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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 6. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Stonewall Jackson — the story of his being an Astrologer refuted — an eye-witness describes how he was wounded. (search)
oops — directing the change to be made as quickly as possible. Rodes' division occupied the front line in the advance, while the division commanded by Brigadier-General Colston followed in a second line, with A. P. Hill's division in the rear of the whole. In assailing the enemy, Rodes' and Colston's divisions mingled together,Colston's divisions mingled together, and hence it became necessary to call up the third line when fresh troops were required.--J. A. E. We were now within about half a mile of the open fields near Chancellorsville, where the enemy was supposed to be strongly entrenched. While this change was being made, General Jackson manifested great impatience to get Hill's troopible to keep a line of skirmishers in front, unless the line of battle was prevented from firing. By getting mixed together, the divisions commanded by Rodes and Colston had been thrown into much confusion, and a skirmish line could not be sent out from either of them. While Hill's division was coming up into line and relieving t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 12.89 (search)
south side of James river), and Jackson's corps, of A. P. Hill's, Early's, D. H. Hill's under Rodes, and Trimble's under Colston, and two brigades of cavalry under W. H. F. Lee and Fitzhugh Lee. Hampton's brigade was absent, having been sent to the hompson Brown and Tom Carter, was rapidly and strongly fortified. A. P. Hill's and Trimble's division, the latter under Colston, were formed in rear. And so General Lee waited. Every country boasts its beautiful river, In France, the Seine, witthe different divisions arrived they were formed at right angles to the road --Rodes in front; Trimble's division, under Colston, in the second line, two hundred yards in rear of Rodes, and A. P. Hill's division in the third line. At 6 P. M., allo tell it!! In his official report Rodes says, the enemy, being taken in flank and rear, did not wait for an attack. Colston's division followed so rapidly, that they went over the works at Melzei Chancellor's with Rodes' men. Both divisions ent
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sketch of Longstreet's divisionYorktown and Williamsburg. (search)
gstreet in the centre held the line of the Warwick, embracing the works at Wynn's mill, and dams No. 3 and No. 2. The brigades of Brigadier-Generals Featherston, Colston and Pryor, were now added to his command, which was styled the Central forces. General Magruder's division held the Warwick below Longstreet's right, and embraeturned to the field with it, but did not assume the command. Pending the arrival of these troops, the remaining brigades of Longstreet's division, Pickett's and Colston's, were brought upon the field, and the latter being held in reserve, General R. H. Anderson (who in person had supervised all the movements of the morning), was nd the second Florida regiment (under Colonel G. V. Ward, who was killed as he led his regiment in,) and a Mississippi battalion from this division were sent with Colston's brigade to relieve the right wing under Anderson, which had now exhausted its ammunition. It happened at this same time that Hooker's division was relieved by
bout two o'clock, and our skirmishers soon became engaged with those of the enemy. The entire division of General Hill became engaged about three o'clock, and drove the enemy steadily back, gaining possession of his abatis and part of his intrenched camp, General Rodes, by a movement to the right, driving in the enemy's left. The only reenforcements on the field in hand were my own brigades, of which Anderson's, Wilcox's, and Kemper's were put in by the front on the Williamsburg road, and Colston's and Pryor's by my right flank. At the same time the decided and gallant attack made by the other brigades gained entire possession of the enemy's position, with his artillery, camp-equipage, etc. Anderson's brigade, under Colonel Jenkins, pressing forward rapidly, continued to drive the enemy till nightfall. . . . The conduct of the attack was left entirely to Major-General Hill. The entire success of the affair is sufficient evidence of his ability, courage, and skill. This tribute
ave been taken from those papers by Major Walter H. Taylor, of the staff of General Lee, who supervised for several years the preparation of the original returns. A statement of the strength of the troops under General Johnston shows that on May 21, 1862, he had present for duty as follows: Smith's dvision, consisting of the brigades of Whiting, Hood, Hampton, Hatton, and Pettigrew10,592 Longstreet's division, consisting of the brigades of A. P. Hill, Pickett, R. H. Anderson, Wilson, Colston, and Pryor13,816 Magruder's division, consisting of the brigades of McLaws, Kershaw, Griffith, Cobb, Toombs, and D. R. Jones15,680 D. H. Hill's division, consisting of the brigades of Early, Rodes, Raines, Featherston, and the commands of Colonels Ward and Crump11,151 Cavalry brigade1,289 Reserve artillery1,160 —— Total effective men53,688 statement of the strength of the army commanded by General R. E. Lee on July 20, 1862 Department of Northern Virginia and North CAROLINApres
rived, they were formed at right angles to the road—Rodes's in front, Trimble's, under Brigadier General Colston, in the second, and A. P. Hill's in the third line. At 6 P. M. the advance was orderehe fugitives made a stand at a line of breastworks across the road, but the troops of Rodes and Colston dashed over the entrenchments together, and the flight and pursuit were resumed and continued ud the third line under General Hill to advance to the front and relieve the troops of Rodes and Colston, who were completely blended and in such disorder from their advance through intricate woods annder General Heth was advanced to the line of entrenchments which had been reached by Rodes and Colston. A furious fire of artillery was opened upon them, under cover of which infantry advanced to tto sweep the woods through which our troops had to advance. Hill's division was in front, with Colston in the second line, and Rodes in the third. The second and third lines soon advanced to the su
Lee's surrender, 578-79. Clare, Patrick, 201. Clarence (brig), 219, 237. Clark, General, 44, 46. Clay, —, Member of Confederate peace commission, 517. C. C., imprisonment, 597. Cleburne, General, 37, 360, 361. Death, 489. Clerk's Battalion, 424-25. Clifton (gunboat), 196, 197, 199, 200. Cobb, General, Howell, 71, 100, 131, 355, 418, 479, 481, 497-98, 505. Cockerell, General, 334, 343. Cohn, Levi, 414-15. Colburn, Colonel, 356. Cold Harbor, Battle of, 441-42. Colston, General, 103, 131, 302. Comay, Capt. S. O., 183. Confederate States of America. Combinations of insurrectionists, 2, 11. Measures taken by U. S. Government against, 2, 4-5. Effort to supply a navy, 9. Belligerent recognition, 10. Increasing independence, 14. Coast defenses, 62-65. Statements of strength of army, 131-34. Comparison with U. S., 158. Navy department organization, 163-64. Acquiring ships, 164-65. System of torpedo naval defense, 174-76. Recognition as belligerents, 231-
ed for a while, thinking, probbably, that our raw troops would abandon their position without a fight. But never were the Yankees more mistaken. Our men were made of sterner stuff, and inspired by the cool determination of their leaders, General Colston and Colonel F. H. Archer, maintained their ground like veterans. Finally, the enemy ordered a charge, and came down to our breastworks with a yell, their drawn sabres flashing in the sunlight. When within forty paces of the fortifications ly until they reached the Jerusalem plank-road, in front of battery Twenty-nine, defended by Major Archer's corps of reserves and second-class militia, and by one piece of Sturdivant's battery, a howitzer, under the temporary command of Brigadier-General Colston. Then, with overwhelming numbers, they were twice repulsed, and succeeded only at last in penetrating a gap in the line, and in flanking and gaining the rear of a mere handful of citizen-soldiers, who stood firmly and fought bravely as
t preserved at the town of Beverly. Company B, Sixtieth regiment, was organized at Blue Sulphur Springs, by its captain, A. M. Buster, who was succeeded a year later by J. W. Johnson. The company participated in the Seven Days battles before Richmond, Cedar Mountain, Fayetteville, Cloyd's Mountain, Piedmont, and all the battles under Early in the Shenandoah valley. The Twenty-ninth Virginia infantry, recruited in western Virginia, and commanded by Col. James Giles, was detached from Colston's brigade and assigned to Corse's, at Petersburg, in the spring of 1863. A large regiment, composed of sturdy mountaineers, it did good service on the Blackwater, and with Corse was distinguished at Drewry's Bluff and Five Forks. (Harrison's Pickett and His Men.) Stephen A. Morgan, a lawyer of Morgantown, and member of the Virginia convention of 1861, was one of six brothers in one of the companies with Porterfield, later Company A, Thirty-first infantry. His widow writes: The first g
s, and the Fourteenth, Col. P. W. Roberts, and Manly's battery, were the State's sole representatives in that part of the battle. Both of these regiments were in Colston's brigade. Colston was not put in till late in the afternoon. The Thirteenth went to A. P. Hill's right and was suddenly and fiercely attacked. It, however, unColston was not put in till late in the afternoon. The Thirteenth went to A. P. Hill's right and was suddenly and fiercely attacked. It, however, under the stimulating example of Colonel Scales and Lieutenant-Colonel Ruffin, held its own till the close of the contest. The Fourteenth was deployed in a skirt of woods on A. P. Hill's left, and remained under fire for several hours, behaving with conspicuous bravery. Longstreet reports: Brigadier-General Colston, though last upoBrigadier-General Colston, though last upon the field, was hotly engaged until darkness put an end to the struggle, and he compliments both Scales and Roberts on having discharged their difficult duties with marked skill and fearlessness. Manly's North Carolina battery made an enviable record in this battle. Five of its guns were posted in Fort Magruder, and one under
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