rant now took the matter in hand with his accustomed vigor.
Darkness had set in, but the firing still continued.
Aides came galloping in from the right, laboring under intense excitement, talking wildly, and giving the most exaggerated reports of the engagement.
Some declared that a large force had broken and scattered Sedgwick's entire corps.
Others insisted that the enemy had turned our right completely, and captured the wagon-train.
It was asserted at one time that both Sedgwick and Wright had been captured.
Such tales of disaster would have been enough to inspire serious apprehension in daylight and under ordinary circumstances.
In the darkness of the night, in the gloom of a tangled forest, and after men's nerves had been racked by the strain of a two days desperate battle, the most immovable commander might have been shaken.
But it was in just such sudden emergencies that General Grant was always at his best.
Without the change of a muscle of his face, or the slightest
He was always spoken of familiarly as Uncle John, and the news of his death fell upon his comrades with a sense of grief akin to the sorrow of a personal bereavement.
I rode off at once to bear the sad intelligence to the general-in-chief.
For a few moments he could scarcely realize it, and twice asked, Is he really dead?
The shock was severe, and he could ill conceal the depth of his grief.
He said: His loss to this army is greater than the loss of a whole division of troops.
General Wright was at once placed in command of the Sixth Corps.
At daylight on May 9 Burnside had moved down the road from Fredericksburg, crossed the Ny, driven back a force of the enemy, and finally reached a position within less than two miles of Spottsylvania.
By noon it was found that the Confederate army occupied an almost continuous line in front of Spottsylvania, in the form of a semicircle, with the convex side facing north.
The demonstrations made by Lee, and the strengthening of his
ach time repulsed the enemy.
The losses on both sides were heavy.
Wright had formed an assaulting force of twelve regiments, and placed Colonel Emory Upton in command.
At 4 P. M. Wright, Warren, and Mott moved their commands forward, and a fierce struggle ensued.
Warren was repulncock with all possible secrecy under cover of night to the left of Wright, and to make a vigorous assault on the angle at dawn the next morning.
Warren and Wright were ordered to hold their corps as close to the enemy as possible, and to take advantage of any diversion caused by th Burnside this news with a message saying, Push on with all vigor.
Wright's corps was now ordered to attack on the right of Hancock.
Before g all the terrific struggle that followed.
By six o'clock A. M. Wright was on that portion of the field, and his men were placed on the riite their well-directed efforts they failed to recapture the line.
Wright was wounded early in the fight, but refused to leave the field.
d the following promotions: Meade and Sherman to be major-generals, and Hancock a brigadier-general, in the regular army; Wright and Gibbon to be major-generals of volunteers; and Carroll, Upton, and McCandless to be brigadier-generals in that servi last few days.
He replied, About eight or nine hundred men.
It was soon decided to let him make the attempt, and General Wright, who was supervising the movement, gave Upton orders to start forward at once and seize the position.
Upton put his
General Meade sent him the following despatch: I thank you and Ayres for taking the hill.
It was handsomely done.
General Wright then moved forward two brigades to relieve Ayres.
This was the only fighting on that day.
While riding about theenemy had depleted the troops on his left in order to strengthen his right wing, and on the night of the 17th Hancock and Wright were ordered to assault Lee's left the next morning, directing their attack against the second line he had taken up in re
out for Milford Station, a distance of about twenty miles, to take up a position on the south bank of the Mattapony.
Guiney's Station was reached the next morning, after a night march of eight miles. Hancock's advance crossed the Mattapony at noon and intrenched its position.
At ten o'clock that morning Warren had moved south, and that night he reached the vicinity of Guiney's Station.
Burnside put his corps in motion as soon as the road was clear of Hancock's troops, and was followed by Wright.
Generals Grant and Meade, with their staffs, took up their march on May 21, following the road taken by Hancock's corps, and late in the afternoon reached Guiney's Station.
Our vigilant signal-officers, who had made every effort to read the enemy's signals, now succeeded in deciphering an important despatch, from which it was learned that Lee had discovered the movement that our forces were making.
Hancock was now many miles in advance, and the head of Warren's corps was a considerabl
a mile and a half apart.
Hancock marched to the Telegraph-road bridge, Burnside to Ox Ford, and Warren to Jericho Ford.
Wright followed Warren; Burnside's corps used plantation roads which ran between the main roads which had been taken by the corpWarren's line before his troops were all in position, and forced it back some distance; but the enemy was soon repulsed.
Wright's corps was moved up to support Warren, but it was not deemed necessary to send it across the river until the next morninion by directing me to cross the river and superintend this operation.
I went with a portion of Russell's division of Wright's corps, which began the work of destruction at a point on the railroad about eight hundred yards from the enemy's extremre used so effectively that my fever was soon forced to beat a retreat.
As soon as it was dark the other divisions of Wright's corps had begun the recrossing of the river.
This corps followed the route which had been taken by Russell's division,
ps had made a good march, and soon after midday on May 28, Wright, Hancock, and Warren had crossed the river and gone into peen our army and Richmond.
On the morning of the 29th, Wright, Hancock, and Warren were directed to moye forward and makas marched off to join the other prisoners.
On May 30, Wright, Hancock, and Warren engaged the enemy in their respectiver the possession of Cold Harbor, General Grant had ordered Wright's corps to make a night march and move to Sheridan's reliee more recoiled before Sheridan's well-delivered volleys.
Wright had been instructed to arrive at daylight, but the night mthree o'clock in the afternoon of June 1.
At five o'clock Wright's and Smith's commands advanced and captured the earthworkal features of the topography.
About noon they stopped at Wright's headquarters, and the commander of the Sixth Corps gaven the line of march were a great boon to the wounded.
General Wright had assumed command of the Sixth Corps at a critical p
Our troops were disposed as follows: Hancock on the extreme left, Wright next, then Smith and Warren, with Burnside on the extreme right.
Everythingourage is more than heroic — it is sublime.
At 4:30 A. M., June 3, Hancock, Wright, and Smith moved forward promptly to the attack.
Hancock's troops struck a saland scattered to hold their position, and they were compelled to fall back.
Wright's corps had moved forward, and carried the rifle-pits in its front, and then asline had to be readjusted at close quarters, and the same cross-fire from which Wright had suffered made further advances extremely hazardous.
Smith now reported thaspot.
Hancock now reported that the position in his front could not be taken.
Wright stated that a lodgment might be made in his front, but that nothing would be gahe enemy out of the intrenchments of Richmond than to have them go back there.
Wright and Hancock should be ready to assault in case the enemy should break through G
Warren had kept close to the cavalry, and on the morning of the 13th his whole corps had crossed the bridge.
Hancock's corps followed.
Burnside set out on the road to Jones's Bridge, twenty miles below Cold Harbor, and was followed by Wright.
Cavalry covered the rear.
Warren moved out some distance on the Long Bridge road, so as to watch the routes leading toward Richmond and hold the bridge across the White Oak Swamp.
He was to make demonstrations which were intended to deceive Lng he reached Wilcox's Landing, and went into camp on the north bank of the James, at the point where the crossing was to take place.
Hancock's corps made a forced march, and reached the river at Wilcox's Landing on the afternoon of June 13.
Wright's and Burnside's corps arrived there the next day. Warren's corps withdrew on the night of the 13th from the position to which it had advanced, and reached the James on the afternoon of the 14th.
The several corps had moved by forced marches ove
the design of cutting off Lee's communications in that direction.
Wright's entire corps had been sent back from Butler's front to the Army oom right to left of the line: Burnside, Warren, Birney (Hancock's), Wright.
On the morning of June 22, Wright's and Birney's corps moved wWright's and Birney's corps moved westward with a view to crossing the Weldon Railroad and swinging around to the left; but they were vigorously attacked and forced back some diening, but nothing important was gained.
On June 23, Birney and Wright again moved out. There was great difficulty in preserving the alinet process.
About four o'clock in the afternoon, while a portion of Wright's troops were at work destroying the Weldon Railroad, a large forceDarkness soon came on, and nothing of importance was accomplished.
Wright was now given authority to withdraw his corps to the position occuprant felt anxious about the fate of the cavalry and the progress of Wright's corps, which had been sent to Reams's Station to Wilson's relief,