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s in front of it could not see the ground in front of them, so that the enemy could come upon them unawares. A shot was fired into these woods by Warren's Signaling orders from General Meade's headquarters, just before the Wilderness In April, 1864, General Meade's headquarters lay north of the Rapidan. The Signal Corps was kept busy transmitting the orders preliminary to the Wilderness campaign, which was to begin May 5th. The headquarters are below the brow of the hill. A most imporsident Lincoln the despatch announcing the Federal defeat at Ball's Bluff. The suppression by Eckert of Grant's order for the removal of Thomas Quarters of telegraphers and photographers at army of the Potomac headquarters, Brandy Station, April, 1864 It was probably lack of military status that caused these pioneer corps in science to bunk together here. The photographers were under the protection of the Secret Service, and the telegraphers performed a similar function in the field of
Stoneman. A cavalry division organized in April, 1864, was headed by Major-General Stoneman, and t as major-general of volunteers expired in April, 1864, and with his former title he succeeded SheChancellorsville campaign. From January to April, 1864, he was in command of the Twenty-third Army division of the Twenty-third Army Corps in April, 1864, and during the Atlanta and Tennessee campaered severely in the battle of Olustee. In April, 1864, the corps entered the Army of the James, ias transferred to the Army of the James, in April, 1864. As brevet major-general of volunteers he d all the great hardships of the march. In April, 1864, these troops were merged in the new Twentid Brevet Major-General Godfrey Weitzel. In April, 1864, this corps, with the Tenth, formed the Armty at Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. In April, 1864, he was transferred to the command of the Cand of a division in the Sixth Corps, March-April, 1864, after which he had a division in the Caval[4 more...]
's Corps, fought in the Army of Tennessee at Chickamauga and remained in East Tennessee until April, 1864, when it rejoined the Army of Virginia. Major-General R. H. Anderson succeeded to the commande was then placed at the head of the Department of East Tennessee and returned to Virginia in April, 1864. He was severely wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864, but resumed command oginia, being placed at the head of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, in April, 1864. At the close of the war he was in charge of the Department of Florida and South Georgia. Ho the command of all the cavalry in western Tennessee and northern Mississippi. In March and April, 1864, he advanced from Mississippi with a large force. He captured Union City with its garrison, tiary at Columbus, on November 27th, and joined the Confederate army in northern Georgia. In April, 1864, he was put at the head of the Department of Southwestern Virginia. Late in May, Morgan, wit
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The relative strength of the armies of Generals Lee and Grant. (search)
ongstreet's two divisions had then returned and were embraced in said monthly returns, his third division being at that time in North Carolina and not afterwards rejoining the army until the 22d of May near Hanover Junction. These returns for April, 1864, which showed the condition of the troops in fact on the 1st day of May, embraced the force in the Valley which was confronting Sigel, and other outlying troops on special service north of James river. So that in reality General Lee's entire ce with which he had to confront Grant's army, including Longstreet's two divisions, was under the aggregate of 50,000 present for duty. But General Badeau says that Longstreet's corps was not embraced in the returns of General Lee's army for April, 1864, and he says: His (Longstreet's) field return of date nearest to the battle shows 18,387 present for duty. Now let us see how he arrives at this conclusion. Run your finger down the second column of the letter to the Tribune, until you get t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial Paragraphs. (search)
d total of 278,832. His own official report shows that nearly the whole of this force was actually engaged in his and Butler's operations, or in Hunter's expedition, which latter General Lee was compelled to meet by heavy detachments from his own army. To meet this mighty host, General Lee had on the Rapidan less than 50,000 men, and in his whole Department of Northern Virginia (which included the garrison around Richmond and the troops in the Valley), his field return for the last of April, 1864, shows only 52,626 present for duty. Add all of the troops which Beauregard had in front of Butler, or which joined Lee at any time during the campaign, and there remains (against General Grant's table talk, or the ingenious manipulation of his Military Secretary and facile interviewer) the stubborn official fact that General Grant had on that campaign four times as many men as Lee could command. General Grant says that Lee was of a slow, cautious, conservative nature. But when mili
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Annual meeting of Southern Historical Society, October 28th and 29th, 1878. (search)
cted and collated and published by your efficient Secretary, had started from the Rapidan in May, 1864, with 141,160 men of all arms, with reserves numbering 137,672 men, most of whom were called to the front during the summer, making a grand total of 278,832 men. To meet this host General Lee had under command less than 50,000 men; and in his whole Department of Northern Virginia, which included the garrisons around Richmond and the troops in the Valley, his field-returns for the last of April, 1864, show 52,626 troops present for duty. Including the little army under General Beauregard's command, watching General Butler's force, and all who joined General Lee's army during the campaign, the official returns prove that the Confederate forces were every day outnumbered in the ratio of four to one. Grant had spent the whole dreary winter, too, in dismal trenches on the outside. We imagined Richmond to be about the safest place in the Confederacy. Had not we the three lines of entre
lts had it been promptly executed. But no such movement was made or even attempted. General Johnston's belief that General Grant would be ready to assume the offensive before he could be prepared to do so, proved too well founded, General J. E. Johnston Map: operations in Georgia and South Carolina. while his purpose, if the Federal army did not attack, that we should prepare and take the initiative ourselves, was never carried out. It was during this time, i.e., in March and April, 1864, that Forrest made his extraordinary expedition from north Mississippi across Tennessee to Paducah, Kentucky, and continued his operations against depots of supplies, lines of communication, and troops moving to reenforce Sherman—having, on June 11th, a severe action in Tishomingo with a force estimated at eight or nine thousand, supposed to be on their way to join Sherman. The energy, strategy, and high purposes of Forrest, during all this period, certainly entitle him to higher militar
al returns in the Adjutant General's office, Washington, was 2,678,967. In addition to these, 86,724 paid a commutation. The rapidity with which calls for men were made by that government during the last eighteen months of the war, and the number brought into the field, were as follows: Men furnished Calls of October 17, 1863, and February 1, 1864, for 500,000 men for three years 317,092 Call of March 14, 1864, for 200,000 men for three years 259,515 Militia for one hundred days, April to July, 1864 83,612 Call of July 18, 1864, for 500,000 men 385,163 Reduced by excess on previous calls. Call of December 19, 1864, for 300,000 men 211,752 ——— Total men furnished in eighteen months 1,257,134 The number of men furnished on call of the United States government, previous to October 17, 1863, was as follows: Men furnished Call of April 15, 1861, for 75,000 men for three months 91,816 Call of May 3, 1861, for 500,000 men 700,680 Men furnished in May and Jun<
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Forrest, Nathan Bedford 1821-1877 (search)
icer; born in Bedford county, Tenn., July 13, 1821; joined the Tennessee Mounted Rifles in June, 1861; and, in July following, raised and equipped a regiment of cavalry. By 1863 he had become a famous Confederate chief; and early in 1864 the sphere of his duties was enlarged, and their importance increased. He was acknowledged to be the most skilful and daring Confederate leader in the West. He made an extensive raid in Tennessee and Kentucky, with about 5,000 mounted men, in March and April, 1864. He had been skirmishing with Gen. W. S. Smith in northern Mississippi, and, sweeping rapidly across the Tennessee Nathan Bedford Forrest. River into western Tennessee, rested a while at Jackson, and then (March 23) pushed on towards Kentucky. A part of his force captured Union City the next day, with the National garrison of 450 men. Forrest then pushed on to Paducah, on the Ohio River, with 3,000 men, and demanded the surrender of Fort Anderson there, in which the little garrison
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), McCook, Edward Moody 1833- (search)
McCook, Edward Moody 1833- Military officer: born at Steubenville, O., June 15, 1833; a nephew of Major McCook. He was an active politician in Kansas, and was a member of its legislature in 1860. Edward M. McCook. He was an efficient cavalry officer during the Civil War, rising to the rank of brigadier-general in April, 1864. He was in the principal battles in Kentucky, Tennessee, and northern Georgia, and in the Atlanta campaign commanded a division and was distinguished for skill and bravery in quick movements. During the siege of Atlanta he was ordered to move out to Fayetteville and, sweeping round, join Stoneman—leading another cavalry raid—at Lovejoy's Station on the night of July 28. He and Stoneman moved simultaneously. McCook went down the west side of the Chattahoochee; crossed it on a pontoon bridge at Rivertown: tore up the track between Atlanta and West Point, near Palmetto Station: and pushed on to Fayetteville, where he captured 500 of Hood's wagons and
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