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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Major Andrew Reid Venable, Jr. [from Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch.] (search)
sh undertaking, but the actual cutting out of this immense herd (by official count, two thousand four hundred and eighty-six) was brilliantly accomplished under the very noses of the astounded Federals, and then came the most critical part of the expedition. To round up and bring off such a number of cattle demanded the readiest shrewdness, coolest courage and wariest management. The enemy, after their first overwhelming amazement, recovered their wits; telegraph wires were kept hot from City Point to Grant's front, and very speedily Hampton was so hard pressed by both cavalry and infantry that a less resolute fighter would have abandoned his booty and thought only of escape. But Hampton knew Lee's great need of proper food for the men, and at all times was an officer of prompt resource and most stubborn courage. He placed Venable and Ryal in charge of the escort that was to drive the cattle, and turned about himself to hold the swarming enemy in check, until the cattle might be h
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Story of battle of five Forks. (search)
trusted to the artillery, unsupported. The Confederate lines broken. Fall of A. P. Hill. Before it was light on the morning of the 2d of April, Parke broke through the line near the Appomattox, but was soon driven back at that point. Later he broke through the line near the Plank Road, and after a severe engagement, lasting throughout the day, in which every available man of Gordon's and A. P. Hill's command were used to re-establish the line, Parke, reinforced by the seserves from City Point and troops from Wright and Ord, succeeded in holding on to a small part of the works captured in the morning. In this engagement the brilliant corps commander, General A. P. Hill, was killed, who, during the campaign of ‘64, commanded the right wing of Lee's army and was so successful in defeating all of Grant's efforts. Wright was resisted by but few troops in his assaults upon the rest of the line, and soon swept the line until he connected with Ord, who, likewise meeting with but litt