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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 18: Lee's invasion of Maryland, and his retreat toward Richmond. (search)
inguished rebel, of The Humbug of the Confederacy. In pursuance of McClellan's instructions, Franklin appeared at Burkittsville, before Crampton's Pass, at noon on the 14th, Sept. 1862. on the road leading to Rohersville in Pleasant Valley, back of Maryland Heights, with a fine body of troops from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He formed a line of battle with Slocum's division on the right of the road running through the Gap, and Smith's on the left. The brigades of Bartlett and Torbett, of Slocum's force, supported by Newton, advanced steadily upon Cobb at the base of the mountain, driving him from his stone-wall defenses up the acclivity. On the left, the brigades of Brooks and Irwin, of Smith's division, charged up the mountain in the same manner. After a struggle of several hours, in which the Nationals had much the superiority in numbers, the latter gained the crest of the Pass, and the Confederates fled down the western side of the mountain. Franklin's loss was
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
ollowed in double columns, flanking the Berryville turnpike, with its artillery and wagon-train moving along that highway. The Nineteenth Corps, under General Emory, followed in the same order, it being the intention of Sheridan to have his whole force across the Opequan before Early could bring back his troops from Bunker's Hill to his endangered right. Crook's (Eighth) corps, then in the vicinity of Summit Point, was ordered to join the main forces at the Opequan ford, while Averill and Torbett were to make demonstrations on the Confederate left. Wilson crossed the Opequan at daybreak, and moved swiftly along the pike, which passed through a narrow mountain gorge, charging upon and The Opequan Ford of the Berryville turnpike. sweeping away all opposers, and securing a space within two miles of Winchester, for the deployment of the army. He was closely followed by the Sixth Corps; but the Nineteenth was so delayed by the wagon-train of the former, that the battle-line was no
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
lar to that at Turner's Gap, and the operations were of a like kind. Forming his troops with Slocum's division on the right of the road and Smith's on the left, Franklin advanced his line, driving the Confederates from their position at the base of the mountain, where they were protected by a stone wall, and forced them back up the slope of the mountain to near its summit, where, after an action of three hours, the crest was carried. Slocum's line, on the right, formed of Bartlett's and Torbett's brigades, supported by Newton, carried the crest. Smith's line, formed of Brooks' and Irwin's brigades, was disposed for the protection of Slocum's flank, and charged up the mountain simultaneously. The brunt of the action fell upon Bartlett's command. Four hundred prisoners, seven hundred stand of arms, one piece of artillery, and three colors were captured in this spirited action. Franklin's total loss was five hundred and thirty-two, and the corps rested on its arms, with its advanc
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 11 (search)
h convinced. Then, as in the Wilderness, he began a movement to turn the position by a flank march. This is an operation usually accounted very hazardous in the presence of a vigilant enemy. Nevertheless, it was conducted with great precision and skill and complete success. First of all, Hancock's corps, taken from the right of the army, moved on the night of the 20th May, behind the cover of the remaining corps, eastward to Massaponax Church. Thence, heading southward, and preceded by Torbett's cavalry division, Hancock, on the following day, pushed his advance to Milford Station, on the Fredericksburg and Richmond Railroad, seventeen miles south of his point of starting. The cavalry in advance, with much address, dislodged a hostile force holding the bridge across the Mattapony near this point, It happened that a Confederate brigade, under Kemper, on its way from Richmond to Spottsylvania to re-enforce Lee, had reached this point and taken up a position on the right bank of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Tarheels' thin Gray line. (search)
t I don't know how to help it. I do the best I can. How many Yankee cavalry do you think you are good for? Well, said he, I've got 800 muskets present for duty. By a week's time, as the boys get back from the hospital, I'll have 1,000. Well, with 1,000 muskets, I think I can take care of 5,000 Yanks on horseback. All right, said I, wait and see. I hope you can. So I got my breakfast and went off, mightily tickled at the conceit of the Tarheel, for Sheridan's cavalry, with Custer, Torbett and Devens, were about as good soldiers as ever took horse or drew sabre. We had drilled them so that in three years we had taught them to ride. They were always drilling enough to fight, and they learned the use of the sabre from necessity. Well, things went on as usual. Every morning Sheridan would send a regiment out to feel Early, to drive in his pickets, so as to make sure where he was and to know where to find him, and every morning I'd ride over to the Berryville road, re-estab
Third day. Richmond, July 26, 1861. The Convention reassembled this day.--The Minutes of yesterday were read and confirmed. Pursuant to notice, Mr. Torbett, of Tennessee, offered the following preamble and resolutions, which he desired should lay on the table for future discussion. Whereas, It is, in the opinion of this Convention, the duty, and we hope the desire, of all the Banks in the Confederate States to give their concentrated credit to the use of the Government; and believing that this can be most effectually done by all agreeing to receive the Government Treasury notes on deposit, and in payment of debts due the Banks, and pay out the same to their customers; and this Convention representing nearly all the banking interests of the States, with the exception of our sister State Louisiana, have determined upon and adopted the aforesaid policy; and, whereas, it is understood that the Banks of Louisiana are willing to co-operate with those of her sister States
The Daily Dispatch: April 18, 1864., [Electronic resource], Yankee vessel Blown up by a Torpedo. (search)
eans, and Pierre C. Dagan, condemned to be hung as rebel spies. The very Latest. The Baltimore Gazettes, of the 14th, was received Saturday. Gold opened at the First Board, New York Exchange, on the 13th, at 175½. The quotation at the Second Board was 177¼, and at 4 o'clock 178½. A telegram from New York says; "Gold closed at one hundred and seventy nine!" The following is a summary of the general news: The Army of the Potomac is actively preparing for the new campaign. Brig. Gen. Torbett has been assigned to the command of the First Division Cavalry Corps, and Gen. Wilson is to relieve Gen. Gregg in command of the Second Division of Cavalry. All mounted men on duty at brigade and division headquarters have been sent back to their respective regiments. Scouts report that Long street, with the greater part of his army, has reached Richmond. It is reported, on what is said to be good authority, that all the officers in the army of Gen. Lee were ordered to send thei
The Daily Dispatch: May 10, 1864., [Electronic resource], The movement on Richmond--two more Repulses of the enemy by Gen Lee — affairs on the Southside — feint at Drewry's Bluff — fight expected near Petersburg Today — the Central Railroad Tapped, &c, &c. (search)
nt on Richmond--two more Repulses of the enemy by Gen Lee — affairs on the Southside — feint at Drewry's Bluff — fight expected near Petersburg Today — the Central Railroad Tapped, &c, &c. The only late news of the operations of the army of Gen. Lee are contained in the following dispatches from him received at the War Department: Near Spotsylvania C H, 2.30 P M, May 8th, via Orange C H. To Hon. Jas. A. Seddon: After a sharp encounter with the 5th army corps, (Warren's,) and Torbett's division of cavalry, Gen. R. H. Anderson, with the advance of the army, repulsed the enemy with heavy slaughter, and took possession of the Court-House. I am the more grateful to the Giver of all factory that our loss is small. R E Lee, Gen. Headq'rs army Northern Va., May 8th, 1864--9 P. M. Hon. Secretary of War: After the repulse of the enemy from Spotsylvania Court-House this morning, receiving reinforcements, he renewed the attack to our position, but was again handsom
s drove the enemy out of a strongly entrenched skirmish line, and holds it. The losses are not reported. Burnside's whole corps got across the Totopotomy creek, last evening, and is in full connection with Warren's. The left of Hancock's rests upon this side of the creek. The 6th corps is upon Hancock's right, and threatens the left flank of the enemy. Smith ought to arrive at New Castle by noon, whence he can support Warren and Burnside, if necessary. Sheridan, with Gregg's and Torbett's divisions of cavalry, is on our left flank. Wilson is on the left and rear for purposes reported in a former dispatch. The country thereabout is thickly wooded with pines, with few good openings. The indications this morning are that the enemy has fallen back south of Chickahominy. Nothing of later date has been received by this Department. Edwin M Stanton, Secretary of War. The Presidential question in the United States. The Convention of "Red" Republican
rom Grant, will doubtless make it at least five times that number. The Petersburg train last evening brought over fifty prisoners, twenty-eight of whom, we understand, were captured by the military on the Southside Railroad, and a portion of the residue were deserters. cavalry achievement--de raiders — capture prisoners, Stc. We have received the particulars of a very handsome achievement of Hampton's cavalry in Charles City county, on Friday last. It appears that Gregg's and Torbett's divisions of Sheridan's Yankee cavalry (the latter commanded by Gen Custar) advanced on Thursday evening from the Chickahominy to Samaria Church, near Nance's Shop.--General Hampton, observing this movement, allowed them to get in his rear, and on Friday morning it was discovered that they had thrown up two lines of breastworks. Now was Hampton's opportunity, and he accordingly took advantage of it, with what success the sequel will show. By a well executed flank movement, he succeeded
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