Letters Written During the Civil War, 1861-1865

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Priv. Print, 1898 - Etats-Unis - 222 pages

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Page 211 - ... that none of his men leave the ranks on a march. But there is no precedent which requires guards to be placed over abandoned property in an enemy's country. Sooner or later, of course, as we advanced and occupied all of the country, it would be taken, and I would rather see it burned than to have it seized and sent North by any of the sharks who follow in the rear of a conquering army.
Page 222 - ... sufferings, its dangers and glories, have made you all nobler, better, and more self-reliant men. It -will not be with pleasure alone, that you recall the events of the past four years. With sadness you will bring to mind the appearance of this regiment as it marched out of Camp Andrew, July 8, 1861; and will think how many of the noblest and best officers and men then comprising it now fill soldiers' graves. You will cherish the memories -of these gallant men ; and, though you lament their loss,...
Page 218 - ... our gratitude to those who have elected to remain, and fight anew for that standard, so long as the American flag shall float above the American soil. " Now, Mr. Commander and Soldiers of the Second, I have not attempted by words to declare how deep is the gratitude of the Massachusetts heart toward the living, — how sacred our remembrance for the memory of the dead. Brave and true men, lean not on the speech, rely not on the assurance of the lips. Soldiers, you know that from the bottom of...
Page 221 - Banks's little army from total destruction. All of honor that can be associated with the disastrous retreat of the next day certainly belongs to you. Next came Cedar Mountain : there, with the same determined bravery, this regiment faced and fought three times its numbers ; and, in twenty minutes, lost more than one-third of its enlisted men, and more than one-half of its officers. Antietam, Chancellorsville, Beverly Ford, Gettysburg, and the great campaigns of the West, with their numerous battles...
Page 66 - I will mention some of the narrow escapes that came under my notice. Bob Shaw was struck by a minie ball, which passed through his coat and vest and dented into his watch, a very valuable gold one, shattering the works all to pieces, doing him no damage with the exception of a slight bruise ; the watch saved his life ; he has sent it home.
Page 222 - ... will think how many of the noblest and best officers and men then comprising it now fill soldiers' graves. You will cherish the memories -of these gallant men ; and, though you lament their loss, you will remember that they died in battle, bravely doing their duty, fighting for their country and the right ; and you will thank God, when . you look about you, and see peace restored to this entire country, that the sacrifice of their lives has not been in vain. The Lieutenant-Colonel commanding...
Page 212 - I might pity individual cases brought before me, but I believe that this terrible example is needed in this country, as a warning to those men in all time to come who may cherish rebellious thoughts ; I believe it is necessary in order to show the strength of this Government and thoroughly to subdue these people.
Page 137 - The next thing shown is that the commander of our army gained his position by merely brag and blow, and that when the time came to show himself, he was found without the qualities necessary for a general.
Page 119 - What do you think of the First Massachusetts Black Infantry? I suppose there is no doubt but that the regiment will be raised ; one of our captains f has had the offer of the colonelcy, and he has accepted it. As a military measure, I entirely believe in it, and I hope it will be entirely successful. It is ridiculous for persons to try and laugh this thing down ; * A ten-days' leave of absence was granted about this time and the writer went home accompanied by Captain Shaw.
Page 77 - Banks' programme. Meanwhile, the roar of musketry was perfectly deafening ; the noise of the bullets through the air was like a gale of wind; our poor men were dropping on every side, yet not one of them flinched but kept steadily at his work. Sergeant Willis of my company...

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