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Robert E. Lee Portrait
according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1862, by Harper & Brothers, in the
Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
When the war broke out he was
among the first to inculcate the necessity of defending the unity of the country
at all hazards. He was one of the speakers at the great meeting on
and his speech was probably the most thrilling that was delivered that day. He
" I owe allegiance to no
particular State, and never did, and, God helping me, I never will. I owe
allegiance to the Government of the United States. A poor boy, working my way
with my own hands, at the age of twelve turned out to take care of myself as
best I could, and beginning by earning but four dollars per month. I worked my
way onward until this glorious Government of the United States gave me a chance
at the Military Academy at West Point. There I landed with my knapsack on my
back, and, I tell you God's truth, just a quarter of a dollar in my pocket.
There I swore allegiance to the Government of the United States. I did not
abjure the love of my own State, nor of my adopted State, but high above that
was proudly triumphant and predominant my love for our common country." His
speech was continued with a fervor that held his hearers enthralled, and amidst
his remarks the following words also fell from his lips : " When the rebels come
to their senses we will receive them with open arms; but until that time, while
they are trailing our glorious banner in the dust, when they scorn it, condemn
it, curse it, and trample it under foot, I must smite, and in God's name I will
smite, and as long as I have strength I will do it I am ready, God help me, to
do my duty. I am ready to fight in the ranks or out of the ranks. Having been
educated in the Academy, having been in the army several years, having served as
a commander of a volunteer company for ten years, and having served as an
Adjutant-General, I feel I am ready for something. I only ask to be permitted to
act; and in God's name, give me something to do!"
He was appointed
Brigadier-General from New York, and sent to Kentucky. 'There lie obtained
command of a division of
army, which was the first of our troops in
Bowling Green. From
Nashville he was
sent due south through Murfreesboro and
Columbia. Near the latter place he left
the bulk of his division under one of the brigadiers, and with a brigade of
infantry, a squadron of cavalry, and two batteries, he made an extraordinary
forced march on Huntsville, which place he occupied before the rebels suspected
his proximity. He seized the telegraph office, and, it is believed, obtained
some useful information in the shape of dispatches from and to
Beauregard. Since then lie has been dashing
hither and thither on the Memphis and Charleston Road, until now (April 25) he
holds two hundred miles of the line, from Stevenson, Alabama, to Tuscumbia. He
is one of our most dashing and splendid generals.
A REBEL CAPTAIN FORCING NEGROES TO LOAD CANNON UNDER THE FIRE OF
BERDAN'S SHARP-SHOOTERS. - SEEN
THROUGH A TELESCOPE
FROM OUR LINES, AND SKETCHED
BY MR. MEAD. - [SEE
MITCHELL! strong brain, quick
eye, and steady hand! Faithful in service—faultless in command;
Thou favorite son of science! fit
Foremost among the saviours of
the land ;
In that the scholar's craft, the
captain's skill, In thee conjoined, work fitting triumphs still; And nobler yet
the patriotic thrill'
Which guides the master triumphs
of thy will!
God! with a handful of such
hearted men To beard the wolf of Treason in his den !
Men quick to plan and strong to
act—and then Europe shall ring our triumphs back again!
Onward, my hero ! Men shall catch
the flame Which lights thy soul—and glow again for shame. With thee—and such as
thee—we shall reclaim The morning glory of our empire's fame !
GENERAL O. M. MITCHELL.
WE publish herewith, from a
photograph kindly furnished by ANSON, 589
Broadway, a portrait of GENERAL O. M.
MITCHELL, whose brilliant exploits in Northern Alabama and Mississippi are the
theme of so much eulogy.
ORMSBY M'KNIGHT MITCHELL
is a native of Kentucky, but was appointed to West Point from Ohio in 1825. He
is about fifty-seven years of age. In 1829 he graduated in the same class as the
Generals Joe Johnson and
Lee. He served three years as Professor of
Mathematics at West Point, and was a short while in the army. But in 1832,
becoming weary of inaction, he resigned his commission, studied law, and opened
an office at Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1834 to 1814 he filled the chair of
Professor of Mathematics in the Cincinnati College, and in 1845 founded the
Cincinnati Observatory. His love for astronomy induced him to devote most of his
time to the study of this science. He published several works on the subject
which attained considerable popularity ; and in 1858, when the troubles in the
Dudley Observatory left it without a manager, he was called to the vacant post.
Astronomy, however, did not engross his time. Like
BURNSIDE, CURTIS, and others, he
was a railroad man, and for many years filled the office of Engineer of the
and Mississippi line. He was also at one time Adjutant-General of Ohio. In every
position he was remarkable for energy, boldness, and thoroughness.
NEW YORK, SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1862.
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