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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 6: Jackson's Valley campaign (search)
was called the Mountain Department, in which he had about 15,000 men. About 3700 of these, under Milroy, were at McDowell, a point 25 miles west of Staunton. On April 29, Jackson proposed to Lee in Richmond that he, Jackson, should unite his own force and Johnson's and attack Milroy and Fremont, and drive them back into the mountains. Then returning quickly, and being joined by Ewell, his who near Charlottesville by rail to Staunton. Here he united with Johnson and marched rapidly upon Milroy. He had started on April 30, and, taking a country road, had been three days in moving his gunshe cars and move to Staunton on that day. On May 7, he left Staunton, and on May 8 he confronted Milroy at McDowell. Milroy had been reenforced by Schenck's brigade. Jackson kept most of his force cMilroy had been reenforced by Schenck's brigade. Jackson kept most of his force concealed, and about 2500 Federals were advanced against him in the afternoon. A sharp affair ensued with about 2800 of Jackson's force, holding the crest of a steep Jackson's Valley campaign, May
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 11: second Manassas (search)
ning of the 29th, were as follows: — On Bull Run, two miles east of Jackson, were Sigel's corps, three divisions, and Milroy's independent brigade, together about 11,000 strong, and Reynolds's division of Pa. Reserves, about 8000, with 14 batteri were visible, nearly two miles away, deploying for the attack. Sigel held the right, with three divisions, supported by Milroy's brigade. Reynolds held the left. The enemy's line was not parallel to Jackson's, their right being nearest to Jacksonrate line of battle and met its fire, the conflict was short and the Federals retreated, Gregg's brigade following them. Milroy's brigade came to their help, but Thomas's brigade came to Gregg's, and the Federals were driven completely through the wy injudiciously withdrawn Reynolds's division from his extreme left and placed it in support of Porter's corps, although Milroy's corps, from among his masses in reserve, was equally available. In vain, now, were Reynolds and all his other reenforc
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 16: Gettysburg: the first day (search)
une 10, Ewell's corps left Culpeper for the Valley. Rodes moved to Berryville, while Early and Johnson advanced upon Winchester, and, on the 13th and 14th, drove Milroy's forces into the city. Preparations were made to storm the fortified line at dawn on the 15th, an enterprise which might easily have been disastrous, had they been well defended. But Milroy saw his communications threatened, and did not wait for the attack. About dawn, his retreating forces were struck in the flank near Stephenson's depot by Steuart's and the Stonewall brigade, and were routed with the loss of about 2400 men and 23 guns. Rodes's division, going by Berryville, had driv reached Williamsport at dark and at once crossed three brigades and three batteries over the Potomac. The marches made by Ewell's whole corps in this swoop upon Milroy, and the fruits of victory secured, compare well with the work of the same corps under Jackson 13 months before. Early and Johnson, advancing upon Winchester, ma
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 20: battle of the Wilderness (search)
made an attempt south of the same. In each case swamps were found intervening, which prevented anything being accomplished. A few days after the battle, while Grant was still in his state of indecision and the make believe of siege operations was going on, Halleck suggested to him the investment of Richmond on the north bank of the James. It was seriously considered, as offering greater security to Washington, but finally rejected. On June 5, Hunter, in the Valley, who had succeeded Milroy, defeated Jones, who had succeeded Breckenridge. As soon as Lee learned of this, he ordered Breckenridge to return and take with him the troops he had brought to Lee at Hanover Junction. On June 12, he took the bold move of detaching Early's whole corps and sending it to the Valley, by way of Charlottesville. It was ordered to attack Hunter in rear, and, having disposed of him and united with Breckenridge, to move down the Valley, cross the Potomac, and threaten Washington. It is probabl
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XI (search)
d suggested to Thomas on the 24th, and informed me fully of his plans and instructions to meet such a movement, requesting me to give him my views in reply. In that despatch General Thomas said: In case you have to move to the north bank of Duck River, I wish you to keep some cavalry on the south side to observe and delay Hood's advance on the Chattanooga Railroad as much as possible. I hope to have five regiments of Granger's troops in Murfreesboroa to-day. Have made arrangements for Milroy to fall back to Murfreesboroa or this side of Duck River also, if the enemy advances. The cavalry on the south side of Duck River should cover the approaches to Shelbyville, and cross at that place, and hold the bridge in case of an advance in force. I have asked General Steedman how large a force he can raise to threaten the enemy's rear, should he get on the Chattanooga road, and expect an answer soon. About 1000 of Hatch's cavalry have arrived here from Memphis, dismounted, but they w
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
ces, 220; use of roads at night, 231; two kinds of strategy, 336, 337; territorial strategy, 358, 359; application of European rules in America, 359 Military study, 2:35 Military system, 345, 346 Military telegrams and despatches, difficulties and delays attending their transmission and deciphering, 169, 204, 206, 207, 211, 214, 218, 220, 224, 232, 233 Military training, 407 et seq. Militia, Gen. Scott's distrust of, 513 Milledgeville, Ga., Sherman proposes to wreck, 318 Milroy, Maj.-Gen. Robert H., in the Tennessee campaign, 205 Mint-julep, 26 Mississippi, Hood's proposed movement toward, 163; Thomas proposes a campaign in, 253, 255, 256; possible operations in, 305; Thomas to have command over, 317 Mississippi River, the, Fremont's plan of campaign on, 49; military operations on, 63-66, 70, 318; S. seeks service on, 64-66; importance of the opening of, 70, 337; Halleck's plan for clearing west of, 359; development of railroad communication between the Pa
to the left. A friendly cheer assured us it was the command of the gallant Colonel Milroy, and the First Virginia regiment, commanded by Colonel Kelly, and a detachmo much effect as if the descent could have been made a few minutes sooner. Colonel Milroy assaulted that part of the enemy who had left the main road and betook them by way of Evansville, under the command of Colonel Kelly, consisting of Kelly, Milroy, and Irvine and their commands. I know nothing personally of their march priorthe bridge. I speak of the part of the expedition commanded by Colonels Kelly, Milroy and Irvine, only because Colonel Kelly's condition is such as to render a reporionally. I herewith hand to you the reports made to me by Colonels Crittenden, Milroy, and Steedman. Our loss was two wounded and two missing; what the enemy's losshaps not to exceed forty. I have heard the conduct of Jonathan W. Gordon of Col. Milroy's command, spoken of in terms of decided approbation by the officers of the
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Connecticut Volunteers. (search)
ddle Military Division, to June, 1865. Cavalry Division, Dept. of Washington to August, 1865. Service. Operations against guerrillas in Hardy County, W. Va., till May, 1862. Action at Moorefield, W. Va., April 3. March to relief of Milroy May 2-7. McDowell May 8. Franklin May 10-12. Strasburg May 24. Wosdensville May 28. Raid to Shaver River May 30. Strasburg June 1. New Market June 5. Harrisonburg June 7. Cross Keys June 8. Port Republic June 9. Mst Brigade, 3rd Division, West Virginia, to April, 1865. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, West Virginia, to June, 1865. Service. Duty at Forts McHenry and Marshall, Defenses of Baltimore, till May, 1863. Moved to Winchester, Va., and joined Milroy's Command May 22. Battle of Winchester June 13-15. Mostly captured June 15. Paroled July 2 and exchanged October 1, 1863. Moved to Martinsburg, Va., to join those not captured. Provost duty at Hagerstown, Md., till September 30, an
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, Indiana Volunteers. (search)
ana Infantry, June 12, 1861. Left State for Parkersburg, W. Va., July 2. Attached to Reynolds' Cheat Mountain District, West Virginia, to November, 1861. Milroy's Command, Cheat Mountain, W. Va., to March, 1862. Milroy's Cheat Mountain Brigade, Dept. of the Mountains, to June, 1862. Milroy's Independent Brigade, 1stMilroy's Independent Brigade, 1st Army Corps, Army of Virginia, to July, 1862. Piatt's Brigade, Winchester, Va., to August, 1862. Trimble's Brigade, White's Division, Winchester, Va., to September, 1862. Miles' Command, Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September, 1862. Camp Douglas, Ill., and Indianapolis, Ind., to March, 1863. Central District of Kentucky,ginia, July 1861. 1st Brigade, Army of Occupation, West Virginia, to September, 1861. Reynolds' Cheat Mountain Brigade, West Virginia, to November, 1861. Milroy's Command, Cheat Mountain District, W. Va., to January, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Landers' Division, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Shields' 2nd Division, Banks' 5th
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New York Volunteers. (search)
1862. Averill's Cavalry Command, 8th Army Corps, Middle Dept., to November, 1862. Defenses Upper Potomac, 8th Army Corps, Middle Dept., to January, 1863. Milroy's Command, Winchester, Va., 8th Army Corps, to February, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 8th Army Corps, February, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 8th ArmPost and Millwood June 13. Berryville and Bunker Hill June 13. Opequan Creek, near Winchester, June 13. Martinsburg June 14. Winchester June 14-15. Milroy's retreat June 15-July 1. Williamsport, Md., June 15. Hancock June 16. Greencastle, Pa., June 20 and 22. Shippensburg June 23. Near Harper's Ferry Va. Attached to Railroad District, 8th Corps, Middle Dept., to September, 1862. Railroad District, West Virginia, to January, 1863. Martinsburg, W. Va., Milroy's Command, 8th Corps, Middle Dept., to March, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, to June, 1863. Elliott's Command, 8th Army Corps, to July; 18
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