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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
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a volley, charged with a ringing cheer into the woods; but the Rebels had retreated before them, and the fight was ended. Our foe was said to be a body of Stuart's Cavalry, variously estimated at from five hundred to two thousand in number. Lossing gives the latter figures in his Civil War in America. On what authority, I am unable to state. The following is undoubtedly a good synopsis of the affair: My division had a little fight at Auburn before we reached Greenwich. Two brigades oer and was forgotten; but while looking up material for this campaign we found his story fully corroborated in all essential points, and that Stuart did, on that very night after his interview with the Third Corps, find himself thus involved. Lossing says between the Third and Second corps, but he is wrong, as the whole of the former encamped at or near Greenwich that night. Swinton says Sykes's Fifth Corps and Warren's Second, which is more probable. His first resolve was to abandon his g
could not be removed yet. He made no conversation, only in answer to inquiries, and seemed perfectly reconciled to whatever Fate had in store, evidently not expecting much consideration from the Yanks, although not saying so. He was a member of the Twenty-first Mississippi Regiment. So furiously did the tempest rage at the angle, so numerous were the bullets fired from either side, especially from the Union, that nearly all the trees standing within musket-range were killed by them, Lossing, Vol. II. and one sound oak, twenty-one inches in diameter, was absolutely cut off by bullets alone. A section of it may now be seen in the War Department at Washington, to which it was presented by Gen. N. A. Miles, who commanded a brigade of Barlow's division in the charge. Now came days of moving about, and changing positions. No mere general statement, says Swinton, very truly, can give any idea of the enormous amount of labor, suffering, and privation that befell the troops in
ry reading of the official correspondence of the successive officers detailed, as they could be spared from the Virginia field, to take charge of these coast defenses, awakens sympathy for them in their fruitless appeals to the government for proper munitions of war, and admiration for their untiring energies and plucky utilization of sand-bars, turf, and smooth-bore guns. As the Federal government tightened the blockade, rapidly raising the number of its ships from 42 in 1861 to 671 Lossing's Civil War. in 1864, it saw the necessity of possessing these sounds for safe anchorage, and it realized, as Scharf puts it, that they were depots from which the very central line of inland communication of the Confederates might be broken, and that they were the back-door to Norfolk, by which the navy yard might be regained. Moreover, the daring excursions of little Confederate vessels, mounting one or two guns, like the Winslow, under the restlessly energetic Thomas M. Crossan, which da
to make a diversion in favor of that portion of our forces which were engaged with the enemy directly in front of Fort Magruder. Up to that time the Confederates had been so absorbed in the hard fight in front that Hancock's maneuver had been executed before its dangerous significance became apparent. Peninsular Campaign. Webb adds, By this movement on our right, the enemy were forced to pay special attention to Hancock. The occupation of these two redoubts on his extreme left, says Lossing, was the first intimation that Johnston had of their existence, and he at once perceived the importance of the position, for it was on the flank and rear of the Confederate line of defense, and seriously menaced its integrity. Civil War in America, II, 382. Hancock soon got his batteries to work, and, says the Regimental History of the Fifth regiment, was seriously annoying our troops by an enfilading fire. So, to counteract Hancock's diversion, Early's brigade of D. H. Hill's divisio
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Literary Notices. (search)
its descriptions are very vivid and life-like; and that it is a valuable contribution to an inside view of the life of the private soldier in both armies. We do not hesitate to advise our friends to buy the book, and we predict for it a wide sale. As the authors cite Southern Historical Society papers as among the authorities they have consulted, it may not be gracious in us to say so, yet we feel impelled to add that military critics will not be impressed with their citation of either Lossing or Pollard as authority on any mooted point. After we have studied the book we propose to give, in a full review, our impressions of this first attempt to blend in authorship The Blue and the Gray. Meantime we wish our friends and brothers—the author—severy success in their venture. anecdotes of the civil war in the United States. By Brevet Major-General E. D. Townsend, late Adjutant-General United States Army (retired). New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1884 This is a very entertaining
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Is the, Eclectic history of the United States, written by Miss Thalheimer and published by Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co., Cincinnati, a fit book to be used in our schools? (search)
hor here refers back to paragraph 484 for proof], and it seems perfectly clear that the book means to teach that secession leaders in the cabinet of Mr. Buchanan had stripped Northern arsenals to supply the South with arms, had scattered the navy in order to paralize the National Government, and had really brought it about that the South was better prepared for the war than the North. This is a favorite theory with Northern writers, it is fully brought out in such books as Greely, Draper, Lossing, Moore's Rebellion Record and Badeau, which the author advises our children to read, and we are not surprised that she adopts it. This theory is, of course, utterly untrue, and would seem to need no labored refutation; but if any one desires to go into the matter more fully, let him read the article on Confederate Ordnance, by the able and accomplished chief of the Department, General J. Gorgas, published in the January-February, ‘84, number of our Southern his-Torical Society papers, an
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), chapter 8 (search)
n had been singularly affected by the excitement of the combat so novel to them. It would be impossible to unravel the truth from among so many contradictory assertions if we had not as guides the official reports of both parties, remarkable for their completeness and the manner in which they agree with each other. This labor has been facilitated for us by the works of two American writers, Mr. Swinton, who has written two accounts of the battle of Bull Run with his wonted sagacity, and Mr. Lossing, the prolific draughtsman and scrupulous narrator. Finally, the author himself accompanied McDowell a few months after the battle, when the latter visited for the first time since the action the scene of his defeat; and he thus received on the spot, from the mouth of the principal actors, who recognized, with emotions easy to understand, here the route on which they had at first been victorious, there the point where some of their bravest companions had fallen, and farther on a triflin
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Bibliographical note (search)
has consulted besides these different collections, he will simply mention their titles, beginning with four publications from which he has borrowed more than from any other; the first commends itself to our special consideration on account of the conscientious impartiality with which it was written; the others, by the judicious care with which their respective authors made use of the published and unpublished documents they had on hand. These are, The Illustrated History of the War, by Mr. Lossing; The American Civil War, three volumes; Life of General Grant, by his former aid-de-camp, General Badeau, of which only the first volume has appeared; the two books of Mr. Swinton, entitled, respectively, History of the Army of the Potomac, one volume, and The Twelve Decisive Battles of the War, one volume. To continue the list of works written from a Union point of view, we will mention, without attempting to classify them, History of the Rebellion, by Appleton, one volume; Life of Ge
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VI:—Virginia. (search)
hat it has brought out the true details, which are not without interest. In a letter to the Chicago Tribune of September 4, 1875, General Buckingham takes exception to the author's account, both as to the facts, and as to the statement that he was an officer unknown to the army of the Potomac. With regard to the facts, Colonel John P. Nicholson writes to the Philadelphia Times under date of September 18, 1875, showing that the Comte de Paris had taken the details from Hurlbut, Swinton and Lossing, authorities unchallenged on this point for years past. The following is General Buckingham's account: I was at that time on special duty at the War Department, my office being adjoining the Secretary's private room. On the evening of the 6th of November, about ten o'clock, the Secretary sent for me to come to his office, where I found him with General Halleck. He told me that he wanted me to go and find the headquarters of the army of the Potomac, and spent some time in giving min
s enrolled themselves as a Home Guard, and several hundred troops are expected from surrounding counties, in obedience to a special call by the Governor. At a session of the Legislature, called after midnight, the bill passed both Houses extending the power over the Police Commissioners, giving the Governor ample means for suppressing riot and insurrectionary movements throughout the State. The following additional names of the killed in the first collision have been ascertained; Caper H. Glennercoel, John H. Sweethart, John Waters, P. Doan, J. J. Jones, of Portage, Ohio, L. Carl, Christian Dean, Mrs. Macaulig, Mrs. Chapman, F. D. Allen, and two boys, named Icenhower and Lossing. Dr. B. Sanderson was stabbed last night in a drinking saloon by Judge Buckner. Both are prominent citizens. The difficulty grew out of the Camp Jackson affair. Buckner gave himself up, and was lodged in jail.--Sanderson received three wounds in the stomach, and each is regarded as fatal.
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