Gen. John Glover and His Marblehead Regiment in the Revolutionary War: A Paper Read Before the Marblehead Historical Society, May 14, 1903

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The Society, 1903 - Massachusetts - 56 pages
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Page 51 - Chief had drawn up his little army to cross it, and had seen the powerful current bearing onward the floating masses of ice, which threatened destruction to whosoever should venture upon . its bosom. I wish that when this occurrence threatened to defeat the enterprise, they could have heard that distinguished warrior demand
Page 49 - ... Shepherd, posted behind a fine double stone wall ; he rose up and fired by grand divisions, by which he kept up a constant fire, and maintained his post till he exchanged seventeen rounds with them, and caused them to retreat several times ; once in particular so far that a soldier of Colonel Shepherd's leaped over the wall and took a hat and canteen off of a Captain that lay dead on the ground they retreated from.
Page 49 - Ferry, after fighting all day without victuals or drink, laying as a picket all night, the heavens over us, and the earth under us, which was all we had, having left our baggage at the old encampment, we left in the morning.
Page 48 - ... them, and kept the ground till we exchanged five rounds. Their body being much larger than mine, and having two men killed and several wounded, which weakened my party, the enemy pushing forward not more than thirty yards distant, I ordered a retreat, which was masterly well done by the Captain who commanded the party. The enemy gave a shout and advanced ; Colonel Reed's, laying under cover of a stone wall undiscovered till they came within thirty yards, then rose up and gave them the whole charge...
Page 47 - Lee, who was about three miles distant, and without waiting his orders, turned out the brigade I have the honour to command, and very luckily for us I did, as it turned out afterwards, the enemy having stole a march one and a half miles on us. I marched down to oppose their landing with about...
Page 35 - ... effect (it gives a spring, and animates our spirits) to have our friends to look at, and consult with ; at the same time they would have an opportunity of seeing for themselves, as well as seeing the pleasure we enjoy in a camp life ; but more of this the next Tuesday night's club, at a meeting when all the members are present, a good fire, pipes, tobacco, wine and good punch — that's the place to talk matters over, not in this house made of hemp (I have quitted my log house mentioned in my...
Page 48 - Major,) bringing up the rear with the three field-pieces of artillery. Thus disposed of, I rode forward — (oh ! the anxiety of mind I was then in for the fate of the day, — the lives of seven hundred and fifty men immediately at hazard, and under God their preservation entirely depended on their being well disposed of; besides this, my country, my honour, my own life, and every thing that was dear, appeared at that critical moment to be at stake — I would have given a thousand worlds to have...
Page 52 - ... men in their respective regiments, distinguishing those who are sick, wounded, or absent on furlough, and also the quantity of ammunition each Regiment now has.
Page 51 - WILL LEAD us ON?' and seen the men of Marblehead, and Marblehead alone, stand forward to lead the army along the perilous path to unfading glories and honors in the achievements of Trenton. There, sir, went the fishermen of Marblehead, alike at home upon land or water, alike ardent, patriotic, and unflinching, whenever they unfurled the flag of the country...
Page 28 - While historians sometimes have failed to make note of Glover's services at Pelham Bay, at least two American generals did. General Lee sent his warmest thanks to Glover and his brigade, "not only for their gallant behavior yesterday, but for their prudent, cool and orderly and soldierlike conduct in all respects.

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