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rmed a redoubt in his front, came up with two divisions, closing in on their left. Thereupon, the Rebel lines defending Petersburg on the south were assaulted by Gibbon's division of Ord's corps, which carried by storm two strong and important works--Forts Gregg and Alexander--shortening our besieging lines, and weakening the defenses of that city. Fort Gregg was held by Harris's Mississippi brigade, now reduced to 250; of whom but 30 remained when it fell. Gibbon's loss in this assault was about 500. Miles's division of the 2d corps had been sent to reenforce Sheridan, reaching him at daybreak, and had been directed to follow the White Oak road east our army returned to Burkesville, and thence, a few days later, to Petersburg and Richmond, the work of paroling went on, under the guardianship of Griffin's and Gibbon's infantry, with McKenzie's cavalry; and, so fast as paroled, the Confederates took their way severally to their respective homes: many of them supplied with tran
en. John W., his charge at Cedar Mountain, 177; triumphs at Wauhatchie, 435. Georgia, British-Confederate cruiser, captured by the Niagara, 646. Germantown, Va., skirmish at, 188. Gettysburg, 367; battle and map of, 378; Gens. Hancock and Sickles arrive at, 379; preparing for the decisive charge at, 383; second battle and map of, 384; the Rebel grand charge at, 385. Getty's division at the battles of the Wilderness, 568 to 571. Gholson, Gen., of Miss., killed at Egypt, 696. Gibbon, Brig.-Gen., at South Mountain. 198; wounded at Vicksburg, 347; at Chancellorsville. 362; at Gettysburg, 380 to 387; at the Wilderness, 567 to 571; at Cold Harbor, 581. Giddings, Hon. J. R., on the Slave-Trade. 237. Gilbert, Gen., in battle of Perryville, 220. Gillem, Gen., captures 300 prisoners from Duke at Kingsport, Tenn., 688; captures 200 men and 8 guns from Vaughan at Wytheville, Va., 688. Gillmore, Gen. Quincy A., routs Pegram near Somerset, 427; his plan for bombarding F
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 15: operations of the Army of the James around Richmond and Petersburg. (search)
my of Northern Virginia, Vol. II., Southern Historical Society Papers, Nov. 1, 1876, p. 257. says:-- Smith's attack was made at 7.30 P. M. and scarcely had the assault ended when Hancock came up. Gen. Francis A. Walker, chief of staff of General Hancock, says:-- History of the Second Army Corps, p. 531. The head of General Hancock's column was now, say 6.30 P. M., at the Bryant House, about a mile in the rear of Hinks' position (see map) and left instructions for Birney and Gibbon to move forward as soon as they could ascertain where they were needed. General Hancock rode to General Smith, and informed him that two of his divisions were close at hand ready for any movement which in his judgment should be made, General Smith informing him that the enemy had been reinforced during the evening, and requesting him to relieve his troops (Smith's) in the front line of the captured works. This relief was completed by 11 o'clock. Horace Greeley says, The American Con
this. When General Sickles moved forward his corps, on the afternoon of the second of July, from its appropriate place in the general line, he excited the astonishment of the thousands of lookers on. It was a magnificent sight, but excited the gravest apprehension, and the writer well recollects the remarks made at the time by some prominent officers. The right of his line was entirely disconnected from the Second corps, leaving an interval of from one half to one quarter of a mile. General Gibbon, commanding the Second corps, at this moment threw forward into this interval two regiments of infantry and a battery, which were nearly destroyed when the shock fell on Sickles's corps. A like interval was left between the right of the Fifth corps. and the left of the Third. In this position, with no connection on his right or left, General Sickles became engaged. Had the Second and Fifth corps been moved up to conform to this line, the battle would have been delivered in front of t
of our artillery, while our troops were subject to a warm artillery fire, as well as to that of infantry in the woods and under cover. By order of Gen. Burnside, Gibbon's brigade, of Hatch's division, late in the afternoon advanced upon the centre of the enemy's position on the main road. Deploying his brigade, Gibbon actively eGibbon actively engaged a superior force of the enemy, which, though stubbornly resisting, was steadily pressed back until some hours after dark, when Gibbon remained in undisturbed possession of the field. He was then relieved by a brigade of Sedgwick's division. Finding themselves outflanked, both on the right and left, the enemy abandoned theGibbon remained in undisturbed possession of the field. He was then relieved by a brigade of Sedgwick's division. Finding themselves outflanked, both on the right and left, the enemy abandoned their position during the night, leaving their dead and wounded on the field, and hastily retreated down the mountain. In the engagement at Turner's Pass our loss was three hundred and twenty-eight killed, and one thousand four hundred and sixty three wounded and missing; that of the enemy is estimated to be, in all, about three t
camp in good season in rear of the line of the First and Third brigades of our division. December eleventh, remained in position until dark. In obedience to orders from corps headquarters, the Twenty-second Wisconsin was detached and sent to Gibbon's plantation, on the Savannah River, to support a battery and blockade the river. At dark the brigade moved forward into the first line, connecting the right of the First brigade with the left of the Third brigade, midway between the dirt and raa, December 20, 1864. Captain: I have the honor to submit the following report for the information of the General commanding: This brigade (Second) has three (3) regiments in line, the Twenty-second Wisconsin being detached and upon duty at Gibbon's plantation, on the Savannah River; the right of our line rests upon the Savannah and Augusta dirt road, connecting with the left of the First brigade of this division, (Colonel Smith,) the left connecting with the right of the First brigade, Fi
ne of the ablest officers in our service, supported by General Gibbon on his right, and General Doubleday in reserve. Thesehis front; seems to be able to hold on. Reynolds will push Gibbon in if necessary. The battery and woods referred to must bies on extreme left retired. Tough work; men fight well. Gibbon has advanced to Meade's right; men fight well, driving theleday to Meade's left not engaged. 2 1/4 o'clock P. M. Gibbon and Meade driven back from the woods. Newton gone forward. Jackson's corps of the enemy attacks on the left. General Gibbon slightly wounded. General Bayard mortally wounded by as own. Things look better somewhat. 3.40 o'clock P. M. Gibbon's and Meade's divisions are badly used up, and I fear anotrly seven thousand more. The committee name only Meade's, Gibbon's, Doubleday's, and Birney's divisions, as those by which , that officer informed General Burnside as follows: Gibbon's and Meade's divisions are badly used up, and I fear anot
for what they had done to our poor fellows the day before, and we never had had such a chance before. Most of us fired over twenty rounds, and at close range enough to do splendid execution; and if we didn't kill some Secesh in that battle we never did, and I fear never will during the war. During the fight of the third, it might be said, almost, that every man fought on his own hook, for our division had been so used up the day before, that few officers were left. Generals Hancock and Gibbon were wounded early. Each man acted as though he felt what was at stake in the contest, and did all in their power to drive the enemy, without regard to officers, or whether there were any or not. Regiments all mixed up together, and in the last charge nearly all the flags of the division were together in a corner where the rebels got a hold. The flags of the rebel division were about the same, and when the assault was fully repulsed, they laid them on the ground in front of us, for anybody
Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 1.4, chapter 1.8 (search)
and the bookseller, seeing a promising customer in me, allowed me some latitude in my selection, and even catered to my tastes. The state of the binding mattered little; it was the contents that fascinated me. My first prize that I took home was Gibbon's Decline and fall, in four volumes, because it was associated with Brynford lessons. I devoured it now for its own sake. Little by little, I acquired Spenser's Faery Queen, Tasso's Jerusalem delivered, Pope's Iliad, Dryden's Odyssey, Paradise lorious for great deeds and splendid pageantry. It affected my dreams, for I dreamed of the things that I had read. I was transported into Trojan Fields, and Odyssean Isles, and Roman Palaces; and my saturated brain revolved prose as stately as Gibbon's, and couplets that might have been a credit to Pope, only, if I chanced to remember at daybreak what I had been busy upon throughout the night, the metre and rhyme were shameful! My self-indulgence in midnight readings was hurtful to my eyes
d Hancock's force was gotten into position within a few hundred yards of the Confederate breast-works. He was now between Burnside and Wright. At the first approach of dawn the four divisions of the Second Corps, under Birney, Mott, Barlow, and Gibbon (in reserve) moved noiselessly to the designated point of attack. Without a shot being fired they reached the Confederate entrenchments, and struck with fury and impetuosity a mortal blow at the point where least expected, on the salient, held bainst the inferior numbers of Lee, and in a brave assault upon the Confederate entrenchments, lost ten thousand men in twenty minutes. Grant's assault at Cold Harbor was marked by the gallantry of General Hancock's division and of the brigades of Gibbon and Barlow, who on the left of the Federal line charged up the ascent in their front upon the concentrated artillery of the Confederates; they took the position and held it for a moment under a galling fire, which finally drove them back, but not
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