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George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 19 (search)
nd Sickles, seeing this, put a battery in position to check the enemy if he broke through this gap on our front, and General Birney was sent to order Barnes back into line. No, he said, impossible. It is too hot, my men cannot stand it. RemonstraBarnes ordered his men to lie down, and the chivalrous Zook and his splendid brigade, under the personal direction of General Birney, did march over them and right into the breach. Alas! poor Zook soon fell mortally wounded, and half his brigade pero such occurrence as is here related took place. There is not a particle of truth in it. No order was given to me by General Birney. None was received by me through any one from General Sickles. I did not see or hear from General Zook. I did not to cross an open piece of ground in a thick wood, at the entrance of which a portion of the three corps, commanded by General Birney, was lying upon the ground. My brigades, advancing over and beyond these men a considerable distance, took the posit
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), Appendix O (search)
t charge I felt myself obliged to make in my first letter. I narrated that Barnes' Division suddenly fell back and left a gap in the line of battle, and that General Birney by desire of General Sickles remonstrated at his conduct, but that Barnes refused to return to his position. I further declared that Zook's Brigade, which cahis remonstrance they finally withdrew altogether without being engaged. This confirms what I alleged; but I have positive testimony in a private letter from General Birney, which he will not object I am sure, to my using. When he saw Barnes withdrawing his troops before they had received a shot, he remonstrated at Barnes' leaving a dangerous gap in his line, as well as abandoning the good position. It was of no avail, for Barnes retired. I copied the following from General Birney's letter:— He (Barnes) moved to the rear from three to four hundred yards, and formed in the rear of the road which passed from the Emmettsburg Road to the Round Top. When
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 31 (search)
e to fight a battle. I do not believe any officer who was present at this important meeting has forgotten Gen. Meade's words. Yours truly, H. W. Slocum. Gen. A. Doubleday. The statement of Gen. Meade's views does by no means rest solely upon the testimony quoted above. There is additional evidence to the same effect which I might give, but that several witnesses are averse to coming to the front and being pelted with partisan mud. I have no hesitation, however, to affirm that Gen. Birney, as he rode home from the council that night with his staff officer, Major J. B. Fassitt, commented upon Gen. Meade's statement that Gettysburg was no place to fight in. He subsequently made the same remark to Gen. Sickles when the latter was convalescing from his wound. Both Major Fassitt and Gen. Sickles reside in New York. Mr. Swinton assumes that I am unable to write an impartial history owing to the hostile relations which he supposes to have existed between Gen. Meade and myself
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), Appendix Y (search)
s Slocum, Sedgwick, Howard, Hancock, Newton, Sykes, Birney, A. S. Williams, and Gibbon. General Butterfield wa. Williams.1. Stay. 2. Wait attack. 3. One day. Birney.Same as General Williams. Sykes.Do. do. Newton.1eneral Meade. Why the circular was not sent to General Birney is evident from the circumstance that, at the tn to others, General Meade, having learned that General Birney's testimony before the Committee on the Conductasking for an account of it, with which account General Birney, replying that his testimony belonged to the Coonly General Meade, and Generals Sedgwick, Hancock, Birney, Gibbon, and Butterfield were before that Committee. While General Birney's testimony before the Committee cannot be construed as in the main favorable to theion? [as to a change of position by retiring], General Birney replied:-- General Meade stated that his order of the opinion that it was safest to retire, General Birney answered merely, I could only state my own impr
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knell, N. D., 334 Bigelow, Alvarando, 334 Bigelow, E. J., 334 Bigelow, Elisha, 499 Bigelow, G. E., 442 Bigelow, G. L., 499 Bigelow, G. T., 334 Bigelow, J. H., 442 Bigelow, John, 9th Mass. Batt., 99, 110, 139, 188 Bigelow, John, 22d Mass. Inf., 499 Bigelow, Loring, 442 Bigelow, T. H., 442 Biggs, William, 499 Billings, J. D., 38, 138, 140 Bills, Henry, 334 Bills, W. M., 499 Bingham, C. O., 334 Bingham, S. R., 179 Bird, Frank, 334 Bird, L. J., 318 Birge, H. W., 64, 110 Birney, David B., 103, 119, 120 Biron, Frederick, 442 Bishop, N. P., 334 Bispham, J. R., 500 Bither, J., 500 Bixby, C. M., 334 Bixby, G. A., 500 Bixby, O. C., 334 Black, James, 500 Black, Patrick, 442 Blackburn, Robert, Jr., 334 Blackington, L. D., 334 Blackman, J. H., 334 Blackmer, C. A., 442 Blackstone, J., 500 Blagdon, J. R., 442 Blaine, Hugh, 334 Blair, David, 500 Blair, H. H., 334 Blair, J. W., 500 Blair, Matthew, 442 Blaisdell, C. F., 442 Blaisdell, William, 52, 53, 69, 75,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1864. (search)
ny A, Twenty-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, Colonel David B. Birney. He was soon detached from the regiment t of the seven days battle at Richmond, Lieu tenant Birney found time to write to his mother: The nearest shotged many of us, myself among the number. Colonel David B. Birney having become Brigadier-General, LieutenantLieutenant Birney wrote, I hope soon to be brother's Aid. August 1, 1862, he was commissioned as Assistant Adjutant-Gened correct. In the second battle of Bull Run, Captain Birney's collarbone was broken by the falling of his h Major-General was followed by the promotion of Captain Birney. His commission as Assistant Adjutant-General, disgraceful failure. On Christmas-day, 1863, Major Birney married Laura, youngest daughter of the late Jacted by members of the Carroll family, cousins of Major Birney's mother.) He reached Duddington on the 6th of Jied in the service. Noblesse oblige. Major-General David B. Birney, long commander of the famous Kearney's
they had Lee where he could not escape. His army was beaten, demoralized, panicstricken. Our forces, it was said, had it surrounded in a horse-shoe, and across the opening stretched the swollen, impassable Potomac. We never afterwards saw men so eager to be led to battle. Question. What was the condition of our army after the fight was over? Answer. I have never seen the army so confident of success, in most admirable spirits, and so anxious for a fight. Testimony of Maj. Gen. David B. Birney before the Committee on the Conduct of the War. They would have fought with the utmost zeal, for they felt that one more decisive blow would end the war, at least in Virginia; but matters lingered mysteriously. About noon, we, with other batteries, were ordered into position a mile beyond Antietam Bridge. Rumors of fighting at Hagerstown reached us, but still no sound of battle. The afternoon passed with several hard showers, and at night we unharnessed. Monday came and went
ellency, John A. Andrew, Governor of Massachusetts. Governor,—I concur fully in all that the Chief of Artillery of this Corps, Col. Platt, and Generals Hunt and French say concerning Capt. Sleeper, 10th Mass. Battery. He has served immediately under my command in several engagements and I consider him as an officer eminently worthy of promotion, and trust that he will receive it in the proposed reorganization of the batteries from your state. I remain Your Ob't Serv't, [Signed] D. B. Birney, Major General. Morning reports. 1863. Dec. 4. Privates Wm. Endicott and Henry Orcutt reported to quarters. Eleven horses unserviceable. Sergeant Chas. E. Pierce appointed Orderly Sergeant, vice Sergeant Geo. H. Putnam relieved. Dec. 5. Corp'l John H. Stevens and Hunt reported to quarters. One horse died last night. Private Samuel J. Bradllee received is discharge by Order 534 from the War Dep't. W. H. Fitzpatrick returned from furlough. Dec. 7. Three horses shot by o
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