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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 244 2 Browse Search
Elias Nason, McClellan's Own Story: the war for the union, the soldiers who fought it, the civilians who directed it, and his relations to them. 223 1 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 214 4 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 148 20 Browse Search
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox 114 0 Browse Search
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 109 27 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 94 0 Browse Search
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m Newport News, nearly parallel with the James river, and passing through Warwick Court-House to the Halfway House, where it met the main road from Yorktown to Williamsburg. Both of these roads between Yorktown and the point of the Peninsula were intersected by many streams, and we had information to the effect that many of thesewn was strongly fortified; that its garrison until recently consisted of 10,000 men, but was then increased to 20,000 or 25,000; that there were more troops at Williamsburg, and batteries about two miles south of it, and that reinforcements were said to have come from Richmond. Gen. Heintzelman concluded that the enemy had no idehe 4th, ordered the movements for the 5th as follows: Smith's division to move at six A. M. via Warwick Court-House to the Halfway House on the Yorktown and Williamsburg road; Couch's division to move at the same hour and close up on Smith at the Halfway House; any positions of the enemy met with on the may to be carried by ass
led field-guns and sharpshooters have caused some loss to the enemy. Keyes, with two divisions, is in front of Lee's Mill, where the road from Newport News to Williamsburg crosses Warwick river. He has been engaged in an artillery combat of several hours' duration, losing some five killed. At Lee's Mill we have a causeway covere John Rodgers, were to run by and take up a position in rear, whence they could get a nearer fire on the defences and control the road leading from Yorktown to Williamsburg. When this was effected, the artillery of the land defences silenced, and the garrison demoralized by the shell-fire, the columns of assault were to advancey indicated that the Warwick river ran nearly parallel with the James, instead of heading at Yorktown, and it seemed certain that the road from Newport News to Williamsburg did not cross that stream, at least any important branch of it, and that it presented no obstacle to an advance. Upon these data were predicated the orders of
evening. R. B. Marcy, Chief of Staff near Williamsburg, May 5, 11.45 P. M. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretare. G. B. Mcclellan, Maj.-Gen. Commanding. Williamsburg, May 6, 3 P. M. A portion of the army has lefre, and with the rest to gain the Lee's Mill and Williamsburg road, so as to support Stoneman and aid him in cCorps. headquarters, 3D corps, in sight of Williamsburg, 6 P. M., Sunday, May 4, 1862. Gen. R. E. Marcy:cClellan: There is a direct road from here to Williamsburg behind the big fort. If you send a good man to we can capture them all in the morning and be at Williamsburg by eight o'clock. If they don't leave to-night tsted for want of proper food. in front of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, 11.20 A. M. Capt. Chauncey McKeeve J. Porter. headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Williamsburg, May 7, 1862, 12.30 P. M. Gen. R. B. Marcy, Chie Franklin, Brig.-Gen. camp 19 miles from Williamsburg, May 11, 1862. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of
ieving me from command. If they will simply let me alone I feel sure of success; but will they do it? May 5, 9.30 A. M. . . . You will have learned ere this that Yorktown is ours. It is a place of immense strength, and was very heavily armed. It so happened that our preparation for the attack was equally formidable, so that Lee, Johnston, and Davis confessed that they could not hold the place. They evacuated it in a great hurry, leaving their heavy guns, baggage, etc. I sent the cavalry after them at once, and our advance is now engaged with them at Williamsburg. The weather is infamous; it has been raining all night, and is still raining heavily; no signs of stopping; roads awful. I hope to get to West Point to-day, although the weather has delayed us terribly. It could not well be worse, but we will get through nevertheless. The villains (secesh) have scattered torpedoes everywhere — by springs, wells, etc. It is the most murderous and barbarous thing I ever heard of
e junction of roads on the Yorktown side of Williamsburg, and occupy the line of fortifications; Lontreet, Hill, and Smith were to pass through Williamsburg, Smith halting on the Barhamsville road fare P. M., so that the whole army could reach Williamsburg soon after midnight; but it was sunrise of nd his rear reached the fortifications near Williamsburg about noon. He found that the fortificatioLee's Mill roads, about two miles south of Williamsburg. Before detaching Emory, Stoneman had commrom the lower part of the Peninsula towards Williamsburg, one along the York river (the Yorktown roarough the woods in its rear, finally enters Williamsburg. This road was commanded by redoubts on thd find. If the condition of affairs near Williamsburg justified it, I intended going to West Poinarned nothing indicating that the affair at Williamsburg was more than a simple attack upon a rear-gt; we at once occupied them and the town of Williamsburg, which was filled with the enemy's wounded,[7 more...]
The College and other large buildings in Williamsburg were crowded with wounded, almost all Confe not needed. Having gained possession of Williamsburg, the first thing to be done was to get up s even the headquarters wagons did not reach Williamsburg until the forenoon of the 9th, up to which the 8th. Immediately upon our arrival in Williamsburg Gen. Averill was sent forward with a cavalrint only two and a half to three miles from Williamsburg; the infantry had not yet joined him. At ha the night at a church about ten miles from Williamsburg, having been delayed by the condition of thand held the junction of the West Point and Williamsburg roads, about three miles from New Kent Courth headquarters were four miles in front of Williamsburg with the regulars, the other four divisions with his regiment, the 5th Pa. Cavalry, at Williamsburg. On the 14th and 15th it rained heavily c except Col. Campbell's, which remained at Williamsburg, we suffered very much during the subsequen[13 more...]
hapter 21: private letters. [May 6 to May 18, 1862. Williamsburg, May 6, 1862. I telegraphed you this morning that wof the conduct of the Army of the Potomac. Telegram--Williamsburg, May 6, 1862, 11 P. M.--The battle of Williamsburg has y is doing very well. Hancock was superb yesterday. Williamsburg, May 6, midnight. . . . Am very tired; had but littot, and will make it as little so as possible. . . . Williamsburg, May 9, 2 P. M . . . I have moved four divisions al the march again; my camp is only about four miles from Williamsburg. The road was so much blocked up with wagons that I di . May 10, Saturday, 11.45 P. M., camp 19 miles from Williamsburg. . . . Am encamped now at an old wooden church, and saw the effect of my presence the other day in front of Williamsburg. The men behaved superbly, and will do better, if possa humbug about my being struck by a piece of a shell at Williamsburg. That reminds me of a joke some of the youngsters play
oint where thenine-mile road comes into the Williamsburg road. On the same day Gen. Heintzelman wvance Casey's division to Fair Oaks, on the Williamsburg road, some three-quarters of a mile in fronllows: Casey's division on the right of the Williamsburg road, at right angles to it, the centre at re approaching in considerable force on the Williamsburg road. At this time Casey's division was diollows: Naglee's brigade extending from the Williamsburg road to the Garnett field, having one regimade to occupy the ground on the left of the Williamsburg road, which had not before been occupied byved rapidly to the front on the left of the Williamsburg road, and succeeded for a time in keeping t formed line of battle on both sides of the Williamsburg road and advanced under a sharp fire from town to Bottom's bridge, and thence over the Williamsburg road to the position near Fair Oaks, a distn advance was an open field, crossed by the Williamsburg road and the railroad, and commanded by a r
to Gen. Sumner, at Allen's farm, and moved Smith's division to Savage's Station. A little after noon Gen. Sumner united his forces with those of Gen. Franklin and assumed command. I had ordered Gen. Heintzelman, with his corps, to hold the Williamsburg road until dark, at a point where were several field-works, and a skirt of timber between these works and the rail-road. Through a misunderstanding of his orders, and being convinced that the troops of Sumner and Franklin at Savage's Statiohe left of the field, where he did excellent service, receiving a wound, but retaining his command. Gen. Hancock's brigade was thrown into the woods on the right and front. At four P. M. the enemy commenced his attack in large force by the Williamsburg road. It was gallantly met by Gen. Burns's brigade, supported and reinforced by two lines in reserve, and finally by the N. Y. 69th, Hazzard's and Pettit's batteries again doing good service. Osborn's and Bramhall's batteries also took part
that all the troops in Virginia are to be placed under my command. Burnside came down to assure me from Halleck that he (H.) is really my friend--qu'il soit! . . . I hope to get everything over to-night, and will be at my old headquarters at Williamsburg to-morrow evening; next day at Yorktown. If all is then quiet I will go thence by water to Fortress Monroe and complete the arrangements for embarking. . . . I took a savage satisfaction in being the last to leave my camp at Berkley yesterday! . . . Aug. 18 P. M., Williamsburg. . . . Am pretty well tired out, for I have been much in the saddle lately, besides having slept very little. . . . I crossed the Chickahominy yesterday and remained there to-day until all the troops had crossed and moved several miles in advance. When I left, the bridge was taken up and nothing but a few worthless stragglers left behind. They will all be brought over to-night, I think; though, so far as they are concerned individually, I would much pr
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