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Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 11: the Bloody angle (search)
rectly in front of the tree, and Captain Weaver and his men fired for hours directly at the Rebels seeking shelter behind it, until it fell. For the particular part which the 121st took in this affair we may turn again to the narrative of Colonel Beckwith. It rained all night and by the smoky pine fires we could scarcely boil our water for coffee, or scorch our pork for our breakfasts. Then we moved some distance to the right and halted in the pines. At this place an officer rode up wed, but sharpshooters kept the curious, and carelessly inclined reminded of their skill. The writer though not a combatant, visited the scene of conflict during the 12th, and for a time watched the working of the mortar battery, of which Comrade Beckwith speaks. It was commanded by a Frenchman who appeared greatly excited. He was never still. Dancing around the guns while they were being loaded, and springing upon the parapet, when each was fired to observe where the shell fell, he seemed
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 12: from the angle to Cold Harbor (search)
il reinforcements arrived, when the enemy in turn retired and the hill was reoccupied and the picket line extended to the left. Colonel Cronkite who was not present, having been wounded on the 10th, speaks very briefly of this affair, but Colonel Beckwith describes it quite minutely. On the morning of the 13th we moved to our left and early in the morning of the 14th crossed the Nye River, a narrow, sluggish, deep stream where we crossed, and moving a short distance came to a brigade of rth Anna River about midnight of the 23d. In the morning of the 24th the Corps crossed the river and took position in line of battle on the right of the Fifth Corps. The most of the day was spent in tearing up and destroying the railroad. Colonel Beckwith describes the method of destruction in this manner: We would form on the uphill side of the track, and taking hold and lifting turn the track completely over, and removing the ties stack and cord them, and setting fire to the piles, place t
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 13: Cold Harbor (search)
y. General Lee having correctly interpreted the design of General Grant, had transferred his army to this point and was found occupying works advantageously located and very strongly constructed. The Sixth Corps arrived at Cold Harbor about noon of the 30th and at 5 o'clock in the afternoon was formed in line of battle, on the left of the Third division and the 121st were deployed in close order as skirmishers, and relieved the cavalry skirmishers, who had suffered quite heavily. Let Beckwith tell the rest. Word was sent along the line that the enemy's line was in the farther edge of the old field-pine thicket in our front, and that we should charge this line on the dead run as soon as we got into striking distance and run the Rebs into their rifle pits. This we did. They broke as soon as they saw us begin to charge and we kept them on a dead run until they reached their works. We continued firing at anything in sight on the pits, and also shot the battery horses as they
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 14: from Cold Harbor to Petersburg (search)
or, and the roads thick with dust. To the brigade was assigned the duty of protecting the artillery trains. This made us the rear guard of the corps and the march was made with flankers thrown out on both sides to guard against any possible attack from either flank. The march continued steadily till the 15th when the James River was reached at Wilson's Wharf. The brigade formed a line guarding the position on the river until the 17th when it was transferred by boats to Bermuda Hundred. Beckwith says, Here we saw the first colored troops. Some of us going out after something to eat, found the roads picketed by colored cavalry men, who good naturedly took our chaffing. The brigade disembarked at Point of Rocks and marched thence to Bermuda Hundred. We found that our Third division had already preceded us and were massed ready for rapid movement. Instantly a report was circulated that we were to assault in front of Butler's lines and take and hold the Richmond and Petersburg R
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 15: from Petersburg to Harper's Ferry (search)
n a mention in the history of the regiment; the living participants will no doubt recall both transactions vividly. Colonel Beckwith did not forget any feature of it in writing his remembrances. The name of the transport was the Transylvania and th, but very hungry, disembarked at the Sixth Street wharf, and were quickly formed in rank and hurried up Seventh Street. Beckwith writes, As we passed along we were greeted with clapping of hands, waving of handkerchiefs, and many remarks such as Bulident stood surveying the scene until urged almost imperatively by General Wright to leave that exposed position. Colonel Beckwith gives the best account of what immediately followed that I have seen. The day was exceedingly hot and that made th3d Division under General Ricketts rejoined the corps. They showed the effect of their hard fight at Monocacy. Of them Beckwith says, They gave us an account of their fight there, and spoke of the confidence with which the Rebels charged them, unti
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 16: with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley (search)
ents of this period of apparently erratic movement, resort must be made to Colonel Beckwith's narrative. He writes, While at Halltown, Colonel Olcott and quite a numd, so far as the 121st and the brigade took part in it, more accurately by Colonel Beckwith than by any other writer so far read. He says, We were well armed, carrieays that Captain Cronkite rushed out alone and captured a Rebel flag. Neither Beckwith nor Colonel Cronkite mentions this in their accounts of the affair. Of the result of the battle Colonel Beckwith says, We were all greatly encouraged by the splendid victory we had won. We knew the men we had been fighting and we considered thhowever and we moved down out of sight towards the front. Of this fight Colonel Beckwith gives the part taken by the 121st New York. About 2 o'clock of the 22d we o obtain in one way or another, but sometimes with not very pleasant results. Beckwith relates an experience he had which will stand for the manner in which like con
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 17: with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley (continued). Cedar Creek (search)
th Corps and considerable of the 8th, and that there had been no serious fighting for two hours, when General Sheridan came up. No doubt his presence and words were cheering and inspiring to the entire army. A tried and trusted leader is always a source of courage and determination to an army, even in a time of extreme hazard. But the reputation and work of General Wright, commanding the army in the absence of General Sheridan, have not received the credit that was really due him. Comrade Beckwith writes very interestingly of the condition of affairs in the camp on the night of the 18th. His description of the feeling of security and gaiety that prevailed among officers and men, reminds one of Lord Byron's description of the care free gaiety in Belgium's Capital the night before the battle of Waterloo. He says, In the interval between the 14th and the 19th we lay in camp at Cedar Creek. I went out one day with the teams for forage, and in addition got some honey, apple
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 18: back to Petersburg and winter quarters (search)
ns impossible, and the corps returned to camp and went into winter quarters. Of these weeks of rest and recuperation, Beckwith writes: We passed the holidays in pretty good shape, but the first lot of boxes of goodies that were permitted to and on detached duty, and on dress parade we made a very tidy looking battalion. At this point in his narrative Colonel Beckwith gives a very amusing account of his experiences while on furlough granted on the 25th of April, which he managed to and were not surprised therefore when orders came to form line of battle and advance on the works of the enemy. Let Colonel Beckwith tell what was done. About noon we marched back to camp, and then moved to the left and formed line of battle and ch the right changing front and opening fire on the advancing enemy, which drove them back to the shelter of their works. Beckwith continues: The only man killed was Lieutenant Duroe, who commanded our company. He was the largest man in the reg
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 19: the capture of Petersburg by 6th Corps (search)
ment in this charge captured about two hundred prisoners. The more circumstantial account of this affair given by Colonel Beckwith, is as follows: About midnight we moved out of camp and marched to Fort Fisher, near the lookout tower, and moved oud in the regular course of official service. Our flag was unfurled on the Court House, the other on the Post Office. Beckwith continues: We secured a lot of Confederate currency and postage stamps, and routed out a lot of stragglers and sneaks, hhe Rebels were defeated, and were compelled to turn the head of their column toward Appomattox. Of the next day's march Beckwith says, On the morning of the 6th we marched at 6 o'clock in rear of our 2d Division, and in the expectation of hearound upon the Major. The report of Colonel Olcott of this battle is essentially the same as the account given by Comrade Beckwith, except that he was given command of the first line consisting of the 121st New York and the 95th Pennsylvania, leav
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 20: Appomattox and after (search)
It was at Rice's Station that the battle was being fought at the time of our fight at Sailor's Creek, and being won by our forces, and which cut off any possible escape of the Confederates in that direction, after the surrender of Ewell. Colonel Beckwith gives his experiences with the citizens of Virginia in a very interesting manner: We met a great many more of the citizens of the country than we had in the pursuit of Lee, and had opportunity to talk with them. They claimed that they had by of that review. On the 27th of June the regiment took the cars, baggage cars mostly, for New York, reaching there on the morning of the 30th and spending the rest of the day, Sunday, in the old armory, corner of Center and Grand streets. Beckwith says, On Monday, July 1st, we marched up Broadway, having with us the stands of Rebel colors we had captured at Rappahannock Station and Sailor's Creek. We received a great ovation. Arrangements had been made and permission obtained from Was
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