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in the confusion immediately subsequent easily made his escape, Warren, very naturally, thinking himself to be attacked both in front and rear. Then Lee pressed Hill and Ewell forward to anticipate our arrival at Bristow Station, but too late. When Hill approached it, our entire army, except the Second Corps, had gone by. The Third Corps brought up the rear of the troops that had passed. Hill now eagerly followed it, picking up stragglers, and was preparing to charge, when Gen. Warren appeared upon the scene with the Second Corps and somewhat disturbed his calculations. Hill turned at once to fight the foe in his rear. Warren, surprised at finding aHill turned at once to fight the foe in his rear. Warren, surprised at finding an enemy in his front, took some minutes to get his batteries at work, but ultimately succeeded in routing his opponent, taking six guns and about five hundred prisoners, with a loss in his corps not exceeding two hundred. The roar of this engagement and of the desultory fighting that succeeded it came up from behind as we clos
. He had ascertained that Lee had left the lower fords of the Rapidan uncovered; that his two corps were widely scattered in winterquar-ters,—Ewell's Corps extending from Morton's Ford across the country to the vicinity of Orange Court House, and Hill's distributed from south of that point along the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to the neighborhood of Charlottesville. Some miles intervened between these corps. Meade's plan was to cross at the uncovered fords and advance by the Orange plank and had finished the brush the afternoon was far spent and the golden opportunity had passed. According to Mr. Greeley, he seems to have played at cross purposes with the implicit commands of his superior. See American Conflict, p. 400, Vol. II. Hill's Corps now coming up, the Rebel army fell back and took position along the left bank of Mine Run. Little remains to be said not already given. On the 28th Warren was sent to find the enemy's right, and, if he deemed it feasible, to flank and tu
uits privates Michael B. O'Neil, Wm. M. Bastable, James Kay, T. (P)? Hill, John Nesbit. Jan. 10. Private John W. Bailey received furlough ftes Nesbitt and Maxwell reported for duty. Corporal Currant and Private Hill reported for duty. Jan. 20. Private Maxwell reported to quart for duly. Jan. 25. Arthur A. Blandin reported to quarters. Pierce T. Hill reported for duty. Received 8 horses from Lieut. Case, A. A. Q., and turned over 15 horses to Capt. L. H. Pierce. Jan. 26. Pierce T. Hill reported to quarters. Two horses shot, by order Dr. Benson, Veted for Boston on leave of absence for 15 days. Jan. 29. Private Pierce T. Hill reported for duty. Capt. J. Henry Sleeper returned from le. March 27. James Peach and A. D. Bacon reported to duty also P. T. Hill and Michael Campbell. March 28. C. A. Mason reported to duty; 30. Joseph W. Hayden, Wm. Moran, Win. E. Hooper, Michael Haley, Pierce T. Hill, Jas. L. Schwartz, John Handlin, M. B. O'Neil, T. A. Carter, M.
rly ten miles intervening between us and the right wing. Moreover, Hill's corps was pressing down the Plank Road, striving to gain its interr of musketry occasioned by Hancock receiving orders to advance upon Hill and drive him back on the Plank Road beyond Parker's store. Aboutoon's fighting. Hancock continued his unavailing efforts to drive Hill, till eight o'clock, when night shutting down on the darkling woods,had driven and routed the enemy's right, comprising two divisions of Hill's corps, a mile and a half; an advance, however, which he did not maassaulted the Second Corps with the greater part of Longstreet's and Hill's corps a second time; but after gaining a temporary advantage, he wance towards Corbin's Bridge, he was attacked by Mahone's brigade of Hill's corps, which was then marching towards Spottsylvania Court House. om the enemy. But, encouraged by what seemed like a forced retreat, Hill's troops fiercely assailed the other two remaining, who, nevertheles
satisfactorily. Anxiety was perceptible on the faces of all general officers, and was further betrayed by the frequent marchings and counter-marchings from point to point. The cause of all this uneasiness seems to have been due to the position occupied by the army with respect to the enemy, which was substantially as follows:—Gen. Warren's Fifth Corps had crossed the river at Jericho Ford, four miles above us, without opposition, and, having advanced some distance, repelled an assault from Hill's corps and established his lines, correspondingly forcing back Lee's left. By reason of the advance of the Second Corps across the river, Lee drew back his right to cover Hanover Junction, still clinging with his centre to the river. His army was thus in the form of a V, the apex resting on the river. Thus situated, he could promptly reinforce any portion of his line that was threatened. When, therefore, Burnside attempted to cross at a point midway between Hancock and Warren, he was rep
t wing of the corps, so as to envelop the right flank of the enemy. This movement was making by the divisions of Mott and Barlow, who were pivoting on Gibbon's Division, which held the right. Just as the operation was nearly completed, a part of Hill's corps (Mahone's division) penetrated the interval between the Second and Sixth corps, throwing the flanks of both into great confusion, especially that of the Second. Barlow's division [says Swinton] rolled up like a scroll, recoiled in disoy morning, Aug. 21. That day the batterymen will remember as the one on which we returned to our camp to find it a pond of water. As we lay waiting, we listened to the fierce struggle making four miles distant by Heth's and Mahone's divisions of Hill's corps, to dislodge Warren from his position; but they were repulsed at every point, and finally left the Fifth Corps in quiet possession of their prize, which had cost our army four thousand four hundred and fifty-five men—killed, wounded, and c
Amsden, Daniel Whalen, Alfred C. Billings and D. C. Blackmer. Sept. 27. Private Henry Murphy detailed to provost marshal's headquarters, 2nd Corps, agreeably to Special Order. Sept. 29. One horse died—Glanders. Sept. 30. Serg't Chandler Gould sent to general hospital Sept. 26. Oct. 1. Private Harmon Newton died at Lincoln General Hospital, Washington, D. C., of Phthisis Sept. 18, 1864. Oct. 2. Ten (10) enlisted men returned from Battery K 4th U. S Art'y, viz:—T. A. Carter, P. T. Hill, John Handlin, A. W. Smith, J. T. Sanderson, M. Haley, M. Campbell, M. B. O'Neil, J. D. Schwartz, R. C. Wright. James (?) Moran, Surgeon's Orderly, Art'y Brigade, Privates J. D. Smith and H. Warburton sent to general hospital Sept. 28, by S. 0. 249 Headquarters 2nd Corps. Private W. M. Bastable deserted instead of absent sick, May 19, 1864. Oct. 3. One horse died—Glanders. Oct. 4. One horse died.—Glanders. One recruit received.—Elisha T. Quimby. Oct. 5. Two horses died—Glande
ttery and put into an ambulance. We draw a lively fire from the Rebel skirmish line as we pass, which, it seems, still commands the road. But we escape uninjured, although the dead and wounded of the afternoon's fray are strewn along the course, and we have the satisfaction of finding our men and caissons safe and where we left them. We then learn whythe enemy did not swing around and gobble us up, as we had expected them to do. It seems that the left of the Rebel column under Gen. Heth of Hill's Corps, our old antagonist, under orders from Lee to cross Hatcher's Run and attack Hancock's right, in pursuance of this order suddenly issued from the woods about 4 o'clock P. M., and fell upon a part of Mott's Division. Their point of issuance was near the junction of the Boydton Plank with the Dabney's Mill Road, near where our caissons and Battery K were parked. The caissons were immediately hurried out of the way, and brave Battery K unlimbering its guns at close intervals, opened fi
l Leverett Pierce and Private John Campbell returned from furlough and reported for duty. Battery moved out of camp at 8 o'clock A. M., and arrived at Armstrong's Farm about four miles to the left where the left and centre sections were engaged, right section three-fourths of a mile on the right. One horse shot and killed and one wounded. Feb. 6. Private Francis Mins on furlough of 20 days to Barre, Mass. One horse died of wounds. Feb. 7. One horse died; exhaustion. Feb. 9. Privates P. T. Hill and L. E. Hunt reported to quarters. Feb. 10. Privates E. D. Thresher, J. D. Smith, P. Terbriggen and J. L. W. Thayer returned to duty from hospital. Privates L. E. Hunt and J. P. Allen reported to quarters. Feb. 11. Private F. A. Cook sent to brigade hospital. Feb. 13. Serg't Charles W. Doe sent to brigade hospital. Serg't James S. Bailey and Private Hunt reported to quarters. Feb. 14. One horse died, worn out; 9 horses turned over to Capt. Ellsworth, A. Q. M. Art'y Br
sability. Hayden, Joseph W.,44Boston,Jan. 15, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Herlehy, Timothy,18Abington,Oct. 3, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Herring, William,33Needham,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Hill, Edwin A.,18Worcester,Dec. 5, 1864,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Hill, Pierce T.44Marblehead,Dec. 21, 1863,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Holbrook, Alex. W.,21Charlestown,Sept. 9, 1862,Died Aug. 16, 1864, Brattleboro, Vt. Hooper, Hill, Pierce T.44Marblehead,Dec. 21, 1863,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Holbrook, Alex. W.,21Charlestown,Sept. 9, 1862,Died Aug. 16, 1864, Brattleboro, Vt. Hooper, Benjamin G.,20Marblehead,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Hooper, Joseph A.,23Marblehead,Sept. 9. 1862,March 4, 1864, discharged for wound rec'd Oct. 13, 1863. Hooper, William E.,21Charlestown,Jan. 2. 1864.,Dec. 30, 1864, disability. Horrigan, Richard,39Boston,Sept. 9, 1862,Jan. 2, 1864, disability. Hunt, Leroy E.,18Rutland,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Innis, George H.,21Boston,Sept. 9, 1862,June 9, 1865, expiration of service. Jewell, Edwin C.,22Can
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