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e of our field-batteries were taking a safer position. Then came the discovery of the reality, and much joking, but — just as many shells. For several hours the rebels fired two-minute guns. At last we got out of patience, and opened some heavy replies. After ten minutes--at about two A. M.--not another rebel shot was heard. Then deserters came in, declaring that the rear-guard of the foe had evacuated, and was pushing for Williamsburgh. In two hours it was daylight. Lowe and General Heintzelman made a hurried balloon ascension, and confirmed the report of the deserters. Next Colonel Sam. Black, Sixty-second Pennsylvania, Colonel Gove, Twenty-second Massachusetts, and Captain Boughton, Thirteenth New-York, with their trench details, all led by General Jameson, general of the trenches, advanced as skirmishers, at their own risk, and clambered the parapets of Yorktown. Colonel Sam. Black and General Jameson were the first men in, and unfurled the Stars and Stripes upon the gr
re no additional support, I applied to Brig.-Gen. Heintzelman, the superior officer charged with thel report. headquarters Third division, Heintzelman's corps, May 6, 1862. Captain: I have thin C. Mckeever, Assistant-Adjutant General, Heintzelman's Corps. The following is the report of Curtin: headquarters Third division, Heintzelman's corps, camp Berry, May 10, 1862. To His Eermit. On nearing the front, by order of Gen. Heintzelman, through Captain McKeever, I detached theious to the contest, detached by order of Gen. Heintzelman, reported to me for duty in front, and bynd rapid marching, under the sturdy lead of Heintzelman, were not long in turning the tide in our fwas a narrow wood, Gens. Sumner, Keyes, and Heintzelman were in frequent consultation. The former,e day were, however, performed by Keyes and Heintzelman, who were indefatigable, and by their clearhis staff, with their cavalry escort, and Gen. Heintzelman and his body-guard, entered the main stre[13 more...]
s and in position. I sent immediately to Gen. Heintzelman for reenforcements, and requested him to ged to Kearney's division, Berry's brigade, Heintzelman's corps; the next to the Fifty-sixth New-Yoback, although reenforced by the corps of Gen. Heintzelman. The corps of Gen. Keyes and HeintzelmanHeintzelman, having retreated to the third line, by direction of Gen. Heintzelman, I then collected together wGen. Heintzelman, I then collected together what remained of my division. The Fifty-second Pennsylvania volunteers, and the Fifty-sixth regimell hazards. About half-past 4 P. M., Generals Heintzelman and Keyes informed me that the enemy waure to say that Major-Gen. McClellan and Gens. Heintzelman and Keyes rode twice along the entire liturday was a Union victory; that Sumner and Heintzelman's corps came up and drove back the enemy whly defeated! Fifth. It is stated that Gen. Heintzelman, on Sunday morning, recovered the ground ously given by our Commander-in-chief,) and Heintzelman, Couch, Kearney, and others have the credit[18 more...]
ing splendidly. The enemy are fighting well also. This is not a battle, merely an affair of Heintzelman's corps, supported by Keyes, and thus far all goes well, and we hold every foot we have gainee that it is the point in our lines nearest Richmond on its direct lines of communication.) Gen. Heintzelman was accordingly ordered to push Hooker's division into the disputed territory, and hold a ls exhumed by a soldier. I am quite positive that Gen. McClellan dodged. Even old iron-sided Heintzelman squirmed behind the magazine. No more explosions annoyed us. One of our lieutenants had his d necessary that our pickets should be posted at the other edge of the wood. Accordingly Gen. Heintzelman was ordered to advance the pickets on his front to the point named, and to advance the picknt New-York volunteer cavalry, Col. McReynolds. He made his headquarters at Fair Oaks, where Heintzelman's had previously been, and there drew around him all the sources of information that such occ
great troops of cavalry, choked up the narrow road already. Gen. Sumner's, Heintzelman's, and Franklin's corps, under Sumner's command, had been left to guard the command, Franklin was posted strongly on the south bank of White Oak Creek; Heintzelman was on his left; Keyes's corps was moving swiftly to James River, down the Cves subsequently, faltered in the fight. Sumner's corps held the field till Heintzelman's corps had retired, and then moved quietly and swiftly back, under cover ofved one was lost who will be sought for long and never found. Sumner, and Heintzelman, and Franklin, and Hooker, and Smith, and Sedgwick, and Franklin, and McCally the enemy in overwhelming masses marching up and taking them. It was said Heintzelman's command captured twelve from the enemy, and a whole brigade of the enemy. could not learn the whereabouts of the brigade said to have been captured by Heintzelman. Think it a false report, invented to keep up courage — which was not neces
it were possible to do so. I instructed General Heintzelman to push forward from Centreville towardeen engaged since daylight in the morning. Heintzelman's corps occupied the right of our line, in e Warrenton turnpike. Generals McDowell and Heintzelman, who reconnoitred the positions held by theven thousand; Reno's corps, seven thousand; Heintzelman's corps, seven thousand; Porter's corps, whrter, as a support, was posted the corps of Heintzelman; Sigel occupied the intrenchments on the led men; Sigel's corps, about seven thousand; Heintzelman's corps, about six thousand; Reno's, six th and rear; Sumner was posted on the left of Heintzelman, while the corps of Sigel and Porter were d, McDowell, Reno, and Kearny's division, of Heintzelman's corps. A very severe action occurred in Junction, Aug. 26, 1862, 8.20 P. M. Major-Gen. Heintzelman, Commanding, etc.: The Major-General corward in following order, namely: 1st. Heintzelman's.3d. Sigel's. 2d. McDowell's.4th. Port[36 more...]
ven thousand; Reno's corps, seven thousand; Heintzelman's corps, seven thousand; Porter's corps, whust, at Rappahannock station. The corps of Heintzelman and Porter, about eighteen thousand strong, Pennsylvania reserves, under Reynolds, and Heintzelman's corps, consisting of Hooker and Kearny, rl army of Virginia, as well as the corps of Heintzelman and the division of Reynolds, had been so mne of two things: either fall back and meet Heintzelman behind Cedar Run, or cross the Rappahannockthe best. I also think you had better stop Heintzelman's corps, and the troops of Sturgis and Cox,at Catlett's and send forward supplies. If Heintzelman and Cox move quickly, it will be easy to hol, and his command, as well as that of Major-Gen. Heintzelman, will support Major-General McDowell i headquarters will be with the corps of General Heintzelman until further notice. By command of rapidly. You will find the whole corps of Heintzelman in front of you. Pass his stragglers and ke[34 more...]
ion of Yorktown, Gen. McClellan ordered me to run a wire into our Battery No. 6, in order to give him telegraphic communication from his headquarters, which were distant about one and a half miles. This battery laid half a mile in front of General Heintzelman, and within half a mile of a long chain of rebel batteries. The office at Battery No. 6 was to be located under ground, in a bombproof arrangement, in order to save the precious life of the manipulator, who would be in his hole before day break the next morning. I was informed by Gen. Heintzelman's aids that it was a very hazardous experiment; that from the point where the line must cross the fields the rebel officers could be heard distinctly giving command; that the rebel pickets were within two hundred and fifty yards of us, and if we attempted to distribute poles with our wagon we would be fired upon. Of these facts I informed all our men. Regardless of danger, they unanimously voted for the extension. Fortunately that ni
tely broke up my camp at Warrenton Junction and Warrenton and marched rapidly back in three columns. I directed McDowell, with his own and Sigel's corps, to march upon Gainesville by the Warrenton and Alexandria pike; Reno and one division of Heintzelman to march on Greenwich, and, with Porter's corps and Hooker's division, I marched back to Manassas Junction. McDowell was ordered to interpose between the forces of the enemy which had passed down to Manassas through Gainesville, and his maid took the turnpike towards Warrenton. He was met six miles west of Centreville by McDowell and Sigel, late this afternoon. A severe fight took place, which has terminated by darkness. The enemy was driven back at all points, and thus the affair rests. Heintzelman's corp will move on him at daylight from Centreville, and I do not see how the enemy is to escape without heavy loss. We have captured one thousand prisoners, many arms, and one piece of artillery. John Pope, Major-General.
torm. The thunder was so heavy that at Centreville, three miles distant, the noise of the cannonade was wholly inaudible, and no battle was suspected to be going on. Some prisoners were taken from the enemy, but, owing to the darkness and the storm, pursuit for any distance was impossible. Among the prisoners was the Adjutant-General of General Jones, who was in command of one of the rebel divisions, and also his Chief of Ordnance. The rebel Gen. Jones was formerly Adjutant of General Heintzelman's old regiment. Major Tilden, of the Thirty-eighth New-York, was mortally wounded in the fight, and died soon after. The whole number of killed and wounded in Gen. Birney's brigade was probably not over two hundred. Of General Reno's troops the loss was not much greater. I have seen lists, but not a moment to copy them for this letter, which goes by an unexpected opportunity. Except this battle, there has been no engagement since Saturday. The enemy showed no disposition to