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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 5: the week of flying fights. (search)
de of the Appomattox, directing their course towards Amelia Court House on the Danville Railroad about equidistant from Richarning that Lee was trying to assemble his army near Amelia Court House, ordered the Fifth Corps to make all dispatch for Jeey had been heading off Lee from his nearest road to Amelia Court House, and precedence being given the cavalry in order, ound had he not been sent off by Grant and Sheridan to Amelia Court House whence Lee had already fled? For it was well known come habitual. Assured by him that Lee's army is at Amelia Court House, Grant orders Meade to move out in that direction ineight, when Griffin learns that Lee's army is not at Amelia Court House, having left there on the evening before, and being rmy corps. The passage reads: When the move towards Amelia Court House had commenced that morning, I ordered Wright's Corpsing more of detail. When Meade had been sent off to Amelia Court House on the morning of the 6th, Sheridan sent his cavalry
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 7: the return of the Army. (search)
e my name, which if braced with an aristocratic y in the last syllable stood high he said in that section. Much might have happened if my ancestors had not prided themselves in straight lines and in not striking below the belt. So they held to the simple iota in writing out their long name. Therefore I could not claim honors and he waived the demand, offering a fresh mint julep to settle accounts, but this exception did not prove the rule. The Second Corps had now come by way of Amelia Court House and the Danville Road, and on the morning of the sixth we prepared to pass through Richmond. These two corps were all; the Ninth had been set loose again from our army and was sent to Alexandria; the Sixth had been sent back to the Danville Road to take care of the North Carolina communications. Our corps was formed in numerical order of divisions; this gave me the head of the column although the junior commander. The artillery followed the infantry. No other wheeled vehicles were
ers for the removal of all the stores of the army to Amelia Court-House, on the road to Danville. A movement of this sort ieft the place; all the surplus artillery was sent to Amelia Court-House, and even the reserve ordnance train of the army wascolumn, had he made extraordinary exertions, even at Amelia Court-House. General Lee did not succeed in reaching that point m want of rations, pushed forward in good spirits to Amelia Court-House. Up to this time there had been very few straggl Save yourselves in any way you can. The scene at Amelia Court-House on Wednesday was a curious one. The huge army traiion and Farmville. While the troops were resting at Amelia Court-House, and waiting for the rear to come up, the Federal cothat rations for his army were ordered to be sent to Amelia Court-House by General Lee; that trains containing the supplies ssertion, I will give it. Iv. General Lee left Amelia Court-House on the evening of the 5th, and from this time the ar
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Flight and capture of Jefferson Davis. (search)
chives and public property away from Richmond by the proper department officers, the statement is correct; but if it is meant by this insidious form of a statement to be understood that this or any other public money was taken from Richmond in Mr. Davis' baggage, then the statement is wholly untrue. It is also said in this paper, when speaking of the train which carried Mr. Davis and other officers from Richmond, that, This train, it is said, was one which had carried provisions to Amelia Court-House for Lee's hard-pressed and hungry army, and having been ordered to Richmond, had taken these supplies to that place, where they were abandoned for a more ignoble freight. This whole paragraph is ridiculously absurd. No supplies were then being carried from the South toward Richmond — I mean after Lee's retreat began. And it was a train of passenger, and not of freight cars, which carried the persons referred to, and was provided for the express purpose of carrying them off. General
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Dalton-Atlanta operations. (search)
ubsequent. On page 49, General Sherman claims that the strength of the country, by mountains, streams, and forests, gave his enemy a fair offset to his numerical superiority. Between Dalton and Atlanta, one sees but two semblances of mountains-Rocky Face, which covered the march by which he flanked Dalton and Kenesaw, less than two miles long. The country was no more unfavorable for the offensive than the Wilderness, or that on which Lee and McClellan fought near Richmond, or that between Amelia and Appomattox Court-Houses. General Sherman certainly executed his plan of operations with great perseverance, skill, and resolution. But it is a question if that plan was the best. The results obtained, compared with those attainable, indicate that it was not. At Dalton, only the southern left flank was covered by Rocky Face, not its front; and an attack in front would have been on ground as favorable to the Federal army as its general could have hoped to find. With odds of near ten
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), How Jefferson Davis was overtaken. (search)
eave Mr. Reagan and Mr. Davis to reconcile with the facts. The.declaration is explicit that Mr. Davis had insisted in reserving it (the gold) for exigencies, and it was now secured in his baggage. and under cover of darkness the President of the Confederacy, accompanied by three members of his Cabinet-Breckenridge, Benjamin, and Reagan-drove rapidly to the train which had been prepared to carry them from Richmond. This train, it is said, was the one which had carried provisions to Amelia Court-House for Lee's hard-pressed and hungry army; and, having been ordered to Richmond, had taken those supplies to that place, where they were abandoned for a more ignoble freight. This statement rests upon newspaper report, which I have not time to verify. As a matter of course, the starving rebel soldiers suffered, but Davis succeeded in reaching Danville in safety, where he rapidly recovered from the fright he had sustained, and astonished his followers by a proclamation as bombastic and
ling and unreliable rumors from the army. Clinging, with the tenacity of the drowning, to the least straw of hope, they would not yet give up utterly that army they had looked on so long as invincible — that cause, which was more than life to them! Though they knew the country around was filled with deserters and stragglers; though the Federals had brigades lying round Richmond in perfect idleness-still for a time the rumor gained credit that General Lee had turned on his pursuer, at Amelia Court House, and gained a decisive victory over him. Then came the more positive news that Ewell was cut off with 13,000 men; and, finally, on the 9th of April, Richmond heard that Lee had surrendered. Surely as this result should have been looked forward to-gradually as the popular mind had been led to it-still it came as a blow of terrific suddenness. The people refused to believe it — they said it was a Yankee trick; and when the salute of one hundred guns rang out from forts and shipping, th
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 15: evacuation of Richmond and the Petersburg lines.--retreat and surrender. (search)
ion. The troops will all be directed to Amelia Court House. He advised that all preparations be maP. M., and take up the line of march for Amelia Court House. This little village is on the Richm is crossed by the Danville Railroad--to Amelia Court House. Mahone's division was directed to the at Goode's bridge, and join the army at Amelia Court House. The commands of Pickett and Bushrod Joot able to concentrate all his troops at Amelia Court House until midday on the 5th, Ewell being thell as at another point between there and Amelia Court House, twenty miles northeast of Burkeville. the Danville Railroad, seven miles from Amelia Court House, where Lee was that morningon the afterne received no orders to send supplies to Amelia Court House either from Richmond or Danville; and Mrhis officers to transport any rations to Amelia Court House. It has been stated that on that famousnd Sixth Corps and Sheridan's cavalry at Amelia Court House early on the morning of the 6th, and did[3 more...]
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Index. (search)
Index. Acquia Creek, Va., 102, 135. Addison, Joseph, quoted, 171. Alexander, Colonel E. P., mentioned, 231, 253, 292, 293. Amelia Court House, Va., 379, 380, 383. Anderson, Colonel G. T., mentioned, 212. Anderson, General, mentioned, 141, 206, 254; at Gettysburg, 279, 288; succeeds Longstreet, 331; recalled, 352; at Five Forks, 376. Anderson, General, Robert, mentioned, 87. Andrew, Governor John A., mentioned, 145. Antietam, battle of, 208. Appomattox Court House, Va., 386, 387. Arab couplet quoted, 114. Archer's brigade at Gettysburg, 296. Aristo, General, Mariano, 32. Arlington Heights, 108. Arlington House, Va., mentioned, 26, 49, 63, 65, 71, 72, 76, 77, 85, 88, 89, 99, 198, 366. Arlington slaves liberated, 236, 238. Armies of the Confederacy, 326. Armistead, General, Lewis, mentioned, 58, 288; killed at Gettysburg, 296. Army of the James, 387. Army of Northern Virginia, 311, 312, 348, 379, 386. Army of the Potomac, 173, 182, 309,
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, The capture of Petersburg-meeting President Lincoln in Petersburg-the capture of Richmond --pursuing the enemy-visit to Sheridan and Meade (search)
e afternoon of the 2d. At night Lee ordered his troops to assemble at Amelia Court House, his object being to get away, join Johnston if possible, and to try to cnd forced the abandonment of some property. Lee intrenched himself at Amelia Court House, and also his advance north of Jetersville, and sent his troops out to coom Sheridan the following dispatch: The whole of Lee's army is at or near Amelia Court House, and on this side of it. General Davies, whom I sent out to Painesville ond six miles beyond, on the Danville Road, last night. General Lee is at Amelia Court House in person. They are out of rations, or nearly so. They were advancing up himself saying that he wished I was there myself. The letter was dated Amelia Court House, April 5th, and signed by Colonel [William B.] Taylor. It was to his mot Meade changed his orders at once. They were now given for an advance on Amelia Court House, at an early hour in the morning, as the army then lay; that is, the infa
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