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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Battle of Spottsylvania-Hancock's position-assault of Warren's and Wright's corps-upton promoted on the field-good news from Butler and Sheridan (search)
's house, had to cross the Ny near the enemy. He found pickets at the bridge, but they were soon driven off by a brigade of Willcox's division, and the stream was crossed. This brigade was furiously attacked; but the remainder of the division coming up, they were enabled to hold their position, and soon fortified it. About the time I received the news of this attack, word came from Hancock that Early had left his front. He had been forced over to the Catharpin Road, crossing the Po at Corbin's and again at Wooden Bridge. These are the bridges Sheridan had given orders to his cavalry to occupy on the 8th, while one division should occupy Spottsylvania. These movements of the enemy gave me the idea that Lee was about to make the attempt to get to, or towards, Fredericksburg to cut off my supplies. I made arrangements to attack his right and get between him and Richmond if he should try to execute this design. If he had any such intention it was abandoned as soon as Burnside w
ut he extricated his command by passing it around the latter force, and reached Todd's Tavern by crossing the Po River at Corbin's bridge. General Meade discovering that the enemy had interposed at Parker's store between Wilson and the Fifth Corps, he crossroads — I directed Gregg to assail the enemy on the Catharpen road with Irvin Gregg's brigade and drive him over Corbin's bridge, while Merritt attacked him with the Reserve brigade on the Spottsylvania road in conJunction with Davies's brigning of the 8th, for the purpose of gaining possession of Snell's bridge over the Po River, the former by the crossing at Corbin's bridge and the latter by the Block House. I also directed Wilson, who was at Alsop's house, to take possession of Spotral Meade arrived at Todd's Tavern and modified the orders I had given Gregg and Merritt, directing Gregg simply to hold Corbin's bridge, and Merritt to move out in front of the column marching on the Spottsylvania road. Merritt proceeded to obey,
s in our front. After dislodging them I opened with the section of Parrotts, commanded by Lieutenant Corbin, on a battery which was on a hill about one thousand two hundred yards to our front, and a little to our left. Lieutenant Corbin soon drove them from their position. I then received orders from General Brannan to remain at this point until further orders, which I soon received, to join signal flag of the enemy, some two miles distant, delivering a message. To this I ordered Lieutenant Corbin and Lieutenant Sawyer to pay their compliments, which they did, giving their pieces full eoward Tullahoma, Tenn., and encamped for the night. June 29.--Remained in camp all day. Lieutenant Corbin was sent to the front with one section of the battery for picket. Left camp at six P. M. June 30.--Lieutenant Corbin returned to camp with the section at seven A. M. July 1.--Marched to Tullahoma. The enemy were gone, evidently having left in great haste. We encamped one mile sou
; John H. Moore, Surgeon's Mate; Henry D. Townsend, Paymaster; Royal B. Stratton, Chaplain. non-commissioned staff.--Fred. C. Tapley, Sergeant-Major; C. F. Moore, Quartermaster-Sergeant; Howard B. Utter, Drum-Major; Chas. C. Fleming, Assistant-Adjutant. Company A--David A. Nevins, Captain; Peter L. Van Ness, First Lieutenant; Chas. L. Jones, Ensign. Company B--Jas. M. Pomeroy, Captain; Watson Hopkins, First Lieutenant; Geo. B. Eastman, Ensign. Company C--Frank Palmer, Captain; Royal Corbin, First Lieutenant; Pliny Moore, Ensign. Company D--Geo. Parker, Captain; Albert M. Barney, First Lieutenant; Robert P. Wilson, Ensign. Company E--John L. Stetson, Captain; Ransom M. Pierce, First Lieutenant; Charles H. Bently, Ensign. Company F--John C. Gilmore, Captain; John A. Vance, First Lieutenant; Jos. Holbrook, Ensign. Company G--N. M. Curtis, Captain; Simon C. Vedder, First Lieutenant; Wm. L. Best, Ensign. Company H--Warren Gibson, Captain; A. M. Barnard, First Lieutenant; A. S.
unction with the Second corps. Major-General Warren was ordered to cross at Germania Ford and take the turnpike to Robertson's Tavern. The Fifth corps, Major-General Sykes, was directed to cross at Culpeper Ford, and taking the plank-road, to continue his march as far as Parker's Store, and if practicable, to the crossing of the road from Robertson's Tavern. A division of cavalry, under Brigadier-General Gregg, was ordered to cross at Ely's Ford, and proceed on the Catharpin road as far as Corbin's bridge, to cover the left flank of the army. A division of cavalry, under General Custer, held the upper fords of the Rapidan; and the Third division, under General Merritt, was ordered to guard the trains assembled at Richardsville. Anticipating an attempt on the part of the enemy to check the heads of columns until he could get in position, and looking for this attack first on my right flank, the nearest to his known position, I ordered the Sixth corps, Major-General Sedgwick, to follo
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), History of Lane's North Carolina brigade. (search)
ad penetrated the woods as far as Hill's reserves, nd encountered Gregg's brigade. The attack was so sudden and unexpected that Orr's rifles, mistaking the enemy for our own troops retiring, were thrown into confusion. While in the act of rallying them that brave soldier and true patriot, Brigadier-General Maxey Gregg, fell mortally wounded. After this battle our brigade was ordered to Moss neck, below Fredericksburg, and went into winter quarters in the woods around the residence of a Mr. Corbin. List of casualties in Lane's brigade, in campaign of 1862. names of Battles.Killed: Offic'rs and Men.Wounded: Offic'rs and Men.Missing: Offic'rs and Men.Aggregate. Hanover Courthouse, May 2773202Unknown.275 Mechanicsville, June 26Killed & Wounded, 85315868 Cold Harbor, June 27 Frazier's Farm, June 30 Maivern Hill, July 1 Cedar Run, August 91288 100 Warrenton Springs, August 24 3 3 Manassas Junction, August 26   <*> Manassas Plains, August 28, 29, 3030185Unknown.215 Ox Hill<
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 15: Chancellorsville (search)
ttacks. assaults repulsed. Hazel Grove guns. Federals withdraw. Lee and Stuart meet. Sedgwick's advance. Wilcox on Taylor's Hill. assaults renewed. Early falls back. Salem Church. casualties. Early's division. Lee organizes an attack. Sedgwick driven across. Soon after the battle of Fredericksburg, Lee placed his army in winter quarters. Jackson was extended along the river, below the town, as far as Port Royal, his own headquarters being at a hunting lodge on the lawn of a Mr. Corbin, at Moss Neck, 11 miles below Fredericksburg. Longstreet was encamped from a little above Fredericksburg to Massaponax Creek. Lee established his headquarters in a camp a short distance in rear of Hamilton's Crossing. Most of the artillery was sent back to the North Anna River for convenience of supply. My own battalion occupied a wood at Mt. Carmel church, five miles north of Hanover Junction, the horses being sheltered in an adjoining pine thicket. On the occasion of Burnside's Mu
cent campaign: On November twenty-ninth, 1864, by order of Major-General Steedman, I assumed command of the Fourteenth United States colored infantry, Lieutenant-Colonel Corbin; the Sixteenth United States colored infantry, Colonel William B Gaw, and the Forty-fourth United States colored infantry, Colonel L. Johnson, at Chattan to its movements. He thus took part in the first assault upon Overton Hill. Colonel Shafter, with Seventeenth, was in echelon in rear of Grosvenor. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbin, with Fourteenth, was directed to support and . protect the artillery. Colonel Johnson, Forty-fourth, was directed to guard the left. Captain Osborn, T The brigade was disbanded January twelve, 1865. Colonel Shafter, Seventeenth, acquitted himself well; is cool and brave and a good disciplinarian. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbin, Fourteenth United States colored infantry, does not possess sufficient courage to command brave men. Captain Baker in reality commanded the Fourteent
ng, with whom he was presently on the best of terms. In an excess of communicativeness, Bowen one day called young Newcomer into an orchard and revealed to him, in confidence, that he and his brother had, in early life, murdered their brother-in-law, in Vermont, and that they had only been saved from the gallows, by a man being found who bore a remarkably strong resemblance to the murdered man, and who was induced to swear that he was the man supposed to be killed. This was the celebrated Corbin case so often referred to, in criminal trials. Having finally implicated the entire gang of counterfeiters, and acquired a thorough knowledge of their haunts and residences, Newcomer plead that urgent business called him away, and repairing to Cleveland, reported progress to the United States Marshal, and officers were sent, and the whole number arrested, tried, convicted, and sent to the penitentiary. In 1860, he removed to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was soon employed in the de
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 4 (search)
ly detailed. On reading it we shall find that Corbin does not come up to the character of a witness a fortnight since the county was quiet before Corbin made his appearance on the scene. Time had benesses to frame a consistent tale of horrors. Corbin never left Aiken but was able to get affidavitof it; but if thirteen men had been killed, as Corbin described, could any one doubt but that their such victims, and no one knew that better than Corbin himself. Lastly, he says, that white men, eig own safety and that of their families? Could Corbin blame them for it? It was the timely appearann in that body would have minced the matter as Corbin did. Even Corbin knew that his report was of nCorbin knew that his report was of no use but to make an electioneering squib, and furnish Chamberlain with a pretext, which he could nos calculated to confirm the partisan report of Corbin, and the frantic screams of Chamberlain. Evenls went also through the formality of electing Corbin United States Senator, but as Mackey was not S[1 more...]
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