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y in October. Sept. 14, 1861: Buell's division, consisting of Couch's and Graham's brigades. A third brigade added early in October. Sept. 16, 1861: McCall's division; on the 25th of that month he received the last two regiments of the Pennsylvania Reserves, so that his division consisted of thirteen regiments in three brigades, under Meade, J. F. Reynolds, and Ord. Sept. 28, 1861: W. F. Smith's division, consisting of the Vermont brigade (afterwards Brooks's), J. J. Stevens's and Hancock's brigades. Oct. 5, 1861: Heintzelman's division, consisting of Richardson's, Sedgwick's, and Jameson's brigades. Oct. 11, 1861: Hooker's division, consisting of his own (afterwards Naglee's) brigade and Sickles's brigade. In November a third brigade (Starr's New Jersey) was added. Oct. 12, 1861: Blenker's division, consisting of Stahl's and Steinwehr's brigades. A third brigade added during the winter. Nov. 25, 1861: Sumner's division, consisting of Howard's, Meagher's, and F
s, wonderful powers in instructing and disciplining men, as well as in gaining their love, respect, and confidence, he was withal so modest and unobtrusive that it was necessary to be thrown closely in contact with him to appreciate him. He was thoroughly unselfish, honest, and true as steel. His conduct during the battle of Chancellorsville in storming the works on Marie's Heights, and afterwards holding his own against tremendous odds, was a remarkable and most brilliant feat of arms. Hancock received a brigade early in the formation of the Army of the Potomac. He was a man of the most chivalrous courage, and of a superb presence, especially in action; he had a wonderfully quick and correct eye for ground and for handling troops; his judgment was good, and it would be difficult to find a better corps commander. John Reynolds was commandant of the corps of cadets when the war broke out. He gained a high reputation in the Mexican war as an officer of light artillery, and was a
h with the war as rapidly as possible. . . . I go out soon after breakfast to review Porter's division, about five miles from here. Oct. 30. I know you will be astonished, but it is true, that I went this evening to a fandango. The regulars just in from Utah gave a little soiree to the other regulars; music, a little dancing, and some supper. I went there intending to remain ten minutes, and did stay fully an hour and a half. I met Mrs. Andrew Porter, Mrs. Palmer and her mother, Mrs. Hancock, and several other army ladies. It was very pleasant to get among old acquaintances once more. Oct. 31. . . . You remember my wounded friend Col. Kelly, whom we met at Wheeling? He has just done a very pretty thing at Romney — thrashed the enemy severely, taken all their guns, etc. I am very glad to hear it. . . . Our George they have taken it into their heads to call me. I ought to take good care of these men, for I believe they love me from the bottom of their hearts; I can see
berland as circumstances would justify. Gen. F. W. Lander was ordered to cover this operation from Cumberland towards Hancock, and on the 5th of Jan. reached Hancock en route to his destination. He found Jackson on the opposite bank of the PotomHancock en route to his destination. He found Jackson on the opposite bank of the Potomac, tearing up rails, etc. Shortly after his arrival Lander was summoned by Jackson to surrender; this, of course, was a mere act of bravado, for it is not probable that Jackson had the slightest intention of crossing the river. The enemy fired a few shells into Hancock, doing little or no damage. Gen. Banks sent reinforcements to Hancock under Gen. Williams, who remained in that vicinity for some time. Jackson now moved towards Bloomery Gap and Romney, whither Lander was ordered to go. Therom which position he covered the reconstruction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which was reopened from the west to Hancock on the 14th of Feb. On the 13th he made a very dashing attack upon a party of the enemy at Bloomery Gap, taking several
tructions to open fire on any working parties they might observe, another regiment on the left with similar orders, and held the remaining three regiments in reserve. As soon as our infantry opened fire the enemy replied with shell, upon which Mott opened and kept up a sharp fire for about an hour until he silenced the enemy. About three o'clock Gen. Smith had placed eighteen guns in position about five hundred yards from the works, supported on either flank by Brooks's Vermont brigade, Hancock's being brought up in support. Our guns then opened, the enemy replying for some time with rapidity; when their fire slackened Smith ordered four companies of the 3d Vermont to cross the dam and feel the enemy. On arriving at the crest of the work they were met by the enemy in force, who had lain secreted, and were forced to retire with a loss of about 20 killed and wounded, after having held the work for some minutes. Later in the day, after I had left the ground, another reconnoissan
d bring them into position, but do not attack unless the enemy retreat or you receive orders from me. A. V. Colburn, A. A. G. It is unnecessary to say that the object of forbidding an attack unless the enemy retreated was to enable Stoneman to get in their rear and thus cut off the entire command. After the orders to Stoneman, Sumner, and Heintzelman had been issued and were being carried out I received the following: headquarters, Smith's division, May 4. Gen. McClellan: Gen. Hancock is in front, and, from what I have learned, presume it is nothing but the rear-guard. I will obey his orders as far as engaging them is concerned. The enemy is one and a half miles in front, and it is probably nothing but cavalry covering the retreat. W. F. Smith, Brig.-Gen. headquarters, Smith's division, May 5, 10.30 P. M. Gen. McClellan: There is a direct road from here to Williamsburg behind the big fort. If you send a good man to command, and these men don't leave to-nig
ccupied, he, at about eleven o'clock, ordered Hancock's brigade, of Smith's division, to cross by a weaken the centre. At length, in reply to Gen. Hancock's repeated messages for more troops, Gen. S his first position, the execution of which Gen. Hancock deferred as long as possible, being unwilliHeintzelman. Just then heavy firing began at Hancock's position, which was two miles from the nearcaged lion, to move as rapidly as possible to Hancock's support with his two remaining brigades and. Smith and Naglee could reach the field of Gen. Hancock's operations, although they moved with grea most brilliant engagements of the war, and Gen. Hancock merited the highest praise for the soldierln of the vital importance of his position. Hancock's command consisted of the 5th Wis., 6th Me.,h N. Y. of Davidson's brigade. Keeping on to Hancock's brigade, I remained there long enough to ths by Casey, would have at once debauched from Hancock's ground, and have cut off the retreat of the[3 more...]
ate messages from Smith and others begging me to go to the front. I started with half a dozen aides and some fifteen orderlies, and found things in a bad state. Hancock was engaged with a vastly inferior force some two miles from any support. Hooker fought nearly all day without assistance, and the mass of the troops were crowderders given, roads blocked up. As soon as I came upon the field the men cheered like fiends, and I saw at once that I could save the day. I immediately reinforced Hancock and arranged to support Hooker, advanced the whole line across the woods, filled up the gaps, and got everything in hand for whatever might occur. The result wasburg has proved a brilliant victory. None of your friends injured, though our loss considerable. That of the enemy severe. The Quaker army is doing very well. Hancock was superb yesterday. Williamsburg, May 6, midnight. . . . Am very tired; had but little sleep last night, and have not had my clothes off; besides, was pr
swamp at Brackett's ford, and reached the Charles City road with the rear of his column at ten P. M. On reaching Savage's Station Sumner's and Franklin's commands were drawn up in line of battle in the large open field to the left of the railroad, the left resting on the edge of the woods and the right extending down to the railroad. Gen. Brooks, with his brigade, held the wood to the left of the field, where he did excellent service, receiving a wound, but retaining his command. Gen. Hancock's brigade was thrown into the woods on the right and front. At four P. M. the enemy commenced his attack in large force by the Williamsburg road. It was gallantly met by Gen. Burns's brigade, supported and reinforced by two lines in reserve, and finally by the N. Y. 69th, Hazzard's and Pettit's batteries again doing good service. Osborn's and Bramhall's batteries also took part effectively in this action, which was continued with great obstinacy until between eight and nine P. M., when
wounded while personally directing its fire. Gen. Hancock was placed in command of the division after the so engaged the artillery that the application of Gen. Hancock for artillery for the division could not be compinity. Knowing the tried courage of the troops, Gen. Hancock felt confident that he could hold his position, some of our troops to the left of his position, Gen. Hancock obtained Hexamer's battery from Gen. Franklin's Gen. Smith sent two regiments to its relief from Gen. Hancock's brigade. On inspecting McClellan at Antietahe ground Gen. Smith ordered the other regiments of Hancock's brigade, with Frank's and Cowen's batteries, 1st fire on the column of the enemy about to attack Gen. Hancock's position, and compelling it to find shelter beas on the right, that on the field of battle I gave Hancock a division — that of Richardson, who was mortally wghts in rear. What is certain is that if Porter or Hancock had been in his place the town of Sharpsburg would
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