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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 14: Second battle of Manassas (Bull Run). (search)
good time, but darkness coming on earlier because of thickening clouds hovering over us, and a gentle fall of rain closely following, the plateau was shut off from view, and its ascent only found by groping through the darkening rainfall. As long as the enemy held the plateau, he covered the line of retreat by the turnpike and the bridge at Young's Branch. As he retired, heavy darkness gave safe-conduct to such of his columns as could find their way through the weird mists. Captain William H. Powell, of the Fourth Regular Infantry, wrote of his experience,-- As we filed from the battle-field into the turnpike leading over the stone bridge, we came upon a group of mounted officers, one of whom wore a peculiar style of hat which had been seen on the field that day, and which had been the occasion of a great deal of comment in the ranks. As we passed these officers, the one with the peculiar hat called out in a loud voice,-- What troops are those? The regulars, answ
nsburg. I then decided to relieve him from the command of his division, which I did, ordering him to Wheeling, Colonel William H. Powell being assigned to succeed him. The removal of Averell was but the culmination of a series of events extendi the night, and at daylight on the 24th I moved the Sixth and Nineteenth corps through Mt. Jackson to attack him, sending Powell's division to pass around his left flank, toward Timberville, and Devin's brigade across the North Fork, to move along thSome six miles south of this place Early left the Valley Pike and took the road to Keezletown, a move due in a measure to Powell's march by way of Timberville toward Lacy's Springs, but mainly caused by the fact that the Keezletown road ran immediatearch directly south on the Valley pike, and when the Sixth and Nineteenth corps reached Harrisonburg they went into camp, Powell in the meanwhile pushing on to Mt. Crawford, and Crook taking up a position in our rear at the junction of the Keezletown
t and Custer on the right of the Sixth Corps, and at the same time covered with Powell the roads toward Front Royal. My headquarters were at the Belle Grove House, w detached. I will go over to Augur, and may get additional news. Close in Colonel Powell, who will be at this point. If the enemy should make an advance, I know yo Gustavus Urban. Second division[From Department of West Virginia.] Colonel William H. Powell. first brigade: Colonel Alpheus S. Moore. Eighth Ohio (detachment)t was marching by the Front Royal pike to strike my rear at Winchester, driving Powell's cavalry in as he advanced. This renewed my uneasiness, and caused me to delay the general attack till after assurances came from Powell denying utterly the reports as to Longstreet, and confirming the statements of the prisoners. Between did descend, and though it is possible that this could have been precluded had Powell's cavalry been closed in, as suggested in my despatch from Front Royal, yet the
e north of Cedar Creek ended in a rapid withdrawal of his infantry after feeling my front, and with the usual ill-fortune to his cavalry; Merritt and Custer driving Rosser and Lomax with ease across Cedar Creek on the Middle and Back roads, while Powell's cavalry struck McCausland near Stony Point, and after capturing two pieces of artillery and about three hundred officers and men, chased him into the Luray Valley. Early got back to New Market on the 14th of November, and, from lack of subsnst the success of any mounted operations, but General Grant being very desirous to have the railroads broken up about Gordonsville and Charlottesville, on the 19th of December I started the cavalry out for that purpose, Torbert, with Merritt and Powell, marching through Chester Gap, while Custer moved toward Staunton to make a demonstration in Torbert's favor, hoping to hold the enemy's troops in the valley. Unfortunately, Custer did not accomplish all that was expected of him, and being surpr
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 8.58 (search)
igades and their commanders in plain view of our whole left was especially distinguished, and called forth hearty and enthusiastic cheers. Their example was of great service, and seemed to infuse new spirit into the troops that — witnessed their intrepid conduct. I have always considered it a misfortune to the country that in this action General Tower received a severe wound which disabled him from active. The retreat over the Stone Bridge, Saturday evening, August 30th. Captain William H. Powell, of the 4th regular infantry, in a letter to the century, dated Fort Omaha, Nebraska, March 12th, 1885, thus describes the retreat upon Washington and McClellan's reception by his old Army: the last volley had been fired, and as night fell upon us the division of regulars of Porter's Corps was ordered to retire to Centreville. It had fought hard on the extreme left to preserve the line of retreat by the turnpike and the Stone Bridge. We were gloomy, despondent, and about tire
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The opposing forces in the Lynchburg expedition. (search)
Col. William B. Tibbits: st N. Y. (Lincoln),----; 1st N. Y. (Veteran),----; 21st N. Y.,----; 1st Md., P. H. B.,----. Second Brigade, Col. John E. Wynkoop: 15th N. Y.,----; 20th Pa.,----; 22d Pa.,----. Second cavalry division, Brig.-Gen. William W. Averell. First Brigade, Col. James N. Schoonmaker: 8th Ohio, Col. Alpheus S. Moore; 14th Pa.,----. Second Brigade, Col. John H. Oley: 34th Ohio (mounted infantry),----; 3d W. Va.,----; 5th W. Va.,----; 7th W. Va.,----. Third Brigade, Col. William H. Powell: 1st W. Va.,----; 2d W. Va.,----. Hunter started on this expedition with about 8500 men of all arms. After uniting with Crook and Averell at Staunton his force was about 18,000 strong. The Confederate Army. The forces resisting Hunter's advance were commanded by Generals W. E. Jones (killed at Piedmont), J. C. Vaughn, John McCausland, W. L. Jackson, and J. D. Imboden. General John C. Breckinridge's division and Jubal A. Early's corps arrived at Lynchburg in time to defend t
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The opposing forces at Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864. (search)
Nichols; 19th N. Y. (1st Dragoons), Col. Alfred Gibbs; K and L, 1st U. S. Art'y, Lieut. Franck E. Taylor. Brigade loss: k, 5; w, 19 = 24. Reserve Brigade, Col. Charles R. Lowell, Jr. (k), Lieut.-Col. Casper Crowninshield: 2d Mass., Lieut.-Col. Casper Crowninshield, Capt. Archibald McKendry; 1st U. S., Capt. Eugene M. Baker; 2d U. S., Capt. Robert S. Smith; 5th U. S., Lieut. Gustavus Urban. Brigade loss: k, 9; w, 27; m, I = 37. Second division, From Department of West Virginia. Col. William H. Powell. First Brigade, Col. Alpheus S. Moore: 8th Ohio (detachment),; 14th Pa., Maj. Thomas Gibson; 22d Pa., Lieut.-Col. Andrew J. Greenfield. Brigade loss: w, 7. Second Brigade, Col. Henry Capehart: 1st N. Y., Maj. Timothy Quinn; 1st W. Va., Maj. Harvey Farabee; 2d W. Va., Lieut.-Col. John J. Hoffman; 3d W. Va., Lieut.-Col. John L. McGee. Brigade loss: k, 1; w, 1; m, 1 = 3. Artillery: L, 5th U. S., Lieut. Gulian V. Weir. Third division, Brig.-Gen. George A. Custer. First Brigade,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The battle of the Petersburg crater. (search)
The battle of the Petersburg crater. by William H. Powell, Major, U. S. A. By the assaults of June 17th and 18th, 1864, on the Confederate works at Petersburg, the Ninth Corps, under General Burnside, gained an advanced position beyond a deep cut in the railroad, within 130 yards of the enemy's main line and confronting a strong work called by the Confederates Elliott's Salient, and sometimes Pegram's Salient. In rear of that advanced position was a deep hollow. [See map, p. 538.] A few days after gaining this position Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pleasants, who had been a mining engineer and who belonged to the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteers, composed for the most part of miners from the upper Schuylkill coal region, suggested to his division commander, General Robert B. Potter, the possibility of running a mine under one of the enemy's forts in front of the deep hollow. This proposition was submitted to General Burnside, who approved of the measure, and work was commenced on the 2
Doc. 20. meeting of citizens of Indiana. On Saturday, August 31st, a mass meeting of the people of Ohio and Switzerland counties, Indiana, was held on the Fair Grounds, at Enterprise, for the purpose of having a fair and candid expression of the people in regard to the difficulties of the country. The attendance was about two thousand, notwithstanding the notice of the meeting was short and no handbills were printed. The meeting was called to order by Hon. Wm. H. Powell. A committee of five--Messrs. E. Case, Joseph Malin, Oliver Ormsby, J. W. Howard, Jacob R. Harris — were selected by vote of the people to draft and report resolutions expressive of the sentiments of the meeting. After a short speech from Mr. Case, the meeting adjourned until one o'clock. Immediately after dinner the people collected in and around the amphitheatre, and a patriotic speech was made by the gentleman selected to address the people, which was well received. After which the recruiting officers rece
les back stretched our wagon train and its guards. Leaving the valley of the Big Birch, we immediately began to climb the mountain, which, from our late encampment, had seemed to block up the way. For six miles we climbed in tortuous windings, pausing on the way to bury a rebel, who had been killed while attempting a guerilla shot on Colonel Smith the evening before, and whose corpse had lain in its gore by the roadside till morning. At last we reached the summit, and from that summit of Powell's mountain, there burst upon the eye a view that Switzerland might be challenged to surpass. The country through which we were moving was but a succession of spurs and outlying ranges from the Greenbrier, and from none of them, hitherto, had we been able to see more than the foliage-masked sides, and forest-top summit lines of the nearest hills on either side. Here we were on a point that overtopped the whole country westward to the borders of our own Ohio, and from that fastness for gueri
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