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Page 246 - And once more let me tell you, it is indispensable to you that you strike a blow. I am powerless to help this. You will do me the justice to remember I always insisted that going down the bay in search of a field, instead of fighting...
Page 185 - The officers and men will remember what their country expects from them, and what a determined body of soldiers, inured to war, is capable of doing against five weak French battalions, mingled with a disorderly peasantry. The soldiers must be attentive and obedient to their officers and resolute in the execution of their duty.
Page 223 - There are two methods of reaching this point — 1st. By moving directly from Fort Monroe as a base and trusting to the roads for our supplies, at the same time landing a strong corps as near Yorktown as possible in order to turn the rebel lines of defence south of Yorktown. Then to reduce Yorktown and Gloucester by a siege in all probability, involving a delay of weeks perhaps.
Page 306 - To the English, as showing that the empire of the seas does not always afford security against invasion ; that, in the face of superior maritime forces, her possessions...
Page 184 - A vigorous blow struck by the army at this juncture may determine the fate of Canada. Our troops below are in readiness to join us. All the light artillery and tools are embarked at the Point of Levi, and the troops will land where the French seem least to expect it. The first body that gets on shore is to march directly to the enemy, and drive them from any little post they may occupy. The officers must be careful that the succeeding bodies do not, by any mistake, fire upon those who go on before...
Page 216 - Constitution, are hereby repealed, and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and the other States, under the name of the 'United States of America, is hereby dissolved.
Page 229 - Monroe (the place of departure having been changed, which caused delay,) 121,500 men, 14,592 animals, 1,150 wagons, 44 batteries, 74 ambulances, besides pontoon bridges, telegraph materials, and the enormous quantity of equipage, &c., required for an army of such magnitude.
Page 342 - ... cannot be resisted on the coast of England without a fleet to impeach it ; no, nor on the coast of France, or any other country, except every creek, port, or sandy bay had a powerful army in each of them to make opposition.
Page 225 - Leave Washington entirely secure. 3. Move the remainder of the force down the Potomac, choosing a new base at Fortress Monroe, or any-where between here and there, or, at all eveuts, move such remainder of the army at once in pursuit of the enemy by some route.
Page 244 - Our troops toiled a month in the trenches, or lay in the swamps of Warwick. We lost few men by the siege ; but disease took a fearful hold of the army, and toil and hardship, unredeemed by the excitement of combat, impaired their morale. We did not carry with us from Yorktown so good an army as we took there. Of the bitter fruits of that month gained by the enemy we have tasted to our heart's content.