CHAPTER XCVI

Battle of Gettysburg,--First Day

1.  Now when the army of the rebels had passed over the river Potomac, and came and sat down at Hagerstown, which is in the land of Maryland:

2.  Meade also came forth to meet them at the head of the mighty army of the Potomac,

3.  And when Lee, who was the chief captain of the hosts of the Rebels, knew that Meade drew nigh, he commanded his officers that they should lead the soldiers unto the boards of the land of Pennsylvania.

4.  And the two mighty armies came together nigh unto Gettysburg, which lieth to the south of the land of Pennsylvania and not far from the mountains that are called Blue Ridge.

5.  Now on the first day of the month, July, Reynolds, who led the advance of the army of Meade, came upon the front of the Rebels.

6.  And Reynolds commanded his artillery that they should fire upon the Rebels and drive them back that they might feel the might of his power.

7.  Then began a fierce battle; and lo Reynolds was slain' for the rifles of the Rebels were deadly.

8.  Now when Doubleday, who was also a captain in the army of the north, saw that Reynolds was slain, he took command of the soldiers.

9.  And Howard also came to the field and let corps eleventh which joined battle with the Rebels also and fought with great fury;

10.  And the battle raged with great fury, even until nightfall, and the ground with red with the blood of the valiant.

11.  Yet had neither array conquered on that day' but the host of the north withdrew to the southward and were set in battle away upon the hill which is called Cemetery.

12.  And when midnight drew near Meade came unto the camp of the army and beheld all the line of battle that Howard had made ready for the morrow.

13.  And Meade approved of all that Howard had done, and said it is well, and the host waited on the hill until morning.

14.  Now the line of battle which Howard had arranged was in the form of a horse's shoe; and the corps that were in the line were six corps.

15.  The corps of Slocum, and the corps of Howard, and the corps of Hancock, and the corps of Doubleday, and the corps of Sickles, and the corps of Sykes.

16.  And Meade placed himself in the center of the line, that he might direct the order of battle and that he might the more easily behold the whole of the conflict.

CHAPTER XCVII

Gettysburg.--Second Day

1.  Now when the morning of the second day had fully come, all prepared themselves unto the battle, for strong were the foes that had met, and great was their courage and valor.

2.  But the day had well nigh passed, and the evening was at hand when the Rebels came forth to the conflict.

3.  Then marched forth Longstreet and Hill, mighty captains of the South, and they led forth forty and five thousand of the bravest of the Rebels.

4.  And they moved onward silent and steady, like unto a dark cloud when it moveth up the blue of the Heavens.

5.  And they fell mightly upon the corps of Sickles, and forced them back slowly even as a mighty wind driveth a billow.

6.  And the noise of the conflict was terrible, and the smoke of the battle was as of the burning of cities and the ground was heaped with the dead and the wounded and dying.

7.  Now came Hancock and Sykes to the aid of the valiant Sickles, and joined the power of their arms to the might of his valor, but on swept the host of the Rebels, and the Northmen regained not their footing.

8.  Then came up the Twelfth Corps of Slocum, and the Sixth Corps of Sedgwick, who had come rapidly from far that he might join battle also with the Rebels.

9.  For Sedgwick had marched for thirty and six hours, and his soldiers were weary and would fain rest, but when they saw the tide of the battle and how danger threatened the army, they said, "Lead us on to the conflict.

10.  And they came down like a whirlwind and drove back the Rebels even to the spot whence they had come forth.

11.  Now the battle raged until late in the night, and the victory was to the Army of Meade, for the Rebels were sore beaten and repulsed at all points.

CHAPTER XCVIII

Gettysburg.--Third Day

1.  Now when the morning of the third day had come, the battle was renewed, and on this day the soldiers of Slocum fell upon Ewell, and thus open the conflict.

2.  And the charges to both sides were fired, and all the forenoon the hot combat continued, and then the armies rested for a little space.

3.  Then began a mighty cannonade, the like of which had not been known in the nation, and it continued three hours, and it was from a hundred of the guns of Lee against the hill whereupon where the hosts of Meade,

4.  And now came a great column of Rebels, and the Rebel Chief Armistead led them, and they dashed with great fury towards the brigade of Webb.

5.  And when Armistead had halted a moment, that he might put his column in perfect array, so that he could more surely destroy the brigade of Webb.

6.  Webb cried with a loud voice unto his soldiers and commanded them that they should charge upon the enemy.

7.  And they fell upon the Rebels with fury and killed many, and made Armistead captive, and three thousand of the souls that were with him.

8.  Thus the battle was ended, and the victory was to the Army of Freedom, for the hosts of Lee came no ore against the Army of the Potomac.

9.  And when the night had come the hosts of the Rebels withdrew and fled away toward Virginia, that they might escape away out of the land of the North.

10.  Now in the three great battles that were fought at Gettysburg, great numbers were slain, and multitudes were sore wounded.

11.  Of the great Chiefs of the army of the North, were slain, Reynolds, and Zook, and Farnsworth, and Weed.

12.  And of the great Chiefs of the army of the North, were wounded, Doubleday, and Sickles, and Hancock, and Butterfield, and Gibbon, and Webb, and Caldwell, and Warren, and Hunt, and Paul, and Barlow and Meredith, and Graham.

13.  Now Lee, when he had fled, came to the River Potomac, and made a bridge, and crossed over into the land of Virginia, and came unto his own place, even the stronghold of Rebels.

14.  After these things many Copperheads were turned from darkness into marvellous light, for they had learned that the Rebels of the South respected them not above their neighbors,

15.  But plundered both Butternuts and men--neither did they spare the coward, because of his whining.

16.  Therefore, in those days flourished War Democrats, and the party of them waxed mighty, and spread through the length and the breadth of the Nation.

CHAPTER XCIX

Bragg Retreats From Chattanooga

1.  Now when Rosecrans had been a long time resting with the hosts that were with him, and the people began to wonder, saying, Why goeth he not out against the Rebels.

2.  For the army of Bragg had pitched round about Chattanooga which is a goodly place, lying nigh unto the land of Georgia, and upon the River Tennessee.

3.  Behold, there came tidings that the Army of the Cumberland had departed out of their camps, and marched to the southward.

4.  And some feared for the army lest it should go too far into the enemies country, and be cut off by Guerrillas.

5.  For in those days, Morgan and those who followed him, went about seeking whom they might devour (for they had not yet came into the land of the Buckeye).

6.  But Rosecrans had sent forth spies and scouts, who, mounted on swift horses, and who took heed that no danger should come upon the army suddenly, and that it might not be taken unawares.

7.  Now when Rosecrans drew nigh unto Chattanooga, behold, the great host of the Rebels fled to the mountains and sought safety therein from the sword of the pursuers.

8.  Howbeit, many were taken captive, and the fame of Rosecrans was spread abroad through the land

9.  Now the armies of the North prospered greatly in these days, and the people rejoiced in the victories which were achieved.

CHAPTER C

Vicksburg Falls

1.  On the day which is called the Sabbath of Freedom, even the Fourth of July, which is sacred unto him who loveth his country,

2.  Ulysses looked forth from his tent, and behold one cometh with the white flag of submission, saying, Oh, Ulysses, we can hold out against there no longer, and I am come from our Chief to ask in his name a favor at thy hands.

3.  Then said Ulysses, Speak, and make known the desire of thy Chief, that I may judge of this request, and make answer unto him quickly.

4.  Then spake he who had been sent, saying, Our Chief willeth to surrender unto there if thou wilt permit that his men may march out.

5.  Then Ulysses gave answer, Surely no man marcheth out but as a prison of war;--this say ye unto him who sent ye;--but if your Chief surrendereth himself and his men as prisoners unto me, no one shall be harmed.

6.  After these things, the Chief Captain of the Rebels surrendered both himself and his men prisoners of war unto Ulysses, and they march out and gave up their arms unto Ulysses.

7.  And were paroled, every man, and then they departed away, and were scattered throughout the land of Dixie.

8.  And the number of prisons that Ulysses paroled was about thirty and two thousand souls; and of these were one Lieutenant-General, and four Major-Generals, and twelve Brigadier-Generals.

9.  And there were taken also at Vicksburg two hundred pieces of artillery, and forty thousand muskets and rifles, great store of clothing and munitions of war.

10.  Now after this Ulysses waited not, but sent forth a force to the assistance of Nathaniel that he might overcome Port Hudson.

11.  And Hudson fell also, and many captives were taken, even six hundred thousand souls who drew sword.

CHAPTER CI

Thanksgiving Psalm

1.  "Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory," for the arms of our people have triumphed, and the glory of Dixie is laid low.

2.  The proud hosts of Lee have been scattered, the stronghold of Vicksburg hat fallen, and the Rebels have fled at Helena.

3.  For the Lord has weakened the arm of the Slaver, but he hath given strength to the lover of Freedom.

4.  "Oh bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise be heard."

5.  Give thanks unto God, oh ye people, for he hath blesses us graciously.

6.  Give thanks for brave Captains and soldiers, give thanks for wise Rulers and leaders.

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