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Four Scouts of the 5th S. C. Cavalry Got Away from the Yankees

In May, 1864, a party from Company D, Fifth S. C. Cavalry, consisting of N. G. B. Chafee, John Tharin, J. W. Ward and Glenn E. Davis, were scouting between our lines and those of General Sheridan's. Early one morning they were riding through some woods when suddenly, in a turn of the road, they came right np to a company of Gregg's cavalry, of Sheridan's corps. The four  Confederates wheeled their horses and dashed down a narrow road. They were fired upon and pursued by the Yankees, but, being better mounted, they succeeded in reaching a small body of thick woods. The enemy did not follow the Confederates into the woods, but divided their men into squads of from eight to ten each and completely surrounded the piece of woods, stationing their squads from three to four hundred yards apart. After being in the thicket for some time the Confederates, creeping to the edge of the woods, saw that they were in a trap and could not escape without breaking through one of the guarding…

The Cause—My Motives and Defence by Ephraim McDowell Anderson

Being now in the Confederate service, and fully committed to the fortunes of those States which had separated from the Union, and maintained their right to do so by arms, I wish my record to show the motives and reasons which influenced me in an act of such grave responsibility; they will be briefly stated, with as little cicumlocution as possible.
The doctrine of State rights has been settled by arms, adversely to the States. The whole fabric has been tumbled to the ground, and the States are now nothing, not even respectable corporations; for corporate rights cannot be invaded without what in law is called a "quo warranto," and a regular trial in court. The executive, under the new order of things, by a simple scratch of his pen, has annihilated a State government, placing all authority in the hands of a military chief, and numerous petty chiefs under him, and constituting them absolute masters of the lives, liberty, and fortunes of its people.
In the history of governments,…

Stonewall Jackson: A Thesaurus of Anecdotes of and Incidents in the Life of Lieut.-General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, C. S. A.

CHAPTER ONE. STONEWALL JACKSON'S MAXIMS OF MILITARY STRATEGY.
Description of Jackson's Maxims of Military Strategy, by Gen. John M. Imboden, C. S. A. — Statement of Jackson's View of War by Dr. Hunter McGuire — Jackson's Knowledge of the Operations of the Enemy— Jackson Made Himself the Master of the Topography of the Country in Which He Was Operating — Jackson's Tactics — Account of in Lecture by One of His Staff, Capt. James Power Smith.
Stonewall Jackson's Maxims of Military Strategy.— "Jackson's military operations were always unexpected and mysterious. In my personal intercourse with him in the early part of the war, before he had become famous, he often said there were two things never to be lost sight of by a military commander — 'always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and, when you strike and overcome him. never let up in the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed, if hotly pursued, beco…

The Confederate Soldiers’ Home

But, Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, one of the strongest reasons for accepting this home lies in the fact that it will reach a class of needy soldiers for whom no provision at all is now made. We pension those who lost a limb or were permanently disabled in the war. But, sir, what shall we say of that other soldier, who fought in the thickest of the battle; who braved every danger, but by a merciful Providence was protected from the missiles of destruction? Was he less heroic than his more unfortunate comrade who was smitten? Did he not serve his country as well?
And now that the fortune of the busy crowding world —more cruel to him than the fortune of war—has stricken him down, shall Georgia extend him no helping hand? Nay, more, shall she refuse to accept what other hearts and hands have built and now proffer her in fee simple, free of cost, conditioned only to maintain those needy few who may be driven to seek its shelter from the storms of life? Let us by our votes answer no, forever …

My Imprisonment and The First Year Of Abolition Rule At Washington by Rose O'Neal Greenhow

Chapter II On To Richmond
MY ARREST—LINCOLN'S ARRIVAL —SCOTCH CAP AND CLOAK—HIS ELECTION AN INVASION OP SOUTHERN RIGHTS —ORDER FOR THE ADVANCE OF THE GRAND ARMY INTO VIRGINIA ITS DEPARTURE BATTLE OF MANASSAS DEFEAT AND ROUT ITS RETURN TO WASHINGTON — DEMORALISATION — QUARRELS BETWEEN EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND MILITARY— PANIC.
On Friday, August 23rd, in Washington City—the metropolis of this once free and. happy land, the proud boast of which was that life, liberty, and property were protected by the law—I was made a prisoner in my own house, and subjected to an ordeal which must have been copied from the days of the Directory in France.
My blood boils when I think of it. But, for the benefit of all who may feel an interest in the subject, I will give a circumstantial account of an act which should shed renown upon the distinguished authors of it.
It is necessary for my purpose to make a brief resume of the incidents of the few months preceding. I might even go back to the advent of th…

Cared For A Sick Soldier by Mrs. Ellen G. M'Cord

by  Mrs. Ellen G. M'Cord Albertville, Ala.
One bright Sabbath morning in the early autumn of 1864, two soldiers came to my well for water. One of them was an old man, and the other seemed a mere boy. Hood's army had left Atlanta and his soldiers had been passing by for two days. Some were riding and some were on foot. Old men and boys had been called out to defend their native State, but now the magazines had been blown up, Atlanta had fallen, and we were in the enemy's lines.
I was a widow then, with two small children, and a kind old lady, Mrs. Smith, who had lost husband, children and home by the war, lived with me.
I saw the two soldiers as they tarried at the well, and as I was going to see about dinner I stopped to speak to them. While the old man was talking to me, the boy said, "I will go out to the grove and lie down and rest a little while."
I saw that the boy was sick, and I told him to go with me to the house and I would prepare him a comfortable place to r…

Jefferson Davis' Life Leading To His Capture by Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery

by Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery
Articles and books of the past 150 plus years have given there views and interpretations of the life of Jefferson Finis Davis. As you know, he served as President of the Confederate States of America. However, he also served the United States Government:  Member of the House of Representatives from Mississippi (December 8, 1845-October 28, 1846)
Member of the Senate from Mississippi (March 4, 1847-January 21, 1851).
Secretary of War (March 7, 1853-March 4, 1857) 
Member of the Senate from Mississippi (March 4, 1857-January 21, 1861). 
Jefferson Davis demonstrated himself as a rising star with an illustrious career, serving in the United States Government.
A. Brief Biography.
Jefferson Davis was born in the village of Fairview,  Christian County, Kentucky, on June 3, 1808. He was child number ten to be born to Samuel and Jane [Cook] Davis. Likely he was given his middle name based on its meaning, “Finis [fa-nee or fen-os],” which is Latin, translated as “finished, …