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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
antry are the highest qualities of a soldier, then Lieutenant Jackson is entitled to the distinction which their possession confers. In the army also was Longstreet, lieutenant of infantry, twenty-six years old, brevetted twice and wounded at Chapultepec; and Magruder, known among his comrades as Prince John, from courtly manners, distinguished appearance, and fine conversational powers, who commanded a light battery in Pillow's division, was twice brevetted and wounded at Chapultepec. John Sedgwick was with the army, first lieutenant of artillery, a classmate of Bragg and Early and Hooker, twice brevetted; and so was Richard S. Ewell, a typical dragoon; Ambrose P. Hill, only twenty-one years old, second lieutenant of the First Artillery; and Daniel H. Hill, Jubal Early, and many others who afterward became famous. Little did these young fellows, who marched, bivouacked, fought, and bled side by side on the burning sands of old Mexico, imagine that in less than two decades McDowel
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
He says: In 1855 Congress passed a law authorizing the formation of two new regiments of cavalry, and Mr. Jefferson Davis, then Secretary of War, took advantage of the fact that they had not been designated by the title of dragoons to treat them as a different arm, and to fill them with his creatures, to the exclusion of regular officers, whom he disliked. It is hardly necessary to say that the comte was writing with limited knowledge. His epithet was applied to such officers as Sumner, Sedgwick, McClellan, Emory, Thomas, Stoneman, Stanley, Carr, etc., who served with much distinction on the Union side of the war from 1861 to 1865; as well as to Albert Sidney Johnston, Joseph E. Johnston, Lee, Hardee, Kirby Smith, Field, Hood, J. E. B. Stuart, and a number of others who espoused the cause of the South in the late war-names the world will not willingly let die. Edwin Sumner was promoted by Mr. Davis from major of Second Dragoons to colonel of First Cavalry, and Joseph E. Johnston,
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 10: Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. (search)
st all aggressive force, said a Federal historian. Sumner's corps marched next into the battle-Sedgwick's division in advance. The Federal troops previously fighting had melted away, and the march of Sedgwick in close column of three brigades in the direction of the Dunker Church was unsupported, and it appeared as if he had been assigned to fight the remainder of the battle alone. The First Cooker wounded and carried to the rear, the Twelfth broken into fragments and Mansfield killed. Sedgwick was annihilated by the Confederate fire in front and on both flanks. The ground was strewn wit Second Corps under Richardson — who was mortally wounded-and French were ordered up to support Sedgwick, but too late, for R. H. Anderson's division, just from Harper's Ferry, had re-enforced D. H. Hseven corps, commanded by, First, Reynolds; Second, Couch; Third, Sickles; Fifth, Meade; Sixth, Sedgwick; Eleventh, Howard; and Twelfth, Slocum. Then he began to study strategy, for Mr. Lincoln had s
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 11: Chancellorsville. (search)
lle to join in the contemplated crushing; but Sedgwick still had for his feint thirty-seven thousandived that with Hooker at Chancellorsville and Sedgwick three miles below Fredericksburg, the two winntelligence received from Fredericksburg. Sedgwick, after the departure of the First and Third Cis order was issued under the impression that Sedgwick was on the north side of the river, but it foas at Banks's Ford, threw himself in front of Sedgwick's advance up the plank road and gallantly disles from Fredericksburg. When Lee heard that Sedgwick, with thirty thousand men, was marching on hinderson's brigades to re-enforce Wilcox, that Sedgwick might be kept back. McLaws arrived in time tved forward at once in gallant style, driving Sedgwick across the plank road in the direction of the's Ford. When the morning of the 5th dawned, Sedgwick had made good his escape and removed his brid Jackson's corps, while General Lee assaulted Sedgwick. The Confederate cavalry operations, from[13 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 12: Gettysburg. (search)
nt to assail and carry the more elevated ground beyond, but the Fifth Corps had then been placed on the ground referred to, and the Sixth Corps, under sturdy old Sedgwick, had arrived, having marched thirty-four miles since 9 P. M. the previous night, and was in position before the two divisions of Lee's First Corps, which were in Lee had a difficult task: the lines of his enemy had grown stronger during the night; Slocum, Howard, Newton (in Reynolds's place), Hancock, Sickles, Sykes, and Sedgwick's troops were all before him, and on his right and left flank was a division of cavalry under Gregg and Kilpatrick respectively. The Union flanks, five miles apve been of great benefit to Lee, its most remarkable feature was its presumption. Thirty-six hours after Lee abandoned the field of Gettysburg, Meade, recalling Sedgwick, who had gone toward Fairfield, marched from Gettysburg south to Frederick, Md., thence slowly around by Middletown and the old Sharpsburg battlefield to Lee's
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
appahannock at Kelly's Ford; his right, under Sedgwick, at Rappahannock Station. French progressed Russell thought he could carry the work, so Sedgwick gave the order. The conditions were favorabl I think that is exaggerated. Our old friend Sedgwick was in command. In reference to Rob (his you, and Sixth-commanded by Hancock, Warren, and Sedgwick, and the Ninth under Burnside. (Under the coails intertwined. On the morning of the 6th, Sedgwick, Warren, Burnside (now up), and Hancock facedank, Grant's to attack along his whole line. Sedgwick was attacked before his orders required him tf Ewell's corps, made a successful assault on Sedgwick's line, Wright's division; but night stopped of his best and bravest corps commanders-John Sedgwick, of the Sixth Corps. On the 11th, while walkif I hadn't it would have taken my head off. Sedgwick laughed and told him to go to his place in liStuart was the best cavalry officer, said General Sedgwick, the late Sixth Corps commander, who had [5 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
mentioned, 19, 33, 40, 44, 46; notice of, 48; mentioned, 52, 54, 85, 101, 103, 105, 176; autobiography, 374; mentioned, 423. Seceding States, the, 84. Second United States Cavalry, 54, 56, 58. Seddon's dispatch from Lee, 368. Sedgwick, General, John, mentioned, 212, 213, 244, 247; at Chancellorsville, 255, 256; mentioned, 318, 319; killed in the Wilderness, 334. Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, 275, 276, 291. Seminole War, the, 32. Seven days battle, 201. Seven Pines, battle Forest estate, 18. Windsor, General, Charles, 180. Wirtz, Captain, trial of, 407. Wise, General Henry A., 76, xno, 113, 117, 118, 119, 123, 347. Withers, John, 150. Wolsey, Cardinal, mentioned, 65. Wool, General John E., 34, 35. Worth, General William J., 400. Wright, General H. G., succeeds Sedgwick, 334. Yellow Tavern, battle of, 337. Yorktown, 136. Young Napoleon, 114. Ziegler's Grove at Gettysburg, 296. Zook, General, killed at Gettysburg, 302. The End.