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Smithfield, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
itizens supplied it with horses. Being without tents or suitable parade-grounds, Mr. William Boylan tendered it his residence and out-buildings for shelter and ample grounds as a camp for instruction. The offer was accepted, and here the company received that impress which, when called to Virginia and brought in comparison with others, carried off the palm for soldierly bearing, splendid drill and handsome equipment. In the latter part of the summer of 1861 the company was ordered to Smithfield, Va., where the fall and winter months were spent without graver duties than occasional reconnoissances to and from Norfolk. McClellan's army was now near Washington, confronted by that of General Joe Johnston, while the public mind of the North was becoming very impatient at its inaction, and began to renew the cry of On to Richmond! which had been so popular before the inglorious defeat of the Federal army at Manassas. McClellan, unable to resist this clamor, determined to endeavor to r
Massaponax Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
is sketch. It reads as follows: May 23, 1864. Sir: In obedience to Orders No.—, dated May 7th, 1863, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my brigade in the series of skirmishes and battles opening at Massaponax creek and ending in the splendid victory at Chancellorsville: Wednesday, A. M., April 29th, the brigade was placed below Massaponax creek to dispute the enemy's crossing, and remained in that position, occasionally annoyed by their artillery Massaponax creek to dispute the enemy's crossing, and remained in that position, occasionally annoyed by their artillery (by which I lost a few men) and kept on the alert by picket firing until Thursday evening, when we were withdrawn to a point near Hamilton's Crossing. Friday, May 1st, at 3 A. M., we were aroused for the march and led the advance of Major-General Rodes' division in the direction of Chancellorsville. At a distance of seven miles from Fredericksburg we were detached from our own division and ordered to report to Major-General Anderson, when we advanced upon the enemy, who fell back in confusio
Charleston Harbor (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
North, in the language of one of her gifted and eloquent sons, the South surrendered it to her successors matchless in her power, incalculable in her strength, the pride and the glory of the world. It is of Stephen D. Ramseur that we now propose to speak—his life, his services, and his lamented death. In the Piedmont section of our State there is a county named in honor of that Revolutionary hero, Benjamin Lincoln, who at the time was in command of the Continental soldiers in Charleston harbor, fighting for the freedom and independence of the American colonies. This county was originally a part of Mecklenburg, the Hornets' Nest of the Revolution, and her sons partook of the sturdy patriotism of their neighbors. In her territorial limits was fought the battle of Ramseur's Mill, and other stirring scenes of like nature. Lincoln, though one of the smallest counties in the State, gave to history such well-known Revolutiouary names as Brevard, Dickson, Chronicle, and others, w
Spottsylvania (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 9
the heroes of this bloody day. * * * * Rodes and Ramseur were destined, alas! in a few short months, to lay down their noble lives in the Valley of Virginia. There was no victor's chaplet more highly prized by the Roman soldier than that woven of the grass of early spring. Then let the earliest flowers of May be always intertwined in the garlands which the pious hands of our fair women shall lay on the tombs of Rodes and Ramseur, and of the gallant dead of the battle of twenty hours at Spotsylvania. General Long, in his Life of Lee, puts the name of Ramseur in the van of those who rushed into this angle of death and hurled back the Federals' most savage sallies. During the long and fierce struggle I saw soldiers place the arms of their comrades who had just fallen in such a position as when they had become stiffened they would hold the cartridges we were using. Yes, fighting and exhausted, amidst blood and mud and brains, they would sit on the bodies of their fallen comrades fo
E. D. O'Neal (search for this): chapter 9
ut not a solitary Yankee was to be seen. I then came up to the division line and moved by the left flank to the support of General Colquitt, whose men were resting in line of battle on the field General Doles had won. Saturday night our division occupied the last line of battle within the entrenchments from which the routed corps of Sigel had fled in terror. My brigade was placed perpendicular to the plank-road, the left resting on the road, General Doles on my right and Colonel (E. A.) O'Neal, commanding Rodes' Brigade, on my left. I placed Colonel (F. M.) Parker, Thirtieth North Carolina, on the right of my brigade; Colonel (R. T.) Bennett, Fourteenth North Carolina, on right centre: Colonel (W. R.) Cox, Second North Carolina, left centre, and Colonel (Bryan) Grimes, Fourth North Carolina, on left. Sunday, May 3d, the division being, as stated, in the third line of battle, advanced about 9 o'clock to the support of the second line. After proceeding about one-fourth of a mil
es at stake and discussed the merits and conduct of every battle. Whether on the picket line or the forefront of battle, behind every trusted musket there was a thinker, and there was an accommodation and comradeship between the mere boy and the oldest veteran. It was such devotion and unsurpassed heroism as was displayed by the privates of each army, equally brave and of one nationality, that makes our country great and demonstrates to the world the excellence and superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race. Can comrades cease to think of those who bore The brunt of conflict, marching side by side— Forget how youth forgot his beardless face, Made beauteous by his valorous arm? No, never! while a widowed heart ceases to forget, or a sister shall coldly touch the brother's honored blade. All honor then to the noble women who, in his old age and poverty—that ill-matched pair seek to provide, if not a home, at least a shelter for him. May Heaven's choicest blessings rest upon them an
Harry T. Hays (search for this): chapter 9
to call attention to the fact that the only two brigades which entered the works of Cemetery Heights on the second day of the battle were Hoke's North Carolina and Hays' Louisiana brigades. The former was then under the command of that gallant soldier and accomplished gentleman, Colonel Isaac E. Avery, who lost his life on this othe heights on the 2d of July. In his report of this battle, Early says: As soon as Johnson became warmly engaged, which was a little before dusk, I ordered Hays and Avery to advance and carry the works on the heights in front. These troops advanced in gallant style to the attack, passing over the ridge in front of them unalists continued to hold their ground in the salient, and along the line of works to the left of that angle, within a short distance of the position of Monoghan's (Hays') Louisianians. Ramseur's North Carolinians, of Rodes' division, formed, covering Monoghan's right; and being ordered to charge, were received by the enemy with a
S. D. Ramseur (search for this): chapter 9
heridan's headquarters, and learning that General Ramseur had been captured, asked and obtained pernd A. A. G. P. A. C. S. In conclusion. Ramseur in personal appearance was slight, erect, alewhile they were together in the Valley, says: Ramseur commanded infantry, and I, the whole of Earlyith Early. Whenever I had opportunity to see Ramseur his conduct was marked by great energy, brillr had time. His reply might aptly be that of Ramseur. When in action his enthusiasm arose with th day preceding the battle of Cedar Creek, General Ramseur received intelligence of the birth of the, which can be felt but not described. General Ramseur was a superb horseman, and on the day of No doubt, amidst that day's vicissitudes, Ramseur's mind was continually dwelling upon his wifeorth, or certify how long he has to live. In Ramseur's case it is pleasant to feel that as a hero connection and chaplain, in his sketch of General Ramseur, to which I am indebted in preparing this[2 more...]
ation reached us that a large force had been concentrated at Harper's Ferry, which consisted of the Sixth, Nineteenth and Crook's corps, and was under a new commander, who proved to be Sheridan. From this time on constant maneuvering and skirmishine left of our line of battle and the prolongation of our line was defended by cavalry. On the 22d Sheridan threw forward Crook's corps, pushed back our cavalry and took possession of our line. Ramseur hearing the firing to his left, withdrew my brr great gratification, was placed in charge of his division. On moving to the left I had a brisk skirmish with a part of Crook's men, but did not encounter his main force. From the firing in the direction of our line it was soon apparent that our at full speed dashed upon and captured Sheridan's headquarter's, and, but for his absence, would have captured him. While Crook's corps was enjoying its undisturbed quiet, and possibly dreaming of to-morrow, we descended like a wolf on the fold and
James H. Wilson (search for this): chapter 9
was long an able and distinguished member of Congress from our State. Ramseur spent the usual term of five years at the Academy, and was graduated with distinction in the class of 1860. Among his class-mates of national reputation were Generals James H. Wilson and Merritt, Colonel Wilson, commandant at United States Military Academy, and Colonel A. C. M. Pennington, United States army. Through his courtesy, sincerity and the conscientious discharge of his duties while at West Point he formeColonel Wilson, commandant at United States Military Academy, and Colonel A. C. M. Pennington, United States army. Through his courtesy, sincerity and the conscientious discharge of his duties while at West Point he formed many valued friendships both among his fellow-students and in the corps. After graduating, Ramseur entered the light-artillery service and was commissioned second lieutenant by brevet. He was in the United States army but a short time prior to the breaking out of hostilities, and during that time was assigned to duty at Fortress Monroe. In April, 1861, he resigned his commission in the old army and promptly tendered his sword to the Provisional Government of the Confederate States, then ass
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