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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 29: the wave rolls back. (search)
y Chester Gap, and putting his regiment under Colonel Arthur Herbert in the west end of Manassas Gap. The balance of Pickett's men crossed by putting the arms and ammunition in the boats, the men swimming, and sent reinforcements to General Corse and Colonel Herbert, when the enemy's cavalry withdrew. One bridge was laid and spliced, and the march southward was resumed. The next day another demonstration was made by the enemy's cavalry at Manassas Gap, but Hood's division was there and McLaws's was at the Chester Gap, where another heavy body of cavalry approached. An effort was made to get behind the latter by hidden lines of march, but the plan of catching cavalry with infantry was not successful, though General Wofford thought for a time that his trap was well laid. The march was continued, and the head of the column reached Culpeper Court-House on the 24th. Benning's brigade, left on guard at Gaines's Cross-Roads till the Third Corps could relieve him, was attacked by a st
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 30: Longstreet moves to Georgia. (search)
Lieutenant-General. General Lee next wrote to inquire as to the time necessary for the movement of my corps into Tennessee. As there were but two divisions, McLaws's and Hood's, and Alexander's batteries, two days was supposed to be ample time. The transportation was ordered by the quartermaster's department at Richmond, anefore us had been at work with the left of the army, which was assigned as my command. Lieutenant-General Polk was commanding the right wing. Two brigades of McLaws's division, Kershaw's and Humphreys's, came in the afternoon, and marched during the night and across the Chickamauga River. The army had forced its way acros front. The divisions were formed in two lines, two brigades on the front line, others of the second line in support, except Hood's five brigades in column. General McLaws and two of his brigades, two of Hood's, and Alexander's artillery were on the rails, speeding for the battle as fast as steam could carry them, but failed to
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 32: failure to follow success. (search)
e road, my march was not taken up until the morning of the 22d. General McLaws joined me on the 21st with his other brigades, and General Jenkdered Alexander's batteries to the top of the mountain, my command, McLaws's, Hood's, and Walker's divisions, occupying the left of his line o to capture the rear-guard by night attack. He proposed to send me McLaws's and Jenkins's divisions for the work, and ordered that it should eral Jenkins, he was asked to explain the plan of operations to General McLaws in case the latter was not in time to view the position from thed and ordered to be held by one of Jenkins's brigades supported by McLaws's division, while General Jenkins was to use his other brigades agaver Lookout Creek, to be followed by Jenkins's other brigades, when McLaws's division was to advance to position in support of Law's brigade. s in wait discussing the movements, and, upon inquiry, learned that McLaws's division had not been ordered. Under the impression that the oth
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 33: the East Tennessee campaign. (search)
s formidable force, fortified at points, I had McLaws's and Hood's divisions of infantry, Colonel Als, Wofford's, and Bryan's brigades constituted McLaws's division. Hood's division, which was commanto be withdrawn from Lookout Mountain, and General McLaws was ordered to withdraw his division from rd at the gap till it could be relieved by General McLaws--to Lenoir's Station. The enemy was lold be securely hemmed in. Generals Jenkins and McLaws came up during the night. The former was ordet which was to intercept the enemy's retreat. McLaws was held on the road, ready for use east or weion near Kingston had been called up, and with McLaws's division advanced on the roads to Campbell Sl posted in battle array in rear of them. General McLaws was not up. He was not ordered on double te applied that improved their fire. As General McLaws came up his division was put upon our lefte. The demonstration of our left under General McLaws was successful in drawing the enemy's atte[4 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 34: Besieging Knoxville. (search)
sent these considerations, and with the force they have on my mind I beg leave to say that I think we had better delay the assault until we hear the result of the battle of Chattanooga. The enemy may have cut our communication to prevent this army reinforcing General Bragg, as well as for the opposite reason,--viz., to prevent General Bragg from reinforcing us, and the attack at Chattanooga favors the first proposition. Rebellion Record, vol. XXXI. part i. p. 491. Very respectfully, L. McLaws, Major-General. In reply I wrote,-- Headquarters, November 28, 1863. Major-General McLaws: General,-- Your letter is received. I am not at all confident that General Bragg has had a serious battle at Chattanooga, but there is a report that he has, and that he has fallen back to Tunnel Hill. Under this report I am entirely convinced that our only safety is in making the assault upon the enemy's position to-morrow at daylight, and it is the more important that I should have the en
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 35: cut off from East and West. (search)
f the Richmond authorities, who were asked for a court-martial to try the case. On the 17th the following orders concerning General McLaws were issued: Special orders no. 27.Headquarters near Bean's Station, December 17, 1863. Major-General L. McLaws is relieved from further duty with this army, and will proceed to Augusta, Georgia, from which place he will report by letter to the adjutant-and inspector-general. He will turn over the command of the division to the senior brigadier pters, of this date, relieving me from further duty with this army. If there is no impropriety in making inquiry, and I cannot imagine there is, I respectfully request to be informed of the particular reason for the order. Very respectfully, L. McLaws, General. In reply the following was sent: Headquarters near Bean's Station, December 17, 1863. Major-General McLaws, Confederate States Army: General,-- I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of to-day, asking for the
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter37: last days in Tennessee. (search)
eral officers who had been put under charges while in East Tennessee, General Robertson had been sentenced to suspension, and an excellent officer, General Gregg, had been sent to report, and was assigned to the Texas brigade. In the case of General McLaws, the court-martial ordered official reprimand, but the President disapproved the proceedings, passing reprimand upon the court and the commanding general, and ordered the officer to be restored to duty, which was very gratifying to me, who could have taken several reprimands to relieve a personal friend of embarrassing position. General McLaws was a classmate, and had been a warm personal friend from childhood. I had no desire to put charges against him, and should have failed to do so even under the directions of the authorities. I am happy to say that our personal relations are as close and interesting as they have ever been, and that his heart was big enough to separate official duties and personal relations. Charges had b
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 38: battle of the Wilderness. (search)
artillery, got orders to move about noon on May 4, 1864, being in camp near Mechanicsville, some four or five miles west of Gordonsville. We marched about four P. M., and with only short rests all night and all next day till about five P. M., when we halted to rest and bivouac at a point which I cannot remember; but our cavalry had had a skirmish there with the enemy's cavalry just before our arrival, and I remember seeing some killed and wounded of each side. Your whole corps, Hood's and McLaws' s, and the artillery, I think, was concentrated at that point, and my recollection is that we had orders to move on during the night, or before daylight the next morning, to get on the enemy's left flank on the Brock road. But whatever the orders were, I remember distinctly that during the night news of the fight on the Plank road came, and with it a change of orders, and that we marched at one A. M., or earlier, and turned to the left and struck the Plank road at Parker's Store, and pu
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 10: Second Manassas-SharpsburgFredericksburg (search)
s or men would have held together five minutes after they appeared on the plain that stretched out from the foot of the hills to the river and their intentions became known to the batteries on Stafford Heights. Fortunately, our division general, McLaws, and his staff met the guns just before they emerged on the plain, and the general demanded of the officer in charge where we were going and by whose order, and, on being told, instantly countermanded the order and sent us back. It is fair to say for General Barksdale that when our captain galloped rapidly into town and explained the matter to him, he himself withdrew his own order; but General McLaws had already acted. The incident strongly accentuated the necessity for the battalion organization of the artillery, and in our case it was put into immediate effect, I think, just after the battle. But Fizer was not the only officer of the Mississippi brigade that could not get it into his head, even a little later, that the troops w
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Chapter 12: between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville (search)
ooker, who had now about Chancellorsville ninety-one thousand men-six corps, except one division of the second corps (Couch's) which had been left with Sedgwick at Fredericksburg. It was a critical position for the Confederate commander, but his confidence in his trusted lieutenant and brave men was such that he did not long hesitate. Encouraged by the counsel and confidence of General Jackson, he determined still further to divide his army; and while he, with the divisions of Anderson and McLaws, less than fourteen thousand men, should hold the enemy in his front, he would hurl Jackson upon his flank and rear and crush and crumble him as between the upper and nether millstone. The very boldness of the movement contributed much to insure its success. This battle illustrates most admirably the peculiar talent and individual excellence of Lee and Jackson. For quickness of perception, boldness in planning and skill in directing, Lee had no superior; for celerity in his movements,
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