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had not been duly advised of these changes in Gregg's and Merritt's orders, and for a time I had fears for the safety of Wilson, but while he was preparing to move on to form his junction with Gregg and Merritt at Snell's bridge, the advance of Andes to enable our infantry to reach Spottsylvania first, and thus force Lee to take up a line behind the Po. I had directed Wilson to move from the left by the Gate through Spottsylvania to Snell's bridge, while Gregg and Merritt were to advance to theue, he himself had ordered it there without my knowledge. I also told him that he had broken up my combinations, exposed Wilson's division to disaster, and kept Gregg unnecessarily idle, and further, repelled his insinuations by saying that such disen were distributed, and half rations of grain for one day were doled out for the horses. I sent for Gregg, Merritt, and Wilson and communicated the order to them, saying at the same time, We are going out to fight Stuart's cavalry in consequence of
North Anna at Anderson's ford, while Gregg and Wilson encamped on the north side, having engaged theAnna. On the morning of the 10th Gregg and Wilson, while crossing the North Anna, were again attthe east of the pike, and I quickly brought up Wilson and one of Gregg's brigades to take advantage m behind their works at Richmond, and attacked Wilson and Gregg. Wilson's troops were driven back iWilson's troops were driven back in some confusion at first; but Gregg, in anticipation of attack, had hidden a heavy line of dismount the enemy to falter, and while still wavering Wilson rallied his men, and turning some of them agai the afternoon I crossed the Chickahominy with Wilson and Gregg, but when we overtook Merritt he had that place; at the same time I sent Gregg and Wilson to Cold Harbor, to demonstrate in the directioridge was made practicable. On the 22d Gregg, Wilson, and Custer returned. The latter had gone on h side of the Chickahominy, but the failure of Wilson's column to get possession of the outwork whic[4 more...]
Chapter XX General Wilson's advance toward Hanover Court House crossing the Pamunkey ehe fight to retain the place movements of General Wilson. When I rejoined the Army of the Potomaecution. In conjunction with these manoeuvres Wilson's division was sent to the right flank of the rossing the former stream near Jericho Mills. Wilson was to operate from day to day on that flank a. From the 26th to the 30th these duties kept Wilson constantly occupied, and also necessitated a ct as this had been done, a little before dark, Wilson received an order from General Meade directingream. Chapman having succeeded in this work, Wilson re-united his whole command and endeavored to 2d of June he moved to Hawe's Shop. While Wilson was operating thus on the right, I had to cove until the 6th of June. As before related, Wilson's division struck the enemy's infantry as welluth Anna, which was his part of the programme, Wilson found it necessary to return to Price's Store.
eneral Humphreys informed him it would be, but Wilson is in error when he intimates that he was assutotally in the dark as to what was expected of Wilson, though it seems, from some correspondence betver saw till after the war, that Grant thought Wilson could rely on Hampton's absence from his fieldut on his left flank immediately on hearing of Wilson's mishap, but I was too late to render any material assistance, Wilson having already disappeared, followed by the enemy. However, I at once sents to gather information, and soon learned that Wilson had got safe across the Nottoway at Peter's Map: Third expedition. Gen. Wilson's raid to Roanoke Station. bridge and was making for the armyrant as equivalent for the losses sustained in Wilson's defeat, for the wrecking of the railroads anhe swamps of Hatcher's Run and Rowanty Creek. Wilson's retreat from the perilous situation at Ream'he Army of the Potomac. When the safety of Wilson's command was assured, I was ordered back to L[4 more...]