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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Valley campaign. (search)
part 1st, Major J. E. D. Hotckiss says: Rosser came and gave details of the Beverley affair at night and got from Munford actions of his brigade during the campaign. These reports may have gone to General Lee and been lost, with many others, between Petersburg and Appomattox. It is to be regretted that so few reports of the operations of the cavalry are to be met with in the records. Men never fought against greater odds than did our cavalry at Toms' Brook. Rosser had only 1,500 men. Sheridan had perhaps 8,000, some say 10,000. From the lookout on Massanutton mountain he could see that Rosser was detached from our infantry, so he ordered his men to turn and crush him. The horrors of that day are indescribable. Our troops were pressed back by the mere weight of numbers. After this there were many spirited engagements, with some success on our part. The unequal conflict was drawing to a close. Soldiers felt the coming events that cast their shadows before; none more sensi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.17 (search)
—Officers 11, men 369; officers 15, men 388; officers 13, men 310. Eighty-first New York—Officers 10, men 81; officers 11, men 83; officers 6, men 71; commanding, Major D. B. White. Ninety-eighth New York—Officers 15, men 236; officers 17, men 268; officers 13, men 210; commanding, Lieutenant-Colonel W. Kreutzer. One Hundred and Thirty-ninth New York-Officers 12, men 294; officers 16, men 309; officers 12, men 278; commanding, Major Theodore Miller. Convalescent detachment from the 2d and 3d divisions which had gone over to the extreme left to reinforce Sheridan. Officers 12, men 532; officers 14, men 546; officers 12, men 471. Total—Officers 91, men 2,119; officers 119, men 2,250; officers 90, men 1,950. Officers sick 3; men sick 81. (Signed) Staniels, Captain and Adjutant-General. I remain, sir, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Edward H. Ripley, Formerly Colonel of the 9th regiment, Vermont Volunteers, and Brevet-Brigadier-General, U. S. Volu
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.19 (search)
Sheridan's Bummers. [from the times-dispatch, September 4, 1904.] Some recollections of the war in the great Shenandoah Valley. Mrs. Gordon on the firing line. How the Soulless Raiderstreets, the one cheered, but she scowled on the other from behind closed blinds. At this time Sheridan was pressing Early back from the Potomac. The Federal army was 45,000 strong, and the Confederate about 10,000. Sheridan was advancing with a bolder front, having heard that part of Early's force had gone to re-enforce Lee. He had a large body of cavalry, splendidly equipped. However, he camut 3 P. M. we heard a great shout from that point, and climbing an eminence I saw the charge of Sheridan's troopers. It was a splendid sight. In a front line of half a mile they swept on, their sabrnds helped to feed the Confederates and her splendid barns were warehouses to supply forage. Sheridan, acting under Grant's order, determined to desolate this fair section, so that in the language
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.41 (search)
elling influences that caused Early to assail Sheridan at Cedar Creek. He literally staked his all , and placed himself on the flank and rear of Sheridan's position. This compelled the quick abandonriters that the rout embraced the 19th Corps, Sheridan's centre. Some even include the 6th Corps. This view is given color by Sheridan's report, which it well suits General Gordon's argument to quotl of the infantry, did look like the whole of Sheridan's army was in it. General Early was misledd only in time to find the initial columns of Sheridan rushing through the gap. As our whole force n transferring themselves into foot soldiers, Sheridan's mounted force was at once the eye and the r Both Custer and Merritt were marched from Sheridan's right and interposed across the advance of the report of General Merritt, who commanded Sheridan's other cavalry division, and who secured pos It was this check, duly given, that enabled Sheridan to form his ranks for the evening assault and[10 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.46 (search)
Law's, were drawn up in line on the crest of a ridge about a thousand yards east of Vinyard's house from early morning until about 4 P. M., when their skirmish line was drawn in. Hood then ordered Johnson to attack, which he did with great energy, and pressed the Federals back to the Chattanooga road, and thus matters stood the night of the 20th. General Rosecrans, in his report of this battle, states that the whole Federal army was brought squarely into action, save two brigades of Sheridan's Division and Mitchell's Cavalry. On the other hand, only about half of the Confederate forces were engaged, not exceeding 9,000,000 bayonets. Why they were not put into action we are unable to comprehend, because they could have been used to good advantage. Breckinridge, with 4,000 men, and Hindman, with 5, 6000, also those of Preston's Brigade, were suffered to remain idle during the entire day. Lieutenant-General Longstreet, of the Army of Northern Virginia, reached General Brag
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.52 (search)
, served to prove to General Grant the fact which General Phil Sheridan had advanced that the cutting of railroad lines between Petersburgnt combat. The Fifth Army Corps had been detailed to work with Sheridan's cavalry division. The subsequent relief of General Warren is a n any that had gone before. As we were hurrying on in response to Sheridan's hastily scribbled note for aid, an orderly with still another co as we were passing a road leading into the woods. In the name of Sheridan I was ordered to turn aside from the column of march, without waitreatest excitement that the Confederate infantry was pressing upon Sheridan with a weight so terrible that his cavalry alone could not long opd the Confederate forces on the hill, my brigade was left alone by Sheridan's cavalry, which had gone to the right to take the enemy in the flgallant in the extreme may be judged when it is told that both General Sheridan and General Grant commended him personally. This the General
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Index. (search)
, 76. Ripley, Colonel E. H., 76. Rodes, General R. E., 91, 330. Rost, F. A., 108. St. Paul's Church, 147. Saunders, W. J., 283. Secession, in 1812, 15, 24; right of, 283. Seddon, James A., 107. Seminary Ridge, 34. Semmes, General J. P., 228. Semmes, Admiral Raphael, 111, 160. Seven Days Battles, 250, 332. Sharpsburg, Battle of, 263. Shenandoah, Cruise of the, 320; carried Confederate flag around the world, 328. Shenandoah Valley, Campaign of the, 97. Sheridan's, Gen. P. H., Bummers, savagery of, 89; cavalry, 234. Sherman, General W. T., 125, 164; expedition of from Vicksburg to Meridian, 300; his vandalism, 319. Shiloh, Battle of and the National Military Park and monuments of, 122; forces engaged at, 128. Slavery, Constitutional, 27; South opposed to extension of, 104. Slaughter, Surgeon Alfred, first killed, 200. Slidell, Hon. John, 108, 110. Smith, Captain B. H., wounded, 6. Smith, General E. Kirby, 365. Smith, Captain