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we were astonished by news that McClellan had fallen back from Harrison's Landing, Pope was falling back from Culpeper Court House, Jackson was on Pope's flank, and Lee was partially between Pope and McClellan, and Washington. Everything was magnified in the most outrageous manner. What really had happened was serious enough. t the attack of the victorious Confederate army, in the series of engagements that constituted the second battle of Bull Run; and flushed with this further triumph, Lee was leading his forces forward in an attempt to capture Washington. They were already in Maryland, concentrating in the vicinity of Frederick City. It was necessa Sheridan to ask for the Sixth Corps in beginning his operations in the final campaign against the defenses of Petersburgh. In the advance of the army, to oppose Lee's invasion of Maryland, Col. Beckwith gives a vivid and somewhat amusing description of a physical prostration that he suffered. It may remind others of a simila
ptember, halted a short distance from the town. Here the sound of cannon from the direction of South Mountain was heard by the men of the 121st. There was a feeling over us all, that a great battle was impending. We knew from common report that Lee, with as great a force as he could muster, was not far away, and this conflict and the part we should take in it was thoroughly discussed as we hurried along. Of one thing we were determined, and that was, that no matter what occurred or in what was detailed to collect and stack the arms on the field, on the day after the battle. Again quoting from the narrative of Comrade Beckwith, We reached Antietam battlefield on the 19th (of Sept.), and except some fighting at the river where Lee's army crossed, and an attempt by the Fifth Corps to capture the batteries covering the rear, resulting in the capture of four guns, the great conflict was over. The country around Sharpsburgh is admirably adapted to military operations and affor
in Campbell was the only commissioned officer in Company E. Company I was in command of Orderly Sergeant J. W. Cronkite. The following named Company Officers were unfit for duty and in hospital: Captain Moon, Fish and Kidder; Lieutenants Bates, Van Horn, Cameron and Quartermaster Story. Lieut. J. P. Douw had previously been detailed to duty as Ordnance Officer of the Division. The movement ordered for the 31st of October was the beginning of a campaign under General McClellan to force General Lee back from the line of the Potomac. It was conceived and begun under the principle that had controlled all of General McClellan's strategy up to this time, viz., that military success consisted in strategic movements to force the enemy to abandon the positions he had occupied. If this could be done with little or no fighting all the better. This policy in so large a territory as intervened between Washington and Richmond amounted to little more than a game of hide and seek, so far as
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 6: the Chancellorsville campaign (search)
s laid her egg. In carrying out his plan, in order to deceive General Lee, Hooker ordered the First, Third and Sixth Corps to demonstrate attle was quickly turned into the defensive. A division was sent by Lee to reoccupy the Fredericksburg Heights, which compelled General Sedgsame ground, defended by fully as good troops, in fact the flower of Lee's infantry and artillery. They carried everything before them and chad been read to us, stating that he had intervened his army between Lee and Richmond, and that Lee would have to fight him upon ground of hiLee would have to fight him upon ground of his own choosing had raised our hopes: but the ominous sounds of approaching battle, and the somber faces of our own officers, always a barometad by its courage and gallantry, extricated itself from the grasp of Lee's army, and had inflicted upon it so terrible a blow that he was conarmy. But after all the world will never again see such fighting as Lee's army did from Bull Run to Appomattox. My heart swells to bursting
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 7: the Gettysburg campaign (search)
g position of 121st at Gettysburg prompt pursuit of Lee The reoccupation of its old position in the viciniy the Army of the Potomac was of short duration. General Lee made that impossible by beginning another advancethat were not needed to Washington. In the race with Lee's army for Pennsylvania and Gettysburg, the Sixth Cory was in the vicinity. If it was not near, evidently Lee had abandoned all hope of interposing between the Arm cavalry fight and confirmed the newspaper reports of Lee's movements. We moved on to Germantown, to Bristoe So hide the movements of the enemy, and the retreat of Lee's army was not observed. But on the 5th the Sixth Coning. But when morning came no enemy was there. General Lee had succeeded in again escaping across the river engaged in the battle, and so might have been used to Lee's utter defeat. To any Sixth Corps man it is suffiup a sufficient force to make the attack successful. Lee had his army in the same formation which the Sixth Co
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 8: Meade and Lee's game of strategy (search)
Chapter 8: Meade and Lee's game of strategy Brigade headquarters attacked by Moseby thre was no long delay to refurnish and recruit. Lee crossed the river on the 15th of July. On the in, and after several days, to Cedar Mountain. Lee had retired behind the Rapidan where he remaineve in the strategic game was won by Meade. General Lee, however, turned the head of his army to th Meanwhile Meade had divined the purpose of General Lee and began a rapid race back to Centerville federates, was the second victory of Meade over Lee in the strategic game. Lee withdrew and on theLee withdrew and on the 19th of October Meade began again to follow him, moving out toward Thoroughfare Gap, New Baltimoren advance made to the Rappahannock River, where Lee was found occupying a strong position along theeded supplies, when another advance began. General Lee had distributed his army south of the Rapidr daylight on the 27th. This delay enabled General Lee to concentrate his forces behind the defens
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 9: under Grant in the Wilderness (search)
apter 9: under Grant in the Wilderness Regimental organization in May, 1864 the Wilderness campaign begun May 4 Lee's army organization the battle of the Wilderness the right flank turned restored by the 121s the woods on fire When in the advance and soon came in contact with the Confederate army posted in a dense thicket of second growth timber. General Lee had divined the intention of General Grant to pass his right flank and had disposed his army to thwart the effort. Hiurnside with the 9th Corps was close at hand and the attack would be disastrous. It was not till towards evening that General Lee came to that part of the line, and hearing General Gordon's report, ordered the attack. Gordon states that the resultsoners, and were sent to Andersonville. They were not exchanged for months and did not return to the regiment until after Lee's surrender. Shortly after we had formed in the field by the batteries, we were moved back into a line of entrenchments.
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 10: the tenth of May (search)
ion with the enemy, and suffered several casualties. On the 10th of May the regiment formed a part of the first line of an assault on the entrenchments of the enemy, which was brilliantly successful and ought to have resulted in the utter rout of Lee's army. The account of this sanguinary assault is best begun by quoting Colonel Upton's official report of it: The point of attack was at an angle near the Scott House, about half a mile from the Spottsylvania road. The enemy's entrenchmg column was superb. There was not a single miscarry in the whole affair. The men behaved with splendid courage and skill, which had made them famous throughout the army. The Rebels fought desperately and were accounted as good as there were in Lee's army. That night after we had corrected our formation and put our lines in order, for an anticipated counter attack, I met Upton at Corps headquarters, and found him much depressed over the result, of what had promised such a brilliant succes
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 11: the Bloody angle (search)
from a flank fire. The works were of the most formidable character, with the log on the top to protect the heads of the defenders while they were able to fire under them in comparative safety. Early on the morning of the 12th under cover of a dense fog, the Second Corps had assailed and carried these entrenchments with comparatively little loss. Their defenders were so utterly surprised that many of them did not fire a shot, and the entire division occupying them was taken prisoners. General Lee had made provision for just such an attack and had placed General Gordon with his brigade of Georgians, in the center of a circle within the angle so as to be equally distant from the sides, with instructions to be ready to attack and repel any successful assault that might be made on any portion of the line. When the Second Corps men were advancing with exulting shouts, confident, and disorganized, they were struck unexpectedly by this veteran brigade, and hurled back in confusion to, a
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 12: from the angle to Cold Harbor (search)
Chapter 12: from the angle to Cold Harbor Meyer's Hill affair Jericho Ford destroying R. R. Sheridan's raid around Lee's army The 121st came out of this engagement with four company officers and 185 enlisted men present for duty, and was held in reserve with the rest of the brigade during the 13th of May, but on then we would take the rails off the piles and wind them around trees or stumps or bend them double, and so effectually prevent their further use. The army of General Lee was found posted in an advantageous place, and strongly fortified, so that no attempt was made to assail him, and on the 26th another movement to the left was made. The division in this movement guarded the trains to Chesterfield Station, where Sheridan had arrived after his brilliant raid around Lee's army in which he had defeated the Confederate cavalry under Stewart at the outer defenses of Richmond, and inflicted an irreparable loss to the Confederate cause by the death of General St
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