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sions were soon added the Third, commanded by General Lew Wallace, with Colonels Cruft and Thayer as brigade coand occupied the Federal right, Smith the left, and Wallace the centre. It is extremely difficult to arrive0,000 strong or more. These were assigned to General Lew Wallace, who had also brought over the troops from Foas McClernand's messages became more urgent, General Lew Wallace, commanding the central division, finding hime did somewhat broken, but in good order. General Lew Wallace says, in his report: Soon fugitives froon by the right flank. He promptly obeyed. General Wallace acted with vigor and decision. Meeting McClernayer's brigade formed, under the direction of General Lew Wallace, as described, at right angles to the intrencfield, and, after holding at bay for an hour or two Wallace's division, with the remnants of McClernand's, sloweed to the heavy firing on his right, which, like Lew Wallace, he mistook for an attack by McClernand. As he r
as reported to him, with wonderful exaggerations of the Confederate strength-100,000, 200,000 men-he determined to mass Buell and Grant against the army at that point; and Buell was ordered, March 15th, to unite his forces with Grant's, a movement previously suggested by him. Meanwhile, the expedition up the Tennessee was begun by C. F. Smith, on the 10th of March, with a new division under Sherman in advance. On the 13th of March, Smith assembled four divisions-Sherman's, Hurlbut's, Lew Wallace's, and W. H. L. Wallace's, at Savannah, on the right bank of the Tennessee, at its Great Bend. Smith at once sent Sherman with his division, escorted by two gunboats, to land below Eastport and make a break in the Memphis & Charleston Railroad between Tuscumbia and Corinth. Sherman, finding a Confederate battery at Eastport, disembarked below at the mouth of the Yellow River, and started for Burnsville; but, becoming discouraged at the continued rains, the swollen streams, the bad roads
position, as the left wing of Polk's corps, as early as some other divisions whose presence was necessary to the attack. These movements were construed by General Lew Wallace as a reconnaissance in force against his own division at Crump's Landing, and held him in check during the 5th and the 6th, the first day of the battle. pliment to the generalship of either Grant or Sherman to believe them aware of the presence of the Confederate army in their front on the 5th. Else why was General Lew Wallace with 7,500 men kept at Crump's Landing, and Nelson and Crittenden's divisions-14,000 men-left at Savannah? Why the calm of Saturday and the confusion of Suor very obtuse angle extending from where the Purdy road crossed Owl Creek to the ford near the mouth of Lick Creek, which was guarded by Stuart's brigade. General Lew Wallace's division was five or six miles distant, with one brigade at Crump's Landing, and the other two on the Adamsville road, with intervals of some two miles, i
falls back. the combat. the Hornet's nest. Wallace and Prentiss. Gibson's assaults. Anderson's Grant stopped at Crump's Landing, to order Lew Wallace to hold himself in readiness to march on PiThis position of the Federals was occupied by Wallace's division, and perhaps by the remains of Preed; but maintained its ground steadily, until Wallace's position was turned, when, again renewing in a death-grapple with the sturdy commands of Wallace and Prentiss. The Federal generals had consufusion of the enemy and then in the defeat of Wallace and the surrender of Prentiss. Patton Anderscy of his adversaries. With Hurlbut gone and Wallace gone, Prentiss was left isolated. Struck in t or Blucher would come! Oh, that night or Lew Wallace would come! Nelson's division of General Bto do us much good. We didn't yet know why Lew Wallace wasn't on the ground. In the justice of o that series of attacks by which the lines of Wallace and Prentiss were crushed, and hence, though[8 more...]
's defense at Shiloh Church. Bragg resists Lew Wallace. the Kentucky brigade. Beauregard retreatse by an army in the face of the enemy. Lew Wallace's division, 8,000 strong, came marching up then McCook. The interval between McCook and Wallace was occupied by such commands of Grant's armynot have been more than 5,000, exclusive of Lew Wallace's division. That number may have been sligfield at nightfall on the 6th, exclusive of Lew Wallace's division, say 8,500 men, that only came uhad a general supervision of Grant's troops. Wallace's, Prentiss's, and Hurlbut's divisions, had a movement on the Federal right conducted by Lew Wallace, in conjunction with Sherman's division, waparatively slow, as has been stated already. Wallace began skirmishing at daylight, simultaneouslysuffered less than the defensive lines. General Wallace was killed. General Grant is said to hav25,000 strong, including all arms. Also General L. Wallace's division of General Grant's army, maki[4 more...]
l, Sidney Johnston, with all the energy of his nature, was pressing on the routed foe. Crouching under the bank of the Tennessee River, Grant was helpless. One short hour more of life to Johnston would have completed his destruction. The second in command-Beauregard — was on another and distant part of the field, and, before he could gather the reins of direction, darkness fell and stopped the pursuit. During the night Buell reached the northern bank of the river and crossed his troops. Wallace, with a fresh division from below, got up. Together they advanced in the morning, found the Confederates rioting in the plunder of captured camps, and drove them back with loss. But all this was as nothing compared with the calamity of Johnston's death. Educated at West Point, Johnston remained in the United States Army for eight years, and acquired a thorough knowledge of the details of military duty. Resigning to aid the cause of the infant Republic of Texas, he became her adjutant-ge
resumed from this, however, that the subject of our raillery holds his tongue all the time. On the contrary, he expresses the liveliest contempt for the opinions of his colleagues of the courtmartial, and professes to think if it were not for the aid which the Nation receives from his countrymen, the Wisconsins, the effort to restore the Union would be an utter failure. Bassay's restaurant is a famous resort for military gentlemen. Major-General Hamilton just now took dinner; Major-General Lew Wallace, Brigadier-Generals Tyler and Schoepf, and Major Donn Piatt occupy rooms on the floor above us, and take their meals here; so that we move in the vicinity of the most illustrious of men. We are hardly prepared now to say that we are on intimate terms with the gentlemen who bear these historic names; but we are at least allowed to look at them from a respectful distance. A few years hence, when they are so far away as to make contradiction improbable, if not impossible, we may clai
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Jackson at Harper's Ferry in 1861. (search)
ed in command of all the Virginia forces by the governor, and by an ordinance every militia officer in the State above the rank of captain had been decapitated, and the governor and his military council had been authorized to fill vacancies thus created. Harper's Ferry, from the Maryland side. The railway bridge was destroyed by the Confederates on the 13th of June, 1861. Two days later, on the approach of Union forces under General Robert Patterson, near Williamsport, and under Colonel Lew Wallace at Romney (see footnote page 127), General Joseph E. Johnston (who had succeeded Colonel Jackson in command on the 23d of May), considering the position untenable, withdrew the Confederate army to Winchester. This was a disastrous blow to the pomp and circumstance of glorious war at Harper's Ferry. Militia generals and the brilliant staff were stricken down, and their functions devolved, according to Governor Letcher's order of April 27th, upon Thomas J. Jackson, colonel commandant,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., McClellan in West Virginia. (search)
forces occupied Philippi. The telegraphic reports had put the Confederate force at 2000 and their loss at 15 Major-General Lew Wallace. the 11th Indiana Zouaves, Colonel Lew Wallace, passed through Cincinnati June 7th on their way to the frontColonel Lew Wallace, passed through Cincinnati June 7th on their way to the front. They belonged to General Morris's first Indiana Brigade (which also included the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Indiana regiments), but were placed on detached service at Cumberland, on the Potomac. Under instructions from General Robert Patterson, Colonel Wallace led an expedition against a force of about five hundred Confederates at Romney, which influenced General J. E. Johnston in his decision to evacuate Harper's Ferry (see note, page 120). in his report of the Romney engagement ColonelColonel Wallace says: I left Cumberland at 10 o'clock on the night of the 12th June with 8 companies, in all about 500 men, and by railway went to New Creek station, 21 miles distant. A little after 4 o'clock I started my men across the mountains, 23 m
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., The capture of Fort Donelson. (search)
The capture of Fort Donelson. Lew Wallace, Major-General, U. S. V. The village of Dover was-and for that matter yet is-what our English cousins would call the shiretown of the county of Stewart, Tennessee. In 1860 it was a village unknown to fame, meager in population, architecturally poor. There was a court-house in the place, and a tavern, remembered now as double-storied, unpainted, and with windows of eight-by-ten glass, which, if the panes may be likened to eyes, were both squint and cataractous. Looking through them gave the street outside the appearance of a sedgy slough of yellow backwater. The entertainment furnished man and beast was good of the kind; though at the time mentioned a sleepy traveler, especially if he were of the North, might have been somewhat vexed by the explosions which spiced the good things of a debating society that nightly took possession of the bar-room, to discuss the relative fighting qualities of the opposing sections. If there was a l
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