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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 2 (search)
lready lost its cohesion, and errors were committed of which the Confederates speedily took advantage. The batteries of Griffin and Ricketts, which had played a brilliant part during the conflict, had been ordered by General McDowell to the top of rotect that flank. The quick eye of Jackson, who held position in front, saw the exposed position and feeble support of Griffin's battery, and he threw forward the Thirty-third Virginia to take it. Nor till they emerged from the skirt of woods, not a thousand yards distant, was the danger known; and when Griffin was about to open on them, the chief of artillery, Major Barry, restrained him from so doing, conceiving they were the Fourteenth New York, that had been thrown into the woods on theed plateau. The attack was vigorously made, and swept back the Union forces from the whole open ground—the batteries of Griffin and Ricketts being again and finally captured. Still, the Union line, though shaken and giving ground, did not yield th
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 4 (search)
e of his position to his front line alone. And thus it happened that, while on the north side of the Chickahominy thirty thousand Union troops were being assailed by seventy thousand Confederates, twenty-five thousand Confederates on the south side held in check sixty thousand Union troops! When, therefore, Lee, with all his divisions in hand, made a general advance, it was with an overwhelming weight and pressure. The right The right wing was held by Sykes' division of Regulars and Griffin's brigade, and was subsequently re-enforced by Bartlett's brigade of Slocum's division. held its ground with much stubbornness, repulsing every attack. The left, too, fought stoutly, but was at length broken by a determined charge, led by Hood's Texan troops. This, however, would not have sufficed to entail any great disaster; and Porter was withdrawing his infantry under cover of the fire of fifty guns, when the artillery on the height on the left was thrown into great confusion by a mas
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 8 (search)
f the same corps was thrown forward, and Slocum's corps was given the same direction on the plankroad. This was a movement to take up a line of battle about two and a half miles in front, preparatory to a simultaneous advance along the whole line, set down for two o'clock in the afternoon. Hooker's Circular Order, May 1: Report of the Conduct of the War, second series, vol. i., p. 124. I shall trace briefly the experience of each column. The left column, composed of the divisions of Griffin and Humphreys, moved out on the river road for five miles, and came within sight of Banks' Ford, without encountering any opposition. The centre column, made up of the division of Sykes, supported by the division of Hancock, advanced on the turnpike, and on gaining the first of a series of ridges that cross the roads between Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, somewhat over a mile in advance of the former place, the mounted men in front were met and driven in by the enemy. This small f
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 11 (search)
Fifth Corps. First Division, Brigadier-General Charles Griffin. First Brigade, Brigadier-Gener enemy were advancing on us by the turnpike. Griffin's division out on that road. At nine A. M., corps) being disposed in line on the left of Griffin; and the division of Robinson in support. Cr the Battle of the Wilderness. On the left of Griffin, Wadsworth's division advanced simultaneous wthe Fifth Corps, the remaining two divisions (Griffin's and Crawford's) held a simply defensive attvanced at all, he would close on the right of Griffin, and advance up the pike away from the Ninth -formed in the woods back of the open plain. Griffin's division, which advanced on the right of Roassault were twelve hundred fagged-out men of Griffin's division. It was seven o'clock before Genen taken up, when, a little past five o'clock, Griffin, holding the centre, was furiously assailed bas just getting into position on the right of Griffin. Cutler's left giving way, the whole divisio[15 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 12 (search)
skirmishing it established itself in a position on the west side of that road, connecting with Griffin's division of the Fifth Corps, which held post on the east side. During the night, the Sixth Co and within a hundred and fifty yards of the enemy's line, This was the position secured by Griffin's division, of Warren's corps, in the attack of the 18th of June. which happened there to form d on the march, and early in the forenoon, Warren established himself on the railroad. Leaving Griffin's division to guard the point seized, and observe the avenues of approach from the south and wery, at the same time, moved further to the left and rear. One of Warren's divisions, under General Griffin, found the Confederates intrenched on Peeble's Farm, and attacking, carried a redoubt and an Warren's left, towards the Boydton road, was fiercely assailed, and forced back in disorder. Griffin's division, however, came to his support, and the enemy was then checked and repulsed. Early
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 13 (search)
more spirited, and the leading division under Griffin was assailed by a line of battle. A warm actof which was borne by Chamberlain's brigade. Griffin was able to hold his own and repulse the Confrren had held position, with the divisions of Griffin and Crawford, on the Boydton plankroad, only aylight of the 31st, his right division under Griffin was relieved by the division of Miles of the n rear of and somewhat to the right of Ayres; Griffin's division in rear of and somewhat to the rigon the left and Crawford's on the right, with Griffin's in reserve behind the right. Each of the tle behind the centre of the two front lines. Griffin's division was posted in column of battalionsisoners and several battle-flags were taken. Griffin then fell upon the rear of the enemy's left, ning the left of any force opposing Ayres and Griffin, till he attained the Ford road, which runs ded General Warren from duty, and assigned General Griffin to the command of the Fifth Corps. In sa[6 more...]