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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
General Morell's division, composed of the brigades of Generals Martindale, Butterfield, and McQuade, with Berdan's sharp-shooters, and three batteries under Captaibattle-line was formed, and skirmishing was kept up until the arrival of General Butterfield, with four of his regiments, Twelfth and Seventeenth New York, Eightynd. Pennsylvania were sent to take the Confederates on the left flank, while Butterfield, with the Eighty-third Pennsylvania and Sixteenth Michigan, hastened throughoward Cool Arbor. McCall's division formed a second line, his left touching Butterfield's right; Seymour's brigade and the horse-batteries of Roberts and Tidball cons of Longstreet and Whiting, made a furious assault upon the National left, Butterfield's gallant brigade, which had been repelling the heaviest of the attacks for n hour unassisted, now, sorely pressed on the front and flank, gave way Daniel Butterfield. and fell back toward the woods on the Chickahominy, leaving the batterie
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 17: Pope's campaign in Virginia. (search)
next day. Meanwhile he had telegraphed to Washington the joyful tidings that the Confederates were retreating to the mountains. under this impression he ordered McDowell to follow with three corps, Porter's in the advance, along the Warrenton pike, and attack the fugitives, and Heintzelman and Reno, supported by Ricketts' division, were directed to assail and turn the Confederate left. the attempt to execute this movement developed a fearful state of affairs for the National Army. As Butterfield's division moved up the Hill near Groveton, the eminence near the edge of the woods suddenly and unexpectedly swarmed with the Confederates, who, instead of retreating, had been massing under cover of the forest in preparation for an offensive movement. They at once opened a fierce fire of shot, shell, and bullet on the Nationals, and at the same time clouds of dust on the left indicated that the foe, in great numbers, were making a flank movement in that direction. To meet this peril M
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 18: Lee's invasion of Maryland, and his retreat toward Richmond. (search)
e occupied about ten days getting the army, now one hundred and twenty thousand strong, well in mind and hand, and in reorganizing it. He consolidated the six corps of the army into three grand divisions of two corps each. The Right Grand Division, commanded by General Sumner, was composed of the Second Corps, General Couch, and the Ninth Corps, General Wilcox. The Center Grand Division, under General Hooker, was composed of the Third Corps, General Stoneman, and the Fifth Corps, General Butterfield. The Left Grand Division, under General Franklin, was composed of the First Corps, under General Reynolds, and the Sixth Corps, under General W. F. Smith. He also adopted a new plan of operations, by which the capture of Richmond rather than the immediate destruction of Lee's army was made the objective. The National army was moving rapidly away from its base of supplies into an enemy's country, at a season when inclement weather might be expected; while the Confederate Army was con