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Martinsburg (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
uld not have asked such foolish questions. He would have known that irregularity in the supply of food is an inevitable accompaniment of the movement of armies, and that the better the soldier the less he grumbles at the inevitable. But the change in circumstances from the offensive in Virginia to the defensive in Maryland wrought another change, which our enemies appreciated. The neighbors of that farmer who was paid for green grass and down-trodden fields at our first encampment at Martinsburg, had themselves suffered from an appropriation of the contents of well-stocked larders at their homes. Inspired, therefore, by the success of the Martinsburg farmer, and forgetting that the result of Manassas effectually dispelled the tender and half-regretful emotions with which we had drawn the sword, they made complaints and asked compensation for their losses. A Virginian informed me by letter, that, though his ancestors came from a line of warriors, even tracing them to one of the
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
with the Second as a garrison, a daily paper received on the twenty-fifth of July announced that the President of the United States had raised Mr. N. P. Banks, late of Massachusetts, from a private citizen to the rank of a Major-General of Volunteerwas President. On the seventh of October, in observance of a day of fasting and prayer which the President of the United States had suggested, the whole division moved to a field, where, formed in close columns of battalions, they stood with uncted. The twenty-second day of February, Abraham Lincoln, as Constitutional commander of the Armies and Navies of the United States, appointed for General McClellan to move against the enemy. The President ordered it; and now, exulting in our prospects, we celebrated the birthday of Washington throughout the United States with joy: we cheered for the victory that had followed victory. The hope that cheered us, we trusted, brought despair to our foe; the clouds were breaking away, and at last
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
evere and some of his other officers, captured in the woods, in the middle of the night, by the enemy's cavalry. Taken to Leesburg, he there found himself in the presence of the Rebel commander who had whipped him,--a General N. G. Evans, of South Carolina, a graduate of West Point, familiarly known as Shanks Evans from the peculiar formation of his legs, which were very knock-kneed. Colonel Lee says it was hard to tell which of the two, Cogswell or Evans, both having been old friends in the oostrated with typhoid fever in an adjoining house, and our hospital tents filled with men suffering from the measles, now an epidemic, contributed to the dismal miseries of Muddy Branch. It was about this time, too, that the fleet sailed for South Carolina, to make a first attempt at landing: every blast of the tempest threatened its destruction. On the eighth of November, during a brief absence of fifteen days, the command of the Second Regiment devolved upon Wilder Dwight. In characterist
Canute (Oklahoma, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ered from an appropriation of the contents of well-stocked larders at their homes. Inspired, therefore, by the success of the Martinsburg farmer, and forgetting that the result of Manassas effectually dispelled the tender and half-regretful emotions with which we had drawn the sword, they made complaints and asked compensation for their losses. A Virginian informed me by letter, that, though his ancestors came from a line of warriors, even tracing them to one of the generals of the time of Canute, the line in later days had tended rather to peaceful clergymen than to fighting men: and thus accounting for the reason why the descendant of a line of kings stoops to sue where he ought to strike, makes piteous wail over losses of butter, cream, vegetables, and ham, over clover and wheat and knocked-down shocks, and pickets in his fields, his clover-seed bags slit with bayonets, and their contents spilled. I make no charge, says the writer, for the provisions eaten by the men, for I have
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
rs; and there, in such presence, while we were emulating the powers of Nature with our engines of destruction, I could, for one, only raise my thoughts, in the midst of the storm and the power and the on-coming carnage, praying that God, great, good, and beneficent, might bear me bravely on. It was easy in those days to arouse that spirit of obedience to the will of the Lord, which, rather than adventure, leads men to deeds of noble daring. It was easier to move the cold nature of our New England men by exhortation than by allurement; they were rather Puritans than Cavaliers: and what Puritans can do when their blood is thoroughly up has been proved on many fields of battle. It was on the twenty-second of September, on Sunday, that the Rev. Dr. Lothrop, of Boston, while on a visit to our camp, preached to the Second Regiment in the front yard of the single house near its encampment at Darnstown. The enclosure was crowded with companies of our regiment. The road beyond and t
Alexandria (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
, we saw the wretched daylight break upon a closing scene over which the elements themselves seemed to brood in sympathy. Our march had ended, and now from many living witnesses the stories of the fugitives were corroborated. The circumstances that gave rise to the battle of Ball's Bluff, and the main features of that massacre, belong to this story, and may be told in a few words. General Charles P. Stone commanded what he called a corps of observation, on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. His pickets extended from the mouth of the Monocacy, on the north, to meet with those of Banks's division on the south. Stone occupied Poolsville as his headquarters. Between the twentieth and twenty-second of October General McCall had advanced from the Army of the Potomac on the right bank of that river as far as Drainsville, his object being to ascertain the number and intentions of the enemy at Leesburg. In co-operating with this movement General Stone sent a large force to Edw
Sharpsburg (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
them destitute, they would take the chances, etc. This despatch, a curious mixture of ignorance and bravado, well illustrated the offspring that newspaper clamor and editor-generals gave birth to, in the earlier stages of our war. Pert in proportion to their ignorance, mistaking an assumed indifference to precautions for real valor, this class failed in all the essentials for military success, and were deserted even by their impudence in times of trial. I also despatched a messenger to Sharpsburg, to Colonel Leonard, acquainting him with the orders received through General Porter for his withdrawal towards Boonsboroa and Buckeyestown; and, further informing him of the despatches about the enemy, asked him to move in my direction, that he might aid me if necessary,--to which, long after daylight next morning, I received a reply from Colonel Leonard, that he understood it would be out of his way, in withdrawing towards Boonsboroa and Buckeyestown, to come around by Maryland Heights,
Tennallytown (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
g; soldiers who did not enlist to fight, but to brag; men without discipline, not caring a rush for their officers. Their blood was not aroused, for they did not believe us to be really at war with a merciless and resolved rebel force; so they walked on tiptoe where should have been a ringing tramp. Against such a condition of things, it was urged, McClellan will provide; he is fortifying himself at Washington, on the west at Alexandria, and on the north, within eighteen miles of us, at Tennallytown; he will not leave Washington defenceless. On the nineteenth of October five of our friends from Boston dined with us at the headquarters' mess-table,--Messrs. Sidney Bartlett, William Amory and son, Jefferson Coolidge, and F. D'Hauteville. The dinner we gave them is, I am told, still fragrant in their memory. If I had informed our sympathizing and pitying friends at home of the four chickens happily roasted, of the tenderly boiled leg of mutton and its rich surroundings of butter s
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
k; for their trouble I will gladly satisfy them. On the sixteenth of February we were anxiously awaiting news from Fort Donelson. Our line of attack against the Rebellion extended from west to east, almost on a single parallel of latitude. Tennessee had been entered; our gunboats had penetrated its rivers even. to the northern borders of Alabama; Bowling Green must be evacuated; Columbus can give no aid to Fort Donelson, for the latter is invested; Burnside's expedition threatens lines ofements, which wonderfully raised our spirits, my regiment contributed its quota of fifteen men towards a complement to aid in manning the gunboats on western waters, where sailors were wanted. The plan was to gather at Cairo, take Columbus in Tennessee, and then sweep on to New Orleans. To aid in carrying out this magnificent undertaking, Captain Cary of our regiment was detailed to take the detachment from Banks's division, and joining a larger command from the Army of the Potomac to procee
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
States had raised Mr. N. P. Banks, late of Massachusetts, from a private citizen to the rank of a Mline? While our discipline troubled one Massachusetts regiment, it excited a spirit of emulationseemed likely to achieve at Brook Farm, in Massachusetts, was fairly accorded to it in its camp at rank, the new cavalry regiment forming in Massachusetts, some promoted to staff corps, and some twssed by Governor Andrew to the colonels of Massachusetts regiments, in which he explained the princese rules, the Governor wished colonels of Massachusetts regiments to prepare their recommendationsnnsylvania Regiments, is being now done in Massachusetts in the organization of a force for operatiy, and for us most happily. Since leaving Massachusetts there had been eight resignations of officg, that before applying to the Governor of Massachusetts for a commission he would like to know thaone of General Banks's old constituents in Massachusetts, a friend, perhaps father, of the soldier
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