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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 41: battle of five Forks. (search)
times were looked upon as urgent. The quartermaster was despatched to Richmond to have the transportation at the station as soon as the troops could reach the depot, and the division was ordered to march in anticipation of due preparation for their transit. But the quartermaster found that the railroad company could furnish transportation for three brigades only. General Lee was informed of the fact, and I suggested that his only way to be assured of the service of a division was to draw Mahone's from Bermuda Hundred and have Pickett's march to replace it. He preferred part of Pickett's division,finding it could not be used as a division, as Pickett, the ranking officer, would be called to command the work during the early morning, for which he had no opportunity to prepare. General Lee collected about eighteen thousand men near the sallying field, ordered men selected to cut away the fraise and abatis for the storming column that should advance with empty guns (to avoid premat
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 42: Petersburg. (search)
ir startled cover, and the solid pounding upon Mahone's defensive walls drove the foxes from their ls at the former, but was repulsed when he met Mahone's strong line. At Petersburg he had more succe to cross the Appomattox at the bridge there, Mahone's division to march to Chesterfield Court-Housed near Manchester and pursued its march. General Mahone marched on his line just mentioned. Af Heth's division was put in support of Wilcox, Mahone to support Field. Just then I learned that Oras to the disaster at Sailor's Creek. He drew Mahone's division away, and took it back to find the r from them. Then turning to me, he said, General Mahone, I have no other troops, will you take youirect him in the matter, which he did. General Mahone withdrew at eleven o'clock at night throug attack got in as far as Poague's battery, but Mahone recovered it, and then drove off an attack agaand took in some three hundred prisoners, General Mahone claimed seven hundred in all. the last of [11 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 43: Appomattox. (search)
Lee, A. L. Long. A little after nightfall a flag of truce appeared under torchlight in front of Mahone's line bearing a note to General Lee: Headquarters Armies of the United States, 5 P. M., April quarters. He thought not. Then, I said, your situation speaks for itself. He called up General Mahone, and made to him a similar statement of affairs. The early morning was raw and damp. GenerGeneral Mahone was chilled standing in wait without fire. He pushed up the embers and said to the general he did not want him to think he was scared, he was only chilled. General Mahone sometimes liked tGeneral Mahone sometimes liked to talk a little on questions of moment, and asked several questions. My attention was called to messages from the troops for a time, so that I failed to hear all of the conversation, but I heard enough of it to know that General Mahone thought it time to see General Grant. Appeal was made to me to affirm that judgment, and it was promptly approved. General Grant had been riding with his colu
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