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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 3: battle of Manassas, or Bull Run. (search)
ce in time and space as to make the consolidation easy under well-organized transportation facilities. Holmes's brigade and six-gun battery were posted in rear of Ewell's brigade. General McDowell's order for battle on the 21st of July was issued on the afternoon of the 20th, directing his First Division to march by the Warrenke. All of D. R. Jones's brigade that had crossed at McLean's Ford under the former order had not yet returned to its position under the order to that effect, and Ewell had gone from Union Mills Ford to the battle on the extreme left, so that neither of them came in position ready to take part in the pursuit. Those at Mitchell's tchell's Fords, all quite fresh, could have been reinforced by all the cavalry and most of the artillery, comparatively fresh, and later by the brigades of Holmes, Ewell, and Early. This favorable aspect for fruitful results was all sacrificed through the assumed authority of staff-officers who, upon false reports, gave counterman
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 5: Round about Richmond. (search)
to meet him on either of the other routes, a line behind the Rapidan was the chosen position. General Beauregard had been relieved of duty in Virginia and ordered West with General A. S. Johnston. The withdrawal from Centreville was delayed some weeks, waiting for roads that could be travelled, but was started on the 9th of March, 1862, and on the 11th the troops were south of the Rappahannock. General Whiting's command from Occoquan joined General Holmes at Fredericksburg. Generals Ewell and Early crossed by the railroad bridge and took positions near it. General G. W. Smith's division and mine marched by the turnpike to near Culpeper Court-House. General Stuart, with the cavalry, remained on Bull Run until the 10th, then withdrew to Warrenton Junction. During the last week of March our scouts on the Potomac reported a large number of steamers, loaded with troops, carrying, it was estimated, about one hundred and forty thousand men, passing down and out of the Potoma
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 24: preparing for the spring of 1863. (search)
death of Stonewall Jackson the resolve to march northward the Army reorganized in three Corps Ewell and A. P. Hill appointed Lieutenant Generals. Before we were fully settled in our winter quas the senior major-general of the army, and by reason of distinguished services and ability, General Ewell was entitled to the command of the Second Corps, but there were other major-generals of rank next below Ewell whose services were such as to give them claims next after Ewell's, so that when they found themselves neglected there was no little discontent, and the fact that both the new lieutEwell's, so that when they found themselves neglected there was no little discontent, and the fact that both the new lieutenant-generals were Virginians made the trouble more grievous. General D. H. Hill was next in rank to General Ewell. He was the hero of Bethel, Seven Pines, South Mountain, and the hardest fighter General Ewell. He was the hero of Bethel, Seven Pines, South Mountain, and the hardest fighter at Sharpsburg. His record was as good as that of Stonewall Jackson, but, not being a Virginian, he was not so well advertised. Afterwards, when Early, noted as the weakest general officer of the Arm
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter25: invasion of Pennsylvania. (search)
art's and Pleasonton's commands engagement of Ewell and Milroy at Winchester the question of autha near our route, was to move, the former with Ewell, the latter on his left. Six batteries of hor, and three pieces of artillery. On the 10th, Ewell took up his march for the Valley by Chester GB. F. Smith. Upon entering the Valley, General Ewell detached Rodes's division and Jenkins's caith his divisions under Johnson and Early, General Ewell marched to Winchester and attacked and carreat, leaving his artillery and wagon-trains. Ewell had anticipated this, and sent a part of Johnsside. On his march through the Valley, General Ewell took 4000 prisoners and small-arms, 25 can cavalry under General Imboden, ordered on General Ewell's left, was due as far north as McConnellsued orders for the march upon Harrisburg. General Ewell had marched his main column through Chambe of the Imboden cavalry on his left caused General Ewell to send General George H. Steuart through [1 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 26: Gettysburg-First day. (search)
a description of the famous battle-field Generals Ewell and A. P. Hill engage the Federals death nd Jenkins's cavalry was at our front with General Ewell. By the report of the scout we found tnary,--a concentration about Cashtown. General Ewell was ready to march for Harrisburg on the 2burg. He gave notice of his intentions to General Ewell, and sent back to the commanding general tnches by part of his infantry. At this period Ewell's divisions under Rodes approached against Doum's (Twelfth) corps, some miles away, but then Ewell was swinging his division under Early into linrapidly on, particularly the fresher troops of Ewell, cleared the field, and followed on through thhis right, for work in that direction, but General Ewell rode over and reported that another point-e reported, and further orders waited. General Ewell's troops and trains passed the junction oersburg information was received that Hill and Ewell were about to come into contact with the enemy[5 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 27: Gettysburg-Second day. (search)
ual gallant style, led his troops forward among the rocks desperate charges against an earnest adversary Hood wounded General Law succeeds him in command of the division-little Round Top an important point-the citadel of the field it was a fight of seventeen thousand Confederates against twice their number quiet along the lines of other Confederate commands-a man on the left who didn't care to make the battle win evidence against the alleged order for battle at sunrise the order to Ewell was discretionary Lee had lost his balance. The stars were shining brightly on the morning of the 2d when I reported at General Lee's Headquarters and asked for orders. After a time Generals McLaws and Hood, with their staffs, rode up, and at sunrise their commands filed off the road to the right and rested. The Washington Artillery was with them, and about nine o'clock, after an all-night march, Alexander's batteries were up as far as Willoughby's Run, where he parked and fed, and rod
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 38: battle of the Wilderness. (search)
1500, which, added to 63,998, would make the total 65,498. But General Ewell's official account of numbers on the morning of the 6th of May t commanders for their march to meet the enemy, --the Second Corps (Ewell's), consisting of Rodes's, Johnson's, and Early's divisions, by thed not wait. Warren's attack had some success, as by his orders General Ewell felt called upon to delay battle, but a sudden dash of the enemrren, but was delayed by the narrow, tangled roads till night. General Ewell prepared for the next day by intrenching his front. Meanwhiountered between the Plank and Turnpike roads by our Second Corps (Ewell's). Under this combination the forces struggled an hour at the extr, lost and won three times during the day, wore itself out. General Ewell found opportunity before night to push some of his brigades aroeration, so that when we did advance with large reinforcements from Ewell's corps placed under my orders, the enemy was found awaiting us beh
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 39: again in front of Richmond. (search)
rs give me little reason to hope to recover the use of my arm even within a year; hence my desire to be assigned for duty, or to have an extended leave of absence. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. Longstreet, Lieutenant-General. An order came assigning me to command on the north side of James River and Drury's Bluff, and Pickett's division on the south side, along Bermuda Hundred front as far as Swift Creek. On the north side were the local defence troops under Lieutenant-General Ewell, and Hoke's and Field's divisions and Gary's brigade of one thousand cavalry. There had been severe fighting on that side a few days previous, in an attack of the Federals upon Fort Harrison of our line, which resulted in the capture of the fort; then a more desperate fight of the Confederates to recover it, which was not successful. The loss of Fort Harrison broke our line off a little near the river, and caused a new line to be taken from that point to our left, where it join
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 42: Petersburg. (search)
march of the troops from the north side. General Ewell, commanding on the north side, was to croso go through the flames at double-quick time. Ewell's command was united near Manchester and pursug to make his attack the next morning. General Ewell's column was up when we left Amelia Court-lry and repeated the attack on the trains, but Ewell was up in time to aid in repelling the attackon crossed Sailor's Creek, closely followed by Ewell. The route by which they were to march was byh for High Bridge, letting the pursuit in upon Ewell's rear. As Anderson marched he found Merritt're across his route. Humphreys was close upon Ewell, but the former awaited battle for the arrivaluard could find safety beyond High Bridge. Ewell deployed his divisions, Kershaw's on the rightonfederate rear was crushed to fragments. General Ewell surrendered; so also did General G. W. C. l Lee exclaimed, Where is Anderson? Where is Ewell? It is strange I can't hear from them. Then [2 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 43: Appomattox. (search)
remember, less than two thousand men. (General Fitzhugh Lee puts it at sixteen hundred, but he may have overlooked Wallace's brigade, which joined the advance on that day.) My column was about as it was when it marched from Petersburg. Parts of Ewell's, Anderson's, and Pickett's commands not captured on the march were near us, and reported to me, except Wallace's brigade. On the 9th the rear-guard marched as ordered, but soon came upon standing trains of wagons in the road and still in pae 7th, 8th, and 9th in bands and squads from the columns broken up at Sailor's Creek.14,833 Gordon's corps Including five thousand two hundred of fragments dispersed at Petersburg and during the rearward march, that joined us in retreat.7,200 Ewell's corps287 Cavalry corps1,786 Artillery2,586 Detachments1,649 Total28,356 In glancing backward over the period of the war, and the tremendous and terrible events with which it was fraught, the reflection irresistibly arises, that it migh