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ne of battle The left, under Crittenden, crossed next day to the east side of Stone River, while the centre, commanded by Thomas, and the right by McCook, were posted on the west bank of the river. By the plan of the battle agreed upon, McCook was t the enemy in the flank and reverse, the unsupported rebel centre being exposed at the same time to the vigorous blows of Thomas. This well-conceived programme, unfortunately, was unsuccessful, from the failure of McCook to maintain his position oShellmount, and the army, except cavalry, safely crossed the Tennessee in face of the enemy. By the eighth of September, Thomas had moved on Trenton, seizing Frick's and Stevens's Gaps, on the Lookout Mountain. McCook had advanced to Valley Head, and taken Winston's Gap, while Crittenden had crossed to Wauhatchie, communicating on the right with Thomas, and threatened Chattanooga by the pass over the point of Lookout Mountain. The first mountain barrier south of the Tennessee being successful
Grant, Major-General Commanding. From General Thomas. Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 25, 1863--1he twenty-third of October, and found that General Thomas had, immediately on being placed in commanter my arrival at Chattanooga, in company with Thomas and Brigadier-General W. F. Smith, Chief-Engink. U. S. Grant, Major-General. To Major-General George H. Thomas. A copy of these instructions with I send you copy of instructions to Major-General Thomas, for, having been over the ground in peigades of Stanley's division (Fourth corps) of Thomas's army, and Osterhaus's division (Fifteenth co the enemy at dawn of day, and notice that General Thomas would attack in force early in the day. ieve us, thereby rendering the position of General Thomas less secure, I deem it advisable that all respectfully, Your obedient servant, George H. Thomas, Major-General U. S. A. Commanding. ixteenth, 1854, via Calhoun, Tenn.] To General G. H. Thomas, Chattanooga, Tenn.: Loss in Sherida[31 more...]
rsburgh turnpike crosses the Shenandoah, and prevented a raid on Staunton. Averill left five hundred men to hold Imboden there, and pushed on toward Salem. That General could not pursue without uncovering Staunton, the force threatening nearly equalling his own. General Lee was informed of the situation of affairs. Here commences the reign of Major-Generals and military science. Major-General Tubal A. Early came; Major-General Fitz-Hugh Lee came; Brigadier-General Walker came; Brigadier-General Thomas came; their staffs came. They all took a drink. General Early took two. Brigadier-General Wickham came; Colonel Chambliss, commanding a brigade, came. They smiled also. When Averill was opposite Staunton, Fitz Lee was at Fry Depot, on the Virginia Central Railroad, a day's march from that town — a fortunate occurrence, indeed. Every body thought Averill was treed now. Lee was ordered across the Blue Ridge. He passed through Brown's Gap, and struck the valley turnpike at Moun
Doc. 30.-battle at Charlestown, Tenn. General Thomas's report. Chattanooga, December 28, 1863. To Major-General Halleck: Colonel long, of the Fourth Ohio cavalry, commanding the Second division of cavalry, reports from Cahoun, Tennessee, December twenty-eighth: The rebel General Wheeler, with one thousand two hundion at Cleveland, also reports that he was attacked early this morning, December twenty-eighth, by a force of one hundred rebels. He drove them off, however. Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General Commanding. Colonel Laibold's report. camp near Calhoun, December 28, 1863. sir: It affords me great pleasure to report to you thattated to halt on account of the slow progress of the train. In the evening of that day, a flag of truce came into my lines, with despatches to Generals Grant and Thomas, and a mail, and I have no doubt that the bearer of that flag gave information which induced Wheeler to follow my track. The miserable state of the weather and
ttery C First Illinois, forty-eight men battery F Fourth United States artillery, fifty-two men battery K Fifth United States artillery, forty-one men Ninth Ohio Independent, eighty-five men First Michigan engineers, eighty-four men First Missouri engineers. Recapitulation: Fifty-two regiments infantry, two regiments of mounted infantry, eight regiments of cavalry, eleven batteries of artillery, and twenty-four detachments. I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, George H. Thomas, Major-General United States Volunteers, Commanding. table of killed and wounded in the Fourth, Fourteenth, and cavalry corps, army of the Cumberland, at the battle of Buzzard's Roost, near Dalton, Ga., on the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth days of February, 1864: Fourth army corps. Killed: 2 non-commissioned officers, 3 privates; total, 5. Wounded: 1 commissioned officer, 13 non-commissioned officers, 38 privates; total, 52.--Fourteenth army corps. Killed: 3 non-commissioned o
Doc. 44.-rebel barbarities. General Thomas's orders. headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Chattanooga, Tenn., January 6, 1864. General orders, No. 6. it having been reported to these headquarters that, between seven and eight o'clock on the evening of the twenty-third ultimo, within one and a half miles of the village of Mulberry, Lincoln county, Tennessee, a wagon which had become detached from a foraging train belonging to the United States, was attacked by guerrillas, andnited States volunteers, commanding Twelfth army corps, is charged with the execution of this order. The men who committed these murders, if caught, will be summarily executed; and any person executing them will be held guiltless, and will receive the protection of this army; and all persons who are suspected of having aided, abetted, or harbored these guerrillas, will be immediately arrested and tried by military commission. By command of Major-General Thomas. William D. Whipple, A. A. G.
on the march. At Town Creek a lieutenant and two courier stations and five thousand seven hundred dollars in confederate money were captured. This money, it was ascertained, had been sent there for the relief of the families of soldiers. Immediately after the return of the cavalry from Guntersville to Lebanon, General Smith sent the Fifteenth Michigan, mounted infantry, to Rawlinsville, a place fourteen miles to his left, to connect with a force under General Stanley, sent out by General Thomas. Colonel Oliver reached the place without difficulty, but could learn nothing of Stanley's command, and returned. That night it was ascertained from different sources of information — deserters, prisoners, and refugees — that the enemy was preparing to attack him with a superior force. Two regiments of mounted infantry with two field-batteries, which were already moving from Kingston, a large cavalry force under Wheeler and Roddy, estimated at four thousand five hundred, together with
f the eighteenth, waiting to close up when General Thomas is out of the way. His troops marched thed headquarters it was immediately ordered to Thomas. Johnson's and Davis's divisions and one brig near this place, his left connecting with General Thomas's right. The General places your corps o spare as much force as possible to reenforce Thomas. The left must be held at all hazards, even i, secured for me by a written request from General Thomas to General Rosecrans, I was informed for ty the friendly advice of General Rosecrans and Thomas, to demand an investigation, as the only admitor the first time, from a cavalryman, that General Thomas was holding the enemy in check upon the leo General Davis, and hastened back to find General Thomas, if possible, and report for orders. MeetSheridan to pass through Rossville, toward General Thomas's left; while I should proceed to Rossvillwas on the Ringgold and Rossville road, in General Thomas's rear. In view of this new danger, I mar[17 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 91.-General Magruder's orders. (search)
are not to be considered as violations of the assurances held out by this order, and are only here alluded to by the Commanding General to prevent a misinterpretation by his troops, with whom he shall always deal, as he has ever done, with frankness and truth. By command of Major-Gen. J. B. Magruder. E. P. Turner, Assistant Adjutant.-General. headquarters District of Texas, New-Mexico, and Arizona, Houston, Feb. 2, 1864. Special orders, No. 33. VII. It being absolutely necessary to take possession of the cisterns upon Galveston Island for the use of the troops, Mr. Thomas M. League is authorized to take control and possession of all of the said cisterns. He will permit each family to use what may be necessary for their purposes at all times, reserving a sufficient quantity for the troops. The labor necessary to carry water to the commands will be furnished by the Post-Quarter-master. By command of Major-Gen. J. B. Magruder. Edmund P. Turner, Assistant Adjutant-General.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 95.-reconnoissance to Dalton, Ga. (search)
he open ground, not a man was to be seen. Yes, there was one man. As soon as Colonel Harrison had given orders to his men to retire, he himself descended from his horse, and stood there in full view of the enemy until the storm was over. For full fifteen minutes the rebels kept up a furious fire, throwing their missiles clear back to John Smith's house, and even disturbing for a moment the equanimity of our infantry. One of the shells burst so near General Whipple, Chief of Staff to General Thomas, that all who saw it wondered how he escaped with life. Not even his clothes, however, were touched. Would you picture to your mind a view of this somewhat singular battle-field? Imagine yourself, then, at John Smith's house, and looking south. The road passing it runs nearly north and south. Going south a quarter of a mile, you reach the railroad; here the common road turns squarely to the left, and by following a furlong further, you enter the town of Tunnel Hill. To the right
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