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ing brother and to me. Finally this brother volunteered to go to his father's house in East Tennessee to get tidings of the party, and I consented, for the probabilities were that some of them had made their way to that point, or at least that some information had reached there about them. As day after day went by, the time fixed for this brother's return came round, yet he also remained out; but some days after the lad was due Card himself turned up accompanied by the brother he General Wesley Merritt. had taken with him, soon explained his delay in getting back, and gave me the story of his adventures while absent. After leaving my camp, his party had followed various by-ways across the Cumberland Mountains to Crow Creek Valley, as instructed; but when nearing the railroad above Anderson's Station, they were captured by some guerrillas prowling about that vicinity, and being suspected of disloyalty to the Confederacy, were carried to Chattanooga and imprisoned as Yankee spie
ade and drive him over Corbin's bridge, while Merritt attacked him with the Reserve brigade on the e pursuers about dark, I encamped Gregg's and Merritt's divisions in the open fields to the east of was contemplated, I gave orders to Gregg and Merritt to move at daylight on the morning of the 8thand modified the orders I had given Gregg and Merritt, directing Gregg simply to hold Corbin's bridge, and Merritt to move out in front of the column marching on the Spottsylvania road. Merritt pr duly advised of these changes in Gregg's and Merritt's orders, and for a time I had fears for the ove him from Spottsylvania. Had Gregg and Merritt been permitted to proceed as they were originttsylvania to Snell's bridge, while Gregg and Merritt were to advance to the same point by Shady Grcted the night before, so I proceeded to join Merritt on the Spottsylvania road. On reaching MerriMerritt I found General Warren making complaint that the cavalry were obstructing his column, so I drew [9 more...]
g of May 9, 1864, marching on the plank-road, Merritt's division leading. When the column reached my rear up to a late hour at night. After Merritt's division passed the river, Custer's brigadee Ashland and Richmond road becoming known to Merritt as he was approaching the Brook turnpike, thi. When this information came back, I ordered Merritt to take his whole division and repair the brise of serious disaster. All the time that Merritt was occupied in this important duty, the enem this discomfiture; and when it was finished, Merritt crossed nearly all his division, dismounted, roken troops toward Gaines's Mills. While Merritt was engaged in this affair, the Confederates Chickahominy and then turned loose. After Merritt had crossed the Chickahominy and reached Mechrry us over. In view of this information General Merritt's two brigades were at once put on the du 22d, and that day it crossed the Pamunkey by Merritt's reconstructed bridge, marching to Ayletts, [6 more...]
e equal to the situation, all unaided as they were till dark, when Torbert and Merritt came on the ground. The contest not only gave us the crossroads, but also remacy they had previously shown at Hawe's Shop. Finally, however, Torbert threw Merritt's and Custer's brigades into the action, and the enemy retired, we pursuing to from the duty with which he had been charged. Torbert moved out promptly, Merritt's brigade first, followed by Custer's, on the direct road to Cold Harbor, whilthe programme farther than to reach the front of the Confederate right, and as Merritt came into position to the right of the Old Church road Torbert was obliged to bt our ability to carry the place before reinforcements came up, but just then Merritt reported that he could turn the enemy's left, and being directed to execute hi rear, the remainder of the division assailed him in front. This maneouvre of Merritt's stampeded the Confederates, and the defenses falling into our hands easily,
the direct road to that point, and engaging the enemy's pickets and advanced parties soon after setting out, we began to drive them in. Torbert had the lead with Merritt's and Devin's brigades, and as he pressed back the pickets he came upon the enemy posted behind a line of barricades in dense timber about three miles from Trevil into the hands of their original owners. As soon as the firing told that Custer had struck the enemy's rear, I directed Torbert to press the line in front of Merritt and Devin, aided by one brigade of Gregg's division on their left, Gregg's other brigade in the meantime attacking Fitzhugh Lee on the Louisa Court House road. Te congregated. Next day Gregg's division crossed the Pamunkey dismounted, and Torbert's crossed mounted. As soon as the troops were over, Gregg, supported by Merritt's brigade, moved out on the road to Tunstall's Station to attack Hampton, posted on the west side of Black Creek, Custer's brigade meanwhile moving, mounted, on t
mounted arm of the service, and in the expectation that Averell would soon join me with his troopers, I assigned General Torbert as chief of cavalry, and General Wesley Merritt succeeded to the command of Torbert's division. General Wright, the commander of the Sixth Corps, was an officer of high standing in the Corps of Engi later as men, and I placed implicit faith in his experience and qualifications as a general. The transfer of Torbert to the position of chief of cavalry left Merritt, as I have already said, in command of the First Cavalry Division. He had been tried in the place before, and from the day he was selected as one of a number of ct of giving life to the Cavalry Corps, he filled the measure of expectation. Custer was one of these young men too, and though as yet commanding a brigade under Merritt, his gallant fight at Trevillian Station, as well as a dozen others during the summer, indicated that he would be equal to the work that was to fall to him when i
's Ferry on the 10th of August, 1864, General Torbert with Merritt's division of cavalry moving in advance through Berryvilleccupied a line stretching from Clifton to Berryville, with Merritt's cavalry at White Post and Lowell's at Summit Point. The mile to the left of Dwight; Torbert's orders were to push Merritt's division up the Millwood pike toward Winchester, attack econnoissance proved, for on the morning of the 11th, when Merritt had driven the Confederate cavalry, then covering the Milld Front Royal roads, within supporting distance of Crook. Merritt meeting some of the enemy's cavalry at the tollgate, drove the flank of the main force in its retreat. A portion of Merritt's cavalry attacked this infantry and drove in its skirmish-line, and though not able to dislodge Gordon, Merritt held the ground gained till night-fall, when the Confederate infantry the movement from Culpeper, and on the morning of the 15th Merritt's two remaining brigades were sent to Front Royal to oppos
r-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. escort: First Rhode Island, Major William H. Turner, Jr. first division: Brigadier-General Wesley Merritt. first brigade: Brigadier-General George A. Custer. First Michigan, Colonel Peter Stagg. Fifth Michigan, the battle.] Lieutenant Terence Reilly. moved at 3 o'clock that morning. The plan was for Torbert to advance with Merritt's division of cavalry from Summit Point, carry the crossings of the Opequon at Stevens's and Lock's fords, and form a ju of Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry had been left back by Breckenridge, but, with Averell on the west side of the Valley pike and Merritt on the east, Torbert began to drive this opposing force toward Winchester the moment he struck it near Stephenson's depy and Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry with such momentum as to break the Confederate left, just as Averell was passing around it. Merritt's brigades, led by Custer, Lowell, and Devin, met from the start with pronounced success, and with sabre or pistol in ha
on the Back road leading to Cedar Creek, and Merritt up the Valley pike toward Strasburg, while Wirected on Front Royal by way of Stevensburg. Merritt's division was followed by the infantry, Emorter Wright and Emory came up, Torbert shifted Merritt over toward the Back road till he rejoined Averell. As Merritt moved to the right, the Sixth and Nineteenth corps crossed Cedar Creek and took uray Valley with Wilson's division and two of Merritt's brigades, in the expectation that he would been expected. The succeeding day I sent Merritt to Port Republic to occupy the enemy's attentes. While Torbert was on this expedition, Merritt had occupied Port Republic, but he happened t to join Early. By accident Kershaw ran into Merritt shortly after the latter had gained the villa four infantry brigades attacked at once, and Merritt, forced out of Port Republic, fell back towarck-fish Gap. This enabled me to re-establish Merritt at Port Republic, send the Sixth and Nineteen
ht. When I decided to have Rosser chastised, Merritt was encamped at the foot of Round Top, an eletack the enemy at Tom's Brook crossing, while Merritt's instructions were to assail him on the Vallnerals Lomax and Johnson on the Valley pike. Merritt, by extending his right, quickly established ive way on both flanks, and as these receded, Merritt and Custer went at the wavering ranks in a chto be amusing topics around the camp-fires of Merritt and Custer. In the fight and pursuit Torbertving the enemy's cavalry away from his front, Merritt's division then joining him and remaining on Shenandoah River, while Torbert retained both Merritt and Custer on the right of the Sixth Corps, a H. Turner, Jr. first division. Brigadier-General Wesley Merritt. first brigade: Colonel James He of Middletown, and capture some prisoners. Merritt soon did this work effectually, concealing hith Corps, and about a mile and a half west of Merritt was Custer covering the fords of Cedar Creek [3 more...]
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