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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative 123 3 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 117 1 Browse Search
An English Combatant, Lieutenant of Artillery of the Field Staff., Battlefields of the South from Bull Run to Fredericksburgh; with sketches of Confederate commanders, and gossip of the camps. 101 3 Browse Search
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War 58 12 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 50 16 Browse Search
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 41 3 Browse Search
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A. 39 5 Browse Search
Lt.-Colonel Arthur J. Fremantle, Three Months in the Southern States 28 12 Browse Search
A. J. Bennett, private , First Massachusetts Light Battery, The story of the First Massachusetts Light Battery , attached to the Sixth Army Corps : glance at events in the armies of the Potomac and Shenandoah, from the summer of 1861 to the autumn of 1864. 19 1 Browse Search
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary 18 8 Browse Search
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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 2: the battle of Bull Run (July, 1861) (search)
ce very carefully and not to attack. I had recently read accounts of the affair at Big Bethel, Va., June 10, in which Magruder had repulsed Butler, whose troops fell back to Fortress Monroe in a panic, though entirely unpursued. I noted two facts: (1) That Magruder's cavalry, which had been ordered to pursue, had allowed itself to be bluffed by Greble's U. S. Battery. This was entirely out of ammunition, but it had turned back pursuit of our cavalry by unlimbering their empty guns. (2) That though victorious, Magruder retreated to Yorktown the same afternoon, though perhaps with less haste than was used in Butler's return to Fortress Monroe. It seemed to me now that peremptory orders not to attack might result in another such scandal.the conduct of both our generals and of the President. Similar instances may be found in the stories of many battles. Magruder had already illustrated it at Big Bethel. Meade afterward did likewise at Gettysburg, and, even in our most recent war,
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 4: Yorktown and Williamsburg (search)
oint, approached the Confederate lines across the Peninsula at Yorktown. These were held by Gen. Magruder, whose force at the time was only about 13,000 men. They occupied a line about 12 miles in lrp-shooting. Of course, he was still under the Pinkerton delusion as to the enemy's strength. Magruder, who was expecting reenforcements, made the bravest possible display, exhibiting the same troop of the cautiousness of McClellan. Johnston had already begun sending some reenforcements to Magruder, and had brought a large part of his army near Richmond. About Apr. 15 he went to Yorktown, taso severe that he rode to the front and had both divisions to follow him. Near Williamsburg, Magruder had, some months before, selected a line of battle across the Peninsula four or five miles long extreme right of the Federals, Gen. Hancock had discovered some vacant intrenchments — part of Magruder's old line, before mentioned. With five regiments, parts of two brigades, and 10 guns, he occu
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 5: Seven Pines or fair Oaks (search)
g to remedy some of these evils by assigning his ranking officers, G. W. Smith, Longstreet, and Magruder, to command two or more divisions each, which he called wings and centre, but such temporary arshall march straight down that road, perhaps three miles, pass our line of battle, here held by Magruder's division, form line of battle, and listen for the sounds of battle begun by D. H. Hill's attane Mile to overtake Longstreet and learn the cause of any delay. Beckham followed this road to Magruder's line, and, not finding Longstreet, guessed that he had gone across to the Williamsburg road. t I must fall back. On receipt of these notes, Smith ordered 5000 men to be withdrawn from Magruder's force along the Chickahominy, above New Bridge, and sent to Longstreet, but meanwhile D. H. Hof the army, and Lee himself soon arrived. The party then rode over to Hill's position, whence Magruder's troops, which had arrived, were ordered back to the Chickahominy. After dark orders were rec
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 7 (search)
re diligent to do it; and in his corps were concentrated all of the regular regiments of the old Federal army. To attack such a position was no easy proposition, and Lee's force, checked and 1300 weakened by the ill-advised affair at Mechanicsville, had no margin to spare over the size of its task. Indeed, had McClellan reenforced Porter as he should have done, with a whole corps, he might have won a great victory. But he allowed himself to be imposed upon by the demonstrations made by Magruder and Huger, under orders from Lee, and neither attacked with his left, nor strengthened his right sufficiently. He weakly left the question of sending reenforcements to his four corps commanders. Franklin sent Slocum's division, and Sumner sent French's and Meagher's brigades, but Keyes and Heintzelman reported that they could spare nothing. As it was, therefore, the fight should result in Lee's favor by a reasonable margin, provided it was well managed and its force not squandered in p
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 8 (search)
P. Hill, lost touch of all three, — Jackson, Magruder, and Huger, — and entirely failed to get any iven soon after sunrise on Sunday, the 29th. Magruder had not entirely absorbed Lee's confidence the had a very different story. After giving Magruder his orders, but unfortunately without waitinge day. Here he discovered the needlessness of Magruder's alarm, and, getting urgent messages from Lerigades were, doubtless, too heavy a task for Magruder with only six, but had Jackson with his 14 br these, Lee, early on the 30th, had withdrawn Magruder's six brigades, now about 12,000 strong, fromen supposed to be crossing the Chickahominy. Magruder was also ordered to attack the enemy, and he two brigades which Huger had sent, depressed Magruder very much. Later in the evening he received d that Jackson had been ordered elsewhere, as Magruder loosely quoted his message to Jones, Taylor dreturned to Lee. But Lee's note that night to Magruder, already quoted (p. 138), contained a postscr[24 more...]<
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 9 (search)
. Allen, already mentioned as on the staff of Magruder, was a native of this section, and had descri. Longstreet and Hill were in reserve behind Magruder; and Ewell's and Jackson's own division, behiemy's lines was, however, not made absolute. Magruder, Huger, and D. H. Hill, with their 14 brigadesed — Poindexter's field, and the position on Magruder's right, to which Lee made the pioneers open t the enemy had taken the offensive, and that Magruder would soon be calling for reenforcements. Hiim, and he hastened to send a verbal order to Magruder through Capt. Dickinson of Magruder's staff, Magruder's staff, who wrote the order as follows: — Gen. Lee expects you to advance rapidly. He says it is reportto the left came D. H. Hill's five brigades. Magruder's brigades consumed a little time in developi At 4.45 o'clock I received an order from Gen. Magruder through Capt. Henry Bryan, one of his stafand A. P. Hill's division and two brigades of Magruder's. Jackson was also up with his own, Ewell's,[4 more...]<