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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 15: the Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Peninsula. (search)
pressed to the front, and Hooker's troops withdrew from the fight and rested as a reserve. They had lost in the battle one thousand seven hundred of their companions. Kearney deployed Berry's brigade to the left of the Williamsburg road, and Birney's to the right, and at the same time two companies of Poe's Boad between Yorktown and Williamsburg. Second Michigan were pressed forward to cover the movement, and drive back Confederate skirmishers, who were almost silencing the National re, and he ordered the left wing of the Fortieth New York (Mozart), Colonel Riley, to charge up the open field and take the rifle-pits in reverse. Riley was hotly engaged in front, and the movement was performed under the lead of Captain Mindil, Birney's chief of staff, and the Confederates were driven out. By this time the rear brigade of the division had been brought up by General Jameson, and a second line was established under a severe fire. Disposition was at once made for further vigorou
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 17: Pope's campaign in Virginia. (search)
d a charge, which he led in person, and was shot dead. His command fell back in disorder, and to some extent put the remainder of Reno's force in confusion. Seeing this, General Kearney advanced with his division and renewed the action, sending Birney's brigade to the fore front. A furious thunderstorm was then raging, which made the use of ammunition difficult; but, unheeding this, Kearney brought forward a battery and planted it in position himself. Then, perceiving a gap caused by the ret, who instantly ordered a bayonet charge by his own brigade, composed of the First, Thirty-eighth, and Fortieth New York. These, led by Colonel Egan, executed the orders with great bravery, and pushed back the Confederate advance some distance. Birney held the field that night, and the hours of darkness were spent in the sad task of burying the dead. by reference to the large map of operations in Upper Virginia, on page 898 of this volume, and to the smaller maps on pages 586, 588, 594, and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 18: Lee's invasion of Maryland, and his retreat toward Richmond. (search)
n swept forward at a double-quick, assailed his flanks, and compelled him to fall back with heavy loss. Gibbon now came up gallantly to Meade's support, but was repulsed, and when the shattered forces of both were made to fly in confusion, General Birney advanced with his division of Stoneman's corps in time to check the victorious pursuers, who pressed up to within fifty yards of his guns. But the Nationals were unable to advance, for Stuart's cavalry, on Lee's extreme right, strongly menacements, pushed the Confederates back to the Massaponax, where they kept up the contest with spirit until dark. The three divisions in the battle on the left that day composed Reynolds's corps, and by their gallantry, and that of the divisions of Birney and Sickles (the latter taking the place of Gibbon's), of Stoneman's corps, presented such a formidable front that Jackson did not hazard an advance against them that day, but stood on the defensive. Reynolds lost in the struggle full 4,000 me