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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 1: from Massachusetts to Virginia. (search)
Massachusetts Infantry, but then designated as a regiment to be commanded by Major Gordon. The steps that followed in their order, make up the history of the organuestion as you can, so that we may prepare to go. Yours, Wilder Dwight. G. H. Gordon. On the thirtieth of April I received from Philadelphia the following despatch:-- Geo. H. Gordon, 20 Court Street, Have got authority. See full despatch to Governor Andrew. Rush right forward. Home to-morrow evening. Wilder enty-fifth of April he had written the Secretary of War, In addition to raising Gordon's regiment, we can send you four thousand more troops within a very short time that the traditions and even necessities of regular army service, by which Colonel Gordon seems to have interpreted an act of no significance when judged of by the llth of Massachusetts, Adjutant-General's Office, Boston, July 2, 1861. Colonel George H. Gordon, commanding Second Regiment Mass. Volunteers: Sir, By direction
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
g out of Camp Andrew on our last morning there, We look to you, Colonel Gordon, that you return again in safety all these young men to their hsponsibility upon me; but this was in Maryland, at Sandy Hook. Colonel Gordon, Dr., the bill read. The items varied, but there was a monotonespatch, which I read by the light of the officer's lantern:-- Colonel Gordon, I am directed by Colonel Donelly to send a messenger to yousoon returned with the sleepy message from General Porter, that Colonel Gordon has his orders. Tell him to come down to the telegraph offiegiment, it excited a spirit of emulation in another. To equal the Gordon boys in drill and discipline was an aspiration of the Thirteenth; the especial camaraderie of the volunteers branded us as Regulars, --Gordon's Regulars. And this reputation was known throughout the Army of t You look incredulous. So I am, said the citizen. I thought Colonel Gordon was fifty years old, and as savage as thunder. I should like
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
vain, for hardly had I lost myself when an orderly, galloping through my camp, halted at my tent, with despatches for Colonel Gordon. With matches ready, I struck a light and read as follows : General Abercrombie will put his brigade immediwill be sent out from these headquarters. Two squadrons of cavalry and two sections of artillery will report to Colonel George H. Gordon, who will command the entire force, subject to further orders from these headquarters. Let not a moment be lost. By command of Major-General Banks. R. Morris Copeland, Maj. Vols., A. A. G. Colonel Gordon will comply with the above order. By command of General Abercrombie. Geo. B. Drake, A. A. G. In a moment I had shivered into my shoes, ordeoomed up another orderly, galloping as if for life, and I read, from the headquarters of the Fifth Army Corps to Colonel George H. Gordon: Send forward your battery with'all possible despatch. And still the cry was, On they come; as yet again the or
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
46th Pennsylvania, 28th New York, 5th Connecticut--numbered 1,700 ; Gordon's (third) brigade--2d Massachusetts (27 officers, 580 enlisted men)lly of the Twentyeighth New York. The Second commanded by Colonel George H. Gordon, of the Second Massachusetts. of infantry at Strasburg, cod me to add to it a battery. Strasburg, 5.45 P. M., 23d May. Colonel Gordon, Commanding Brigade, etc.: Sir,--You will direct a section olonel Ruger of the Third Wisconsin, Headquarters, 9.45 P. M. Colonel Gordon: Sr,--I sent a note about an hour ago to Colonel Ruger to ha was on the march,--1 It was eleven. Colonel Donelly in front, Colonel Gordon in the centre, and General Hatch in the rear. See Banks's ofters Department of Shenandoah, Strasburg, Va., May 24, 1862. Col. Geo. H. Gordon, Commanding Brigade: Sir,--Our information this morning sbeen overthrown, and could not be transported for want of animals. Gordon's Report. and pontoon boats, blackened heaps of rice, beef, and bre
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
was a major in the Second Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Colonel Gordon of Massachusetts, who is, I believe, said the Major, an old friigade, General A. S. Williams's division, and will relieve Colonel George H. Gordon, Second Massachusetts Volunteers, who on being relieved wihis unlqualified approval of the manner in which Colonel George Ht. Gordon has discharged the duties of brigade-commander. In organization, d in recommending for the appointment of brigadier-general, Colonel George H. Gordon, commanding Second Massachusetts Regiment. Colonel GordColonel Gordon has for the last three months filled the position asked for him, having been in command of the Third Brigade of Williams's division. The hfrom the Secretary of War. Winchester, Va., June 15. Brigadier-General Gordon will proceed at once to Washington, and report to the Secr-General's Office, Washington, June 18, 1862. 9th. Brigadier-General George H. Gordon, U. S. Vols., is assigned to duty in the Department o
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
my command there. The Federal line of battle was formed with Augur's division of Banks's corps (2d) on the left of the road lead-·ing to Orange Court House, and Williams's division on the right, and in the following order from right to left: Gordon's brigade on the right consisted of the 2d Massachusetts, Zouaves d'afrique (Collis Company), 27th Indiana, 3d Wisconsin, and Cothran's (N. Y.) battery; next came Crawford's brigade, with the 5th Connecticut, 10th Maine, 28th New York, and 46th P of General Augur, who gives as the total of enlisted men in his division,--Geary's brigade, 1,121 ; Prince's, 1,435; and Greene's, 457: of General Crawford, who reports as present in the engagement,--officers, 88; enlisted men, 1,679: and of General Gordon, who reports less than 1,500 all told: making a grand total of 6,280. The addition of cavalry and artillery would account for the remainder. See official records of the War of the Rebellion, series i. vol. XII. part II; reports of Generals
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 8: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
n and the wheat-field, without finding the enemy, when General Williams received orders from Banks to send these companies to report to Crawford. Before Williams received this order, Crawford himself, in violation of military law and etiquette, had ordered the Wisconsin companies to join his troops then filing into the woods for the general charge which Banks contemplated making all along his line. To Crawford's unlawful order Ruger replied that he was momentarily expecting orders from General Gordon, his brigade-commander, and suggested that before taking his regiment from the brigade it would be better to have superior authority ; Wisconsin in the War, p. 253. but at the same time he advanced his command towards Crawford's right. Crawford's appeal to Banks was answered through an order to Williams, communicated to me; and thus these companies of the Third Wisconsin Regiment were detached from my brigade and placed on the right of Crawford's line. As Crawford's brigade will
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 9: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
djutant-general, whose energy and bravery it is impossible to commend too highly. Colonel Colgrove's Official Report of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, to General George H. Gordon. and moved to the right of the Second Massachusetts, where again it opened fire upon the enemy. By this time, Pender with his brigade, who until now hadf me as to the condition of my command. I do not think I have now, I said, more than three or four hundred troops together; we have been very much cut up. General Gordon, Pope replied, you will move, as soon as relieved, to the right of the pike and form the centre of a new line of battle. I don't expect much of your troops tn should be given in full When Major Pelouze was attempting to move the Tenth Maine forward in the wheat-field, an officer passed him, saying he had orders for Gordon's brigade, Colonel Pelouze, letter to Major Gould, in the History of the First, Tenth, and Twenty-ninth Maine. then on the right. In the midst of the strugg
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 10: General Banks's orders and responsibility. (search)
as follows :-- Washington, D. C., April 7, 1875. General George H. Gordon, 7 Court Square, Boston. My Dear General,--In s was in position I went to the extreme right (position of Gordon's brigade), and was gone an hour or more. On returning, Imismanaged battle; and every man of us knows now, what General Gordon and Colonel Beals believed then, that the woods was ouhis front. They had a continuous line from the road up to Gordon's right, which they overlapped so far that it would seem aepid conduct. And again, Williams, Geary, Augur, Carroll, Gordon, Crawford, and Greene behaved with distinguished gallantryattributed his loss of the battle of Cedar Mountain to General Gordon's failure to obey his orders. The moment I saw this as. Yes! said the Captain; General Banks, I carried General Gordon the order to move forward his brigade into action. Hen I returned to General Williams I said, See how quick General Gordon has got into the fight. I presume by the time Pitt
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, chapter 15 (search)
neral Escort: 1st Ohio cavalry, companies A and C.22 Second Army Corps, Maj.-Gen. N. P. Banks. Escort: 1st Mich. cav. (detachment)4239 6th N. Y. cav. (detachment)11 1st W. Va. cav. (detachment)336 Total escort55616 First Division Brig.-Gen. A. S. Williams. Staf11 First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. S. W. Crawford. 5th Connecticut3188632143237 10th Maine222614013173 28th New York12067310103213 46th Pennsylvania3288947104244 Total First Brigade9882737020353867 Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. George H. Gordon. 2d Massachusetts535687337173 Zouaves d'afrique (Collis Co.)231713 27th Indiana1141281650 3d Wisconsin116462124108 Total Third Brigade76711180673344 Total First Division1615538550274261212 Second Division, (1) Brig.-Gen. C. C. Augur, (wounded.) (2) Brig.-Gen. Henry Prince, (captured.) (3) Brig.-Gen. Geo. S. Greene. Staff123 First Brigade, (1) Brig..Gen. John W. Geary (wounded.), (2) Col. Charles Candy Staff11 5th Ohio1411984122 7th Ohio32871422182 29th Ohio
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