Hancock's Diary: Or, A History of the Second Tennessee Confederate Cavalry (Google eBook)

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Brandon printing Company, 1887 - United States - 644 pages
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Page 566 - tis gory, Yet 'tis wreathed around with glory, And 'twill live in song and story Though its folds are in the dust ! For its fame on brightest pages, Penned by poets and by sages, Shall go sounding down the ages Furl its folds though now we must...
Page 566 - Banner it is trailing, While around it sounds the wailing Of its people in their woe. For, though conquered, they adore it, Love the cold, dead hands that bore it, Weep for those who fell before it, Pardon those who trailed and tore it; And oh, wildly they deplore it, Now to furl and fold it so!
Page 566 - tis hard for us to fold it; Hard to think there's none to hold it; Hard that those who once unrolled it Now must furl it with a sigh. Furl that Banner! furl it sadly! Once ten thousands hailed it gladly, And ten thousands wildly, madly, Swore it should forever wave...
Page 121 - I found the enemy advancing through a corn field and evidently endeavoring to gain the left of the Fourth Kentucky Regiment, which was maintaining its position in a most determined manner. I directed one of my...
Page 565 - I have never, on the field of battle, sent you where I was unwilling to go myself ; nor would I now advise you to a course which I felt myself unwilling to pursue. You have been good soldiers ; you cart be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the Government to which you have surrendered can afford to be, and will be, magnanimous. " NB FORREST, Lieutenant-General" The utmost eagerness now pervaded the command to procure their paroles.
Page 566 - tis drooping dreary; Furl it, fold it, it is best, For there's not a man to wave it, And there's not a sword to save it, And there's not one left to lave it In the blood which heroes gave it, And its foes now scorn and brave it; Furl it, hide it, let it rest.
Page 564 - ... enemies. Whatever your responsibilities may be to Government, to society, or to individuals, meet them like men. The attempt made to establish a separate and independent confederation has failed, but the consciousness of having done your duty faithfully and to the end will in some measure repay for the hardships you have undergone. In bidding you farewell, rest assured that you carry with you my best wishes for your future welfare and happiness. Without in any way referring to the merits of the...
Page 404 - Hurlbut and other officers of our army, to avenge Fort Pillow, and that they would show your troops no quarter.' I believe it is true that the colored troops did take such an oath, but not in the presence of General Hurlbut. From what I can learn, this act of theirs was not influenced by any white officer, but was the result of their own sense of what was due to themselves and their fellows who had been mercilessly slaughtered.* I have no...
Page 563 - HEADQUARTERS FORREST'S CAVALRY CORPS, " GAINESVILLE, Alabama, May 9, 1865. "SOLDIERS, By an agreement made between Lieutenant-General Taylor, commanding the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, and Major-General Canby, commanding United States forces, the troops of this department have been surrendered. I do not think it proper or necessary at this time to refer to the causes which have reduced us to this extremity, nor is it now a matter of material consequence as to how such...
Page 563 - The cause for which you have so long and manfully struggled, and for which you have braved dangers, endured privations and sufferings, and made so many sacrifices, is to-day hopeless. The government which we sought to establish and perpetuate is at an end. Reason dictates and humanity demands that no more blood be shed. Fully realizing and feeling that such is the case, it is your duty and mine to lay down our arms, submit to the ' powers that be,' and to aid in restoring peace and establishing law...

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