Martial Deeds of Pennsylvania

Martial Deeds of Pennsylvania

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... the spot. Birney had remonstrated with his bold commander against exposing himself where it was certain the enemy was swarming, but without avail. Judging by his protracted absence that he had fallen into the enemy's hands, Birney assumed command of the division, directing its movements with consummate skill, gaining the victory and saving thereby the whole army from disastrous rout. A message was received from the enemy's lines, giving the first intelligence of the death of Kearny, and tendering his body to the Union commander. It was received under flag of truce by his trusted staff-officer, Captain J. Mindel. At midnight the army moved, and with it the remains of the mangled General. At the defences of Washington, the army halted, and the funeral cortege passed on to his home at Newark, New Jersey, where it was received by a sorrowing wife and family, and without ostentation committed to the grave. At the conclusion of Pope's campaign, General Birney was designated to sit with Generals Casey and Harney in a courtmartial, and his division was led by another in the battle of Antietam. While engaged in this service, General Birney was the recipient of a most flattering testimonial to his gallantry in the late engagements from citizens of Philadelphia, who had watched, with a just pride, the brilliant career of their fellowtownsman. It consisted of a valuable horse and fine equipments, and sword. The guard of the sword was elaborately set with the initials, D. B. B., in diamonds. The hilt was adorned with an olive leaf, wrought with the same glittering jewels. Accompanying the sword was a handsome dress and undress scabbard, on the former of which was the inscription, "Gen. D. B. Birney, October, 1862, from his fellow-citizens more

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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 735g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544692
  • 9781236544698