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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 1: operations in Virginia.--battle of Chancellorsville.--siege of Suffolk. (search)
ay at Ashland, where he intercepted an ambulance train filled with wounded soldiers from Chancellorsville. These were paroled. Then the road and other railway property was destroyed there, when Davis pushed on to Hanover Court-House, on the Virginia Central railway, swept away the depot by fire, and tore up the track in that vicinity. He then followed the line of the road to within seven miles of Richmond, when he inclined to the left and started for Williamsburg. Near the site of the White House See page 886, volume II. he met and skirmished with Confederate cavalry, and being repulsed, he inclined still more to the left, crossed the Pamunkey and Mattapony, and reached Gloucester Point without further interruption. Gregg and Buford had, meanwhile, been raiding in the neighborhood of the South Anna, closely watched by Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee. They burnt — the bridges in their march. Dashing upon Hanover Junction, they destroyed the railway property there, and damaged the roa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 3: political affairs.--Riots in New York.--Morgan's raid North of the Ohio. (search)
a demonstration on Richmond, then held by a few troops under Henry A. Wise. Colonel Spear, with his Eleventh Pennsylvania and detachments of Massachusetts and Illinois cavalry, about one thousand strong, made a sudden dash June 25, 1868. upon White House, See page 886, volume II. drove the Confederates from the post, and pushed on to a point within ten miles of Richmond, alarming Wise, the citizens, and the Confederate authorities to such a degree, that orders were issued for the closing ofves in defense of their homes. Turning northward, Spear galloped to Hanover Court-House and beyond, destroying the railway and capturing General W. H. F. Lee, wounded at Beverly Ford. Then sweeping through King William County, he returned to White House, then held by Keyes; who, on the 1st of July, moved five or six thousand troops toward the Chickahominy, under General Gettys, with fifteen hundred cavalry in advance, with orders to push on north of Richmond, destroy the railway bridge over t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
d require fewer lives and less treasure than feeble blows, which would wound, but not destroy. Knowing these to be the views of the new General-in-Chief, expressed by his actions, his appointment gave general satisfaction and hope to the loyal people. The President immediately summoned the Lieutenant-General to Washington. He arrived there on the afternoon of the 8th of March, and on the following day March 9. he and Mr. Lincoln met, for the first time, in the Cabinet chamber of the White House. There, in the presence of the entire Cabinet, General Halleck, General Rawlins (Grant's chief of staff), and Colonel Comstock, his chief engineer, Owen Lovejoy, a member of Congress, and Mr. Nicolay, the President's private secretary, the Lieutenant-General received his commission from the Chief Magistrate, when the two principal actors in the august scene exchanged a few words appropriate to the occasion. The President said: General Grant, as an evidence of the nation's appreciation
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
he wearied troopers were falling into needed slumber, they were called to action by the summons of a two-gun battery that opened upon them, followed by a sharp charge. The assailants were quickly repulsed, but it being evident that little repose could be obtained there, Kilpatrick's column moved on, crossed the Chickahominy, and pushed for the Pamunkey. There were no means at hand for passing over that stream, so the raiders moved across the Richmond and York River railway, not far from White House, where they met a force coming up from New Kent Court-House, which General Butler had sent to the aid of Kilpatrick. These consisted of a brigade of colored infantry, 2,000 strong, under Colonel Dunkin, 800 cavalry, under Colonel Spear, and Belger's Rhode Island Battery. Thus far Kilpatrick had been pretty hotly pursued by the Confederates, with whom he skirmished frequently, but now the chase was at an end. He had lost about one hundred and fifty men during the raid, and gained five h
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
worship, and wherever they may be, unite in common thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God. At the National Capital the excitement on that day was intense, and the loyal people went by thousands in a procession, with music and banners, to the White House, to congratulate the President. Then came Grant's dispatch, May 11. declaring that he proposed to fight it out on that line if it took all summer, to which were added Meade's congratulatory address on the 13th, and cheering dispatches from Gve the foe on his front, when he destroyed the railway bridge there, and then pushed on southward to Haxhall's Landing, May 14, 1864. on the James River, where he rested three days and Philip H. Sheridan. procured supplies. Then, by way of White House and Hanover Court-House, he leisurely returned to the Army of the Potomac, which he rejoined on the 25th of May. Before proceeding to follow the Army of the Potomac further in its advance toward Richmond, let us see what had been doing for
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
the Army of the Potomac an admirable water base of supplies, at White House. The chief base of the army, while it was at Spottsylvania Cosouth of the Pamunkey, and in communication with its new base at White House. Grant's movement summoned Lee to another compulsory abandonmee note 2, page 886, volume II. where roads leading to Richmond, White House, and other points diverged. That important point was seized by thousand in number, which had been taken in transports around to White House. The two armies were now upon the old battle-field of Lee and Ms the firm occupation of Cool Arbor, which commanded the road to White House, and was the chosen place from which to force a passage of the Ce lower crossings of the Chickahominy, and covering the roads to White House. Orders had been given for a general assault along the whole lievery thing was in readiness for the army to move to the James. White House was abandoned as a base of supplies; the rails and ties of the Y
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
vigilant Confederates had burned it; also one at Hardwicksville. The rains had made the River so full that Sheridan's pontoons could not span it, and he was compelled to choose whether to return to Winchester, or to pass behind Lee's Army to White House, and thence to the Army of the James, on Grant's right. He chose the latter course, and proceeding eastward, destroyed the James River canal, then the chief channel of supplies for Richmond, to Columbia, and making a General destruction of brnflicting a more fatal blow upon the Confederate cause than any victories on the sea-board, or in the interior, during the last campaign. Having done the work thoroughly, which he was appointed to do, he swept around by the Pamunkey River and White House, and joined the besieging Army on the 26th of March. He had swept out of existence the Confederate power northward of Richmond. He had disabled full two hundred miles of railway, destroyed a vast number of bridges, and great quantities of st
's expedition against, 3.391. West Point, Va., occupation of by Gen. Franklin, 2.385; skirmish at, 2.385. West Virginia, erection of the new State of, 1.492; troops ordered to, 1.493; military movements in, 1.493-1.497; military operations in under Averill, 3.112. Wyer's Cave, Va., the author's visit to in 1866, 2.400. Wheeler, Gen., attempts to recapture Fort Donelson, 3.116; destructive raid of on Rosecrans's communications, 3.150. Wheeling, Union convention at, 1.489. White House, Va., McClellan's Headquarters at, 2.386; destruction of, 2.425. White Oak Swamp Bridge, battle at, 2.429. White River, capture of Confederate posts on, 2.582. White Sulphur Springs, cavalry fight near, 3.112. Wigfall, Senator, treasonable speeches of in the Senate, 1.81, 84.; at Fort Sumter, 1.327. Wilcox, Richard, a loyal spy at Pensacola, 1.367. Wilderness, battle of the, 3.298-3.303; visit of the author to the battle-field of the, 3.811. Wilkes, Captain, Charles,