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VOL. 66.
(frittM far the Beaton.)
Pelhim-Brettkd Bitlery.
Br H. H. Mattbxvs.
Movements oj Br talked t Battery after
ike engagement at Kelly • Ford 17tk
March , 1863, up to and including
CkameellomnUe, May let and 2nd ,
Past ix, Continued.
We advanced upon their column
of infantry aad artillery through a
! dense wood, sdvsacing the guns by
band, with great difficulty over
etumpe and roots at treat times
being done enough to the enemy to
almost set the color of their eyes.
We used nothing but canister as
shells would be of no service at such
short range. This constant fire of
the battery, and the never ceasing
fire of Fits Lee’s dismounted brigade
held them back until midday, giving
Oen. R E. Lee time to dispose of his
infantry to advantage. o*u. Stuart
having learned that the sth Corps,
U. S. A., under Meade, had reached
Cbancellorsville, via Ely’s Ford;
withdrew from the Wilderness tav
ern, directing his march towards
Spotsylvania C. H. We made our
arrangements to go into camp, but
in doing so ran into the 6tL U. S.
Regular cavalry that had been scout
ing the country in our direction.
Greet confusion ensued. Atone mo
ment, one portion of the 6th U. S.
Cavalry would be with us, and the
next, (he s(b Va. cavalry would be
mixed up with us. It was so dark
that we could hardly distinguish
friend from foe. In the confusion
the 6th U. S. cavalry managed to get
away leaving prisoners and their
deed on the field. Gen. R E. Lee,
in the meantime, was concentrating
Ms army near Cbancellorsville, and
on May Ist bad bis entire command
(with the exception of Early and
Barksdale who were at Fredericks
burg) in the front of Cbancellorsville.
At bout 1 a. M., on the Ist, Ander
son and McLaws advanced and were
immediately hotly engaged with the
result that the Federate fell back to
their strong defenses near Chancel
lors ville. The horse artillery u*. to
5 p. m. , had not been called upon, out
bad moved from point topc'n;
casion might require. Wright’s
brigade of Anderson’s division be
ing engaged at Welford’s old furn
ace, and not having available artil
lery, be requested Geo. Stuart to let
him have some artillery. Two cl
Breathed'sguns, and 2 of McGregor’s
were dispatched at once to him, un
der that peerless artillerist Major
R F. Beckham, Gen. Stuart’s Chief
of Artillery, in command of the horse
artillery, a noble successor to the
matchless Pellham. The 4 guns of
the two batteries were soon hotly en
gaged in a fierce and bloody contest
with the enemy’s batteries. This
unequal contest was very destruc
tive to us, but we still held out but
ere long one of McGregor’s guns
bad every man in the detachment
either killed or wounded. That de
tachment seemed fated, as not one of
Breathed's men was harmed Night
coming on, theconflictceased. Maj
or H. B. McClelland, in bis work on
Stuart’s campaigns, states ’’during
the 2nd of May Fits Lee’s brigade
was employed in screening Jackson’s
Corps, who were making that great
flank movement from our right to
the enemy’s right and rear.” The
old reliable Ist Va. cavalry under
Col. Drake being in the lead while
tbs 2nd Va. cavalry under that bard
fighter Col. T. T. Munford and the
3rd Va. under Owens, interposed
between the enemy and Jackson’s
flank, maintaining that position un
til the next morning, when we reach
ed the turnpike leading to Freder
icksburg. While hailing in this
position Gen. Fits Lee discovered
the position of the enemy, and his
entrenched positions. Hurrying to
Gen. Jackson, he imparted this in
formation to him. Gen. Jackson rode
with Fits Lee to a point of observa
tion, where be look in the week
points in the enemy’s line, and saw
that by a certain move ment be could
take Hooker in reverse. He imme
diately gave the orders to cross the
field and the plank road and take
position on the turnpike, striking it
at right angles. At 6p. x, every
thing being in readiness. Breathed
with the Ist section of the battery,
(Johnston) moved out on the turn
pike m the centre of Jackson’s corps,
at section front, Lieut. Dan. Shanks
being immediately Id the rear with
the 2nd section. In this position we
awaited the command of the immor
tal Stonewall Jackson to forward.
The battery knew that immediately
in our front, not far distant, was a
Federal battery planted in the road
reedy to fire opoalha approach of
the re be. The wae not a
pleasant one. to eallr into t e very
jaws of a masked battery. We did
not object to sfefilliog in He open
and exchanging Allots with any one
Federal battery, bet we certainly
did object to waIU°B Info the jaws
of death without being able to see
the instruments ”1 destruction. It
seemed particularly horrible to me,
as on this occasion I was driving the
lead team of the ItT gun, and expect
ing every moment- as we advanced
to be burled from he saddle by the
contents of one of taoee guns. For
tunately we struck that battery in
rear." before
they could chacgeTsß;k>u and* fire
on us. The infantry osed tbier guns
on them with good effoct. Breathed’s
battery, with asectfonof McGregor's,
in our rear was the only artillery
used that day. up to the time that
Crutchfield (Jackson’s Chief of Ar
tillery) came on the ground at Bp. n.
The official records* prove this. In
this connection I wish to say that
notwithstanding Major R F. Beck
ham’s very plain and concise report
of this battle, that Capt. H. H. Moor
man, commanding a battery in our
rear, makes claims that have no war
rant and cannot be sustained by the
records, or the report of Con. Stuart’s
Chief of Artillery, Major R P. Beck
ham, who certainly knew of the dis
posit’oos of the batteries under his
immediate command. I would not
by insinuation, or direct statement
attempt to rob any battery of its just
ly earned laurels (ospec ! ally the
Horse Artillery Battalion) provided
there was any foundation for the
claims they set forth In this case,
Moorman claims to have been tue
whole show, leading and doing all
the fighting. Breathed was not in
it, in fact was not on tie grounds
according to Moorman. I will have
no trouble to prove that Moorman
was not in at all, except to bring up
the rear, being stationed on tbr
ground with one section of artillery
JJ bis commander, the gallant Frank
Beck bam after Breathed bad expend
ed all of bis aznmun’iluD. uod bad
been ordered to cease firing, as the
battery was drawing the fire of
Pleasanton's 30 odd guns. ~ 1 can al
so produce affidavits from Breath
ed ’s and McGregor's men to prove
that Moorman's battery dm not fire
a sirgle shot on May 2nd 1563. I
would have more to say about Moor
man’s absurd claims, but for the fact
tbt.k be has recently passed away at
bis home near Lynchburg, Va R. -
spect for a dead confederate soldier
bids me bold my peace. Moorman's
articles can be found in the January
number of the Southern Historical
Society, 1902, published atßichmond,
Va 1 will now resume m; narra
tive, lest 1 weary the reader. We
advanced on the road leading to
Cbancellorsville about 6 p.m., at sec
tion front, Rbodos’ division leading,
supported by Colston’s (Trimble’s)
and Hill’s division being on each
flame of the battery. We at once
struck the enemy in bis right flank
and rear. Nothing stopped us, we
moved on regardless of obstacles of
all kinds that bad been placed in the
road. The enemy were thrown into
the wildest confusion by the first
fire from Rhodes’ men. Breathed,
with whip in hand, would help the
drivers of the pieces to force the
jaded horses across the trees and
other obstructions that bad been
placed in our way. the cannoneers at
the wheels, and everybody yelling
in unison. It wss a sight lung to be
remembered and goes to show that
nothing could keep thedariag, reck
less Breathed back. When be bad
determined to go forward obstacles
of any kind could not do it. When
he said forwa. d, be meant it. I will
reproduce now Major Beckham's re
port dated May 12th 1863. It can be
found on page 1048, vol. 26. series 1,
part 1, Official Records. .
“Under instructions from Major
General J. E. B. Stuart I had placed
1 section in the turnpike under the
command of Capt. Jae. Breathed and
held them in readiness for the ad
vance of our infantry. Two other
pieces of the same battery, immedi
ately In the rear, were kept as a re
lief to Breathed, the width of the
road not allowing more than two
pieces in action at one time. I was
directed by the Major General, as
our line advanced to move forward
with the infantry. This we did not
entirely do, owing to the narrow
space in which the pieces had to be
handled, and the obetruc.ions en
countered at various places along
the road. lam glad however to re
port that we were able to beep up
almost a continuous fire ipou the
enemy from two guns, from the very
starting point up to the time when
we had to kahandoeaeeflringowing
fo the darkness end the terrible fir**
to the batteries that bad been con
centrated on the Chance Horn ville
C apt Moor mao’s battery was MU
; farther in the rear to be brougfc* op
I in case of accident,
j It was now about 6 o'clock, at
night. My men and horses were
completely exhausted, neither bar
ing been fed for 48 hours. 1 there
fore, withdrew from the position to
giro them some rest. Cap*. Moor
man. with two pieces, which had mot
bee* engaged was left near the ground
ready to take part in the engage
ment which waa to follow. All of
the artillery of Col S. Crutchfield
having come up, and be being aup
plied with guns of longer range and
heavier calibre. Capt. Moorman t cot
not allowed the privilege of s ting hit
ffnnt. Officers and men did their
duty well. Breathed was ever ahead,
choosing tbs best ground tor bis
close upon the advance.
(Signed.) R F. Bscihax,
Maj, Comd'gStuart's Horse Artill’y
Major Beckham and the battery
were congratulated by the immortal
Jackson, who wheeling around on
bis horse, used these words; “Young
mao, I congratulate you and the
brave men under you I" No one can
imagine the complete rout aud con
fusion of Hooker’s troops. They
seemed to have lost control over
themselves, throwing away every
thing that they thought would light
en their load. Pile after pile of
*napsacks were thrown along the
road, blankets by the thousands
were strewn in the wake of ike flee
ing Federals; guns of all kinds
were scattered in every direction as
if they were the cause of ail their
troubles. I saw two batteries of
Federal artillery that bad been
abandoned in the panic—not a sin
gle man near the piece*. The horses
bad stampeded, running between
the trees, and the guns were held
fastas in aviso. Kitchen fires were
in full blast, pots of cooking meat
were suspended from rude camp
cranes. On, ye gods, how we long
ed for one square meal out of those
tempting pots. But, none for us;
the villisu was still pursuing them.
We could not stop tor one moment.
Hungry as we were, we rushed af
ter the jianic spoken Yankees, fir
ing eu echelon. The infantry, poor
follows, that came up afterwards,
did justice to the feast. I could not
begrudge them the banquet, for their
haversacks wore etnp.y. The guns
o f the battery were rushed forward,
and every slight eminence seized, so
that we could keep up u continuous
fire upon the fieeing Ifanks. The
enemv neiug engaged in a retreat
bad every facility tor choosing good
7mund tor their r 4: llery, and im
peding the progress of our men.
rrequently.our guns were advanced
under a perfect bail storm of grape
and canister, but the old battery
moved on steadily, apparently un
conscious of the deadly fire that was
concentrated upon it. In every case
our fire was directed against the
batteries of the enemy. All along
the road we could see the effects of
the skill and marksmanship of Joe
Worrow. Al. Hopkins, Harry Thom
as and Seymour, our gunners. When
we reached a point about 1200 yards
from the heavily entrenched position
of Gen. Hooker on Cbancellorsvilie
heights, our lines baited and the in
fantry firing ceased. A desultory
firing from our battery was kept up
for a short time. This caused all
the batteries on Cbancellorsvilie
Heights to open on us. I was satis*
tied, Major Beckham says “that no
good could be accomplished by re
plying to 30 or more guns, so I gave
the order to cease firing." We,
therefore, ceased firing and bugged
the ground as closely as if we bed
been a part of it. While we were
in this position, poor Bill Evans, of
Westminster. Md., was struck in
the stomach by a shell, literally tear
ing him asunder. We lifted his
mangled remains as tenderly as we
could, carrying him back to an open
field near the timber, on the very
spot where Geo. Jackson and bis
staff aad stood when the advance
began. At night, we buried bis
mangled and bleeding body in that
lonely spot, far from home and
kindred on Virginia's fair soil for
whose defence his life bad been giv
er. Me gathered around his grave
paying the tribute of our tears to
the memory of our dead hero and
much loved comrade. The Rev. Geo.
H. Zimmerman, an ordained minis
ter of the M. E. Church, and one of
the bravest men in that graud old
battery, committed his body to the
earth and bis -oul to the G A Who
gave it. He and b ; s brother, Ben
ton, hao but recently joined tbs bat
tery. They were both good soldiers
and gave their lives to the Southern
cause. 'Bent'was rilled in toe Val
ley o.' Virginia. November 1864. near
Kearustown. Peace to their ashes!
Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven I
It was about 8, r. ws re
ceived orders to retire and fill our
limbers aud caissons with amnuni
fion, not knowing wuat tomorrow
■tight reveal to us. The men aoc
horses were exhausted, as Major
Beckham said, “bad not tasted food
tor4B boors.” We, therefore, with
drew from our position to obtain
the reet that tired and exhausted
nature demanded. Moorman’s bst
tory. o°e section, was left on the j
field, having come up, but accord
ing to Mgjor Beckham's report, did
not have an opportunity to fire their
guns. Breathed, the fearless, dur
ing the advance, was our guiding
•tor, always near the guas, for the
roar of the guas was music to him.
We expected every moment to see
him fall amid the terrible fire that
waa hurled against us, but the God
of Battles protected him, that thru
the medium of the old “Hornets"
the world might give him praise
and sing of his valor in verse and
prose. On many a field of battle
bad be shown bis ability. As an
artillerist he stood second to none.
He was an eogineof war that hurled
destruction Into the ranks of the
enemy when be met them. As a
friend and commander of the old
battery bis place could never have
been filled by another. He was our
idol. Lieutenants Johnson, Shanks
and Wigfall were also compliroened
tor their bravery and activity in
bringing up their pieces at the prop
er time.
It was shortly after we bad retir
ed that the great Stonewall, the
right arm of Lee, fell mortally
wounded, and by bis own men. The
story, an old one, but a very sad one.
has been told by more eloquent pens
than mine. When Jackson fell, the
deathknell of the Southern Contort
eracy was sounded. It losttfce key
stone that held the arch together
The whole South mourned for bin.
as it bad done tor no one else. It
v*ept for Jackson and would not be
comforted, because be was not. The
nations of the world bowed in tueir
respect tor the great soldier. His
tory pronounces him Liu. the great
est soldier of the age. “Let us
cross o/er the ri~er, and re . under
the shade ui the trees," were his
last words.
But to resume, while we w rr at
Cbancellorsvilie, Piiz Lee's divisio j
bad moved Fly’s Foid, toPclu the
crossing at that point. After Jack
son was wounded Gen. Stuart tool
command of the devoted cortn; that
had followed Jackson on so many
victorious fields. When Stuart went
to Jackson to get his instructions as
to bis unfinished movements, the
dying warrior said to Stuart, “act
upon your owe judgment. I have
implicit confidence in you." Such
was the wreath of laurel placed on
the brow of the great cavalier by
the dying chieftain. It was a heav
enly benediction to the daring Stu
art. On May 3, being Sunday, there
was nothing doing along our line.
The battery was not engaged, but
hastened to join Fits Lee who was
guarding the road to U. S. Ford.
This ended one of the greatest bat
tles of the war. in which Breathed s
battery of Stuart’s Horse Artillery,
was the central figure. Unaided by
any other battery, it silenced the
batteries of the enemy and rode tri
umphantly over every battery and
obstacle in its front, through shot
and shell. Had Jackson been spar
ed to write his report of the battle,
what a page of glory would have
been awarded Breathed s battery.
But as it is Major Beckham's report
is honor enough for the survivors of
that celebrated battery. We stand |
pat on that report.
The cavalry, after the battle with I
that great wind bag. the so called j
fighting Joe Hooker, followed the j
Federal army to the north bank of {
the Rappahannock, where Hooker
had gathered together bis much
scattered command and was putting
in his time trying to explain to the
powers in Washington how it all
happened and who struck him. The
command of Geo Stuart resumed its
old occupation guarding the different
fords of the Rappahannock. The •
Horse Artillery Battalion eo< arnpe 1 i
on John Minor Botts’ farm, midway I
between Brandy Station and Culpep-'
per C. H. Boils was despised by I
all Confederate soldiers being a
Union man and a traitor vo the land
of bis birth We would have te
him hip and thigh, but could not
to consequence of a guard being
placed over bis prooerty.
Chew’s Charleston battery came
to us about this time, as also Hart’s
S. C. battery, that bad been operat j
ing with Hampton. The battalion
now consisted of Breathed, McGreg
or, Moorman, Chew ...a Hart—2*J
guns in ail.
Major Beckham lived a short di
ta .or from Brandy Station. He was
appointed to West Point from Vir-,
gin is. He wr- transferred to the
Army of the Tennessee, as Colonel
of \rtillery, July 25, 1864 Chief of
Artillery on the staff of Gen. J. B.
Hood. Was kiUedal Franklin, Tenn., *
Nov. 30, 1864. Was 6th in ci.tss at
Weal Point.
(To be continued )
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Parties having Real ar Personal
Property for sale ‘sl obtain dej
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This Tear Will be One of Pesti
Lee Spangler, the Yorl **.,) pro
phet. who has attracted much attar •
tiou by accurately predicting grs* I
modern events, bss issued his bu 1 -
letio of prophecies for the year 190 C.
Spangler sees dire things ahead fo*
Russia as the result of tbs racer
turbulency in thstempire. Bessys
in bis bulletin:
“Woe unto Russia. She is fat',
approaching her doom. The people
will overthrow the empire. The
royal family sod tbs leading mem
bers of the nobility will be murder
ed and subjected to worse cruelties
than they have indicted upon the
Russian people. The country will
be divided into small republics and
elective monarchies, and these will
be constantly quarreling and in a
state of war until the end of the
world comes, in 1906.
a teas or status.
“The big spot that has appeared
upon the sun is ominous. It fore
tells rebellion, pestilence sod na
tural catastrophes upon the earth.
The outbreak of rebellion in Russia
is but a spark. It will be fanned
inte a flame that will sweep over the
world. The United States will not
escape. The worst riots in the his
tory of the nation are to occur this
year. It will be a year of strikes
in all the great industrial nations of
the wund. There will be much
famine, much fighting and auch
“There will be many big fires in
the United States and in other civili
zed unions. It will be a jeer of
great loss to the insurance compan
ies. In Russia tbe revolutionists,
when they beocTe more power'j',
will resort o t K e use of the to.ch
Russia's flee*'* cities wU be 'aio
ashes. Astro ome.s shout* wUh
'ho moon closely.
"Beliot in tbe groundhog is a
weather forecaster is a superstition
that the devii has nut in minds
of the people. There at thousands
of such superstitions, and tbe devil,
who is the father of ignorance, in
vented them. According to tbe
groundhog's appearance, there is to
bo six weeks of cold weather. A<*>
cording to natural indications sod
i to tbe rev actions of God, there w. .
be an tarij sptiug. Tbe summer
will be a dry one. Crops will be
r lined by drouths. Taere are 'o
be DUEi rojsuartbqiake shoe Vs dur
ing toe tar. These will be mo-t
severe in the Old Wor u. in Penn
sylvania, Now York, Ilew Jersey
and New hngland .here will ba
sb-jukc of sufficient force to osuaw
chimneys (n loppleoveraod oorr ices
and p.ctures to fall.”
Bulletin Hubbles.
Uncommon people are none too
It goes across lots—tbeferry boa..
Tbe flrst-clafcs ballet is figured
down to a fine thing.
It takes the stutterer sometime to
break the news.
The dancing master is set
in his ways.
The man who thinks he knows it
all little knows all be doesn't know.
A timely warning—the click of
the clock five minutes before going
on strike.
Kisses are not for publication,
even in a printing office.
The youth may like bis budding
| mustache, but it's down on him.
Tbe jeweler may be tbe poorest
judge of a base bail diamond.
The contractor may have only two
arms and ever so many bands.
Women’s clubs will be quite tbs
thing when we come to have female
They have to mao a ship before
they can manage it.
There’s no use talking, we have
no us* fur the parrot that doesn’t
i talk.
it will still be fall weatbe** next
when the yavemeuts are icy.
The nKWit successful druggist do**n
a v'.al business
. Clothes do not make a man, but
those ho has to pay for often braak
To close ?. bargain, two mro often
to tbe “bar” sod drink * again ”
• _.
Jue peanut venial cannot claia*
that his cnsictaa ic.-sc’*. '.ajomit to
Tamper i* one thivj ‘btt u. nee
o.'m er agh at t centennial exhibi
He was a champion pugilist, whodiu
All those woo met hint in lot ran
”tt t hr )vb,"
And then -at down and moped sad
•hrhed. Iwcaose
| One timid little maiden threw him

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