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Atlanta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ssas, Gordonsville, Burkesville, Greensborough, Columbia, Augusta, and finally Atlanta, which is its terminus. At Atlanta, the central point between the three groupAtlanta, the central point between the three groups, we also find, in another direction, the principal artery of the Gulf basin, together with an important branch which, availing itself of a gap in the Alleghanies, , for the purpose of opening easy communications with Texas, extends as far as Atlanta. In the Ohio basin, the western part, already exclusively favored by water- one continuous line, only once broken, in the centre, between Chattanooga and Atlanta. This was the weak point in the Southern armor which, after the loss of the Ousting his formidable sword. It was owing to this railway from Chattanooga to Atlanta that he was able not only to reach the latter place, but to establish himself es of the secession journals, and were stationed first at Chattanooga, then at Atlanta, and finally at Augusta. The most important ironmills in the South were the T
Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
e gravity of the situation, and without waiting for orders he changed the direction of his column. He arrived a little in advance of Beauregard, just as the rout of the Confederates had commenced. Seeing that he was too late to save the positions occupied up to that time, he deployed in the rear of the Henry house, and waited quietly for the fugitives, who were coming in from every direction. Bee, who was struggling in vain to stop the rout, exclaimed, it is said, on seeing him, Look at Jackson, as solid as a stone wall! and from that day dates the surname of Stonewall, which Jackson was to render immortal. The well-sustained fire of these fresh troops at once arrested the pursuit of the Federals, and gave the Confederate officers time to rally their soldiers. Besides, McDowell's men were tired out by the very effort which had given them the advantage; they had been marching and fighting since daybreak; they had seen a large number of their comrades fall, a certain amount of
Hampton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
w troops who were about to attack it were sufficiently numerous to surmount these obstacles. Porter's troops, having taken the place of Burnside's soldiers, who had been severely tried, were advancing on the right against Evans's brigade, and Hampton's Legion which had arrived that very morning from Richmond. It was half-past 12 o'clock. At the same moment Sherman's first regiment, commanded by Corcoran, charged the left flank of the enemy's position, which was defended on that side by the derates, who gave way and were driven out of the woods and beyond the river and the road in great disorder. The remnants of the three brigades which had bravely sustained the combat during three hours were nothing more than a disorderly crowd. Hampton's Legion alone kept its ranks in the midst of the general stampede, but it could not check the advance of the Federals, who were already within reach of the Robinson house and rapidly becoming masters of the position, the acclivities of which th
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ation of which, contrary to many predictions, spread and prospered as far as the warm plains of Georgia. It was alone owing to this change in the cultivation of the soil that the Confederate armies in connection with the war was only secondary. Although Sherman crossed, near their sources in Georgia, the three large rivers which flow through the State from north to south, the Chattahoochee, th. When the Indian called one of the thousand rivulets which meander across the upper ridges of Georgia, Chickamauga, or The River of Death, could he have foreseen, by a secret instinct, the fratrici but to establish himself in it and make it the point of departure for his decisive campaign in Georgia. But at the time of which we are speaking, it was in the vicinity of the Ohio that the confl end. In fact, as we have already stated, it was owing to the provisions which Sherman found in Georgia that he was able to pass rapidly through that vast region and make the decisive campaign which
Yorktown (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
emy, the latter honored the balloons with numerous cannon-shots, especially during the siege of Yorktown, but they never succeeded in hitting them; and the greatest danger that ever threatened the aer it could communicate the most valuable information concerning the enemy's works. Thus, before Yorktown, Mr. Lowe, the operator, who carried an electric apparatus in the car and communicated by meansly felt in its effects on the system of rifling, which was very defective; thus at the siege of Yorktown a hundred-pounder Parrott gun, which had attracted attention by the irregularity of its fire, wnity. Its excellent qualities were demonstrated from the beginning of the war, at the siege of Yorktown, where an old cast-iron sixty-four pounder rifled, and placed in barbette upon one of the bastithe fire of the enemy have ample opportunities to judge of the precision of his aim. As soon as Yorktown was evacuated the besiegers went to look at the cannon whose power they had tested, but which h
Marseilles (France) (search for this): chapter 5
the formation of artificial frontiers upon her soil, to take the place of those natural divisions that are at variance with them. The same single people have spread over a uniform territory, and have everywhere implanted the same institutions. And by a truly providential coincidence, the day when the immensity of her domain might have weakened the bonds of her unity, railways were introduced which averted the impending danger. Thanks to them, New Orleans is to-day nearer New York than Marseilles was to Havre forty years ago, when France could count as many inhabitants as constitute the population of the United States at the present time. It is wrong, therefore, to suppose that the extent of their territory is an obstacle in the way of their commercial development and a cause for political dissolution. But it is otherwise in a military point of view. The distances, the nature of the country, and the condition of its settlements, interpose extraordinary difficulties to the grea
Canada (Canada) (search for this): chapter 5
rendezvous of the waters, descending from all the cardinal points, and forming between St. Louis and Cairo an immense river which afterwards runs into the sea without gathering any tributary of importance from the east, and only two from the west. St. Louis, whose French name recalls the period of our brief sway over those vast regions, and whose present prosperity reflects honor upon those sturdy colonists who had the sagacity to select that site on the very day following our disasters in Canada,—St. Louis is situated at the confluence of the Missouri, the Mississippi, and the Illinois, flowing from the west, the northwest, and the north. At Cairo, her unfortunate rival, infected with fever, these rivers connect with the Ohio, the Beautiful River, swelled by the Tennessee and other tributaries which pour into it from the south. This wonderful concourse of waters greatly facilitates communications of all kinds, commercial intercourse as well as military operations. The regio
Switzerland (Switzerland) (search for this): chapter 5
Book III:—the first conflict. Chapter 1: Rivers and rail ways. THE modes of warfare vary in every country according to the nature of the ground. What is possible on the wide plains of Germany or in the rich provinces of Italy becomes impracticable among the mountains of Switzerland or on the parched and rugged soil of Spain. It follows, therefore, that in this recital, which takes us upon another continent, before we judge men, and compare what they have done with what might be accomplished in any stated part of Europe, we must consider the conditions imposed upon them by the physical characteristics of the country in which they had to operate. Let us therefore begin by casting a glance over the map of that vast country where, for the last half century, modern civilization, taking a marvellous flight, has developed itself amid the grandeurs, almost intact, of virgin Nature. What strikes the observer at first is the simplicity of the geographical configuration of the U
Mill Springs (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ers, who, after the first combats, rivalled their older brethren in courage and sustained the credit of the regular troops. It was especially the regular infantry which, in consequence of its reduced strength, had to play an insignificant part among the divisions of the volunteer infantry. Yet in the army of Kentucky, where it was only represented by a single battalion belonging to the Eighteenth Regiment, that detachment distinguished itself in the first battle fought by that army at Mill Springs. In the army of the Potomac it was represented by eight battalions, or a little over five thousand men; these were not enough for a reserve destined to strike a decisive blow, but this corps, under able command, served as a model to the others and constantly encouraged them by its example, whereas, if it had been scattered, its traditions would have been destroyed and its efficiency neutralized. Formed into a single brigade, these eight battalions were at first entrusted with the delica
Chesapeake Bay (United States) (search for this): chapter 5
y and impermeable, is easily converted by the action of vehicles into mud, both soft and sticky, which was to be one of the most formidable enemies to the armies having to campaign in Virginia; a multitude of watercourses wind among the wooded ravines, between hillocks, the highest of which have been for the most part cleared; all these water-courses finally form two rivers, the Rappahannock and the York, which run in a parallel course towards the Potomac, and, like the latter, fall into Chesapeake Bay. The nature of the ground, the absence of turnpikes, the small quantity of arable lands, and the very direction of the waters—everything, in short, renders an offensive campaign especially difficult in that country. There are very few railways. Two lines run from the shores of the Potomac to Richmond. One, starting from Acquia Creek, halfway between Washington and the mouth of the river, runs direct to the capital of Virginia, after crossing the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg. The
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