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ted by the condition of the roads. The former was eventually lost, after a gallant defence, the horses being unable to move the guns. It was retaken on Tuesday. Throughout the morning Hooker struggled manfully against the rain, the mud, and the rebels, who appeared on the left in great strength. Gen. Heintzelman was on the field much of the time, and pronounces the contest extremely severe; other experienced officers represent it as terrible beyond precedent. Grover's, Patterson's, and Sickles's brigades were battled with a fury, under odds, and with a slaughter which had well-nigh exhausted and driven them from the field, after the artillery had withdrawn, but for the timely arrival, at two o'clock, of Kearney's division, consisting of the brigades of Berry, Birney, and Jameson. These good troops, though weary with long and rapid marching, under the sturdy lead of Heintzelman, were not long in turning the tide in our favor, though it cost them, especially the Scott Life-Guard a
spared. I then refused, though applied to for further aid. I shall now proceed to describe the operations of the second line, which received my uninterrupted supervision, composed principally of Couch's division. Plan of the battle of Fair Oaks, Va. A — Spratt's Battery. B — Regan's Battery. C — Fitch's Battery. D — Bates's Battery in redoubt. E — Redoubt. F — Palmer's Camp. G — Wessell's Camp. H — Naglee's Camp. I--Rebel line, 1st June. J--Union line, Sickles's, 1st June. K — Seven Pines. L--First line of defence. M--Second line of defence. N--Third line of defence. As the pressure on Casey's position became greater, he applied to me for reenforcements. I continued to send them as long as I had troops to spare. Col. McCarter, with the Ninety-third Pennsylvania, Peck's brigade, engaged the enemy on the left, and maintained his ground above two hours, until overwhelming numbers forced him to retire, which he did in go
ttention rather closely to those points. Generals Sickles's and Grover's brigades deployed right an regiment had won glory enough at Fair Oaks. Sickles commanded not only his brigade, but each of h had already returned to camp, and Grover and Sickles's were resting on our side of the timber, hav and the Nineteenth lost some forty-five men. Sickles's and Robinson's brigades also suffered sever brigades of Hooker's division — Grover's and Sickles's — did nearly all the work, though some otheents the whole line disappeared in the woods, Sickles's part of it more slowly than the other; for s intense and severe as that on the left. On Sickles's front it was straightforward work. He had Fifth New-Jersey was sent out as a reserve to Sickles, the Second New-York to reenforce his advancef Couch's division, was ordered up to support Sickles. The vigilant and ever ready commander of thts. The advance of the enemy was composed of Sickles's and another brigade. Informed of the state[11 more...]<
d he remained in the saddle and in the fiery torrent. Col. Wyman, too, of the Eighteenth Massachusetts, was killed. General Meade was severely wounded. How many others I cannot tell. It was a bloody day. There will be weeping at many a hearthstone, and many a loved one was lost who will be sought for long and never found. Sumner, and Heintzelman, and Franklin, and Hooker, and Smith, and Sedgwick, and Franklin, and McCall — Hancock, and Davidson, and Meade, and Seymore, and Burns, and Sickles, and Sully, and Owens, and dead Wyman, and all the galaxy of brave leaders, won title to glorious honors. They tell me that the rebel Gen. Longstreet was wounded and two other Generals lay dead on the field, with long lines of rebel officers and hecatombs of men. Melancholy satisfaction for such dead as ours. The enemy was beaten again, thank God! beaten badly, driven back, slaughtered fearfully. The gunboats had at least a moral agency in the fight. It did not appear that their guns
ey remained near where I had left him early in the morning. About nine o'clock my line of battle was established — Grover on the right, Carr in the centre, and Sickles's brigade on the left. In the mean time, directions were given for all of my batteries to continue their march to our proposed camp near James River, in order nder Grover were withdrawn from the pursuit at dark, and restored to their places in line of battle. Soon after this attack was made, word was received from Gen. Sickles that the enemy in his immediate front were preparing to turn our left, when all our reserves were despatched to strengthen him. No attack, however, in force was made, and Sickles's and Carr's brigades remained in position. The former reports the capture of one hundred and fifty prisoners, in which are included one Lieutenant-Colonel, one Captain, five Lieutenants, and forty enlisted men, taken by Capt. Parks, company F, Second New-York volunteers, Carr's brigade. To these should be add
ock A. M. my division was established in line of battle for the defence of our new position. Under a heavy fire of the enemy's artillery, Grover's brigade was strongly posted on the right, Carr's on the left, and well sheltered; subsequently, Sickles's brigade, held in reserve, was posted in rear of my right, protected from the enemy's shots, and well in hand to reinforce any part of my line. Osborne's and Bram's batteries occupied higher ground, where they could reply to the enemy's artin attack was made in great force, and the battle lasted until long after dark. About half an hour before sunset orders were sent me by General Sumner to despatch a brigade of my command to the assistance of General Porter, and immediately General Sickles's brigade moved to that point. For a full account of the important services it rendered on the left, I respectfully call the attention of the Major-General commanding the corps, to the report of its chief, herewith inclosed. I will espec
back a third of a mile before they checked the enemy. The next day they drove them back, and before night a portion of Sickles's brigade, Hooker's division, occupied at least a portion of Gen. Casey's camps, and brought off numbers of our wounded he Williamsburgh road. Gen. Hooker gallantly led the Fifth and Sixth New-Jersey regiments forward near the railroad. Gen. Sickles's brigade followed, but finding the enemy in force to the left of the Williamsburgh road, turned, by my direction, a pyonet, leading himself the Fifth and Sixth New-Jersey against the rebel troops, and driving them back nearly a mile. In Sickles's brigade, the Seventy-first New-York volunteers, Col. Hall, after one or two volleys, made a charge, and soon drove the. Ambulances were sent forward, and all that could be reached were brought in. I call attention to the paragraph in General Sickles's report respecting the condition in which he found the field after the enemy retreated — strewed with small arms, r
hey need have no fear. They came, and I saw several of them in a wagon, with their servants and baggage, going on a visit to some friends. A great many trophies were picked up in the town. One of the gunboat men found a silver goblet with Dan Sickles's name on it. It was captured by one of the rebels, and was brought out here, where a man paid fifty dollars for it, as a trophy taken from the Yankees. Capt. Phelps is going to send it to Gen. Sickles. On Monday night we dropped down the Gen. Sickles. On Monday night we dropped down the river and anchored near the mouth of the Vicksburgh cut-off, which was to cut off Vicksburgh, but did not. The river is now some ten feet below the bottom of the ditch, or canal, as it is called. We are about five miles above the city by water, and three by land. The rebels, when they found we were there, came up with a flag of truce on a steamer, and wanted to know if we had any prisoners to exchange, when, in reality, all they wanted was to see what our strength was — an old trick of theirs.