The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1906 - United States - 519 pages
 

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Page 201 - I cannot presume to express all that is due to officers and men of the Twentieth Regiment for the unflinching bravery and splendid discipline shown in the execution of this order. Platoon after platoon was swept away, but the head of the column did not falter. Ninety-seven officers and men were killed and wounded in the space of about fifty yards.
Page 167 - On going upon the field I found that General Hooker's corps had been dispersed and routed. I passed him some distance in the rear, where he had been carried wounded, but I saw nothing of his corps at all as I was advancing with my command on the field. There were some troops lying down on the left which I took to belong to Mansfield's command. In the meantime General Mansfield had been killed, and a portion of his corps (formerly Banks's) had also been thrown into confusion.
Page 42 - FERRY, October 22d— 11:50. 5 ED BAKER, COMMANDING BRIGADE — COLONEL : I am informed that the force of the enemy is about four thousand, all told. If you can push them, you may do so as far as to have a strong position near Leesburg, if you can keep them before you, avoiding their batteries. If they pass Leesburg and take the Gum Springs Road, you will not follow far, but seize the first good position to cover that road.
Page 64 - Of every river, lake, and plain ; Proud of the calm and earnest men Who claim the right and will to reign. Proud of the men who gave us birth, Who battled with the stormy wave, To sweep the red man from the earth, And build their homes upon his grave. Proud of the holy summer morn, They traced in blood upon its sod ; The rights of freemen yet unborn, Proud of their language and their God. Proud, that beneath our proudest dome, And round the cottage-cradled hearth...
Page 179 - The order assigning General Burnside to command was received at General Lee's headquarters, then at Culpeper Court House, about twenty-four hours after it reached Warrenton, though not through official courtesy. General Lee, on receiving the news, said he regretted to part with McClellan, " For," he added, " we always understood each other so well. I fear they may continue to make these changes till they find some one whom I don't understand.
Page 374 - ... high pitch of enthusiasm and animated by a sudden presentiment of victory, obstacles were not considered. With loud cheering, the troops rushed forward, broke down and burst through the abatis, and in a moment the first wave of this human tide swept over the crest and dropped down on the farther side of the intrenchments. The men had seen much close and hard fighting, but now they were in the midst of the enemy and for the first time were making quick and sharp use of the bayonet and clubbed...
Page 64 - And while this crazy wherry floats "Let's save our wounded," cries Revere. Old State — some souls are rudely sped — This record for thy Twentieth Corps, — Imprisoned, wounded, dying, dead, It only asks,
Page 172 - ... and shell, and the very earth was furrowed by the incessant impact of lead and iron. The blessed night came, and brought with it sleep and forgetfulness and refreshment to many ; but the murmur of the night wind, breathing over fields of wheat and clover, was mingled with the groans of the countless sufferers of both armies.
Page 64 - Proud of the calm and earnest men Who claim the right and will to reign. Proud of the men who gave us birth, Who battled with the stormy wave, To sweep the red man from the earth, And build their homes upon his grave. Proud of the holy summer morn They traced in blood upon its sod; The rights of freemen yet unborn: Proud of their language and their God. Proud that beneath our proudest dome And round the cottage-cradled hearth, There is a welcome and a home For every stricken race on earth.
Page 27 - Made a feint of crossing at this place this afternoon, and at the same time started a reconnoitring party towards Leesburg from Harrison's island. The enemy's pickets retired to intrenchments. Report of reconnoitring party not yet received. I have means of crossing one hundred and twenty-five men once in ten minutes at each of two points. River falling slowly.

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