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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), A campaign with sharpshooters. (search)
time crowded with troops. General Hill and General Lee both occupied this position; the latter appength, upon whose sturdy valor and fidelity General Lee leaned not less confidently, and not less wthe river, in such heavy force as to induce General Lee to suspend the movement then in progress ofulness. The word was then passed that both General Lee and General Hill would view the advance, an part of the line, and himself suggested to General Lee the feasibility of attacking the left flank undoubtedly faulty in the last degree, and General Lee, vexed with the burden of so many and such ly recalled his image to the dying eyes both of Lee and Jackson. In tone, in character, and in mil the rear of the wearied and worn battalions of Lee that now moved slowly up the line of the Souths command as he was yet able to hold together, Fitz Lee stoutly guarded the rear of the retreating aro be a vidette, shouted to him to ride across. Lee turned slowly toward them, ordering them to hur[12 more...]
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The campaign in Pennsylvania. (search)
of this design, early in the month of June, General Lee moved his army northward by way of Culpepperossed into Maryland. On the 27th of June, General Lee was near Chambersburg with the First and Thm of the service was most seriously felt by General Lee. He had directed General Stuart to use his continued to advance. On the 1st of July, General Lee reached Cashtown, and stopped to confer witneral Stuart, since crossing the river; and General Lee was consequently without accurate informatiburg. General Hill hastened to the front. General Lee followed. On arriving at the scene of battlnt of General Buford's cavalry command. General Lee witnessed the flight of the Federals througo General Ewell, and delivered the order of General Lee; and, after receiving from him some messagel's Corps, was also now up. With this force General Lee thought that the enemy's position could be ed hardly add that the delay was fatal. General Lee determined to renew the attack upon the ene[11 more...]
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Dalton-Atlanta operations. (search)
my to make prisoners. His successes and prisoners were subsequent. On page 49, General Sherman claims that the strength of the country, by mountains, streams, and forests, gave his enemy a fair offset to his numerical superiority. Between Dalton and Atlanta, one sees but two semblances of mountains-Rocky Face, which covered the march by which he flanked Dalton and Kenesaw, less than two miles long. The country was no more unfavorable for the offensive than the Wilderness, or that on which Lee and McClellan fought near Richmond, or that between Amelia and Appomattox Court-Houses. General Sherman certainly executed his plan of operations with great perseverance, skill, and resolution. But it is a question if that plan was the best. The results obtained, compared with those attainable, indicate that it was not. At Dalton, only the southern left flank was covered by Rocky Face, not its front; and an attack in front would have been on ground as favorable to the Federal army as it
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Recollections of Grant. (search)
fficer was called and ordered off to see what it meant. It is one of the usual make-believes that we are having daily, said Grant. I asked if an engagement was expected. He replied it was quite possible at any hour; but his own opinion was that Lee at that very moment might be getting ready to try and escape from Richmond, and that this thundering cannonade was one of his preparatory ruses to attract attention. The correctness of his opinion was proven in a few days, when Lee and his whole Lee and his whole army fell back from Richmond, only to be captured at Appomattox Court-House. Grant mentioned that the Secretary of War, Mr. Stanton, was there from Washington, and would visit him that evening, and suggested that he should take charge of my other papers and turn them over to him. He was then kind enough to ask about my own personal experiences, especially my life in prison, and if I, too, confirmed the horrible tales of suffering that had met his ears daily. I gave him a list of what we had t
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Union cavalry at Gettysburg. (search)
dred is killed, wounded, and missing; of the latter, there were but few. The enemy's loss was much greater, particularly in prisoners. Our captures also included light guns, flags, and small-arms. The Army of the Potomac, moving in pursuit of Lee, was required to protect itself on one side from any possible attack of the enemy, and to extend its protection, on the other side, to Washington. These successful engagements of our cavalry left our infantry free to march, without the loss of anto the details of the fight, it need only be added, that Stuart advanced not a pace beyond where he was met; but after a severe struggle, which was only terminated by the darkness of night, he withdrew, and on the morrow, with the defeated army of Lee, was in retreat to the Potomac. Thus has been outlined the services of the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac, during the Gettysburg campaign. No period of its history is more glorious, nor more fondly dwelt upon by those who were for a long
ent off in search of objects of secondary importance, I do not know. The biographer of General Pickett, Colonel Walter Harrison, states, in his interesting volume, that General Pickett, as early as the preceding November, had penetrated the enemy's design to make an expedition up James river against Petersburg, and, in a personal interview with the Confederate authorities, had represented this contingency and the unprotected state of that town. He had even carried his representations to General Lee, who had referred him to General Beauregard, with whom, in consequence, he had had an interview at Weldon. But, says Colonel Harrison, the expedition to Plymouth was at this time put on foot; much valuable time was wasted, and the troops which should have been ordered at once to Petersburg were kept in North Carolina doing little or nothing, while Pickett was left in Petersburg with merely a handful of men. Colonel Harrison continues: General Beauregard was in no way responsible for thi
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Recollections of General Reynolds. (search)
In a few weeks, after the occurrence of the incident just mentioned, the bloody battle of Fredericksburg took place, in which Reynolds' Corps was a prominent actor, and was the only corps in our whole army that met with any considerable degree of success in that great battle. That corps, in withdrawing from that sanguinary field, felt like a victor, as it was, indeed, for it charged upon and broke the enemy's lines on their right, and, if prompt support had been rendered, the right flank of Lee's army would have been turned, his position made untenable, and a great victory for the Army of the Potomac, rather than a bloody repulse, would have been the result. Twice during the winter, in the way of official duty, we met General Reynolds in his tent at corps headquarters. Our duty was to report to him for orders and instructions, and on these occasions the interviews were brief and the words few. He impressed us as being mild and gentlemanly in manner, and an officer of not a very
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The battle of fleet Wood. (search)
Potomac contributed so much to the overthrow of Lee's army as the cavalry, both that which operated Cavalry. It must also be stated that of Fitz Lee's Brigade only four squadrons of sharpshooters lly performed his task of guarding the flank of Lee's army while passing into Maryland, although fat escaped being crushed between Hampton's and Fitz Lee's Brigades. Nor must the battle near Trevilltting sun, crowned the arms of the remnant of Fitz Lee's old brigade, when, under the gallant Munforich it was contemplated to make the next day. Fitz Lee's Brigade, commanded by Colonel Thomas T. Mun One battery of horse artillery was sent with Fitz Lee's Brigade across the Hazel river; the remainithe opportune arrival of Colonel Munford with Fitz Lee's Brigade, who attacked the enemy in flank atumbered ours, General Stuart had applied to General Lee for an infantry support, which arrived abouKelley's ford. Nor did Colonel Munford, with Fitz Lee's Brigade, reach the field until after noonda
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The right flank at Gettysburg. (search)
te battery, and nothing but the heavy losses which he had suffered and the scattering of his men prevented his going further, wounded though he was. In the meantime, the two columns had come together with a crash --the one led by Hampton and Fitz Lee (for he, too, was there), and the other by Custer-and were fighting hand-to-hand. McIntosh, with his staff and orderlies, and such scattered men from the Michigan and other regiments as he could get together, charged in with their sabres. For htfall, these disturbances being caused by the enemy's endeavors to recover their killed and wounded, who were lying thickly strewn over the field in our possession. At dark Stuart withdrew to the York pike, preparatory to covering the retreat of Lee's army towards the Potomac. In the evening, Custer's Brigade was ordered to join its division. Gregg remained all night in possession of the field, and in the morning started in pursuit of the retreating enemy. The losses of the Confederate
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Lee and Grant in the Wilderness. (search)
h Corps, in which the former were worsted. General Lee returned to the Rapidan, and Meade to his od the Rapidan below the Confederate right. General Lee changed front immediately, and moved rapidlnton's History of the army of the Potomac. General Lee's infantry was composed of nine divisions; fty to each one of the eight divisions with General Lee. Wilcox's and Heth's were in excess of thirequired to be re-arranged. He repaired to General Lee's tent, intending to report the condition oought. As General Wilcox entered the tent, General Lee remarked that he had made a complimentary rly responsible for them. Page 430 he says: General Lee began the action by striking Grant's right rossed the Rapidan below the right flank of General Lee, and purposed to pass through the Wildernes was an indisposition on his part to attack General Lee in this (Mine run) position, which had beenrant abandoned the Wilderness and uncovered General Lee's front by moving off by his left flank, co[27 more...]
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