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oyed great reputation as an artillerist, but now seems to have sunk into oblivion, or all talent has departed, for we never hear of him as distinguishing himself. His once famous battery; subsequent to his resignation, was commanded by Captain James B. Ricketts, of New-York, who greatly distinguished himself at Manassas, and quite eclipsed the fame of Sherman as an artillery officer. while Evans at Sudley Ford is slowly retiring before the four brigades of Hunter. Then Colonel Heintzelman, wim at every step. Brilliant as this charge was, the enemy, it was plain, were overpowering us by weight of numbers. They had seized a plateau on which stood two wooden houses (Widow Henry's, and the free negro Robinson's) and had placed thereon Ricketts's and Griffin's celebrated batteries. General Beauregard, determined to repossess himself of the position, formed his line for an assault, and his right rushed to the charge, while our centre, under Jackson, pierced theirs. The plateau was
attention was carried off. Although the enemy claim to have captured thousands of arms and dozens of cannon, I need not add that this, for the most part, was all imagination. McClellan's loss has been placed at twelve thousand killed, wounded, and missing; and I think the estimate below reality. Among his killed were Generals Mansfield, Richardson, Hartsuff, and others; and among a fearful list of generals wounded were Sumner, Hooker, Meagher, Duryea, Max Weber, Dana, Sedgwick, French, Ricketts, Rodman, and others. It is almost unnecessary for me to say that McClellan claimed this battle as a great victory for the Union cause, but did not do so until fully assured of our retreat into Virginia. Why his boastful despatch to Washington was not penned before our retreat from Sharpsburgh is evidence sufficient to show that he still feared, and would not shout until he was out of the woods. In truth, the Northern press acknowledged that with an inferior force we had thrashed them
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., McDowell's advance to Bull Run. (search)
tle for some of the supports of Griffin's and Ricketts's batteries that were on the Henry house hillr, Palmer's battalion of regular cavalry, and Ricketts's and Griffin's regular batteries. Porter's hern part of it was carried, the batteries of Ricketts and Griffin were planted near the Henry house and gallant on both sides. The batteries of Ricketts and Griffin, by their fine discipline, wonderteries: Returning to the position occupied by Ricketts' and Griffin's batteries, I received an ordernt Ramsay, 1st Artillery, was killed, and Captain Ricketts, 1st Artillery, was wounded, and a numberin name) perfectly helpless. The effect upon Ricketts was equally fatal. He, desperately wounded, n the Robinson and Henry houses, with most of Ricketts's and Griffin's batteries, the men of which w in utter confusion. Thereupon Captain James B. Ricketts, afterward Major-General. The conHenry Hill after the capture of Griffin's and Ricketts's batteries: Before reaching the crest of thi
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., The opposing armies at the first Bull Run. (search)
se E. Burnside 2d N. H., Col. Gilman Marston (w), Lieut.-Col. F. S. Fiske 1st R. I., Major J. P. Balch 2d R. I. (with battery), Col. John S. Slocum (k), Lieut.-Col. Frank Wheaton 71st N. Y. (with two howitzers), Col. H. P. Martin Brigade loss: k, 58; w, 171; m, 134 = 363. Third division Col. Samuel P. Heintzelman. First Brigade, Col. W. B. Franklin: 5th Mass., Col. S. C. Lawrence; 11th Mass., Col. George Clark, Jr.; 1st Minn., Col. W. A. Gorman; I, 1st U. S. Arty., Capt. J. B. Ricketts (w and c), Lieut. Edmund Kirby. Brigade loss: k, 70; w, 197; m, 92 =359. Second Brigade, Col. Orlando B. Willcox (w and c), Col. J. H. H. Ward: 11th N. Y., Lieut.-Col. N. L. Farnham; 38th N. Y., Col. J. H. H. Ward, Lieut.-Col. A. Farnsworth; 1st Mich., Major A. F. Bidwell; 4th Michigan, Col. D. A. Woodbury; D, 2d U. S. Arty., Capt. Richard Arnold. Brigade loss: k, 65; w, 177; m, 190 =432. Third Brigade, Col. Oliver O. Howard: 3d Me., Major H. G. Staples; 4th Me., Col. H. G. Berry; 5
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Incidents of the first Bull Run. (search)
We went into position none too soon; for, by the time we had unlimbered, Captain Ricketts, appearing on the crest of the opposite hill, came beautifully and gallantx Confederate guns in the semicircle east of the Sudley road, when Griffin and Ricketts had taken position near the Henry house.-editors. turnpike, so long as Bee, Ba however, after a few rounds. We were hardly more than fairly engaged with Ricketts when Griffin's splendid battery came to his aid, and took position full five hundred yards nearer to us, in a field on the left of the Sudley road. Ricketts had 6 Parrott guns, and Griffin had as many more, and, I think, 2 12-pounder howitzerse, scattering shingles, boards, and splinters all around us. A rifle-shot from Ricketts broke the axle of one of our guns and dropped the gun in the field, but we savMcDowell committed, as I think, the fatal blunder of the day, by ordering both Ricketts's and Griffin's batteries to cease firing and move across the turnpike to the
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)
hn Sedgwick, commanding Sixth Army Corps. First Division, Brig.-Gen. H. G. Wright. First Brigade, Col. Henry W. Brown. Second Brigade, Col. Emory Upton. Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. D. A. Russell. Fourth Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Alexander Shaler. Second Division, Brig.-Gen. George W. Getty. First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Frank Wheaton. Second Brigade, Col. Lewis A. Grant. Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Thos. H. Neill. Fourth Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Henry L. Eustis. Third Division, Brig.-Gen. James B. Ricketts. First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Wm. H. Morris. Second Brigade, Brig.-Gen. T. Seymour. Artillery Brigade, Col. C. H. Tompkins. Maj.-Gen. P. H. Sheridan, commanding Cavalry Corps. First Division, Brig.Gen. A. T. A. Torbert. First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. G. A. Custer. Second Brigade, Col. Thos. C. Devin. Reserve Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Wesley Merritt. Second Division, Brig.Gen. D. McM. Gregg.First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Henry E. Davies, Jr. Second Brigade, Col. J. Irvin Gregg.
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Raid on the Virginia Central Railroad-raid on the Weldon Railroad-Early's movement upon Washington-mining the works before Petersburg-explosion of the mine before Petersburg- campaign in the Shenandoah Valley-capture of the Weldon Railroad (search)
o cripple and delay him until Washington could be put into a state of preparation for his reception. I had previously ordered General Meade to send a division to Baltimore for the purpose of adding to the defences of Washington, and he had sent Ricketts's division of the 6th corps (Wright's), which arrived in Baltimore on the 8th of July. Finding that Wallace had gone to the front with his command, Ricketts immediately took the cars and followed him to the Monocacy with his entire division. TRicketts immediately took the cars and followed him to the Monocacy with his entire division. They met the enemy and, as might have been expected, were defeated; but they succeeded in stopping him for the day on which the battle took place. The next morning Early started on his march to the capital of the Nation, arriving before it on the 11th. Learning of the gravity of the situation I had directed General Meade to also order Wright with the rest of his corps directly to Washington for the relief of that place, and the latter reached there the very day that Early arrived before it.
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 15: Bull Run. (search)
lman was hurrying up with an advance regiment and Ricketts' battery. Under this combined pressure the Confedo the front on the right. Moreover, Griffin's and Ricketts' batteries had obtained favorable positions near ten, at about half-past 2 o'clock, the batteries of Ricketts and Griffin were ordered to move forward from the ttle. But danger was no less at hand. Hardly had Ricketts taken his post before his cannoneers and horses beer. They pressed cautiously but tenaciously upon Ricketts. Griffin, absorbed in directing the fire of two ohe regiment's volley had annihilated Griffin's and Ricketts' batteries. Officers and men fell smitten with dehe fight raged past and over the prostrate body of Ricketts, lying wounded among his guns, and who was finallyy crossed the valley to the support of Griffin and Ricketts, but found itself obliged to again withdraw. The alarmed for the final result, when Griffin's and Ricketts' batteries were destroyed; but for the greater par
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 16: the retreat. (search)
uld there make a rally. The way thither by the Warrenton turnpike was open and straight; the distance four and a half miles. But, through the perversity of fate, each detachment now retreated by the same road over which it had come. Thus the bulk of the army — the brigades of Porter, Burnside, Franklin, Willcox, and Howard-went back over the long detour of ten miles round by Sudley Ford; these had with them, as yet, two batteries — a total of ten field-pieces; for only the batteries of Ricketts and Griffin were lost in the main battle. Sherman's brigade, on the other hand, marched eastward, over the ground of the morning's conflict, and recrossed Bull Run at the ford, half a mile above the stone bridge, by which they had approached. Keyes' brigade, becoming aware of the general retreat, also returned by that route. These two, with Schenck's brigade, soon reached the Warrenton road, making a comparatively easy march to Centreville. It also becomes necessary to mention here
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Appendix A. (search)
k S. Fiske. 1st Rhode Island, Major Joseph P. Balch. 2d Rhode Island (with battery), Colonel John S. Slocum (killed), Lieut.-Colonel Frank Wheaton. 17st New York (with two howitzers), Colonel Henry P. Martin. third Division. Colonel Samuel P. Heintzelman (wounded). First Brigade. Colonel William B. Franklin. 5th Massachusetts, Colonel Samuel C. Lawrence. 11th Massachusetts, Colonel George Clark, Jr. 1st Minnesota, Colonel W. A. Gorman. Company 1, 1st U. S. Artillery, Captain James B. Ricketts (wounded and captured), Lieutenant Edmund Kirby. Second Brigade. Col. Orlando B. Willcox (wounded and captured), Col. J. H. Hobart Ward. 11th New York, Lieut.-Colonel Noah L. Farnham. 88th New York, Colonel J. H. Hobart Ward, Lieut.-Colonel Addison Farnsworth. 1st Michigan, Major Alonzo F. Bidwell. 4th Michigan, Colonel Dwight A. Woodbury. Company D, 2d U. S. Artillery, Captain Richard Arnold. Third Brigade. Colonel Oliver 0. Howard. 3d Maine, Major Henry G. Staples. 4
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