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Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 32: battles of the Wilderness. (search)
tion from which he had been driven; and the fighting extended to General Lee's right on the Plank road. Gordon occupied the position which hrprise, a serious disaster would befall, not only our corps, but General Lee's whole army. In the afternoon, when the column threatening our leaving our front and moving towards Spottsylvania Court-House. General Lee's army was also put in motion, Ewell's corps moving along the li. Hill, who was sick and unable to remain on duty, an order from General Lee, transferring Hays' brigade from my division to Johnson's, in orleft with it, and assumed command of Hill's corps. Grant says General Lee had the advantage of position. As the latter had to move from hage of position, after the two days fighting? He also says that General Lee was enabled to reach Spottsylvania Court-House first, because hesession of the direct road to that place, and he had the start. General Lee had to move on the circuitous route by Shady Grove, and he was e
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 33: battles around Spottsylvania. (search)
the infantry numbered about 13,000 muskets for duty. General Lee's orders to me were to move by Todd's Tavern along the By early next morning (the 9th), I received an order from General Lee, through Hampton, to move on the Shady Grove road toward seen that after this affair I held, for a time, both of General Lee's flanks, which was rather an anomaly, but it could not olumn of infantry moving up the Po, and I was ordered by General Lee to take possession of Shady Grove, by light next morningly. Subsequently, on the same day, under orders from General Lee, Lane's brigade of Wilcox's division and Mahone's own bt of our works. This affair took place under the eye of General Lee himself. In the afternoon another attempt was made to cile Wilcox was absent, an order was received by me, from General Lee, to turn over to General Hill the command of his corps, ashington, before he could resume the offensive or make another of his flank movements to get between General Lee's army and
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 34: operations near Hanover Junction. (search)
temporarily on the left of the corps, relieving Rodes' division and a part of Field's while the line was being remodelled, and then took position on the right again. During the night of the 26th, the enemy again withdrew from our front. At Hanover Junction General Lee was joined by Pickett's division of Longstreet's corps, and Breckenridge with two small brigades of infantry, and a battalion of artillery. These, with Hoke's brigade, were the first and only reinforcements received by General Lee since the opening of the campaign. Yet Grant's immense army, notwithstanding the advantage gained by it on the 12th of May, had been so crippled, that it was compelled to wait six days at Spottsylvania Court-House for reinforcements from Washington, before it could resume the offensive. Breckenridge's infantry numbered less than 3,000 muskets. Grant puts it at 15,000 and says, The army sent to operate against Richmond having hermetically sealed itself up at Bermuda Hundreds, the enemy
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 35: battles of Cold Harbor. (search)
ed Grant's direct march towards Richmond. All of these movements were made under orders from General Lee. My troops were placed in position, covering the road by Pole Green Church, and also the shing but no heavy fighting. On the afternoon of the 30th, in accordance with orders from General Lee, I moved to the right across Beaver Dam, to the road from Old Church to Mechanicsville, and tbor, was continued on the 31st, and the 1st of June, and corresponding movements were made by General Lee to meet him, my command retaining its position with a heavy force in its front. On the 2ne showed that the greater part of it was uncovered, and, in accordance with instructions from General Lee, I moved in front of, and between it and the Matadaquean, until my progress was arrested by ag to force his way by land, he had already lost, in killed and wounded, more men than were in General Lee's entire army; and he was compelled to give up, in despair, the attempt to reach Richmond in
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 36: campaign in Maryland and Virginia. (search)
den, of the Confederate Army, with one brigade of cavalry, or mounted infantry, and a battery of artillery. When the campaign opened, Sigel moved up the Valley and Major General Breckenridge moved from Southwestern Virginia, with two brigades of infantry and a battalion of artillery, to meet him. Breckenridge, having united his forces with Imboden's, met and defeated Sigel at New Market on May 15th, driving him back toward Winchester. Breckenridge then crossed the Blue Ridge and joined General Lee at Hanover Junction, with his two brigades of infantry and the battalion of artillery. Subsequently, the Federal General Hunter organized another and larger force than Sigel's, and moved up the Valley, and on the 5th day of June defeated Brigadier General William E. Jones, at Piedmont, between Port Republic and Staunton-Jones' force being composed of a very small body of infantry, and a cavalry force which had been brought from Southwestern Virginia, after Breckenridge's departure from t
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 37: pursuit of Hunter. (search)
lying near Gaines' Mill, in rear of Hill's line at Cold Harbor, I received verbal orders from General Lee to hold the corps, with two of the battalions of artillery attached to it, in readiness to mome as Chief of Artillery. After dark, on the same day, written instructions were given me by General Lee, by which I was directed to move, with the force designated, at 3 o'clock next morning, for tosed to be at Waynesboro or Rock-fish Gap. If such had been the case, the route designated by General Lee would have carried me into the Valley in Hunter's rear. The 2nd corps now numbered a littully assault. There was not an infantry soldier in arms nearer the scene of action than with General Lee's army, near Cold Harbor; and the well-constructed rifle-pits were nothing more than rails pualry, was to have united with Hunter at Lynchburg and the two together were to have destroyed General Lee's communications and depots of supplies and then have joined Grant. Can it be believed that
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 38: operations in lower valley and Maryland. (search)
Maryland. At Lynchburg I had received a telegram from General Lee directing me, after disposing of Hunter, either to returnot arrived. Another telegram was received here from General Lee stating that the circumstances under which my original omand from Breckenridge's forces had not been as great as General Lee supposed it would be, on account of the disorganization out the original design at all hazards, and telegraphed General Lee my purpose to continue the movement. The march was re to the United and I here received a dispatch from General Lee, directing me to remain in the lower Valley until everythingrate Army, and was merely serving on detached duty under General Lee's orders. The attack on the train was an act of legitim Johnson's cavalry. On the 6th I received a letter from General Lee, by special courier, informing me that, on the 12th, an nformed of the manner in which the attempt would be made-General Lee stating that he was not, himself, advised of the particu
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 40: in front of Washington. (search)
Heights. After abandoning the idea of capturing Washington, I determined to remain in front of the fortifications during the 12th, and retire at night, as I was satisfied that to remain longer would cause the loss of my entire force. Johnson had burned the bridges over the Gunpowder, on the Harrisburg and Philadelphia roads, threatened Baltimore, and started for Point Lookout, but I sent an order for him to return. The attempt to release the prisoners, of which I was informed by General Lee, was not made, as the enemy had received notice of it in some way. Major Harry Gilmor, who burned the bridge over the Gunpowder on the Philadelphia road, captured Major General Franklin on a train at that point, but he was permitted to escape, either by the carelessness or exhaustion of the guard placed over him, before I was informed of the capture. On the afternoon of the 12th, a heavy reconnoitring force was sent out by the enemy, which, after severe skirmishing, was driven back by
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 44: retreat to Fisher's Hill. (search)
oved with Kershaw's division of infantry and Fitz. Lee's division of cavalry to Culpeper Court-Hous artillery and two brigades of cavalry under Fitz. Lee. General Anderson ranked me, but he declinedade of cavalry on the left and a regiment of Fitz. Lee's cavalry on the right, while I moved with m infantry and artillery to Shepherdstown and Fitz. Lee with the rest of the cavalry to Williamsportf Maryland and Pennsylvania. On the 25th Fitz. Lee started by way of Leetown and Martinsburg to of the 6th Louisiana Regiment, was killed. Fitz. Lee reached Williamsport, and had some skirmish place. A letter had been received from General Lee requesting that Kershaw's division should bft from that stream to North Mountain, while Fitz. Lee's cavalry watched the right, having small piomax, numbered only about 1,700 mounted men. Fitz. Lee had brought with him two brigades, to wit: W which had been with me near Washington, and Fitz. Lee had brought a few pieces of horse artillery.[3 more...]
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 45: battle of Winchester. (search)
atching the valley of Abraham's Creek, and the Front Royal road beyond, while Fitz. Lee was on the left, across the Red Bud, with his cavalry and a battery of horse rced back, thus aiding the latter in recovering from the momentary disorder. Fitz. Lee on the left, from across the Red Bud, had poured a galling fire into the enemon the right was very great and Lomax's force very weak, Wickham's brigade of Fitz. Lee's cavalry had been sent from the left to Lomax's assistance. When Wharton's division arrived, Patton's brigade of that division was left to aid Fitz. Lee in guarding the Martinsburg road, against the force of cavalry which was advancing on tming force, Patton's brigade of infantry and Payne's brigade of cavalry under Fitz. Lee were forced back. A considerable force of the enemy's cavalry then swept a brigade, was mortally wounded and fell into the hands of the enemy; Major General Fitz. Lee was also severely wounded. In the death of Major General Rodes, I had
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