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the march was turned to Lynchburg, where Lee had expressed his belief, that he could carry on the war for twenty years. On April 6th the rear-guard was attacked by a large force of the enemy, and Generals G. W. C. Lee, Ewell, and Anderson, and many others were captured. General Rosser, of the cavalry, captured a body of 800 of the enemy, who had been sent by Grant, under General Read, to destroy the bridge at Farmville to impede Lee's march. Read was killed in single combat by General Dearing, who was himself mortally wounded. On April 7th, Farmville was reached, and here for the first time since leaving Petersburg provisions were issued to the army. The enemy still pursuing, the quartermasters began to burn their wagons, and whatever they contained was destroyed. The enemy followed closely, crossed the railroad bridge, and brought Lee to bay, attacked and were repulsed, and the retreat continued. On the evening of the 8th, with his army wearied and diminished in
honor stretches out a shining list as I gaze into the past. When shall their glory fade? Texas gave us Albert Sidney Johnston, and Gregg, Robertson, William old tige whom his soldiers loved Cabbell; it is easier to specify who was not a brilliant jewel in the gorgeous crown of glory than to name them all. Florida gave Kirby Smith and Anderson and many other gallant and true men. And Old Virginia gave us her Lees, Jackson, Early, Ewell, Pickett, Ed. Johnson, Archer, Heth, Lomax, Dearing, Ashby, Mumford, Rosser, the brothers Pegram; and the gallant men who fell on the heights of Gettysburg, Garnett, Kemper, and Armistead; and Dabney H. Maury, who with 7,600 infantry and artillery held Mobile for eighteen days against General Canby. Had our cause succeeded, Virginia's gallant son would have been promoted to be Lieutenant-General. A. P. Hill, the fierce young fighter, who, famous in many battles, came opportunely from Harper's Ferry to Sharpsburg, beat back Burnside, an
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), A review of the First two days operations at Gettysburg and a reply to General Longstreet by General Fitz. Lee. (search)
Longstreet commanding, left Culpeper June 15th, attended by Major Henry's, Colonel Cabell's, Major Dearing's, C(lonel Alexander's, and Major Eshleman's artillery battalions — the three former marchint of the peach orchard, then came the Washington artillery battalion, under Major Eshelman, and Dearing's battalion on his left, (these two having arrived since dusk of the day before,) and beyond DeDearing, Cabell's battalion had been arranged, making nearly sixty guns for that wing, all well advanced in a sweeping curve of about a mile. In the posting of these there appeared little room for imp knowledge. You gave me orders to advance on Pickett's right and I heard you give orders to Major Dearing to advance on his left. In short it was notorious that you were in command. Captain R. M. Stribling, of Dearing's battalion, writes, I saw you frequently on the lines, as I supposed, commanding all the artillery. In frequent conversation afterwards with other artillery officers, it was a
General Order No. 65. 1. Brig.-Gen. Godfrey Weitzel is hereby announced as chief engineer of this department and army, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly . . . . By command of Major-General Butler: R. S. Davis, Major and Assistant Adjutant-General. [no. 58. see page 666.] May 18, 1864. General Bragg: I have about nineteen thousand infantry, two thousand cavalry, and four battalions artillery this side Swift Creek; beyond Swift Creek Walker's brigade and two regiments (Dearing's brigade) cavalry. G. T. Beauregard, General Commanding. War Records, Chapter XLVIII., Part II., p. 1025. [no. 59. see page 666.] General Butler's headquarters, May 20, 1864, 10 P. M. (Received 7.40 A. M., May 21st.) Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War: Have been fighting all day. Enemy are endeavoring to close in on our lines. We shall hold on. Have captured rebel General Walker, of Texas troops. General Sheridan is at White House, and has sent for a pontoon bridge, which I
. Major G. M. Sorrell, Assistant Adjutant General: Major: I have the honor to report the operations of the Third brigade in the engagement of Monday, June thirty, 1862. It was brought up confronting the enemy on the Darbytown road, in line of battle, about four P. M., under command of Colonel Hunton, Eighth regiment Virginia volunteers; was then halted and ordered to lie down, while skirmishers were thrown forward to ascertain the exact position of the enemy's forces. Soon after, Captain Dearing's battery came into position directly in front of us, and opened with such a destructive fire that one of the enemy's batteries was soon forced to retire to another position, leaving, as it afterwards appeared, a limber upon the field. We were then exposed to a most furious cannonade for an hour or more, sustaining, however, but little damage. About five o'clock, Colonel Hunton gave the order to charge, to which the respective regiments responded with alacrity; but after proceeding ac
ral attack, but of Sherman's advance through the heart of South Carolina. On February 17th the city was reluctantly evacuated. August 17, 1864: Winchester, Va. Union, New Jersey Brigade of Sixth Corps and Wilson's Cav.; Confed., Gen. Early's command. Losses: Union, 50 wounded, 250 missing. August 18-20, 1864: six-mile House, Weldon Railroad, Va. Union, Fifth and Ninth Corps and Kautz's and Gregg's Cav.; Confed., Gen. A. P. Hill's corps, Bushrod Johnson's division, Dearing's brigade and Hampton's Cav. Losses: Union, 251 killed, 1155 wounded, 2879 missing; Confed. No record found. August 18-22, 1864: raid on the Atlanta and West Point Railroad. Union, Kilpatrick's Cav.; Confed., W. H. Johnson's Cav. Losses: Union, 400 wounded. August 21, 1864: summit Point, Berryville, and flowing Springs, Va. Union, Sixth Corps, and Merritt's and Wilson's Cav.; Confed., Rodes' and Ramseur's divisions. Losses: Union, 600 killed and wound
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.34 (search)
mns towards Petersburg early on the morning of the 15th, had scarcely advanced a distance of two miles, when he encountered a hasty line of rifle trenches, held by Graham's light battery and a meagre force of dismounted cavalry — the whole under Dearing, a young brigadier of high and daring spirit and of much experience in war. This position, resolutely held for two hours, was finally carried by the infantry, yet Dearing, retiring slowly with unabashed front, hotly disputing every foot of the aDearing, retiring slowly with unabashed front, hotly disputing every foot of the advance, so delayed the hostile columns that it was 11 o'clock A. M. before they came upon the heavy line of entrenchments covering the eastern approaches to the town. First assault on Petersburg. Shortly after that hour, Smith moved by the Baxter Road upon the works in front of Batteries 6 and 7, but the men of Wise's brigade resisted his repeated assaults with unsurpassed stubbornness --I use the exact language of Beauregard For the Confederate operations from the 15th to the 19th Jun
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Telegrams concerning operations around Richmond and Petersburg in 1864. (search)
ersburg, August 18th, 1864--10.15 A. M. General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff: Following dispatch just received from General Dearing: Enemy has driven in my pickets and reserve in front of Yellow House. I am just going up with another regiment. Co August, 1864--12 M. General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff: Artillery firing of this morning has developed nothing. General Dearing reported just now enemy is advancing in force, both upon railroad and Vaughan road. I have ordered two brigades of infantry to support General Dearing. They must return to-night to their positions. G. T. Beauregard. near Petersburg, August 18th, 1864--7 P. M. General R. E. Lee, Chaffin's Bluff: General Dearing reports having checked enemy's advance at theGeneral Dearing reports having checked enemy's advance at the Davis house, where they have formed strong line of battle in his front; he does not think, however, the force more than a few regiments of infantry and one or two of cavalry. I have sent some infantry to his assistance. G. T. Beauregard. near P
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Operations against Newbern in 1864. (search)
or water. Later in the day I sent off the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Virginia to report to Colonel Dearing on the north side of the Neuse river — with this three pieces of artillery,--Whitford's regilroad bridge, effectually, should he only succeed in the first cutting off of rein-forcements; Dearing, by taking Fort Anderson, would have a direct fire upon the town and an enfilading fire upon thood went down the Neuse on the night of the 31st with his party but did not find the gunboats. Dearing found Fort Anderson too strong to attack. Barton's cavalry failed to cut the railroad and teleon, now on duty on north bank of Neuse river, below Kinston, formed the column commanded by Colonel Dearing, which was to make demonstrations against Washington; or, if he could surprise Fort Andersorom Kinston. On this night, General Barton, with his command, was fifteen miles from Kinston. Dearing was progressing finely, and General Martin was en route from Wilmington towards Morehead City.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sketch of Longstreet's divisionYorktown and Williamsburg. (search)
held in reserve, General R. H. Anderson (who in person had supervised all the movements of the morning), was ordered to renew the charge upon the enemy's position. Accordingly, about 1 P. M. the attack upon the enemy's left was recommenced by General Anderson, with Wilcox's and Pickett's brigades, and the First Virginia regiment of A. P. Hill's brigade. (The remainder of A. P. Hill's brigade had entirely expended its ammunition and was held in reserve, close behind the line), supported by Dearing's battery and a section of McCarthy's. The fighting which ensued was severe and prolonged, but resulted in a considerable advance of the Confederate line, the capture of a Federal battery (which, however, could not be brought off on account of the mud and for lack of horses), and the silencing of every gun but one upon that part of the field. In this fighting, which lasted several hours, there was an unusual amount of volley-firing by the Federal infantry. The Confederates, as usual, fi
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