War Papers with Reminiscences of Service in the Camps and Hospitals of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865

War Papers with Reminiscences of Service in the Camps and Hospitals of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...stop to notice it, the rebel cry has ceased. The Union lines advance. The rebels are breaking! They are in confusion in all our front. The wave has rolled upon the rock, and the rock has smashed it. They broke when they had almost pierced our lines, and the whole front, in spite of waving flags, and yells and the entreaties of oflicers, and the pride of chivalry, fled like chaff before the whirlwind, back down the slope, over the valley, shattered, without organization, fugitive into the woods, and victory was with the Republic. Our left on the line of battle was secure. And how look those fields, the ripening grain, the corn, the orchards, the grassy meadows, and in their midst the rural cottage of brick or wood? They were beautiful this morning. They are desolate now, trampled by the countless feet of the combatants, ploughed and scarred by shot and shell, the orchards splintered, the fences prostrate, the harvests trodden in the mud. And more dreadful than the sight of all this, thickly strewn over all their length and breadth, are the habiliments of the soldier, --the knapsacks and the haversacks yawning with the rations the owner will never call for; canteens of cedar and of cloth-covered tin; blankets and trousers, overcoats and caps, and some are blue and some are gray; muskets and ramrods, and bayonets and swords, and scabbards and belts, some bent and cut by shot and shell; broken wheels, exploded caissons, and limber boxes and dismantled guns; and all these were sprinkled with blood, horses, a mangled heap of carnage, and last, but not least numerous, many thousands of men. And there was no rebellion here now, the men of South Carolina were quiet by the side of those from Massachusetts, with upturned faces, sleeping the ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873327
  • 9781236873323