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a shad dinner on the north side of Hatcher's Run. Pickett returned to the field only after we had all gained the Ford Road at about 6 P. M., but Fitzhugh Lee and Rosser not at all. Pickett narrowly escaped the shots of our men as he attempted to pass them to reach his broken lines towards the White Oak Road. It is also remarkzhugh Lee or Pickett of the movements of the Fifth Corps in relation to Five Forks, and that Lee was led by a word from Pickett to suppose that Fitzhugh Lee's and Rosser's cavalry were both close in support of Pickett's left flank at Five Forks. Rebellion Records, serial 95, p. 1264. This was not the truth. Fitzhugh Lee's cavast of Pickett's left at the beginning and during the day was pressed around his rear so as to reach his troops after their lines had all been broken. And as for Rosser's cavalry they were at no time on the field. We know now that General Lee afterwards wrote General Wade Hampton in these words: Had you been at Five Forks with y
the precipices of our fate. Griffin's and Crawford's Divisions were massed near the house of J. d by various experience and various emotion; Crawford, a conscious gentleman, having the entree at ch as half a right angle,--with the center of Crawford's Division directed upon the angle, and Ayressupposed to be in supporting distance of both Crawford and Ayres. It was now apparent that the roadof which I could see strong skirmishing along Crawford's front; and turning southerly, looking acrosnemy's refused new flank. It seems also that Crawford's Third Brigade, Coulter's, which was in his he thick woods. Bartlett, also, with some of Crawford's men following, came down nearly at the same practical results. The diagram indicated to Crawford that his division would strike the enemy firstex, and all he could do, in coming back with Crawford's recovered men, was to follow the fire, whic Lucky would it have been in such case, that Crawford and Griffin should happen to be out as flanke[56 more...]
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of the incongruous or pretentious is struck; Bartlett, with drawn face, like a Turkish cimetar, sha formation; Griffin in rear of Crawford, with Bartlett's Brigade in double column of regiments, threut my duty. My superiors were not in sight. Bartlett had closely followed Crawford, away to my rigk, telling Gregory to follow; and, sending to Bartlett to let him know what I was doing, pushed acroion. Griffin rode past me towards Warren and Bartlett. At the head of the gully all we had to dhis to be justice to a brave officer. General Bartlett now came appealing for assistance. Two ohis regiments had gone off with Crawford, and Bartlett had more than he could do to make head againsth only Baxter's Brigade and two regiments of Bartlett's of the First Division immediately in hand. n would not let them take them. Crawford and Bartlett afterwards also both report the capture of thyres out the White Oak Road on the right, and Bartlett on the left, facing towards the enemy, suppos[1 more...]
fires, and that these men were likely to cut their way through us. Rushing into the ranks of my left battalion I shouted the order, Prepare to fire by the rear rank! My men faced about at once, disregarding the enemy in front; but at this juncture our portentous visitors threw down their muskets, and with hands and faces up cried out, We surrender, running right in upon us and almost over us. I was very glad of it, though more astonished, for they outnumbered us largely. These were Colonel Hutter of the 11th Virginia Infantry of Mayo's Brigade and part of the 3d Virginia Cavalry dismounted which Munford had sent to reinforce Ransom. I was a little afraid of them, too, lest they might find occasion to take arms again and revoke the consent of the governed. They were pretty solid commodities, but I was very willing to exchange them for paper token of indebtedness in the form of a provost-marshal's receipt. So getting my own line into shape again, I took these well-mannered men, w
under the shadow of yesterday: one, of a mortifying repulse; the other, of thankless success. Were Warren a mind-reader he would have known it was a time to put on a warmer manner towards Sheridan,--for a voice of doom was in the air. That morning, two hours after the head of the Fifth Corps column had reported to General Sheridan, an officer of the artillery staff had occasion to find where the Fifth Corps was, evidently not knowing that under orders from superiors it had been like all Gaul, divided into three parts,and went for that purpose to the point where Warren had had his headquarters the night before. Warren, in leaving at daybreak, had not removed his headquarters' material; but in consideration for his staff, who had been on severe duty all night, told Colonel Locke, Captain Melcher, and a few others to stay and take a little rest before resuming the tasking duties of the coming day. It was about nine o'clock in the morning when the artillery officer reached Warren's
that of Munford's cavalry on their front and right while advancing according to orders; and backing from this would have thrown them directly on the celebrated angle, where indeed they did arrive most timely, and on purpose to meet a cross-fire, which they did not back out of. Away from the fighting ? Let Ayres, and Ransom, and Wallace, and Wood, and Sheridan answer. Found ? By whom? Brought back ? By what? They were found at the angle, and brought themselves there ahead of the finders. Saul, the seeker of old, got more lost than the domestic wanderers he was after: they were in their place before he was; but the seeker found a kingdom, and doubtless forgave himself and the animals whose society he missed. But this is a very serious charge against Griffin's Division, and in time of active service would warrant a court of inquiry. And even now the statement of one so revered cannot but be injurious to its reputation and its honor. To have stated this as fact without being
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, of Meade and Warren, judging from the attention they always gave him, --possibly not quite fairly estimated by his colleagues as a military man, but the ranking division commander of the corps. Reticent, levelheaded Baxter was by, and fiery Dick Coulter bold as a viking. Ayres comes up after a little, ahead of his troops, bluff and gruff at questions about the lateness of his column; twitching his mustache in lieu of words, the sniff of his nostrils smelling the battle not very much afar; sothe place of other action, till at length Kellogg concluded it best to obey Sheridan's representative, and moved promptly forward, striking somewhere beyond the left of the enemy's refused new flank. It seems also that Crawford's Third Brigade, Coulter's, which was in his rear line, had anticipated orders or got Warren's, and moved by the shortest line in the direction Kellogg was taking. So Crawford himself was on the extreme wheeling flank, with only Baxter's Brigade and two regiments of Ba
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assages of it made a remarkable coincidence. It was its misfortune to lose two of its commanders — the first and the last in the field of action-by measures so questionable as to call for a court of review, by which, long after, both were substantially vindicated: Fitz-John Porter, accounted the most accomplished corps commander on the Peninsula, and heir apparent to the command of the army, and Warren, whom Grant says he had looked upon for commander of the army in case anything should take from the field the sterling Meade. Grant's Memoirs, vol. II., p. 216. Who from such beginning could have foretold the end! And Meade,--he, too, went from the Fifth Corps to the command of the army, and found there a troubled eminence and an uncrowned end. Shakespeare tells us, poetizing fate or faith: There's a Divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will. To our common eyes it often seems a dark divinity that rules; and the schoolmaster might interchange the verbs
the withdrawal of so many of Stewart's and Terry's Brigades, to form the other sides of their retreating hollow square. Driven in upon themselves, and over much concentrated, they were so penned in there was not a fair chance to fight. Just as Ayres' and Griffin's men struck the brave fellows holding on around the guns at the Forks, from which Pegram, the gifted young commander, had been borne away mortally wounded,and spirits as well as bodies were falling,--two brigades of our cavalry, Fitzhugh's and Pennington's of Devins' and Custer's commands, seizing the favorable moment, made a splendid dash, dismounted, over the works in their front, passing the guns and joining with our men in pressing back the broken ranks scattering through the thick woods. Bartlett, also, with some of Crawford's men following, came down nearly at the same time from the north on the Ford Road. All, therefore, centered on the three guns there; so that for a moment there was a queer colloquy over the sile
cost. By this time Warren had found Crawford, who with Baxter's Brigade had been pursuing Munford's dismounted cavalry all the way from where we had crossed the White Oak Road, by a wide detour reaching almost to Hatcher's Run, until he had crossed the Ford Road, quite in rear of the breaking lines which Ransom and Wallace and Wood were trying to hold together. I To my grief over the costs of this struggle was added now another, when, borne past me on the right, came the form of Colonel Farnham of the 16th Maine, now on Crawford's staff, who, sent to bear an order into this thickening whirl, was shot through the breast and fell, as we thought, mortally wounded, but the courage and fortitude which never forsook him carried him through this also. Hence he was in position to do them much damage, both by cutting off their retreat by the Ford Road and taking many prisoners, and also by completing the enemy's envelopment. To meet this, the enemy, instead of giving up the battle as
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