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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 1 (search)
he scattered sheets, read them over rapidly, and arranged them in their proper order. Turning to me after a time, he said, Perhaps you might like to read what I am sending. I thanked him, and in looking over the despatches I found that he was ordering up Sherman's entire force from Corinth to within supporting distance, and was informing Halleck of the dispositions decided upon for the opening of a line of supplies, and assuring him that everything possible would be done for the relief of Burnside in east Tennessee. Directions were also given for the taking of vigorous and comprehensive steps in every direction throughout his new and extensive command. At a late hour, after having given further directions in regard to the contemplated movement for the opening of the route from Bridgeport to Chattanooga, and in the mean time sending back to be foraged all the animals that could be spared, he bid those present a pleasant good night, and limped off to his bedroom. I cannot dwell
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 3 (search)
portunity offered, to seize Richmond itself. Burnside, with the Ninth Corps, which had been moved fnstructions through that officer, and through Burnside, whose command at this time was independent orps under Sheridan. Besides these, there was Burnside's separate command, consisting of the Ninth Aid the paper upon it, and wrote a despatch to Burnside at Rappablannock Station, saying: Make forcedt intended to remain in his present camp till Burnside arrived, in order to give him some directionsg out to the left for the enemy. The head of Burnside's leading division was now seen crossing the o to the front, he decided not to wait to see Burnside in person, but to send him a note instead, urg the conversation General Grant remarked: As Burnside's corps, on our side, and Longstreet's, on thore Longstreet could arrive to reinforce him. Burnside, who would arrive early in the morning with to them from reinforcing Hill and Longstreet. Burnside's fourth division was to guard the wagon-trai
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 4 (search)
we were awakened in our camp by the sound of Burnside's men moving along the Germanna road. They hof sending to his aid Stevenson's division of Burnside's corps. I met Hancock on the Orange planwaiting for some time, and hearing nothing of Burnside's contemplated assault, I told Hancock I would ride over to Burnside, explain to him fully the situation on the left, and urge upon him the imporl Grant was becoming more anxious still about Burnside's attack, and I soon after galloped over to teating for the future. A little after noon Burnside's advance became engaged for about a quarter e situation, now decided to have Hancock and Burnside make a simultaneous attack at 6 P. M. It was then supposed that Burnside would certainly be in position by that hour to unite in such an assault.ber of his dead and wounded on the field. Burnside made an attack at half-past 5, but with no imh control events. He said, while waiting for Burnside to get into position and attack: The only tim[3 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 5 (search)
prepare for a night march of the entire army toward Spottsylvania Court-house, on the direct road to Richmond. At 8:30 Burnside pushed out a skirmishing party to feel the enemy, and found that he had withdrawn from a portion of his line. Skirmishby the enemy, and afterward to follow Warren. Sedgwick was to move by way of Chancellorsville and Piney Branch Church. Burnside was to follow Sedgwick, and to cover the trains which moved on the roads that were farthest from the enemy. Soon aftght the next morning, prepared for another active day's work. Hancock was now on the right, Warren next, then Sedgwick; Burnside was moving down to go into position on the extreme left. The general expressed his intention to devote the day principf a whole division of troops. General Wright was at once placed in command of the Sixth Corps. At daylight on May 9 Burnside had moved down the road from Fredericksburg, crossed the Ny, driven back a force of the enemy, and finally reached a pos
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter6 (search)
Chapter6 Communicating with Burnside Grant attacks the enemy's center how a famous mesward our left. There were two roads by which Burnside could be reached. One was a circuitous route from his flanks to reinforce his center. If Burnside could see a chance to attack, he was to do so The forward movement was ordered at once. Burnside was in great doubt as to whether he should cottacking as he was. I had ridden with General Burnside to the front to watch the movement. The e promptly communicated to Generals Meade and Burnside. The result of the day's work on our frons Comstock and Babcock were directed to go to Burnside that afternoon, and to remain with him duringry — firing, which came from the direction of Burnside's position. A few minutes after came the souured two general officers. General Grant sent Burnside this news with a message saying, Push on withand prisoners, and a quarter of an hour later Burnside sent word that he had driven the enemy back t[7 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 7 (search)
s. At the close of the arguments the general said: I am fully aware that some embarrassments arise from the present organization, but there is more weight on the other side of the question. I am commanding all the armies, and I cannot neglect others by giving my time exclusively to the Army of the Potomac, which would involve performing all the detailed duties of an army commander, directing its administration, enforcing discipline, reviewing its court-martial proceedings, etc. I have Burnside's, Butler's, and Sigel's armies to look after in Virginia, to say nothing of our Western armies, and I may make Sheridan's cavalry a separate command. Besides, Meade has served a long time with the Army of the Potomac, knows its subordinate officers thoroughly, and led it to a memorable victory at Gettysburg. I have just come from the West, and if I removed a deserving Eastern mall from the position of army commander, my motives might be misunderstood, and the effect be bad upon the spiri
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 8 (search)
ition. At ten o'clock that morning Warren had moved south, and that night he reached the vicinity of Guiney's Station. Burnside put his corps in motion as soon as the road was clear of Hancock's troops, and was followed by Wright. Generals Grannding a charming view of the valley of the Mattapony. A very comfortable house stood not far from the road along which Burnside's corps was marching. In making halts of this kind a house was usually selected, for the reason that good water was eass of them, and before this campaign is over I want to see the whole of the Yankee army in Southern prisons. Just then Burnside rode into the yard, dismounted, and joined our party on the porch. He was a man of great gallantry and elegance of mann, madam, that you ever saw so many Yankee soldiers before. She replied instantly: Not at liberty, sir. This was such a good shot that every one was greatly amused, and General Grant joined heartily in the laugh that followed at Burnside's expense.
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 9 (search)
urns from his raid meeting between Grant and Burnside destroying a Railroad the enemy reinforced Hancock marched to the Telegraph-road bridge, Burnside to Ox Ford, and Warren to Jericho Ford. Wrig were crowded off the bridge and drowned. Burnside, on reaching Ox Ford, found it held by the en night our whole army, except one division of Burnside's corps, was on the south side of the river ahad been considering for some time, assigning Burnside's corps to the Army of the Potomac, and putti to inform Meade of the instructions given to Burnside, and to let Burnside know of the movements thhe headquarters of Burnside the next morning, Burnside came out of his tent, and in company with sev am glad it has been issued. This conduct of Burnside gave the greatest satisfaction to the generalt must be recollected in this connection that Burnside was senior in rank to Meade, and had commandes was also withdrawn and moved in the rear of Burnside, and at daylight the next morning halted in a[5 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 10 (search)
day on May 28, Wright, Hancock, and Warren had crossed the river and gone into position about a mile and a half beyond. Burnside had reached the ferry, but remained on the north side to guard the trains. General Grant had pushed on to Hanover Ferrypective fronts, which led to some active skirmishing, the enemy's skirmishers being in most places strongly intrenched. Burnside this day crossed the Totopotomoy. Early's (formerly Ewell's) corps moved out with the evident intention of turning our ng about 750 prisoners. The enemy had made three attacks upon Warren, but had been handsomely repulsed. Hancock and Burnside had also been attacked, no doubt to prevent them from sending troops to reinforce our left. The enemy seemed roused their rations, and it was found impossible to make a formidable assault until five o'clock in the afternoon. Warren and Burnside were both attacked while they were moving their troops, but they repelled all assaults, and caused the enemy considerabl
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 11 (search)
he extreme left, Wright next, then Smith and Warren, with Burnside on the extreme right. Everything was now in readinessen sent forward to try to keep down the enemy's fire. Burnside had captured the advance rifle-pits in front of Early's lroops to reinforce his right. Warren had cooperated with Burnside in driving Early from the Shady Grove road, upon which heand held them for an hour, but was unable to connect with Burnside's infantry, and withdrew to Haw's Shop. The reports rble to carry the works before him, but was not sanguine. Burnside believed that he could break the enemy's line in his fron along the lines, and in the afternoon it became heavy on Burnside's right. The enemy had made an attack there, and while iasted he attempted to haul off some of his batteries; but Burnside's return fire was so vigorous that this attempt was prevented. In the night the enemy's troops withdrew from Burnside's front, leaving some of their wounded in his hands and their
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