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The Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign: May 1 - September 8, 1864., Part I: General Report. (ed. Maj. George B. Davis, Mr. Leslie J. Perry, Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley), Report of Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U. S. Army, commanding armies of the United States, of operations march, 1864-May, 1865. (search)
n after I left the enemy moved out across Hatcher's Run, in the gap between Generals Hancock and Warren, which was not closed as reported, and made a desperate attack on General Hancock's right a ad rear. General Hancock immediately faced his corps to meet it, and after a bloody combat drove the enemy within his works, and withdrew that night to his old position. In support of this movement General Butler made a demonstration on the north side of the James, and attacked the enemy on the Williamsburg road and also on the York River Railroad. In the former he was unsuccessful; in the latter he succeeded in carrying a work which was afterward abandoned, and his forces withdrawn to their former positions. From this time forward the operations in front of Petersburg and Richmond, until the spring campaign of 1865, were confined to the defense and extension of our lines and to offensive movements for crippling the enemy's lines — of communication and to prevent his detaching any consi
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 4 (search)
ing form towered still higher as he rose in his stirrups to peer through the openings in the woods. He was considered the handsomest general officer in the army, and at this moment he looked like a spirited portrait from the hands of a master artist, with the deep brown of the dense forest forming a fitting background. It was itself enough to inspire the troops he led to deeds of unmatched heroism. He had been well dubbed Hancock the superb. This expression dated back to the field of Williamsburg. At the close of that battle, General McClellan sent a telegram to his wife in New York announcing his victory, and as she and Hancock were old friends, he added the words, Hancock was superb. The newspapers got hold of the despatch, and the designation was heralded in prominent head-lines throughout the entire press. The description was so appropriate that the designation clung to him through life. Along the line of Hancock's advance the enemy's dead were everywhere visible; his w
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 7: the Peninsula Campaign. (search)
ning of the 4th of May found us on the Richmond side of Williamsburg, hitched up and ready to fall in behind our brigade. Wready hitched up, and so we passed rapidly back through Williamsburg, and became at once hotly engaged, doing good service, e captured gun with fine effect the following day. Williamsburg was not in any sense a decisive battle, perhaps not dest McClellan did learn the lesson we intended; for after Williamsburg our army was allowed to pursue its march very leisurely Fort Magruder, a strong closed work, about a mile from Williamsburg, on the main road running down the Peninsula, being therown raid; but, whoever he was, he was not a colonel at Williamsburg, but I think a captain; and, as I remember, then wore aentioned and could not possibly have seen each other at Williamsburg more than a moment. The rank, dress, bearing-everythinion from our brigade, which was probably ten miles from Williamsburg before we were ordered to follow. In the condition of
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 8: Seven Pines and the Seven Days battles (search)
for failure of subordinates to carry out instructions Lee would undoubtedly have dictated terms of surrender to his gallant foe. We went out on the Meadow Bridge or Mechanicsville road, made the entire sweep, and returned, I think, by the Williamsburg road, the York River Railroad, and the New Bridge road-at all events, we could scarcely have walked much, if any, less than twenty-eight to thirty miles. It was one of the most enjoyable days of my life. Rainsford caught the plan instantly. ned my breast and nauseated me somewhat. Next morning, still feeling badly and the battery remaining stationary for a time, I had retired a little from the line and was half. reclining at the foot of a huge pine that stood on the edge of the Williamsburg road. Hearing the jingle of cavalry accoutrements toward the Chickahominy, I looked up and saw a half-dozen mounted men, and riding considerably in advance a solitary horseman, whom I instantly recognized as the great wizard of the marvelous
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
Virginia Infantry: 8th Regiment, 60, 62-63; 24th Regiment, 79-80. Virginia State guard, 42 Virginians and Virginia lauded, 35 Walker, Reuben Lindsay, 41 War of the Rebellion: ... Official Records, 343 Warren, Gouverneur Kemble, 178, 248 Washington, D. C., before the war, 25-32, 39 Washington and Lee University, 102 Waterloo Campaign, 347 Westover, Va., 106 Whitworth guns, 52 Wigfall, Louis Trezevant, 76 Wilderness Campaign, 191, 238-48, 299, 303 Williamsburg, Va., 78-85. Williamson, William Garnett, 183-84. Willis, Edward, 120-24. Winchester, Va., 185, 192-97, 210 Winter camps, 120, 127, 242-43, 312-15. Wise, Henry Alexander, 32 Wofford, William Tatum, 275, 278, 281-83. Women and army morale, 324-26, 349-51. Women on battlefields, 130-33, 229, 273, 309 Wright, Ambrose Ransom, 112 Yale University, 25, 34, 48-49, 62, 68, 115-16, 130, 175, 200, 292, 351, 354-55, 363 Yankee Doodle, 202 York, Pa., 202-206. York River Railr
Chapter 25: Yorktown and Williamsburg. On February 27, 1862, with the approval of the President, the office of Commanding-General of the Confederate forces was created by the House of Representatives. When General McClellan heard of the retreat of the Confederate Army from Manassas, he ordered a reconnoissance and ascertained that our troops had crossed the Rapidan. General McClellan's account of this movement was given in a report to the Secretary of War, dated Fairfax Court-House and the evacuation was made so successfully that the enemy was surprised the next morning to find the lines unoccupied. The loss of public property was, as anticipated by Mr. Davis, very great. General Johnston, after an engagement at Williamsburg, in which the Fifth North Carolina was annihilated, and the Twenty-Fourth Virginia suffered terribly in officers and men, and General Early was wounded, retired from the Peninsula, and halted his army in the vicinity of Richmond. As soon a
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 26: the gun-boats in the James River-battle of seven Pines. (search)
od. The line of battle extended along the Ninemile road, across the York River railroad, and Williamsburg stage-road. The enemy had constructed redoubts, with long lines of rifle-pits covered by abaslope. Our main force was on the right flank of our position, extending on both sides of the Williamsburg road, near to its intersection with theNine-mile road. The wing consisted of Hill's, Huger'sajor-General D. H. Hill was, on the morning of the 31st ultimo formed at an early hour on the Williamsburg road, as the column of attack upon the enemy's front on that road. The division of Major-Genmy own brigades, of which Anderson's, Wilcox's, and Kemper's were put in by the front on the Williamsburg road, and Colston's and Pryor's by my right flank. At the same time the decided and gallant eral Lee arrived, I took leave, and being subsequently joined by him, we rode together to the Williamsburg road, where we found General Longstreet, his command being in front, and then engaged with th
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 47: the Maryland line and the Kilpatrick and Dahlgren raid. (search)
ormed Kilpatrick that Dahlgren would attack on the River Road at sunset, that Kilpatrick must attack at the same time, and together they would ride into Richmond. Colonel Johnson at once drove in Kilpatrick's picket, who, finding himself attacked in rear at once retreated toward the White House. The Marylanders followed him, never losing sight of his rear-guard, and driving it in — on him whenever the ground allowed, until he got to Tunstall's, under the protection of infantry sent from Williamsburg or Yorktown for his rescue. The pursuers captured one hundred and forty prisoners and got off with an insignificant loss. Lieutenant R. Bartley, Signal Officer, U. S. A., accompanying Dahlgren, Dahlgren, hearing the firing, concluded for reasons unknown to him, that Kilpatrick had attacked four hours before the appointed time, and kept under cover until dark, when he made an attack upon the north side of the city. Here, March 1st, he encountered the company of Richmond boys (und
unting to $450--to which a member of the congregation after-wards added $100. Dr. Bethune's sermon was from the text: In the name of our God we will set up our banners. In Dr. Bellows' church the choir sang The Star-Spangled Banner, which was vigorously applauded by the whole house. At Grace church (Episcopal) Dr. Taylor began by saying, The Star-Spangled Banner has been insulted. The gallant Major Anderson and his wife attended service at Trinity. At Dr. McLane's Presbyterian church, Williamsburg, The Star-Spangled Banner was sung. Dr. T. D. Wells (Old-School Presbyterian) preached from the words: He that hath no sword, let him buy one. Dr. Osgood's text was: Lift up a standard to the people. Many of the churches — of all denominations — are sending some of their most active members to the field as volunteers.--Independent, April 25. The Fifth Regiment of Massachusetts Militia, Col. Lawrence, with the Boston Flying Artillery, Major Cook, left Boston for New York at 7 o'clo
he court house, owned by R. Aull, Esq., of St. Louis, and occupied by T. Crittenden, Esq., (temporarily absent in Kentucky,) were shelled and burned. The impression was that the former contained powder designed for the use of the Confederates. Another attack was threatened.--(Doc. 16.) This evening a peace meeting which was to have been held at Newtown, L. I., was indefinitely postponed, and in its place a spirited Union demonstration came off. Delegations from Jamaica, Flushing, Williamsburg, and the surrounding districts came in, until there was a very large concourse assembled, when a meeting was organized, the Hon. John D. Townsend in the chair. The proceedings were opened by a patriotic address by Richard Busteed, followed by Daniel Northup, of Brooklyn, and resolutions indorsing the Administration in the prosecution of the war, were passed. An effigy of Jeff. Davis was produced and hung on a tree; afterward it was cut down and placed in a large coffin, bearing the insc
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