Jackson, as soon as he had found out his mistake, ordered the guns to retire; but the confined space so protracted the operation of turning, that the enemy's cannon had full time to continue its havoc to a most fearful extent, covering the road with dead and wounded. Towards dark a sudden pause ensued in the conflict, occasioned by Jackson giving orders for his lines to reform for the continuation of the combat, the rapid and prolonged pursuit of the enemy having thrown them into considerable disorder. Heros von Borcke 1836-1895 served in the Confederate army and participated in numerous battles before being wounded at the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign. The whole of the 11th corps had broken at the first shock of the attack ; entire regiments had thrown down their arms, which were lying in regular lines on the ground, as if for inspection; suppers just prepared had been abandoned; tents, baggage, waggons, cannons, half-slaughtered oxen, covered the foreground in chaotic confusion, while in the background a host of many thousand Yankees were discerned scampering for their lives as fast as their limbs could carry them, closely followed by our men, who were taking prisoners by the hundreds, and scarcely firing a shot. The tone ranges from humorous to grippingly exciting to poignant.
The unexpected presence of so large a body of the enemy immediately in our path entirely disconcerted our previous arrangements. Scarcely had we got up to our men when the Confederate yell, which always preceded a charge, burst forth along our lines, and Jackson's veterans, who had been with difficulty held back till that moment, bounded forward towards the astounded and perfectly paralysed enemy, while the thunder of our horse-artillery, on whom devolved the honour of opening the ball, reached us from the other extremity of the line. Coming all the way from Prussia, Colonel Heros von Borcke travelled further than many soldiers to join the Confederate cause, and was assigned to J. One detraction from my Kindle version was the faint print, a light grey, which made the reading a bit uncomfortable. Richard Lee Montgomery Now, to begin with, as far back as I can remember, I was raised a Southern Baptist in Corpus Christi, Texas. Towards eight o'clock, our entire army commenced a forward movement on the enemy, who had only a few isolated detachments posted in our immediate front.
Major von Borcke is a well known aide de camp of J. It was a strange spectacle that now greeted us. It is written twenty some odd years after the war and if it is accurate There are many of the important tidbits of the Confererate Commanders. About midnight our dear friend breathed his last, and General Stuart advised us to seek some rest against the work of the ensuing day, but no sleep could I find. Here was I in the darkness of the night, in an unknown and thickly-wooded country, some six miles from our main army, and opposite to a far superior force, whom I was expected to attack with troops whom I had never before commanded, and to whom I was scarcely known. Edition Notes Originally published in Blackwood's magazine Sabin, 6401 Microfiche. Meanwhile a large part of the Federal army, roused by the firing and the alarming reports from the rear, hastened to the field of action, and exerted themselves in vain to arrest the disgraceful rout of their comrades of the 11th corps.
Scarcely had the smoke of our first shot cleared away when a couple of masked batteries suddenly opened upon us at short range, and enveloped us in a complete storm of shell and canister, which, concentrated on so narrow a space, did fearful execution among our party, men and horses falling right and left, the animals kicking and plunging wildly, and everybody eager to disentangle himself from the confusion and get out of harm's way. Stuart, but this is not a hagiography. I have seen his well known battle sword is on display in Richmond at the Museum of the Confederacy. Where then shall we gain our revenues? All was bustle and activity as I galloped along the lines, on the morning of the 2d, to obtain, according to Stuart's orders, the latest instructions for our cavalry from General Lee, who was located at a distance of some miles to our. On my return to the spot where I had left Stuart, I found him, with Jackson and the officers of their respective Staffs, stretched out along the grass beneath a gigantic oak, and tranquilly discussing their plans for the impending battle, which both seemed confidently to regard as likely to end in a great and important victory for our arms. After a tedious ride for nearly an hour over the field of battle, still covered with hundreds of wounded, groaning in their agony, I at last discovered Stuart seated under a solitary plum-tree, busily writing despatches by the dim light of a lantern.
By about four o'clock we had completed our movement without encountering any material obstacle, and reached a patch of wood in rear of the enemy's right wing, formed by the 11th corps, Howard's, which was encamped in a large open field not more than half a mile distant. Meanwhile, the unknown t… Was the War Between the States Fought Over Slavery? A small bridle-path branching forth from the main road to the right conducted to a height about half a mile distant; and as this seemed a favourable point for their object, both Generals, accompanied by their Staffs, made for it, followed by six pieces of our horse-artillery. Ordered to reconnoitre the position of the Federals, I rode cautiously forward through the forest, and reached a point whence I obtained a capital view of the greater part of their troops, whose attitude betokened how totally remote was any suspicion that a numerous host was so near at hand. Also wise to remember that the book was published in 1866, so presumably written before that, probably with a ghost writer,though I wouldn't put it past vB to have acquired a mastery of English during his short years here. Abraham Lincoln gave us the answer. Author — Colonel Heros von Borcke, 1835-1895. So heavy a fire met our brave fellows, however, and they were so impeded by the nature of the ground, utterly unfit for cavalry operations, that they returned about as quickly as they had started, and we had to remain stationary, awaiting reinforcements from Jackson's infantry.
He is appropriately appreciative of the skills and personality of Gen. I came to admire and like the man who was loyal to the Confederate cause out of admiration and love for his fellow Confederates. Accordingly, I gave orders to my North Carolinians to retire, leaving the task of bringing his command back to the colonel, while, anxious to rejoin Stuart as soon as possible, I galloped on ahead through the dark forest, whose solemn silence was only broken by the melancholy cry of hosts of whip-poor-wills. The position of our encampment being quite close to the house whither our wounded comrade had been conveyed, General Stuart accompanied us thither to look after his comforts and nurse him during the night. All pictures or quotes come from primary sources.
Nevertheless, this provides much insight into several well known generals of the Confederacy. Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1867. The firing now gradually slackened, and soon ceased altogether as darkness came on. The orders to the cavalry were to report to Jackson, and to form his advanced-guard; and in that capacity we marched silently along through the forest, taking a small by-road, which brought us several times so near the enemy's lines that the stroke of axes, mingled with the hum of voices from their camps, was distinctly audible. Thus commenced the famous flank march which, more than any other operation of the war, proved the brilliant strategical talents of General Lee, and the consummate ability of his lieutenant. In this operation we were to be joined by a North Carolina infantry regiment, which was already on its way towards the river. McClellan, Oliver Otis Howard, George Gordon Meade, and Abraham Lincoln.
Sad was the intelligence that awaited us; poor Price was dying. The Perseus Civil War and 19-Century American Collection also includes the history of the United States, and works and biographies of some of the most influential people of the 19th century. The thunder of the cannon, which for the last hour had increased in loudness, announced that Jackson had recommenced the battle, but as to the course or actual position of affairs I had not an iota of information; and my anxiety being moreover increased by the suddenness of Stuart's departure on some unknown emergency, I felt rather awkwardly situated. The troops whom we thus dispersed and put to flight consisted, as I was afterwards informed, of the greater part of Averil's cavalry division; and a great number of the men of this command were so panic-stricken, that they did not consider themselves safe until they had reached the opposite shore of the Rapidan, when they straggled off for miles all through Culpepper County. Students of the American Civil War will have fun comparing his recollections about various battles to the accounts of others. After having instructed his men to fire at everything approaching from the direction of the enemy, in his eagerness to reconnoitre the position of the Federals, and entirely forgetting his own orders, he had been riding with his staff-officers outside our pickets, when on their return, being mistaken for the enemy, the little party were received by a South Carolina regiment with a volley which killed or wounded nearly every man of them, and laid low our beloved Stonewall himself.
Selected Americana from Sabin's Dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time ; fiche 39815-39822 Series Selected Americana from Sabin's Dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time -- 6401 Genre Personal narratives, Confederate Other Titles Blackwood's Edinburgh magazine Edinburgh, Scotland. That Jackson and Stuart with their officers escaped was nothing short of miraculous, the only exception being Major Channing Price of our Staff, who was struck a few paces from me by a piece of shell. The more hotly we sought to hasten to the front, the more obstinately did we get entangled in the undergrowth, while our infantry moved on so rapidly that the Federals were already completely routed by the time we had got thoroughly quit of the forest. This book covers the same material in detail, and Blackford, also a member of Stuart's staff, alludes to some exaggeration on the part of von Borke in this book, although not in a malicious way. Hill, the next in rank, having, soon after this, been likewise disabled, Stuart had been sent for to take the command of Jackson's corps; but meantime the golden opportunity had slipped by, the enemy had been strongly reinforced, and the renewal of the battle was necessarily postponed until the following morning.
The fragment of shell had severed a principal artery, and, the bleeding not having been stopped in time, he was rapidly and hopelessly sinking. A Georgia brigade soon came up, and, after a short but severe contest, we succeeded in driving the enemy back some distance, till they came under the protection of numerous batteries of their artillery, posted on a ridge of hills, and whose fire thundered down with such fearful effect as to check all further progress. With these a few lively skirmishes occm-red, as we encountered them in succession, and drove them gradually before us upon the main body of their troops. Stuart and discussed in many histories of the Confederate Armies, including G. This has to be one of the best books that I have read about the Civil War.