The Cannoneer; Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac

The Cannoneer; Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...execution! On oc-From a war-time photograph. eusions oC discipline he cor.ld certainly assume an air of awful sternness that, to a young soldier accustomed to his usually genial ways, was simply overpowering. To return to larger and more interesting themes, it will probably be the verdict o? impartial history that the enemy had the best of it in the battles around Spottsylvania Courthouse. They were fighting behind strong cover sU the time, both infantry and artillery, and never once showed op in the. Just Sxaissnsta To Fight. 199 open. Tfce only great success we gained was the -pture-of Edward Johneon's Division by the Second Corps on the 12th of May, and even that advantage was neutralized by the subsequent events of that day. As our troops were assaulting all the time, our losses were necessarily greater than theirs--at least two to one, and probably more, even including the prisoners taken in Johnson's Division. One of Gen. Lee's biographers says that Lee was astonished when he saw that we were moving again to the left, as he had fully expected the Army of the Potomac to recoil from Spottsylvania and make the best of its way to the north bank of the Rappahannock. This might have been a natural supposition, as Gen. Lee was doubtless reasoning from his previous experience. But he did not know that the Army of the Potomac had come to stay this time, and that even though it had lost nearly 40,000 men in tie Wilderness and around Spottsylvania, those who remained were none the less determined to "fight it out on that line." J venture to say that there was never another axmy in the world that would have started off by its flank in another advance after such a series of sanguinary repulses as the Army of the Potomac suffered about...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524551
  • 9781236524553