, and Kautz having rejoined him, the two columns pushed on rapidly to Staunton River Bridge. But the local militia, entrenched at that point, behaved with great firmness, and W. H. F. Lee boldly attacking, again drove the Federals before him until dark. Lee's official dispatch, June 26th, 1864. Wilson now turned to regain the lines in front of Petersburg, but his officers and men were marauding in a fashion which no prudent officer, on such service as his, should ever h
Lunenburg, Ma. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
esses of the finest stuff — while cowering along the road side were nearly a thousand fugitive negroes, the poor creatures almost pallid with fright, the pickaninnies roaring lustily, several of the women in the pangs of childbirth. Nor was this shameful pillage on the part of the men to be wondered at, for in the head-quarter wagon of the commanding general was found much plunder — among other articles of stolen silver a communion-service inscribed Saint John's Church, Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg. A list of the stolen silver may be found in the Richmond Examiner, July 5th, 1864. In the same paper (June 27th) may be seen an official list, sent by General Lomax, of the silver found in Custer's head-quarter wagon captured at Trevilian's. The silver was sent to W. H. McFarland, Esq., of Richmond, to be identified and reclaimed by its owners. Fitz. Lee, in hot pursuit, captured within a few miles two more light guns, and ordered the Federal artillerymen to turn them upon thei
New Market (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
Long Bridge, made his dispositions to screen the movement. Hancock's corps, marching past the Fifth, was directed upon Willcox's landing; Wright's and Burnside's corps upon Douthat's, while Smith, with four divisions of the Tenth and Eighteenth corps, moved rapidly to White House and embarked for Bermuda Hundred. Swinton, Army of the Potomac, p. 498. Early on the morning of the 13th, Warren, who executed his critical task with marked address, pushed forward Crawford's division on the New Market road, and compelling the few Confederate squadrons of observation to retire across White Oak Swamp, threatened direct advance on Richmond, while the activity of his powerful horse completely shrouded for the time the movement in his rear. Lee did not attack, for Early had been detached for the defence of Lynchburg, and the main body of his cavalry being absent under Hampton, he was compelled, like the Great Frederick, when Traun's Pandours enveloped Silesia in midnight, to read his posi
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 6.34
eir valor, not ungrateful for this filial devotion, shall keep forever bright the splendor of their deeds, till earth, and seas, and skies are rended. No Painted Porch is hers, like that of Athens, where, for half a thousand years, the descendants of the men who had followed Miltiades to victory might trace the glories of their Marathon — no gleaming Chapelle des Invalides, with the light flaming through gorgeous windows on tattered flags of battle — no grand historic Abbey, like that of England, where hard by the last resting place of her princes and her kings sleep the great soldiers who have writ glorious names high upon their country's roll with the point of their stainless swords. Nay, none of this is hers. Only the frosty stars to-night keep solemn watch and ward above the wind-swept graves of those who, from Potomac to James, from Rapidan to Appomattox, yielded up their lives that they might transmit to their children the heritage of their fathers. Weep on, Virginia,
Weldon, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
ns, p. 358), says 8,000 men in all, but this seems, on Investigation, an over-estimate. consisting of his own and Kautz's divisions, was dispatched to destroy the Weldon road farther to the south, and thence, by a wide sweep to the west, to cut the Southside and Danville roads. The Second corps, now commanded by Birney — for Hanco beat down the guard of the slender rapier, which so often pierced the joints of the giant armor. By the end of August, Grant was firmly established across the Weldon road — a line of communication important, indeed, to Lee, but not absolutely necessary. Yet was it not yielded without much desperate fighting, as was witnessed atch, August 26th, 1864. In these four engagements, the enemy acknowledge a loss of above 7,000 men, and there is reason to believe that the occupation of the Weldon road during this month cost them between 8,000 and 9,000 men. The Confederate loss was not above one-fourth of that number. This estimate is based on a careful
Sebastopol (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
from a strictly military point of view, the term siege cannot properly be applied to the operations around Petersburg, for there was lacking what, according to Vauban, is the fist requisite in a siege — perfect investment. the same is true of Sebastopol. Address of Capt. W. Gordon McCabe (formerly Adjutant of Pegram's battalion of artillery, A. N. V.) before the Association of the Army of Northern Virginia, November 1, 1876. [published by request of the Association.] Comrades of the Army of Northern Virginia: I am here in obedience to your orders and give you a soldier's greeting. It has fallen to me, at your behest, to attempt the story of a defence more masterly in happy reaches of generalship than that of Sebastopol, and not less memorable than that of Zaragoza in a constancy which rose superior to accumulating disaster, and a stern valor ever reckoned highest by the enemy. It is a great task, nor do I take shame to myself that I am not equal to it, for, spe
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