The Twenty-fourth Regiment, Massachusuetts Volunteers, 1861-1866, "New England Guard Regiment,"

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Twenty-fourth veteran association, 1907 - United States - 573 pages
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Page 284 - He is gone on the mountain, He is lost to the forest, Like a summer-dried fountain, When our need was the sorest. The font reappearing, From the rain-drops shall borrow, But to us comes no cheering, To Duncan no morrow ! The hand of the reaper Takes the ears that are hoary, But the voice of the weeper Wails manhood in glory. The autumn winds rushing Waft the leaves that are...
Page 200 - twas a pleasant thought to bring its symbol here ; 'Tis but the fool that loves excess — hast thou a drunken soul, Thy bane is in thy shallow skull, not in my silver bowl! I love the memory of the past — its pressed yet fragrant flowers — The moss that clothes its broken walls — the...
Page 231 - It is with no ordinary feeling of gratification and pride that the Brigadier-General commanding is enabled to congratulate this Army upon the signal success which has crowned the enterprise in which it has been engaged. Fort Sumter is destroyed. The scene where our country's flag suffered its first dishonor you have made the theatre of one of its proudest triumphs. The fort has been in the possession of the enemy for more than two years, has been his pride and boast, has been strengthened by every...
Page 232 - ... fleet the world ever saw. But it has yielded to your courage and patient labor. Its walls are now crumbled to ruins, its formidable batteries are silenced, and, though a hostile flag still floats over it, the fort is a harmless and helpless wreck.* Forts Wagner and Gregg — works rendered memorable by their protracted resistance and the sacrifice of life they have cost — have also been wrested from the enemy by your persevering courage and skill, and the graves of your fallen comrades rescued...
Page 283 - Bluff intrenchments; he could not move to turn them, and he could not fall back to his Bermuda Hundred lines or to a new position on the river without abandoning his campaign against Richmond with the Army of the James. In other words, he was completely paralyzed so far as concerned offensive operations.
Page 232 - ... country's flag and the Rebellion itself was inaugurated. To you, the officers and soldiers of this command, and to the gallant navy which has co-operated with you are due the thanks of your commander and your country. You were called upon to encounter untold privations and dangers, to undergo unremitting and exhausting labors, to sustain severe and disheartening reverses. How nobly your patriotism and zeal have responded to the call the results of the campaign will show and your commanding general...
Page 449 - Aye, bring back the banners and fold them in rest ! They have wrought their high mission, their holy behest! Stained with blood, scorched with flame, hanging tattered and torn, Yet dearer, by far, than when, bright, they were borne By brave hearts to glory ! As we gaze at their tatters, what battle-fields rise, Fields flashing in deeds of sullimest emprise?
Page 180 - Caroline, Caroline, child of the sun, We can never forget that our hearts have been one, — Our foreheads both sprinkled in Liberty's name, From the fountain of blood with the finger of flame! You were always too ready to fire at a touch; But we said, "She is hasty,— she does not mean much.
Page 219 - Captain Randlett commanding. Sixty-seven prisoners were captured. They were afraid to retire on account of their own torpedoes, as they informed us, and had too little time, even if there had been no torpedoes. No works, excepting rude rifle-pits in the excellent natural cover afforded by the ridge, were found. Sand-bags of a superior quality had been freely used for loopholes and traverses. The moment the ridge was gained the work of intrenching was begun under the superintendence of Capt.
Page 369 - ... Waving his sword, he called aloud cheerily, " Come on, boys, come on ! " then turned to the color-sergeant just emerging from the thicket, that he might rally the men on the regimental standard. As he did so, a bullet passed through his lungs ; and, as he fell on his side, he was pierced yet again and again by the thick-coming shot. His death was as by the lightning's stroke. His eyes scarce turned from their glance at the tattered, dear old flag, ere DEATH.

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