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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
s commenced the attack with Blair's division. The summit of the ravine is traversed, but the abatis obstruct the march of the Federal soldiers. Finally, the Thirteenth regulars, The Thirteenth U. S. infantry here mentioned was one of the new regiments authorized by the act of Congress of July 29, 1861. William T. Sherman was its colonel.—Ed. which we have already seen sustaining the honor of the old American army in many battles, succeed in surmounting this obstacle, and, led by Captain Washington, they rush upon the Confederate intrenchments. Two regiments only can come to their assistance: they maintain their ground at the foot of the parapet, but are unable to scale it. Washington has been mortally wounded in the act of hoisting a flag, which falls into the hands of the Confederates; his battalion has lost one-third of its effective force. The assault has failed, but the two brigades under Giles A. Smith and Thomas Kilby Smith, of Blair's division, remain in the woods neare
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—Pennsylvania. (search)
on which was to decide the fate of the war. But this campaign could not have produced the same results as that of which Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and the mines of Pennsylvania were the immediate objective points. Indeed, on that side the n to follow if he assumed the offensive: either to turn his right wing in order to forestall him at Manassas and before Washington, or to push forward toward Maryland by the valley of the Shenandoah, masking his movement behind the Blue Ridge. The fg the railroad, this wing could easily concentrate itself either on the Rappahannock or at Warrenton, or at Manassas if Washington itself was menaced. Hooker remained with the left wing, composed of the other four corps, near Falmouth, facing south.ved Lee to cause all the avenues through which detachments of the enemy's troops might fall upon his flank, from either Washington or Baltimore, to be carefully reconnoitred. It was for the cavalry to perform this duty, but Stuart having remained in
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Third winter. (search)
e advantage of Lee's weakness to crush him before the end of the summer season by a decisive blow. But that audacity did not suit the military authorities at Washington, and therefore their prudence was justified. In fact, on the 20th of September the united forces of Bragg and Longstreet were inflicting on Rosecrans a signal defeat. Hardly had the first details of the battle of Chickamauga become known than, on the 23d, Halleck was ordering Meade to detach from his army and despatch to Washington the Eleventh and Twelfth corps with their artillery: Hooker was to command them and go to the prompt assistance of the Federal armies of the West. Halleck's order was received by Meade just at the moment when he had matured a plan for crossing the Rapidan. He at once suspended the projected offensive movement, and ordered the troops required of him to march without delay. This departure settled again the former proportion between the forces of the two armies. On both sides they were
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Addenda by the editor (search)
; the Twelfth corps, from Warrenton Junction to Kelley's Ford; and Kilpatrick s cavalry division, from Amissville to Warrenton Junction. Instructions from Meade to French. June 29, 1863. Major-Gen. French, Comdg. Harper's Ferry: The major-general commanding directs that you remove the property of the government at Maryland Heights, etc. by canal to Washington—that you march with your command to join this army without delay. For the purpose of removing and escorting the property to Washington, you will detach such portion of your command as may be necessary, and order them to report to Maj.-Gen. Heintzelman. This force should not exceed three thousand men, and of course, in your discretion, may be less than that. The Headquarters of this army will be at Middleburg to-night, and the army are all in march for the line between Emmettsburg and Westminster. Where the Headquarters will be after to-night will depend upon the information derived from the front of the enemy and his