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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the campaign of 1864 in Virginia. (search)
rted by comrades, and others making their way alone. Close behind them were the broken masses of Heth's division, swarming through the woods, heedless of their officers, who were riding in every direo, in one of those great crises, which few men are ever called upon to meet twice in a lifetime. Heth was far to the rear; the last battalion of Wilcox had broken just as the head of his column reachma. They covered a front of at least a half mile, and consisted of several lines. An officer of Heth's division, Colonel Jones, whom I met by accident after the war, informed me that a number of hisfresh division, to be hurled upon that shattered, reeling flank! But no; there are no reserves. Heth has not yet reorganized, and Wilcox has moved far to the left to open communication with Ewell. s severely wounded, and never rejoined his command. Shortly after my brigade was reformed, General Heth moved up with a part, at least, of his division, and the two commands advanced together over
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Gettysburg. (search)
P. M. I met General Longstreet in the road, and he informed me there had been an engagement; General Heth was wounded; the enemy driven back with a loss of 5,000 prisoners. He then directed me to go r General Lee ordered. It was a charge upon the enemy's centre, made by Pickett's division and Heth's, advancing in two lines; Pickett on the right, Wilcox's brigade marching in rear of Pickett's to guard that flank, and Heth's division was supported by Lane's and Scales' brigades under General Trimble. I was far in advance of the main Confederate line, and could see along both the advancing C defend his flank and rear with the divisions of Hood and McLaws. He was therefore reinforced by Heth's division and two brigades of Pender's, to the command of which Major-General Trimble was assignPerry's brigade, and occupied a position (on Seminary Ridge) previously held by Davis' brigade of Heth's division. About twelve o'clock I was informed by Major-General Anderson that an attack upon th
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Pettigrew's charge at Gettysburg. (search)
re than twenty years one of my most valued friends, I may be permitted to say that some injustice has been done to the division commanded by General Pettigrew. As colonel of the Thirteenth Alabama infantry, I was attached to Archer's brigade of Heth's division. That brigade opened the battle on the morning of July 1st, and during the fighting which immediately ensued General Heth was wounded, and the command of the division devolved upon Brigadier-General Pettigrew. General Archer was capturGeneral Heth was wounded, and the command of the division devolved upon Brigadier-General Pettigrew. General Archer was captured, and I succeeded him in command of the brigade. During the forenoon of the 3d, while our division was resting in line behind the ridge and skirt of woods which masked us from the enemy, Generals Lee, Longstreet and A. P. Hill rode up, and, dismounting, seated themselves on the trunk of a fallen tree some fiifty or sixty paces from where I sat on my horse at the right of our division. After an apparently careful examination of a map, and a consultation of some length, they remounted and ro
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Report of Major-General Heth of the affair at Falling Waters. (search)
Report of Major-General Heth of the affair at Falling Waters. headquarters Heth's division, near Rapidan station, October 3d, 1863. Captain W. N. Starke, Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Army Corps: Captain — I have the honor to submit thHeth's division, near Rapidan station, October 3d, 1863. Captain W. N. Starke, Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Army Corps: Captain — I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my command (Heth's and Pender's divisions) at Falling Waters, July 14th, 1863. On the evening of the 13th July, I received orders to withdraw my command at dark from the entrenchments near Hagerstown and movHeth's and Pender's divisions) at Falling Waters, July 14th, 1863. On the evening of the 13th July, I received orders to withdraw my command at dark from the entrenchments near Hagerstown and move in the direction of Falling Waters, at which point we were to cross the river on a pontoon bridge already constructed. The artillery attached to my command received its orders through its immediate commander, and moved off a little before dark. the act of crossing. Under the circumstances, attacked as we were by a large and momentarily increasing force, we have every reason to be thankful that our losses were so small. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, H. Heth, Major-Gener
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Bristoe campaign-preliminary report of General R. E. Lee. (search)
The Bristoe campaign-preliminary report of General R. E. Lee. [The following report has never been in print. The reports of Lieutenant-General A. P. Hill, Major-General R. H. Anderson, Major-General H. Heth, Brigadier-General H. H. Walker, Colonel E. D. Hall and Major D. G. McIntosh were all published by the Confederate Government, but from some cause General Lee's report and other subordinate reports were not. Nor do we know whether General Lee ever wrote his final report, as was his custom, after receiving the reports of his subordinates. If he did, it is not in the War Records' office at Washington, and we fear it was destroyed with other invaluable papers on the retreat from Petersburg. We are indebted to the kindness of the War Records' office for a copy of this report.] headquarters army of Northern Virginia, October 23d, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, C. S. A., Richmond, Va.: General — In advance of a detailed report I have the honor to
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Correspondence concerning the campaign of 1864. (search)
where there was an interval in our line, causing the right of Anderson and the left of Hoke to fall back a short distance. General Hoke subsequently recovered his position, and General Anderson's right assumed one a short distance in rear of that it first occupied. This morning the enemy's movement to our right continuing, corresponding changes were made in our line, Breckinridge's command and two divisions of General Hill being placed on the right. General Early, with Ewell's corps and Heth's division, occupied our left, and was directed to endeavor to get upon the enemy's right flank and drive down in front of our line. General Early made the movement in the afternoon, and drove the enemy from his entrenchments, following him until dark. While this attack was progressing, General Hill reinforced Breckinridge with two brigades of Wilcox's division, and dislodged the enemy from Turkey Hill, in front of our extreme right. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, R. E. Lee,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official diary of First corps, A. N. V., while commanded by Lt.-General R. H. Anderson, from June 1st to October 18, 1864. (search)
shelling and picket firing. July 23 Kershaw moves at 6.30 A. M. for Chaffin's Bluff. July 24, 25, 26 Affairs unchanged. July 27 At 1.30 o'clock P. M., we received orders to move our headquarters to the north side of James river. Heth's division moved over. We arrived at Chaffin's at 8.30 P. M. Before our arrival four guns of the Rockbridge artillery, on the left of Kershaw, had been captured by the enemy. July 28 In the morning we move with four brigades-Conner's, Lane'division of cavalry is also sent to the north side. July 30 In the morning the enemy is discovered to have abandoned the Long Bridge road and retired to the other side of the river, leaving a force at Deep Bottom on the right of our line. Heth's division is sent back to Rice's turnout. His trenches are occupied by Field. In the evening Kershaw recrosses to the south side by Chaffin's Bluff to halt for the night near the Clay house. July 31, August 1 and 2 Affairs unchanged. A
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 12.89 (search)
found and accurate judgment of the facts. Risks were assumed apparently desperate, with cool self-reliance and confidence in the army, that never faltered under all dangers and discouragements until all had been accomplished which, under the circumstances, could reasonably be expected. The laurel at Chancellorsville is entwined with the cypress. Brigadier-General Paxton fell while leading his brigade with conspicuous courage in the assault of the 3d. Generals A. P. Hill, Nicholls, McGowan, Heth, Hoke and Pender were wounded, to which must be added many gallant officers and privates, while many more are now but a handful of dust in the land of their choice. A name in song and story, and Fame to shout with her trumpet voice — Dead — dead on the field of glory. Chancellorsville is inseparably connected in its glory and gloom with Stonewall Jackson. General Lee officially writes: I do not propose to speak here of the character of this illustrious man, since removed from the scene o