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ery, taking the road from New bridge via Mechanicsville to Hanover Court-House. Gen. Morell's division, composed of the brigades of Martindale, Butterfield, and McQuade, with Berdan's regiment of sharpshooters and three batteries under Capt. Charles Griffin, 5th U. S. Artillery, followed on the same road. Col. G. K. Warren, commanding a provisional brigade composed of the 5th and 13th N. Y., the 1st Conn. Artillery acting as infantry, the 6th Penn. Cavalry, and Weeden's R. I. Battery, movHanover Court-House, near the head of his column, when he learned that the rear had been attacked by a large force. He at once faced the whole column about, recalled the cavalry sent in pursuit towards Ashland, moved the 13th and 14th N. Y. and Griffin's battery direct to Martindale's assistance, pushed the 9th Mass. and 62d Penn., of McQuade's brigade, through the woods on the right (our original left), and attacked the flank of the enemy, while Butterfield, with the 83d Penn. and 16th Mich.,
sville withdrawn. Meade's brigade was ordered up as a reserve in rear of the line, and shortly after Martindale's and Griffin's brigades, of Morell's division, were moved forward and deployed on the right of McCall's division, towards Shady Grove church, to cover that flank. Neither of these three brigades, however, were warmly engaged, though two of Griffin's regiments relieved a portion of Reynolds's line just at the close of the action. The position of our troops was a strong one, exdrawing the troops from Beaver Dam creek was commenced shortly before daylight and successfully executed. Meade's and Griffin's brigades were the first to leave the ground. Seymour's brigade covered the rear, with the horse-batteries of Capts. Rw Cold Harbor. In this line Gen. Butterfield's brigade held the extreme left; Gen. Martindale's joined his right, and Gen. Griffin, still further to the right, joined the left of Gen. Sykes's division, which, partly in woods and partly in open groun
y's forces had crossed into Virginia during the night, their rear escaping under cover of eight batteries placed in strong positions upon the elevated bluffs on the opposite bank. Gen. Porter, commanding the 5th corps, ordered a detachment from Griffin's and Barnes's brigades, under Gen. Griffin, to cross the river at dark and carry the enemy's batteries. This was gallantly done under the fire of the enemy; several guns, caissons, etc., were taken, and their supports driven back half a mile. Gen. Griffin, to cross the river at dark and carry the enemy's batteries. This was gallantly done under the fire of the enemy; several guns, caissons, etc., were taken, and their supports driven back half a mile. The information obtained during the progress of this affair indicated that the mass of the enemy had retreated on the Charlestown and Martinsburg roads towards Winchester. To verify this, and to ascertain how far the enemy had retired, Gen. Porter was authorized to detach from his corps, on the morning of the 20th, a reconnoitring party in greater force. This detachment crossed the river and advanced about a mile, when it was attacked by a large body of the enemy lying in ambush in the wood
and Southern views of, 31 ; aid of Northern States, 32, 42. Grafton, W. Va., 57, 58. Graham, Gen. L. P., 81. Graham, Capt., 597. Granger, Capt. B., 130. Granger, Gen. G., appointed inspector, refused, 44. Grant, Gen. U. S., seeks position on McClellan's staff, 47 ; complained of, by Halleck, 216; letter, 219. Great Falls, Md., 79, 90, 95, 167. Greene, Gen. G. S., 591-593. Gregg, Col., at Yorktown, 302, 303; Pope's Campaign, 521, 524, 525. Grier, Col. W. A., 321, 322. Griffin, Gen. C., 370, 414-416, 620. Grimm, Capt., 419. Grover, Gen. G., 314. Haines, Lieut., 601, 602. Halfway House, Va., 254, 260, 261, 289, 298, 299, 320, 322. Hall's Hill, Va., 95. 516, 516, 536. Halleck, Gen. H. W., accused of perky, warns McClellan against Stanton, 137; desired by Scott as his successor, 170 ; strategy, 215 ; complains of Grant, 216, 217 ; in Department of Missouri, 202. 207 ; in Department of Mississippi, 225, 234, 239 ; complains of McClellan, 243 ; commander-in-chief, 45