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Ambrose E. Burnside (search for this): chapter 16
otomac under Burnside and Hooker. Gen. Burnside in command in Virginia crosses the Rappahdent the mud March Rebel raids in Virginia Burnside gives place to Hooker Stoneman's raid on Lee chance of hearty, unquestioning support; and Burnside would gladly have shrunk from the ordeal. Ha a misunderstanding between Gens. Halleck and Burnside, each of whom conceived that the other was toon; whose strength, though under-estimated by Burnside, was known to be very considerable. Lee's they made some havoc among our own men until Burnside silenced them. The weather had been cold, ce; while one division of Wilcox's (9th, late Burnside's) corps was detached to maintain communicatiefenses and awaiting a renewal of the attack; Burnside at length deciding to withdraw all but Hookernd quite unworthy of a great soldier. General Burnside's errors in this movement were errors of s, makes me the more responsible. But General Burnside's usefulness as commander of the Army of [14 more...]
h was fractured, and considerable Confederate property destroyed. Davis then pushed down to within seven miles of Richmond, where he bivouacked that night, and set his face next morning toward Williamsburg on the Peninsula; but was stopped and turned aside by a Rebel force at Tunstall's Station, near White House; moving thence northward until he fell in with Kilpatrick near King and Queen Court House, and escaped with him to Gen. King's outpost at Gloucester Point. Stoneman, with Gregg and Buford, turned back May 5. from Yanceyville, recrossing the Rapidan at Raccoon ford, and the Rappahannock at Kelly's ford. May 8. Attempts were made to represent Stoneman's movement as successful, when it was in fact one of the most conspicuous failures of the war, though it might and should have been far otherwise. His force, if held well together, was sufficient to have severed for at least a week all connection by rail or telegraph between Lee and Richmond, riding right over any array
W. T. H. Brooks (search for this): chapter 16
discovered, as he believed, the officers who had paralyzed his efforts by fomenting discontent in his army, and by disheartening communications to Washington, now prepared a general order ( No. 8 ), dismissing Maj.-Gen. Hooker, with Brig.-Gens. W. T. H. Brooks and John Newton, were designated in this order for ignominious dismissal from the service: while Maj.-Gens. W. B. Franklin and W. F. Smith, and Brig.-Gens. John Cochrane and Edward Ferrero, with Lt.-Col. J. H. Taylor, were relieved froin's, two or three miles below; the 1st (Reynolds's) at Pollock's Mill, still lower; the 3d (Sickles's) supporting either or both. Sedgwick was in chief command on this wing. The bridges were ready by daylight of the 29th; and, before daylight, Brooks's division had crossed in boats and driven off the Rebel pickets; while Gen. Wadsworth in like manner led the advance of Reynolds's division; when three pontoon bridges were laid in front of Sedgwick, and every thing made ready for crossing in fo
he enemy is routed. Go back, and tell A. P. Hill to press right on! Soon after giving this order, Gen. Jackson turned, and, accompanied by his staff and escort, rode back at a trot, on his well-known Old Sorrel, toward his own men. Unhappily, in the darkness — it was now 9 or 10 o'clock at night — the little body of horsemen was mistaken for Federal cavalry charging, and the regiments on the right and left of the road fired a sudden volley into them with the most lamentable results. Capt. Boswell, of Gen. Jackson's staff, was killed, and borne into our lines by his horse; Col. Crutchfield, Chief of Artillery, was wounded; and two couriers were killed. Gen. Jackson received one ball in his left arm, two inches below the shoulder joint, shattering the bone and severing the chief artery; a second passed through the same arm, between the elbow and wrist, making its exit through the palm of the hand; a third ball entered the palm of his right hand, about the middle, and, passing thro
D. B. Birney (search for this): chapter 16
. Gibbon had advanced on his right, and one of Birney's brigades on his left, whereby the enemy weres division of Hooker's men, which had followed Birney's to the front, took the place of Gibbon's; bu Thus our army stood still, when, at 8 A. M., Birney, commanding Sickles's 1st division, which had tle farther off, Sickles, at 1 P. M., directed Birney to charge the passing column; and he did so; bugitives from the 11th, now almost directly in Birney's rear, brought tidings of a great disaster. ng to strike a still heavier blow than that of Birney, and had, to that end, obtained from Hooker Plith his artillery — which had not been used in Birney's advance — massed in a cleared field; where Ps again in communication with Hooker, advanced Birney's division at midnight, Hobart Ward's brigade unday, May 3. Sickles commenced the movement — Birney in the rear — and was of course closely followage. Those guns were supported by Berry's and Birney's divisions of their own corps; the remaining [6 more.
ries), dashing themselves upon Sickles's corps; whose forty guns, ably fought, tore through their close ranks with frightful carnage. Those guns were supported by Berry's and Birney's divisions of their own corps; the remaining division (Whipple's) supporting Berry's, as Williams's (of Slocum's corps) supported Birney's. Charging Berry's, as Williams's (of Slocum's corps) supported Birney's. Charging up to the mouths of our cannon, the Rebels were mowed down by hundreds; but fresh regiments constantly succeeded those which had been shattered; until Sickles, finding his cartridges running low, sent word to Hooker that he could not hold his ground without assistance. Major Tremaine, who bore this message, found the General stue lost no prisoners, while he took several hundred, and that nearly 4,000 of his 18,000 men were that day disabled, including two of his three division commanders (Berry and Whipple) killed, and Gen. Mott, of the New Jersey brigade, wounded, without the loss of a gun Sickles, in his testimony, says: At the conclusion of the
occupation by our troops would be resisted to the utmost. Most of the inhabitants thereupon abandoned the place, which was occupied by Barksdale's Mississippi brigade, sharp-shooting from behind houses; while Lee's engineers pressed the fortification of the heights behind it, and Wade Hampton dashed Nov. 28. across the river above, raiding up to Dumfries and the Occoquan, capturing 200 cavalry and a number of wagons; and a like dash across was made below Port Royal, in boats, by part of Beale's regiment; taking some prisoners. Our gunboats having steamed up the river so far as Port Royal, D. H. Hill assailed Dec. 5. them with cannon, and compelled them to retire; when he proceeded to fortify the right bank, so as to prevent their return. The Rappahannock, above Port Royal, being generally narrow, with high bluffs often approaching it, now on one side, then on the other, Lee decided that he could not prevent its Fredericksburg. passage at points where the river was full
George D. Bayard (search for this): chapter 16
further orders, which he never in terms received; at least, not till it was too late to obey them with any hope of success. Franklin's grand division consisted of the two corps of Reynolds (16,000) and W. F. Smith (21,000), with cavalry under Bayard, raising it nearly or quite to 40,000. At 9 A. M., Reynolds advanced on the left; Meade's division, in front, being immediately assailed by Rebel batteries (J. E. B. Stuart's) on his left flank, which compelled him to halt and silence them. At Miss'g.Total. Hooker's grand division3272,4697483,548 Franklin's grand division3382,4301,5314,679 Sumner's grand division4804,1598555,494 Engineers74310050   Total1,1529,1013,23413,771 Not one of these died more lamented than Maj.-Gen. George D. Bayard, commanding our cavalry on the left, who was struck by a shell and mortally wounded; dying that night. But 28 years old, and on the eve of marriage, his death fell like a pall on many loving hearts. Lee at first reported his losses
imately reduced to a state of general dilapidation. Our army being at length in position along the north bank, Burnside commenced Night of Dec. 10-11. throwing over pontoons to Fredericksburg; also at a point nearly two miles below. The Engineer corps had laid the upper pontoon two-thirds of the way, when daylight exposed them to the fire of the enemy's sharp-shooters, which drove them off; and the work was completed by the 7th Michigan, who had 5 killed and 16 wounded, including Lt.-Col. Baxter. Supported and followed by the 19th and 20th Massachusetts, they speedily finished the job, having dashed across the river in boats; Among the volunteers first to cross was Rev. Arthur B. Fuller. Chaplain 16th Mass., who was killed by a rifle-shot. taking 35 prisoners. We lost 300 in all in laying our pontoons and clearing the city of the enemy. Gen. Franklin, on our left, encountered less resistance — the make of the land being there favorable to us — and laid his pontoons with
Francis C. Barlow (search for this): chapter 16
d, however, on some road a little farther off, Sickles, at 1 P. M., directed Birney to charge the passing column; and he did so; bridging with rails a petty creek in his front, passing over his division and two batteries, and striking the rear of the Rebel column with such force that he captured and brought off 500 prisoners. Sunset found him thus far advanced, holding the road over which the Rebels were originally marching; his division formed in square, with his artillery in the center; Barlow's brigade of the 5th corps, which had advanced to support his right, being up with him; but Whipple's division of the 3d and one of the 12th corps, which were to have covered his left, being invisibly distant. Soon, panic-stricken fugitives from the 11th, now almost directly in Birney's rear, brought tidings of a great disaster. The Rebel movement to our right, along our front — which had been either culpably disregarded by Howard, or interpreted as a retreat of the Rebel army on Richmon
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