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s left to General or staff, save one, and that one--as if the grim mockery of war there sought to outdo itself — had his tail shot off! General Cutler himself had three horses shot under him. Few troops could stand it. All of the First corps could not. Presently the thin line of fire began to waver and bend and break under those terrible volleys from the dark woods above. The officers, brave almost always to a fault, sought to keep them in. One--his name deserves to be remembered--Captain Richardson, of the Seventh Wisconsin, seized the colors of a retreating Pennsylvania regiment, and strove to rally the men around their flag. It was in vain; none but troops that have been tried as by fire can be reformed under such a storm of death; but the captain, left alone and almost in the rebels' hands, held on to the flaunting colors of another regiment, that made him so conspicuous a target, and brought them safely off. The right of the corps gave way. The fierce surge of Ewell's att
r participated so largely, has already been reported to the Department. There is no doubt left in the minds of any but that the Tyler saved Helena, for though General Prentiss fought with a skill and daring not excelled in this war, his little force of three thousand five hundred men were fast being overpowered by the enemy with eighteen thousand men, when the Tyler took a position and changed the fortunes of the day. I must not omit to mention Acting Volunteer Lieutenants Hamilton and Richardson, of the powder vessels Great Western and Judge Torrence. They were unremitting in their attention to their duties during the siege, supplying without delay every requisition made on them by army and navy, and volunteering for any service. When the army called on the navy for siegeguns, I detailed what officers and men I could spare to man and work the batteries. Lieutenant Commander Selfridge had command of the naval battery on the right wing, General Sherman's corps. This battery wa
, Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, Thirtieth, (the Thirtieth in the advance,) and Thirty-first Iowa regiments, encountered a large force of rebels, estimated at between four and six thousand, under command of the rebel Generals S. D. Lee, Roddy, and Richardson. A heavy musketry fire was immediately opened, and the fight was furious for an hour, when the rebels fell back with heavy loss in killed and wounded. General Osterhaus hurried up several twenty-four-pounder Parrotts, which made havoc in theisday, and received reenforcements of one thousand cavalry on Wednesday morning, and that some twenty thousand more are expected there from Bragg's army. The following officers are said to be in command there: Generals Loring, S. D. Lee, Roddy, Richardson, and Forrest. Colonel Torrence, who was in command of the thirtieth Iowa, is said to have been an officer of rare excellence. He served with distinction in the Mexican war, and entered the service again as soon as the war commenced--first a
le, ample proof of which he finds in the Yankee test of the unparalleled extent of its circulation. He goes on to add that his (Webster's) dictionary may be found in almost every family, occupying, as it deservedly does, a preeminence over all others, This statement discloses an amount of ignorance on the part of the author which should deter him from rehashing any more Yankee schoolbooks for Southern use. Webster is not the standard of the best Southern scholars; but Johnson, Walker, and Richardson. Webster's orthography is the detestation of every cultivated Southern gentleman, and this orthography, Mr. Fleming tells us, he has invariably retained. Centre he spells center, theatre, theater, and, doubtless, ton, tun. The retention of these execrable Yankee innovations is enough of itself to damn the book and drive it out of circulation. Mr. Fleming says further, that in very few instances Webster's pronunciation has been rejected. The flat or Italian sound of a, as heard in th
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), The Council of Thirty-five. (search)
are; but at the risk of being, regarded as revengeful, we must admit our inability to keep pace with that eminent Professor of Forgiveness and Forgetfulness, Mr. Richardson of Illinois, who said in the Conserved Caucus, that peace can only be restored by saying to the masses at the South, You have done wrong! Lay down your arms and you shall not be touched. But should Congress decide upon this emollient course, let Richardson be the United States. Embassador to the camps of the Rebels! Let him enter their lines, blowing the most assuasive tunes upon the mildest of trumpets! Let him, while gentle smiles illumine his countenance, say tenderly to the Coolvers are aimed at his sacred person, and an extemporized halter dangles aloft. Jefferson Davis and staff march from headquarters to behold his execution, and Richardson of Illinois is soon no more a member of Congress, and the caucus is reduced to Thirty-four. If he pleases to make this excursion upon his own responsibility, l
I knowed him as well as I know dat candle. This conversation occurred in a house occupied partly by colored people, during candle light. Dat's how I came to be called Roberts, he said, he took her name. After I left Roberts I belonged to Richardson. I was about six years old when I went to Mr. Richardson. I was a present from Roberts to him; dat's how I came to belong to him. I stayed wid him till ‘bout two years since — not quite two years; it's not two years till May. Den I was sold Mr. Richardson. I was a present from Roberts to him; dat's how I came to belong to him. I stayed wid him till ‘bout two years since — not quite two years; it's not two years till May. Den I was sold to dis ole man, my boss now. It is unnecessary to say dat dis ole man, my boss now, was not present at this nocturnal meeting of Southern colored and Northern un-colored woolly-heads. What sort of a boss is he? I inquired. The answer was brief enough and as bitter as brief: He's de meanest ole scamp goina. Are the colored people of your acquaintance all discontented with their present condition? Yes, sah, he replied, all on ‘em; I knows lots and lots on ‘em since I came
Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America., IV: civilization in the United States. (search)
same case as the Americans. We should be living with much the same absence of training for the sense of beauty through the eye, from the aspect of outward things. The American cities have hardly anything to please a trained or a natural sense for beauty. They have buildings which cost a great deal of money and produce a certain effect — buildings, shall I say, such as our Midland Station at St. Pancras; but nothing such as Somerset House or Whitehall. One architect of genius they had — Richardson. I had the pleasure to know him: he is dead, alas! Much of his work was injured by the conditions under which he was obliged to execute it; I can recall but one building, and that of no great importance, where he seems to have had his own way, to be fully himself; but that is indeed excellent. In general, where the Americans succeed best in their architecture — in that art so indicative and educative of a people's sense for beauty — is in the fashion of their villa-cottages in wood. T
, still at New Bridge, had ordered Sumner, who bad Sedgwick's and Richardson's divisions, to cross to the relief of Couch; and Sedgwick, with recovering much of the ground that had been lost. At nightfall, Richardson's division, having also crossed over, came up on the left of Sedg Lt.-Col. Kimball, 20th Massachusetts, Col. Lee, 7th Michigan, Maj. Richardson, the three former of Gen. Gorman's brigade, the two latter of ted by Gen. Franklin, with Smith's division of his own corps, and Richardson's, of Sumner's, and Naglee's brigade, by which all his efforts torps. J Hooker's div. K Sedgwick's div. Sumner's corps. L Richardson's div. M Smith's div. Franklin's corps. N Slocum's div. Hooker, forming Heintzelman's corps; next to these, Sedgwick and Richardson, under Sumner; with Smith and Slocum, under Franklin, on our righ — that Sickles's brigade of Hooker's division, and Meagher's, of Richardson's division, were ordered up to the support of Porter and Couch, w
ams's, had reached the foot of the mountain a little after dark. Richardson's division had also arrived, and taken position in the rear of Howith spirit, and routed it, capturing 250 prisoners and 2 gains. Richardson's division, of Sumner's corps, followed; pressing eagerly on thatss Antietam creek, in front of the little village of Sharpsburg. Richardson halted and deployed on the right of the road from Keedysville to s division of his own corps to support Crawford and Gordon; while Richardson and French, with his two remaining divisions, went forward farthee fight had commenced, but without having carried the heights. Richardson's division of Sumner's corps advanced on the left of French, croshe right, easily repulsed it. Next, a charge was made directly on Richardson's front, which was defeated as before, and our line still fartherirecting the fire of Capt. Graham's battery, 1st U. S. Artillery, Richardson fell mortally wounded, and was succeeded by Hancock. Gen. Meaghe
e killed within the little inclosure in front of the General's cottage. The structure is a sort of sieve now-bullets have punctured it so well. But the desperadoes got no farther into town. Battle was raging about Fort Richardson. Gallant Richardson, for whom it was named, fought his battery well. Had his supports fought as his artillerymen did, the record would have been different. The Rebels gained the crest of the hill, swarmed around the little redoubt, and were swept away from it as a breath will dissipate smoke. Again they swarmed like infuriated tigers. At last, a desperate dash, with a yell. Richardson goes down to rise no more. His supports are not on hand. The foe shouts triumphantly and seizes the guns. Tile horses are fifty yards down the hill toward Corinth. A score of Rebels seize them. The 56th Illinois suddenly rises from cover in the ravine. One terrible volley, and there are sixteen dead artillery horses and a dozen dead Rebels. Illinois shouts, char
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