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Philip Henry Sheridan, Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army . 306 6 Browse Search
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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 The order requiring an escort for the wagons to-night has been rescinded.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
nited States, Battery B, Captain Henry A. Du Pont. cavalry: Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. escort: First Rhode Island, Major William H. Turner, Jr. first division: Brigadier-General Wesley Merritt. first brigade: Brigadier-General George A. Custer. First Michigan, Colonel Peter Stagg. Fifth Michigan, Major Smith H. Hastings. Sixth Michigan, Colonel James H. Kidd. Seventh Michigan, Major Melvin Brewer. Twenty-fifth New York, Major Charles J. Seymour. Second brigade: Colonelt. The instant Merritt's division could be formed for the charge, it went at Breckenridge's infantry and Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry with such momentum as to break the Confederate left, just as Averell was passing around it. Merritt's brigades, led by Custer, Lowell, and Devin, met from the start with pronounced success, and with sabre or pistol in hand literally rode down a battery of five guns and took about 1,200 prisoners. Almost simultaneously with this cavalry charge, Crook struck Breckenridge'
them, and been secretly harbored by some of the neighboring residents. Determining to teach a lesson to these abettors of the foul deed — a lesson they would never forget — I ordered all the houses within an area of five miles to be burned. General Custer, who had succeeded to the command of the Third Cavalry division (General Wilson having been detailed as chief of cavalry to Sherman's army), was charged with this duty, and the next morning proceeded to put the order into execution. The prester, who had succeeded to the command of the Third Cavalry division (General Wilson having been detailed as chief of cavalry to Sherman's army), was charged with this duty, and the next morning proceeded to put the order into execution. The prescribed area included the little village of Dayton, but when a few houses in the immediate neighborhood of the scene of the murder had been burned, Custer was directed to cease his desolating work, but to fetch away all the ablebodied males as prisone
concert with Custer. About 7 in the morning, Custer's division encountered Rosser himself with thrhis right, quickly established connection with Custer, and the two divisions moved forward together both flanks, and as these receded, Merritt and Custer went at the wavering ranks in a charge along tng topics around the camp-fires of Merritt and Custer. In the fight and pursuit Torbert took elevento withdraw to the north bank of Cedar Creek. Custer gained better results, however, on the Back roRiver, while Torbert retained both Merritt and Custer on the right of the Sixth Corps, and at the sa Lowell replied that he could. I then ordered Custer's division back to the right flank, and returngained some little distance to their rear, but Custer's troopers sweeping across the Middletown mead Fisher's Hill. and here Merritt uniting with Custer, they together fell on the flank of the retreand about a mile and a half west of Merritt was Custer covering the fords of Cedar Creek as far west [6 more...]
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