columns—General Keyes with the Fourth Corps (divisions of Couch and Smith) formed the left; and General Heintzelman with the Third Corps (divhe view of determining the actual strength of this position, General W. F. Smith, commanding the Second Division of the Fourth Corps, was orderal Stoneman, was ordered in pursuit.
The divisions of Hooker and Smith were at the same time sent forward in support, and afterwards the do get well on their way, Sumner's corps and Heintzelnan's corps and Smith's division of Franklin's corps were ordered to remain on the Richmoition it had held at Allen's farm to that place, uniting there with Smith's division of Franklin's corps.
Heintzelman, who was positioned on
The crossing was held by General Franklin, with the divisions of Smith and Richardson and Naglee's brigade.
Captain Ayres directed the ar next came Kearney and Hooker; next, Sedgwick and Richardson; next, Smith and Slocum; then the remainder of Keyes' corps, extending by a back
thus far been in the field.
The Sixth Corps, under General Franklin, embraced the divisions of Smith (W. F.), Slocum, and Couch.
Porter's did not leave Washington until the 12th of September, and ons were of a like kind.
Forming his troops with Slocum's division on the right of the road and Smith's on the left, Franklin advanced his line, driving the Confederates from their position at the bthe right, formed of Bartlett's and Torbett's brigades, supported by Newton, carried the crest.
Smith's line, formed of Brooks' and Irwin's brigades, was disposed for the protection of Slocum's flanw, between twelve and one o'clock, Franklin with two divisions of his corps, under Slocum and W. F. Smith (Couch remaining behind to occupy Maryland Heights), reached the field of battle, from where st that still loose-jointed portion of Sumner's harness, between his right and centre.
General Smith, with quick perception of the needs of tile case, of his own accord filled up this interval with
First Corps under General Reynolds and the Sixth Corps under General W. F. Smith.—the Right Grand Division being placed under General Sumnerat he consulted with his two corps-commanders, General Reynolds and Smith, and they concluded from its terms that it meant there should be sipossession a copy of an elaborate statement on this point by General W. F. Smith, sworn to by him before a magistrate.
In this he says.
Genom their commands in the Army of the Potomac, Generals Franklin, W. F. Smith, Sturgis, Ferrero, and Colonel Taylor.
Upon this order he resolg line.
The following correspondence between Generals Franklin and Smith and President Lincoln has relation to this question.
It is of greactfully, your obedient servants, W. B. Franklin, Major-General. W. F. Smith, Major-General.
Executive Mansion, Washington, December 22, 1862. Major-General Franklin and Major-General Smith:
Yours of the 21st, suggesting a plan of operations for the Army of the Potomac, is re
The obstructions which Lee could have placed in the defiles of the South Mountains cannot be considered, as presenting any serious difficulty; for General Smith with a division of militia had moved forward from the Susquehanna, on the 3d, into the Cumberland Valley, and on the 5th he seized and held a pass in the Southd turnpike pass to Chambersburg, through which he might have marched his entire army in two days, if all the other passes had been held.—Private letter from General W. F. Smith. If nothing had been accomplished by this means, the retreat of Lee would still have been followed so closely, that coming to the Potomac, and having an imp coup de graze. It was powerful in numbers, and had been strengthened by the addition of eleven thousand men under General French, by a militia division under General Smith, and by considerable re-enforcements forwarded from Washington and Baltimore by the Government, whose officers, raised for a moment above that paltry policy th
of Beauregard's expectations.
The right of Smith's line, where the shock of the turning column Beauregard assailed energetically the front of Smith's line, held by the divisions of Brooks and Weind him.
While these things were passing on Smith's front, Gillmore's corps on the left had been a force of sixteen thousand men, under General W. F. Smith, made up of four divisions taken from ttle, on the south side of the Pamunkey.
General Smith's Report: Order from General Grant, dated Potomac, had just arrived.
At Cold Harbor General Smith was met with orders from General Meade, toate with the Sixth Corps in an attack.
As General Smith's force was insufficient even to fill thisce under a very severe fire.
Both the left of Smith's line and the right of the Sixth Corps succee corps on the left; then the Sixth Corps; then Smith's command; then Warren and Burnside on the rigxth Corps on the right of Hancock, and that of Smith on the right of the Sixth, is of a like tenor.[16 more...]
Bermuda Hundred during the night of the 14th, Smith's column was by General Butler put in motion tr-road, and strike the City Point Railroad.
Smith: Report of Operations against Petersburg.
atement of General Grant, who asserts that General Smith confronted the enemy's pickets near Peterse made is based on the official reports of General Smith and his division commanders.
Without inqufrom the works, that from every point on which Smith attempted to place batteries to silence the encensure partially rests on the ground that General Smith reached the position before daylight—an asthat Sheridan, had he been present, instead of Smith, would have done so. But this involves no founrom General Grant, directing the march to join Smith, was received.
Fortunately, this came to handops) was turned in that direction, arriving at Smith's position as the assault was over.
No time h although he then proffered his troops to General Smith, that officer had determined to suspend op[22 more...]
g that this body encountered a considerable opposition, he re-enforced it with Davies' brigade of Crook's division, while Crook, with his other two brigades, under Smith and Gregg, were ordered to the left, and encountered a hostile cavalry force at Chamberlain's Creek, a little west of Dinwiddie.
With his two brigades Crook held n the west side of Chamberlain's Creek, but when they attempted to cross this, in order to strike Dinwiddie Courthouse, they were foiled by the stout resistance of Smith's brigade.
They then effected a crossing higher up the creek, and falling upon Davies' brigade forced it back against the left flank of Devin's division, thus par escorted by a body of Confederate cavalry, which he defeated, destroying the wagons and capturing five pieces of artillery and a number of prisoners.
Gregg's and Smith's brigades of the Second Cavalry Division were sent out to support Davies, and some heavy fighting ensued—the Confederates having sent a considerable force of infa
nst Johnston, 405; advance on Atlanta compared with Grant's direct attack system, 495; capture of Atlanta, 566; march from Atlanta to Savannah, 566; crossed the Savannah into South Carolina, 566; reached Goldsboro, North Carolina, 568.
Savage's Station, the battle of, 156.
Sigel, plan of his operations in Shenandoah Valley, etc., 409; operations in the Shenandoah Valley, 468; superseded by General Hunter, 468.
Smith, G. W., commanding Confederates, vice Johnston, wounded, 138.
Smith, W. F., evidence on Burnside's orders at Fredericksburg, 245; and General Franklin's letter to the President proposing plan of campaign, 263; report on Grant's order at Cold Harbor, 482; reports of his operations against Peters burg, 501, 502, 506.
South Mountain, the battles of, 204; Hill and Longstreet sent to hold passes, 201; see also Harper's Ferry.
Southside Railroad, Warren's turning movement across Hatcher's Run, 542; Hancock's isolated position on Boydton plankroad, 542; Hancock w