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Elias Nason, McClellan's Own Story: the war for the union, the soldiers who fought it, the civilians who directed it, and his relations to them. 120 0 Browse Search
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with one regiment in Fort Runyon. Near this were a couple of light batteries under Col. H. J. Hunt, ready to move whenever required. Col. Blenker's brigade was in advance of Roach's Mills, in the valley of Four-Mile Run. Gens. Franklin's and Heintzelman's brigades were in front of Alexandria, in the vicinity of the Seminary. Kearny's brigade was at Cloud's Mills, on the Annandale turnpike. One regiment was stationed at Fort Ellsworth, immediately in front of Alexandria. I had thus providensisted 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 a
ll. To support this movement McCall's division was, on the 9th of Oct., brought to the Virginia side to Langley's, and a few days later to Prospect Hill. He was replaced at Tennallytown by a brigade of Buell's division. On the 5th of Oct. Heintzelman's division was formed, and posted at Fort Lyon, south of Alexandria, forming the left of our line on the Virginia side. During the months of September and October Sickles's brigade, posted on the south side of the eastern branch, sent frequenckall's Hill, holding Lewinsville by an advanced guard; Porter's division at Minor's and Hall's hills; McDowell at Arlington, with one brigade at Munson's Hill, etc.; Blenker's division at Hunter's Chapel; Franklin at the Theological Seminary; Heintzelman at Fort Lyon. There were thus on the Virginia side seven divisions, so posted as to cover every avenue of approach, and able to afford assistance to every point that could be attacked, and, moreover, in position to advance on Centreville if n
k, and added that if I was going to write to you he wished to convey his respects, and his future confidence in your ability and patriotism, explaining that he had been employed against you in the mine case in California. and that his partner had some difficulty or controversy with you of a somewhat personal nature, but that, for his part, he had taken no interest in it, and had never had any other than the highest respect for you, and he hoped you would not imagine that he ever had. Heintzelman also received a brigade; he, too, had been wounded at Bull Run, and bore a good reputation in the old army. He was a very brave man and an excellent officer. W. T. Sherman was almost immediately taken from me to accompany Robert Anderson to Kentucky. I had a high opinion of him and parted from him with regret. Philip Kearny received a brigade; but, though he stood high as a remarkably daring man and good cavalry captain in the Mexican war, I had not sufficient confidence in his br
bject. Before starting from Fortress Monroe the best information in our possession clearly indicated that the Warwick river ran nearly parallel with the James, instead of heading at Yorktown, and it seemed certain that the road from Newport News to Williamsburg did not cross that stream, at least any important branch of it, and that it presented no obstacle to an advance. Upon these data were predicated the orders of April 4 (for the march of the next day, the 5th), according to which Heintzelman was to move into position close to Yorktown, while Keyes was to take up a position in rear of Yorktown at the Halfway House; Keyes was also ordered to attack and carry whatever he found in front of him. Now, let it be observed that at all points (on the right, centre, and left) we found the enemy's works fully garrisoned and provided with artillery, and that Keyes and his general officers reported that they found the position in their front so strong and so well provided with troops and a
you. And now, with Col. Key, I proceed to Wormsley's creek to meet you or Gen. Heintzelman. Very truly yours, J. F. Missroom, Com. To Maj.-Gen. Mcclellan. Wheadquarters, Army of the Potomac, camp Winfield Scott, May 4, 1862. Brig-.Gen. Heintzelman, Commanding 3d Corps: I have received information from Gen. Smith that he infantry to support him. Two brigades are ahead of me. Yours, etc., S. V. Heintzelman, Brig.-Gen. Commanding 3d Corps. headquarters, 3D corps, in sight ofantry are only halting a moment to take a bite and rest. Yours, etc., S. V. Heintzelman, Brig.-Gen. The following is a fragment of a letter of instructions sehus 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: h the splendid conduct of Hooker's and Kearny's divisions, under command of Gen. Heintzelman, in the battle of Williamsburg. Their bearing was worthy of veterans. Ho
be evacuated and these batteries with it. The trip was quite interesting. . . . Steamer commodore, April 3, Hampton roads, 1.30 P. M. . . I have been up to my eyes in business since my arrival. We reached here about four yesterday P. M.; ran into the wharf and unloaded the horses, then went out and anchored. Marcy and I at once took a tug and ran out to the flag-ship Minnesota to see Goldsborough, where we remained until about nine, taking tea with him. On our return we found Gen. Heintzelman, soon followed by Porter and Smith, all of whom remained here all night. I sat up very late arranging movements, and had my hands full. I have been hard at work all the morning, and not yet on shore. Dine with Gen. Wool to-day at four, and go thence to our camp. We move to-morrow A. M. Three divisions take the direct road to Yorktown, and will encamp at Howard's Bridge. Two take the James River road and go to Young's Mill. The reserve goes to Big Bethel, where my headquarters will
to move as rapidly as possible by the same road in support, and Heintzelman was ordered to hold himself in readiness to follow with Kearny'sardson, and Sykeswere held in readiness to support either Keyes, Heintzelman, or Franklin, as might prove most advantageous. Stoneman was thad passed. Subsequently, on its arrival at Chesapeake Church, Gen. Heintzelman turned it off by a cross-road into the Lee's Mill road, thus cthe 5th that the enemy's right could be turned, he called upon Gen. Heintzelman for infantry to enable him to make the attempt. Late in the a, there was no direct communication with the two divisions under Heintzelman on our left; the troops forming the front of our centre were on ered a party to move in to the left to reopen communication with Heintzelman. Just then heavy firing began at Hancock's position, which was the centre was cleared, would cut off all the troops in front of Heintzelman. Even if the enemy proved to be superior in numbers this advanc
ganize two provisional army corps, the 5th and 6th, which soon became permanent corps, and the organization of the Army of the Potomac was now as follows: 2dCorps-Gen. Sumner. Consisting of the divisions Sedgwick and Richardson. 3dCorps-Gen. Heintzelman. Consisting of the divisions Kearny and Hooker. 4thCorps-Gen. Keyes. Consisting of the divisions Couch and Casey. 5thCorps-Gen. Fitz-John Porter. Consisting of the divisions Morell Sykes, and Hunt's reserve artillery. 6thCorps-Gen. Frato-day at Bottom's bridge ford, and went a mile beyond, the enemy being about half a mile in front. I have three regiments on the other bank guarding the rebuilding of the bridge. Keyes's corps is on the New Kent road, near Bottom's bridge. Heintzelman is on the same road, within supporting distance. Sumner is on the railroad, connecting right with left. Stoneman, with advanced guard, is within one mile of New bridge. Franklin, with two divisions, is about two miles this side of Stoneman.
into the Williamsburg road. On the same day Gen. Heintzelman was ordered to cross with his corps (the 3d) aickahominy to White Oak Swamp. On the 30th Gen. Heintzelman, representing that the advance had met with st front and on both flanks. Gen. Keyes sent to Gen. Heintzelman for reinforcements, but the messenger was delavisions without delay and push them rapidly to Gen. Heintzelman's support. This order was received and commun regiments was sent to open communication with Gen. Heintzelman. No sooner were these dispositions made than ned that it had been turned off to the left by Gen. Heintzelman to meet a column advancing in that direction. 66th N. Y., supported by two regiments sent by Gen. Heintzelman, the 71st and 73d N. Y., which turned the confcertain the nature of the ground, and to place Gens. Heintzelman and Sumner in position to support the attack ie morning of the 25th the advance was begun by Gen. Heintzelman's corps. The enemy were found to be in strong
ter retaining sufficient to hold their positions for twenty-four hours. Gen. Heintzelman replied: I think I can hold the entrenchments with four brigades for ton to fight after making a march of any distance. . . . Telegrams from Gen. Heintzelman on the 25th and 26th had indicated that the enemy was in large force in frnd Kearny, and on the Charles City road (Longstreet, Hill, and Huger), and Gen. Heintzelman expressed the opinion on the night of the 25th that he could not hold his menced an infantry attack on Smith's left. I have ordered down Sumner's and Heintzelman's reserves, and you can count on the whole of Slocum's. Go on as you have beents of Sumner's to support Porter; one brigade of Couch's to this place. Heintzelman's reserve to go in rear of Sumner. If possible, send a brigade to support Pemaining troops and trains. During the same night the corps of Sumner and Heintzelman and the division of Smith were ordered to an interior line, the left resting
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