I'm a fan of Civil War memoirs, and this was one of the best I've read. When the war ended in 1865 he remained abroad and returned to his native Prussia, where he later served with distinction in the Franco-Prussian War. The unexpected presence of so large a body of the enemy immediately in our path entirely disconcerted our previous arrangements. Richard Lee Montgomery True or false? General Beauregard was momentarily expecting help from the right, and the uncertainty and anxiety of this hour amounted to anguish. There were several places in the book where there appeared to be typographical errors and sentence structuring errors but these appear to be the result of converting the book into e-reader format. 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.
I love the cover art, and the fact that evidently not a word has been changed or updated. 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. Where then shall we gain our revenues? Hill's Staff rode up in great haste and excitement, and communicated something in a low tone to General Stuart, by which he seemed greatly startled and affected. You can get a good understanding of the personal risks commanders needed to take in the field and during combat with the limited communications and poor maps. 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. It contains many anecdotes of Von Borcke's time in the Confederate Army and of famous generals and other southern officers. Towards five o'clock Jackson's adjutant, Major Pendleton, galloped up to us and reported that the line of battle was formed, and all was in readiness for immediate attack.
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. He obviously had a deep fondness for Stuart, but the fact that his admiration is tempered and not over-the-top tends to lend credibility to everything recounted in the book. 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. Stuart, but this is not a hagiography. The details found in this book, surpass any other book that I am aware of, especially as it relates to the wounding and the deaths of generals stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart. Riding with Stuart a little ahead of our men, I suddenly discovered, on reaching the summit of a slight rise in the road, a large encampment in the valley to our left, not more than a quarter of a mile from where we stood, and further still, on the opposite side of the river, more camp-fires were visible, indicating the presence of a large body of troops. It was a cruel spectacle to see the gallant young fellow stretched on his deathbed surrounded by his sorrowing friends, just able to recognise them and answer the pressure of their hands as a last farewell.
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. I came to admire and like the man who was loyal to the Confederate cause out of admiration and love for his fellow Confederates. Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1867. My heart full of grief, and my thoughts busy with memories of the departed and of his family at Richmond, who had become dear friends of mine, I wandered about all through that mild night of May, until the sounding bugle and the rolling drums roused me from my reveries, to summon me to new scenes of death and destruction. There are some racist comments by our standards but I believe they were typical of the times and what's more important is the picture of von Borcke's overall character that is painted here. He is appropriately appreciative of the skills and personality of Gen.
In fact, the notion that the war was fought over slavery is so far from the truth and yet this interpretation has taught so many generations a deceptive lie. Of his own Staff, only myself and one or two others happened to be present, but we pledged ourselves to exert all our energies, and strain every nerve in aid of our General, and in the discharge of our duty. 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 hastened forthwith to their appointed posts—General Stuart and his Staff joining the cavalry, which was to operate on the left of our infantry. 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. Stuart's position was one of undoubted difficulty, his knowledge of the position of the troops being, from the suddenness with which he was called to assume the chief command, naturally imperfect, and most of Jackson's Staff were disabled, or were in attendance on their wounded chief. The Federals advancing at the same time, a severe skirmish ensued, in the course of which one of the bearers of the litter on which the General was being carried was killed, and Jackson fell heavily to the ground, receiving soon afterwards a second wound.
Heros von Borcke, a Prussian who volunteered to serve in the Confederate army, gives us a lot of detail about several Civil War battles in 1862 and 63, the leadership of the Confederate Army in Virginia, life in and around the war, and his own personal experiences as a member of J. Nevertheless Stuart determined on giving them a slight surprise and disturbing their comfort by a few volleys from our infantry Just as the regiment, mustering about a thousand, had formed into line according to orders, and was prepared to advance on the enemy, two officers of General A. As there was nothing more to be done for the present on our side, and the enemy showed no intention of continuing the fight, Jackson gave orders for the troops to fall back a short distance and go into bivouac. Heros von Borcke, a Prussian cavalry officer, who lately ran the blockade, assigned me by the honorable Secretary of War, joined in the charge of the First Squadron in gallant style, and subsequently, by his energy, skill, and activity, won the praise and admiration of all. Sad was the intelligence that awaited us; poor Price was dying. 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. While complacently gazing on this extraordinary spectacle, somewhat touched myself apparently with the spell of listless incaution in which our antagonists were locked, I was startled by the sound of closely approaching footsteps, and turning in their direction beheld a patrol of six or eight of the enemy's infantry just breaking through the bushes, and gazing at me with most unmistakable astonishment.
This was an excellent book written by an actual participant. 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. 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. 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. I have seen his well known battle sword is on display in Richmond at the Museum of the Confederacy.
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. Numerous batteries having now joined the conflict, a terrific cannonade roared along the lines, and the fury of the battle was soon at its full height. Also important, is the fact that, as I grew up, I was not ignorant of words…. Stuart with whom he became firm friends. 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. From General Stuart I now received the first information of the heavy calamity which had befallen us by the wounding of Jackson.
Stuart and discussed in many histories of the Confederate Armies, including G. 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. Abraham Lincoln gave us the answer. The writing is good, in my opinion. 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.