History of the Forty-second Regiment Infantry: Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862, 1863, 1864

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Mills, Knight & Company, printers, 1886 - United States - 465 pages
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Page 181 - The surplus prisoners not exchanged shall not be permitted to take up arms again, nor to serve as military police or constabulary force in any fort, garrison, or field work held by either of the respective parties, nor as guarde of prisons, depots, or stores, nor to discharge any duty usually performed by soldiers, until exchanged under the provisions of this cartel.
Page 118 - I have the honor to be, with much respect, your obedient servant, "JC FREMONT, "Lieut. Colonel, Mounted Riflemen. "Brigadier-General SW KEARNEY, Commanding, &c.
Page 114 - Orleans, to which place one of their steam transports was dispatched during the action. I knew that a large naval force might be expected to return in a few days. I therefore ordered the employment, at high wages, of all the available mechanics to repair the Harriet Lane, her main shaft having been dislocated and her iron wheel greatly disabled, so that the engine could not work The United States flags were ordered to remain flying on the custom-house and at the mastheads of the ships, so as to attract...
Page 357 - We are at all points upon the threshold of his fortifications. One more advance, and they are ours. For the last duty that victory imposes, the Commanding General summons the bold men of the Corps to the organization of a Storming Column of a thousand men, to vindicate the Flag of the Union and the memory of its defenders who have fallen...
Page 357 - ... men to vindicate the flag of the Union and the memory of its defenders who have fallen. Let them come forward. Officers who lead the column of victory in this last assault may be assured of the just recognition of their services by promotion, and every officer and soldier who shares its perils and its glory, shall receive a medal fit to commemorate the first grand success of the campaign of 1863 for the freedom of the Mississippi. His name will be placed in general orders upon the roll of honor.
Page 331 - Nations whose individual heroism is undisputed, have failed as soldiers in the field. The European and American continents exhibit instances of this character, and the military prowess of every nation may be estimated by the centuries it has devoted to military contest, or the traditional passion of its people for military glory. With a race unaccustomed to military service, much more depends on the immediate influence of officers upon individual members, than with those that have acquired more or...
Page 119 - Magruder, with the circumstances attending the surrender : " After the steamer Harriet Lane had raised the white flag in token of surrender, the white flag was also raised by the Forty-Second Regiment by order of the colonel commanding; but the fire continuing for ten or fifteen minutes from the wharf and the brick building above Kuhn's Wharf, where the...
Page 115 - ... without orders sent a sailboat to Pelican Spit, now occupied by our troops, to direct the commanding officer there not to fire on our pilot boat, although she was under Yankee colors. The sailboat thus sent was at once supposed to be destined for the Yankee transport. The pilot boat gave chase to her, and the guns from the shore opened on her within hearing of the ship. Night coming on, I thought it surer, as the alarm might be taken, to...
Page 115 - Galveston, were directed to be prepared and armed with light artillery. This was done by 2 o'clock the same night, our little fleet being manned by volunteers under the command of Captain Mason, of Cook's regiment of artillery. Unfortunately the wind lulled and none but the pilot boat could reach the enemy's ship.
Page 331 - Corps il'Afriqne. to limit the regiments to the smallest number of men consistent with efficient service in the field, in order to secure the most thorough instruction and discipline, and the largest influence of the officers over the troops. At first they will be limited to five hundred men. The average of American regiments is less than that number. The Commanding General desires to detail for temporary or permanent duty the best officers of the army, for the organization, instruction and discipline...

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