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Wade Hampton (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
r two of the enemy was descried and shelled from our gunboats ; whereupon Gen. Dana, by order of Gen. Slocum, hastened the landing of his men and horses ; while the 16th, 31st, and 32d New York, with thle 95th and 96th Pennsylvania, were pushed forward into the woods in our front, with orders to drive out the few Rebel scouts who were supposed to be skulking there. They soon found themselves engaged with a far larger force than they had expected, whereof Gen. Whiting's Texan division and Wade Hampton's South Carolina Legion formed a part; and who, with every advantage of position and knowledge of the ground, drove our men out in haste and disorder. Twice the attempt was renewed, with similar results; but at length, our batteries having been landed and posted, they, with tile aid of the gunboats, easily silenced the single Rebel battery of small howitzers, which, from an elevated clearing in the woods, had assisted to repel the advance of our infantry; and now that infantry pushed onc
Rhode Island (Rhode Island, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
reach the field of Gen. Hancock's operations, although they moved with great rapidity, he had been confronted by a superior force. Feigning to retreat slowly, he awaited their onset. and then turned upon them: after some terrific volleys of musketry, he charged them with the bayonet, routing and dispersing their whole force, killing, wounding, and capturing from 509 to 600 men; he himself losing only 31 men. Soon, Gen. McClellan--after whom the Prince De Joinville and Gov. Sprague, of Rhode Island, had ridden post haste to Yorktown, where he was superintending the dispatching of Franklin's division to West Point — was induced, after some delay, to ride to the front, reaching Hancock's position about 5 P. M. Before dark, several other divisions had arrived on the ground; that of Gen. Couch, or a part of it, in season to claim the honor of having been engaged in the battle. Gen. McClellan, at 10 P. M., dispatched to Washington the following account of this bloody affair, which pro
Leesburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
8th of March, that the forces of the Rebel Army of the Potomac at that date were as follows: At Manassas, Centerville, Bull Run, Upper Occoquan, and vicinity80,000men. At Brooks's Station, Dumfries, Lower Occoquan, and vicinity18,000men. At Leesburg and vicinity4,500men. In the Shenandoah Valley13,000men.    Total number115,500men. On the other hand, those who were eager for a direct and decisive blow, insisted, from first to last, that the Rebel army at no time exceeded 60,000 in numbe of the rail-way and up the Shenandoah Valley. Gen. Banks had already thrown across the Potomac, at Harper's Ferry, Feb. 24. the 28th Pennsylvania, Col. Geary, following himself, Feb. 26. taking possession of Bolivar and Loudon Heights, Leesburg, Charlestown, Feb. 28. and Martinsburg, March 3. and pushing back the Rebels to Winchester, which Stonewall Jackson evacuated March 11. without a struggle. Gen. Shields, commanding Lander's division, Gen. F. W. Lander, one of the br
Rochambeau Village (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
r the defense of a line of 13 miles. Gen. McClellan says his information placed Magruder's command at 15,000 to 20,000 men, aside from Gen. Huger's force at Norfolk, estimated by him at 20,000. Feeling the importance of dealing decisively with Magruder before he could be reenforced by Johnston, MeClellan ordered an advance on the morning of the 4th; and, before evening of the next day, Gen. Heintzelman, in front of Yorktown, and Gen. Keyes, before Winn's Mill, Called by Gen. McClellan, Lee's Mill. on the Warwick, were brought to a halt by the fire of Rebel batteries. Pollard says: General Magruder, the hero of Bethel, and a commander who was capable of much greater achievements, was left to confront the growing forces on the Peninsula, which daily menaced him, with an army of 7 500 men, while the great bulk of the Confederate forces were still in motion in the neighborhood of the Rappahannock and the Rapidan, and he had no assurance of reinforcements. The force of the enemy
Fort Henry (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
g of May 6th; but he found, two days earlier, that Magrluder had abandoned his works, including Yorktown, during the preceding night, retreating up the Peninsula. Gen. John G. Barnard, Gen. McClellan's chief engineer through the Peninsula campaign, in a report to his commander at the close of that campaign, says: At the time the Army of the Potomac landed on the Peninsula, the Rebel cause was at its lowest ebb. Its armies were demoralized by the defeats of Port Royal, Mill Spring, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Roanoke Island, and Pea Ridge; and reduced by sickness, loss in battle, expirations of period of service, etc.; while the conscription law was not yet even passed. It seemed as if it needed but one vigorous gripe to end forever this Rebellion, so nearly throttled. How, then, happened it, that the day of the initiation of the campaign of this magnificent Army of the Potomac was the day of the resuscitation of the Rebel cause, which seemed to grow pari passu with the slow p
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
e following letter: Executive Mansion, Washington, February 3, 1862. my dear Sir: You and I Monroe, and leave 20,000 for the defense of Washington, he required for his main army of operationsonsiderable part of it for the protection of Washington, as also the securing of Maryland and the Bapressed conditions: Executive Mansion, Washington, March 8, 1862. President's General War ordens until the navigation of the Potomac, from Washington to the Chesapeako Bay, shall be freed from tce left under his command for the defense of Washington amounted to 20,477, of whom 19,022 were pres or Sumner's corps should remain in front of Washington until otherwise directed. Gen. McClellan,he President responded by this letter: Washington, April 9, 1862. Maj.-Gen. McClellan : my on. Messrs. Lincoln and Stanton returned to Washington that night, and had hardly left before a telhe Richmond movement, followed himself. from Washington to postpone this movement, and push 20,000 m[20 more...]
Shenandoah Peak (Nevada, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
he fall of Staunton, and the complete possession of the Valley by our troops, Jackson resolved to prevent it by striking a swift and hard blow at Fremont's advance. Leaving Ewell, whose division had recently joined him from Gordonsville, to observe and check Banks. Jackson moved rapidly to Staunton, being reenforced by the division of Gen. Edward Johnson, which he dispatched May 7 in advance of his own, against Milroy; who, being decidedly overmatched, retreated westwardly across Shenandoah Mountain, concentrating his command at McDowell, and sending to Schenck for assistance. Schenck was at Franklin, 34 miles north, which distance he traversed, with his brigade, in 23 hours, joining Milroy at 10 A. M. of the 8th; but he brought only three regiments, reduced by details to less than 2,000 men; while Milroy's force was but very little stronger. Jackson's column was considerably the larger, though it is stated that but six regiments were actually engaged in the eight. The Rebel
Missouri (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
left. The serious difference between the Administration and Gen. McClellan respecting the strength of his army, and the detachment therefrom of McDowell's and other forces for service elsewhere, now demands our deliberate consideration. Gen. McClellan, upon first assuming command August 4, 1861. of the Army of the Potomac, had addressed to the President a memorandum, wherein, in addition to the armies required to make a strong movement on the Mississippi, to drive the Rebels out of Missouri, to hold Kentucky, and sustain a movement through that State into Eastern Tennessee, to guard securely the passes into Western Virginia, to protect and reopen the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, to garrison Baltimore and Fortress Monroe, and leave 20,000 for the defense of Washington, he required for his main army of operations 225,000 infantry, 25,500 cavalry, 7,500 engineer troops, and 15,000 artillery men, with 600 field guns; in all, 273,000 men. Even this mighty army was deemed by him ins
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
VI. Virginia — McClellan's advance. Obstinate delays the routes to Richmond battle of Kernstown raid of the iron-clad Merrimac or Virginia in Hampton roads McClellan on the Peninsula siege of Yorktown battle of Williamsburg fight at West Point advance to the Chickahominy recovery of Norfolk strength of our armies McClellan's Complaints fight at McDowell Jackson surprises front Royal Banks driven through Winchester to the Potomac Jackson retreats Fremont strikes Ewel, and advancing thence on Richmond by West Point, at the head of York river, making this a secondary base. This most unfortunate decision is rendered unaccountable by a destructive if not disastrous naval collision which had just occurred in Hampton Roads, and of which the results were well known to the council. Of our naval officers' most calamitous, cowardly, disgraceful desertion of and flight from the Norfolk Navy Yard and Arsenal at the beginning of the struggle, the revolting particul
Union Church (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
me. For outpost and skirmishing service, he left no equal behind him in either army. Being now within a few miles of Port Republic, where his trains and artillery must be taken over a wooden bridge across the larger of the two streams into which the south branch again forks at this place, and over the other and smaller branch by a ford, Jackson was obliged to turn and fight in order to gain time. Accordingly, Maj.-Gen. Ewell, with the rear division of his army, halted June 7. near Union Church, and took up a strong position along a ridge which here crosses the road, with his flanks well protected by timber. He lad but 5,000 men directly in hand; but the residue of Jackson's army was between him and Port Republic, 4 or 5 miles distant, ready to be sent up as required. Fremont pushed out of Harrisonburg at 6 o'clock next morning, June 8. and before 9 his advance was engaged near a little hamlet known as Cross-Keys, some seven miles on. Ewell's three brigades, under Trimble
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