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Page) Volunteers; beyond, in line-of-battle, the Third Wisconsin and
Sixteenth Indiana. Toward the centre the brave Thirty-second New York
Volunteers, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Pinto, can be seen engaging the
enemy's line; while in the distance the smoke of battle rises from the conflict
in all directions. The distant mountains are the same on which the battle of the
Sunday previous was fought."
The Herald account says:
The army corps which had been
General Banks before he was directed to take
charge of the defenses about Washington was assigned to the command of the
General Mansfield. It consists of two
divisions, commanded by
Generals Williams and Green. The corps advanced
to the scene of action in close columns of companies, arriving on the field
about a couple of hours after the battle was begun. General Williams's division
occupied the right and General Green's the left when the command was formed in
line. The battle was raging fiercely on the right when this corps came up. With
commendable alacrity the divisions were placed in position, ready to push into
the contest. Hooker's men were fighting bravely and losing heavily, and
assistance was required. Rapidly the regiments wheeled into position and
deployed into line. General Mansfield was mortally wounded while directing the
formation of his lines. A rebel sharp-shooter, seeing him mounted in front,
within range of an excellent rifle, and evidently perceiving also, from his
venerable appearance, that he was a general officer, took deliberate aim and
shot him down, The General fell mortally wounded in the breast, and was carried
from the field before his command had become engaged in the important operations
of the day, in which the corps bore no inconsiderable part. General Williams,
being senior officer, assumed command of the corps, and General Gordon, till
then commanding a brigade, took charge of his division. The corps was formed in
battle order in the rear of General Hooker, and relieved a portion of that
officer's brave but decimated regiments.
we give the
CENTRE OF THE FIGHT.
Mr. Waud says: "At this point, in
the course of the day, four batteries were posted in turn. I have chosen to
represent the First Maryland Battery, which fought here for some hours, doing
good service in the work of driving the invader from its native land, testifying
to Maryland's loyalty by hard blows for the Union. This battery was raised in
Baltimore, and is armed with eight rifled light 3-inch guns. In the picture it
occupies the ground upon which one of the rebel division lines was formed, the
dead lying so thick. as to mark distinctly their position right across the
fields. On the right is a church on the edge of the rebel position in the woods.
Around this building the loss of life was enormous, the little road in front
being filled (as well as the adjacent fields) with corpses. Toward the centre of
the sketch is a corn-field and orchard, where there was some awful fighting, the
dead lying piled up in groups. The lines were formed along the little hills from
which the smoke is seen rising, where
McClellan's artillery shelled the rebel
positions with a tremendous fire. The rebels had one or two batteries badly used
up in the fields near the little white church, among them the Sixth North
Carolina; but as four or five batteries claim the honor of their destruction, it
will be just as well perhaps to leave it an open question."
page 641 we illustrate the
FLIGHT OF THE INHABITANTS OF SHARPSBURG,
who had no notion of being
"delivered" by Jeff Davis. Mr. Waud says: "Sharpsburg contains a population of
about 2000, mostly Union people, the exceptions being very few. It suffered
considerably in the recent battle, several buildings being burned, one of them
being destroyed by the carelessness of the rebel soldiers who were cooking in
it. All that was eatable they ate up; blankets they stole, and furniture they
destroyed, even digging up things which the inhabitants had cached. Most of the
citizens left the town with the women and children, hiding in the surrounding
country till the rebel horde had left. A few secessionists, who remained and
pointed out to the Southern rabble the houses of prominent Union men, it is to
be hoped will be dealt with as they deserve. It would be a good idea to
confiscate their goods for the benefit of the sufferers."
On page 648 we give an
illustration of the
BURNING OF MUMMA'S MILLS.
Mr. Waud writes: "The burned
mills are seen in the centre of the picture. In the fore-ground is the Twelfth
New York Volunteers, protected in the bed of the canal (from which most of the
water has been run off) from the fire of the enemy's sharp-shooters, which the
color-bearer is endeavoring to draw. These colors, presented to the regiment by
the ladies of Syracuse, bear marks of shot and shell, and are so battle-stained
and torn that it would be difficult for the before-mentioned ladies to recognize
Sharpsburg is almost entirely
destroyed. A Tribune correspondent says:
In posing through Sharpsburg one
is struck with the appearance of the village. You will remember it was exposed
for several hours on Wednesday evening to furious shelling by Burnside's
artillery. The terrible effects of his shots were instantly seen the moment we
entered the village. Scarcely a house remained untouched. Chimneys were knocked
down, heavy stone walls smashed in, roofs lifted up and carried off, and almost
every form of damage possible to conceive of to a dwelling was to be seen along
the main street. The large church, standing upon the hill to the right of the
turnpike, was fairly riddled with shot and battered so terribly that a new
edifice will have to be erected out of the broken materials. A large brick hotel
in the heart of the town had fourteen shots entirely through it. Strange to say
that in all this cannonade not a citizen of the village was killed or wounded.
All who did not leave sought shelter in the cellars, and were uninjured.
page 652 we publish a picture representing
CORN-EXCHANGE REGIMENT CROSSING THE POTOMAC,
in the advance of
Fitz John Porter's corps. Mr. Waud writes:
"This splendid regiment was one of those which crossed to reconnoitre the
enemy's position on the opposite side, the whole brigade narrowly escaping from
the large force which the enemy brought against it. Some killed and a number of
wounded were left on the opposite side, and were not brought over till the next
day, when the rebel sharp-shooters having failed to respond to our fire for some
time, a number of the men went over and brought the wounded back."
Another picture, on page 649,
introduces us to the
HORRORS OF THE BATTLE-FIELD.
A World correspondent says:
The severest fighting of the war
was followed by the most appalling sights upon the battle-field. Never, I
believe, was the ground strewn with the bodies of the dead and the dying in
greater numbers or in more shocking attitudes. Let those who desire to witness a
great battle, and gratify themselves with the sublimest spectacle which mortals
ever gaze upon, hear but once the cries and groans of the wounded, and see the
piles of dead men, in attitudes which show the writhing agony in which they
died—faces distorted with the pains which afflicted the dead in their latest
moments, begrimed and covered with clotted blood, arms and legs torn from the
body or the body itself torn asunder, and all the scenes upon the field of
battle which fill one with horror and sadness, and they will be content to
deprive themselves in future of the sublimity of a battle scene, when they think
upon the horrors of the field where the dead lie in heaps unburied, and the
dying and wounded uncared for beside them. The faces of those who had fallen in
the battle were, after more than a day's exposure, so black that no one would
ever suspect that they had been white. All looked like negroes, and as they lay
in piles where they had fallen, one upon another, they filled the by-standers
with a sense of horror. In the road they lay scattered all around, and the
stench which arose from the bodies decomposing in the sun was almost
unendurable. Passing after night from Sharpsburg to Hagerstown upon the
turnpike, it required the greatest care to keep my horse from trampling upon the
dead, so thickly were they strewn around. Along the line for not more than a
mile at least one thousand five hundred lay unburied.
page 641 Mr. Waud introduces us to the present
position of affairs by showing us
PICKETS ACROSS THE POTOMAC.
At the time he sketched they were
within easy gun-shot of each other across the narrow river. Now, we learn, the
barbarous custom of picket-firing has ceased.
page 650 we
give a MAP of Washington County, Maryland, which shows not only every village
and every road and stream, but likewise every farm in the county; and will be
found of the greatest value.
THE UPPER POTOMAC.
page 645 we
reproduce three sketches by Mr. Davis, one of them representing GENERAL KENLY'S
BRIGADE OF UNION TROOPS moving from Hagerstown toward the Potomac; another a
SCENE ON THE
BATTLE-FIELD OF ANTIETAM; and a third a HOSPITAL SCENE. General
Kenly, late Provost Marshal of Baltimore, and Colonel of the Maryland regiment
which suffered so severely at Front Royal, is now in command of a Maryland
brigade, in the advance of
General McClellan's army. He is a thorough
soldier, and his men have proved that they are the right stuff. At the next
battle we are much mistaken if they do not make themselves a name Mr. Davis
writes that words fail to describe the kindness of the ladies of Hagerstown and
the vicinity to our wounded. They are to be met at every hour of the day and
night entering the hospitals with articles of food and little comforts which
"ministering angels" so well know how to provide. Let us set their kindness
against the rude behavior of the secesh females of Baltimore, and remember only
WAR IN KENTUCKY.
page 652 we give a picture, from a sketch by
our special artist in Kentucky, Mr. H. Mosler, representing a GUN-BOAT IN THE
OHIO on the look-out for rebels. Mr. Mosier writes:
"LOUISVILLE, September, 1862.
"Inclosed please find a sketch of
the boats defending the Ohio River where possibly it might be forded, or
stationed at different points to prevent the erection of batteries on the
Kentucky shores. These boats are defended by bales of hay, and their
pilot-houses made bullet-proof by heavy oak planking. They occasionally
reconnoitre up and down the river, shelling the woods, as represented in my
IN one of our large army
hospitals—now, alas! a common sight in this once peaceful country—surrounded by
the wounded and dying, lay a mere boy. One glance at the fever-flush on his fair
cheek, the unnatural brilliancy of the beautiful blue eye, together with the
painfully-restless movement that tossed the bright curls from his heated
forehead, told with mournful certainty the tale that his hours were numbered.
Yet only a fellow-soldier sat
beside him. No fond mother's or sister's hand bathed that fevered brow; and
tender tones whispering words of love and comfort were wanting by the bedside of
the dying lad. The physician approached him, and, used as he was to such scenes,
said, sadly, "What a pity! yesterday such a fair prospect of recovery, and to
day no chance. Poor boy!" he continued, in an under tone; "I wonder where his
mother is! but she could never get here in time. Ah, well! it's fretting so much
has done it." Here the poor lad interrupted, saying, with feverish eagerness,
and that pretty mingling of Scotch and English always so interesting, "It's na
the fretting; it's the vow. Sin I canna see her in the body I maun in the
spirit, and before night—oh me!" "Delirious," said the doctor; "I feared it;"
and, with an injunction to the watching soldier to let him talk as much as he
pleased, passed on—he had no time to spend by the dying boy. Thus encouraged to
talk—for the young soldier had his senses perfectly—he turned to his comrade,
saying, "Will you hear me tell it, James? It wad mak the time seem shorter to
speak out what is in my head. Weel, then, I'll begin at the time when father,
mither, Jessie, an I all lived in that sweet wee home awa among the Scotch
mountains. We hadna much, to be sure, but enough to keep oursels, and some'at to
spare for our poorer neighbors. Jessie was a very bonnie lass, older then mysel
by some years, and it was na long till she was promised to the minister of the
place. A nice young
man was he, an all the country
round was glad when it was known. It cam Jessie's birthday just three months
before the wedding-day. She was very sad, an kep saying how happy she had been
at hame, an how no ither spot could ever be to her what it had been; and then,
in the middle of the dancing an fun, she up an threw her arms round my mither's
neck, an vowed that always, on that evening, so long as my mither was alive, she
would come—whether 'in the body or in the spirit,' she would never fail.
" 'Twas a wild word for her to
speak, an many o' the neighbors shook their heads as they heard; an the talk
went round the town that Jessie Graeme had bound hersel by sich a strange vow."
Here the boy paused from extreme exhaustion, and, as he rested for a few
moments, seemed to be looking at something very far off; then, rousing himself,
said, "I maun be short; it is near the time. Jessie was married, an our hearts
were just as glad as children; till one day word cam that Jessie an her husband
were drowned. In crossing a little loch to visit some sick folk the boat must 'a
overturned, for it was found floating; but we never saw them again.
"Oh, 'twas a bitter time! My
mither fretted much; for, though she keened it true, she couldna think of our
bonnie lassie lying dead an cold in her husband's arms, on the stones at the
bottom of the loch. My father fretted too. He wadna think that she was dead, but
kep saying she wad soon be back to gladden our hearts ance mair; but she never
cam; an we three, wi' sickening hearts, waited for her birthday; we kenned right
weel that, dead or alive, her promise wad be kep.
"The night came, an we sat wi'
open door an curtain drawn from the window (for when they come in the spirit
it's only through the window they can look). We three by the bright fire sat
waiting for the first sound o' her footstep. I heard it first, as, wi' the water
dripping from her clothes, she cam swiftly up the walk, an, putting aside the
rose-bush, looked in—only for one moment; then she was gone; but by that we
kenned she was dead. It seemed to comfort my mither; so that, when I left soon
after to come here, I made the same vow, 'that so lang as my mither lived,
whether in the body or in the spirit, I wad, on the same night, stand by
Jessie's side;' an I maun," he added, his eyes brightening, and a cold damp
gathering on his brow. "Does no one see? Don't you hear the water dripping frae
her dress? My mither, wi' her long gray hair! See, she is putting the roses awa.
How cold an clammy her hand is! It is dark!" and, with these words, fell back
lifeless on the bed. In awe-struck silence his eyes were closed, and the cheeks
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revered for unfailing tenderness and true courage might be, at that moment,
standing by the sister it had so dearly loved, looking through the casement on
the home and parents of their childhood, while the beautiful frame it had
inhabited lay motionless before them.
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