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Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 5
[from our own correspondent.] Battle Field, near Spotsylvania C H,May 14th, 1864. This has been an eventful week. May I not say, without fear of successful contradiction, the most eventful in the history of the war and of the Southern Confederacy--certainly no such general engagement as that of Thursday last has ever occurred between the armies of the Potomac and of Northern Virginia. I propose now to speak briefly in regard to it. During Wednesday skirmishing occurred all along the lines, but no general engagement. As early on Thursday morning as the first crack of daylight the enemy's artillery opened fire upon us, and very soon thereafter the enemy, having massed in extraordinarily heavy force upon our right centre, which was held by the division of Maj Gen Ed Johnson, advanced upon us. The first point of assault was the Virginia brigade of Brig Gen J M Jones. The enemy attacked this point of the line most furiously. The brigade of Jones broke and gave back.
Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): article 5
by this time ensued, and in obedience to the suggestion of his aid he dismounted, supposing that dismounted he would be loss a target for the enemy's sharpshooters, who were pouring minnie balls thick and last around. So soon as Gen J was dismounted he ran hastily to one of the guns of Cutshaw's artillery, in order to fire it upon the enemy; before, however, he had succeeded the enemy had closed thickly around him and he was a prisoner in their hands, as was also Brig Gen G H Stuart of the Maryland line, with some twenty five hundred officers and men from this division, and some twenty pieces of artillery; twelve of which were from Page's and the rest from Cutshaw's battalions. This temporary success greatly elated the Yankees, and they pressed on with increasing numbers and a zeal intensified by their temporary success. Gordon, with Early's division, however, quickly come to the assistance of the remnant of Johnson's division, now under command of Col Williams, of La, and fou
Alabama (Alabama, United States) (search for this): article 5
ot engaged during this day, but from nine until twelve o'clock in the day of Thursday the enemy made repeated assaults in Fields's front, of Benning's, Law's, and Gregg's brigades. Each time, however, this gallant division repulsed the enemy with fearful slaughter to the enemy, and with a loss of a mere handful of our men. During the day on other parts of the line there was more or less skirmishing. In this fight we lost many brave officers and men, among them Brig Gen Petrin, of Alabama, was shot dead whilst gallantly leading his brigade is the thickest of the fight — a nobler spirit of braver man has not been offered a sacrifice to this war; Brig Gen Daniel was wounded Thursday, and died to day; Brig Gen Stuart, of Stonewall brigade, was also wounded. His arm has been resected, and he is doing well; Brig Gen McGowan was wounded, but is better. The following are a few more of casualties in staff officers of which I have heard: Col Baker, 16th Miss, killed; Lt Col Felters
Spottsylvania (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 5
[from our own correspondent.] Battle Field, near Spotsylvania C H,May 14th, 1864. This has been an eventful week. May I not say, without fear of successful contradiction, the most eventful in the history of the war and of the Southern Confederacy--certainly no such general engagement as that of Thursday last has ever occurred between the armies of the Potomac and of Northern Virginia. I propose now to speak briefly in regard to it. During Wednesday skirmishing occurred all along the lines, but no general engagement. As early on Thursday morning as the first crack of daylight the enemy's artillery opened fire upon us, and very soon thereafter the enemy, having massed in extraordinarily heavy force upon our right centre, which was held by the division of Maj Gen Ed Johnson, advanced upon us. The first point of assault was the Virginia brigade of Brig Gen J M Jones. The enemy attacked this point of the line most furiously. The brigade of Jones broke and gave back.
emy yesterday threw a force of infantry on our extreme left and engaged our cavalry, protecting that flank. Our cavalry (Chambliss's brigade) fought them a considerable time, when they were reinforced by infantry, driving the enemy back and capturing from him some seventy or eighty prisoners. Everything is quiet at 12 o'clock today. The bearing of most of our troops was superb on Thursday last; but Harris's, Mabone's, and Lane's, and Pegram's brigades I have heard specially commended, as also the whole of Rodes's and Field's divisions. Early and Anderson, as commanders of corps, have shown extraordinary abilities and fitness for their positions. The roads are deep in mud, thus enbancing the difficulties of transportation. Their need, however, he no apprehensions on the score of rations, forage or ammunition. The wounded are being sent off as rapidly as possible. Yankee Generals Robertson and Stevenson are certainly killed, and rumor says several others. X.
Gen Ed Johnson (search for this): article 5
ly heavy force upon our right centre, which was held by the division of Maj Gen Ed Johnson, advanced upon us. The first point of assault was the Virginia brigade of Bat once pressed in and over our breastworks, causing the two other brigades of Johnson's division — Stuart's and the Stonewall, under the gallant Hayes —— to fall rapidly back. Just at this moment Major Gen Ed Johnson rode up to his line. Considerable confusion had by this time ensued, and in obedience to the suggestion of ly's division, however, quickly come to the assistance of the remnant of Johnson's division, now under command of Col Williams, of La, and fought the enemy forpressed back to our second line of works, when Rodes came to the assistance of Johnson and Karly, whilst further on to the right Lane's brigade, of Hill's corps, wasnd to some extent successful. That night the enemy held the breastworks where Johnson's division was forced back. And that night General Lee drew in his lines at t<
R. D. Johnston (search for this): article 5
ounded; Col J M Hall, 5th Ala, arm amputated; Col Lightfoot, 6th Ala, arm broken; Lt Col Hobson, 5th Ala, thigh; Maj Proskrauer, 12th Ala, head; Adj't Pegues, 5th Ala, neck; Gen Ramseur, slight, did not leave the field; Col T M Garrett, 5th N C, Johnston's brigade, killed; Maj J S Brooks, 20th N C, do do; Capt Jacob Brookfield, 5th N C, do do; Capt Willong, 12th N C, do do; Lieut E S Smedes, Adj't 5th N C, do do; Brig Gen R D Johnston, slight flesh wound; Col H E Coleman, 12th N C, slight woundsJohnston, slight flesh wound; Col H E Coleman, 12th N C, slight wounds in face. I have taken pains to ascertain our losses in the fights of Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday last, and skirmishing before and since until this time, and my estimate of it is 3,500 wounded and 500 killed, and perhaps we have lost 3,000 prisoners. The losses of the enemy in these three days fights are put down, at the lowest estimate, at thirty thousand men. The enemy surely must be well high exhausted; but it is certainly true, as it is said Gen Lee has expressed himself, that Grant's
Groner, same regiment, slightly wounded, whilst riding at the head of his regiment in a grand charge; Col Casey, 58th Va, severely, not dangerously wounded; Col Fields, Mahone's brigade, severely, not dangerously wounded; Col J M Hall, 5th Ala, arm amputated; Col Lightfoot, 6th Ala, arm broken; Lt Col Hobson, 5th Ala, thigh; Maj Proskrauer, 12th Ala, head; Adj't Pegues, 5th Ala, neck; Gen Ramseur, slight, did not leave the field; Col T M Garrett, 5th N C, Johnston's brigade, killed; Maj J S Brooks, 20th N C, do do; Capt Jacob Brookfield, 5th N C, do do; Capt Willong, 12th N C, do do; Lieut E S Smedes, Adj't 5th N C, do do; Brig Gen R D Johnston, slight flesh wound; Col H E Coleman, 12th N C, slight wounds in face. I have taken pains to ascertain our losses in the fights of Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday last, and skirmishing before and since until this time, and my estimate of it is 3,500 wounded and 500 killed, and perhaps we have lost 3,000 prisoners. The losses of the enemy in
W. E. Jones (search for this): article 5
s, and very soon thereafter the enemy, having massed in extraordinarily heavy force upon our right centre, which was held by the division of Maj Gen Ed Johnson, advanced upon us. The first point of assault was the Virginia brigade of Brig Gen J M Jones. The enemy attacked this point of the line most furiously. The brigade of Jones broke and gave back. The enemy at once pressed in and over our breastworks, causing the two other brigades of Johnson's division — Stuart's and the Stonewall, undeJones broke and gave back. The enemy at once pressed in and over our breastworks, causing the two other brigades of Johnson's division — Stuart's and the Stonewall, under the gallant Hayes —— to fall rapidly back. Just at this moment Major Gen Ed Johnson rode up to his line. Considerable confusion had by this time ensued, and in obedience to the suggestion of his aid he dismounted, supposing that dismounted he would be loss a target for the enemy's sharpshooters, who were pouring minnie balls thick and last around. So soon as Gen J was dismounted he ran hastily to one of the guns of Cutshaw's artillery, in order to fire it upon the enemy; before, howev
; but, unarmed as he was, he commanded them to throw down their arms as his prisoners. The Yankees not readily complying, the General quietly remarked, "Very well, wall a moment, till my line comes up," whereupon they quickly threw down their arms, and the General made his escape. The extreme right and left of the lines were not engaged during this day, but from nine until twelve o'clock in the day of Thursday the enemy made repeated assaults in Fields's front, of Benning's, Law's, and Gregg's brigades. Each time, however, this gallant division repulsed the enemy with fearful slaughter to the enemy, and with a loss of a mere handful of our men. During the day on other parts of the line there was more or less skirmishing. In this fight we lost many brave officers and men, among them Brig Gen Petrin, of Alabama, was shot dead whilst gallantly leading his brigade is the thickest of the fight — a nobler spirit of braver man has not been offered a sacrifice to this war; Br
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