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n order reached me, stating that the whole army would be prepared to advance; that it would recross the Rappahannock. 1 held my division in readiness until night. I was then upon the right of our army, and little before dark the cavalry under Gen. Gregg, who was stationed at the fords formerly held by me, reported that the enemy was there. That was beyond the line assigned to me, and I sent a staff officer, . . . asking instructions. I received orders to be on the alert and ready to receive se Meade offered battle, which he contemplated doing at or near Culpepper. But the foe did not wait for any such demonstration, for that very day he had commenced another flanking movement, of which our commander became first apprised through Gen. Gregg, who was watching the upper fords of the Rappahannock, when he was assailed by Lee's advance, and after a gallant resistance hurled back across the river, the latter then crossing with his army at Sulphur Springs and Waterloo, a ford a few mile
We joined Birney's Division of our old corps, and crossed the river at 10 A. M. Gen. Hancock was under instructions to march directly to Chancellorsville, and by 9 o'clock the infantry advance had reached that destination, preceded, however, by Gregg's division of cavalry, which was thrown out easterly towards Fredericksburg, and southerly towards Todd's Tavern. We reached Chancellorsville about 3 P. M., and placed our guns in earthworks constructed a year previously. It is a fact by no med of support. Reaching the tavern about noon, we hardly recognized the spot, so great were the changes wrought in its appearance during the past three days. Only the day before a severe cavalry contest had taken place here between the forces of Gregg and Fitz-Hugh Lee. This was an important point for the Union army to control, as here, what is known as the Catharpin Road enters the Brock Road from the westward. The promising growths of wheat and corn were trampled in the dust, and fences wer
t Point of Rocks, and to park in some concealed position within General Butler's lines. To throw the enemy off the scent, the infantry were embarked on transports at City Point . . . . . The idea was encouraged that the command was about embarking for Washington. On the morning of the 13th I received my instructions, which were nearly identical with those furnished me in July, when operating from Deep Bottom. These were, in brief, a demonstration in force against the enemy's left. Gregg's division of cavalry and Birney's Tenth Corps were placed at Hancock's disposal. The movement was intended to be a surprise, but failed as such. It was expected to land troops at various points on the river by means of temporary landing-places, but it was a failure, and the troops were not finally disembarked at Deep Bottom until 9 o'clock on the morning of the 13th,—an inauspicious delay. The column finally advanced, but gained only temporary advantages. Birney's men captured four howi
The order for work on the railroad (the 25th) was postponed until the result of reconnoissances Gregg had been ordered to make was known. Hancock says: The enemy's cavalry pickets were drive was going on here, a part of the enemy's cavalry passed to my left and rear, breaking through Gen. Gregg's picket line then running along the Dinwiddie Road from Reams to the Jerusalem Plank Road. Tme of the enemy's dismounted cavalry, who, exulting at this easy success, were pressing on, when Gregg's dismounted troopers summarily checked them. Of Gregg's force Hancock speaks in the highest teGregg's force Hancock speaks in the highest terms, contrasting their steadiness with the despicable conduct shown by some of the infantry. Werner's Battery, First New Jersey Artillery, rendered efficient service during and after this attackops withdrew, making a total of nine guns lost during the action. At this time Gen. Miles and Gen. Gregg offered to retake their breastwork entire, but General Gibbon stated that his men could not re
ly, so unmindful was he of his own personal safety. On the picket line there was now comparatively little firing by day, but when darkness came on it began, and, safely ensconced behind the works, we were often lulled to sleep by the music of bullets flying harmlessly overhead. A few days after our arrival in this position we heard heavy firing down at the left. It was a movement of parts of the Fifth and Ninth corps The Ninth Corps was now commanded by Maj. Gen. John G. Parke. and Gregg's cavalry westwardly from the Weldon Railroad, with a view of preventing reinforcements being transferred to the right against the Army of the James, which, under Butler, was advancing upon the fortifications of Richmond. Report of Campaign of 1864. Meade. It resulted in a loss of more than twenty-five hundred men, and the extensions of our lines to Poplar Spring Church, in whose neighborhood tile Battery was afterwards located. Butler, it will be remembered, captured and held Fort Harri
to the rear, that apparently being considered the direction in which our greatest danger lay, as the enemy were pressing Gregg very heavily. Soon after this a cheer was heard from the front It was Egan's Division charging to the rear, retaking fulad, thence to the White Oak Road, again crossing Hatcher's Run, and finally that I should strike the Southside Railroad. Gregg's Division of cavalry was placed under my command, and was to move on my left flank by way of Rowanty Creek and the Quakely. . . . The enemy in front had hardly been repulsed, when the fire in rear became so brisk that I was obliged to send Gen. Gregg all of his force I had used to meet the attack in front as well as another of his brigades. The attack on Gregg was maGregg was made by five brigades of Hampton's cavalry. . . . . Between 6 and 7 P. M. I received a despatch from Gen. Humphreys, stating that Ayres' Division of the Fifth Corps had been ordered to my support, but had halted at Armstrong's Mill, which was as far a
against the storm, we shivered through the day and night. During the afternoon the Fifth Corps, having connected with the left of the Second, was reaching forward with its left to strike the Boydton Plank Road. Everything was progressing finely, —Crawford, in command of the left, having advanced and driven the enemy from Dabney's Mill. But the Rebels putting into practice their old game of sending a force by a. wide detour to the rear while they engaged attention in front, fell first upon Gregg's cavalry, driving it before them, then upon Ayres' Division of the Fifth Corps while in column going to Crawford's assistance, driving it back, and finally striking Crawford's Division, repulsing it with heavy loss. Here fell the Rebel General William J. Pegram, the Boy Artillerist, as his Confederate associates called him. In the spring of 1861, a youth of modest demeanor, he entered the military service as a private soldier; in the spring of 1865, still a mere lad, he fell in acti
Thunder, 189, 430. Cavalry, Scott's Nine Hundred, 52, 60, 93. Cavalry, Sixth Michigan, 69. Cavalry, Stuart's, 138. Cavalry, Merritt's, 228. Cavalry, Gregg's, 345, 372, 375, 391. Cavalry, Hampton's, 324, 363, 374. Cavalry, First Mass., 379. Chancellorsville, 65, 213, 214. Chapin's Bluff, 297. Childs, Jona Bross, 353. Fort, Stevenson, 367, 376. Fort, Du Chesne, 372. Fort, Blaisdell, 375. Fort, Welch, 379, 392, 399. Fort, Wheaton, 380, 381, 399. Fort, Gregg, 392, 399. Fort, Stedman, 396. Fort, Emory, 400, 401. Fort, Siebert, 400. Fort, Battery E, 389, 392. Fort, Monroe, 32. French, Gen., Wm. H., 92, 413, 421, 425. Greenwich, 139, 142, 154. Green, Chas. W., 325, 326, 339. Green, Lieut., Milbrey, 376, 377, 382, 383, 385, 386, 388, 399, 407, 409, 414. Gregg, Gen., 132, 141, 214, 225, 299, 327, 352, 363, 364, 374. Gross, W. Y., 101, 206, 207, 255, 304, 402, 408. H. Haley, Michael, 205, 206, 207, 350. Ham, Llewell