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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 4: the Confederates hovering around Washington. (search)
t-Colonel Secrest; and First Kentucky, Colonel Thomas Taylor; the cavalry, Ransom's and Bradford's. General McCall, commanding the nearest Union division, happened just then to want those supplies, or, as seems more probable, had information through a spy of Stuart's expedition. He took measures to gather the supplies, or surprise and perhaps capture or destroy Stuart's party. However that may be, when Stuart reached the vicinity of Dranesville he found himself in the presence of General Ord, who had under him his own brigade of five regiments of infantry, Easton's battery, two twenty-four-pound howitzers and two twelve-pound guns, and two squadrons of cavalry. Finding that he was anticipated, and that his only way of saving the train was to order it back to Centreville in all haste, Stuart decided to attack, in order to give it time to get to a place of safety, and despatched a detachment of cavalry on the turnpike towards Leesburg to warn the wagons to hasten back to Cent
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 40: talk of peace. (search)
e conference Longstreet has a meeting with General Ord, commander of the Army of the James militanted commissary-general of subsistence. General Ord, commanding the Army of the James, sent me le to both sides could be found. I told General Ord that I was not authorized to speak on the sn as another meeting could be arranged with General Ord. Secretary Breckenridge expressed especial the result of the conference was reported. General Ord asked to have General Lee write General Graiculties by means of a military convention, General Ord states that if I desired to have an intervile to you, we meet at the place selected by Generals Ord and Longstreet for their interview, at elevde those charged with capital offences. General Ord further stated that you did not intend to ecal prisoners, I think there need be none. General Ord and General Longstreet have probably misund the President of the United States alone. General Ord could only have meant that I would not refu[5 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 41: battle of five Forks. (search)
eral Parke commanding; next, on Parke's left, was the Sixth Corps, under General Wright; then General Humphreys with the Second Corps, General Warren with the Fifth; General Sheridan's cavalry, armed with repeating rifles, on the extreme left; General Ord, commanding the Army of the James, on the north side, Generals Gibbon and Weitzel commanding corps,--all officers of the highest attainments and veterans in service. The armies of the Potomac and the Janes and Sheridan's cavalry, constitutingtheir well-chosen and strongly-fortified lines an army of ninety thousand well-armed and thoroughly-appointed veterans was impossible. Pursuant to previous orders, General Grant started on his move around the Confederate right on the 27th. General Ord was called to the south side with fourteen thousand men of the Army of the James, leaving General Weitzel with twenty thousand on the north side. Estimated from returns. In front of that force we had ten thousand men of Field's and Kershaw's
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 42: Petersburg. (search)
ecided to wait till next morning for his attack. General Ord rested his column for the night at Burkeville. The Painesville road. General Sheridan despatched General Ord that we had broken away from him and were marchiny Rice's Station to Farmville. We had information of Ord's column moving towards Rice's Station, and I was ordared for action,--Field's division across the road of Ord's march, Wilcox on Field's right; both ordered to intx, Mahone to support Field. Just then I learned that Ord's detachment of bridge-burners had passed out of sighy command arrived. I had no cavalry, and the head of Ord's command was approaching in sight; but directly Gene if it took the last man of his command to do it. General Ord came on and drove in my line of skirmishers, but k to the line, with orders to hold it till called in. Ord's force proved to be the head of his column, and he wridden to us and was waiting near Mahone's division. Ord's command was not up till near night, and he only eng
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 43: Appomattox. (search)
and was halted, deployed into position, and ordered to intrench against the pursuing army. It was five o'clock when the advance commands moved, --four hours after the time ordered. To these General Long's batteries of thirty guns were attached. They met Sheridan's cavalry advancing across their route. The column was deployed, the cavalry on the right of the artillery and infantry, as they advanced to clear the way. They reported some success, capturing two pieces of artillery, when General Ord's column came up. He had, besides his Army of the James, the Fifth Army Corps. These commands, with the cavalry, pushed the Confederates back a little, while the two corps of the Army of the Potomac were advancing against my rear-guard. Of the early hours of this, the last day of active existence of the Army of Northern Virginia, Colonel Venable, of General Lee's staff, wrote thus: At three o'clock on the morning of that fatal day, General Lee rode forward, still hoping that he m