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In the afternoon orders were given for a concerted movement of forces from Newport News, and from the camps at Fortress Monroe, against a position that the rebels had taken up at or near Great Bethel, in York county, a place about 12 miles northwest of Fortress Monroe. In accordance with the terms of the order three companies of Duryea's regiment, under. Capt. Kilpatrick, went forward from Hampton on the Bethel road at 10 P. M., and soon after the remainder of Duryea's regiment, and the New York Third, Col. Townsend, followed, and were ferried over Hampton Creek by the boats of the Naval Brigade previously taken round from Fortress Monroe. Meantime, 5 companies, each from the Vermont First Regiment, and the Massachusetts Fourth, under Lieut.-Col. Washburne; six companies of the N. Y. Seventh, Col. Bendix, and a squad of regulars with 2 howitzers, under Lieut. Greble, moved forward from the position at Newport News, to form a junction on the road with the men from Fortress Monroe.
and Brig.-Gen. Pierce of Mass. assumed the command. Gen. Pierce determined to push on in advance, and the force moved in the following order:--Col. Duryea with the N. Y. Fifth; Lieut.-Col. Washburne, with the companies from Newport News, and Greble's battery; Col. Townsend, with the N. Y. Third; Col. Allen, with the N. Y. First; and Col. Carr, with the N. Y. Second. When the fire of Col. Bendix's command was delivered, that force was stationed very near to the outlying camp of the enemy, wies in the Federal army were (as far as known)-killed, 13; wounded, 80. Several were missing. Of the wounded, 10, and of the dead, 1, were the loss by the error on the road when Col. Bendix fired into the N. Y. Third. Among the killed were Lieut. Greble, of the regular service, in command of the artillery, and Major Theodore Winthrop, aid to Gen. Butler. Of the Confederate loss, little is known. It is stated by the Charleston Miercury at 17 killed. The enemy is thought to have had at least
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 8: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
the writer spent most of the day in the pilot-house, listening to the stories of the adventures of these men while they were acting as pilots in the fleets of Farragut and Porter, during those marvelous expeditions on the Mississippi, its tributaries, and its mysterious bayous, carried on in connection with the armies of Grant and Banks. After a delightful voyage of twenty-four hours, we arrived at Nashville, where the writer was joined by his former traveling companions, Messrs. Dreer and Greble, of Philadelphia, with whom he afterward journeyed for six weeks upon the pathways and battle-fields of the great armies in Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. The aspect of Nashville, and especially its surroundings, had materially changed since the author was there in 1861. The storm of war had swept (over the country in its vicinity with fearful effect. The city itself had not suffered bombardment, yet at times it had been in imminent danger of such calamity; first on the approach of t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
rals Heintzelman and Keyes. The former, on the right, led the divisions of Generals Fitz John Porter and Hamilton, of the Third Corps, and Sedgwick's-division of the Second Corps; while Keyes led the divisions of Generals Couch and W. F. Smith, of the Fourth Corps. They pressed forward, and on the following day the right, accompanied by McClellan, was at Big Bethel, and the Commander-in-chief made his Headquarters at a house very near McClellan's Headquarters. the spot where the gallant Greble fell, ten months before. See page 508, volume I. The left was at the little village of Warwick Court House at the same time. The army moved slowly on until the afternoon of the 5th, without any impediment excepting almost impassable mud, when the advance of each column was confronted and made to halt by Magruder's fortified lines, the right near Yorktown, on the York, the left near Winn's Mill on the Warwick River. The latter stream heads within a mile of Yorktown, and, flowing Scen
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 17: Pope's campaign in Virginia. (search)
afterward Heintzelman and Reno were ordered to assail their left and front in support of Porter's movement. But that movement was not made, in consequence, Porter says, of not receiving the order until dusk; so the brunt of battle fell upon Heintzelman and Monument and battle-ground near Groveton. this is a view of the monument on the battle-field near Groveton, as it appeared when the writer visited and sketched it, early in June, 1866, with his traveling companions, Messrs. Dreer and Greble. We rode out from Manassas Junction in an ambulance early in the morning, and went over the battle-ground of Bull's Run, visiting the monument near the site of Mrs. Henry's House (see pages 594 and 603, volume I.), and, following the Mrs. Dogan's House at Groveton. line of the retreat of the National troops, went down to the Warrenton turnpike, and westward to Groveton, a hamlet of a few dilapidated houses, on the slope of a Hill. We passed through a lane near the ruins of Mrs. Henry Dog
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 20: events West of the Mississippi and in Middle Tennessee. (search)
ured seventy-five men. He menaced Bristol, but went no farther east at that time. Then he recrossed the mountains and returned to Winchester, after a ride of seven hundred miles, having lost but twenty men, most of them made prisoners, and inflicted a loss on the Confederates of five hundred men and much property. The writer visited the battle-ground of Murfreesboroa early in May, 1866. He went down from Nashville by railway, on the morning of the 9th, May, 1866. with Messrs. Dreer and Greble, and soon after their arrival they called at the house of the Post Chaplain, the Reverend Mr. Earnshaw, of the Methodist denomination, whom the writer had met in Washington City a few months before. He was actively engaged in the work of establishing a National Cemetery on the Murfreesboroa battle-ground, and collecting therein the remains of the slain Union soldiers in that vicinity. He would be absent on that duty until noon, so we went to the quarters of Captain Whitman, the energetic q
G. S. Hillard, Life and Campaigns of George B. McClellan, Major-General , U. S. Army, Appendix. Oration at West Point. (search)
h, was cut off too early for his country, and that excellent staff-officer, Colonel Garesche, fell while gallantly doing his duty. No regiments can spare such gallant, devoted, and able commanders as Rossell, Davis, Gove, Simmons, Bailey, Putnam, and Kingsbury,--all of whom fell in the thickest of the combat,--some of them veterans, and others young in service, all good men and well-beloved. Our batteries have partially paid their terrible debt to fate in the loss of such commanders as Greble, the first to fall in this war, Benson, Hazzard, Smead, de Hart, Hazlitt, and those gallant boys, Kirby, Woodruff, Dimmick, and Cushing; while the engineers lament the promising and gallant Wagner and cross. Beneath remote battle-fields rest the corpses of the heroic McRea, Reed, Bascom, Stone, sweet, and many other company officers. Besides these were hosts of veteran sergeants, corporals, and privates, who had fought under Scott in Mexico, or contended in many combats with the savage
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 6: contraband of War, Big Bethel and Hatteras. (search)
Little Bethel, which had been abandoned. With two hundred rifle-men supporting Greble and his cannon, Duryea went forward with his Zouaves to a piece of timber, and opened fire in answer to the enemy's artillery. Greble advanced his guns within three hundred yards of the enemy's battery. He was pretty soon left by the Zouaves, than a cabbage head to undertake to do anything, except it might be Winthrop. Greble held his position an hour and a half, while the main body of the troops stood as agreed that Duryea should hold his place where it was, in apparent support of Greble's battery; that Colonel Townsend should march obliquely to the left beyond the mained on the field until they could pick up all the wounded. They brought off Greble's gun, and then had to drag the wounded in wagons nine miles. Upon the returto take; the rebels had run away. Then we marched up into the woods to support Greble's battery, and we remained there a while. As we came up to the woods the enemy
es Lee must surrender, 901; in Personal Memoirs, 902; reference to, 903; Sherman's report to, 913; as president, 925; the Alabama claims in, the administration, 966. Grant, Mrs., 854, 860. Grant, Colonel, 860. Greeley, Horace, reference to, 140; concedes right of secession, 141-142; cry of on to Richmond, 267, 289; quoted upon attack on Petersburg, 702-703. green, Brig.-Gen. John A., reference to in New York election troubles, 754, 757. Greenback, constitutional Money, 954-956. Greble's battery at Big Bethel, 269, 272. Greyhound, Butler's headquarters boat, 683. Griffin, John Quincy Adams, relates incidents of Butler, 996-997; upon Butler's character, 996-998. Grigg's Texas Brigade, position near Richmond, 723. Guadalupe, Hidalgo, treaty, 1007. Guthrie, Pierce, Secretary of Texas, Butler's references for President, 136. H Haggerty, Capt., Peter, goes ashore at Annapolis, 191-192; delivers message, 194; sent secretly to Baltimore, 226; expresses opinio
Lieut. Greble's gallant conduct at great Bethel.--The Philadelphia Inquirer has details of the part borne by Lieut. Greble in the Great BLieut. Greble in the Great Bethel affair. It is printed verbatim from the rough notes of a friend of Lieut. Greble, who kindly furnished them for the purpose:-- As sLieut. Greble, who kindly furnished them for the purpose:-- As soon as the confusion arising from the mistake (the cross firing) was over, Gen. Pierce ordered the troops to advance. No scouts were thrown ty of the enemy's batteries until they came within their fire. Lieut. Greble was ordered to unlimber his gun. He advanced, firing his gun alround, for an hour and forty minutes, waiting for a command. Lieut. Greble stood the brunt of the action for two hours; he was begged by sat, I shall retreat, and not before. The enemy made a sortie. Lieut. Greble said to Capt. Bartlett, who was standing alongside of him, Now,ain until the Federal troops had been withdrawn a half hour. Lieut. Greble did not spike his gun, but kept it charged in preparing to with
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