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Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 20: General Burnside assumes command of the army of the Potomac (search)
two of the passes of the Blue Ridge farther up-Chester's and Thornton's — were even then in use by Lee passing the material and troops of the enemy to the vicinity of Culpeper. Thus the army was quietly transferred to the vicinity of the Manassas Gap Railroad. Sigel's Eleventh Corps, and part of Heintzelman's, with Bayard's cavalry, had marched out from Washington and were holding Thoroughfare Gap, New Baltimore, and Warrenton Junction. Reynolds's corps was at Warrenton, Willcox's at Waterloo; ours (the Second) at Rectortown, while Porter's and Franklin's were not far in the rear, toward Upperville-McClellan's headquarters being at Rectortown. Whatever bold project was in Lee's or Jackson's mind, it certainly had been interrupted by McClellan's holding his main body so tenaciously west of the Bull Run range. One may imagine my surprise and sincere regret when I heard, on arrival, that McClellan had been removed, and Burnside assigned to the command of the army. The even
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 22: battle of Chancellorsville (search)
reds of our people; but the interpretation of these movements was certainly wrong. Yet, wherein did we neglect any precaution? It will be found that Devens kept his subordinates constantly on the qui vive; so did Schurz. Their actions and mine were identical. The Eleventh Corps detained Jackson for over an hour; part of my force was away by Hooker's orders; part of each division fought hard, as our Confederate enemies clearly show; part of it became wild with panic, like the Belgians at Waterloo, like most of our troops at Bull Run, and the Confederates, the second day, at Fair Oaks. I may leave the whole matter to the considerate judgment of my companions in arms, simply asserting that on the terrible day of May 2, 1863, I did all which could have been done by a corps commander in the presence of that panic of men largely caused by the overwhelming attack of Jackson's 26,000 men against my isolated corps of 8,000 without its reserve-thus outnumbering me 3 to 1. There is alwa
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
ndown within one mile of Berryville. General — was there before us, and without opposition, although not without a fight. While riding in advance, the commanding general saw, as he thought, preparations to oppose his march. On a distant hill, surrounded with horsemen, a devilish invention met his gaze. What is it? he asked in vain. Are these three men on horseback the advance of legions? Bring up the field-batteries! he cried aloud. Pointing, like Napoleon to the British squares at Waterloo, he shouted, Our pathway lies there. So General — hurled his shot and shell at this obstacle to his progress. Off scampered the three horsemen; down from his perch scrambled and scud the driver of a threshing-machine,--for this was the harmless implement that filled the soul of General — with direful purpose. To camp that afternoon there came an old farmer to inquire why they fired at him. According to the proclamation, said he, you did n't come to destroy property or interfere with citi<
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, chapter 14 (search)
quarters staff 121212 Near Washington, Va. First (Williams's) Division Including Hatch's cavalry, 158 officers and 3101 men present for duty.4589629103118246* Culpeper Court House,Va. Second (Augur's) Division228445851157184* Near Washington, Va. Total Second Corps698140871605820442 Third (McDowell's) Army Corps: Headquarters staff232324 Warrenton, Va First (King's) Division 457880898031229424Opposite Fredericksburg. Second Division (Ricketts' Division) 388835592531142922 Waterloo, Va. Doubleday's brigade 891677105822256Opposite Fredericksburg. Carroll's brigade 84173420338091* Warrenton, Va. Bayard's cavalry brigade 75129814981806* Warrenton, Va. Detachments 10236263411 Warrenton, Va. 6th New York cavalry Barnett's Ford,Va 1st Rhode Island cavalry 24506611790Junction O. & A. R. R. Pontoniers (3d Maine battery)5127140146Opposite Fredericksbnrg. Signal party6142023 Warrenton, Va. Total Third Corps 116122756266073069052 Reserve (Sturgis's) Corps: Headqu
that Longstreet and Jackson should cross the Rapidan, an.l attack the enemy's left flank; but Pope taking the alarm, nastily retreated beyond the Rappahannock. While Gen. Lee was making demonstrations at various points of the river, Jackson's forces, some twenty-five thousand strong, left the main body on the 25th August, and proceeded towards the head-waters of the Rappahannock. He was encumbered with no baggage, and moved with great rapidity. Crossing the river about Tour miles above Waterloo, he pushed rapidly towards Salem, and, turning the head of his column, proceeded eastward parallel with the Manassas Gap Railroad, until he reached the village of Gainesville. The design of this rapid and adventurous movement of Jackson was, to move around the enemy's right, so as to strike the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Longstreet, in the mean time, was to divert his attention by threatening him in front, and follow Jackson as soon as the latter should be sufficiently advanced. O
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
e auctioneer's stand, notifying all bidders of-what some would think — the defect in the title. [Laughter.] But he added, with nonchalance, when he told me the story, They brought a very excellent price. [Laughter.] This is the man who, in the face of the nation, avowing his right, and laboring with what strength he had in behalf of the wronged, goes down to Harper's Ferry to follow up his work. Well, men say he failed. Every man has his Moscow. Suppose he did fail, every man meets his Waterloo at last. There are two kinds of defeat. Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories. Soldiers call Bunker Hill a defeat; but Liberty dates from it, though Warren lay dead on the field. Men say the attempt did not succeed. No man can command success. Whether it was well planned, and deserved to succeed, we shall be able to decide when Brown is free to tell us all he knows. Suppose he did fail, in one sense, he has done a great deal still. Why, this is a decen
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, Theodore Parker (1860). (search)
ortunate, if he loved fame and future influence, that the leaves which bear his thoughts to posterity are not freighted with words penned by sickly ambition or wrung from hunger, but with earnest thoughts on dangers that make the ground tremble under our feet, and the heavens black over our head,--the only literature sure to live. Ambition says, I will write, and be famous. It is only a dainty tournament, a sham fight, forgotten when the smoke clears away. Real books are like Yorktown or Waterloo, whose cannon shook continents at the moment, and echo down the centuries. Through such channels Parker poured his thoughts. And true hearts leaped to his side. No man's brain ever made him warmer friends; no man's heart ever held them firmer. He loved to speak of how many hands he had, in every city, in every land, ready to work for him. With royal serenity he levied on all. Vassal hearts multiplied the great chief's powers. And at home the gentlest and deepest love, saintly, unequa
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
tion. Without the excitement of love or wine, with simply the pent — up physical energy of two days inaction during a storm, they dance like Maenads or Bacchanals; their whole bodies dance; in the pauses between the figures they throb and tremble all over, as they keep time to the music; sometimes solitary, uncouth men who are not dancing begin to whirl and frisk alone by themselves in corners, unnoticing and unnoticed. In each set there are mingled grim and war-worn faces, looking old as Waterloo, with merely childish faces from school, and there is such an absorption, such a passionate delight, that one would say dancing must be a reminiscence of the felicity of Adam before Eve appeared, never to be seen in its full zest while a woman mingled in it. It is something that seems wholly contrary to all theories of social enjoyment; and then to think that these New Englanders are called grave and unenjoying! In all the really rustic entertainments I have ever seen, from Katahdin to Ka
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 4: the New York period (search)
score, all men of note, some good and some bad — and most of whom certainly thought that they attracted more attention than they did — Volney and Cobbett and Tom Moore, and the two Michaux, and the Abbe Correa, and Jeffrey, and others: the muster roll of whose names I might call over, if I had the memory of Baron Trenck, and my readers the taste of a catalogue-making librarian. Have we not jostled ex-kings and ex-empresses and ex-nobles in Broadway; trod on the toes of exotic naturalists, Waterloo marshals, and great foreign academicians, at the parties of young ladies; and seen more heroes and generals all over town than would fill a new Iliad? Griswold's Republican Court, p. 448. It is worth while to lay so much stress upon the composite character of this new society because it helps to account for the sort of literature New York was to produce. These French exiles could not help imparting an additional lightness and vivacity and polish to the manners of their American hosts;
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1, Condensed history of regiments., Eighth battery Massachusetts Light Artillery (Militia). (search)
le of Manassas Aug. 30, 1862, and at Chantilly, Va., September 1. On September 14 it was engaged at South Mountain, Md., losing 1 man killed and 4 wounded. At the battle of Antietam, Md., it was actively engaged during the day and evening of September 17 and until late in the afternoon of the 18th. It was encamped near the mouth of Antietam Creek until October 5, ordered then to Washington, D. C., it remained there until October 21 when it advanced and joined its division at Pleasant Valley, Va. On this march a detachment of the battery passing through Hyattstown, Md., surprised and captured a party of Confederate cavalry with recruits and horses. It engaged on the march through Virginia from October 26 to November 11, encamping during the time at Lovettsville, Waterford, Philomont, Rectortown, Orleans and Waterloo, remaining at the latter camp until it was ordered to Washington where it was mustered out, its term of service having expired, and left for Massachusetts Nov. 29, 1862.
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