War History of the Old First Virginia Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia

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W.E. Jones, printer, 1884 - United States - 87 pages
 

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Page 52 - GENERAL — I take great pleasure in presenting to you my congratulations upon the conduct of the men of your corps. I believe that they will carry any thing they are put against. We tried very hard to stop Pickett's men from capturing the breastworks of the enemy, but could not do it. I hope his loss has been small.
Page 29 - Virginia, which opened the ball at Bull Run on the 17th of July, 1861, with over six hundred men, now reduced to less than eighty members, is winning new laurels ; but out of the little handful more than a third have already bit the dust.
Page 38 - General, your men have done all that men could do, the fault is entirely my own."), and Robert A. Bright, "Pickett's Charge. The Story of It as Told by a Member of His Staff,
Page 63 - Regiments of Virginia Infantry. Let us ever remember also as honored comrades, though now separated from us, the noble SEVENTEENTH Virginia, identified with us by two years of common toils and achievements. It were enough of honor to have shared the fortunes of any of these regiments. Any soldier might well be proud to possess the command of them all. Stouter heroes have not trod the field of battle. In your torn flags, your scarred persons, your rolls of gallant dead, you bear memorials of a long...
Page 28 - ... delivered a destructive volley into the enemy's ranks on our left, and pushed forward to the charge. The valiant Patton led the heroic Seventh Virginia. Its list of casualties in officers and men gives proof they were where the battle raged fiercely. Colonel Patton, Lieutenant-Colonel Florence, Major Swindler, and Adjutant Patton all fell, severely wounded in this brilliant onset. The ever-ready First, as usual, did its work manfully. Major Clements, with the war-worn Eleventh, moved forward...
Page 28 - ... usual, did its work manfully. Major Clements, with the war-worn Eleventh, moved forward with veteran firmness. The Seventeenth, led by the ardent LieutenantColonel Marye, advanced in perfect line. Just before reaching the battery Colonel Marye fell, wounded severely (leg since amputated), and, under the command of the intrepid Major Herbert, the regiment continued the charge. The charge was a success, the enemy was driven from his guns, his infantry supports scattered, and his battery taken....
Page 28 - Colonel Skinner (First Virginia), dashing forward in advance of the whole line, was the first to reach the battery, and I saw him dealing deadly blows with his sabre to the Yankee gunners. The steady veteran Terry, with the gallant Twenty- fourth, delivered a destructive volley into the enemy's ranks on our left, and pushed forward to the charge. The valiant Patton led the heroic Seventh Virginia. Its list of casualties in officers and men gives proof they were where the battle raged fiercely. Colonel...
Page 11 - The heavy part of this fight was made by the old First Regiment, so that it can well claim to have done more towards the success of the First Manassas than any one regiment.
Page 54 - City Point. In the attempt to pass the obstructions in our front all except one, the Fredericksburg, ran aground. She succeeded in doing considerable damage to the enemy's vessels. During that night a heavy demonstration was made by our troops, and the next day the enemy's monitors arrived and opened on our ironclads, which were aground in the river. A small wooden gun-boat, the Drewry, was blown up by them.
Page 58 - I4th we started about 12 o'clock, and marched within four miles of Ashland, where we halted in line of battle. General Longstreet was in command of the force of which our division was the main part. On the next day the Fifteenth Virginia regiment had a sharp skirmish with Sheridan's cavalry at Ashland.

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