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l Wyndham, struck his main body, and the play began. A section of artillery, supported by the First Maryland cavalry, was instantly thrown to the front and placed in position. As soon as his regiment was formed Major Russell, First Maryland cavalry, led his second squadron to the charge. He routed the enemy's advance, sent it flying over fields and roads, captured an ambulance — which was afterward found to contain a major and all General Stuart's plans and, letters of instruction from General Lee--drove the enemy before him down the Culpeper road, and, alas! charged too far. Before he could rally his men and bring them back, the enemy had brought up two regiments and cut him off, with fifteen of his command. The artillery now opened on both sides. Captain Buckley and Lieutenant Apple led the third squadron First Maryland cavalry into the charge to meet the advancing foe. The Captain was taken prisoner, then rescued by his boys. The Lieutenant was wounded; his men faltered and
ans of the rebel commander, and was in readiness to receive him. Admiral Lee having been telegraphed, gunboats were sent up the Nansemond, ins from the close vicinity of the town. The army gunboats, under Captains Lee and Rowe, never left the Upper Nansemond. To Brigadier-General and machinery; the Mount Washington was even worse riddled. Admiral Lee having now ordered the gunboats out of the Upper Nansemond, matt, the approaching terrible conflict between the armies of Hooker and Lee, compelled Longstreet to raise the siege. Continually on the alert,housand men, Longtreet having gone by rail with one division, to aid Lee at Chancellorsville. Of this fact, the writer who has every facilit without fear of truthful contradiction. On the same day Hooker and Lee fought their desperate engagement in the Wilderness. Lee's army, thLee's army, thus depleted by Longstreet's diversion, numbered not far from fifty thousand, and Hooker knew that General Stoneman's operations would delay i
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
I. First months Theodore Lyman reached Boston early in June 1863, hoping to obtain a Staff appointment. His first weeks were spent in settling his little family in Brookline, adjusting his private affairs, and sorting the collections of his beloved Ophiurans that had accumulated during his absence in Louis Agassiz's newly built museum. Many of Lyman's friends thought that his desire to join the army was quixotic and unnecessary. Meanwhile Lee's advanced guard had crossed the upper Potomac, and Hooker had moved on Centreville from Falmouth. There will be stirring times ahead, writes Lyman in his journal. Every one takes the matter with great calmness; we are too dead! Soon came Gettysburg; and shortly afterward Mrs. Lyman's cousin, Robert Shaw, fell at the head of his negro regiment in the assault of Fort Wagner. Again Lyman writes: Bob was a shining example of great development of character under pressing circumstances. In peace times he would have lived and died a quie
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 4 (search)
tarted across the Rapidan into the Wilderness. Lee did not molest them, for, knowing every inch ofh ones, who talked and laughed flippantly about Lee and his army. But they have changed their noteht, but strategically it was a success, because Lee marched out to stop our advance on Richmond, who tragic. More absurd statements could not be. Lee is not retreating: he is a brave and skilful sog his briarwood pipe, I heard him say: To-night Lee will be retreating south. The day before, Grting.--Lyman's Journal, May 6. Ah! General, Robert Lee is not Pemberton; he will retreat south, but move at dark on Spotsylvania Court House. But Lee knew it all: he could see the waggons moving, a and so the day closed, our army crowding in on Lee and he standing at bay and throwing up breastwot's Staff were absurdly confident and were sure Lee was entirely beaten. My own experiences taught damaging to the enemy — very — but the army of Lee was not cut in two--an issue clearly looked for
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), IV. Cold Harbor (search)
ensive attitude of the enemy; an attitude which Lee never assumes unless driven to it. 3d: The obst annihilation, the hiving, or the total rout of Lee. Such things exist only in the New York Herald.ef of Ordnance. He gave a funny description of Lee's Headquarters. From him and from other sources I judge that the reports of Lee's humble mode of living are true. He has only corn bread and bacmple to all his men. There can be no doubt that Lee is a man of very high character (which you may nsummate skill, had run their line like a V, Lee, concentrating his troops, interposed them betw the James. The strategy of Grant had deceived Lee, who failed to divine the movement, and did notdeal under morphine, who had a great fancy that Lee had captured our whole supply train. Finally Iross a great river, and come up here and attack Lee in his rear before he is ready for us! He prepsands. But he wished to show his dirty spite. Lee does not do such things. --Lyman's Journal. And[5 more...]
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), V. Manoeuvres about Petersburg (search)
V. Manoeuvres about Petersburg [ if we only could have been a little quicker and more driving, we might have had Petersburg at a mouthful, wrote Lyman some days after the Army of the Potomac had crossed the James. The strategy of Grant had deceived Lee, who failed to divine the movement, and did nothing therefore to impede it. Rhodes, IV, 488. Butler, in command of the Army of the James, was encamped at Bermuda Hundred. Grant ordered him to advance and capture Petersburg. But Butler did not rise to the occasion; he sent only part of his forces, under Baldy Smith, who had reinforced Butler, which captured some strong outer fortifications but which did not advance on the city, although it was feebly garrisoned. When Grant and Meade arrived, the town had been reinforced. The attacks of June 16, 17, and 18 were repulsed with great loss to the Union forces. No new assaults were ordered, and the investment of Petersburg began.]
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 7 (search)
1864, to-wit Monday The night of my arrival, curiously enough, was the eve of a grand movement. The move now proposed consitsted of an advance both on the right and the left flanks. On the right, towards Richmond, taking the north side of the river; on the left towards the Boydton plank road and south-side rail. The strategic object was two-fold: first, to effect threatening lodgments as near as possible to these points, gaining whatever we could by the way; and, secondly, to prevent Lee from reinforcing Early. --Lyman's Journal. I never miss, you see. Rosey drew me aside with an air of mystery and told me that the whole army was ordered to be packed and ready at four the next morning, all prepared to march at a moment's notice. Thursday, September 29. Headquarters contented itself by getting up about half-past 5, which was plenty early enough, as turned out. We rode down to General Hancock's about 9.30. He was camped not far from us, or had been, for now his tents were str
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 8 (search)
t exaggeration, a wonder. His movements and those of Lee are only to be compared to two exquisite swordsmen, ebody knows what besides. He wouldn't fight (assault) Lee at Williamsport, and immediately he was timid, timid,e repulsed with perfect slaughter; after all that, if Lee had assaulted us in position what would, what would h the people are frequently semi-idiotic! He followed Lee to the Rappahannock and got orders to stop. In September he was to move and attack Lee on the Rapid Ann; the day before this move they took 20,000 men from him and sent West: it couldn't be done to Grant. Then Lee marched on Centreville; Meade beat him and got there first; Lee wouldn't fight and retreated (he also knows when not to fight). It was in just such a move that Pope was sngton. Then Meade forced the Rappahannock, and drove Lee in haste over the Rapid Ann. The Mine Run expedition nearly all come down from the valley and are helping Lee now. On Thursday Warren continued his march and struc
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 9 (search)
the South were rapidly vanishing. On March 25, Lee made an energetic but unsuccessful sortie. On t established himself between the two parts. Lee's position was untenable; Richmond and Petersbuan's advance from the south. As a last resort, Lee planned to retreat to the mountains of Virginiagot across the railroad in front of the enemy. Lee was unable to break through. Hemmed in, with hhe Rapid Ann, last May, to behold Grant swallow Lee at a mouthful, and — didn't see it! Two divisick came the officer speedily, with a note. General Lee stated that General Ord had agreed to a susk, and then, if I get no communication from General Lee, I shall attack! So back went Forsyth, witrant to halt the troops. Major Wingate, of General Lee's Staff, was a military-looking man, dressek off his cap and said: Good-morning, General. Lee, however, did not recognize him, and, when he fly replied: You have to answer for most of it! Lee is, as all agree, a stately-looking man; tall, [21 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 9.-the battle of West-point, Va. Fought May 7, 1862. (search)
back to their deserted quarters at Yorktown. At the close of the action in the afternoon the Fifth Maine regiment won encomiums from all the staff for their bravery in heading an advance into the woods upon the left. The gunboats are still throwing shell into the woods, to keep the enemy from erecting batteries. We expect to have an attack or make an advance to-night. We have no fear of the result. The rebel army now in front of us, I have just learned, is under the command of Gen. Robert Lee. Gen. Franklin has just sent a despatch to Gen. McClellan announcing the battle of to-day. The killed and wounded.--First Lieut. Frederick Pross, Co. F, Thirty-first New-York, killed. William Linser, Co. F, Thirty-first New-York, (private,) killed. Lieut. Babcock, Co. D, Thirty-first New-York, mortally wounded. Minor Wiggins, (private,) severely wounded. Abraham Davis, (private,) Thirty--second New-York, ball through waist. E. Chasser, (private,) Co. G, Thirty-second New-York
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