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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 33: the East Tennessee campaign. (search)
ome other blind wagon-roads and cattle-trails. West of this spur, and near its base, is the main wagon-road to Knoxville, as far as Campbell Station, about seventeen miles, where it joins the Kingston road, passes a gap, and unites with the wagon-road that runs with the railroad east of the mountain spur at Campbell Station. South of this gap, about eleven miles, is another pass at Lenoir's Mill, and three miles south of that another pass, not used. A detail of sharp-shooters under Captain Foster, of Jenkins's brigade, manned the first boats and made a successful lodging, after an exchange of a few shots with the enemy's picket-guard on the north bank. They intended to surprise and capture the picket and thus secure quick and quiet passage, but in that they were not successful. The north bank was secured, however, without loss, and troops were passed rapidly over to hold it, putting out a good skirmish line in advance of the bridge-head. As we advanced towards Loudon, the part
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 35: cut off from East and West. (search)
echerd under General Elliott, the third by Cumberland Gap under General Foster. When General Leadbetter left us on the 29th of November, hhey had rejoined. During our march and wait at Rogersville, General Foster passed down to Knoxville by a more southern route and relievedd not want. The enemy retired to Blain's Cross-roads, where General Foster, after reinforcing by the Fourth Corps, decided to accept battl Halleck impressed his views upon General Grant, and despatched General Foster that it was of first importance to drive Longstreet out of East having the enemy dictate it to me. Referring to his orders, General Foster reported his plan to intrench a line of infantry along Bull's Gession that the stores were for troops of East Tennessee, wired General Foster, December 25, This will give you great advantage, and General FGeneral Foster despatched General Parke, commanding his troops in the field, December 26, Longstreet will feel a little timid now, and will bear a litt
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 36: strategic importance of the field. (search)
of small engagements General Grant urges General Foster's army to the offensive General Foster reGeneral Foster relieved General Schofield in command of Federals General Grant's orders General Halleck's estimater's, and remained until the 7th. He found General Foster in the condition of the Confederates,--not. At the time ordered for his advance, General Foster was suffering from an old wound, and Generpon getting his cavalry back to Knoxville, General Foster crossed them over the bridge at the city bof the State of Tennessee. And he ordered General Foster to put his cavalry on a raid from Cumberleral Johnston at Dalton. At the same time General Foster called for a pontoon bridge to make his cror-General Thomas: Conversation with Major-General Foster has undecided me as to the propriety ofration during the day, after further talk with Foster, and give you the conclusion arrived at. If deom General Schofield and conversation with General Foster, who is now here, have determined me again[7 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 42: Petersburg. (search)
the sacred service, passed out and to their homes to prepare, in silent resignation, for whatever was to come. The tragic scenes of the south side, in a different way, were as impressive as these. General Gibbon prepared his divisions under Foster and Turner for assault upon Forts Gregg and Whitworth, and when the Sixth Corps lined up with him, he ordered the divisions to their work. As they advanced the other brigades of Field's division came up, were aligned before the enemy's heavy massing forces, and ordered to intrench. General Foster found his work at Fort Gregg called for all the force and skill that he could apply. He made desperate assault, but was checked, and charged again and again, even to the bayonet, before he could mount the parapets and claim the fort. It had been manned by part of Harris's brigade (Twelfth Mississippi Regiment, under Captain J. H. Duncan, three hundred men of Mahone's division). Fifty-five dead were found in the fort; two hundred and fifty,