The soldiers in the Spanish battalion advanced fifteen metres but then retreated to their trenches. Neither tanks nor horses materialized. It was the first he had heard of such a signal, but he ordered his soldiers to stitch one together, out of underwear and shirts. Two soldiers carried it from the trenches and, since it was by then broad daylight, were killed by machine-gun fire as they laid it down.
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In a phone call just before noon, a short-tempered Yugoslav colonel told Merriman that the Spanish troops were far ahead, waiting for him. Merriman could see that they were still in their trenches.
After three Republican planes flew by, more or less harmlessly—as much support as the troops would receive—Merriman felt that he had no choice but to obey. He stepped out of the trenches, signalling to his men to follow, and was shot in the left shoulder. Some sheltered for a while behind the thin olive trees. Hochschild reports that an estimated hundred and twenty men were killed and a hundred and seventy-five wounded. Snipers shot first-aid workers who were trying to fetch the fallen. In , when the historian Cecil D.
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Eby visited, he found a cairn of rocks, bones, skulls, and helmets that had been made by the Lincolns a few days after the fighting, when they burned their dead, who were too numerous to bury. The consensus among historians, including Hochschild, is that as a military operation the attack achieved nothing. Jarama was the first major engagement fought by Americans in the Spanish Civil War, and it turned out to be representative.
Again and again, high-level commanders ordered Lincolns into attacks that officers in the field warned would be suicidal. Veterans came to feel that the idealism of the cause had been exploited, and many resented being policed by shadowy Communist enforcers. Not all were embittered by the experience, however.
This started to change quickly with the establishment of the Second Republic, in Parliament legalized divorce, cut government subsidies to the Church, and laid the groundwork for the redistribution of land. In February, , after an alliance of centrist and leftist parties won a parliamentary election, peasants seized land, and mobs burned churches and stormed prisons, releasing political prisoners.
The coup was welcomed in the Roman Catholic heartland, but it faltered in the larger cities and the northern industrial centers. In Republican territory, workers took over factories, churches became refugee centers, and fighting bulls were slaughtered to give peasants their first taste of beef. Hochschild writes that when, in September, Lois and Charles Orr, leftist American newlyweds, arrived in Barcelona they found day-care centers, adult-literacy classes, collectivized restaurants, and quotes from Bakunin on the sides of street-cleaning trucks.
In the early days of the rebellion, the Spanish Navy remained mostly loyal to the Republican government, isolating the Moors and legionnaires in Africa. Franco, in search of planes, sent emissaries to Hitler. Mussolini, too, provided planes, and within weeks more than ten thousand troops were flown across the Mediterranean—the first major airlift in history. The British Foreign Secretary urged France to be prudent. In America, Congress, disconcerted by the spectacle of armed labor leaders taking up politics, outlawed sales of military equipment to either side.
Texaco sent the Nationalists more than fifty messages about these shipments, many containing intelligence that could be used for targeting them.
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Realizing the capabilities of his army, he instead began a brilliant retreat in front of General William T. Despite his skilled leadership Johnston was relieved by President Davis who thought him too cautious. In , after standing in the rain at the funeral of his old adversary W. Sherman, Johnston died of pneumonia. Appointed a brigadier general of volunteers, Hancock served in the Peninsular Campaign of In May of he took command of II Corps, which he led for most of the remaining two years of the war. Seriously wounded at Gettysburg, where he played a major role, Hancock returned to the front lines to participate in the attack on Richmond, Virginia the following spring, leading II Corps in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg.
Following the war he continued to serve as a major general on the frontier. His military policies in Louisiana and Texas during the Reconstruction won Hancock the support of the Democrats, who nominated him for the presidency in After losing in a close election to Republican candidate James Garfield, he returned to military life.
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At age 17 she married James Chestnut, Jr. The only surviving son of one of the largest landowners in the state, he was elected to the U. Senate in — a position he resigned from when Lincoln was elected President. He then returned south as a delegate to the Confederate Provisional Congress, and later served as personal aide to Jefferson Davis.
Mary was a popular hostess, and her hotel quarters in Montgomery soon became a fashionable salon where the elite of the new Confederacy came to socialize and exchange information. Aware of the magnitude of the events unfolding around her, she began keeping a diary in February Everything Mary saw and heard she candidly recorded, from political rumors and firsthand reports of battles, to wartime romances, parties, and funerals.
Battle of Chancellorsville Following the Union defeat at Fredericksburg in December of , Major General Joseph Hooker, who succeeded Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac, established his winter camp across the Rappahannock River and in the spring resumed his drive to Richmond. But on May 1st he hesitated, withdrawing his forces to a defensive position at Chancellorsville, a town west of Fredericksburg.
The following day, although outnumbered by nearly 3 to 1, Lee boldly attacked Hooker, forcing his troops back from their crucially held positions. The attack cut the Union army almost in half and three days later it was forced to retreat. On May 2nd, while scouting ahead under cover of darkness, Jackson was accidentally shot.
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Eight days later, he died of pneumonia. William T. Sherman was offered a Confederate commission. He turned it down, and instead accepted the colonelcy of the 13th Infantry. Following the Battle of Shiloh, Grant assigned him leading roles in what became two of the greatest campaigns of the war — Vicksburg and Chattanooga. When Grant was appointed commander in chief in , Sherman succeeded him as senior commander in the west.
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His campaign against General Johnston ended four months later with the capture of Atlanta. Believing the war could only be ended when its harsh realities were brought home to the civilians that supported the front, he put his theory to the test in Atlanta, ordering the destruction of all property with military value. Asked by Republicans and Democrats to run for president, Sherman steadfastly refused. In he succeeded Grant as commander in chief of the army. Phoebe Pember During the Civil War, women were a strategic asset to both sides, but especially to the Confederacy.
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