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Somersworth (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): article 14
l daily in artillery practice. On Saturday and Monday they were using some heavy guns, probably seacoast howitzers, the report of which, echoing over the hills, could be distinctly heard at Manassas. The smaller guns and the light artillery can be distinguished at Fairfax.--Occasionally, a few reports are heard at points lower down the river, but they are evidently for practice, or the signal guns by which the enemy maintain some secret communication. Since the little affair at or near Great Falls, where the Washington Artillery gave the Yankees a terrible scare, and made them show the white feather, as well as the white flag, there has been no skirmishing of any importance. Every one is looking anxiously towards Munson's hill and the vicinity of Chain Bridge in anticipation of some stormy scenes within a short time. It is expected that the enemy will endeavor to drive our men from the hill, and that they, mindful of the former unsuccessful attempt, will come out in much stronger
Springfield (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): article 14
d in less than four minutes from the alarm. All the passes to the hill are carefully guarded and fortified, and it may prove a hazardous expedition should McClellan try to get possession of the works there, which he undoubtedly wishes very much to do, and to pull down the "rebel" flag that is continually floating in his sight. One can very readily imagine that it must be an eye-sore to the fanatical Roundhead, and that it recalls unpleasant memories of Bethel, Bull Run, Stone Bridge and Springfield. The possession of Munson's hill is at this time of much more importance to the Federals than to us; and for this very reason it is desirable that it should not fall into their hands. With Upton's, Taylor's, Munson's and Mason's hills, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep all the roads and approache
Halls Hill (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): article 14
lls, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep all the roads and approaches to Munson's hill, and could do admirable execution upon troops advancing by the Leesburg turnpike, certainly the most desirable avenue of approach for any considerable body of men. From Upton's, it is an easy matter to throw shell upon Hall's hill, and it would be but little work to destroy entirely the house of Mary Hall, now used as a lookout or observatory by Federal pickets. That house has now become quite a centre of attraction, and there are many visitors who climb to its roof in order to get a glimpse of the Confederate camp near Upton's house. On Sunday last a number were assembled in both houses, and stood peering at each other through glasses for some hours. We in Upton's house waved a handkerchief to those opposite, a
Stone Bridge (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
sition, to be used in less than four minutes from the alarm. All the passes to the hill are carefully guarded and fortified, and it may prove a hazardous expedition should McClellan try to get possession of the works there, which he undoubtedly wishes very much to do, and to pull down the "rebel" flag that is continually floating in his sight. One can very readily imagine that it must be an eye-sore to the fanatical Roundhead, and that it recalls unpleasant memories of Bethel, Bull Run, Stone Bridge and Springfield. The possession of Munson's hill is at this time of much more importance to the Federals than to us; and for this very reason it is desirable that it should not fall into their hands. With Upton's, Taylor's, Munson's and Mason's hills, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep all the roa
Bull Run, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
illery in position, to be used in less than four minutes from the alarm. All the passes to the hill are carefully guarded and fortified, and it may prove a hazardous expedition should McClellan try to get possession of the works there, which he undoubtedly wishes very much to do, and to pull down the "rebel" flag that is continually floating in his sight. One can very readily imagine that it must be an eye-sore to the fanatical Roundhead, and that it recalls unpleasant memories of Bethel, Bull Run, Stone Bridge and Springfield. The possession of Munson's hill is at this time of much more importance to the Federals than to us; and for this very reason it is desirable that it should not fall into their hands. With Upton's, Taylor's, Munson's and Mason's hills, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep
Fairfax, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 14
as given rise to assertions that there are daily skirmishes between the advance of the contending armies. As I have stated previously, this firing is from Fort Corcoran, a short distance above Georgetown, where the Federals drill daily in artillery practice. On Saturday and Monday they were using some heavy guns, probably seacoast howitzers, the report of which, echoing over the hills, could be distinctly heard at Manassas. The smaller guns and the light artillery can be distinguished at Fairfax.--Occasionally, a few reports are heard at points lower down the river, but they are evidently for practice, or the signal guns by which the enemy maintain some secret communication. Since the little affair at or near Great Falls, where the Washington Artillery gave the Yankees a terrible scare, and made them show the white feather, as well as the white flag, there has been no skirmishing of any importance. Every one is looking anxiously towards Munson's hill and the vicinity of Chain Bri
Arabian Nights (search for this): article 14
he few items of truth I desire to give you from the mass of exaggerated rumors that are constantly afloat, some of them as ridiculous as they are impossible and false. All the fancies of many idle brains; the dreams and vivid imagining by the campfire; the tales of personal daring and bravery which willing friends circulate as freely; the facts and incidents of military life; come to us dressed in imagery that would be creditable to the Parisian authors, or read well beside the pages of Arabian Nights. It may seem astonishing that one in the very heart of the army should lack for news; but beyond the record of ordinary camp life nothing of general interest has transpired for several days. The heavy cannonading that has been so frequently heard in the direction of Arlington Heights, has given rise to assertions that there are daily skirmishes between the advance of the contending armies. As I have stated previously, this firing is from Fort Corcoran, a short distance above Georg
s of Bethel, Bull Run, Stone Bridge and Springfield. The possession of Munson's hill is at this time of much more importance to the Federals than to us; and for this very reason it is desirable that it should not fall into their hands. With Upton's, Taylor's, Munson's and Mason's hills, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep all the roads and approaches to Munson's hill, and could do admirable execution upon troops advancing by the Leesburg turnpike, certainly the most desirable avenue of approach for any considerable body of men. From Upton's, it is an easy matter to throw shell upon Hall's hill, and it would be but little work to destroy entirely the house of Mary Hall, now used as a lookout or observatory by Federal pickets. That house has now become quite a centre of attraction, and there ar
Priscilla Taylor (search for this): article 14
he undoubtedly wishes very much to do, and to pull down the "rebel" flag that is continually floating in his sight. One can very readily imagine that it must be an eye-sore to the fanatical Roundhead, and that it recalls unpleasant memories of Bethel, Bull Run, Stone Bridge and Springfield. The possession of Munson's hill is at this time of much more importance to the Federals than to us; and for this very reason it is desirable that it should not fall into their hands. With Upton's, Taylor's, Munson's and Mason's hills, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep all the roads and approaches to Munson's hill, and could do admirable execution upon troops advancing by the Leesburg turnpike, certainly the most desirable avenue of approach for any considerable body of men. From Upton's, it is an easy mat
very much to do, and to pull down the "rebel" flag that is continually floating in his sight. One can very readily imagine that it must be an eye-sore to the fanatical Roundhead, and that it recalls unpleasant memories of Bethel, Bull Run, Stone Bridge and Springfield. The possession of Munson's hill is at this time of much more importance to the Federals than to us; and for this very reason it is desirable that it should not fall into their hands. With Upton's, Taylor's, Munson's and Mason's hills, a most admirable line of defence could be formed, which, with the field works that could be easily erected, would resist any force that McClellan can bring against it. Guns mounted on the redoubt on Mason's hill would sweep all the roads and approaches to Munson's hill, and could do admirable execution upon troops advancing by the Leesburg turnpike, certainly the most desirable avenue of approach for any considerable body of men. From Upton's, it is an easy matter to throw shell upo
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