Our Living and Our Dead from New Bern, North Carolina on May 6, 1874 · Page 1
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New Bern, North Carolina
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Itay each braTe Boldier'a heart e'er swell, Vith love for tho land whjdsre patriots dwell ; The land for which our heto'ed' fell', l5 the land where southrons lSVe to' dwell, - Independence .'is the boohi thfy prize, Yot that, the Boutliern soldieS-a dies. Hazel River, Va., August 2dt moxody or jAciisox. AT, ton i ion i ivii i a ; k j . . 1 f .-IT t A 11 f I Toll the funeral bell So lit its mouruiul echoes rolli j I'rom tpLere to Wphere, from pole to pole, . O'er the flight of the greateiitjkingiest kouI That evtr in Lattlw jell. ;-r:M ; Tea, weep ! weep ! weep If 1 i f J Weep for the hero fled: J Fj: Death, the 'great est of so'diert at last llias over our leader lie back pallait, , I urn earth Lis ncLle f im balbI$iKeed . To tLe Lome of the mlghfci' deadi ; " , jTlieu tell I and weep ! ar:d.?niurn;! V I filouru the fall of thef lirave 2 f : 'iFor Jacket n wLobe deeds made th nation proad. , Lioe very name was a! wir-rsing loud, r 'jviitli the crimson cross'f for Itistilianiai shroud 2ow hlci-Si his long tleep iirihe:r.ave.. li r? form Las passed away .. . t ' j voio ia tilent a:.d still : 'I - Is, ra fe, at the heal of "the old bmgado" Tj.c..daiiag.ajaa. who-. were nc'vjp'.4imiyed y.lil i.e lead tLsm to glory that iieer ci.a fade 1 !h:cNi.-.'Ai-L,. f tho JEroii Will'.!"- :.l - - li fr 11; as a hero HhcuIdf;iH ; -v " . j "Mid the thtinucr f war he diedit ' ; y'j.:l the illle .crack&d aud the-caiibon roared, I'.i.d ihe bljod --f the fiieid and foslnian poured, Kp d oj neI frai his iiervelesS crlifitt the swurd Ill.tx're'S.wia ILe i atIm.B.pfldei.; . . yipri yia. hla n-othsr. is bowed ; 'i f H-- eyolij l.;ivy zm low,- ' i -) Ti m ah the Bjuf-b comcs'ib:e"wallBQ.moan, . A:.I mountaia t'oid. vailey-j reeeho Oie, groan. -Far. her K-iUint chi it of her clans ILad liowu- Xh3 natlan ia 'nhod with; woe, si . Eest. warrior! rest ! ' . j liest in thy lameled tomb !'r ':; ?V '. Thy morn ry shall live to earth Iiiffist years, Thy nance f-hall raifce the idet-pot's ears ; While over thee falls a pation s tfcarjj'; Thv deeds aha,ll not perish m" gjorim I Prison L,iTe us Taken fir bin the ary of an Offlcer whoifwas Cap tured at Hatteras. v. Tobt Wakken, Qcti 31, 18G1. "e passe il an island, of rock?, jnst a3 the beautiful revolving light was ami about dark rouniled to'at tbe lancllifg place of .Fo r 1 Warren. All crowded eagerly to the side of the boat to eitcii a first iv til a of. Tii" r, riiiu'ri Tnn aa ' Pli effect was distressing and bad If eorreapon- ' diug inflnence ori all alike. Tlie lightest and the stoutest hearted looked ' tearfully deppoTidiug. The bigb granitef.wat!s of a' - fctrong fortress, with narrow, long loop-holes in the outer wall, rose frowiugly from the limited compass of a barren, des-elate looking island. It wa 9 expected . that e would land at once, I bjat soon it vas male known that we wfcre'iot to disembark until morning. j - We bad no sup per to-night, and, we se down to hoiks, papers, or conversation ftutil iucli cation prompted repo&e. , - WASHINGTON GttAYS.if ; It seems that on the earnest remonstrance -of Iiieut. Case y; w bo bad charge of the boys at Fort Columbus my com-; piuiy and three others M ere rdftretl ashore after night,, because of the; crojviHled condition of the boat. They inforniti-d me th:y ; had to sleep ou the bard rocks afjU suffered terribly cluring the night. TWO 'MISSING. William Parvin and W. J3u liilis, have uot landed frotn the boat. . I Jeurn that they made friend among the laiuda, who coneealed them. God graut thaE they may i both r,each their homes iu bufeljr. ' They "'sre smart, intelligent jnen.: atll will no doubt succeed iu their ,attemp When ; the roll was called here othersf answered ior tliem, and since the Urst landing there ; a been no roll call. The bdJt veut up j tu Eoston before returning to New York : hefher they landed there,' or remained iu : the-Utat ao as to laud iu York, 1 have ; n9 idea. I auppone the latter! however, &s they will be much' nearer hoiK.e. I ENEB THE roCT. I ; . ov, 1. Mornincr came brighand beau- ti?ut1t cool and bracing; TJianks to Provi-dtuce for this, as it lessened the gloomy appearance of tbe:gIocrmy walls. . . - lL"We found a lew dry oraokexf gnd &te - -4-- : ' , - ' in i mil i iiwiiiiimiiiiiiiwmW iiiiiii in iniiiii tm iwiibiiiiiib i i in iii 11 '.i-., :s-.u'- :tr- .( : i5 Or) M lie 13 I. . ' ' ' . tbeiu. It was tha third, and with most of the prisoners the fifth meal, we bad gone without . Really I am beginning to learn to live without eating, and some without eating or sleeping. ; ' At 9 o'clock or thereabouts, the order finally came to laud. The baggage (such' as had not bn destroyed or stolen) had previously bec;u lauded on the wharf First, the political prisoners as they are' called, were ordered to march. They came from the upper deck,' each with some article of baggage iu his bauds, the old, the young, grave Senators, ex-Go'erhors, Army officers, Mayors, : Legislators,- Police-nienNaval officers, Editors, Scholars, Foreign Ambassadors and private citizens, and file'd through the crowd on the lower deck towards the bow of the bat, thence to the wharf, aud thence in files of two abreast to th fort. " , Shortly after this exit, the order was called out in the saloons of 'the boat, ; for the prisouers of war to leave. There was a hurrying to and fro for small articles o apparel or baggage, and we, took up our march. V We left the "State of Maine" aud landed ou the soil of Massachusetts, on George's Island under the frowning walls of Fort Warren. MARCH INTO THE FORT. We were halted a little distance from the wharf, and counted by Ijieui. Buell, whose business it sefmed to to look af ter us. We passed .through the'sallyrport, crossed the moat, over a bridge on the wett side of th'e'fort, then entered the enclosure through a capacious gateway, and found Ourselves within our prison walls. " FOET "WARREN. The work work is a splendid one of solid granite, elegantly finished, aud oue of the btst oc the cwntiueut. It, is yet uncom pleted and more than a huudrcd workmen are engaged on it now. It-encloses an area of at least three acrei I have not jet been on the outside, but the. interior lacks the shade trees and grass plats of Fort Col umbus. CO.N TOASTS. We miss here the green lawns, the trees, the walk, the views, the bauds of inuic, the parades, the Lulus, the church aNd many Of the- things that had become pleas ures' to us at t'ort' Columbus. More tiian till, we shall miss' the kindness" of our New York fr'ieuds aud ths Kendall fam.ilyLj On the other hand, we find the officers here from Col. Dmick .down to the Cap-tui'ns. and , Li. eutenanls, aud from them down the sentinels' and sergeants, 'disposed to be polite aud obliging Inlthia partic ular "the improvement, is palpable -'aud marked. I have ofteu expressed my opin ion of the ofliceis at Fort LJo-lumbusi Thev were stilT, iusoleht and pretentious, and t.je eouruiou soittieis auu teunueis. we re rude. I have for them a feeling of con tempt. Jlero all seem to 'be trontlemen, and we appreciate it. l '- INSIDE. We ftmnd the men all in the area, with their baggage and trumpery, waitiug to be assigned to quurteri. They were there nearly all the dayvithout anything to eat; ', f NOT EXPECTED. Although we had received notice three days before that we were to come to this place, Col. Dfmick, in command here, had received no notice of it. He expected about one hundred anc? fifty, instead of nine hundred. The eonseqmnce was that although we had remaiued on the boat all night, everything was in. utter confusion all day. Quarters had to be provided for men and officers, and no arrangement had been made about eating. Thvro were a few bard biscuit in t barrel on the ground which we continued to chew upon, and late. in the day a raw ham was placed by the side of it, and this Col. Kane carved n thin slice;, for the officers. Though raw it was not unpalatable to. famished men. This was. officers fare the privates hid nothiug. - , . . ' . 1 j . - . ' . . OUR QTJARTEy.3. The officers and political prisoners occu py suits of rooms or casemates on the west side of the fort, looking upon the '.area or parade ground within. The J prisoners of war are mostly to the north or east of trie archway through which we enter,' and the political prisoners to the south or left of it. There is a basement suit of rooms, with stone floors, a row on tup front, and a row on the rear of the work. Above them, and on a level with the -parade ground, is another suit of rooms, the front room opening on the enclosed space, by two large fine windows and jthe rear rooms lighted from the rear of the .... j. .Lux ii uy oiig narrow loop holes, widening inwardsj so as to admit of glass windows. A door opens from the area, into a passage way or entry, and on either side of this are the rooms. From the entry runs a stairway to the ground or basement floor, to a passage way there, on either " sid of .which are the rooms as above. Between the front and rear rooms are large i wardrobes or small roonis, communicating with them. There are closets also opening; into these. They are7 two in number between the rooms, and large enough for two to sleep in. The men's quarters are left of us, on the norti side - of the work. There are no NEW BEEN, N. : C:,: MDNESiplp 6, basement room3 there, and the casemates extend through from front to rear. Each company occupies a casemate. , They have, no cots nor beds, nor sacks of straw, but are kept from the stone floor by slatted frames of wood four inches high. It is something like sleeping on ( a grid-iron. Officers have the same, but I have taken none, preferring to sleep on the floor. Ijieut. Casey promises to make, bunks for the men one above another, and to have a shelter built for them to cook under. At present they do this needful they get anything to cook work, - when out in the weather as at Castle Williams. Col. Martin selected his mess of eight the number of officers assigned to each room. It is as follows : Col. Wm. F. Martin, Maj. W. S. Gr Andrews, Capt. Jj. J. Johnson. Capt. John C. Lamb, -Capt. T. Sparrow, Lieut.! John W.' Pool, Lieut. Thos. H. Allen, Lieut. Jas. T, Lassell. Across the passage is the rOom of Commodore Barron. He has in his room Col. Bradford, Col. Pegxam, Capt. DeLagnel, Lieut. Stevens of the Navy, j Lieut. Sharp of. the Navy, Col. Ilaue, Marshal of Baltimore, and young Appleton of the same place. . ' Back of us is Major. Gilliam's mess. Lieut. Shaw and Dr. Brown are with him. 1 j j with others Under us, in the - basement is Lieut. Col. Johnston's me?s. H i Aci'oss the passage arid under Commodore Barron's is my old ; m6ss, including Lieuts. Wlriteh urst and Thomas. Part of my old mess are in the rear of . them, the poore-t quarterr of all. In the room is a well with a round i iron, covering, and a pump, used for forcing water into a tank. Nov. 2. An enterprising yankee connected with the post, proposes j to furnish a table twice a dayj receiving from ' each boarder one dollar per day,! and! his rations. .About forty made the arrangement, mostly among the political prisoners. Commodore Barrou's soon 'joined them.- They are getting tired of, their poor I fare and high rates, and several talk ofj quitting. - The rest of us live here as at Fort Co-lunibus. lieceive cur rations mess together, and buy euch additional as we like. Most of tlie'Politicals" have join ed us, and agree to share ihe'eipense proportionately, j ! - ' Our mess room is one of the long ease-mates in the north of the fortress, near the room of my men, extonding from front to rear. It has a stove' iu thej farther end sufiicieut to cook fdr one hundred men, and two tables extending the entire length oi the casemate on either side! ..j. I . SUBSISTENCE.-.'!' Hitherto this has been very scahty, and not a the best quality. Instead. ,of tho fresh light bread of Fort . Columbus, we have the hard biscuit of the navy. It is very trying to poor teeth, and I pity some of the old gentlemen who have to gnaw upon it. My cheeks are sore from trying to masticate. Coffee is weak,! beef scarce, and no pork and no butter. The New York and Boston morning papers are supplied to us every day as at -Fort Columbus. So we shall continue to ' know through doubtful channels, all that passes in the outer world.' ' Some one member of the; room is to buy them, in turn each day. ; We had. many -visitors to-day, who sat long and conversed freely. After the close confinement at Fort LaFayette, it is a relief to the political prisoners to have free intercourse with us. . There is no re- striction whatever between us in this re- i opect, except between tattoo and reveille. Among those who called to-day were Col. Tyler of the C. S. A. Ex-Minikter Faulk ner, Lieutenants Stevens and! Norman f the Navy, Mayor Brown of Baltimore and others. Mr. Brewer, of the Maryland Senate, sat a long time. There are no regular hour3 for visiting the men as at Castle Williams, and there has been, thris far, bait a' limited restric tion. I went to see them, twice to-day. ; HISTORICAL SKETCH. The following Historical Sketch of his company, regiment and biigade was writ ten by Lieut. Charles K. Jones during the winter and spring of 1865, from notes ta ken at different periods rrpTT-riFTn N. C.j TIOOOPS DAVIS BlilGfADE. In consequence of the transportation of troops. (mentioned in the last! number of ten's paper) Davis' brigade, which the rea-be- der left in position ou the north side,' tween White Tavern and. the river was or dered to march with dispatch . at once to Petersburg. 'Soon after; daylight, on the morning of the 31st of July, the brigade waslou the road to the south iside of the James river, marching by the same hot, dusty route we had twice before .traveled. Lute tu the afternoou, after a weary, fatiguing march we arrived in Petersburg and ook position in the front line of worko about one mile to the right and south of the j city. Gen. Gmnt's combination of plans for the immediate capture of Peters burg having been completely foiled, his army remained for the time cbm pari live- ly quiet,, continually strengthening each fortified locality, and awaiting coming evtnts to reveal some further plan ; by which he might Le assisted in carrying into t ffect his egotisticid design! of captn ring Richmond by jircumvallation. As the Confederate General 'was. necessarily, in the main, operating on the; defeusive alone, this inactivity on, theFeileral Gen- feral, prevented army . movements to any cousiderable extent. H i Thus ar the position of Davis brigade since atiPetersburg had not been of much exposure to the enemy4 artillery or sharp- shooters,! but on the 2nd day of August the 55th N. C. Troopp was; ordered to relieve a part of tValkei's Virginia brigade .in the exact frdut and east of the city of Petersburg, and duriug the ame day theaest of the brigade also took position ! near the same locality; We were now in a very exposed position,; and thie enemy's! artillery continued to annoy us from day to day. Howevej- a local truce had been effected a few days before we came into this new position and a. mutual agreement, between two lines of infantry pickets, entered Tnto, to the efiec that no rifle firing was allowed between; the two lines; bf .defenses,! while both pHHies remained! rjuiet. The picket firing for tho time, having been discontinued, jwe were forced to endure an occasional shell from a three and a half inch Parrott With all tho equanimity possible. These were sure to try our nerves, when we inadvertently allowed ourselves to group together in squad of more than three or four when in sight jof the enemy, and generally when a ahell would announce its arrival by tearing and plowing up tho ground, jwe scattered . to; our holes. The duty was exceed i ugly heavy on all parties as long as .wo remained in thisposition. Those who were net oripicket duty ! were every day - Ipreed to assist in rendering more tenable the long line of fortifications we were Jnecessarily compelled to hold. New redoubts,! chevaux e frizer or rather stockades were constantly to be erected, which sorely! tried oiir patience, i Each u:ght rnht'be seen the!sublimei;spectacle of mortar shelling, which, however, har-rassed us jvery little, as the mortar firing was generally 1 etween us aud the; Apponia-tox river, but always plainly iu view. Everything now remained in atalu quo until the night of the 17Cli of August when the brigade was relieved! by Ciark'i N. G. brigade and ordered about one mile to the right nto a ! more desirable position, tbouh'stjill-ou the frout line to fenjoy rest or at ielst a cessatiou ;from onr hitherto arduonsjlabors and dangers. During the nis'ht atlabout two o'clock, A. M,, at a preconcerted' sigual, the deep; mouthed thunder f Yankee guns Jwas opened along the entire! Federal line!, which -was j soon reponde'.l to with spirit bv tho opposing confederate batteries. 3Mie' scene was one of terrific sublimity. Tlfe thunderlike re verberutro'js from at least four huudre l pieces Of! icaruou auI the train of fire emitted by, the buruing fuses of jthe many shells discharged by so j large a number of heavy guns! was truly exciting and iu- teresting, : Day broke! and thelrjegimer. al bands drooping were ordered ; up to cheer oar spirits, occasioned by flW.-beavjp duty of the past two weeks.' 'DIxie," iThe!Bon4 nie BlueS Flag" aud the: "Soatlrcrn Mar-sfcillaise"- soon infused ; new life iuto the command.! About llj o'clock,-AL M.j the low, distant rumbling ofj the enemy's cannon in an attack upon otir cavalry o,utppsts on the Petersburg and jVYeidou j Bailroad occasioned "a change to' come over the spirit of our dream." Irl less than twentv niiuates we were ou the march, in fightiug tHm foV the hhl of action. Maiching to the right aloug the line jof f utilications, until we ' reached the Petersburg Li ad-works we; debouched to the jleft ! and routh along the line of! the ' Petersburg and Weldon Bailroad in; the direction oi thr Davis ! House, wtiich; has- since been totally destroyed by a wanton eitemy. It was now ear. one o'clock, P. M.,. anda line of battle was immeJij.tely formed, and the brigade ordered j forward with a cheer, expecting to find Only alsmull force which might be easily driven off the railroad. -But to our surprise we jfonnd Gen. Warren's whole corps of- Federal troops, onr Bristow friends (?) securely posted be-hiud model fortifications and which, with! two small brigades, it appeared as child's; play to attempt to draw off. .! The object of the Confederate General was, therefore, completely foiled by the overwhelming numbers of his adversary, and after ad-vancing very olose tohis posilipn wo were compeled to fall back. ; ; ' . j ; i This action; entailed rjpou the brigade serious arid heavy less Among the wounded was Col, Reynolds of the 45th, Lieut. Col Blair and Maj. Buchannan of the 2d Miss., while the rank and file sufteired terribly. The gallant Lieul W, Hi Townes o the "5th N. C. T.t and the endiiriug Lieut. J Jj Hoyle of the same regiment were both mortally ourideu. For Lieut. Townes the author, as did every - one else who kuew him, tntertaiued the ' deepest feelings of friendship which was Only severed by his death. At al times his manners were courteous, hisj ability 'acknowledged, while his affability and true flite-ness rendered him an agrtesble companion to all. No eulogy Of mine could pay a just tribute to his exaltdl worth!, or de pict the heart-felt sadnesk which pervadeu ' " - M ' ' v-i., r -rl : f " "srl 4 ?f;4'tp i'4'pW-t ls.,ii:'i;jlkjl h&s. - . . " ' " '" t'i- i'- 'A-Ci'-.ti , i-.;f T- - i.. m$r M -i Mi) - r -f '' ; ' --: : - n-';4 -it-',iLi-: :-. itrlA mJ'- s; j', , - ' : . J-' . ! his ebmmarid after his deatkv It perhaps sufficient for ine to say.'tbat the loss ot no officer or man in the regiment would, have been felt more keenly thau his. 'May the sod rest lightly ' on the breast of bim wbo,by his actions, resolved to follow the honored ensign-bf his bleeding coua try, until the precious boon of freedom and iudepeudencij should be" secured, or wrapped in the sacred habiliments bf his own glory he should (as he was be con- signed to a martyr's grave. Discovering our efforts to dislodge the enemy to be futile; the Confederate General ordered the command to fall. back to a line bf pbstructious composed of rails, fallen trees, &c, from which we had -driven the enemy's line of skirmishers, 1 which being; done the soveiity of the battle somewhat ceased. The; shelling, .however..; .from Loth i the Confederate and Federal batteries, ; (for we .were, posted between them,) passed oyer our heads, splintering and living the ' branches and bodies of the sturdy trees, . continued until nightfall. About eleven o'clock at night the command i noiselessly, withdrew, resumed the line of : march and we soon found ourselves where we started from . iu the moruing, and were ordered to rest for the remaining portion of theiight. , Thus was spent Aueustil8th, 1864, by Davis brigade. When mentioning the casualties of the ! brigade, I forgot to record the deachjof two noble hearts and gallant spirits of imy own company I allude to Sergeant W. F. Grantham aud private John W. Powell co mpanJG, 55th N. C. T., who fell while noblyi doing their duty. "Both were very popular at the time of their death and were regarded by all as genuine soldiers In consequence of the retreat irnmeiliately after, they were killed,- they were jnecessarily left unbiiried on the field, h it would have been a satisfaction, as a list act of kind ness, to' have buried them as became their characters, but we were deprived bf this privilege. Thtir honored reputations will last with their surviving comrades,; Until each shall have been palled from earth to eternity. Soi4 time after reveille on the next rooming (Aug. 10, 18GI) the biigade! was ordered. to "fall in,'? aud during a .heavy showe'r of rain, marched in the same direction, ver the same road, fought over the same ground in the . same manner, and with the same success. More troops having bdeii sent, to the attack to-day a part of Mahone's division was enabled to flank one lilie jf tho enemy capturing seven hundred prisoners. For some reason there were fewer casualties in Davis' brigade today tljian on the day previous. The enemy having been now three days! oh the rail-r -ad, jvyhich time was usedj -as yankees knovv fio well how to use it, in fortifying, ij was decided by the Confederate General that the vcrk3 iu, front were impregna ble. The Confederate troops were conse quently withdrawn: and Dayi' brigade marched bac. to :the "Divis House" wheretwe biv4 ; 1 -; " - - - ! uacked for the'night. Lat. in thejday of back to the A.tigust ''"'.20th, we "marched old position, I behiud tht old brtastworks, about one mile to the f ! . oiith pf Petersburg During the night tlie brgaUe was ordered to resume iih position in the front line, to the tafct ahu in froat of Petersburg." -' ' . ' ' 4. The 'iii human praetica of sliarpshooting betweetj the pickets' had" now been re-es-tablisljed, aud we were forced to keep en-tirely in the ditches and trenches. "Whenever a'carele3i fellow chose to disobey the iujiiuctiou bf ''keeping low" his head was sure to pay the penalty. This prac tice wds kept up allJight. Very, m auy ol our be-kt and noble-st comr.tdes fell by j the unerrifjg aim of thi Enemy's sharpshoot-er. Ve wisely resolved that what could not be:;dured must bei endured and kept our hetds as low; as possible. . Oae third of the courinaud was always oa ; the alert, night ind day, which aa addition to our excessfij fatigue jiii constructing new breastworks or erecting new redoubts, pali a tje-s, purapets or traverses generally, rendered the entire cbni maud very much exhausted from day to day. Many timet th!iheay rainsbr the )skots of the enemy artillery made it J necessary' to repair the o.d fortifications, v.bijih was always done 'with alacrity. S ' till This sttiteof affairs remained nnchanged until the night preceding the 23ih Septem ber hen the brigad(wa3 again relieved aad ordered to the jrtlar . for rest. Manj of us at the time : wete almost ' physically exhausted. 'The night pa.s3ed away without interruption, bat with the morning came tlia order to get ready to niareh at ouce. It seemed hard to put us in mo-tion ajfter having undergone so much iatiguefor the past sii weeks, but the ex io-encies' of the occasion admitted of no delay. We were soon; on a m.-irch in a southerlir direction ; from Peterslurg Moving only a short distance the command halted. and cooked rations the remaining portion of the day. ; A consider able rain fell during the d;iy which ren dered 'th'3? roads excessively disagreeable but nofrrcithstandiiig this, soon after da-lih the! brigade resumed the ' line '. of march, f A line of battle was then .soon formed aiid everything got in readiness fur an immediate attack upoj the enemy's posiUou., . Iho . command . Forward guiue entrV soon ran alonj Uie line f rpn right and -, left" and DVtii brigade .moved forward with IU usual proxnptneaa wheaiu, t hepathr of r dutyt j jTba dena i endergrowtb cane-brambles ,and tvampy ; characteir, of the ? ground .prevented tb commaud from reaching the jenemy' position in auy order, and it waa at length " withdrawn after'a long f exposure to t tb I f nemy's fire, which fell fwitb telling effect t i l - rr-i . i r 1 uiu our laujis. xias wua a x&w o(uer,un , important movements took i ny tho dajv; and at night the men slept on their arme, !; on the cold, wet ground near tho "Jones nouses . ',,.::y u;:-'n! , Next morning (Oct. 2nd 1661) we took position on the line which extend- from from Petersburg in a south .westerly direction to Burgess" Mill oa Grand Iku .rpuning all tho way jat tov-he4tajiti..tt;-piuwiddie Court House phtnk road, and from! this time to the 27tb spent our ticxo in building, new fortifications,! chtveata i ucjrizet stocsaues, c, ' luuevu reauy the firtt rest, as jwe were not exposed to the enemy's fire, the brigade had enjoyed since the spring campaign opened the 4th of May 1801. : i ,j . - . ; -j Sketches of the S2d C. Iteclment. First two Years of UietYar f it BT. J. n. com. After the battle of Chantilly, onr forces pursued the enemy aud cro&sed the Potof mac near Leesburg. The 22d marched to Frederick City,1 Maryland, and turned right about to Harper's Ferry, ! recroesed the Potomac and assisted in the redaction of that place. General; Pender ordered Major Cole to take a certain hill overlooking the town, he' marohed te the top of the hill, and his was one of the; very few regiments which got near enougi to fight the enemy wi t h musketry. Night having come on. General' Pender; not knowing the position of the enemy nor the grpund, sent Major Cole to reconnoitre. ; He atarted out aud moved up toithe enemy's lines, then falling on his hands, crawled inside, moved about in different! directions, hearing tho tramp and challenge of the seutiBels, no ted the position, strength and condition of the enemy, returned as caatiodsly as., he went, reported toUhe General, and being asked for his advice, gave it, ad, notwithstanding it did not coincide with the opinions of the officers thns cpnauUing, the attack and plan i of operations tutre formed in accordance with hia.adviee o-ing to the great confidence which GsDtral Pender had in him, and the place Tf&s taken the next day with over 15,000 yankee and great quantities of munitions of war. As a token of distinction and a reward for his part in the capture of the town, Major Cole was the first to enter the fallen place at the head of his regiment, and tha scene was one worthy to be preserved Jon living canvassras he rode through the btrcta of Harper's Ferry, his towering j form t noen above the glittering bayonets, dt the head of his dirty, ragged regiment--victors oa ho ma,tiy bloody fields whileljhis cold, stern grey aye looked down npo'cr the beaten enemy, the captured foe drawn up with stacked . arms-rfiiiely drested, rwell fed, ueat and tspleudidly drilled. - Not far of! tode Major General" Ambrose P., Hill in his shirt sleeves, a modest noble specimen of a Soutliern soldier and ; gentleman strongly contrasting "with . the. gorgeous dress and glittering trappings of Hhe ''Fed-eral comiainder. ; - ji - - - : A i It was about this time and while on the march Gen. Hill halted hi division' one day ! to rest. : Whale thus resting Geo. Jackson rode up to the head of the divie-ion aud ordered the Brigadier General to move on. , This being done, soon Gen. Hill rode up and enquired why hjis orders nud been disobeyed, when the . Brigadier ibid him Gen. Jackson ordered him to move forward. Biding np to Gen. Jackson, Gen. Hill drew his sword and handing it to the Lieut. Genaial said,! "General Jackson as you havo taken command of my division I offer yon my Bword P i fNo General Hill, keep yoarl sword, f but .Icon-' sider voarself under arrest. I will! have , you to understand that I am your snptriwr officer 1" And the stern old Ironside rode away from the fiery cavalier. Bat Gen. Jackson appreciated too well the serricea, iiharat t 'r and generalship oi General Hill to keep him long fiour his cominaudj, and 3o3Q he was again ltUiu his legioua forward against the foe. Mjor Cole . halted! and rested his men,; ted thtm well, whih they very much needed, for suchbad been the rapidity of moveaient on ihe tnxct since the battle of C lantilly, that, for m. time, the had to rub-srst by beinjr turned inlo a corn field and fathering the eoro and these were the m:i who co old fight and march and starve mid still fighi. .; Nearly two . day the 22d rerrisinsd tin Harper's Ferry, then k&aicaed epily 'Wetl uesday morning, Setemlvr I7thj to up-. port the left wing of -I?eTy invithd reat Lattle of SJuurpsbarg. " ! The arrive cn the field in the evening, and. pined ia the fight immediately, and helped to driTO. siack the forces uuer Geiitral. Bornsidft,1 Here fell Gen. Branch, one of the ablest i i i i.

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