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Smiths Hill (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
or-General, commanding Division. Report of Major-General McLaws. Headquarters division, May 10, 1863. Major Taylor, A. A. G.: Major: On the first of May, instant, at twelve and a half o'clock at night, the brigades of Generals Kershaw, Semmes, and Wofford were put in march up the plank road, by order from your headquarters,--the brigade of General Barksdale remaining in Fredericksburg and vicinity,--and by six o'clock in the morning were in position behind the rifle-pits about Smith's hill, and extending to the right and left, joining General Anderson's command on the left, to defend the approaches from the United States Ford and from the direction of Chancellorsville. About eleven A. M. General Jackson, who had arrived with his forces and assumed command, directed me to advance along the turnpike road, having Mahone's brigade, of Anderson's division, in advance. I collected my own division as rapidly as possible from the rifle-pits, each brigade, as it was relieved, fall
Raccoon Ford (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
vor to impede the progress of the column marching by way of Germana Ford. Detaching W. H. F. Lee, with his two regiments, the Ninth and Thirteenth Virginia, to oppose the main body of the enemy's cavalry, General Stuart crossed the Rapidan at Raccoon Ford, with Fitz Lee's brigade, on the night of the twenty-ninth. Halting to give his men a few hours' repose, he ordered Colonel Owens, with the Third Virginia cavalry, to throw himself in front of the enemy, while the rest of the brigade attackedgive necessary orders about public property along the railroad, and swing around to join his left wing, delaying the enemy as much as possible in his march. The brigade of General Fitz Lee was put en route, in a jaded and hungry condition, to Raccoon Ford, to cross and move round to the enemy's front. General W. H. F. Lee, with the two regiments, the Seventh and Thirteenth, under his command, was directed to move by way of Culpeper, to take up the line of the upper Rapidan, and look out for Go
Stevensburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
on the ground at daylight the next morning, directing, in the mean time, that the enemy be so enveloped with pickets as to see what route he took from Kelley's and keep him in check. In this report I have endeavored to describe the various operations of the cavalry, without detailing the result of the various contests. General W. H. F. Lee selected a fine position between Brandy and Kelley's, and awaited the advance, General Fitz Lee being held in reserve at Brandy, with a regiment at Stevensburg. The enemy did not make a serious advance towards our position, though Chambliss, with the Thirteenth Virginia, was skirmishing all the forenoon with the enemy's infantry. About one o'clock P. M., I received a report from the pickets towards Madden's that the enemy was moving a large infantry force in that direction. Leaving Chambliss in front of the enemy where I then was, I marched the remainder of the command, Fitz Lee in advance, directly to Madden's, where we pierced the enemy's
Gordonsville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
unfinished railroad from Fredericksburg to Gordonsville, and turned the enemy's right. His whole ld proceeded through Culpeper county towards Gordonsville, for the purpose of cutting the railroads tst of May, burned the bridge and retired to Gordonsville at night. The enemy avoided Gordonsville, Gordonsville, and reached Louisa Court-House, on the Central railroad, which he proceeded to break up. Dividing hiline of the upper Rapidan, and look out for Gordonsville and the railroad. Couriers had been, by diral Lee to burn the bridge and fall back to Gordonsville; burnt the bridge, but held my position alleft. Withdrew at night and marched towards Gordonsville. Saturday, May 2d.--Reached Gordonsvillehing, I left my pickets out and withdrew to Gordonsville. Sunday, May 3d.--Received information fetermined not to pursue. Continued back to Gordonsville, having travelled some seventy or eighty miht of the plank road from Fredericksburg to Gordonsville, and move with the division. In accordance[1 more...]
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
lquitt's brigade coming up at the same time, was ordered by General Stuart to proceed in the same direction. These forces arrived on the left just in time. The Louisiana troops, who had been fighting gallantly for a long time without support, and whose ammunition was almost entirely exhausted, were falling back, under a tremendou advanced, in face of a severe fire, to a line of breastworks from which the enemy had been driven. Here I found the Third Alabama, of Rodes's brigade, and some Louisiana and South Carolina regiments stubbornly resisting his advance. They had well nigh exhausted their ammunition. Upon my arrival they withdrew, producing some conssession of Marye's hill. At all other points he was triumphantly repulsed; but seeing the line broken at this point, I ordered the Thirteenth, Seventeenth, and Louisiana regiment to fall back to the crest of Lee's hill, to prevent the enemy from getting in our rear. This they did, resisting his approach at every step; and with t
Taylor's Hill (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
y. My brigade was then at Marye's hill, with the exception of twelve companies, which were protecting the river from Taylor's hill to the Ferneyhough house. By General Early's order, I, with the Thirteenth and Seventeeth regiments, relieved the piral Pendleton, and a single brigade of infantry, I had a front of not less than three miles to defend, extending from Taylor's hill on the left, to the foot of the hills in rear of the Howison house. The Twenty-first regiment was posted between theo'clock a heavy column of the enemy were seen moving up the river, evidently for the purpose of getting possession of Taylor's hill, which, if successful, would have given him command of the position which I held. But this was prevented by the timettempt, or intended to advance again on the same position with a still heavier force. General Wilcox had now reached Taylor's hill with three regiments of his brigade, one of which he promised to send to the right in case it should be needed. This
Alabama (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
n their pursuit, they scattered and dispersed this body also; night and want of ammunition prevented a further pursuit. This success, so brilliant for our men, was dearly earned by the sacrifice of the lives of seventy-five of the noble sons of Alabama, and the wounding of three hundred and seventy-two, and forty-eight missing, an aggregate of four hundred and ninety-five; of the missing, the most fell into the hands of the enemy, wounded in the early part of the day near Stansbury's, and aftet of Hall and Christie, were met and repulsed by the enemy, thus leaving the flank of the party on the heights exposed to an overwhelming force. They were compelled to fall back behind the plank road, with loss of over one hundred men, and both Alabama flags. A second line of battle having been assembled along the log breastworks on the left of the road, composed of parts of the Third, Sixth, and Twenty-sixth Alabama, the Fifth North Carolina, under Lieutenant-Colonel Lee, who had just joined
Culpeper (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
attle at that place, and a portion of it, as has been already stated, rendered valuable service in covering the march of Jackson to the enemy's rear. The horse artillery accompanied the infantry, and participated, with credit to itself, in the engagement. The nature of the country rendered it impossible for the cavalry to do more. When the enemy's infantry passed the Rappahannock at Kelley's Ford, his cavalry, under General Stoneman, also crossed in large force, and proceeded through Culpeper county towards Gordonsville, for the purpose of cutting the railroads to Richmond. General Stuart had nothing to oppose to this movement but two regiments of Brigadier-General W. H. F. Lee's brigade — the Ninth and Thirteenth Virginia cavalry. General Lee fell back before the overwhelming numbers of the enemy; and, after holding the railroad bridge over the Rapidan during the first of May, burned the bridge and retired to Gordonsville at night. The enemy avoided Gordonsville, and reached Lou
Brook (Indiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
at Moss and Shinker's Necks to Hamilton's Crossing. They reached this point in the evening, and remained there until May first. Orders were then received to march in a direction leading towards Chancellorsville. The march was continued until night, and resumed early the next morning upon the plank road leading to Orange Court-House. Arriving at the point where Generals Anderson's and McLaws's divisions were in position, we turned to the left by a road leading by Catherine furnace to the Brook road, and thence to the Orange and Fredericksburg plank road, which we followed to the Germana junction. Here the first brigade, under General Paxton, was detached from the division, and ordered to report to Brigadier-General Fitz Lee of the cavalry. This brigade was not engaged during the evening of the second, and did not rejoin the division until next morning. The rest of the division moved on together with the corps, until they had reached a point west of Wilderness Church, and in the
Hazle Run (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 31
tack Marye's hill next morning, on the right and advance, extending my left so as to close in on him. Early next morning I threw Hoke's and Hays's brigade across Hazle Run, to move down towards the right, and advance Gordon's brigade towards Marye's and Lee's hills, followed by Smith's and Barksdale's brigades. Gordon succeeded inhill with ease, aided by Colonel Andrews's artillery, and Barksdale's brigade was thrown into the trenches in front of the hill, and Smith's brigade moved across Hazle Run, and a line formed facing up the plank road, on the plain between Marye's hill and the heights on the plank road, and at Taylor's house. I then waited to hear fon's brigades, which had been placed in position, were advanced against the enemy. Hays advancing in the centre, from the foot of the hill opposite the mill and Hazle Run; Hoke on the left, advancing across the hill on which Downman's house is situated, and below it, and Gordon on the right up the hills on the north of the plank r
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