Battle Field and Prison Pen, Or Through the War, and Thrice a Prisioner in Rebel Dungeons

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Edgewood, 1882 - 484 pages
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Page 87 - In short, the idea of uniting the two wings of the army in time to make a vigorous pursuit of the enemy, with the prospect of overtaking him before he reached Richmond, only five miles distant from the field of battle, is simply absurd, and was, I presume, never for a moment seriously entertained by any one connected with the army of the Potomac.
Page 192 - ... Whatever fatigues and sacrifices we may be called upon to undergo, let us have in view constantly the magnitude of the interests involved, and let each man determine to do his duty, leaving to an all-controlling Providence the decision of the contest. It is with just diffidence that I relieve in the command of this army an eminent and accomplished soldier, whose name must ever appear conspicuous in the history of its achievements ; but I rely upon the hearty support of my companions in arms to...
Page 455 - Jesus, Thou Prince of Life, Thy chosen cannot die : Like Thee, they conquer in the strife, To reign with Thee on high.
Page 405 - Darling was borne one day — Somebody's Darling, so young and so brave, Wearing yet on his pale, sweet face, Soon to be hid by the dust of the grave, The lingering light of his boyhood's grace. Matted and damp are the curls of gold, Kissing the snow of the fair young brow Pale are the lips of delicate mould — Somebody's Darling is dying now.
Page 191 - By direction of the President of the United States, I hereby assume command of the Army of the Potomac. As a soldier, in obeying this order — an order totally unexpected and unsolicited — I have no promises or pledges to make. The country looks to this army to relieve it from the devastation and disgrace of the hostile invasion.
Page 455 - It is not death to bear The wrench that sets us free From dungeon chain, to breathe the air Of boundless liberty.
Page 28 - But," — and this he said rising on his feet and extending his arm, " if the Southern States attempt to secede from this Union without further cause, I am in favor of their having just so many slaves, and just so much slave territory, as they can hold at the point of the bayonet — and no more !" Wilkinson's Veteran Minnesota Regiment.
Page 342 - I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked oft* the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Page 184 - President of the United States, and commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States, do hereby appoint William W. Holden provisional governor of the State of North Carolina...
Page 20 - All but four barrels were thus disposed of, and those remaining were wrapped in many thicknesses of wet woolen blankets. But three cartridges were left, and these were in the guns. About this time the flag-staff of Fort Sumter was shot down, some fifty feet from the truck, this being the ninth time that it had been struck by a shot. The men cried out, 'The flag is down; it has been shot away!

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