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asures to cut him off if he advanced beyond the protection of the gunboats. G. W. Smith's entire division, much stronger than Franklin's, was in his front, and soon after the greater part of the Confederate army, ready to overwhelm Franklin had he advanced. By the time Sedgwick's division was in position to support him, the morning of the 8th, the enemy's rear had passed on towards Richmond; but Franklin's movement had fully served its purpose in clearing our front to the banks of the Chickahominy. On my way into Williamsburg on the morning of the 6th I passed a cluster of barracks, and, seeing some men lying in them, I dismounted to see who they were. They were filled with our own and the enemy's wounded. The first man I spoke to was one of ours. I asked him who the men around him were. Oh! that's a secesh; that is one of our men; that's a secesh, and so on. In reply to my question as to how they had been treated by the enemy he said: Just like their own men. Here were th
hat I shall lose nothing by respecting Sunday as far as I can. Secesh is gathering all he can in front of me. So much the better. I have implicit confidence in my men, and they have in me. What more can I ask? . . . Sunday, 8 A. M. (same letter as last) . . . As I told you last night, I am giving my men some rest to-day. They need it much, for they have for some time been living on long marches, short rations, and rainy bivouacs. . . . My cavalry were within six miles of the upper Chickahominy yesterday. Norfolk is in our possession, the result of my movements . . . . May 12, Monday P. M. (same letter-).--. . While I write the 2d Dragoons' band is serenading, and about fifty others are playing tattoo at various distances — a grand sound in this lovely moonlight night. My camp is at an old frame church in a grove. I differ from most of the generals in preferring a tent to a house. I hope not to sleep in a house again until I see you. . . . Are you satisfied now with my bl
Chapter 22: White House the Chickahominy river bridges battle of Hanover Court House Porter's victory neglect at Washingtonthe railway bridge across the stream nearly completed. The Chickahominy river rises some fifteen miles to the northward of Richmond, and unecessary to retain a portion of the army on the left bank of the Chickahominy, and I could not make any serious movement with the forces on th near White Oak Swamp. The 2d corps was on the left bank of the Chickahominy, at and near the Grapevine bridge, in position to support either opinion as to the force against him. I have two corps across Chickahominy, within six mile of Richmond; the others on this side at other celling distance. Have railroad in operation from White House to Chickahominy. Hope to have Chickahominy bridge repaired to-night. Nothing ongs, so that the two armies could unite on the right bank of the Chickahominy, and the capture of Richmond could have been accomplished long b
a passage could have been secured. The only available means, therefore, of uniting our forces at Fair Oaks for an advance on Richmond soon after the battle was to march the troops from Mechanicsville and other points on the left bank of the Chickahominy down to Bottom's bridge, and thence over the Williamsburg road to the position near Fair Oaks, a distance of about twenty-three miles. In the condition of the roads at that time this march could not have been made with artillery in less than tgiven. I suppose that they may be sent directly to the fort. Please advise me if this be as you desire. On the 7th of June I telegraphed as follows: In reply to your despatch of two P. M. to-day, I have the honor to state that the Chickahominy river has risen so as to flood the entire bottoms to the depth of three and four feet. I am pushing forward the bridges in spite of this, and the men are working night and day, up to their waists in water, to complete them. The whole face of t
of hours, and the rumbling of wagons has been going on for some time. . . . A little later. I have just learned that some of our troops have succeeded in crossing the Chickahominy at Bottom's bridge. . . May 22, 6.30 P. M., camp near Chickahominy. . . . I have just returned from a ride to the front, where I have taken a good look at the rebel lines. I suppose I must have ridden some thirty miles or less to-day. Some one just brought me a bouquet of wild white flowers — a negro awill do them good, and may bring them to their senses. . . . I have a fire in my tent to-night. May 26, 8 P. M., camp near New bridge. . . . We broke up the last camp about two and moved to this place, which is quite on the banks of the Chickahominy and very near New bridge. It, of course, commenced raining about an hour after we started; but as it was not a very heavy rain, we got on very well. . . . I have been troubled by the old Mexican complaint, brought on, I suppose, by exposure t
d that our advanced cavalry pickets on the left bank of Chickahominy are being driven in. It is probably Jackson's advanced nt to all the corps commanders on the right bank of the Chickahominy to be prepared to send as many troops as they could spable, to withdraw the 5th corps to the right bank of the Chickahominy. Such a movement would have exposed the rear of the arand wagons having been removed to the right bank of the Chickahominy, the delicate operation of withdrawing the troops from ng were the movements of the enemy on both banks of the Chickahominy that it was impossible to decide until the afternoon wh show the condition of affairs on the right bank of the Chickahominy: Gen. Franklin telegraphed: Gen. Smith thinks the en that while he had a large army on the left bank of the Chickahominy, which had already turned our right and was in positionhe concentration of our forces on the right bank of the Chickahominy, with a large part of the enemy drawn away from Richmon
6th. Late in the afternoon of that day, when the last man had disappeared from the deserted camps, I followed with my personal staff in the track of the grand Army of the Potomac, bidding farewell to the scene still covered with the marks of its presence, and to be for ever memorable in history as the vicinity of its most brilliant exploits. Previous to the departure of the troops I had directed Capt. Duane, of the engineer corps, to proceed to Barrett's Ferry, near the mouth of the Chickahominy, and throw across the river at that point a pontoon-bridge. This was executed promptly and satisfactorily, under the cover of gunboats, and an excellent bridge of about 2,000 feet in length was ready for the first arrival of troops. The greater part of the army, with its artillery, wagon-trains, etc., crossed it rapidly, and in perfect order and safety, so that on the night of the 17th everything was across the Chickahominy, except the rear-guard, which crossed early on the morning of t
e, 31 ; results, 32. Centreville, Va., 75, 95,231, 233, 511, 515 519,525,526. Cesnola, Gen., 143. Chain bridge, Va., 68, 79, 80, 90, 95, 513, 515, 516-520, 524, 525, 531, 536. Chambliss, Capt., 372. Charlestown, W. Vs., 193-195. 621-624. Chartres, Duc de, 145. Chase, Sec., attitude toward McClellan, 157, 159, 203, 479, 480; extracts from diary, 159, 160 ; urges McClellan's removal, 489 ; erroneous statement, 533 ; report of cabinet meeting, 544. Cheat Mountain, Va., 63. Chickahominy river, Va., 123, 241, 337, 340-343, 346-351, 354, 355, 358, 362-368, 376-379, 382, 385-390, 393-399, 402-401, 410-429, 443, 448, 468, 469, 505-508, 540, 551. Christian, Col., 581. Clark, Capt., 578, 605. Clarke, Gen. H. F., 83, 114, 130, 131. Cluseret, Gen., offers services, 143. Coast expedition, plans, 205, 206. Cockletown, Va., 260. Coggins's Point, Va., 491, 493. Coggswell, Col., 171, 185, 190. Colburn, Col. A. V., at Washington, 90, 123; Yorktown, 308, 311, 315 ; Pope's c