History of the Thirty-seventh Regiment, Mass., Volunteers, in the Civil War of 1861-1865: With a Comprehensive Sketch of the Doings of Massachusetts as a State, and of the Principal Campaigns of the War

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C.W. Bryan, 1884 - Massachusetts - 431 pages

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Page 19 - We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Page 140 - It is with heartfelt satisfaction, that the Commanding General announces to the army, that the operations of the last three days have determined that our enemy must either ingloriously fly, or come out from behind his defences, and give us battle on our own ground, where certain destruction awaits him.
Page 92 - By direction of the President, it is ordered that Major-General McClellan be relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac, and that Major-General Burnside take the command of that army...
Page 302 - Come, Thou fount of every blessing." After the hymn, a Chaplain says — " Brethren, I had service this afternoon in the First Division Hospital of the Second Corps. The Surgeon in charge, before prayer, asked all who desired to be prayed for, to raise their hands, and nearly every man who had a hand, raised it. Let us remember them in our prayers to-night.
Page 301 - They will need no more attention. A surgeon is at work upon a ghastly wound, taking up the arteries. An attendant is pouring cold water upon a swollen limb. In the Episcopal church a nurse is bolstering up a wounded officer in the area behind the altar. Men are lying in the pews, on the seats, on the floor, on boards on top of the pews.
Page 302 - One afternoon, just before the evacuation, when the atmosphere of our rooms was close and foul, and all were longing for a breath of our cooler northern air, while the men were moaning in pain, or were restless with fever, and our hearts were sick with pity for the sufferers, I heard a light step upon the stairs; and looking up I saw a young lady enter, who brought with her such an atmosphere of calm and cheerful courage, so much freshness, such an expression of gentle, womanly sympathy, that her...
Page 300 - The disabled comrade could hardly keep back the tears as he saw them pass down the street. " Few of us left. The bones of the boys are on every battle-field where the Army of the Potomac has fought,
Page 304 - ... with steady heat. The Christian Commission tent had been besieged all day by soldiers, who wanted onions, pickles, lemons, oranges, — anything sour, anything to tempt the taste. A box of oranges had been brought from City Point the night before. It was suggested that they be distributed at once to the sick and wounded. " Certainly, by all means," was the unanimous voice of the Commission. I volunteered to be the distributor. Go with me through the tents of the sufferers. Some are lying down,...
Page 300 - There are three bundred volunteer nurses in attendance. The Sanitary Commission have fourteen wagons bringing supplies from Belle Plain. The Christian Commission has less transportation facilities, but in devotion, in hard work, in patient effort, it is the compeer of its more bountifully supplied neighbor. The nurses are divided into details, — some for day service, some for night work. Each State has its relief committee. " Governor Smith, of Vermont, is here ; Senator Sprague, of...
Page 42 - Let ours be the duty in this great emergency to furnish, in unstinted measure, the men and the money required of us for the common defence. Let Massachusetts ideas and Massachusetts principles go forth, with the industrious, sturdy sons of the Commonwealth, to propagate and intensify in every camp, and upon every battle-field, that love of equal Liberty, and those rights of universal humanity, which are the basis of our Institutions ; but let none of us who remain at home, presume to direct the pilot,...

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