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missed the colonel, but presently he was descried creeping cautiously
out from under the debris. When he gained his feet he began to prance
up and down in front of the men, crying aloud, with chattering teeth,
"My men, if you are afraid just look at me; see how cool I am;"
then he would strike his breast and repeat, "only see how c-o-o-1 I am."
But the shock was so great to him that it was some time before
he could recognize his officers.16
Occasionally the northers were a blessing in disguise to the
army; "Pete" Longstreet, later destined to be one of the Confed-
eracy's stalwarts, reported one such example:
On one occasion during the winter a violent north wind forced the
water over the beach, in some places far enough to disturb our camps,
and when they receded, quantities of fish were found in the little
puddles left behind, and turtles more than enough to supply the
But these same winds seriously hampered Winfield Scott in
launching his amphibious assault on Vera Cruz. The northers
scattered his ships that were trying to assemble for the expedi-
tion; the wind and waves made the loading of supplies and men
nearly impossible, since most of the work had to be done by
lighters in absence of suitable dock facilities at the mouth of
the Rio Grande; and, when Scott finally got his fleet to Vera
Cruz, continual northers delayed his landing, deprived his first
assault wave of supporting supplies, wrecked one of his trans-
ports, and tortured his men with blowing sand, ripped tents, and
drenching rains.'8 George McClellan, with an advance party of
engineers, "bivouacked on the wet grass without fires," he said,
"[with] hardly anything to eat-wet and cold."'" He set his men
to digging trenches, but the howling wind seemed to fill up the
holes with sand as rapidly as the sand could be thrown out again.20
16Varina H. Davis, Jeferson Davis, Ex-President of the Confederate States of
America-A Memoir by His Wife (2 vols.; New York, 1890o), I, 286-287.
17James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War
in America (Philadelphia, 1896), 2o.
1sSee especially Winfield Scott, Memoirs of Lieut.-General Scott (2 vols.; New
York, 1864), II, 413, 426; Emma Jerome Blackwood (ed.), To Mexico with Scott-
Letters of E. Kirby Smith to His Wife (Cambridge, 1917), 97-99, 1o6-107, 113, 117;
Eba Anderson Lawton (ed.), An Artillery Oficer in the Mexican War 1846-7,
Letters of Robert Anderson .. (New York, 1911), 10, 25, 51, 78-79; Meade, Life
and Letters, I, 187.
19William Starr Myers (ed.), The Mexican Diary of George B. McClellan (Prince-
ton, 1917), 55-
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