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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter28: Gettysburg-Third day. (search)
have had good ground for marching after getting out of the rocky fastnesses of Round Top. As we had no cavalry on our right, the Union cavalry was held on their right to observe the Confederates under Stuart, except Kilpatrick's division (and Custer's brigade of that division was retained on their right). A little while after the repulse of our column, Stuart's cavalry advanced and was met by Gregg's, and made one of the severest and most stubborn fights of cavalry on record. General Wade Hh, Col. Nathaniel P. Richmond; 5th N. Y., Maj. John Hammond; 18th Pa., Lieut.-Col. William P. Brinton; 1st Vt., Lieut.-Col. Addison W. Preston; 1st W. Va. (10 cos.), Col. Nathaniel P. Richmond, Maj. Charles E. Capehart. Second Brigade, Brig.-Gen. George A. Custer; 1st Mich., Col. George H. Town; 5th Mich., Col. Russell A. Alger; 6th Mich., Col. George Gray; 7th Mich. (10 cos.), Col. William D. Mann. horse artillery :--First Brigade, Capt. James M. Robertson; 9th Mich. Batt., Capt. Jabez J.
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 41: battle of five Forks. (search)
ten thousand strong, from the Valley to ride across James River, through Lynchburg, to join the northward march of Sherman's column. His divisions were under Generals Custer and Devens; General Wesley Merritt was his chief of cavalry. He was to destroy railroads, canals, bridges, and other works of value as he marched. At Stauntesboroa. He found that command posted behind field-works, but the line did not cover the left of the position near the river. After some preliminary dashes, General Custer found his way around General Early's left, and, with part of the cavalry dismounted, made a bold, simultaneous charge on the front and flank, breaking up the th Corps was not in position until four o'clock in the afternoon. General Sheridan planned for battle to have General Merritt display the cavalry divisions of Custer and Devens against the Confederate front and right, to convey the impression that that was the field from which his battle would be made, while he drew up and mas
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 43: Appomattox. (search)
ast line of battle Longstreet endeavors to recall his chief, hearing of a break where the Confederate troops could pass Custer demands surrender of Longstreet reminded of irregularity, and that he was in the enemy's lines meeting with General Grvisions for General Lee's army. He gave notice to Merritt's and Crook's cavalry, and rode twenty-eight miles in time for Custer's division to pass the station, cut off the trains, and drive back the guard advancing to protect them. He helped himselfter delivering the message, Captain Sims, through some informality, was sent to call the truce. The firing ceased. General Custer rode to Captain Sims to know his authority, and, upon finding that he was of my staff, asked to be conducted to my Headquarters, and down they came in fast gallop, General Custer's flaxen locks flowing over his shoulders, and in brusk, excited manner, he said,--In the name of General Sheridan I demand the unconditional surrender of this army. He was reminded tha
e centre — should co-operate with Sherman; and that Hooker with a mixed command should continue to hold Lookout Valley and operate on our extreme right as circumstances might warrant. Sherman crossed on the 24th to perform his alloted part of the programme, but in the meantime Grant becoming impressed with the idea that Bragg was endeavoring to get away, ordered Thomas to make a strong demonstration in his front, to determine the truth or falsity of the information that had been General George A. Custer. received. This task fell to the Fourth Corps, and at 12 o'clock on the 23d I was notified that Wood's division would make a reconnoissance to an elevated point in its front called Orchard Knob, and that I was to support it with my division and prevent Wood's right flank from being turned by an advance of the enemy on Moore's road or from the direction of Rossville. For this duty I marched my division out of the works about 2 P. M., and took up a position on Bushy Knob. Shortly
, Aide-de-camp. escort. Sixth United States Cavalry, Captain Ira W. Claflin. first division. Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. first brigade. Brigadier-General George A. Custer. First Michigan, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Stagg. Fifth Michigan, Colonel Russell A. Alger. Sixth Michigan, Major James H. Kidd. Seventh Michigan, Ma readily assented to assign him in place of General Kilpatrick. The only other general officers in the corps were Brigadier-General Wesley Merritt, Brigadier-General George A. Custer, and Brigadier-General Henry E. Davies, each commanding a brigade. In a few days after my arrival at Brandy Station I reviewed my new command, wrains. The order requiring an escort for the wagons to-night has been rescinded. A. A. Humphreys, Major-General, Chief-of-Staff. On the morning of the 6th Custer's and Devin's brigades had been severely engaged at the Furnaces before I received the above note. They had been most successful in repulsing the enemy's attacks
es opening of the fight at Yellow Tavern General Custer's brilliant charge death of General Stuar After Merritt's division passed the river, Custer's brigade proceeded on to Beaver Dam Station tderness and were being conducted to Richmond. Custer also destroyed the station, two locomotives, tin's brigades, however, held fast there, while Custer, supported by Chapman's brigade, attacked the my's left and battery in a mounted charge. Custer's charge, with Chapman on his flank and the reops along my whole front moved forward, and as Custer went through the battery, capturing two of theing. While waiting for the pontoons I ordered Custer to proceed with his brigade to Hanover Stationrossroads to await events. After Gregg and Custer had gone, it was discovered that the railroad de practicable. On the 22d Gregg, Wilson, and Custer returned. The latter had gone on his expediti reinforce Lee. In the face of this impediment Custer's mission could not be executed fully, so he r[4 more...]
y on the morning of the 27th the crossing was made, Custer's brigade of Torbert's division driving from the focked this force with Devin's brigade, while he sent Custer to Hawe's Shop, from which point a road leading to reinforce Gregg as much as possible, so I directed Custer's brigade to report to him, sending, meanwhile, fordid not get up till the fight was over. As soon as Custer joined him, Gregg vigorously assaulted the Confedereen put into action. However, Gregg's division and Custer's brigade were equal to the situation, all unaided hop. Finally, however, Torbert threw Merritt's and Custer's brigades into the action, and the enemy retired, was being reinforced by infantry. I met Torbert at Custer's headquarters, and found that the two had already out promptly, Merritt's brigade first, followed by Custer's, on the direct road to Cold Harbor, while Devin's Church road Torbert was obliged to place a part of Custer's brigade on Merrltt's left so as to connect with D
about three miles from Trevillian. Meanwhile Custer's brigade had been sent from where we bivouackoy Trevillian Station. In following this road Custer got to the rear of Hampton's division, having to Clayton's store to unite with Hampton. Custer, the moment he found himself in Hampton's rearion itself. The stampede and havoc wrought by Custer in Hampton's rear compelled him to turn Rosserigade in that direction, and while it attacked Custer on one side, Fitzhugh Lee's division, which ha could not be kept on the limited space within Custer's line, which now formed almost a complete cirove them to a secure place they, together with Custer's headquarters wagon and four of his caissons,al owners. As soon as the firing told that Custer had struck the enemy's rear, I directed Torberthat a portion of it was driven pell-mell into Custer's lines, leaving there about five hundred prismpton, posted on the west side of Black Creek, Custer's brigade meanwhile moving, mounted, on the ro[1 more...]
ore we entered the army, and later as men, and I placed implicit faith in his experience and qualifications as a general. The transfer of Torbert to the position of chief of cavalry left Merritt, as I have already said, in command of the First Cavalry Division. He had been tried in the place before, and from the day he was selected as one of a number of young men to be appointed general officers, with the object of giving life to the Cavalry Corps, he filled the measure of expectation. Custer was one of these young men too, and though as yet commanding a brigade under Merritt, his gallant fight at Trevillian Station, as well as a dozen others during the summer, indicated that he would be equal to the work that was to fall to him when in a few weeks he should succeed Wilson. But to go on down the scale of rank, describing the officers who commanded in the Army of the Shenandoah, would carry me beyond all limit, so I refrain from the digression with regret that I cannot pay to ea
he Confederates realized that they were confronted only by cavalry, Early brought up the whole of the four infantry divisions engaged in his manoeuvre, and in a sharp attack pushed Torbert rapidly back. All the advantages which Torbert had gained by surprising the enemy were nullified by this counter attack, and he was obliged to withdraw Wilson's division toward my right, to the neighborhood of Duffield's Station, Merritt drawing back to the same point by way of the Shepherdstown ford. Custer's brigade becoming isolated after the fight while assisting the rear guard, was also obliged to retire, which it did to Shepherdstown and there halted, picketing the river to Antietam ford. While Torbert reported to me the nature of his encounter, and that a part of Early's infantry was marching to the north, while Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry had gone toward Martinsburg, I thought that the Confederate general meditated crossing his cavalry into Maryland, so I sent Wilson by way of Harper's Fe
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