Three Months in the Southern States: April-June, 1863

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W. Blackwood and sons, 1863 - 316 páginas
 

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This was an interesting read, it really gave a unique perspective of what life was like in the southern United States during the civil war and the mentality of those Fremantle came in contact with. I think what makes this so captivating is the fact that the civil war wasn't yet over when it was published, and thus some of Fremantle's thoughts and predictions seem immature 150 years later. 

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Página 275 - I saw General Willcox (an officer who wears a short round jacket and a battered straw hat) come up to him, and explain, almost 'crying, the state of his brigade. General Lee immediately shook hands with him and said, cheerfully, "Never mind, General, all this has been MY fault — it is I that have lost this fight, and you must help me out of it in the best way you can.
Página 274 - ... to the rear. His face, which is always placid and cheerful, did not show signs of the slightest disappointment, care, or annoyance ; and he was addressing to every soldier he met a few words of encouragement, such as...
Página 253 - General Lee is, almost without exception, the handsomest man of his age I ever saw. He is fifty-six years old, tall, broad-shouldered, very well made, well set up — a thorough soldier in appearance; and his manners are most courteous and full of dignity. He is a perfect gentleman in every respect. I imagine no man has so few enemies, or is so universally esteemed. Throughout the South, all agree in pronouncing him to be as near perfection as a man can be.
Página 265 - So soon as the firing began, General Lee joined Hill just below our tree, and he remained there nearly all the time, looking through his field-glass — sometimes talking to Hill and sometimes to Colonel Long of his Staff. But generally he sat quite alone on the stump of a tree. What I remarked especially was, that during the whole time the firing continued, he only sent one message, and only received one report. It is evidently his...
Página 272 - The devil you wouldn't! I would like to have missed it very much ; we've attacked and been repulsed: look there !" For the first time I then had a view of the open space between the two positions, and saw it covered with Confederates slowly and sulkily returning towards us in small broken parties, under a heavy fire of artillery.
Página 272 - I had not seen enough to give me any idea of the real extent of the mischief. When I got close up to General Longstreet, I saw one of his regiments advancing through the woods in good order; so, thinking I was just in time to see the attack, I remarked to the General that "I wouldn't have missed this for anything.
Página 160 - Yankees with success in towns, forts, stockades, and steamboats; and by the same system, Wheeler and Wharton kept a large pursuing army in check for twenty-seven days, retreating and fighting every day, and deluding the enemy with the idea that they were being resisted by a strong force composed of all three branches of the service. Colonel Grenfell told me that the only way in which an officer could acquire influence over the Confederate soldiers was by his personal conduct under fire. They hold...
Página 118 - I was presented to Captain Henderson, who commanded a corps of about fifty "scouts." These are employed on the hazardous duty of hanging about the enemy's camps, collecting information, and communicating with Pemberton in Vicksburg. They are a finelooking lot of men, wild, and very picturesque in appearance. At 12 noon a Yankee military surgeon came to camp.
Página 168 - And I assure you, sir, that the slaughter of that Indiana regiment was the greatest I have ever seen in the war.
Página 167 - Having cantered to the Colonel of the regiment that was firing, I asked him, in angry tones, what he meant by shooting his own friends. He answered with surprise, " I don't think there can be any mistake about it ; I am sure they are the enemy.

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