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Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lxii. (search)
rminated suddenly at Harrison's Landing, rejoined Mr. Lincoln, I was as nearly inconsolable as I could be and live. In the same connection Colonel Deming inquired if there had ever been a period in which he thought that better management upon the part of the commanding general might have terminated the war? Yes, answered the President, there were three: at Malvern Hill, when McClellan failed to command an immediate advance upon Richmond; at Chancellorville, when Hooker failed to reenforce Sedgwick, after hearing his cannon upon the extreme right; and at Gettysburg, when Meade failed to attack Lee in his retreat at the bend of the Potomac. After this commentary, the Congressman waited for an outburst of denunciation — for a criticism, at least — upon the delinquent officers; but he waited in vain. So far from a word of censure escaping Mr. Lincoln's lips, he soon added, that his first remark might not appear uncharitable: I do not know that I could have given any different orders h
y thousand men, and learning that Lee's army was weakened by detachments to perhaps half that number, Hooker, near the end of the month, prepared and executed a bold movement which for a while was attended with encouraging progress. Sending General Sedgwick with three army corps to make a strong demonstration and crossing below Fredericksburg, Hooker with his remaining four corps made a somewhat long and circuitous march by which he crossed both the Rappahannock and the Rapidan above the town e to rally from his surprise and astonishment, to gather a strong line of defense, and finally, to organize a counter flank movement under Stonewall Jackson, which fell upon the rear of the Union right and created a panic in the Eleventh Corps. Sedgwick's force had crossed below and taken Fredericksburg; but the divided Union army could not effect a junction; and the fighting from May I to May 4 finally ended by the withdrawal of both sections of the Union army north of the Rappahannock. The l
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 3 (search)
ifth, commanded by Warren; the Sixth, commanded by Sedgwick; and the cavalry corps under Sheridan. Besides thrren's corps crossed at Germanna Ford, followed by Sedgwick's, while Hancock's corps made the passage at Ely'snd remained silent for some time, quietly watching Sedgwick's men passing over the bridge. After a while he surging him to close up as rapidly as possible upon Sedgwick's corps. This communication was despatched at 8:4gallop, and was soon recognized as Colonel Hyde of Sedgwick's staff. He halted in front of General Grant anddvancing along the turnpike, and that Warren's and Sedgwick's troops are being put in position to meet him. T force on the Orange turnpike, Getty's division of Sedgwick's corps was put into position on Warren's left, an could get within striking distance of the enemy. Sedgwick lad some fighting on the right of Warren, but no i in flank, or at least obliquely, while Warren and Sedgwick were to attack along their fronts, inflict all the
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 4 (search)
right, and found that the enemy had attacked Sedgwick and Warren. Warren afterward had one brigadeght, which had been weakened. At 10:30 A. M. Sedgwick and Warren had been ordered to intrench theiron-train guards had been ordered to report to Sedgwick for duty on his front. Every one on the righdable obstruction than the enemy. Warren and Sedgwick had been engaged during part of the day, and usketry on our extreme right, which told that Sedgwick had been assaulted, and was actually engaged against our extreme right, and that a part of Sedgwick's line had been driven back in some confusiond that a large force had broken and scattered Sedgwick's entire corps. Others insisted that the enetrain. It was asserted at one time that both Sedgwick and Wright had been captured. Such tales of yes. It was soon ascertained that although Sedgwick's line had been forced back with some loss, ahdraw. General Grant had great confidence in Sedgwick in such an emergency, and the event showed th[1 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 5 (search)
Grant in front of Spottsylvania the death of Sedgwick arrival of despatches-I shall take no Backway the enemy, and afterward to follow Warren. Sedgwick was to move by way of Chancellorsville and Piney Branch Church. Burnside was to follow Sedgwick, and to cover the trains which moved on the road assault could be made, and then only half of Sedgwick's command and but one of Warren's divisions pin the Virginia campaign. We proceeded to Sedgwick's command, and the general had a conference wd spoke of. the hardships he had encountered, Sedgwick spoke lightly of the difficulties experiencedon them. When the general-in-chief left him, Sedgwick started with his staff to move farther to theo the left when General Grant sent me back to Sedgwick to discuss with him further a matter which itensions were aroused by seeing several of General Sedgwick's staff beside the body. As they came need by, a smile still remained upon his lips. Sedgwick was essentially a soldier. He had never marr[1 more...]
I reviewed my new command, which consisted of about twelve thousand officers and men, with the same number of horses in passable trim. Many of the general officers of the army were present at the review, among them Generals Meade, Hancock, and Sedgwick. Sedgwick being an old dragoon, came to renew his former associations with mounted troops, and to encourage me, as he jestingly said, because of the traditional preju- first brigade. Colonel Timothy M. Bryan, Jr. First Connecticut Major Erastus Sedgwick being an old dragoon, came to renew his former associations with mounted troops, and to encourage me, as he jestingly said, because of the traditional preju- first brigade. Colonel Timothy M. Bryan, Jr. First Connecticut Major Erastus Blakeslee. Second New York, Colonel Otto Harhaus. Fifth New York, Lieutenant-Colonel John Hammond. Eighteenth Pennsylvania, Lieutenant-Colonel William P. Brinton. Second brigade. Colonel George H. Chapman. Third Indiana, Major William Patton. Eighth New York, Lieutenant-Colonel William H. Benjamin. First Vermont, Lieutenant-Colonel Addison W. Preston. artillery. Horse Artillery, First Brigade. Captain John M. Robinson. New York Light Artillery, 6th Battery, Captain Joseph W. Martin. Second U. S
intending to cross the Rio Grande and assert his claims with arms. While he was scheming in New Orleans, however, I had learned what he was up to, and in advance of his departure had sent instructions to have him arrested on American soil. Colonel Sedgwick, commanding at Brownsville, was now temporary master of Matamoras also, by reason of having stationed some American troops there for the protection of neutral merchants, so when Ortega appeared at Brazos, Sedgwick quietly arrested him and heSedgwick quietly arrested him and held him till the city of Matamoras was turned over to General Escobedo, the authorized representative of Juarez; then Escobedo took charge of Ortega, and with ease prevented his further machinations. During the winter and spring of 1866 we continued covertly supplying arms and ammunition to the Liberals-sending as many as 30,000 muskets from Baton Rouge Arsenal alone-and by mid-summer Juarez, having organized a pretty good sized army, was in possession of the whole line of the Rio Grande, and
the security of the rights that the Constitution was designed to preserve. The fugitive slave compact in the Constitution of the United States implied that the States should fulfil it voluntarily. They expected the States to legislate so as to secure the rendition of fugitives; and in 1778 it was a matter of complaint that the Spanish colony of Florida did not restore fugitive negroes from the United States who escaped into that colony, and a committee, composed of Hamilton, of New York, Sedgwick, of Massachusetts, and Mason, of Virginia, reported resolutions in the Congress, instructing the Secretary of Foreign Affairs to address the charge d'affaires at Madrid to apply to his Majesty of Spain to issue orders to his governors to compel them to secure the rendition of fugitive negroes. This was the sentiment of the committee, and they added, also, that the States would return any slaves from Florida who might escape into their limits. When the constitutional obligation was imp
renewed the hemorrhage. Next day, when Lee and Stuart, who had succeeded Jackson in command, had joined forces, they captured the works of the enemy. General Sedgwick, after being delayed twenty-four hours by Early at Fredericksburg, marched to the relief of Hooker, threatening thereby the Confederate rear. General Lee tuth General McLaws's five brigades (including Wilcox's, who had fallen back from Fredericksburg), and General Anderson with three additional brigades, turned upon Sedgwick. General Early brought up his troops in the afternoon of the 4th, and the corps of Sedgwick was broken and driven to the river, which he crossed during the nSedgwick was broken and driven to the river, which he crossed during the night. On the 5th, General Lee concentrated for another assault, but on the morning of the 6th he learned that Hooker had sought safety beyond the Rappahannock. General Lee's report. When General Jackson arrived at the field hospital his arm was amputated, and he seemed to rally somewhat, and was most anxious to get on
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 61: the Washington artillery of New Orleans. (search)
man in Mississippi thanked God for the place of their nativity. Barksdale's brigade, on December I , 1862, at Fredericksburg, prevented Burnside's army of 100,000 men from building their pontoon bridges, and, although bombarded by 150 pieces of artillery, held their position from 7 A. M. to 7 P. M. The same Brigade, composed of the Thirteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Twenty-first Mississippi regiments, numbering I,308 men, behind the stone wall at the foot of Marye's Hill, repulsed Sedgwick's corps, numbering 22,000. Under cover of a flag of truce, the enemy charged again the thin gray line, and overran it through weight of numbers, killing or capturing all the brave defenders, with a loss to themselves of nearly 5,000 men. The pride we felt in their steady, dauntless courage cannot be expressed in words. Captain John Taylor Wood, C. S. N., upheld the name and fame of his grandsire, General Zachary Taylor. He is the son of the late Surgeon-General R. C. Wood, U. S. A.,
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