My Days and Nights on the Battle-field

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Estes and Lauriat, 1887 - Battles - 312 pages
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Page 34 - Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die, Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Page 137 - Yours of this date, proposing armistice and appointment of Commissioners to settle terms of capitulation, is just received. No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.
Page 212 - ... in attempting to mount the last ridge, we were met by a fire from a whole line of batteries, protected by infantry, and assisted by shells from the gunboats.
Page 155 - As Governor of your State, and Commander-inChief of its army, I call upon every able-bodied man of the State, without regard to age, to enlist in its service. I command him who can obtain a weapon, to march with our armies. I ask him who can repair or forge an arm, to make it ready at once for the soldier.
Page 168 - Beauregard soon warmed with his subject, and, throwing off his cloak, to give free play to his arms, he walked about the group, gesticulating rapidly, and jerking out his sentences with a strong French accent. All listened attentively, and the dim light, just revealing their countenances, showed their different emotions of confidence or distrust of his plans.
Page 202 - Ruggles* division), which was in rear of its true position, and threw them forward to attack this same point. A very heavy fire soon opened, and after a short conflict, this command fell back in considerable disorder. Rallying the different regiments by means of my staff officers and escort, they were twice more moved to the attack, only to be driven back by the enemy's sharpshooters occupying the thick cover.
Page 85 - Because I was fully determined to capture the Fort or go to the bottom.
Page 240 - SOLDIERS: We are strangers, commander and commanded, each to the other. Let me tell you who I am. I am a general made by Beauregard ; a general selected by Beauregard and Bragg for this command when they knew it was in peril. They have known me for twenty years ; together we have stood on the fields of Mexico. Give them your confidence now ; give it to me when I have earned it. "Soldiers, the Mississippi valley is intrusted to your courage, to your discipline,, to your patience. Exhibit the vigilance...
Page 205 - Passing through camp after camp, rich in military spoils of every kind, the enemy was driven headlong from every position, and thrown in confused masses upon the river bank, behind his heavy artillery, and under cover of his gunboats at the landing. He had left nearly the whole of his light artillery in our hands, and some...
Page 168 - Johnston stood apart from the rest, with his tall, straight form standing out like a spectre aguinst the dim sky, and the illusion was fully sustained by the light-gray military cloak which he folded around him. His face was pale, but wore a determined expression, and at times he drew nearer the centre of the ring, and said a few words, which were listened to with great attention.

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