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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), General Reynolds' last battle. (search)
hat the day was lost, the positions turned, and stragglers began to pour in from the front, an ambulance started off with Reynolds' body, in charge of his faithful and gallant orderly, and one or two others. Soon after leaving the town behind, Hancock met the little cortege, and it was stopped to give him the last news of the day, while on the arrival at Meade's headquarters, in the midst of sincere expressions of deep sorrow and an overwhelming loss, time was taken to explain to Meade, and Warren, and Hunt, and Williams, and Tyler, all that could serve to explain the actual condition of affairs, the real state of the case, the advantages of the position, the need of troops and the necessity of moving immediately to the front. As Meade went off in that direction, the little group carried on their sacred burden until the railroad was reached. From that point to Baltimore was a comparatively easy journey, and then came the sad, slow move to Philadelphia and Lancaster, where, at las
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), General Meade at Gettysburg. (search)
withdraw to the line he had been intended to occupy, but General Meade replied: You cannot do it. The enemy will not let you get away without a fight. Before he had finished the sentence, his prediction was fulfilled. The enemy opened with artillery from the woods on our left, and the action was begun. Soon large masses of infantry from Longstreet's Corps were thrown upon Sickles, the enemy at the same time sending a heavy force toward Little Round Top, the key to the whole position. General Warren, Meade's chief engineer, was holding this important point, with a few men whom he had collected together. General Meade sent several staff officers to urge forward the column under General Sykes, which was coming up with all possible speed, and which fortunately soon arrived. General Sykes at once threw a strong force upon Round Top, and succeeded in holding it against the enemy's assaults, after a fearful struggle. In the meantime, the attack upon General Sickles was continued wi
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), A campaign with sharpshooters. (search)
n front, while all had occasion to look about very sharply to keep their own brains from being knocked out. The rage after plunder was often fatal to some of our very best men. Some incidents of this passion are worth relating. A sergeant, named Warren, during the day killed a man a short distance in front of his pit, and at night, just before the command was relieved, moved quickly forward and possessed himself of the dead man's effects. It proved to be a rich haul, and next morning the men weeping away their friends, who might have otherwise removed the spoils. The impatience of the sportsmen was too great that night to wait till it was fully dark; they stole off in the gray dusk of the evening, and some of them-among whom was Sergeant Warren-returned no more. We passed, next morning, their bloated corpses, on the very spot where their operations had been so rashly begun. After this occurrence, stringent orders were issued against the practice of going outside of and beyond the
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Lee and Grant in the Wilderness. (search)
r, marched to Ely's ford, while Sedgwick's and Warren's (Sixth and Fifth Corps) moved to Germanna fos of the Union army began to move as ordered. Warren was nearest the Confederates, but he was ignor Crawford's Division-all of Fifth Corps. When Warren's advance up the old pike was arrested, and thss tavern, and each of these generals believed Warren had but a small force in his front, for Generaoffensive. It was under such impressions that Warren received a peremptory order to brush away the battle; and after this failure on the part of Warren to carry out his orders, Hancock, who had move and Sedgwick to take position on the right of Warren. Hancock arrived at three P. M., and formed it, the inference was that he had the better of Warren. There was no communication between Hill's twcock might be relieved by sending a force from Warren's Corps to strike through the forest southwarde 5th, the advance, the Fifth Corps, Major General G. K. Warren commanding, met the enemy outside hi[5 more...]
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The career of General A. P. Hill. (search)
ege, he held the right, or marching, flank of the army, and was constantly engaged. It was his strong hand that sent the Federal columns so often staggering back from their movements against Lee's communications. It was Hill's Corps that rolled Warren's line up like a scroll on the Weldon Railroad. It was I-Hill, with Heth and Wilcox, who overcame that bold Captain Hancock at Reams' Station. It was Hill who, with Mahone's Division, sent Hancock and Warren reeling for support from Hatcher's rWarren reeling for support from Hatcher's run. Everywhere and always, Hill was in the post of danger and won glory. Steadfast, alert, valiant, he never put his harness off, and always wore it well. Through that last winter Hill's face and form became familiar sights to the troops. He was constantly on the lines, riding with firm, graceful seat, looking every inch a soldier. Like General Lee, he was rarely much attended. One staff officer and a single courier formed his usual escort, and often he made the rounds alone. Of ordinar
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Grand movement of the Army of the Potomac- crossing the Rapidan-entering the Wilderness- battle of the Wilderness (search)
ded respectively by Generals W. S. Hancock, G. K. Warren, John Sedgwick and P. H. Sheridan. The artition there and intrenched. Sedgwick followed Warren. He was across the river and in camp on the south bank, on the right of Warren, by sundown. Hancock, with the 2d corps, moved parallel with Warrn to Craig's meeting-house. Sedgwick followed Warren, closing in on his right. The Army of the Pot to move south-westward to join on the left of Warren, his left to reach to Shady Grove Church. dgwick's corps, was ordered to move rapidly by Warren's rear and get on his left. This was the speediest way to reinforce Warren who was confronting the enemy on both the Orange plank and turnpike ronchments if we were not intrenched ourselves. Warren had not yet reached the point where he was to t all hazards until relieved. About this hour Warren was ready, and attacked with favorable though uring the day, and but little firing except in Warren's front; he being directed about noon to make [13 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, After the battle-telegraph and signal service- movement by the left flank (search)
the change to leave Hancock where he is until Warren passes him. He could then follow and become ththe enemy, and was soon followed by Sedgwick. Warren's march carried him immediately behind the wor man to indicate the right road to the head of Warren's column when it should come up, and continuedd must have detained him long enough to enable Warren to reinforce Wilson and hold the town. Andments were not already made-immediately across Warren's front. Warren was not aware of his presenceWarren was not aware of his presence, but probably supposed it was the cavalry which Merritt had engaged earlier in the day. He assaulteock, who was at Todd's Tavern, was notified of Warren's engagement, and was directed to be in readinvision at a time, and of course it failed. Warren's difficulty was twofold: when he received an more earlier start. It took all that time for Warren to get the head of his column to the left of Hke him from the field. As I have before said, Warren was a gallant soldier, an able man; and he wa[4 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Battle of Spottsylvania-Hancock's position-assault of Warren's and Wright's corps-upton promoted on the field-good news from Butler and Sheridan (search)
of Spottsylvania-Hancock's position-assault of Warren's and Wright's corps-upton promoted on the fiending to the Po, Ewell came next, then Early. Warren occupied our right, covering the Brock and otht Hancock's front the latter was ordered up to Warren's right. He formed a line with three divisione of the Po. Gibbon was placed to the right of Warren, and Birney in his rear as a reserve. Barlow'led in this move. Between the lines, where Warren's assault was to take place, there was a ravine also covered with a heavy growth of timber. Warren, before noon, reconnoitred his front twice, thlock in the afternoon the assault was ordered, Warren's and Wright's corps, with Mott's division of ied the best position we could get, in rear of Warren. Warren was repulsed with heavy loss, GeneWarren was repulsed with heavy loss, General J. C. Rice being among the killed. He was not followed, however, by the enemy, and was thereby vision with him. His corps was now joined with Warren's and Wright's in this last assault. It was g[2 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Hancock's assault-losses of the Confederates- promotions recommended-discomfiture of the enemy-ewell's attack-reducing the artillery (search)
e importance of a prompt and vigorous attack. Warren and Wright should hold their corps as close toas ordered to move his command by the rear of Warren and Wright, under cover of night, to Wright's rd vigorously. Hancock was notified of this. Warren and Wright were ordered to hold themselves in the rebel lines. About six o'clock I ordered Warren's corps to the support of Hancock's. Burnside,ne o'clock the next morning. At eight o'clock Warren was ordered up again, but was so slow in makino'clock I gave Meade written orders to relieve Warren from his command if he failed to move promptly that quarter. If the 5th corps, or rather if Warren, had been as prompt as Wright was with the 6th morning he was strongly intrenched in it. Warren's corps was now temporarily broken up, Cutler'on of the President. The night of the 13th Warren and Wright were moved by the rear to the left pport with his brigade (of Griffin's division, Warren's corps), the position was secured and fortifi[4 more...]
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Movement by the left flank-battle of North Anna-an incident of the March-moving on Richmond-South of the Pamunkey-position of the National Army (search)
ily driven away, and several hundred captured. Warren followed on the morning of the 21st, and reachnd to hold Lee, if possible, while Hancock and Warren should get start enough to interpose between h the Telegraph Road and striking Hancock's and Warren's corps, or even Hancock's alone, before reinfrefore, permitted to rest during the 22d. But Warren was pushed to Harris's Store, directly west ofthe 9th corps. U. S. Grant, Lieut.-General Warren's corps was moved from Harris's Store to Jericnight Wright's corps was up ready to reinforce Warren. On the 23d Hancock's corps was moved to te was accurately known, I directed Hancock and Warren each to send a brigade to Ox Ford by the soutGeneral Meade, Commanding A. P. Direct Generals Warren and Wright to withdraw all their teams anountered, but it was speedily driven away. Warren's and Wright's corps were moved by the rear of held the rifle-pits. While this was going on Warren got his men up, repulsed Early, and drove him [11 more...]
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