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Churubusco (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
s about rebel brigadiers and southern traitors and broken oaths; the fashion of miserable tricksters, who for their own base ends have so long distorted truth and lived on lies. Be sure all this shall pass away and Americans everywhere accept the judgment the world has already rendered: that of all who played their parts on the great stage of our great civil war the greatest, the wisest, and the best was Robert Edward Lee. [Great applause.] Thrice brevetted in Mexico—at Cerro Gordo, at Cherubusco, and at Chapultepec—he proved himself a soldier with courage as dauntless as Ney's, and always and everywhere bore himself with a dignity, courtesy, and knightly chivalry, which lose nothing by comparison with Sydney or Bayard. He loved his old commander on those glorious fields, he loved the flag for which he had fought and bled, he loved the Union itself with all its glorious associations, and a terrible struggle rent his noble heart in twain when, after Lincoln's proclamation had acco
Danville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
C., and was charged with the difficult task of collecting and uniting in one army the scattered of Bragg, Hardee, Hood and Beauregard, for one supreme effort to stay the tide of the invader, and he prepared, if necessary, to unite his forces at Danville with those of Lee, who even then contemplated abandoning his position around Petersburg for that purpose, with the hope that the two armies might fall upon Sherman and crush him before Grant could come to his assistance. Vain hope born of despeT. Halley. Nineteenth Georgia Infantry, Company K: Matthew Plaskett, Henry Gosling, George Moulden, W. K. Dawson. Major Alfred Moss, General Ewell's Staff. Artillery—Stuart's Horse: Major Charles E. Ford. Kemper's Battery: Robert Posey. Danville: John Wells. Captain James W. Jackson, Washington Stuart. Navy: Commodore William T. Muse, Surgeon Randolph F. Mason. On the west side: Eighth Virginia Infantry: Major James Thrift. Company G: Lieutenant G. W. Swink, Sergeant C. W
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ut had long been boiling and there was no exit except by the sword. If the war of 1861 was a mistake, then was the war of 1776 a mistake. In both we were confronted by similar problems, requiring a similar solution; and the forces of both were nearly a century old before they were set in motion. In the Constitution of the United States had the institution of slavery its corner-stone; and the fugitive slave law, which the North openly violated, had its birth nearly a century before in New England, where the first assertion of State rights was made; and where the South urged, in the interest of the entire country, the right of local self-government bequeathed to them—the priceless heritage of their fathers—these people denied it. It is not my purpose on this occasion to enter upon a disquisition on the right of secession or its obverse. This is not the question before us to-day; but I do say that history knows no grander page to its heroes, nor memory rears no prouder stone to
City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
f the 31st of March were still lying unburied around. There were, perhaps, two thousand of us gathered together, captured in the day's battle. The next morning our march commenced towards Petersburg, and after a march of three days we reached City Point on the 4th, having nothing to eat until the night of the 3d. When near Petersburg we received a small amount of crackers and meat. At City Point several transport steamers were lying, and we were ordered on board of them, each boat being paCity Point several transport steamers were lying, and we were ordered on board of them, each boat being packed with human freight to its full capacity. Unwilling passengers. Some of the boats landed their unwilling passengers at Newport's News, while most of them, and the one I was on, reached Point Lookout on the morning of the 5th. Landing at the wharf, we were formed in open line for inspection; that is, we had to empty our pockets and lay our baggage on the ground before us, while the Federal sergeants amused themselves by kicking overcoats, blankets, oilcloths, canteens, and everything
Seaboard (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
s Franklin, to check a cavalry raid from the Blackwater. This last expedition, however, was in April, the command returning to camp therefrom the night of April 6th. It was under command of Colonel Whitford, who had with him not to exceed two hundred infantry (about fifty of whom were members of our company, armed with inferior rifles) and two guns from our battery. I was with the expedition as a cannoneer of one of the guns of the battery. I forgot to say that we were conveyed down the Seaboard road upon two or three flat cars, and possibly a box car or two. Upon reaching Boykin's Depot, about twenty-five miles from Weldon, we discovered that all below that point the enemy had torn up and burned the track, so that it was impossible for us to proceed further on the train. Disembarking, we reconnoitered the situation for several miles around and remained there until next morning, when hearing that the enemy was making his way in the direction of Weldon, we boarded the train and s
Warrenton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ed. Numbers of members of the Clinton Hatcher Camp, of Loudoun, came via the Washington and Ohio, and these organizations were accompanied by large numbers of unattached citizens and many ladies. Washington, Baltimore, Alexandria, Leesburg, Warrenton, and all the counties of this section sent some representatives for the occassion. The visitors were met at the stations by committees, who brought them to the village in vehicles and entertained them handsomely. The procession. The dedittees. Music by the Alexandria drum corps. R. E. Lee Camp Confederate Veterans, of Alexandria, fifty strong, under commander William A. Smoot—black suit, slouch hat, canes and badges. Camp Marr, of Fairfax, named after Captain Marr, of Warrenton, who was killed in the raid on Fairfax Courthouse in 1861, being the first soldier killed there in the defence of the village. Other ex-Confederates, well marshalled and presenting a veteran appearance. R. E. Lee Camp Sons of Veterans, of
Nash (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
at the time, and I shall never forget the scene. About sundown on the 16th we reached Arpsboro and halted. There the general informed us he had reliable information that Johnston had surrendered, and he had determined to send in a flag of truce to Raleigh, tendering his surrender. On the next day, having recrossed the Tar river and countermarched several miles, we started the flag, the officer in charge bearing the following letter: headquarters Second military district, N. C., Nash county, N. C., April 19, 1865. Major-General W. T. Sherman, Commanding U S. Forces, Raleigh, N. C.: General: Finding that General Johnston has surrendered his army, of which my commands forms a part, I have the honor to surrender the command, with a request that the same terms be allowed me as were allowed General Johnston's army. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, L. S. Baker, Brigadier-General, C S. A. A rumor reached us to-night, that President Lincol
Winchester, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
ckrill, Major George W. McLean, Hon. John S. Wise, Hon. C. S. Baker, Colonel William Lamb, General P. M. B. Young, Bishop Potter, Rev. Dr. W. W. Page. The toasts. Colonel Dickinson made the opening address, and the following toasts were responded to: The Memory of Lee, Colonel Charles Marshall, of Baltimore; Let Us Have Peace, General Daniel E. Sickles; The Confederate Veteran, General William C. Oates, of Alabama; Our Country, the United States, Colonel Charles T. O'Ferrall, of Winchester, Va.; The Soldier-Journalist of ‘61-‘65, Colonel John A. Cockrill; Our Old Home, the South, Hon. Benton McMillan, of Nashville, Tenn.; Our Soldier Dead, drunk in silence. The Music. The Confederate Veteran Camp quartette, consisting of Messrs. Wilbur Gunn, Frederick Schilling, S. Cameron, and Alfred Poindexter, rendered some excellent music during the evening, The Star-Spangled Banner, I'se Gwine Back to Dixie, and My Country; 'Tis of Thee, being among their selections. Messrs. Gunn a
Roanoke (United States) (search for this): chapter 3
s is shown by his special order, issued April 5th, at Goldsboro, which reads: The next grand objective is to place this army (with its full equipment) north of Roanoke river, facing west, with a base for supplies at Norfolk, and at Winston or Murfreesboro on the Chowan, and in full communication with the Army of the Potomac at Pete 7th of April, about 5 o'clock P. M., a telegram was received by Captain Webb, who was in command, from General Johnston, ordering that all trains north of the Roanoke river be recalled at once, all the artillery that could be moved got on the south side, and such heavy guns in the defences north of the river as could not be moved,bound to make in that time. The possibilities cannot be imagined. No man can tell what Virginia will be fifty years from now. Norfolk, Newport's News, Richmond, Roanoke, Glasgow, Buena Vista, Salem, Buchanan, Big-Stone Gap, must become inconceivably great. Before fifty years have elapsed Virginia, now the fourteenth State in t
Murfreesboro (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 3
) north of Roanoke river, facing west, with a base for supplies at Norfolk, and at Winston or Murfreesboro on the Chowan, and in full communication with the Army of the Potomac at Petersburg; and alsorepeating carbines, and had passed through that town some hours before, and then must be near Murfreesboro, some twenty-five miles distant. After waiting several hours at Jackson, our guns were orderemrades, I have but little more to add. After leaving Captain Webb, Whedbee and I pushed on to Murfreesboro; reaching there, we found the ferry had been destroyed, and we were compelled to cross the Meherrin in a small canoe, swimming our horses. Our nearest route home from Murfreesboro would have been to cross the Chowan at Winton, but the citizens of Murfreesboro informed us that at Winton were Murfreesboro informed us that at Winton were several Federal gunboats. We did not know how we might be received by the enemy, so deemed it the wiser course to abandon that route and cross the Chowan at a ferry higher up. This we did, but there
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