Memorial Sketch of Lieutenant Edgar M. Newcomb, of the Nineteenth Massachusetts Volunteers

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A. B. Weymouth
New Library Press, 1883 - Massachusetts - 184 pages
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Page 101 - T was such a night two weary summers fled ; The stars, as now, were waning overhead. Listen ! Again the shrill-lipped bugles blow Where the swift currents of the river flow Past Fredericksburg : far off the heavens are red With sudden conflagration : on yon height, Linstock in hand, the gunners hold their breath : A signal-rocket pierces the dense night, Flings its spent stars upon the town beneath : Hark ! — the artillery massing on the right, Hark ! — the black squadrons wheeling down to Death...
Page 126 - How calm and blest, The dead now rest, Who in the Lord departed; All their works do follow them, Yea, they sleep glad-hearted. Oh ! Blessed Kock! Soon grant Thy flock To see Thy Sabbath morning ! Strife and pain will all be past When that day is dawning.
Page 133 - And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
Page 7 - shows that the establishment of this school is largely due to John Cotton, who brought to this country a knowledge of the High School which was founded by Philip and Mary in 1554 in Boston, in Lincolnshire, England, in which Latin and Greek were taught.
Page 129 - Latin-School boy, which was procured by the graduates of the school to honor those who had honored her, and especially to commemorate those who had fallen in defending their country. This statue represents the Alma Mater of the school, resting on a shield which bears the names of the dead heroes, and extending a laurel crown to those who returned from the war.
Page 103 - Massachusetts, two small regiments, numbering In all about four hundred men, were selected for the purpose. "The plan was, that they should take the pontoon boats of the first bridge, of which there were ten lying on the bank of the river, waiting to be added to the half finished bridge, cross over in them, and landing, drive out the rebels. "Nothing could be more admirable or more gallant than the execution of this daring feat. Rushing down...
Page 104 - Now, if ever, is the rebels' opportunity. Crack! crack! crack! from fifty lurking places go rebel rifles at the gallant fellows, who, stooping low in the boat, seek to avoid the fire. The murderous work was well done. Lustily, however, pull the oarsmen.
Page 103 - Towards noon the curtain rolled up, and we saw that it was indeed so. Fredericksburg was in conflagration. Tremendous though this firing had been, and terrific though its effect obviously was on the town, it had not accomplished the object intended. It was found by our gunners almost impossible to obtain a sufficient depression of their pieces to shell the front part of the city, and the rebel sharp-shooters were still comparatively safe behind the thick stone walls of the houses. " During the thick...
Page 103 - Mingled satisfaction and awe was upon every face. But what was tantalizing, was, that though a great deal could be heard, nothing could be seen, the city being still enveloped in fog and mist. Only a denser pillar of smoke defining itself on the background of the fog, indicated where the town had been fired by our shells.
Page 104 - Nothing could be more admirable or more gallant than the execution of this daring feat. Rushing down the steep banks of the river, the party found temporary shelter behind the pontoon boats lying scattered on the bank, and behind the piles of planking destined for the covering of the bridge, behind rocks, etc. In this situation they acted some fifteen or twenty minutes as sharp-shooters, they and the rebels...

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