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City Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
linch, but hurled themselves bravely against fortifications far stronger than their own. Three columns of a hundred picked men each moved down the slope shown on the left and advanced in the darkness against Stedman. They were to be followed by a division. Through the gap which the storming parties were expected to open in the Federal lines, Gordon's columns would rush in both directions and a cavalry force was to sweep on and destroy the pontoon bridges across the Appomattox and to raid City Point, breaking up the Federal base. It was no light task, for although Fort Stedman itself was weak, it was flanked by Battery No. 10 on the right and by Battery No. 11 on the left. An attacking party on the right would be exposed to an enfilading fire in crossing the plain; while on the left the approach was difficult because of ravines, one of which the Confederate engineers had turned into a pond by damming a creek. All night long General Gordon's wife, with the brave women of Petersburg,
Dinwiddie Court House (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
fall upon the railroads. General Warren, with fifteen thousand men, was working his way through the tangled woods and low swamps in the direction of Lee's right. At the same time, Lee stripped his entrenchments at Petersburg as much as he dared and hurried General Anderson, with infantry, and Fitzhugh Lee, with cavalry, forward to hold the roads over which he hoped to escape. On Friday morning, March 31st, the opposing forces, the Confederates much reenforced, found themselves at Dinwiddie Court House. The woods and swamps prevented the formation of a regular line of battle. Lee made his accustomed flank movement, with heavy loss to the Federals as they tried to move in the swampy forests. The Northerners finally were ready to advance when it was found that Lee had fallen back. During the day and night, reenforcements were coming in from all sides. The Confederates had taken their position at Five Forks. Early the next afternoon, the 1st of April, Sheridan, reenforced by W
Appomattox (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
or — being cheated of his sleep, and forced to put up with the irregularities of Camp life was not such a shock for him as for the to bed with the chickens and up with the lark countryman. This is no assuming of facts — it is the result of experience and record. But here are men of city, farm, and backwoods who have become case-hardened to the rugged life. Siege of Petersburg. Thus we see Petersburg as, with a powerful glass, it might have been seen from the north bank of the Appomattox, looking south over the ruined town in April, 1865. As the railroad center south of Richmond, it was, at the outbreak of the war, one of the largest cities of Virginia. It was Grant who first utilized its importance in leading up to the capture of the capital. Although all missiles apparently evince a selective intelligence, at times in any bombardment there are naturally objects which give range to the gunners and become targets for their aim. Chimneys and smokestacks, and, alas! in s
Fort Sedgwick (Colorado, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
etched until they were so thin that there was constant danger of breaking. A. P. Hill was posted on the right; Gordon and Anderson held the center, and Longstreet was on the left. Union troops were mobilizing in front of Petersburg. By February 1st, Sherman was fairly off from Savannah on his northward march to join Grant. He was weak in cavalry and Siege of Petersburg. For nine months of 1864-1865 the musket-balls sang past these Federal picket posts, in advance of Federal Fort Sedgwick, called by the Confederates Fort Hell. Directly opposite was the Confederate Fort Mahone, which the Federals, returning the compliment, had dubbed Fort Damnation. Between the two lines, separated by only fifty yards, sallies and counter-sallies were continual occurrences after dark. In stealthy sorties one side or the other frequently captured the opposing pickets before alarm could be given. No night was without its special hazard. During the day the pastime here was sharp-shooting
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 17
eavy force far to the west upon Lee's communications; or, if it were determined to capture the place à main forte, by making a massed attack upon some point in the center after suitable mining operations had weakened Lee's defenses and prepared for such an operation. But the end was to come with opening spring. To the farsighted, this was no longer doubtful. The South must succumb to the greater material resources of the North, despite its courage and its sacrifices.--Colonel T. A. Dodge, U. S.A., in A Bird's-eye view of Our Civil war. During the winter of 1864-65, General Lee, fighting Grant without, was fighting famine within. The shivering, half-clad soldiers of the South crouched over feeble fires in their entrenchments. The men were exposed to the rain, snow, and sleet; sickness and disease soon added their horrors to the desolation. The finances of the Government were almost gone. The life of the Confederacy was ebbing fast. Behind Union breastworks, early in 1865,
Meadow Mills (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
d South Side railroads, and put his army in better condition to pursue. The move was ordered for March 29th. General Lee, in order to get Grant to look another way for a while, decided to attack Grant's line on the right, and gain some of the works. This would compel Grant to draw some of his force from his left and secure a way of escape to the west. This bold plan was left for execution to the gallant Georgian, General John B. Gordon, who had successfully led the reverse attack at Cedar Creek, in the Shenandoah, in October, 1864. Near the crater stood Fort Stedman. Between it and the Confederate front, a distance of about one hundred and fifty yards, was a strip of firm earth, in full view of both picket lines. Across this space some deserters had passed to the Union entrenchments. General Gordon took advantage of this fact and accordingly selected his men, who, at the sound of the signal gun, should disarm the Federal pickets, while fifty more men were to cross the open s
Petersburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
he Shenandoah, in October, 1864. Near the crater stood Fort Stedman. Between it and the Confederate front, a distance of a off with a rapidly increasing army surrounding him. Fort Haskell, on the left, began to throw its shells. Under its covConfederates resisted the charge, and from the captured Fort Stedman and the adjoining batteries poured volley after volley Federal loss was not half that number. The affair at Fort Stedman did not turn Grant from his plans against the Confederathe siege of Petersburg, especially after the attack on Fort Stedman, religious devotion was uncooled. From the commander-iin this latter, almost impossible, task by an attack on Fort Stedman, which the Confederates believed to be the weakest poinp the Federal base. It was no light task, for although Fort Stedman itself was weak, it was flanked by Battery No. 10 on thder in the last desperate and forlorn hope that charged Fort Stedman, General Gordon, give a pen-picture of the condition of
Hatcher's Run (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
e had been added to his entrenchments, and they now extended to Hatcher's Run on the left. The Confederate lines had been stretched until thd yet it was after this, that Gordon made his charge. South of Hatcher's Run, at the very westernmost part of the Confederate entrenchments,s mound General Lee watched the final Federal attack begin near Hatcher's Run on the morning of April 2, 1865. It was a serious party of offate fortifications before Petersburg. On the preceding days at Hatcher's Run, and again at Five Forks, Lee had attempted to break through thvercame all resistance and swept victoriously forward as far as Hatcher's Run, capturing artillery and a large number of prisoners. There thorps penetrated the lines and swept everything before it toward Hatcher's Run. Some of the troops even reached the South Side Railroad, wherthe tide that was engulfing it. The Confederate troops south of Hatcher's Run fled to the west, and fought General Miles until General Sherid
en, who, at the sound of the signal gun, should disarm the Federal pickets, while fifty more men were to cross the open space quickly with axes and cut away the abatis, and three hundred others were to rush through the opening, and capture the Fort and guns. Siege of Petersburg. These well-made protections of sharpened spikes, as formidable as the pointed spears of a Roman legion, are chevaux-de-frise of the Confederates before their main works at Petersburg. They were built after European models, the same as employed in the Napoleonic wars, and were used by both besiegers and besieged along the lines south of the Appomattox. Those shown in this picture were in front of the entrenchments near Elliott's salient and show how effectually it was protected from any attempt to storm the works by rushing tactics on the part of the Federal infantry. Not far from here lies the excavation of the Crater. Security from surprise The mole-hill ramparts, near the crater At four
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
ding dismay and destruction in their midst. The intrepid Sheridan urged his black battle-charger, the famous Rienzi, now known as Winchester, up and down the lines, cheering his men on in the fight. He seemed to be everywhere at once. The Confederate left was streaming down the White Oak Road. But General Crawford had reached a cross-road, by taking a circuitous route, and the Southern army was thus shut off from retreat. The Federal Siege of Petersburg. To this gallant young Georgia officer, just turned thirty-three at the time, Lee entrusted the last desperate effort to break through the tightening Federal lines, March 25, 1865. Lee was confronted by the dilemma of either being starved out of Petersburg and Richmond, or of getting out himself and uniting his army to that of Johnston in North Carolina, to crush Sherman before Grant could reach him. Gordon was to begin this latter, almost impossible, task by an attack on Fort Stedman, which the Confederates believed to
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