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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 5: Round about Richmond. (search)
d Secretary of War Mr. Davis's high opinion of McClellan operations on the Peninsula engagements about Yorktown and Williamsburg severe toil added to the soldiers' usual labors by a saturated soil. Apropos of the attack upon Richmond, apprehenson time to withdraw its army supplies. The divisions of G. W. Smith and D. H. Hill were ordered by the Yorktown and Williamsburg road, Magruder's and Longstreet's by the Hampton and Lee's Mill road, Stuart's cavalry to cover both routes. Anticoperations against his lower line, General Magruder had constructed a series of earthworks about two miles in front of Williamsburg. The main work, Fort Magruder, was a bastion. On either side redoubts were thrown up reaching out towards the James s, and Couch's and Casey's divisions of Keyes's (Fourth) Corps, Sumner's (Second) Corps on the Yorktown road. Nearing Williamsburg, the roads converge and come together in range of field batteries at Fort Magruder. About eight miles out from Yorkto
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 6: the battle of Williamsburg. (search)
Clellan was at Yorktown during the greater part of the day to see Franklin's, Sedgwick's, and Richardson's divisions aboard the transports for his proposed flanking and rear move up York River, but upon receiving reports that the engagement at Williamsburg was growing serious and not satisfactory, he rode to the battle, and called the divisions of Sedgwick and Richardson to follow him. The object of the battle was to gain time to haul our trains to places of safety. The effect, besides, was to call two of the divisions from their flanking move to support the battle, and this so crippled that expedition that it gave us no serious trouble. The trophies of the battle were with the Confederates, and they claim the honor to inscribe Williamsburg upon their battle-flags. The success of General Hancock in holding his position in and about the forts with five regiments and two batteries against the assault of the Fifth North Carolina and Twenty-fourth Virginia Regiments was given her
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 7: Seven Pines, or Fair Oaks. (search)
On the 24th parties were advanced on the Williamsburg road as far as Seven Pines, where a spirite lines. The Fourth Corps was posted on the Williamsburg road, Couch's division about a mile in advance, I announced that we would fight on the Williamsburg road if we had to find the enemy through baits northern margin; D. H. Hill to have the Williamsburg road to the enemy's front; Longstreet's div The tactical handling of the battle on the Williamsburg road was left to my care, as well as the geate the troops of Major-General Hill on the Williamsburg road. To do this it will be necessary for hat road from Richmond to Seven Pines. The Williamsburg road to the same point was sometimes calledsion stood in an intrenched camp across the Williamsburg road, with a pentagonal redoubt (unfinished Anderson, and Colston near the stage road (Williamsburg). They made blazing fires of pine-knots to ivision in action8,400 Union losses on the Williamsburg road4563 Confederate losses on the William[22 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 8: Sequels of Seven Pines. (search)
g, reported the work of the commands on the Williamsburg road on the 31st, and asked for part of theested that we could renew the battle on the Williamsburg road, provided we would send him one of ourd, and Mahone occupied the line between the Williamsburg road and the railroad. Pickett's brigade t was moving to the rear, but battle on the Williamsburg road steadily advanced, with orders to devers, and were forwarded to my command on the Williamsburg road and gave us some concern. Failing to g over and concentrating against us on the Williamsburg road. He repeated, too, his wish to have h, and, with General Smith, came over to the Williamsburg road. A similar proposition was made Generty minutes. General Holmes marched down the Williamsburg road and rested in wait for General Lee. Ls back to their former lines. Those on the Williamsburg road were drawn back during the night, the of conduct on the part of the forces on the Williamsburg road. He claims that he was only out as a [1 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 11: battle of Malvern Hill. (search)
hen rode across, gave orders to General Magruder, rode with him some distance, and repeated the orders before leaving him. Following up the rear-guard, General Magruder came upon it in force at Savage Station. The Second Corps and Franklin's division under W. F. Smith of the Sixth, under General Sumner, were posted there to cover the retreat. Magruder planned battling with his own six brigades against their front, two brigades of Huger's division to come on the enemy's left down the Williamsburg road, Jackson's twelve or fifteen brigades to attack their right. But when Magruder thought his arrangements complete, he received a message from General Huger that his brigades would be withdrawn. Rebellion Record, vol. XI. part II. p. 664. Then other information not anticipated came to him,viz., that General Jones, commanding on Magruder's left, called for co-operation in that quarter. General Jackson sent word in reply that he had other important duty to perform. Referring to Ja
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter28: Gettysburg-Third day. (search)
e, but on the right the massing of the enemy grew stronger and stronger. Brigadier Garnett was killed, Kemper and Trimble were desperately wounded; Generals Hancock and Gibbon were wounded. General Lane succeeded Trimble, and with Pettigrew held the battle of the left in steady ranks. Pickett's lines being nearer, the impact was heaviest upon them. Most of the field officers were killed or wounded. Colonel Whittle, of Armistead's brigade, who had been shot through the right leg at Williamsburg and lost his left arm at Malvern Hill, was shot through the right arm, then brought down by a shot through his left leg. General Armistead, of the second line, spread his steps to supply the places of fallen comrades. His colors cut down, with a volley against the bristling line of bayonets, he put his cap on his sword to guide the storm. The enemy's massing, enveloping numbers held the struggle until the noble Armistead fell beside the wheels of the enemy's battery. Pettigrew was
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 39: again in front of Richmond. (search)
irginia assigned to command on the North side of James River affair on the Williamsburg road Lee's apprehension of Grant's march into Richmond closing scenes of tthe Eighteenth across White Oak Swamp and get in the unoccupied lines on the Williamsburg road, or between that and Gary's cavalry on the Nine Miles road. Early o. Field was ordered to pull his division out of the works and march for the Williamsburg road, Hoke to cover the line of Field by extending and doubling his sharp-shooters. When the head of General Field's column got to the Williamsburg road the enemy's skirmishers were deployed and half-way across the field approaching our lwas so well executed, and our cavalry so interested in the operations on the Williamsburg road, that the guard was taken by surprise and pushed away from its post by g the swamp, he was not quite satisfied to have the troops moved over to the Williamsburg road, but did not order them retained. His idea was that the north side was
such a blessing to have so many of our public men God-fearing, praying Christians! May 7th, 1862. Our peaceful Sabbath here was one of fearful strife at Williamsburg. We met and whipped the enemy Oh, that we could drive them from our land forever! Much blood spilt on both sides; our dear W. B. N. is reported missing --ohng this great struggle, may not be lost to posterity. May 15th, 1862. It is now ascertained beyond doubt that my nephew, W. B. N., reported missing, at Williamsburg, is a prisoner in the enemy's hands. We are very anxious for his exchange, but there seems some difficulty in effecting it. His father, accompanied by Colonelt to be numbered by dozens, are now reduced to couples. It is said that General Johnston, by an admirable series of manoeuvres, is managing to retreat from Williamsburg, all the time concealing the comparative weakness of his troops, and is retarding the advance of the enemy, until troops from other points can be concentrated
I took leave of my mother she almost died, like. I told her, Mother, said I, I am coming back when I am independent, and can do as I please. Write to me, mother dear; I will write to you and my sisters when I get to New York, and tell you where I am ; and I did write to Mary and to my mother. I could not write to my father; I could not forgive him, when I thought how he had grieved Mary and me; and I could not be deceitful. As soon as I got to New York, I engaged with a gentleman at Williamsburg, on Long Island, to work his garden. For two years I worked, and laid up my wages; and not a single letter came for me. I grieved and sorrowed, and thought about Mary — I thought maybe her letters were stopped by somebody. I knew she would not forget me. Sometimes I thought I would go home to Ireland, and see what was the matter. At last, one day, my employer came into the garden with a newspaper in his hand. Mr. Crumley, says he, here is something for you; and sure enough there was
ed by the heroic fighting and endurance of the troops and subordinate officers, gathering honor out of defeat, and shedding the luster of renown over a result of barren failure. McClellan wasted a month raising siege-works to bombard Yorktown, when he. might have turned the place by two or three days operations with his superior numbers of four to one. By his failure to give instructions after Yorktown was evacuated, he allowed a single division of his advanceguard to be beaten back at Williamsburg, when thirty thousand of their comrades were within reach, but without orders. He wrote to the President that he would have to fight double numbers intrenched, when his own army was actually twice as strong as that of his antagonist. Placing his army astride the Chickahominy, he afforded that antagonist, General Johnston, the opportunity, at a sudden rise of the river, to fall on one portion of his divided forces at Fair Oaks with overwhelming numbers. Finally, when he was within four
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