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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 4 (search)
to maintain its ground against the attacks of Ewell's and D. H. Hill's divisions; but the key-point being carried, retreat was compulsory. This was attended with much confusion, and the stragglers were thronging to the bridge, when French's and Meagher's brigades, sent across from the south side of the river by General Sumner, appeared, and under cover of their firm line the shattered troops were finally rallied and reformed. Yet, if alone on that small re-enforcement had depended the safety n Porter on the left, and on Couch; and the success of the day was in a large degree due to the skill and coolness of the latter, who, as holding the hottest part of the Union line, was gradually re-enforced by the brigades of Caldwell, Sickles, Meagher, and several of Porter's, till he came to command the whole left centre, displaying in his conduct of the battle a high order of generalship. Night closed on the combatants still fighting, the opposing forces being distinguishable only by the
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
the flank fire at South Mountain. In a moment they broke and fell to the rear. Efforts were made to rally them in the bed of an old road, nearly at right angles to the Hagers. town pike, and which had been their position previous to the advance.—Re ports of the Army of Northern Virginia, vol. II., p. 115. Uniting here with the other brigades of Hill, they received the attacks both of French and of Richardson's division to his left. The latter division was composed of the brigades of Meagher, Caldwell, and Brooke. Meager first attacked, and fought his way to the possession of a crest overlooking the sunken road in which Hill's line was posted. After sustaining a severe musketry fire, by which it lost severely, this brigade, its ammunition being expended, was relieved by the brigade of Caldwell—the former breaking by companies to the rear, and the latter by companies to the front. Caldwell immediately became engaged in a very determined combat, and was supported by part of Br
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 7 (search)
th brigade front. General Kimball's brigade was in front, and by its subsequent conduct showed itself worthy to lead. It was followed in succession by the brigades of Colonel J. W. Andrews, First Delaware, and Colonel Palmer, One Hundred and Eighth New York.—Couch: Report of Fredericksburg. Hancock's division followed and joined the advance of French. Hancock's formation was the same as that of French: brigade front with intervals of two hundred paces—the brigades in the order of Zook, Meagher, and Caldwell.—Hancock: Report of Fredericksburg. Even while moving through the town, and marching by the flank, the troops were exposed to a very severe fire from the enemy's batteries on the heights, against which it soon became impossible for the numerous Union artillery on the north bank of the Rappahannock to direct its fire, seeing that the missiles presently began to play havoc with the columns advancing over the plain. Our artillery being in position, opened fire as soon as the ma<
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, Index. (search)
rsville campaign —see Chancellorsville. Fremantle, Colonel, on Lee's critical position after Gettysburg, 363. Fremont, General, assigned to Mountain Department of West Virginia, 93; (Mountain Department of West Virginia position during McClellan's advance, 122. Front Royal, Jackson's capture of garrison, 125. Gaines' Mill, map of battle of, 149; Magruder occupies McClellan's attention on south bank of Chickahominy, 151; Porter overwhelmed, and the retreat commenced, 152; French and Meagher cover Porter's retreat, 153; Porter's corps crosses to McClellan at night, 153; estimate of casualties, 153. Garnett, General, Confederate commander in West Virginia, 35. Gettysburg campaign, the, 308; theory of the Confederate invasion, 308; Berryville captured by Rodes, 317; Blue Ridge, passes occupied by Longstreet, 318; concentration of the army upon, 324; Lee's army countermarches towards, 326; approach of the two armies towards, 326; topography of the field, 329; the first day—B