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Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 12: General George B. McClellan and the organization of the army of the Potomac (search)
manders whose names, thanks to Bull Run and sundry reviews, had become familiar to the army were advanced in position but not in gradeour highest grade, except by special Act of Congress, was that of major general. McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, and Banks were the first five army corps commanders. A few days later Banks's command was differently designated and a fifth corps was given to Fitz John Porter, a sixth to Franklin. McDowell had for division commanders at first Franklin, McCall, and King; Sumner-Richardson, Sedgwick, and Bleriker. Heintzelman's division commanders were Fitz John Porter, Hooker, and Hamilton; Keyes's were Couch, W. F. Smith, and Casey; and Banks's, Williams and Shields. But I am anticipating the order of events. Possibly the Army of the Potomac thus formed and located might have remained sheltered along the Virginia Heights free from trials by combat or battle during the important time of incubation and growth had it not been for the Confede
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 14: the Peninsular campaign begun; Yorktown (search)
n the field. He said in parting: General McClellan wishes to get all his batteries in readiness before he opens fire. If our friends could realize the kind of country they are in they would not be impatient. Thus Kingsbury gently rebuked my impatience. In the afternoon of the same day I went to the extreme left of McClellan's lines and followed the Warwick River in that neighborhood as far as I could on horseback, along its swampy border and impenetrable thickets, and visited Generals Erasmus D. Keyes, Silas Casey, and other acquaintances who were stationed near that flank. During my ride we were crossing a narrow ravine in the midst of which was a sluggish, muddy stream. Lieutenant Nelson A. Miles, my aidde-camp, rode up and, though usually ardent, wisely checked his horse. Believing I could easily clear the stream at a bound I let my active horse, Charlie, have the reins. He sprang forward but was unable to make the leap — the ground at the starting point not being firm e
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 15: the battle of Williamsburg (search)
rate columns had waded through them, were thronged with cavalry and the corps of Heintzelman and Keyes. We held ourselves in readiness, impatiently waiting all day the 4th. McClellan's first plan, p the York, with reserves to follow, and naval gunboats to aid. The orders to Heintzelman and Keyes were: Draw in your guards, pickets, and outposts and replenish everything for a march. Betwee, passed the night with one of the brigade commanders. No aids or orderlies from Heintzelman or Keyes could find him. In fact, Heintzelman, judging from his own instructions, thought himself to be in command. General Keyes, leading Casey's and Couch's divisions, had for himself a similar impression. Heintzelman's head of column under Hooker, now nearest to the James River, had been the first ight. While the operations just recounted were progressing under Heintzelman's eyes, Sumner and Keyes were trying to bring order out of confusion on the right of our line and back to the rear on the
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1, Chapter 16: the battle of Fair Oaks (search)
May 23d, four days prior to Porter's movement, Keyes, and later, the 25th, Heintzelman, had passed bstruction. On May 25th Casey's division of Keyes's corps moved forward to Seven Pines, a crossrroad comes from New Bridge into that highway. Keyes, being ordered to hold Fair Oaks Railway statiercrombie's, and Devens's. The entire corps of Keyes on the ground did not exceed 12,000 men, who s Confederate reconnoissances were made against Keyes's corps in order to ascertain the position andssance occurred on the 30th he sent at once to Keyes for help. Peck's brigade was placed on his leered by the water and soft soil, but seemingly Keyes's corps of the Union army was now isolated and suddenly, vigorously assail with his division Keyes in front; Hill to be supported by Longstreet, r vigorous push to complete the destruction of Keyes's corps. While all this fury of battle was edibly short time. The impulsive Kearny found Keyes and Casey together. Couch was with Abercrombi[4 more...]