Historic Records of the Fifth New York Cavalry, First Ira Harris Guard: Its Organization, Marches, Raids, Scouts Engagements and General Services , During the Rebellion of 1861-1865

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Page 180 - He dashed down the line, mid a storm of huzzas, And the wave of retreat checked its course there, because The sight of the master compelled it to pause. With foam and with dust the black charger was gray; By the flash of his eye and the red nostril's play, He seemed to the whole great army to say, " I have brought you Sheridan all the way From Winchester down to save the day.
Page 336 - These sayings are true at all times, and equally true that " a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Page 32 - Banks' headquarters in Strasburg, for reinforcements. The direct road to Strasburg was occupied by the enemy, so I was obliged to ride round by another, seventeen miles. I rode the seventeen miles in fifty-five minutes. Gen. Banks didn't seem to think it very serious, but ordered one regiment of infantry and two pieces of artillery off. I asked Gen. Banks for a fresh horse to rejoin my company, and he gave me the best horse that I over rode, and I started back.
Page 32 - I turned back and drew my revolver, expecting either a desperate fight or a Southern jail ; but the officers in the road didn't stop me, and I was lucky enough not to meet any of their pickets. But if it was not a narrow escape, then I don't know what is. When I got out of the enemy's lines I rode as fast as the horse could carry me to Gen. Banks, and reported what I had seen and heard. He said I had saved the army.
Page 337 - He captured Harper's Ferry, with his nineteen men so true. I0 And he frightened old Virginy, till she trembled through and through, They hung him for a traitor; themselves a traitor crew : But his soul is marching on. John Brown...
Page 183 - Afterward rapidly transferred from the right flank to the extreme left, you materially and successfully assisted in defeating the enemy in his attempt to turn the left flank of our army. Again, ordered upon the right flank, you attacked and defeated a division of the enemy's cavalry, driving him in confusion across Cedar Creek. Then, changing your front to the left at a gallop, you charged and turned the left flank of the enemy's line of battle and pursued his broken and demoralized army a distance...
Page 182 - Engagement of the nineteenth instant your conduct throughout was sublimely heroic, and without a parallel in the annals of warfare. In the early part of the day when disaster and defeat seemed to threaten our noble Army...
Page 182 - With pride and gratification your commanding general congratulates you upon your brilliant and glorious achievements of the past few days. On the 9th of the present month you attacked a vastly superior force of the enemy's cavalry, strongly posted, with artillery in position, and commanded by that famous "Savior of the Valley,
Page 31 - You have probably heard of the three days' fighting from Strasburg and Front Royal to Martinsburg. Our company and company B were ordered to Front Royal, in the mountains, twelve miles from Strasburg, last Friday, and when we got within two miles of our destination we heard cannonading. The Major ordered the baggage to stop, and our two companies dashed on, and found several companies of our infantry and two pieces of artillery engaged with several thousand of the enemy. Just as we arrived on the...
Page 32 - I ever rode, and I started back. I came out on the Front Royal turnpike, about two miles this side of where I left our men. Saw two men standing in the road, and their horses standing by the fence. I supposed they were our pickets. They didn't halt me ; so I asked them if they were pickets. They said, " No." Says I, " Wh'o are you ? " " We are part of Gen. Jackson's staff.

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