Vermont in the Civil War: A History of the Part Taken by the Vermont Soldiers and Sailors in the War for the Union, 1861-5, Volume 1

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Free Press Association, 1886 - United States
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Page 382 - In one word, I would not take any risk of being entangled upon the river, like an ox jumped half over a fence and liable to be torn by dogs front and rear without a fair chance to gore one way or kick the other.
Page 497 - This, I think, is exactly right, as to how our forces should move. But please look over the despatches you may have received from here, even since you made that order, and discover, if you can, that there is any idea in the head of any one here, of " putting our army south of the enemy," or of "following him to the death
Page 18 - I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate, and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and existence of our national Union, and the perpetuity of popular government, and to redress wrongs already long enough endured.
Page 533 - Hill the cavalry gave way, but it was flanked. This would have been remedied if the troops had remained steady, but a panic seized them at the idea of being flanked, and, without being defeated, they broke, many of them fleeing shamefully. The artillery was not captured by the enemy, but abandoned by the infantry. My troops are very much shattered, the men very much exhausted, and many of them without shoes...
Page 497 - I want Sheridan put in command of all the troops in the field, with instructions to put himself south of the enemy and follow him to the death. Wherever the enemy goes, let our troops go also.
Page 449 - The enemy's most savage sallies were directed to retake the famous salient, which had now become an angle of death, and presented a spectacle ghastly and terrible. On the Confederate side of the works lay many corpses of those who had been bayoneted hy Hancock's men when they first leaped the intrenchments.
Page 566 - Providence, his routed army was reorganized, a great national disaster averted, and a brilliant victory achieved over the rebels for the third time in pitched battle within thirty days, Philip H.
Page 329 - Smith, with the other division, was ordered to retake the cornfields and woods which all day had been so hotly contested. It was done in the handsomest style. His Maine and Vermont regiments, and the rest, went forward on the run, and cheering as they went, swept like an avalanche through the cornfields, fell upon the woods, cleared them in ten minutes, and held them. They were not again retaken. The field and its ghastly harvest which the Reaper had gathered in those fatal hours remained finally...
Page 15 - The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts...
Page 448 - ... and continue the deadly work. . . . Several times during the day the Rebels would show a white flag about the works, and when our fire slackened, jump over and surrender, and others were crowded down to fill their places. ... It was there that the somewhat celebrated tree was cut off by bullets ; there that the brush and logs were cut to pieces and whipped into basket-stuff ; . . . there that the Rebel ditches and cross-sections were filled with dead men several deep. ... I was at the angle the...

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