History of the Fifty-first Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry: A Narrative of Its Organization, Marches, Battles and Other Experiences in Camp and Prison; from 1861 to 1866. With Revised Roster

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author, 1894 - 405 pages

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Page 246 - Dearest love, do you remember When we last did meet, How you told me that you loved me Kneeling at my feet? Oh, how proud you stood before -me In your suit of blue, When you vowed to me and country Ever to be true. CHORUS Weeping, sad and lonely, Hopes and fears, how vain! Yet praying When this cruel war is over, Praying that we meet again.
Page 246 - O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming! And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there...
Page 34 - The attack on my forces has been very spirited from early this morning. The appearance of fresh troops in the field now would have a powerful effect, both by inspiring our men and disheartening the enemy. If you will get upon the field, leaving all your baggage on the east bank of the river, it will be more to our advantage, and possibly save the day to us. The rebel forces are estimated at over 100,000 men.
Page 40 - No rumor of the foe's advance Now swells upon the wind ; No troubled thought at midnight haunts Of loved ones left behind ; No vision of the morrow's strife The warrior's dream alarms ; No braying horn nor screaming fife At dawn shall call to arms.
Page 238 - You have one of my best divisions. Go with General Cheatham, assist him in every way you can, and do as he directs." Again, as a parting injunction to them, I added, "Go and do this at once. Stewart is near at hand, and I will have him double-quick his men to the front." They immediately sent staff officers to hurry the men forward, and moved off with their troops at a quick pace in the direction of the enemy. I dispatched several of my staff to the rear, with orders to Stewart and Johnson to make...
Page 109 - that he now fears ' the fire in the rear, ' — meaning the Democracy especially at the Northwest — more than our military chances." Governor Morton of Indiana telegraphed to the Secretary of War, "I am advised that it is contemplated when the Legislature meets in this State to pass a joint resolution acknowledging the Southern Confederacy, and urging the States of the Northwest to dissolve all constitutional relations with the New England States. The same thing is on foot in Illinois.
Page 275 - After the fight at Nashville I at first hoped to be able to remain in Tennessee, on the line of Duck river, but after arriving at Columbia I became convinced that the condition of the Army made it necessary...
Page 238 - General, why in the name of God have you not attacked the enemy, and taken possession of that pike ?" He replied that the line looked a little too long for him, and that Stewart should first form on his right. I could hardly believe it possible that this brave old soldier, who had given proof of such courage and ability upon so many hard-fought fields, would even make such a report.
Page 97 - Illinois, when charged by the enemy's cavalry, are worthy of special notice. It was about dusk, and just at the moment when Generals Wood and Palmer had halted to gather up their troops, that I reached the head of my command. These two Generals had their divisions in line of battle. General Wood on the left, and General Palmer on the right, the enemy in sight, and evidently in heavier force than we had yet encountered them; it was evident they intended to dispute the passage of the river and to fight...
Page 268 - Please accept for yourself, officers, and men the nation's thanks for your work of yesterday. You made a magnificent beginning. A grand consummation is within your easy reach. Do not let it slip.

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