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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Grand movement of the Army of the Potomac- crossing the Rapidan-entering the Wilderness- battle of the Wilderness (search)
Brig.-Gen. Edward Ferrero.First Brigade, Col. Joshua K. Sigfried. Second Brigade, Col. Henry G. Thomas. Provisional Brigade, Col. Elisha G. Marshall. Brig.-Gen. Henry J. Hunt, commanding Artillery. Reserve, Col. H. S. Burton. First Brigade, Col. J. H. Kitching. Second Brigade, Maj. J. A. Tompkins. First Brig. Horse Art., Capt. J. M. Robertson. Second Brigade Horse Art., Capt. D. R. Ransom. Third Brigade, Maj. R. H. Fitzhugh. General Headquarters Provost Guard, Brig.-Gen. M. R. Patrick. Volunteer Engineers, Brig.-Gen. H. W. Benham. Confederate Army. organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, August 31st, 1864. First Army corps: Lieut.-Gen. R. H. Anderson, Commaanding. [Longstreet until wounded] Maj.-Gen. Geo. E. Pickett's division. Brig.-Gen. Seth M. Barton's Brigade. Brig.-Gen. M. D. Corse's Brigade. Brig.-Gen. Eppa Hunton's Brigade. Brig.-Gen. Wm. R. Terry's Brigade. Maj.-Gen. C. W. Field's division. (b) B
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 15 (search)
the general-in-chief. Grant and he had been classmates at West Point, and were on terms of extreme intimacy. Ingalls was exceedingly popular in the army, and both officially and personally was regarded as an important acquisition to the staff. Lieutenant-colonel M. R. Morgan, an efficient and experienced officer of the commissary department, was added to the staff of the general-in-chief as chief commissary; thirty years after he became commissary-general of the army. Soon after General M. R. Patrick was made provost-marshal-general, and General George H. Sharpe was assigned to duty as his assistant. The latter officer rendered invaluable service in obtaining information regarding the enemy by his employment of scouts and his skill in examining prisoners and refugees. Captain Amos Webster was placed on duty as assistant quartermaster. Assistant Surgeon E. D. W. Breneman, U. S. A., was assigned to look after the health of those at headquarters; but the particularly robust condi
U. S. Infantry; Capt. W. T. Gentry, 17th U. S. Infantry; Capt. J. W. Forsyth, 18th U. S. Infantry; Lieut. J. W. Jones, 12th U. S. Infantry; Lieut. C. F. Trowbridge, 16th U. S. Infantry; and Lieut. C. D. Mehaffey, 1st U. S. Infantry. The provost-guard was composed of the 2d U. S. Cavalry, Maj. Pleasonton, and a battalion of the 8th and 17th U. S. Infantry, Maj. Willard. After Gen. Porter was relieved Maj. Wood was in charge of this department until after the battle of Antietam, when Brig.-Gen. Patrick was appointed provost-marshal-general. When the army took the field, for the purpose of securing order and regularity in the camp of headquarters, and facilitating its movements the office of commandant of general Headquarters was created, and assigned to Maj. G. O. Haller, 7th U. S. Infantry. Six companies of infantry were placed under his orders for guard and police duty. From Aug., 1861, the position of Judge-Advocate was held by Col. Thomas T. Gantt, aide-de-camp, until compe
ile Gen. Meade was gallantly driving the enemy on the right, Gen. Hatch's division was engaged in a severe contest for the possession of the crest on the left of the ravine. It moved up the mountain in the following order: Two regiments of Gen. Patrick's brigade deployed as skirmishers, with the other two regiments of the same brigade supporting them; Col. Phelps's brigade in line of battalions in mass at deploying distance, Gen. Doubleday's brigade in the same order bringing up the rear. Theraight up the slope, instead of around to the right as directed, the 2d U. S. Sharpshooters was sent out in its place. Phelps's and Doubleday's brigades were deployed in turn as they reached the woods, which began about half up the mountain. Gen. Patrick with his skirmishers soon drew the fire of the enemy, and found him strongly posted behind a fence which bounded the cleared space on the top of the ridge, having on his front the woods through which our line was advancing, and in his rear a c
01, 336; Crampton's Gap, 563 ; Antietam, 600; after Antietam, 635. Newton, Col., 65. Nicholson, Capt. (navy), 292. Norfolk, Va., 203, 246, 247, 249, 252. North, people of, ill-treated in the South, 29, 37 ; loyalty, 30. 31, 33 ; enthusiastic over W. Va. campaign, 56. Occoquan river, Va., 106, 231-233. Old Tavern, Va., 392, 405. Ord, Gen. O. C., 81, 165. Osborn, Capt., 428. Palmer, Gen. I. N., 379, 380. Paris, Comte de, 145, 146, 311, 575. Parke, Gen. J. G., 244, 245. Patrick, Gen. M. R., 133, 581. Patterson, Gen. R., 40, 47, 54, 74. Peck, Gen. J. J., 81; at Fair Oaks, 379, 380, 382 ; Maryland, 625. Pegram, Col. J., 55, 62. Pelissier, Gen. A., message to French emperor, 279. Peninsular campaign, army advanced, 224; route, 227; transportation, 235. 237, 251, 257, cost 238; reduced force. 241, 268 ; naval plans, 247, 269, force 247, failure 264, 269; engineer plans, 247, 248 ; delays, 254, 256 ; recruiting stopped, 258 ; divided authority, 270. Yorktown, stre
a group of the officers who had served him so faithfully. At the surrender, it was Colonel T. S. Bowers (Third from left) upon whom Grant called to make a copy of the terms of surrender in ink. Colonel E. S. Parker, the full-blooded Indian on Grant's staff, an excellent penman, wrote out the final copy. Nineteen years later, General Horace Porter recorded with pride that he loaned General Lee a pencil to make a correction in the terms. Colonels William Duff and J. D. Webster, and General M. R. Patrick, are the three men who were not present at the interview. All of the remaining-officers were formally presented to Lee. General Seth Williams had been Lee's adjutant when the latter was superintendent at West Point some years before the war. In the lower photograph General Grant stands between General Rawlins and Colonel Bowers. The veins standing out on the back of his hand are plainly visible. No one but he could have told how calmly the blood coursed through them during the fou
, 1865. Molineux, E. L., Mar. 13, 1865. Moore, M. F., Mar. 13, 1863. Morgan, Jas. D., Mar. 19, 1865. Morris, Wm. H., Mar. 13, 1865. Morrow, H. A., Mar. 13, 1865. Mulholland, St. C., Mar. 13, 1865. Neil, Thos. H., Mar. 13, 1865. Nye, Geo. H., Mar. 13, 1865. Oliver, John M., Mar. 13, 1865. Opdyke, Emerson, Nov. 30, 1864. Osborn, Thos. O., Apr. 2, 1865. Paine, Chas. J., Jan. 15, 1865. Paine, Hal. E., Mar. 13, 1865. Palmer, I. M., Mar. 13, 1865. Parsons, L. B., Apr. 30, 1865. Patrick, M. R., Mar. 13, 1865. Pearson, A. L., May 1, 1865. Peck, Lewis M., Mar. 13, 1865. Pierce, B. R., Mar. 13, 1865. Pile, Wm. A., April 9, 1865. Plaisted, H. M., Mar. 13, 1865. Potter, Edw. E., Mar. 13, 1865. Potts, B. F., March 13, 1865. Powell, Wm. H., Mar. 13, 1865. Powers, Chas. J., Mar. 13, 1865. Ramsey, John, Mar. 13, 1865. Ransom, T. E. S., Sept. 1, 1864. Rice, Eliot W., Mar. 13, 1865. Runkle, Benj. P., Nov. 9, 1865. Roberts, Benj. S., Mar. 13, 1865. Robinson, J. C., June 27,
M. R. Patrick Brigadier GeneralApr. 4, 1862, to June 26, 1862. 2d Brigade, King's 3d Division, Department of the Rappahannock Brigadier GeneralJune 26, 1862, to Sept. 12, 1862. 3d Brigade, 1st Division, Third Army Corps, Army of Virginia Brigadier GeneralMarch 12, 1862, to March 13, 1862. 2d Brigade, McDowell's Division, Army of the Potomac Brigadier GeneralMarch 17, 1862, to April 4, 1862. 2d Brigade, 3d Division, First Army Corps, Army of the Potomac Brigadier GeneralSept. 12, 1862, to Oct. 6, 1862. 3d Brigade, 1st Division, Second Army Corps, Army of the Potomac Brigadier GeneralSept. 12, 1862, to---- Provost Guard, Army of the Pot
illocks to be found, and were soon lost in slumber. Thursday morning we got under way once more, and traversed three miles of the muddiest territory, as it seemed to us, that the sacred soil could produce. It was the territory that lay between us and our old camp near Brandy Station, which we had now learned was our destination. Never did wayworn travellers returning from a pilgrimage greet their home with greater enthusiasm than did we our old quarters, or what was left of them, for Gen. Patrick's provost guard, camped the other side of the ridge, had appropriated all our boards, besides other conveniences that we had collected. Nevertheless it seemed like coming home again. At 9 o'clock Friday night orders came to pack up and hitch in immediately, which we did. Signal rockets were visible in various directions. It was said we were attacked; but shortly after 11 o'clock orders came to unhitch and unharness, thus ending the matter. What the cause of the scare was we never kne
ufficiently roomy to accommodate the regular boarders, but would not admit of much company at the same time. The more fastidious or ingenious added to the internal convenience by improvised floors, tables, cupboards, pegs, etc., so far as the limited space would permit. Our neighbors in this camp were Battery B, First New Jersey Regiment, on our left, and Battery K, Fourth Regulars, Battery E, First Rhode Island Regiment and the Fourth Maine Battery, consecutively, on our right, with Gen. Patrick and his provost guard already alluded to, in the rear. On a little knoll at our left-front, in a cluster of pines, stood Artillery Brigade Headquarters, while a full half-mile farther, in plain view, stood a large, square, white house, occupied by Gen. French as Corps Headquarters. Life in winter camp was pretty much the same throughout the army. Tales of battle told by comrades from other regiments, who called to renew old acquaintances, beguiled a part of the time. Some of the men
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