War Talks of Confederate Veterans

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Fenn & Owen, 1892 - United States - 335 pages

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Page 282 - Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volleyed and thundered.
Page 166 - ... pressed by the first brigade, which was immediately in rear, it was equally impossible to move by the flank, by any command, around the Crater. Before the brigade commanders could realize the situation the two brigades became inextricably mixed, in the desire to look into the hole.
Page 210 - I stood where I could keep one eye on the adversary whilst I directed my own command, which every moment was in fearful peril if the enemy should advance whilst the two brigades were moving, and the larger part of them were still in the covered way. " A moment's survey of the situation impressed me with the belief, so crowded were the enemy and his flags — eleven flags in less than one hundred yards — that he was greatly disordered but present in large force.
Page 166 - The whole scene of the explosion struck every one dumb with astonishment as we arrived at the crest of the debris. It was impossible for the troops of the second brigade to move forward in line, as they had advanced; and, owing to the broken state they were in— every man crowding up to look into the hole...
Page 166 - Confederates who were still occupying the traverses and intrenchments to the right and left of the crater. These men had been awakened by the noise and shock of the explosion, and during the interval before the attack had recovered their equanimity, and when the Union troops attempted to reform on the enemy's side of the crater, they had faced about and delivered a fire into the backs of our men. This coming so unexpectedly caused the forming line to fall back into the crater.
Page 89 - October, almost in General Lee's presence, in a desperate charge of his brigade on the enemy's lines in the rear of Fort Harrison), turning his horse towards General Lee, remonstrated with him. Just then I called his attention to General Longstreet, whom he had been seeking, and who sat on his horse on a knoll to the right of the Texans, directing the attack of his divisions. He yielded with evident reluctance to the entreaties of his men, and rode up to Longstreet's position.
Page 171 - I passed over there, and was confirmed in the judgment which I had held previously from mounting the parapet. The crater was full of men; they were lying all around, and every point that would give cover to a man was occupied. There was no movement towards Cemetery hill; the troops were all in confusion and lying down. I asked one or two officers there if an attempt had been made to move on Cemetery hill. They said the attempt had been made, but it had failed. I then said,
Page 89 - ... behavior, General Lee spurred his horse through an opening in the trenches and followed close on their line as it moved rapidly forward. The men did not perceive that he was going with them until they had advanced some distance in the charge; when they did, there came from the entire line, as it rushed on, the cry, "Go back, General Lee! Go back!
Page 128 - Petersburgers, in times of peace, the beatific vision of Sussex hams and Southampton brandy. This work, intended to accommodate two pieces of artillery, but then all innocent of ordnance, was accompanied by a line of low breastworks running out on either flank to afford shelter to such infantry as might be destined to support the guns, while beyond, on each side, lay a level and accessible country, inviting easy approach to man or beast. There was nothing in the character of the position to give...
Page 129 - ... yards, I presume — it was perfectly evident that twenty thousand cavalry, or any respectable minority of the same, would make short work of us. In conformity to universal civilized precedent, the major addressed us a word of cheer and counsel before he assigned us our position; but there was eloquence incomparably superior to all the witchery of words in the hundred homes which stood but a scant cannon-shot behind us, and in the reflection that, according as we did our devoir, there might be,...

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