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Gallant conduct at Roanoke Island. --A volunteer in the Wise Legion, noticing the several accounts of the fight at Roanoke Island, calls our attention to the gallant part performed on that occasion by Capt. Schermerhorn, which has not hitherto received public notice. He says: "Capt. Schermerhorn commanded an 18 pounder gun, which he stood by and sighted with the utmost coolness and bravery, and laid many a Hessian low during the fight. His gallantry was praised by officers and men. In thRoanoke Island, calls our attention to the gallant part performed on that occasion by Capt. Schermerhorn, which has not hitherto received public notice. He says: "Capt. Schermerhorn commanded an 18 pounder gun, which he stood by and sighted with the utmost coolness and bravery, and laid many a Hessian low during the fight. His gallantry was praised by officers and men. In the hottest of the engagement, he received in his mouth half of a Minnis hall, which split on his gun, knocking out one of his front teeth."
The Hessians. Some of the foreign soldiers at Roanoke Island, who could hardly speak English, informed some Confederate prisoners that they were fighting for the principles of their forefathers. This is the literal truth. The principles of their forefathers, who were bought up by George the Third like cattle in the market, were ninepence a day and their bread and meat. This is about the same sum that Lincoln pays for their descendants, and constituted the only principles that either ancestors or posterity are capable of comprehending.
d goes down on her beam ends, at once a monument and an epitaph of the gallant men who fought her. The Virginia stops. Is she aground? And the gunboats? Raleigh and Beaufort! glorious Parker! glorious Alexander! there they are on the quarters of the Congress hammering away, and creeping up closer and closer all the time. At ten minutes to 4 the Congress struck. Parker hauled down the ensign, run up his own battle flag in its place; there the heroic Taylor, who fought the Fanny at Roanoke Island and Elizabeth City, got his wound — there the gallant young Hutter fell, all shot by the dastards who fired from the ship and shore when the white flag was flying at the main and mizzen of the Congress! Here, too, and in the same way, Flag-Officer Buchanan, and Flag-Lieut. R Minor were wounded. Now, the James River gunboats, whose dark smoke had been seen against the blue distance ever since 8 o'clock, came dashing along past the shore batteries. Tucker, the courtly and chivalrous
with their lives if they will get out of their why. Burnside and Goldsborough's say of themselves and the murderous and marauding crew, whose hands are steeped in Southern blood. "We are Christians as well as yourselves, and we profess to know full well, and to feel profoundly, the same obligations of the character." If they hadn't said this, we should certainly never have discovered it from their conduct. We have it from an eye-witness that they committed all sorts of depredations on Roanoke Island, as they have everywhere else where they have obtained a feeling. They say: "The Southern leaders have imposed upon your credulity by calling you of wicked had even diabolical intentions on our part; of our desire to destroy your freedom, demolish your property, liberate your slaves, injure your women, and such enormities — all of which, we assure you, is not only ridiculous, but utterly and willfully " Perhaps the voracious Burnside Co. would have us believe that the war did not begin
amended was agreed to. Mr. Swann, of Tenn., presented a bill to create the office of Judge Advocate General. Referred to Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Garnett, of Va., asked leave of absence for his colleague, Col. Pryor, who had joined his regiment, now in the field.--Granted. Also, presented a resolution requesting the President, if not in his judgment in conflict with the public interest, to communicate to this House the report of Brig. -Gen. Wise of the battle on Roanoke Island adopted. A communication was received from the President conveying the report of Col. W. B. Taliaferro, of the action at Carrick's Ford, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. Mr. Conrad, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, reported back from that committee the bill to appropriate one hundred millions of dollars for creating a navy, building gunboats, and for the purchase of arms. Laid on the table and the committee discharged from its further consideration.
The Daily Dispatch: March 14, 1862., [Electronic resource], One hundred and twenty-five Dollars reward. (search)
duced, leaving not over three to six thousand men there. Others say that Gen. Jackson's force has been strengthened by the regiments from Leesburg. From Roanoke Island. Baltimore, March 9. --The steamer Ellen S. Terry arrived here to-night direct from Roanoke Island, bringing official dispatches from General BurnsideRoanoke Island, bringing official dispatches from General Burnside. She has on board 125 wounded and sick soldiers from Roanoke, all of whom are doing well. The Terry also brings the bodies of Colonel De Montiel, of the D'Epinenil Zonaves, Corporal Randall Mann, and private W. E. Holloway, of the Twenty-fifth Massachusetts regiment, killed in the action at Roanoke Island. The Federal NavyRoanoke Island. The Federal Navy. A late New York paper says: Things are as brisk as ever at the Brooklyn Navy-Yard, with a still large amount of work to be done. The two ship house are work to be done. The two ship houses are undergoing repairs, caused by the recent severe snow and rain storms. The United States steam sloop-of-war Oneida, Captai
Volunteering. --A correspondent informs us that the capture of Roanoke Island and the fail of Fort Donelson had a happy effect upon Buckingham county, Va. Nearly every man between the ages of eighteen and forty-five has joined the army. If the same spirit animates the people elsewhere, our reverses will prove a blessing in disguise.
crifice than any other officer of his rank in the army. The loss to our cause of so capable an officer as he, is generally deplored. But his remaining to surrender the small army in the fort and share their fate, in the face of the peculiar perils of his own case, entitle him alike to the admiration and sympathy of his countrymen. Amidst the regrets at the disaster, resulting from an imprudently chosen position for defence — the placing of gallant men in a trap, as at Hatteras and Roanoke Island — by the mistakes of incompetent engineers or officials — it was gratifying that three of our Generals and the greater part of Floyd's Brigade escaped the clutches of the enemy. The question of military discipline and duty involved in the matter of the transfer of command by Gens. Floyd and Pillow to Buckner, we leave to military men; but we are sure all will indulge the hope that the release from command of the two former will be of a most temporary character. Floyd has fought bravely<
Why was it? There are so many things in the course of the war that need explanation, that Congress will have a great deal to do if it undertakes to investigate them. The disasters of Hatteras, Fort Henry, Roanoke Island, and Fort Donelson, are all fit subjects for rigid scrutiny. And we have just had Fernandina and Newbern added. Here we have nothing but disaster, and the public mind has settled down to the conviction that, with proper forecaste and precaution every one of these sad and mortifying reverses could have been averted. They present a catalogue of blunders and defaulte that would, under experienced military Governments, be fatal to all by whom they were committed.-- Feris improperly and fatally located and engineered; men isolated on indefensible positions, and in one case an alleged impregnable series of fortifications abandend to the enemy. Capt. Dupont, the Federal commander, considered the fortifications below Fernandina very powerful — sufficient to have defe
eferred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Swann, of Tenn., offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the Judiciary Committee inquire what legislation, if any, is necessary to legalise the acts of the Marshal and District Attorney of Tennessee, and that the committee report by bill or otherwise. Agreed to. Mr. Foots offered a resolution calling upon the Secretary of War to furnish the House with the report of Brigadier-General Henry A. Wise, of the affair at Roanoke Island. Upon this resolution a lengthy debate took place, which was participated in by Messrs. Foote, Conrad, Kenner, Wilcox, Miles, and others [Want of room and typographical force prevents us from giving a synopsis of this debate.] After the discussion, the resolution was withdrawn. A message was received from the President announcing that he had appointed — his Private Secretary, in place of Robert Joselyn, resigned. Mr. Singleton, of Miss., hoped that the House would take up
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