My Days and Nights on the Battle-field: A Book for Boys

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Ticknor and Fields, 1864 - United States - 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 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 152 - In vain thy rampart, Donelson, The living torrent bars ; It leaps the wall, the fort is won, Up go the Stripes and Stars. "Thy proudest mother's eyelids fill, As dares her gallant boy, And Plymouth Rock and Bunker Hill Yearn to thee — Illinois.
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 151 - God bless thee, Illinois!" Oh, awful hours, when grape and shell Tore through the unflinching line! "Stand firm ! Remove the men who fell? Close up, and wait the sign!
Page 85 - Because I was fully determined to capture the Fort or go to the bottom.
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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