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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Lee and Grant in the Wilderness. (search)
l making a second attack on the right flank and rear of the Union army. This was made by Gordon's Brigade, of Early's Division, and Johnson's Brigade, of Rodes' Division. These brigades, Gordon's leading, struck the Federals (Rickett's Division) on its right flank, doubling it up and causing great confusion. At the same time, Pegram's Brigade, of Early's Division, advanced and attacked in front. A large number of prisoners were captured; among these were two general officers, Seymour and Shaler. This ended the struggle of the day. On this flank it had commenced, as has been seen, early in the morning; but the main battle on the 5th was on the plank road. With the Confederates, there were more troops engaged on the plank road (Kershaw's, Fields', and Anderson's divisions) on the 6th, and less on the old pike. It was the same with the Federals. On the Union side, early in the morning, on the plank road, there was the same force as on the previous evening; but after Wilcox was for
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Chapter 32: battles of the Wilderness. (search)
in rear of the enemy. Major Daniel, not hearing from Gordon, had endeavored to get to him, when, finding the condition of things, he attempted to lead one of Pegram's regiments to his assistance, and was shot down while behaving with great gallantry, receiving a wound in the leg which has permanently disabled him. Notwithstanding the confusion in part of his brigade, Gordon succeeded in throwing the enemy's right flank into great confusion, capturing two brigadier generals (Seymour and Shaler), and several hundred prisoners, all of the 6th corps, under Sedgwick. The advance of Pegram's brigade, and the demonstration of Johnston's brigade in the rear, where it encountered a part of the enemy's force and captured some prisoners, contributed materially to the result. It was fortunate, however, that darkness came to close this affair, as the enemy, if he had been able to discover the disorder on our side, might have brought up fresh troops and availed himself of our condition. As
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A., Index. (search)
vage Station, 77, 87 Savannah, 190 Scales, General, 355 School House Hill, 136, 137 Scott, Captain, John, 4, 6 Scott, Colonel, 93, 180 Scott, General, 1, 38, 39, 42 Secret Service Corps, 88, 89 Sedgwick, General (U. S. A.), 148, 151, 197, 201, 203-04, 207, 214, 217-220, 228, 231, 233-34, 281, 309, 321, 360 Seminary Hill, 270, 276 Semmes, General, 147 Seven Pines, 74 Seventh Street Pike, 389 Seymour, General (U. S. A.), 350 Shady Grove, 351-355 Shaler, General (U. S. A.), 350 Sharpsburg, 139, 140, 153, 157, 162, 186, 190, 192, 254, 391, 403 Shenandoah, 10, 74, 136-37, 160, 164- 165, 237, 239, 240, 284, 295, 332, 343, 366-369, 371, 396, 407, 414, 439, 455, 476 Shepherdstown, 139, 162, 253-54, 284, 408-09-10 Sheridan, General (U. S. A.), 40, 371, 379, 406-411, 414, 419, 427, 430, 433, 437, 441, 452-53, 456, 459, 461, 465-66, 475 Sherman, General (U. S. A.), 40, 393 Shields, General (U. S. A.), 241, 399, 475 Shippensburg, 263, 270 Sigel, Gen
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 4 (search)
confusion. Generals Grant and Meade, accompanied by me and one or two other staff-officers, walked rapidly over to Meade's tent, and found that the reports still coming in were bringing news of increasing disaster. It was soon reported that General Shaler and part of his brigade had been captured; then that General Seymour and several hundred of his men had fallen into the hands of the enemy; afterward that our right had been turned, and Ferrero's division cut off and forced back upon the Rapithat I, who always slept so well in the field, should now pass whole nights in the quiet of this peaceful house without being able to close my eyes. It was soon ascertained that although Sedgwick's line had been forced back with some loss, and Shaler and Seymour had been made prisoners, only a few hundred men had been captured, and the enemy had been compelled to withdraw. General Grant had great confidence in Sedgwick in such an emergency, and the event showed that it was not misplaced.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Steuart's brigade at the battle of Gettysburg.--a narrative by Rev. Randolph H. McKim, D. D., late First Lieutenant and Aide-de-camp, Confederate army. (search)
nd this circumstance contributed to the weakness of his position and the futility of his occupation of this part of the line .... But, though he fought with a determined bravery well worthy the name of the old-time leader, yet he gained no ground and had sustained terrible losses. Then, a little after sunrise, their infantry moved forward in heavy force to attack us. The troops of the Twelfth corps, says Swinton, had returned from the left, and the divisions of Williams and Geary, aided by Shaler's brigade, of the Sixth corps, entered upon a severe struggle to regain the lost position of the line. The enemy was evidently before us in immense numbers, and posted behind two lines of breastworks. To resist them we had but one division, which was subsequently strengthened by the brigades of Smith and Daniel.--Extract from a letter. They drove in our skirmishers, but could not dislodge us from the works we had captured, although these were commanded in part by the works on the crest o
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
of cavalry in the Confederate army. Stuart opened heavily with his cannon, which at first disconcerted the National troops. The latter were kept steady until Griffin's Battery was placed in position, when its guns soon silenced those of the Virginians, and scattered their cavalry. Then the National troops, having accomplished their object, returned to their post near the Chain Bridge in perfect order and excellent spirits, with a loss of two killed and ten wounded. Reports of Lieutenant-Colonel Shaler and Adjutant Ireland, and dispatch of General McClellan, all dated September 11th, 1861. General McClellan joined the column at the close of the affair. Colonel Stuart (Confederate) gave a glowing account of the confusion into which the Nationals were thrown by his first attack, and gave the affair the aspect of a great victory for himself. He reported fearful havoc in the ranks of the enemy. Our loss, he said, was not a scratch to man or horse. --Stuart's Report, Sept. 11, 1861
o advance, because of the intense darkness of the night. At 5 A. M., of August 10th, Lyon opened Wilson's Creek. Explanations to the plan of the battle, of Wilson's Creek. A Capt. Totten's Battery. B Section of Totten's Battery. C Dubois's Battery. DCornfield.hotly contested. ELog House, F Road to Cassville. G 2d Missouri Volunteers. H 2d Kansas Volunteers. I Spot where Gen. Lyon fell. K Rebel batteries masked. L 1st Kansas, 1st Missouri, 1st Iowa, and Capt. Shaler's Battalion. M Capt. Plummer's Battalion. N Home Guards. O Kansas Rangers (Cavalry). P Col. Sigel's Position. Q Part of Rebel train. R Concealed Rebel Batteries. V Rebel Cavalry. W Sigel's Brigade. 3d and 5th Missouri. X Road through Rebel camp. Y McCulloch's Headquarters. Z Rains's Headquarters. upon the Rebels in front, while Sigel, with his 1,200 men and 6 guns, almost simultaneously, assailed the rear of the enemy's right. The battle was obstinate
gap. Hancock promptly sent Col. Carroll, with the 3d brigade of his 2d division, to strike the advancing foe in flank, which was admirably done: the enemy being driven back with heavy loss, and our troops regaining their former position. Thus ended the battle on our left; but, the enemy, massing swiftly and heavily on our rig t, after our Generals supposed the day's fighting over,struck again, under Gordon, just before dark, at that flank ; surprising and routing Truman Seymour's and then Shaler's brigade, taking nearly 4,000 prisoners, including Seymour himself. For a moment, it seemed that our army, or at least its right wing, was exposed to rout; but Gen. Sedgwick exerted himself to restore his lines, and succeeded: the enemy making off with most of their prisoners in triumph. In fact, this charge had been made at so late an hour that no farther success than was achieved could wisely have been aimed at. Our army rested, after the second day's bloody struggle, substantially on t
f 23,730, present for duty, of whom less than 20,000 were present in action. The Gettysburg campaign came next, in which the divisions were commanded by Generals Wright, Howe, and Newton. The corps was held in reserve at Gettysburg, excepting Shaler's Brigade, which was sent into action as a support to the Twelfth Corps; several casualties, also, occurred in Eustis' and Wheaton's Brigades, of Newton's Division. During the pursuit of Lee's Army, after Gettysburg, the Vermont Brigade was engaerals Wright, Howe, and H. D. Terry, but were not in action to any extent. The corps went into winter-quarters at Brandy Station. Upon the reorganization of the Army, in March, 1864, several changes were made. The Third Division was broken up, Shaler's Brigade being transferred to Wright's (lst) Division, while the brigades of Eustis and Wheaton were placed in the Second Division, the command of which was given to General Geo. W. Getty, an able officer who had served as a division-general in
visions in the rear preparatory to the grand assault, and by the time they arrived, staff-officers from General Gregg brought news that the enemy had cut his forces in two, and he was sadly in need of reinforcements. General Warren at once sent word to General H. D. Terry, commanding Third division, Sixth corps, to render all necessary aid to General Gregg, and, if the enemy continued to press him so that he should need the whole division, to give it for his support. General Terry sent General Shaler's brigade to relieve General Gregg, but its services were not required when it arrived there. During all this time, Colonel Miles's brigade remained on the extreme left, closing around the railroad to the enemy's right, being two miles from our main force. General Caldwell held the railroad to the plank road, and was obliged to call upon General Webb for assistance, the rebels having pushed their line of skirmishes between him and General Prince. General Webb's division had previousl
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