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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The prison experience of a Confederate soldier. (search)
vision of North Carolinians, about 3,000 strong, had also been ordered to Petersburg, and reached there about the same time Johnson did. A new line was formed, extending from Battery 15 to the Appomattox, and the entire Confederate forces, under the command of General Hoke, under the cover of darkness, made such preparations to meet the enemy as their limited supply of entrenching tools would enable them, and thus awaited the momentous events of the next day. Early on the morning of the 16th, a charge in two columns upon our lines was made by the Federals, which, by the splendid service of the reserve artillery, and the steady and well directed fire of our infantry, was repulsed with considerable loss to the enemy. During the entire day these charges were repeated from time to time, and when night came on we were afforded no rest, as several efforts were made to storm our line, all of which were successfully repelled with great slaughter. About daylight, on the morning of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.22 (search)
the returning enemy at once. Zzzhampton reported fourteen thousand strong. The next is a dispatch at 6 A. M. of the 16th, from General Kautz to Captain H. C. Weir, assistant adjutant-general, to the effect that his pickets had been driven in f Colonel T. B. Gates, commanding at City Point, to put his command in a position to protect the depot. At 10 A. M. of the 16th General Meade advised General Grant that at daylight his pickets and reverses between the James and the Blackwater were sof so much of the enemy's cavalry, that they should strike the Weldon road. General Meade reports to General Grant on the 16th, at 10:30 P. M., that Kautz reports the enemy retired as soon as he got the cattle, and that he was in pursuit on the Prinerals made. And all that any of them did was to make the little fight that General Davies reports at 10:30 P. M. of the 16th. He reports from Proctor's, on the Jerusalem plank road, that he marched there at 12:30 P. M., and sent a brigade over th
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 22. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.26 (search)
now reduced to 8,000 muskets. An hour ahead of time—at 2 o'clock on the 15th of June—General Early moved from Cold Harbor, Hunter being then within forty miles and he within 140 miles from Lynchburg, which was Hunter's objective point. On the 16th Early was at the Rivanna, near Charlottesville, having marched over eighty miles in four days, and there he received a telegram from General Breckinridge, at Lynchburg, that Hunter was at Liberty, in Bedford county, about twenty-five miles from this quickly recalled, the enemy being discovered in line of battle and fortifying. Early now posts himself on the west bank of the Opequon, near Winchester, and on the 14th Anderson starts again to Lee, carrying his infantry and artillery. On the 16th Sheridan hears of this through a spy and prepares to advance and give battle. On the 18th Early is at Martinsburg, where he hears that Grant has again visited Sheridan at Charlestown. He divines that a movement is on hand, at once orders a conce