Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, Volume 6

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1882 - Chancellorsville (Va.), Battle of, 1863 - 243 pages
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Page 112 - Toombs said, which he did not say, that he would call the roll of his slaves at the foot of Bunker Hill...
Page 201 - Michigan and other regiments as he could get together, charged in with their sabres. For minutes, which seemed like hours, amid the clashing of the sabres, the rattle of the small arms, the frenzied imprecations, the demands to surrender, the undaunted replies and the appeals for mercy, the Confederate column stood its ground.
Page 27 - I assert that when a force is not deployed, but is struck suddenly and violently on its flank, resistance is impracticable. Not Napoleon's Old Guard, not the best and bravest troops that ever existed, could hold together in such a case, for the first men assailed are — to use a homely but expressive word — driven into a huddle ; and a huddle cannot fight, for it has no front and no organization. Under such circumstances, the men have but a choice of two evils, — either to stay where they are...
Page 22 - We have good reason to suppose that the enemy is moving to our right. Please advance your pickets, for purposes of observation, as far as may be safe, in order to obtain timely information of their approach.
Page 22 - If he should throw himself upon your flank, he wishes you to examine the ground and determine upon the position you will take in that event, in order that you may be prepared for him in whatever direction he advances. He suggests that you have heavy reserves well in hand to meet this contingency. The right of your line does not appear to be strong enough. No artificial...
Page 206 - General Alexander, the same officer to whom General "Annals of the War, page 431. GENERAL ALEXANDER'S OPINION. 429 Longstreet referred to in a previous quotation, as having charge of his artillery, says in a communication to the " Southern Historical Papers " : " I have always believed that the enemy here lost the greatest opportunity they ever had of routing Lee's army by a prompt offensive.
Page 207 - ... the Reserves, in the charge made upon them, with scarcely any resistance. This probability is further strengthened in the following statement made to General Crawford by Colonel Semmes, who commanded a Georgia brigade in the engagement with the Reserves already referred to. Colonel Semmes, says : " There was much confusion in our army so far as my observation extended, and I think we would have made but feeble resistance if you had pressed on, on the evening of the third.
Page 168 - Barnes' division, which Sykes had ordered forward, formed for a charge and about to go to the relief of De Trobriand, who held the center of Birney's line and who was sorely beset. Without losing a moment he rode down the slope, over to Barnes, took the responsibility of detaching Vincent's brigade and hurried it back to take post on Little Round Top. He then sent a staff officer to inform General Meade of what he had done and to represent the immense importance of holding this commanding point.
Page 207 - ... the enemy's guns could rake for two miles. Is it necessary now to add any statement as to the superiority of the Federal force, or the exhausted and shattered condition of the Confederates for a space of at least a mile in their very center, to show that a great opportunity was thrown away? I think...
Page 201 - ... new and desperate exertions were required to stem its progress. There was little time to act, but every sabre that could be brought forward was used. As Hampton came on, our artillery under Pennington and Randol made terrible gaps in his ranks. Chester's section kept firing canister until the rebels were within fifty yards of him. The enemy were temporarily stopped by a desperate charge on their flank, made by only sixteen men of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, under Captains Treichel and Rogers,...

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