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m's brigades. A third brigade added early in October. Sept. 16, 1861: McCall's division; on the 25th of that month he received the last two regiments of the Pennsylvania Reserves, so that his division consisted of thirteen regiments in three brigades, under Meade, J. F. Reynolds, and Ord. Sept. 28, 1861: W. F. Smith's division, consisting of the Vermont brigade (afterwards Brooks's), J. J. Stevens's and Hancock's brigades. Oct. 5, 1861: Heintzelman's division, consisting of Richardson's, Sedgwick's, and Jameson's brigades. Oct. 11, 1861: Hooker's division, consisting of his own (afterwards Naglee's) brigade and Sickles's brigade. In November a third brigade (Starr's New Jersey) was added. Oct. 12, 1861: Blenker's division, consisting of Stahl's and Steinwehr's brigades. A third brigade added during the winter. Nov. 25, 1861: Sumner's division, consisting of Howard's, Meagher's, and French's brigades. Dec. 6, 1861: Casey's division, consisting of three brigades.
oward and Meagher's brigades, with all his artillery, around by Gen. Sedgwick's bridge, while Gen. French's brigade with the utmost difficulty crossed by the other. Gen. Sedgwick's division, with thson on his arrival was ordered to place his division on the left to connect with Gen. Kearny. Gen. French's brigade was posted along the railroad, and Gens. Howard's and Meagher's brigades in second e railroad. These columns were supported by infantry in line of battle on each side, cutting Gen. French's line. He threw out no skirmishers, but appeared determined to carry all before him by one and relieved time after time, till finally Gen. Howard was ordered with his brigade to go to Gen. French's assistance. He led his men gallantly to the front, and in a few minutes the fire of the ene line of the enemy back in some confusion. This was followed up by a bayonet-charge, led by Gen. French in person, with the 57th and 66th N. Y., supported by two regiments sent by Gen. Heintzelman,
fore them the stragglers who were thronging towards the bridge. These brigades advanced boldly to the front, and by their example, as well as by the steadiness of their bearing, reanimated our own troops and warned the enemy that reinforcements had arrived. It was now dusk. The enemy, already repulsed several times with terrible slaughter, and hearing the shouts of the fresh troops, failed to follow up their advantage. This gave an opportunity to rally our men behind the brigades of Gens. French and Meagher, and they again advanced up the hill, ready to repulse another attack. During the night our thin and exhausted regiments mere all withdrawn in safety, and by the following morning all had reached the other side of the stream. The regular infantry formed the rear-guard, and about six o'clock on the morning of the 28th crossed the river, destroying the bridge behind them. Although we were finally forced from our first line after the enemy had been repeatedly driven back, ye
e divisions of Richardson and Sedgwick were formed on the right of the railroad, facing towards Richmond, Richardson holding the right, and Sedgwick joining the right of Heintzelman's corps. The first line of Richardson's division was held by Gen. French, Gen. Caldwell supporting in the second. A log building in front of Richardson's division was held by Col. Brooks with one regiment (53d Penn. Volunteers), with Hazzard's battery on an elevated piece of ground a little in rear of Col. Brooks' Immediately after the battle the orders were repeated for all the troops to fall back and cross White Oak Swamp, which was accomplished during the night in good order. By midnight all the troops were on the road to White Oak Swamp bridge, Gen. French, with his brigade, acting as rear-guard, and at five A. M. on the 30th all had crossed and the bridge was destroyed. On the afternoon of the 29th I gave to the corps commanders their instructions for the operations of the following day. Por
lict was so obstinately raging on the right Gen. French was pushing his division against the enemy as now engaged--Gen. Sedgwick on the right, Gen. French in the centre, and Gen. Richardson on the l The ground over which Gens. Richardson's and French's divisions were fighting was very irregular, division had become separated from that of Gen. French's. A change of front by the 52d N. Y. and 2f the 132d Penn. and 7th Va. Volunteers, of Gen. French's division, before referred to, drove the enn. and a detachment of the 108th N. Y., of Gen. French's division, was sent by Gen. French to the Gen. French to the support of Gen. Richardson's division. This command was now placed in an interval in the line betw open space in advance of the batteries. Gen. French having reported to Gen. Franklin that his a. Brooks formed his brigade on the right of Gen. French, where they remained during the remainder opiercing the line between Gens. Sedgwick's and French's divisions. Gen. Franklin ordered two brig[3 more...]
341; in pursuit, 348, 352-356; Old Tavern, 392, 419 ; Gaines's Mill 412, 420, 421; Savage's Station, 427, 428 ; White Oak Swamp, 428, 430, .433 ; Berkley, 444. In Pope's campaign, 509-517, 529, 532, 536. In Maryland campaign, 554 ; Crampton's Gap, 558-565 ; South Mountain, 574, 575 ; Antietam, 584. 589, 590, 598, 600; after Antietam, 621, 624, 629, 633, 659, 660. Monograph on McClellan, 608. Frederick, Md., 553. 554, 557, 571, 572,574 575. Fremont, den. J. C., 202, 225, 270. French, Gen. W. H., at Washington, 1861, 81; Fair Oaks, 382-384; Gaines's Mill, 418 ; Savage's Station, 427, 428 ; Antietam, 594-598, 600. Gaines's Mill, Va., battle of, 410-421. Gallagher, Col., 580. Gantt, Col. T. T., 123, 124. Garnett, Gen. R. S., 61, 62 ; death, 63. Gauley river, Va., 54. Gentry, Capt. W. T., 133. Getty, Gen. G. W., 46, 116. Gibbon, Gen. J., 579, 581, 582. Gibson, Capt., at Williamsburg, 320, 321 ; South Mountain, 576 ; Antietam, 601, 602. Gill. Samuel. visit to McC