A Household Story of the American Conflict

A Household Story of the American Conflict

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...soon rallied and was able to talk with me. Pointing to a comrade, he said: "' That one stood at myide; he was my section man; I saw his gun fly out of his hands; it was struck by a grape shot; and a moment after we both tumbled to the ground.' "I went out and pieked up an Enfield rifle nearly cut in two by a ball. "' That's his gun, ' said he. "I saw it's owner die, and brought the gun back to camp aa a memento of that dark day."' "I was not in the action, but give you the account as I.gathered it from the combatants. I can't help a keen regret at the defeat, and understand Mow how soldiers that won't flinch in battle will cometimes shed tears over a repulse. It causes a feeling of mortification that is all but unendurable. General Pierce, commander of the expedition, is almost crazy with sorrow. He is a good man, but new in his profession; indeed, there were no experienced officers on the field; and this lack probably explains the whole disaster. The loss of such promising men as Winthrop and Greble is an injury wo cannot soon repair, not to mention the demoralization attending every defeat. Still, we have no thought of succumbing to it. "We are now safe as ever in the fort. The rebels, too, have evacuated Big Bethel, and have gained no advantage in the contest. If our disaster should result in the employment of capable officers, and the enlistment of more men to guard the nation's honor, we shall not have suffered in vain. Ono thing, at least, cheers me in this hour of despondence. As I mourn for Winthrop, I can but remember the glorious part our State--his State and mine--has taken in this contest. Massachusetts sent the first regiment to "Washington; her blood spilt in Baltimore was the first shed in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650772X
  • 9781236507723