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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., From Gettysburg to the coming of Grant. (search)
rmy, the First and the Sixth, under Major-General John Sedgwick, pressed Lee's retreating forces toirected Map of Northern Virginia. General Sedgwick to recross in the direction of Brandy Stal. What does Russell think about it? asked Sedgwick. Russell's division was in line of battle uped the combined influence of Generals Wright, Sedgwick, and Meade to prevent his being mustered out ht-time. During the next day, November 29th, Sedgwick, holding our right, discovered that the enemy the center of the line. That night he asked Sedgwick by telegraph as to the chances of success of h had been threatened by him in the morning. Sedgwick replied that the line threatened by him in the enlistment From a photograph. Major-General John Sedgwick, killed at Spotsylvania in the Wildh, General G. K. Warren; of the Sixth, General John Sedgwick. The First and Third corps thus passe the main body of the cavalry of Lee's army. Sedgwick assured him that all these points had been di[13 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., From the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. (search)
orps: the Second (Hancock's), the Fifth (Warren's), and the Sixth (Sedgwick's); but the Ninth (Burnside's) acted with Meade throughout the camerve. So far Ewell had been engaged only with Warren's corps, but Sedgwick's soon came up from the river and joined Warren on his right. Earrdon, moved out of their works at sunset, and lapping the right of Sedgwick's corps [the Sixth] made a sudden and determined attack upon it. was to the west of Flat Run. The Confederate brigades confronting Sedgwick on the east of the run were Gordon's, Pegram's, and Hays's. Gordon, on the left, began the movement against Sedgwick's right, and Hays and Pegram followed up the attack. According to General A. A. Humphreys the race. The troops on both sides were now rapidly arriving. Sedgwick's corps. joined Warren's, and in the afternoon was thrown heavilytack upon Anderson's (Longstreet's) corps by Wright's Sixth Corps (Sedgwick having been killed on the 9th) was severely repulsed, while, on th
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., General Grant on the Wilderness campaign. (search)
ng substantially the same position that they had on the evening of the 5th. After dark, the enemy made a feeble attempt to turn our right flank, capturing several hundred prisoners and creating considerable confusion. But the promptness of General Sedgwick, who was personally present and commanded that part of our line, soon re-formed it and restored order. On the morning of the 7th reconnoissances showed that the enemy had fallen behind his intrenched lines, with pickets to the front, coveristarted on a raid against the enemy's lines of communication with Richmond. The 9th, 10th, and 11th were spent in manoeuvring and fighting, without decisive results. Among the killed on the 9th was that able and distinguished soldier Major-General John Sedgwick, commanding the Sixth Army Corps. Major-General H. G. Wright succeeded him in command. Early on the morning of the 12th a general attack was made on the enemy in position. The Second Corps, Major-General Hancock commanding, carried a
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Through the Wilderness. (search)
th Wilson's cavalry in front (and followed by Sedgwick), crossed at Germanna Ford and followed the Gng to attack Ewell with his whole force. General Sedgwick, with Wright's division and Neill's brigain of Warren's corps. Ricketts and Wright of Sedgwick were delayed in reaching their position on thto the Orange turnpike. Wright's division of Sedgwick formed on the right of Griffin, with the left success. The same may be said of Wright, of Sedgwick's Sixth Corps, who was attacking Ewell's leftnd. Shaler's brigade of Wright's division of Sedgwick's corps had been guarding the wagon-trains, bock road to the left of the Second Corps, and Sedgwick moved by the pike and Germanna Plank road to that road with the Brock road. At this point Sedgwick was ordered to leave a division, with anotheretween these two. Burnside started to follow Sedgwick, but early on the morning of the 8th he was ops were adjusting their lines on the 9th, General Sedgwick, our most esteemed general, was killed by[12 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Hand-to-hand fighting at Spotsylvania. (search)
Hand-to-hand fighting at Spotsylvania. by G. Norton Galloway. General Hancock's surprise and capture of the larger portion of Edward Johnson's division, and the capture of the salient at Spotsylvania Court House on the 12th of May, 1864, accomplished with the Second Corps, have been regarded as one of the most brilliant feats of that brilliant soldier's career; but without the substantial assistance of General Wright, grand old John Sedgwick's worthy successor, and the Sixth Corps, a defeat as bitter as his victory was sweet would have been recorded against the hero of that day. The storm which had set in early in the afternoon of the 11th of May continued with great severity, and but little rest was obtained during the night. Soon after dark, however, a remarkable change in the weather took place, and it became raw and disagreeable; the men gathered in small groups about half-drowned fires, with their tents stretched about their shoulders, while some hastily pitched the canv
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 4.19 (search)
The death of General John Sedgwick. condensed from a letter to General J. W. Latta, President of the Sedgwick Memorial association. by Martin T. Mcmahon, Brevet Major-General, U. S. V.; chief-of-staff, Sixth Corps. On May 8th, 1864, the Sixived there about 5 P. M., and passed the rest of the day in getting into position on Warren's left. After nightfall General Sedgwick rode back into an open field near General Warren's headquarters and, with his staff, lay down on the grass and slepty that occupied an angle in our line. The 1st New Jersey brigade was in advance of this line. After this brigade, by Sedgwick's direction, had been withdrawn through a little opening to the left of the pieces of artillery, the general, who had waand informed me, as chief-of-staff, that he declined to assume command of the corps, inasmuch as he knew that it was General Sedgwick's desire, if anything should happen to him, that General Horatio G. Wright, of the Third Division, should succeed hi
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., The opposing forces at the beginning of Grant's campaign against Richmond. (search)
th Pa., Lieut.-Col. John Irvin; 150th Pa., Capt. George W. Jones. artillery Brigade, Col. Charles S. Wainwright: 3d Mass., Capt. Augustus P. Martin; 5th Mass., Capt. Charles A. Phillips; D, 1st N. Y., Capt. George B. Winslow; E and L, 1st N. Y., Lieut. George Breck; H, 1st N. Y.. Capt. Charles E. Mink; 2d Battalion 4th N. Y. Heavy, Maj. William Arthur; B, 1st Pa., Capt. James H. Cooper; B, 4th U. S., Lieut. James Stewart; D, 5th U. S., Lieut. B. F. Rittenhouse. Sixth Army Corps, Maj.-Gen. John Sedgwick. Escort: A, 8th Pa. Cav., Capt. Charles E. Fellows. first division, Brig.-Gen. Horatio G. Wright. First Brigade, Col. Henry W. Brown: 1st N. J., Lieut.-Col. William Henry, Jr.; 2d N. J., Lieut.-Col. Charles Wiebecke; 3d N. J., Capt. Samuel T. Du Bois; 4th N. J., Lieut.-Col. Charles Ewing; 10th N. J., Col. Henry O. Ryerson; 15th N. J., Col. William H. Penrose. Second Brigade, Col. Emory Upton: 5th Me., Col. Clark S. Edwards; 121st N. Y., Lieut.-Col. Egbert Olcott; 95th Pa., Lieu
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Sheridan's Richmond raid. (search)
in, the Old War horse ; Davies, polished, genial, gallant; Chapman, the student-like; Irvin Gregg, the steadfast. There were, besides, Graham, Williston, Butler, Fitzhugh, Du Pont, Pennington, Clark, Randolph, Brewerton, Randol, Dennison, Martin, all tried men of the horse artillery. The campaign was opened May 3d-4th, 1864, with the crossing of the Rapidan River by the army in two columns: one (Hancock's corps), preceded by Gregg's cavalry division, at Ely's Ford; the other (Warren and Sedgwick), led by Wilson, at Germanna Ford. The enemy's pickets were brushed away, the pontoons laid down, and the troops and immense trains were moved to the south side, apparently before Lee had realized the fact. On the second day Warren was attacked and Wilson found himself, for the time, separated from our infantry and confronted near Todd's tavern by a strong force of cavalry under Hampton, which engaged Wilson vigorously and after some fighting began to press him back. The opportune reenfo
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Cold Harbor. (search)
g there also four thousand prisoners by a brilliant dash, but the slaughter that followed in holding the works all day had saddened his success. Gloom and discouragement had taken hold of the army also, because of the death three days before of Sedgwick, an officer who would have been worth to that army many thousand men. Many other leaders had fallen whose names were familiar to the rank and file, but the Sixth Corps, although commanded by Sedgwick's most trusted lieutenant, General H. G. WrigSedgwick's most trusted lieutenant, General H. G. Wright, an able and gallant Confederate positions at the North Anna and at Cold Harbor, with the route of march of Ewell's Corps to the latter place. By Jed. Hotchkiss, top. Eng., Second Corps, A. N. V. soldier, seemed like an orphaned household. Warren's and Hancock's fight at North Anna had been fierce but ineffective, resulting only in slaughter, of which, as usual, a sadly disproportioned share was ours. The crossings of the North Anna had been forced [see map, p. 136], but our progress ha
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., General Lee in the Wilderness campaign. (search)
fact. On the same afternoon, of the 6th, a successful flank assault was made by Gordon, with three brigades of Ewell's corps, the results of which were not so great as hoped for, because night put a stop to his further successful rolling up of Sedgwick's line. The Wilderness fighting closed with the night of the 6th of May. Lee's grand tactics in these two days of battle had been a superb exhibition of military genius and skill in executing his plan of throwing his little army boldly agafast by candle-light, and return to the front, spending the entire day on the lines. The 9th of May was spent by both armies mainly in strengthening their positions by throwing up intrenchments. The day was marked, however, by the death of General Sedgwick, who was killed by a Confederate sharp-shooter. He was much liked and respected by his old West Point comrades in the Confederate army, and his death was a real sorrow to them. Early on the morning of the 10th Hancock's corps made an effor