Browsing named entities in William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac. You can also browse the collection for A. E. Burnside or search for A. E. Burnside in all documents.

Your search returned 170 results in 11 document sections:

1 2
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, I. The Army of the Potomac in history. (search)
g over a large tract of country must pivot either on a railroad or a river, it appears that from Washington as a base, a force advancing against Richmond by the overland route, and having at the same time to cover Washington, is restricted to two lines of manoeuvre: 1. The line of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad; 2. The line of the Fredericksburg and Richmond Railroad. Each of these lines was repeatedly essayed during the Virginia campaigns— the former by Pope and Meade; the latter by Burnside and Hooker. Touching the merits of these lines, experience confirmed what theory would have postulated: that the line of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, though an eminently defensive line as regards Washington, is hardly aggressive; and beyond the Rapidan involves so many complex considerations that no commander was ever able, on this line, to push an advance south of that river. The Fredericksburg route is an aggressive line as regards Richmond, though it is surrounded with many diff
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 2 (search)
fords a striking illustration of the then greenness of even the foremost officers of the army. In place of making proper dispositions in a line of battle, General Hunter caused a feeble fusilade to be opened from the head of the column; and Colonel Burnside's Rhode Island regiments, thrown in alone, were speedily cut up. This wasted an hour. To aid Burnside's hard-pressed command, the brigade of Colonel A. Porter was ordered up and deployed on his right, and Sykes' battalion of Regulars relievBurnside's hard-pressed command, the brigade of Colonel A. Porter was ordered up and deployed on his right, and Sykes' battalion of Regulars relieved him on the left. A serious advance of this line soon began to press the handful of Confederates back; but Evans was speedily re-enforced by portions of the brigades of Colonels Bee and Barton, who were at hand near the Stone Bridge, and, by these united forces, a fresh stand was made on a position still west of Young's Branch. But the increasing pressure of the Union line, strengthened now by the addition of portions of Heintzelman's division coming in on the left, compelled the Confederate
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 3 (search)
in suggested whether Governor Chase, in view of what we were charged to do, might not be at liberty to tell us where General Burnside's expedition had gone? I went and asked him. He told me that, under the circumstances, he felt he ought to do so; ageneral drift of the conversation was as to the propriety of moving the army further south, and as to the destination of Burnside's expedition. The Postmaster-General said that if it was the intention to fight it out here (Manassas), then we ought tcentrate. It was suggested and urged somewhat on the President to countermand, or have General McClellan countermand General Burnside's expedition, and bring up at Aquia The President was, however, exceedingly averse from interfering, saying he dislid count upon; that he did not know whether he could let General Butler go to Ship Island, or whether he could re-enforce Burnside. Much conversation ensued, of rather a general character, as to the discrepancy between the number of men paid for and
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, V. Pope's campaign in Northern Virginia. August, 1862. (search)
renew operations against Richmond, had promised him an addition to his strength of twenty thousand men, to be drawn from Burnside's command in North Carolina and Hunter's command in South Carolina. With this re-enforcement, McClellan expressed his rers to hasten the removal of his army. The sick, to the number of ten thousand, had already been shipped; then followed Burnside's corps (eleven thousand strong), which had been brought from North Carolina for the purpose of re-enforcing the Army ofy took measures accordingly. Nothing could be clearer than the evidence of General Lee on this point The corps of General Burnside, says he, had reached Fredericksburg, and a part of General McClellan's army was believed to have left Westover [Haret's division, two brigades under Hood, and Stuart's cavalry. Pope advanced his line, resting his left (Reno's corps of Burnside's army) on the Rapidan near Raccoon Ford; his centre (McDowell's corps) on Cedar Mountain, and his right (Sigel's corps)
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
of the Potomac, with the addition thereto of Burnside's command and the corps composing the late Aristed of the First and Ninth corps, under General Burnside; the centre, of the Second and Twelfth coin's corps was moving towards the latter; and Burnside's command (the corps of Reno and Hooker) had th a more vigorous conduct on the part of General Burnside, he might have forced the pass during the fifteen thousand men, held the centre, while Burnside remained inactive on the left, not having yetull effect of an attack by his left, directed Burnside early in the morning to hold his troops in rerly on the morning of the 17th, I ordered General Burnside to form his troops and hold them in readin would have been wholly untenable. Besides, Burnside held the deboiche of the bridge on the extremd of the Army of the Potomac, and that Major-General Burnside take the command of that army. By oant Adjutant-General. It chanced that General Burnside was at the moment with him in his tent. [10 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 7 (search)
him by the ties of an intimate affection, General Burnside naturally shrank from superseding a commathe prime aim and object of the campaign, General Burnside turned his back on that army, and set outh of him. If it be said that Richmond was General Burnside's objective point, and that, regarding thl. i., p. 38. Whatever may have been General Burnside's purpose in this transfer of the army, hvided equally between General Halleck and General Burnside himself, no pontoon-train had reached theom their lurking-places. To accomplish this, Burnside, at ten o'clock, gave the command to concentrnestly urged by the chief commanders; but General Burnside judged otherwise, and determined to reneile this may explain, it will not justify General Burnside's conduct. It would have been well for h movements which fill up the remainder of General Burnside's career as commander of the Army of the ny commander to expect to control these. General Burnside was, and would have been, obeyed in the e[61 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 8 (search)
Barksdale, but arrived too late to take part in the action, though he played a part in the afterpiece. Barksdale occupied the heights immediately in rear of the town, including Marye's Hill and the stone wall at its base, famous in the story of Burnside's attack. Early's own division held the Confederate right below the town. Three companies of the Washington Artillery occupied the crest, and so soon as Sedgwick's movement was disclosed, on Sunday morning, Early sent Hays' brigade to re-enforce Barksdale. As it had required scarcely more than this force to repulse Burnside's successive columns of attack on the 13th of December, Barksdale had probably little doubt of his ability to give a like reception to those now threatening assault. Sedgwick's first efforts were of a tentative nature. Howe's division, occupying the left of his line, made an effort against the Confederate right with a view to turn the heights. It had no serious character, however, and was not successful. Th
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 9 (search)
by Slocum's corps, which formed the Union right. The Confederate line was about five miles in stretch, and was in great part well concealed by a fringe of woods. Both sides placed in position a powerful artillery force. Vii. Gettysburg—the second day. When morning revealed to Lee the position of the Union army drawn up on that ridge of rocks, he must have keenly realized all the perils of the attack; for upon a like position held by him at Fredericksburg he had seen the army under Burnside dash itself to pieces, in high but impotent valor. But the excited condition of his army, in which he still shared, would not allow him to pause. He therefore proceeded with his dispositions for attack; yet it was four o'clock in the afternoon before these were completed. The Union troops, meanwhile, made good use of the time, and improvised for themselves cover behind breastworks and stone walls. Early in the morning, Ewell's deployment of his left around the base of Culps' Hill attrac
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 11 (search)
was re-enforced by the Ninth Corps under General Burnside, who, however, commanded it independentlydecisive result followed, and towards evening Burnside fell back and intrenched. Leasure's brigadhe enemy. 14th. It is understood that General Burnside's command will follow the Sixth Corps. take post on the extreme left, to the left of Burnside's corps, and assault in conjunction with thatney's division remained covering the right of Burnside's corps, and was the right of the army. Fo But to this must be added the casualties of Burnside's corps, not then in the Army of the Potomac.ed by General Meade to extend his left, while Burnside's command was to retire altogether from its pand mass on the right and rear of Warren When Burnside, during the afternoon of the 2d, was in the a Corps; then Smith's command; then Warren and Burnside on the right. The left rested across the Disvery difficult to hold; and by afternoon General Burnside was prepared to assail the enemy's left. [16 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 12 (search)
t bank of the James. The corps of Wright and Burnside, by an exterior route, crossed at Jones' Bried to be made about four P. M. by Hancock and Burnside-Smith on the right to demonstrate merely. Ated. The attack was renewed by Hancock and Burnside on the morning of the 17th. The former succeavy fighting, and the failure of two attacks, Burnside succeeded in getting across a part of the ene had been undertaken some weeks previously by Burnside of his own motion, and was allowed to proceedhappened that the Ninth Army Corps, under General Burnside, held the front from which the assault wa of the three divisions of white troops. General Burnside then resolved to determine the choice by neral Grant says: I am satisfied that he [General Burnside] did not make the debouchement that he warown in, the worse was the confusion; yet General Burnside threw forward the black division to essayes right and left, as much as an order to General Burnside to pass through a door would presuppose h[5 more...]
1 2