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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 21 1 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 6. (ed. Frank Moore) 17 1 Browse Search
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e the rebels home. Said a General to me: Old Bull Sumner didn't want to quit. The game old fellowot Williamsburgh up in judgment against heroic Sumner. Nobly has he redeemed his name. That batt The enemy had not yet appeared in our front. Sumner had brought off his splendid command, Franklinarles City and Quaker road; Porter and part of Sumner's corps were following rapidly. Moving to t beyond their old prowess, did deeds which General Sumner himself said entitled them to the glory ofnt, Captain Sedgwick, and of Howe, his aid. So Sumner speaks of Clark, and of Kipp, and of Tompkins,t opened upon a cluster of officers, including Sumner, Sedgwick, Richardson, Burns, and their staffsemselves subsequently, faltered in the fight. Sumner's corps held the field till Heintzelman's corp a terrible battle. Gen. McCall was lost. Gen. Sumner was twice wounded, but not seriously. His ho will be sought for long and never found. Sumner, and Heintzelman, and Franklin, and Hooker, an[1 more...]
y of the Potomac is composed of three grand divisions, commanded by Sumner, Franklin, and Hooker. Each grand division is divided into corps; that the bull was to be taken directly by the horns, and that Old Bull Sumner was going to do it with his division. The idea entertained atthe music of the day. Nearer Fredericksburgh the massive columns of Sumner's grand division were seen in motion, pressing on to cross the rivee river, Franklin's lines were nearly at right angles with those of Sumner, pushing out of the city, the two pressing the enemy in the angle. r, sweeping in a heavy gallop to the right, to take position at General Sumner's headquarters, the Phillips House, from which a perfect view oed their places, when the vehement protest and expostulation of General Sumner, who declared his troops unfit for the enterprise, prevailed, acipal generals were for several hours engaged in consultation at Gen. Sumner's headquarters. The night passed with occasional firing of musk
he flank of the confederate line, his rear almost resting upon Massaponax Creek. As regards the disposition of the Federal troops, nothing more is known than that the three great bodies of troops were commanded, that on the Federal right by Gen. Sumner, that on the Federal centre by Gen. Hooker, and that on the Federal left by Gen. Franklin. It is estimated that not less than forty thousand troops were engaged in the attack directed by Gen. Sumner, and that fifty thousand were employed uponGen. Sumner, and that fifty thousand were employed upon the Federal centre and left. Friday, the twelfth of December, was employed by the Federal generals in arranging and massing their troops for the next day's attack. Active skirmishing was kept up by the pickets on both sides for several hours; and in the afternoon, with a view to feeling the confederate position, the heavy Federal guns thundered across the river, and were only feebly replied to by the batteries on the confederate left. The solemnity of the immediately approaching battle ca