Fifty Years in Camp and Field: Diary of Major-General Ethan Allen Hitchcock, U.S.A.

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1909 - Mexican War, 1846-1848 - 514 pages
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Page 235 - For myself, I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day regard the war, which resulted, as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation.
Page 83 - ... his hand to me and to all of the officers and chiefs that were around him ; and shook hands with us all in dead silence ; and also with his wives and his little children ; he made a signal for them to lower him down upon his bed, which was done, and he then slowly drew from his war-belt, his scalping-knife, which he firmly grasped in his right hand, laying it across the other, on his breast, and in a moment smiled away his last breath, without a struggle or a groan.
Page 21 - I ordered him to deliver to me the fort instantly ; he asked me by what authority I demanded it. I answered him, " In the name of the great Jehovah, and the Continental Congress.
Page 20 - I found myself under a necessity to attack the fort, before the rear could cross the lake ; and, as it was viewed hazardous, I harangued the officers and soldiers in the manner following: "Friends and fellow soldiers: You have, for a number of years past, been a scourge and terror to arbitrary power.
Page 20 - I ran immediately toward him, and he retreated through the covered way into the parade within the garrison, gave a halloo, and ran under a bomb-proof. My party who followed me into the fort I formed on the parade in such a manner as to face the two barracks, which faced each other. The garrison being asleep, except the sentries, we gave three huzzas, which greatly surprised them. One of the sentries made a pass at one of my officers with a charge bayonet, and slightly wounded him.
Page 20 - Friends and fellow soldiers, You have, for a number of years past been a scourge and terror to arbitrary power. Your valor has been famed abroad, and acknowledged, as appears by the advice and orders to me, from the General Assembly of Connecticut, to surprise and take the garrison now before us. I now propose to advance before you, and, in person, conduct you through the wicket-gate...
Page 90 - We first saw some broken and scattered bones ; then a cart, the two oxen of which were lying dead, as if they had fallen asleep, their yokes still on them ; a little to the right, one or two horses were seen. We then came to a small enclosure, made by felling trees in such a manner as to form a triangular breast-work for defence.
Page 21 - The garrison being asleep, except the sentries, we gave three huzzas, which greatly surprised them. One of the sentries made a pass at one of my officers with a charged bayonet, and slightly wounded him. My first thought was to kill him with my sword, but in an instant I altered the design and fury of the blow to a slight cut on the side of the head ; upon which he dropped his gun and asked quarters, which I readily granted him ; and demanded the place where the commanding officer kept.
Page 122 - ... friend. He abused our women and children, and told us to go from the land. Still he gave me his hand in friendship. We took it. Whilst taking it he had a snake in the other. His tongue was forked. He lied and stung us. I asked but for a small piece of these lands, enough to plant and to live upon, far south — a spot where I could lay the ashes of my kindred. And even this has not been granted to me. I feel the irons in my heart.
Page 20 - I now propose to advance before you, and in person conduct you through the wicket gate ; for we must this morning either quit our pretensions to valor, or possess ourselves of this fortress in a few minutes ; and inasmuch as it is a desperate attempt, which none but the bravest of men dare' undertake, I do not urge it on any contrary to his will. You that will undertake voluntarily, poise your firelock.

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