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he force actually engaged in the assault upon the little Spartan band of D. H. Hill for five hours without cessation before Longstreet's advance brigade arrived at 3:30, and was followed by others coming up from that time till dark. The late Justice Ruffin, the Colonel of the Thirteenth North Carolina, standing by the side of the gallant Garland when he was instantly killed, discovered a moment later that the other regiments of the brigade had retired, leaving his command surrounded by the enems delight at the discovery that McClellan's whole army was approaching his front. (2 Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, page 564.) The explanation afterwards given was one that could have been safely disclosed only to a kindred spirit, such as Ruffin had shown himself to be. Hill then said that he had at first feared the movement upon his front was a feint, and that the main body of the enemy had passed through another gap, and might be thrown between Jackson and Lee. The situation was still
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xplanation afterwards given was one that could have been safely disclosed only to a kindred spirit, such as Ruffin had shown himself to be. Hill then said that he had at first feared the movement upon his front was a feint, and that the main body of the enemy had passed through another gap, and might be thrown between Jackson and Lee. The situation was still further embarrassed by the fact that General Stuart had at daylight in the morning withdrawn his command, except the single regiment of Rosser, which afterwards did its duty so nobly, under the impression that but a small force was in General Hill's front. It was with the stern joy of an intrepid warrior waiting for the coming contest, that from an elevated pinnacle of the mountain he saw the four advance corps of the grand army of the Potomac, one of which was forming at the foot of the mountain. The hour and the man had met when Lee entrusted to Hill the duty of holding the approach against that army with his little band of 4
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an portray and no tongue describe. As years have rolled by the reaper has gathered and the angels have garnered the ripened sheaves. One by one the spirits of our old heroes have passed over the river to again rally around their sainted leaders, Lee, Jackson and Hill, and join them in endless paeans to the Prince of Peace for achieving the most sublime of all great victories. Twenty years ago the space allotted to the soldiers at these annual gatherings was filled for the most part by comradern planter, and the women who envied their Southern sisters because of the ease and leisure incident to the ownership of slaves, he made no attempt to conceal his hatred and disgust. Major Hill brought with him to Raleigh his three professors, Lee, Lane and McKinney, two of whom fell later at the head of North Carolina regiments, and one of whom was the successor of the noble Branch as the commander of one of our best and bravest brigades. He also brought with him almost the whole corps of
e and drive the enemy so as to enable D. H. Hill to pass over the bridge at that village. Mechanicsville. In obedience to messages from General Lee and President Davis, General Hill, after crossing, went forward with the brigade of Brigadier-General Ripley to co-operate with the division of General A. P. Hill. At the request of Brigadier-General Pender, Hill directed Ripley just at dark to act in concert with that dashing officer in the effort to turn the enemy's position at Ellerson's MiRipley just at dark to act in concert with that dashing officer in the effort to turn the enemy's position at Ellerson's Mill and drive him from it. The desperate charge across an open field in the face of a murderous fire, in which that brave soldier and noble man, Colonel Montford S. Stokes, of the First North Carolina regiment, fell mortally wounded, was neither planned by General Hill nor executed under his directions. ´╝łOfficial Records, Series 1, Volume XI, Part 2, page 623.) The suggestion that General Hill deliberately and unnecessarily rushed those gallant men into danger is unfounded and unjust. The g
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That grand man, officer and statesman, John C. Breckinridge, at his own request was allowed to takell's corps. In rear of the line from which Breckinridge and Cleburne moved to the attack, at nine iin Hill's rear when the impetuous charge of Breckinridge's two right brigades broke the left of Thomh 2,000 infantry and a battery of artillery Breckinridge swung his line around at a right angle to tweep down upon their flank; but the left of Breckinridge had encountered an earthwork, as had Clebur a willingness to resign if he had lost it. Breckinridge, Cleburne and one or two others promply ansnce led to an open breach between Bragg and Breckinridge and a newspaper controversy, in which eachbility of our failure at Murfreesboro. General Breckinridge, in a conversation with the speaker, stm, General, Very truly your friend, John C. Breckinridge, Major-General. headquarters corps le bands of the old legions of Cleburne and Breckinridge now left, was a fitting tribute to an old c[1 more...]
antly under him in many engagements. While Colonel Hill was confined to his home by a wound receiveor his services in the camp of instruction, General Hill was allowed to select twelve companies to che foreign substitute. When, therefore, General D. H. Hill reported to Colonel J. B. Mc-Gruder, thefor duty. Marking him as a man of promise, Colonel Hill at once caused an order to be issued placincessary. Hopeless as was the task assigned General Hill, he brought all of his energies to bear upon official letter sent under flag of truce, General Hill appended a postscript to the effect that, ifact admitted by all of the disputants: that D. H. Hill was the hero of the occasion, and with his owhole day at the pass in the South Mountains by Hill's depleted division, now numbering only 4,000, red to Buckner, these two divisions constituted Hill's corps. In rear of the line from which Breckiategy. Mr. Davis was induced to believe that Hill was the originator and most active promoter of [137 more...]
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ke, waiting for permission to do so. Still, behind Walker stood Frank Cheatham with his splendid division, like their leader, chafing under reeft to meet the design now developed by our ill-managed movement. Cheatham, meanwhile, was not allowed to budge an inch or fire a gun. Thus wree lines, Walker in front, his own corps composing the second and Cheatham the third. The advance of our attacking column on the left, befor that Buckner drew, and Polk, Longstreet, Hill, Buckner, Cleburne, Cheatham, Brown and other Generals signed and sent to the President a petitral point on the line, and the paper was left there to be signed. Cheatham and Cleburne met at that point and put their names to the paper at General can be given than the substance of a conversation between Cheatham and Cleburne as they joined in a social glass after signing the pey from your bad cold, said Cleburne. I have had no bad cold, said Cheatham. Let me tell you an old fable, replied Cleburne. The report had
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man, John C. Breckinridge, at his own request was allowed to take the extreme right, flanked by Forrest and supported in this forward movement by Cleburne on the left. Stewart, having been transferro mass so much of his force behind Thomas. This was the occupation of the enemy while Hill and Forrest were riding up and down in front of our line and drawing the fire of the enemy upon the young tl more eventful one that was to follow. But a short time had elapsed when they were joined by Forrest, impatient for orders to pursue the flying foe. When some hours had been passed in the vain effd, Longstreet and Hill agreed to divide the responsibility of ordering the immediate pursuit by Forrest, with an assurance that they would ask the privilege of pushing forward to his support at earlyent inquiry to open communication with Bragg till the next afternoon, they failed to secure for Forrest the infantry support that would have swept the single division of Thomas out of the gap on Miss
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ment before he fell at Manassas, There stands Jackson like a stonewall, gave to the great leader thhel), in a letter to his wife he said of Stonewall Jackson, then a colonel in command of a brigade,er had done at an earlier date in the case of Jackson, but President Davis delayed giving him the ae enemy. A. P. Hill, Longstreet, Whiting and Jackson had successively moved upon the double lines ired. When Pope had twice been punished by Jackson and driven back upon the supposed stronghold ccompany the commands of Generals Longstreet, Jackson and McLaws, and with the main body of the cavhave been left behind. The commands of Generals Jackson, McLaws and Walker, after accomplishing tf our great leaders, if he had recognized General Jackson's authority by addressing the order as thuarters of Hill's division as well as through Jackson to Hill. But he neither recalls the fact of he range of possibility to find a leader like Jackson, who could overcome superior numbers by vigil[22 more...]
battle of Manassas was fought, less than a month later, our soldiers moved forward in the confidence that Southern pluck would again prevail over a foe that had shown so little dash and confidence in this encounter. There was on the Federal side at least one stout leader, who displayed the spirit of a hero. When Major Theodore Winthrop fell within fifteen feet of our line, bravely leading a regiment in the charge, even a generous foe felt that he was worthy to bear the name of the two Winthrops by whose courage and judgment Americans had first gained a foothold in this country. Committed everything to God. To know D. H. Hill as the soldier of iron nerve, who rode unmoved in showers of shot and shell, or rebuked in scathing terms a laggard or deserter, was to understand nothing of his true nature. When the battle of Bethel was over and others were feasting or carousing, Hill had fallen upon his knees and was returning thanks to Almighty God who, he believed, directed the co
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