Gettysburg, the Pivotal Battle of the Civil War

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A.C. McClurg & Company, 1911 - 290 էջ
 

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Էջ 278 - It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ; that from these...
Էջ 101 - Stuart; I ought to have heard from him long before now. He may have met with disaster, but I hope not. In the absence of reports from him, I am in ignorance as to what we have in front of us here. It may be the whole Federal army, or it may be only a detachment. If it is the whole Federal force we must fight a battle here; if we do not gain a victory, those defiles and gorges through which we passed this morning will shelter us from disaster.
Էջ 278 - It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us...
Էջ 275 - ... for use in the condition in which they were at the time of the fire, excluding any fanciful or sentimental considerations.
Էջ 228 - General, shall I advance?" The effort to speak the order failed, and I could only indicate it by an affirmative bow. He accepted the duty with seeming confidence of success, leaped on his horse, and rode gayly to his command. I mounted and spurred for Alexander's post. He reported that the batteries he had...
Էջ 81 - Up and down the line men reeling and falling ; splinters flying from wheels and axles where bullets hit ; in rear, horses tearing and plunging, mad with wounds or terror ; drivers yelling, shells bursting, shot shrieking overhead, howling about our ears or throwing up great clouds of dust where they struck...
Էջ 216 - He knew that I did not believe that success was possible ; that care and time should be taken to give the troops the benefit of positions and the grounds ; and he should have put an officer in charge who had more confidence in his plan.
Էջ 78 - ... half way to the Fairfield Road— nearly a mile in length. First we could see the tips of their color-staffs coming up over the little ridge, then the points of their bayonets, and then the Johnnies themselves, coming on with a steady tramp, tramp, and with loud yells. It was now apparent that the old Battery's turn had come again, and the embattled boys who stood so grimly at their posts felt that another page must be added to the record of Buena Vista and Antietam. The term "boys...
Էջ 88 - The whole of that portion of the Union army in my front was in inextricable confusion and in flight. They were necessarily in flight, for my troops were upon the flank and rapidly sweeping down the lines. The firing upon my men- had almost ceased. Large bodies of the Union troops were throwing down their arms and surrendering, because in disorganized and confused masses they were wholly powerless either to check the movement or return the fire. As far down...
Էջ 278 - We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract.

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