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Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 4 (search)
to a small part of a rifle-pit but were immediately driven out leaving near sixty dead in the trench at the point. Headquarters Army of Potomac Tuesday, May 17, 1864 . . . Just at dark there occurred a most disgraceful stampede in the 6th Corps--a thing that has been much exaggerated in the papers, by scared correspondents. You will remember I told you that we had two dubious divisions in the army: one, the Pennsylvania Reserves, has done finely and proved excellent; but the other, General Ricketts's division of the 6th Corps, composed of troops from Winchester, known as Milroy's weary boys, never has done well. They ran on the Mine Run campaign, and they have run ever since. Now, just at dark, the Rebels made a sort of sortie, with a rush and a yell, and as ill-luck would have it, they just hit these bad troops, who ran for it, helter-skelter. General Seymour rode in among them, had his horse shot, and was taken. General Shaler's brigade had its flank turned and Shaler also w
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), IV. Cold Harbor (search)
took a good many prisoners. The division of Ricketts, which Hancock called a weakly child, suddenlion could not carry the line in their front. Ricketts, however, on the right of the 6th Corps, got e 18th people were forced back, and this left Ricketts a good deal exposed to enfilade; but he held s say they do as well as they can, etc. Well, Ricketts ran one way and Russell another; and then the keep your Headquarters here? Why not? says Ricketts. Because, when the volleys begin, nothing cahe turned over and went asleep again. Not so Ricketts, who was speedily waked up and told to march nobody thinks of it. General Meade says, Send Ricketts ; and turns over and goes to sleep. General General Ricketts says, Wake the Staff and saddle the horses. By the time this is done, he has written some of By the right flank, forward! and off goes Ricketts, at the head of his troops, bound for City Pohe 6th Corps would have been stronger without Ricketts's division; at Spotsylvania the whole army wo[5 more...]
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 7 (search)
ome of them had come all the way from Wisconsin. I arrived in camp somewhat after dark and was tenderly welcomed by all, from the General down. Barstow and Humphreys were highly pleased with their gifts. To-day a curious thing occurred. While I was away, looking for a place for the new camp, General Meade rode out with the Staff. There came a conical shell, which shaved a patch of hair off the tail of General Humphrey's horse, scraped the leg of General Meade's boot, passed between General Ricketts and Griffin who were standing within a foot of each other, and buried itself in the ground, covering several officers with sand and dirt. Four Generals just escaping by a turn of the head, so to speak! I got this shell and shall send it home as a great curiosity. October 3, 1864, to-wit Monday The night of my arrival, curiously enough, was the eve of a grand movement. The move now proposed consitsted of an advance both on the right and the left flanks. On the right, towards Ri
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 8 (search)
camp, previous to the Weldon road expedition, I rode along the breastworks as the red crosses marched into the deserted camps, and observed the aspect of grim satisfaction with which the new comers went about, looking into the abandoned huts. The luxurious Crawford had his nice log cabin taken down and carted to his new locality. However, said Wheaton, I slept in Crawford's kitchen, and that was good enough for me. On Tuesday came the 3d division, also with a new commander, for brave General Ricketts lies at Washington, still suffering from his wound; and General Seymour, he who was taken the second day of the Wilderness, has the command. Seymour is a fiery and irrepressible sort of party, and enraged the inhabitants of Charlottesville beyond measure. When they told him they had had most extraordinary victories over Grant, he made them a speech, in which he said it didn't make any sort of difference how many victories they had, it wouldn't do them any sort of good; that in every b
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), Index (search)
lin, Hannibal, 76. Hampton, Wade, 252. Hamyl, —, 151. Hancock, Winfield Scott, 88, 90, 93, 96n, 107, 119, 121, 122, 129, 145, 148, 150; qualities to command, 60, 204; described, 82, 91, 120, 189; white shirt, 107, 184; at the Salient, 110; on Ricketts' division, 139; before Petersburg, 162, 168, 197, 216, 221, 224, 233, 234, 251; on Lyman, 177; on Shaw, 191; plundering, 288. Hancock's cavalry, 221. Hapgood, Charles Eager, 150. Hartranft, John Frederic, 323. Harvard Club, Washington, iring down, 245, 271; deserters, 305, 310; appearance, 324, 360. Revere, Paul Joseph, 34. Review of troops, 9, 316, 318; 2d corps, 75; 9th corps, 261. Rice, James Clay, 109, 180. Rice's station, 352. Richmond, fall of, 343. Ricketts, James Brewerton, 98, 139, 144, 174, 176, 177, 184, 208, 232, 299. Riddle, William, 293. Ring, —, 172. Robertson's Tavern, 53, 54, 58. Robinson, John Cleveland, 104. Rockwell, —, Rev., 74. Roebling, John Augustus, 240. Roebling, Washington Augu<
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Antietam, battle of. (search)
onfederates put him on the defensive by opening an artillery fire upon the Nationals at dawn (Sept. 16, 1862). He was ready for response in the course of the afternoon, when Hooker crossed the Antietam with a part of his corps, commanded by Generals Ricketts, Meade, and Doubleday. Hooker at once attacked the Confederate left, commanded by Stonewall Jackson, who was soon reinforced by General Hood. Sumner was directed to send over Mansfield's corps during the night, and to hold his own in readiortally wounded. The command then devolved on General Williams, who left his division in the care of General Crawford, and the latter seized a piece of woods near by. Hooker had lost heavily; Doubleday's guns had silenced a Confederate battery; Ricketts was struggling against constantly increasing numbers on his front; and the National line began to waver, when Hooker, in the van, was wounded and taken from the field. Sumner sent Sedgwick to the support of Crawford, and Gordon and Richardson a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Bull Run, battles of. (search)
empt to drive them from this vantage-ground. To accomplish this, five brigades — Porter's, Howard's, Franklin's, Wilcox's, and Sherman's — with the batteries of Ricketts, Griffin, and Arnold, and cavalry under Major Palmer, advanced to turn the Confederate left, while Keyes's brigade was sent to annoy them on their right. General Heintzelman accompanied McDowell as his lieutenant in the field, and his division began the attack. Ricketts and Griffin advanced with their troops, and planted their batteries on an elevation that commanded the whole plateau, with the immediate support of Ellsworth's Fire Zouaves, commanded by Colonel Farnham. To the left of derates were retreating, and he ordered McDowell to pursue with a large force, Porter's forces to advance and attack them, and Heintzelman and Reno, supported by Ricketts's division, were ordered to assail and turn the Confederate left. This movement, when attempted, revealed a state of affairs fearful to the National army. The
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cedar Creek, battle of. (search)
ves, but very soon his own corps gave way, leaving several guns behind. These, with Crook's, eighteen in all, were turned upon the fugitives with fearful effect, while Early's right column, led by Gordon, continued their flanking advance View at Cedar Creek battle-ground. with vigor, turning the Nationals out of every position where they attempted to make a stand. Seeing the peril of his army, Wright ordered a general retreat, which was covered by the 6th Corps, under the command of Ricketts, which remained unbroken. The whole army retreated to Middletown, a little village 5 miles north of Strasburg, where Wright rallied his broken columns, and, falling back a mile or more, left Early in possession of Middletown. The Nationals had lost since daybreak (it was now ten o'clock) 1,200 men made captive, besides a large number killed and wounded; also camp equipage, lines of defence, and twenty-four cannon. There being a lull in the pursuit, Wright had reformed his troops and cha
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cedar Mountain, battle of (search)
20,000 veteran soldiers in line of battle. Against these Banks moved towards evening, and almost simultaneously fell upon Jackson's right and left. The attacking force was composed of the division of General Auger (the advance led by General Geary) and the division of General Williams, of which Crawford's brigade was a part. The battle now became general, and raged for an hour and a half, during which deeds of great valor were performed on both sides. The Nationals, outnumbered, were pushed back after much loss by both parties. At dusk Ricketts's division of McDowell's corps came upon the field, and checked the pursuit. Artillery firing was kept up until near midnight. Later in the evening Sigel's corps arrived, and these reinforcements kept Jackson in check. On the night of the 11th, informed of the approach of National troops from the Rappahannock, and alarmed for the safety of his communications with Richmond, he fled beyond the Rapidan, leaving a part of his dead unburied.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Groveton, battle of. (search)
on had formed a partial junction. Near the entrance to Thoroughfare Gap, through which Longstreet had marched, there was Soldiers' monument at Groveton. a sharp engagement, which ended at twilight. Longstreet was held in check for a while by Ricketts's division, and the cavalry of Buford and Bayard, which had fought the battle. Early the next morning (Aug. 29), Ricketts fled to Gainesville, closely pursued. Pope's army was now scattered and somewhat confused. Lee's whole army, now combineRicketts fled to Gainesville, closely pursued. Pope's army was now scattered and somewhat confused. Lee's whole army, now combined, pressed forward. Pope ordered Sigel, supported by Reynolds, to advance from Groveton and attack Jackson on wooded heights near. He ordered Heintzelman, with the divisions of Hooker and Kearny, towards Gainesville, to be followed by Reno, while Porter, with his own corps and King's division, was to move upon the road to Gainesville from Manassas, for the turning of Jackson's flank on the Warrenton pike, and to fall heavily on his rear. Lee was then approaching along that pike, and Jackson d
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