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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 2: the battle of Bull Run (July, 1861) (search)
in the woods on the other side. About a half-mile of its length is visible in the open ground between. I can see both infantry and artillery. In his report of the battle, Beauregard does not mention this note, but says, generally, that Capt. Alexander gave him seasonable and material assistance early in the day with his system of signals. Johnston, in his report, says:— About eight o'clock Gen. Beauregard and I placed ourselves on a commanding hill in rear of Gen. Bonham's left. Near nine o'clock, the signal officer, Capt. Alexander, reported that a large body of troops was crossing the valley of Bull Run some two miles above the bridge. Gen. Bee, who had been placed near Col. Cocke's position, Col. Hampton with his legion, and Col. Jackson from a point near Gen. Bonham's left, were ordered to hasten to the left flank. Bee's force comprised the 4th Ala. and 2d Miss., with the 7th and 8th Ga. under Bartow. The Hampton Legion was one regiment, and Jackson had five r
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 7 (search)
leaving the enemy all the time he needs to accumulate his superior forces, and then to move on us in the way he thinks best. Has Gen. Lee the audacity that is going to be required for our inferior force to meet the enemy's superior force,—to take the aggressive, and to run risks and stand chances? Ives's reply was so impressive, both in manner and matter, that it has always been remembered as vividly as if to-day. He reined up his horse, stopped in the road, and, turning to me, said: Alexander, if there is one man in either army, Confederate or Federal, head and shoulders above every other in audacity, it is Gen. Lee! His name might be Audacity. He will take more desperate chances and take them quicker than any other general in this country, North or South; and you will live to see it, too. It is needless to say that I did live to see it many times over. But it seems, even yet, a mystery how, at that time, Ives or President Davis or any other living man had divined it. No
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 9 (search)
left of the plateau, and necessarily throw them into great confusion. . . . In the meantime Gen. Kershaw came into the field with his brigade, near one of my regiments, the 2d Ga., which still remained in very good order; and my adjutant, Capt. Du Bose, proposed to him to unite that, and some other companies of other regiments, with his command in the attack on the enemy's batteries, to which he assented; and this command, under Cols. Butt and Holmes, accompanied by Capt. Du Bose and Maj. Alexander (my quartermaster, who acted as one of my aides on the field) advanced with Gen. Kershaw's brigade beyond the edge of the wood into the open field, but, under the destructive fire of the enemy's cannon and small-arms, wavered and fell back into the road skirting the pine thicket. . . . My losses were very severe, the total being 194 killed and wounded, out of about 1200 carried into action. I am happy to add that the disorders which did arise were, due rather to the difficulties of t
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 14: fall of 1862 (search)
aw's, Robertson's, Anderson's, Benning's23,104 Unorganized Artillery, 3 Batteries, 14 Guns7,334 Walker's Ransom's, Cooke's, No Artillery3,855 Reserve ArtilleryAlexander's Battalion. 6 Batteries, 26 Guns623 Washington Artillery. 4 Batteries, 9 Guns Total5 Divisions, 20 Brigades 24 Batteries, 99 Guns29,916 2D corps, Jackson'sashington artillery under Col. Walton. On the left of the Plank road were four guns of Maurin's battery, in pits, and, at Stansbury's house, Parker's battery of Alexander's battalion, with four guns, found positions during the afternoon to fire upon the enemy's right flank. His left flank was also partially exposed to the fire ofdoubtless arose from seeing the nine guns on the crest of Marye's Hill limber up, and leave the hill. When the lull in the firing occurred, Walton had requested Alexander's battalion to relieve his guns, which had nearly exhausted their ammunition. Nine fresh guns were quickly moved up. Walton's guns were withdrawn to give clear
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 15: Chancellorsville (search)
ining brigades of McLaws, and by Anderson's division, and Alexander's battalion of artillery. Jackson's three divisions nu Wilcox's and Mahone's brigades, with Jordan's battery of Alexander's battalion, moved upon the former; Wright's, Perry's, and Posey's brigades, with the remainder of Alexander's battalion, on the latter. McLaws's division moved by the Pike, and LeeJackson, with his three divisions, his own artillery, and Alexander's battalion of Longstreet's corps, were assigned to make of Stuart, Maj. McClellan, his adjutant, writes:— Col. Alexander's reconnoissance convinced Stuart that Hazel Grove wason the field—Pegram's, Carter's, Jones's, McIntosh's, and Alexander's. Perhaps 50 guns in all were employed here, but less th guns of the Washington Arty. and two under Lt. Brown of Alexander's Bat., were distributed from the Plank road to Hazel Crerson's Div.1831,0492151,4858,500 Washington Arty.483345 Alexander's Arty.6352162 Hardaway's Arty.11213 Total Res. Arty.11
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 16: Gettysburg: the first day (search)
et DIVISIONSSTRENGTHBRIGADE COMMANDERBATTS.guns McLaws7,311 Kershaw, Barksdale, Semmes, Wofford Pickett5,200 Garnett, Kemper, Armistead Hood7,720 Law, Robertson, Anderson, G. T. Benning Arty. Battns.1,000 Cabell, Dearing, Henry, Walton, Alexander2184 Totals21,231 11 Brigades, 5 Battns. Arty.2184 2D corps. Ewell Early6,943 Hays, Smith, Hoke, Gordon Johnson5,564 Stuart, Walker, Nichols, Jones Rodes8,454 Daniel, Doles, Iverson, Ramseur, O'Neal Arty. Battns.1,000 Jones, Latimerwood with orders to come to Gettysburg, 17 miles. About midnight they bivouacked four miles from the field. Marching again at dawn on the 2d, they arrived near the field between 6 and 8 A. M. His reserve artillery (the Washington artillery and Alexander's battalion), which was ordered to follow the infantry from Greenwood at midnight, was much detained upon the road by passing trains, and did not reach the field until 9 A. M. Law's brigade of Hood's division, recalled from New Guilford C. H
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 18: Gettysburg: third day (search)
out 9 A. M. in high spirits and in good condition. At about 12 M. we were ordered to take position behind the crest of the hill, on which the artillery under Col. Alexander was planted, where we lay during the most terrific cannonading, which opened at 1.30 P. M., and was kept up without intermission for one hour. During the sd in action, 80 captured, 187 abandoned on the road, and 200 condemned as broken down; a total of 627 lost in the campaign, with 77 guns. Serving the 26 guns of Alexander's battalion, 138 men and 116 horses, or over 5 men and 4 horses per gun, were killed or wounded. The greater part of this loss was from artillery fire, and its 's Div.2321,1571,4992,888 Law74276146496 Anderson, G. T.10551254671 Robertson84393120597 Benning76299122497 Henry's Arty.42327 Hood's Div.3431,5044422,289 Alexander's Arty.191146139 Washington Arty.3261645 Reserve Arty.2214022184 Aggregate 1st Corps9104,3392,2907,539 Hays3620176313 Hoke3521694345 Smith1211317142 Gordo
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 19: battle of Chickamauga (search)
Names in italics arrived too late for the battle. Anderson Names in italics arrived too late for the battle. Res. Arty.BatteriesWilliams, 4; Robertson, 5; Alexander, 6 Names in italics arrived too late for the battle.9 Total Inf. and Arty., 33 Brigades, 174 Guns. Effective total 52,066 WheelerWhartonO'Rews, Harrison1 the forest, and, in addition, Hood's column was opposed by the enemy's cavalry, and had a preliminary skirmish at Pea Vine Church. At Reed's Bridge, and also at Alexander's, it was necessary to force the crossing, and both bridges were so injured by the enemy that fords somewhere in the vicinity had to be used to cross the stream. Knoxville campaign On Nov. 3, as has been told, Longstreet was ordered to march against Burnside in E. Tenn., with McLaws's and Hood's divisions of infantry, Alexander's and Leyden's battalions of artillery (of 23 and 12 guns) and five brigades of cavalry under Wheeler with 12 guns. This force numbered about 15,000, of which a
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 20: battle of the Wilderness (search)
atonGrantNeillEustis9 Batts. RickettsMorrisSeymour54 Guns 9TH corps. Burnside, Parke StevensonCarruthLeasureEdwards PotterBlissGriffin14 Batts. WillcoxHartranftChrist84 Guns FerreroSigfriedThomas reserve artillery. Hunt 26 Batts. 106 Guns cavalry. Sheridan TorbertCusterDevinRes.Brig. Gregg,D. M.DaviesGregg, J. I.Merritt WilsonBryanChapman Army of Northern Virginia, May, 1864 1ST corps. Longstreet, Anderson DIVISIONBRIGADESartillery KershawHenaganWoffordHumphreysBryanAlexander 54 Guns FieldJenkinsAndersonLawGregg Benning 2D corps. Ewell, Early EarlyHaysPegramGordonJohnstonLong 70 Guns JohnsonWalker, Jr.SteuartJonesStafford RodesDanielRamseurDolesBattle 3D corps. Hill Anderson, R. H.PerrinMahoneHarrisWrightWalker, L. Perry HethDavisKirklandCookeWalker, H. A.80 Guns Archer WilcoxLaneMcGowanScalesThomas cavalry. Stuart, Hampton HamptonYoungRosserButlerChew Lee, F.LomaxWickham20 Guns Lee, W. H. F.ChamblissGordon Our narrative may pause for a
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 23: the fall of 1864 (search)
oldiers of the United States forces will respect such certificates, allow free passage to the holders thereof, and observe, in good faith, the provisions of the surrender that the holders shall remain unmolested in every respect. By command of Maj.-Gen. Gibbon, Edward Moale, Lt.-Col. & A. A.G. Our paroles had printed across the ends Paroled Prisoners' Pass in some ornamental work between top and bottom lines, the paper being about three inches by eight. Mine read:– Brig.-Gen. E. P. Alexander, chief of artillery, 1st corps A. N.V. of Ga., a paroled prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia, has permission to go to his home and there remain undisturbed with four private horses. W. N. Pendleton, Brig.-Gen. & Chief of Artillery. After the assassination of Lincoln, there came a wave of bloodthirsty resentment over the administration, which found victims both among the innocent and the guilty. Powerful influences sought to involve Lee and others among his officers in t