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Groveton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
ent is at present quartered. In closing this report permit me to bring before your attention the names of Captain E. S. Pierce and Captain I. S. Geer, both acting field-officers who ably assisted me upon the march and during the engagement of Saturday, December thirteenth; also Adjutant Geo. W. Remington and all officers and men-each vied with the other in sustaining the reputation of the regiment won at Bull Run, Yorktown, Williamsburgh, Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Charles City Cross-Road, Groveton, Chantilly, etc. The following is a correct list of the casualties that have occurred: Privates, Wm. Williams, company B, back; Charles Miller, company B, arm; Wm. Osborne, company C, hand; H. S. Briggs, company F, head; Michael Kane, company G, foot; Ira Austin, company I, foot. I have the honor to be, etc., M. B. Houghton, Major Commanding Third Michigan Volunteers. Report of Colonel Morgan. New-York City, December 24-29, 1862. your Excellency: Knowing that you will exp
Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
hospital at the Lacey House the pale face of a third, who saved the colors, tattered and soaked in blood, and was desperately wounded in the act. Another song, which I should not omit to name, was one which is a favorite in the army: McClellan is our leader, so march along. This was given with great gusto, followed by a toast, The health of little Mac, and that received with three times three. About one half of the officers thus engaged were wounded in the battles on the Peninsula and in Maryland. Three of the colonels had been wounded, one of them having been struck, during the various engagements of the war, eight times. Fully one third of the party were killed or wounded two days afterward. The fact that it was the night before a battle — that the men all around me were to participate in it, and that interests of national breadth hung upon the event, indisposed me for sleep ; and for hours I listened to the heavy rumble and deep metallic jar of the artillery trains moving for
Michigan (Michigan, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
Brig.-Gen. Hancock in a well-sheltered valley, where we stacked arms and bivouacked until half-past 4 P. M. The whole day the fire of our batteries and those of the enemy, incessant as it was, taught every man to prepare himself equably and sternly for the desperate conflict that was close at hand. A few minutes after four o'clock P. M., word was conveyed to me that a gallant body of volunteers had crossed the river in boats and taken possession of the city of Fredericksburgh. The State of Michigan fairly reserves to herself the largest measure of pride justified by this achievement. Immediately on the receipt of this news, an order reached me from Brig.-Gen. Hancock to move forward the brigade and take up a position closer to the river. In this new position we remained all night. At seven o'clock the following morning we were under arms, and in less than two hours the head of the brigade presented itself on the opposite bank of the river. The order of march observed by t
Jackson (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
he fury of the fire on both sides redoubled as the discovery was made by the combatants that their day's work was about done. For half an hour, the din was awful, and the smoke drifted through the streets, as sometimes in a city, when there is a high wind and a great dust. There was severe fighting even after dark, and the sparkle of musketry made a fine display. Then the big rebel rifled cannon ceased to mark time, the sputter and crackle of small arms ceased on the centre, Franklin and Jackson's guns throbbed heavily a few times on the left; and all was still on the north side of the river, save the rumble of army-wagons, which are probably intimately connected with Bryant's innumerable caravan, that moves for ever through the gate of death. A kind Providence cared for the wounded. The air was s mild in the night, as if the month were June, and the wind came balmy from the South. If the night had been cold, hundreds of wounded, faint with the loss of blood, would have perish
China (China) (search for this): chapter 27
h a storm, that it would have been a relief to see them fall back into the town, and give up the unfair and horrible contest. Certainly nothing in the universe can be more distressing than to look upon the hopeless, fruitless destruction of brave men. The discharges of musketry at intervals were excessively furious, rapid beyond all computation, and the sound must be remarked as far more terrible than that of artillery. The clamor of musketry in a heavy engagement resembles that of firing Chinese crackers by the bunch in a barrel, to which it has often been compared, much as the squeak of a toy-whistle resembles the shriek of a locomotive. While our artillery was silent, and that of the enemy was jarring the earth and filling the valley of the Rappahannock with crashing reverberations, our noble infantry maintained, for hours, a line of fire across the field, the smoke rolling from the play of their muskets in long fleecy clouds. Presently some batteries of our field-artillery got
Hazel Run (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
bel stronghold — the batteries along the crest of the ridge called Stansbury Hill and skirting Hazel Run. For three fourths of an hour before we were ordered into action, I stood in front of my regiinto the plain beyond, crossing a small stream which passes through the city, and empties into Hazel Run, then over another hill to the line of railroad. We moved at so rapid a pace, that many of th we extended our line along the railroad, the right resting toward the city, and the left near Hazel Run. In the formation of the column, the Twenty-fifth New-Jersey had preceded my regiment, and atmoved at a run, crossed the railroad into a low muddy swamp on the left, which reaches down to Hazel Run, the right moving over higher and less muddy ground, all the time the batteries of the enemy c regiment was thrown out as pickets on the line of the railroad, and to the south of it, along Hazel Run, which position, aided by a detachment of two companies of Berdan's sharp-shooters, was held u
Waterloo, Seneca County, New York (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
fire of the enemy was plainly crushing. When the enemy charged upon our men they met their masters, and were invariably beaten back, terribly damaged. But their bellowing batteries, the smoke of which rushed from nearly every clump of pines — batteries opened out here and there, as occasion offered, as if the country were literally full of them — and the swarm of sharp-shooters, secure in rifle-pits and behind a stone wall, and in a sunken road, like that Victor Hugo finds on the field of Waterloo, were too much for the naked valor of our infantry. No troops in the world would have won a victory if placed in the position ours were. Few armies, however renowned, would have stood as well as ours did. It can hardly be in human nature for men to show more valor, or generals to manifest less judgment, than were perceptible on our side that day. It was with a deep sense of relief that I saw the sun go down, and felt that in a little while darkness would put an end to the unequal comba
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
d heartily rendered where-ever and whenever his military obligations or patriotism required them. Had I time it would be, indeed, a pleasing duty for me to speak, in connection with the Sixty-third, of such officers as Captains Gleason, Condon, Moore, and Lieut. James R. Brady, and others, whom it would be difficult for me now to mention without having the leisure to speak of them with adequate commendation. Within the last three months two regiments were incorporated in the brigade. Pennsylvania contributed the One Hundred and Sixteenth; Massachusetts contributed the Twenty-eighth. The fact that Col. Heenan, Lieut.-Col. Mulholland and Major Bardwell, of the first named regiment, were badly wounded, speaks filly for the intrepidity and mettle of the men of which it is composed. Where there are such officers there must be staunch men. The Twenty-eighth Massachusetts volunteers was raised for the Irish Brigade, but, owing to some mistake, was kept aloof from it until, by a most
Warrenton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 27
ed the feat of thus recrossing the river in the face of the enemy, I owe everything. For the failure in the attack I am responsible, l.as the extreme gallantry, courage, and endurance shown by them was never exceeded, and would have carried the points had it been possible. To the families and friends of the dead I can only offer my heartfelt sympathies, but for the wounded I can offer my earnest prayers for their comfortable and final recovery. The fact that I decided to move from Warrenton on to this line rather against the opinion of the President, Secretary of War, and yourself, and that you left the whole movement in my hands, without giving me orders, makes me the only one responsible. I will write you very soon, and give you more definite information, and finally will send you my detailed report, in which a special acknowledgment will be made of the services of the different grand division corps, and my general and staff department of the army of the Potomac, to whom
soldier I have never known. Col. Robert Nugent, commanding the Sixty-ninth New-York volunteers, acted with signal bravery, leading, as he did, the column into the field with a brilliancy of bearing worthy of the historic reputation attached in Europe to the name he bears. His demeanor and the high spirit he displayed, his words and looks, all were such as could not fail to encourage and incite his men on that day. Major James Cavanagh, also of the Sixty-ninth, most ably and daringly suppor: General Lee thinks he will have a big thing on us about the bombardment of this town. He proposes to rouse the indignation of the civilized world, as they call it. You'll see he won't throw a shell into it. He is playing for the sympathies of Europe. Another thought the enemy were skedaddling, and spoke of the laugh that would be raised at Burnside's expense in that case. But I think a private soldier came nearer the mark than any one else. He said, with the usual expletives: They want us
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