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in front of him in some force of infantry and cavalry. Gen. Stoneman has been ordered to move as rapidly as possible to the in the Lee's Mill and Williamsburg road, so as to support Stoneman and aid him in cutting off the retreat of the enemy. Theo miles beyond Yorktown. Gen. Marcy, Chief of Staff: Gen. Stoneman has met the enemy about three miles beyond the Halfway and one-half miles in his front in force. I had ordered Stoneman, supported by Hooker, to gain the Halfway House by a rapithem for Couch's or Casey's division. It is hoped to get Stoneman's command in rear of the enemy before you attack. Watch idding an attack unless the enemy retreated was to enable Stoneman to get in their rear and thus cut off the entire command. After the orders to Stoneman, Sumner, and Heintzelman had been issued and were being carried out I received the followinrposes? If you send steamer to Franklin, inform him that Stoneman was some fourteen miles from here a couple of hours ago,
rn after marching a few miles. On the next day, the 7th, Stoneman moved with the advanced guard, consisting of the cavalry,rd heavy firing in the direction of Franklin's position. Stoneman's infantry joined him here, coming up at the double-quickvanced guard had communicated with Franklin's pickets. Stoneman learned here that a Confederate force of ten regiments ofned to the main body of the advanced guard. On the 9th Stoneman occupied and held the junction of the West Point and Will Williams, made two very handsome charges. On the 10th Stoneman sent Farnsworth's 8th Ill. Cavalry some six miles beyond h by the necessity of awaiting provisions from Franklin. Stoneman says: The men have had no sugar or coffee since leaving W Sumner is on the railroad, connecting right with left. Stoneman, with advanced guard, is within one mile of New bridge. klin, with two divisions, is about two miles this side of Stoneman. Porter's division, with the reserves of infantry and ar
Williamsburg, May 6, 1862. I telegraphed you this morning that we had gained a battle. Every hour its importance is proved to be greater. On Sunday I sent Stoneman in pursuit with the cavalry and four batteries of horse-artillery. He was supported by the divisions of Hooker, Smith, Couch, Casey, and Kearny, most of which aven a hair-brush or tooth-brush . . . . Monday, 1 P. M. (8th). . . . I hope to get Smith's division off this afternoon, followed by others in the morning. Stoneman is some fifteen miles in advance, and will, I hope, communicate with Franklin to-night, although I am not yet sure that the enemy may not still be between the twg obliged to remove the torpedoes at Yorktown, but without avail, for they had to do it. I think they may be more careful next time. I heard this afternoon from Stoneman that they (secesh) had murdered some of our men after they were taken prisoners. I have given orders to hold all their people we have responsible for it. If it
ave Chickahominy bridge repaired to-night. Nothing of interest to-day. The interruption of the railroad here referred to was effected by the command of Brig.-Gen. Stoneman, and was intended to prevent the enemy from drawing supplies by that route or from sending reinforcements to Anderson or Jackson. At ten A. M. I telegraphe a point within three miles of Hanover Court-House, and remained there until the evening of the 29th, when they returned to their original camp. On the 28th Gen. Stoneman's command of cavalry, horse-artillery, and two regiments of infantry were also placed under Gen. Porter's orders. On the same day I visited Hanover Court-HoWarren, was sent on the same day by the direct road to Ashland, and entered it shortly after Gen. Emory's column had retired, capturing a small party there. Gen. Stoneman on the same day moved on Ashland by Leach's Station, covering well the movements of the other columns. The objects of the expedition having been accomplishe
in's brigades were the first to leave the ground. Seymour's brigade covered the rear, with the horse-batteries of Capts. Robertson and Tidball; but the withdrawal was so skilful and gradual, and the repulse of the preceding day so complete, that, although the enemy followed the retreat closely and some skirmishing occurred, he did not appear in front of the new line in force till about noon of the 27th, when we were prepared to receive him. About this time Gen. Porter, believing that Gen. Stoneman would be cut off from him, sent him orders to fall back on the White House and afterwards rejoin the army as best he could. On the morning of the 27th of June, during the withdrawal of his troops from Mechanicsville to the selected position already mentioned, Gen. Porter telegraphed as follows: I hope to do without aid, though I request that Franklin or some other command be held ready to reinforce me. The enemy are so close that I expect to be hard pressed in front. I hope to ha
er. On the 27th of Oct. the remaining divisions of the 9th corps crossed at Berlin, and Pleasonton's cavalry advanced to Purcellville. The concentration of the 6th corps, delayed somewhat by intelligence as to the movements of the enemy near Hedgesville, etc., was commenced on this day, and the 1st corps was already in motion for Berlin. On the 28th the 1st corps and the general headquarters reached Berlin. On the 29th the reserve artillery crossed and encamped near Lovettsville. Stoneman's division, temporarily attached to the 9th corps, occupied Leesburg; Averill's cavalry brigade moved towards Berlin from Hagerstown; two divisions of the 9th corps moved to Wheatland, and one to Waterford. The 2d corps commenced the passage of the Shenandoah at Harper's Ferry, and moved into the valley east of Loudon Heights. On the 30th the 1st corps crossed at Berlin and encamped near Lovettsville, and the 2d corps completed the passage of the Shenandoah. The 5th corps commenced its
ffection, 389 ; Chase and, 407 ; friendly letters, 475, 476 ; responsible for Pope's defeat, 538.; ironical order, 541 ; reproaches Lincoln, 544 ; prefers loss of capital, 545. Starr, Gen., 81. State-rights and secession, doctrine of, 31, 32. Staunton, Va., 63. Stedman, Col. G., 607. Steele. Capt., 60. Steinwehr, Gen. A., 81. Stevens, Gen. J. J., 81, 508. Stone, Gen. C. P., at Washington. 1861, 76, 79-81, 96, 106, 139 ; Ball's Bluff, 181-190; extract from evidence, 187. Stoneman, Gen. G., 113. In Peninsula, 224 ; Yorktown, 298-300; Williamsburg, 319-322 ; in pursuit, 339, 340, 348, 352, 353, 368, 373; Gaines's Mill, 416. Stewart, Col. C. B., 124. Stuart, Capt. C. S., 124. Stuart, Gen. J. E. B., at Yorktown, 319 ; Williamsburg, 353 ; Manassas, 518; South Mountain, 561 ; raids, 621, 626, 625, 658, 659. Sturgis, Gen. S. D., at South Mountain, 577, 578, 583 ; Antietam, 603-606. Sully, Col., 381. Sumner, Sen. C., on emancipation, 33. Sumner, Gen. E. V., 81, 1
, third, by marching on Sherman's famous feint. Railroad Bridge over the Chattahoochee, 1863 In the foreground we see the formidable defenses behind which Johnston held the railroad bridge over the Chattahoochee against the advance of Sherman upon Atlanta. At this river Sherman exemplified again the strategy of Alexander at the Hydaspes. While Johnston with all his forces save cavalry was lying menacingly at the head of this bridge, Sherman, feinting strongly against his right with Stoneman's cavalry as if determined to gain a crossing, meanwhile quickly shifted the main body of his army to the left of Johnston's position, crossed the river on pontoons and immediately established a tete du pont of his own in Johnston's rear capable of withstanding his entire force. There was nothing for Johnston but to retreat upon Atlanta, burning the bridge behind him. In the picture is the bridge as rebuilt by Sherman's engineers, another link in his long line of communication by rail.
ontinued during the night and toward morning the firing was at times intense. The Sabbath dawned fair and warm, but no Southerners were to be seen. The Union men in the rifle-pits crept up to the very lines where but yesterday glinted the Confederate guns. The works had been abandoned. Under the cover of night the defenses had been evacuated, with masterly skill, as at Manassas. The troops were even now in full retreat toward Williamsburg. Soon the Federals were in hot pursuit. General Stoneman with cavalry and horse artillery followed along the Williamsburg An unprecedented siege battery Federal Battery No. 1 Before Yorktown.--Never before had so heavy a siege battery been mounted. It was placed half a mile farther down the York River than Battery No. 4. From its six Parrott guns, five 100-pounders and one 200-pounder, it could at a single firing drop 700 pounds of shot and shell upon the fortifications and landing at Yorktown, two miles away. It opened up on May 1,
son's batteries, Companies B and L, drawn up in a cornfield. Before the battle of Fair Oaks he had been attached to General Stoneman's column operating most of the time in the vicinity of New Bridge, where the Artillery Reserve Camp was at length esssession of his Camp before supports could reach him. Two leaders of the forefront: General Naglee and the Cavalry General Stoneman at Fair Oaks In the center of this group sits General Naglee. At Fair Oaks his troops had rushed to arms in the s Station. Twice during the action had Naglee placed himself personally at the head of his men in the firing line. General Stoneman is handing a note to an orderly. Before the battle of Fair Oaks, he had conducted the successful raids against the railroad. At Hanover Court House Stoneman's riders were opposed to those of the great Stuart. Keyes took in the situation. He was stationed on the left; to reach the hill would necessitate taking his men between the battle-lines. The distance
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