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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 13: campaign in Virginia.-Bristol Station.-mine Run.-Wilderness. (search)
Life [his youngest daughter] I think I hear her needles rattle as they fly through the meshes. The very day after this letter was written these destitute men joyfully sprang to arms. General Butler, at Fort Monroe, but commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, thought, from what he had heard, he could capture Richmond with cavalry from the Peninsula — the general ability of Butler was great, his military qualifications small. Brigadier-General Wister marched from New Kent Court House to the Chickahominy and marched back again. A portion of the Army of the Potomac, in pursuance of Butler's plan, were to cross the Rapidan and threaten Lee, to prevent him from dispatching troops to Richmond by rail. This Army-of-the-Potomac diversion was under gallant old Sedgwick, who was commanding the army during Meade's temporary absence. General Lee gives his account of the diversion in a letter dated Camp, Orange County, February 14, 1864: This day last week we were prepa
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 8: Seven Pines and the Seven Days battles (search)
lost Ball little Mac's lost the Thrigger Early dawn on a battle-field Lee and Jackson. I turn back a moment to the mud and the march up the Peninsula in order to relate a reminiscence illustrative of several matters of interest, aside from the mud, such as the state of the currency, the semi-quizzical character and bearing of the Confederate soldier and his marked respect for private property, as well as the practical limitations to that respect. The column had halted at New Kent Court House, a little hamlet in the great pine forest, then and now boasting not over a half dozen houses, in addition to the tavern and the temple of justice. The infantry had broken ranks and most of them were resting and chatting, seated or reclined upon the banks of the somewhat sunken road. On one side had been a large cabbage patch from which the heads had been cut the preceding fall, leaving the stalks in the ground, which under the genial spring suns and rains,--it was the middle of May
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
5, 241-42, 268 Mules, 224-27. Museum of the Confederacy, 357 Music, 18, 49, 75, 202-203, 268-69, 296-97. Mynheer von Dunck, 75 Napoleon, Prince Joseph Charles Paul, 59 Napoleon I, 18, 164, 167, 337-39, 346-48. National Tribune, 346 Naval Battalion, 329, 333 Negroes: mentioned, 39, 77, 99, 340; in Northern army, 316-17; proposals for employment of as Confederate infantry, 19-20. Nesbit, Col., 221 New Haven, Conn., 25, 36-39, 44, 152, 174-75, 200, 355 New Kent Court House, Va., 87-88. New Orleans, La., 185, 248 New York, N. Y., 25, 33-36, 44, 49, 92, 354 New York Journal of Commerce, 37-38. Newton, Hubert Anson, 351 Nicknames for generals, 18 Night blindness, 348-49. North Anna Campaign, 266-69. North Carolina Infantry: 5th Regiment, 80 Lincoln, Abraham: his April 1861 call --for troops, 31, 145, 189; mentioned, 163-64, 180, 192, 206, 287 Logan, John Alexander, 26, 28 Longstreet, James: mentioned, 106- 107, 122-24, 188,
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 47: the Maryland line and the Kilpatrick and Dahlgren raid. (search)
d Infantry, First Cavalry, First, Second, and Third Maryland Artillery, were stationed at Hanover Junction to guard Lee's flank toward the Peninsula and the railroad bridges over the North and South Anna, on the preservation of which depended Lee's communications with Richmond. This movement around Lee's flank was at once discovered, and Colonel Johnson was directed by General Lee to look out for it. The Maryland line cavalry was extended in a picket line along the Pamunkey to New Kent Court House, leaving only seventy-five men in camp. With these, during the night, by his scouts, Johnson located Kilpatrick's column, and then started with sixty men and two pieces of artillery to close up on Kilpatrick. Just before daylight of March Ist, the Marylanders struck one of Kilpatrick's flanking parties and drove them in on the main body. They followed the enemy through Ashland down to the outer defences of Richmond; there Kilpatrick had dismounted his twenty-five hundred men and
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The Peninsular campaign. (search)
ot count with certainty upon that force, I had to do the best I could with the means at hand. the first necessity was to establish secure communications between the two parts of the army, necessarily separated St. Peter's Church, near New Kent Court House. Hotel. Factory. Record Office — Court House. Ruins of Jail. New Kent Court House. From a sketch made May 19, 1862. by the Chickahominy. Richmond could be attacked only by troops on the right bank. As the expectation of the advanceNew Kent Court House. From a sketch made May 19, 1862. by the Chickahominy. Richmond could be attacked only by troops on the right bank. As the expectation of the advance of McDowell was still held out, and that only by the land route, I could not yet transfer the base to the James, but was obliged to retain it on the Pamunkey, and therefore to keep on the left bank a force sufficient to protect our communications and cover the junction of McDowell. It was still permissible to believe that sufficient attention would be paid to the simplest principle of war to push McDowell rapidly on Jackson's heels, when he made his inevitable return march to join the main Con
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 5.26 (search)
es City road, which crosses the Chickahominy at Long Bridge; the division of G. W. Smith and Magruder's forces — commanded by him before Johnston's army arrived at the Yorktown lines — moved on the road that passes through Barhamsville and New Kent Court House and crosses the Chickahominy at Bottom's Bridge. All the Confederate troops on the latter road were under my command, and they were followed by the Federal army. Excepting occasional collisions between our rear-guard and the Federal advare as happy as larks over here, till we get 126 wagons [the total number] up to the hub at one time. I don't fear McClellan or any one in Yankeedom. When my command had passed the Baltimore Cross-roads, four and a half miles west of New Kent Court House, and had reached position about half-way between the Pamunkey and Chickahominy rivers, on good ground, they were halted. Longstreet's corps was again within easy supporting distance of mine, and General Johnston intended in that vicinity
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., A prisoner's march from Gettysburg to Staunton. (search)
igades — they being pushed out in every direction, trying to keep a road clear for their infantry and artillery. A young Virginian about my own age, but with much more suavity and self-complacency than I could claim, introduced himself to me and told me that he belonged to the King and Queen cavalry (1st Virginia, I think), and said that they knew my regiment well, and considered it a rough one to deal with. He asked me if I remembered all the skirmishes we had as we advanced from New Kent Court House to the Chickahominy, which I did well, and then when we had become quite well acquainted, asked me if I would have any objections to exchanging saddles with him. I had not the least, as I never expected to sit on mine again, and when we stopped on the roadside to make the exchange I walked back into the ranks without my horse, as I saw no reason why I should bother leading him along for my captors to ride, if he should ever get well. Fresh prisoners were added all the time, mostly ca
. M., just as his weary men were dropping asleep. The charge which quickly followed was as quickly repulsed; but it was so manifest that the position was not adapted to quiet slumbers, that Kilpatrick moved on forthwith to the Pamunkey, which he could not find boats to pass; so he was obliged to move across the White House railroad and thence down the Peninsula; soon striking the track of a cavalry force sent up to his aid from Fortress Monroe by Gen. Butler, and encountering, when near New Kent C. H., a brigade of Black infantry, which lad been likewise sent by Butler on the same errand. Pursuit by the enemy was of course at an end. Kilpatrick had lost 150 men on this raid, had taken 500 prisoners, a good many horses, and inflicted on the Rebels serious losses in burned bridges, stations, and stores. But Col. Ulric Dahlgren, who led a subordinate command of about 400 cavalry, had been far less fortunate. Crossing also at Ely's ferry, Dahlgren, after leaving Spottsylvania C. H.,
1863 1 Opequon, Va., Sept. 19, 1864 3 Thoroughfare Gap, Va., Aug. 28, ‘62 2 Culpepper, Va., Oct. 11, 1863 1 Luray Valley, Va., Sept. 22, 1864 3 Manassas, Va., Aug. 29, 1862 12 Buckland's Mills, Va., Oct. 19, 1863 3 Bridgewater, Va., Oct. 4, 1864 1 Leesburg, Va., Sept. 18, 1862 1 Raccoon Ford, Va., Dec. 5, 1863 1 New Market, Va., Oct. 8, 1864 1 Salem, Va., Nov. 9, 1862 1 Richmond Raid, Va., Mch. 1, 1864 2 Cedar Creek, Va., Nov. 12, 1864 3 Brandy Station, Va., June 9, 1863 5 New Kent C. H., Va., Mch. 3, 1864 1 Mt. Jackson, Va., Nov. 22, 1864 4 Aldie, Va., June 17, 1863 18 Craig's Church, Va., May 5, 1864 5 Ashland, Va., Mch. 15, 1865 2 Middleburg, Va., June 19, 1863 2 Hanover C. H., Va., May 29, 1864 2 Five Forks, Va., April 1, 1865 7 Upperville, Va., June 20, 1863 1 Stony Creek, Va., June 28, 1864 2 Deep Creek, Va., April 3, 1865 6 Jones's Cross Roads, Va., July 10, ‘63 2 Ream's Station, Va., June 29, 1864 4 Appomattox, Va., April 8, 1865 2 Brandy Station,
be repulsed. Then came the order to fix bayonets. Five regiments-Thirty-fourth and Eighty-second New York, Fifteenth and Twentieth Massachusetts and Seventh Michigan--pushed Sumner in the field — a general full of years and honors. Not many men distinguished in the war could look back upon forty-two years of actual service at the outbreak of hostilities. But such was the case with General Edwin V. Sumner. He stands above in the Peninsula Campaign, at St. Peter's church, near New Kent Court House, Virginia, not far from White House Landing. In this sacred edifice George Washington had worshiped. When this picture was taken Sumner was one year past the age when generals of the present day are deemed too old for service. Commanding the Second Army Corps in the Peninsula Campaign, he was twice wounded; and again, leading his men at Antietam, once more he was struck. He fought again at Fredericksburg, but died from the effects of his wounds in March, 1863. The group above fro
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