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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Battle of Spottsylvania-Hancock's position-assault of Warren's and Wright's corps-upton promoted on the field-good news from Butler and Sheridan (search)
ania without crossing either of these streams. Lee's army coming up by the Catharpin Road, had to se movements of the enemy gave me the idea that Lee was about to make the attempt to get to, or tow the position of the two armies was as follows: Lee occupied a semicircle facing north, north-west M. of the 9th of May, across the left flank of Lee's army, but separated from it, and also from th The position assumed by Hancock's corps forced Lee to reinforce his left during the night. Accorde idea of crossing was therefore abandoned. Lee had weakened the other parts of his line to meef Spottsylvania Court House, completely turning Lee's right. He was not aware of the importance ofs time there is no indication of any portion of Lee's army being detached for the defence of Richmoten miles of the railroad and telegraph between Lee and Richmond, one and a half million rations, aArmy of the Potomac and pass around the left of Lee's army and attack his cavalry and communication
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Hancock's assault-losses of the Confederates- promotions recommended-discomfiture of the enemy-ewell's attack-reducing the artillery (search)
n. This victory was important, and one that Lee could not afford to leave us in full possessione nature, but negatively a great deal. He kept Lee from reinforcing his centre from that quarter. s, better results might have been obtained. Lee massed heavily from his left flank on the brokett's division and the enemy. I was afraid that Lee might be moving out, and I did not want him to Staunton to stop supplies coming from there to Lee. I asked at once that Sigel might be relieved, of the centre, ready to move in any direction. Lee, probably suspecting some move on my part, and riven back, most of the troops could be sent to Lee. [Gen. Robert F.] Hoke was no longer needed in Richmond, and at a distance from the main army, Lee would endeavor to attack the exposed corps befome up; in which case the main army could follow Lee up and attack him before he had time to intrenc to this movement. U. S. Grant On the 20th, Lee showing no signs of coming out of his lines, or[5 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Movement by the left flank-battle of North Anna-an incident of the March-moving on Richmond-South of the Pamunkey-position of the National Army (search)
tt's division coming from Richmond to reinforce Lee. They were speedily driven away, and several huriffin in the centre, and Cutler on the right. Lee was found intrenched along the front of their l. Before the exact position of the whole of Lee's line was accurately known, I directed Hancockther the river would have to be crossed twice. Lee could reinforce any part of his line from all pthe time, practically two armies besieging. Lee had been reinforced, and was being reinforced, me. On the same day news was received that Lee was falling back on Richmond. This proved not . But we could do nothing where we were unless Lee would assume the offensive. I determined, therg was withdrawn to the north side of the river, Lee being completely deceived by Wilson's feint. Oance was made in force, to find the position of Lee. Wright's corps pushed to Hanover Court House. taken to protect him. The night of the 30th Lee's position was substantially from Atlee's Stati[12 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Advance on Cold Harbor-an anecdote of the war- battle of Cold Harbor-correspondence with Lee-Retrospective (search)
or-an anecdote of the war- battle of Cold Harbor-correspondence with Lee-Retrospective On the 31st Sheridan advanced to near Old Cold Harbe by the other. Finding at daylight that Wright had left his front, Lee evidently divined that he had gone to our left. At all events, soon after light on the 1st of June Anderson, who commanded the corps on Lee's left, was seen moving along Warren's front. Warren was ordered toand Smith; but Warren and Burnside were to support it by threatening Lee's left, and to attack with great earnestness if he should either rei offensive. In fact, nowhere after the battle of the Wilderness did Lee show any disposition to leave his defences far behind him. Fightl Hunter it is necessary that we should detain all the army now with Lee until the former gets well on his way to Lynchburg. To do this effeengthening the line we now held. By night we were as strong against Lee as he was against us. During the night the enemy quitted our rig
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
g was heard (the annihilation of our weak guard left at the bridges) and arrived just two hours too late. The enemy rode back, with a hundred mules they had captured, getting under cover of their gun-boats. To-day, it is said, Gen. Elzey is relieved, and Gen. Ransom, of North Carolina, put in command; also, that Custis Lee (son of Gen. R. E. Lee) has superseded Gen. Winder. I hope this has been done. Young Lee has certainly been commissioned a brigadier-general. His brother, Brig.-Gen. W. H. F. Lee, wounded in a late cavalry fight, was taken yesterday by the enemy at Hanover Court House. Gen. Whiting's letter about the Arabian came back from the President, today, indorsed that, as Congress did not prohibit private blockade-running, he wouldn't interfere. So, this is to be the settled policy of the government. This morning the President sent a letter to the Secretary of War, requesting him to direct all mounted officers — some fifty A. A. G.'s and A. D.'s — to report t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
e city, built by negroes! June 27 Bright and hot-afterward light showers. By the papers we learn that President Lincoln has been on a visit to Grant's army. If Grant does not accomplish some great wonder in a few days, his campaign will be noted a failure, even in the North. We learn to-day that gold is now at $2.15 in the North. The raiders are beginning to pay the penalty of their temerity; besides Hampton's fight with them, on this side the James River, we learn that W. H. F. Lee has struck them a blow on the south side. June 28 Bright and cool — a little rain last night. The Departmental Battalion is still kept out. They have built a line of fortifications four miles long — to Deep Bottom from near Chaffin's Farm. The Secretary of War intimates that these clerks are kept out by Gen. R. E. Lee. The superintendent of the Central Railroad informed the Secretary of War to-day that the road would be reopened to Staunton on Thursday (day after to-morrow)
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 9: Robert E. Lee in command. (search)
ack on the other flank. This shows that there was no thought of retreat. Very truly yours, D. H. Hill. having no field officer on duty with it, was distributed for the expedition between the First, Colonel Fitzhugh Lee, and the Ninth, Colonel W. H. F. Lee commanding; also two squadrons of the Jeff Davis Legion, Lieutenant-Colonel W. T. Martin commanding. The section of artillery was under First Lieutenant James Breathed. On the night of the 12th of June he gathered his squadrons beyond force of the enemy's cavalry was discovered, but they retired towards their camp, out of the line of Stuart's ride. At Hawes's Shop a picket was driven off and several vedettes captured. They proved to be of the Fifth United States Cavalry, General Lee's old regiment. Between Hawes's Shop and Old Church the advance-guard, well to the front, reported the presence of the enemy, apparently in some force. The column pressed forward, expecting a fierce encounter of Southern volunteers with Unit
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 10: fighting along the Chickahominy. (search)
ominy. Retreat Lee's bold initiative Lee and his lieutenants planning battle the Confed and sent to join him. Then it was that General Lee revealed the plan indicated in his instructhis command to meet the Hills and myself at General Lee's Headquarters for conference on the executhrough Mechanicsville to Gaines's Mill. General Lee then excused himself to attend to office bu. About five o'clock a messenger came from General Lee asking a diversion by part of my troops agaorced. Finally, a little before sunset, General Lee sent to me to say that all other efforts ha was claimed by all. The messages from General Lee were so marked by their prompt and successfFive thousand prisoners were turned over to General Lee's provost-guard, a number of batteries and n connection with his base on the Pamunkey, General Lee sent Stuart's cavalry and part of Jackson's reliable source. Their report was sent to General Lee. While planning and ordering pursuit, he r[6 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 11: battle of Malvern Hill. (search)
federates make poor use of their artillery a mistake and defeat for Lee's Army the campaign as a whole a great success, but it should have ; Longstreet's and A. P. Hill's divisions were held in reserve. General Lee rode near Jackson's column to view the army on that front. Feelbility of aggressive battle. I found some difference between General Lee's maps and General Magruder's guides, but my authority was only e way for combined assaults of the infantry. I so reported, and General Lee ordered disposition accordingly, sending the pioneer corps out tut he insisted that the Quaker road was not correctly located on General Lee's maps, so I left that part of the order to be looked after by GGeneral Lee's recognized staff. General Chilton, chief of staff, was then sent by General Lee to assist General Magruder in posting the troopGeneral Lee to assist General Magruder in posting the troops, and I was ordered back to locate the batteries. But eight guns came in proper time and were posted. These General Magruder proposed t
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 21: reorganization and rest for both armies. (search)
Upperville and marched for Culpeper Court-House, arriving at that point at the same time as McClellan's at Warrenton,--W. H. F. Lee's cavalry the day before me. Soon after the return to Culpeper Court-House, Evans's brigade was relieved of duty with rmy of the Potomac. On the 9th the army was put under General Burnside, in due form. When informed of the change, General Lee expressed regret, as he thought that McClellan could be relied upon to conform to the strictest rules of science in th information came that the Right Grand Division under General Sumner had marched south, leaving the railroad, and General W. H. F. Lee's cavalry was ordered to Fredericksburg. The next morning I marched with two divisions, McLaws's and Ransom's, the former for Fredericksburg, the latter towards the North Anna. The same day, General Lee ordered a forced reconnoissance by his cavalry to Warrenton, found that the Union army was all on the march towards Fredericksburg, and ordered my other di
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