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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 4: Five Forks. (search)
ed action with the other corps in the line for general assault. And finally, we were in no more advantageous position now than we should have been if we had turned the Claiborne flank of the enemy's entrenchments, and cut the Southside Road at Sutherland's the day before. The right of the enemy's entrenchments on the Claiborne Road after they were driven in on the afternoon of March 31st was by no means strongly held. Testimony of General Hunton, Warren Court Records, p. 629. Indeed, the very first thing we did the next morning after Five Forks was to move back to turn this same flank on the Claiborne Road and gain possession of Sutherland's. But Miles had taken care of this, as we might have done before him. Only Lee had now got a day's start of us, the head of his column well out on its retreat, necessitated not by Five Forks alone but by gallant work along our whole confronting line,--which might have been done the day before, and saved the long task of racing day and night, of
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 5: the week of flying fights. (search)
emplated movement on the Claiborne flank and Sutherland's, having apprised General Meade of his intery respectable company of Confederates about Sutherland's as if they were not fit for their seeing. enemy could at the time have been crushed at Sutherland's depot. I returned to Five Forks, and marc Sheridan give Miles permission to attack at Sutherland's? And why, if the smashing up of the rebel he afternoon, have come within two miles of Sutherland's and of Miles fighting, on the Cox Road wesr as a direct participator in the victory at Sutherland's. He allows Badeau to speak to this effect. the Southside Railroad, within two miles of Sutherland's, and was tearing up the rails there. Our ears to have had no difficulty in getting by Sutherland's at that hour. I was now directed to ads and protect that flank which looked toward Sutherland's, and advanced briskly upon the opposing liof a branch of Hatcher's Run a mile short of Sutherland's. Here my command was held in line and on t[1 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 7: the return of the Army. (search)
e in electrical metaphysics denominates the fourth dimension. We were kept very busy. Even the relief of duty from Sutherland's to Petersburg left us seventeen miles to care for, and enlarging duties. Our numbers were increasing rapidly. Not o to their regiments but eighteen hundred convalescents and recruits belonging to the Fifth Corps reported themselves at Sutherland's to be cared for there and thence distributed to their proper commands. The troops and garrisons at City Point were a headquarters train, the Second Division, the artillery, and the ambulances and general train. By night we had reached Sutherland's, seventeen miles from my left to my right, and the whole corps was massed. At six o'clock on the 3d the corps took unth before we had forced back Fitzhugh Lee and caught the last train out of Petersburg under Confederate auspices; then Sutherland's, ten miles farther, which we were so strangely prevented from making our own on the 31st of March, and where the gall
then directed him to advance toward Petersburg and attack the enemy's works at the intersection of the Claiborne and White Oak roads. Such of the enemy as were still in the works Miles easily forced across Hatcher's Run, in the direction of Sutherland's depot, but the Confederates promptly took up a position north of the little stream, and Miles being anxious to attack, I gave him leave, but just at this time General Humphreys came up with a request to me from General Meade to return Miles. to break the enemy's horse which had been collecting to the north of Hatcher's Run. Meeting with but little opposition, Merritt drove this cavalry force ill a northerly direction toward Scott's Corners, while the Fifth Corps was pushed toward Sutherland's depot, in the hope of coming in on the rear of the force that was confronting Miles when I left him. Crawford and Merritt engaged the enemy lightly just before night, but his main column, retreating along the river road south of the Appomatto
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Defence of batteries Gregg and Whitworth, and the Evacuation of Petersburg. (search)
he Confederates displayed, as usual, that courage known to be common to the rank and file of the Army of Northern Virginia. This contest, and the last between any of the fragments of our little army and the enemy near Petersburg, took place at Sutherland's depot, on the Southside railroad. When the lines were broken a little after day-light, the greater portion ot the attacking force turned to their left, and made a clean sweep of the lines to Hatcher's run. Those of our men that escaped beingssible. After seeking in vain for bridges, they finally reached the north bank by means of an indifferent ferry; but many threw away their arms from necessity, and crossed by swimming. Such information as has been given of the collision at Sutherland's depot was derived from reports of two of my brigade commanders. Petersburg, 4 P. M. I am so much obliged to you for letting us hear from you. Of course we feel the greatest solicitude about our friends at this critical period, but tru
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Operations South of the James River. (search)
eceived orders to report to General James H. Wilson for the purpose of cooperating in his raid against the Danville Railroad. At 2 o'clock on the morning of the 22d the Cavalry Division of the Army of the James took the advance, with orders to proceed, via Reams's Station on the Weldon Railroad, to Sutherland's Station on the South-side Railroad. Reams's Station was captured at 7 in the morning, but General W. H. F. Lee with the Confederate cavalry was found to be encamped on our route to Sutherland's, and that route involved a battle that might have been fatal to the object of the expedition even if Lee had been beaten. The head of the column was therefore directed south, as if the Weldon road were the object of the expedition. We marched eight miles south, and then turned west to Dinwiddie Court House, and then north through Five Forks, and evening found us on the South-side road between Sutherland's and Ford's stations with the enemy's cavalry in front. This was the initial succ
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
th the divisions of Bartlett and Crawford, of the Fifth. Miles carried the Point designated, drove the Confederates across Hatcher's Run, and pursued them sharply to Sutherland's Station on the South side railroad, well up toward Petersburg. When about to attack them there, Humphreys reclaimed miles's division, when Sheridan returned to the five Forks, and then, with the Fifth Corps, took a route across the South side railway at Ford's and Wilson's stations, to strike the Confederates at Sutherland's, in the rear. Miles, by Humphreys's order, had, meanwhile, attacked and routed the foe, capturing two guns and six hundred men. And so it was, that on the 2d of April, 1865. the South side railway was First struck at three points and the long coveted triumph in cutting that very important line of Lee's communications, was achieved. At about the same time the Confederate lines at the South of Petersburg were assaulted by Gibbon's division of Ord's command, and Forts Gregg and Alexander
never attend auctions; never witness examinations; seldom, if ever, see the negroes lashed. They do not know negro slavery as it is. They do not know, I think, that there is probably not one boy in a hundred, educated in a slave society, who is ignorant (in the ante-diluvian sense) at the age of fourteen. Yet, it is nevertheless true. They do not know that the inter-State trade in slaves is a gigantic commerce. Thus, for example, Mrs. Tyler, of Richmond, in her letter to the Duchess of Sutherland, said that the slaves are very seldom separated from their families! Yet, statistics prove that twenty-five thousand slaves are annually sold from the Northern slave-breeding to the Southern slave-needing States. And I know, also, that I have seen families separated and sold in Richmond; and I know still further, that I have spoken to upwards of five hundred slaves in the Carolinas alone who were sold, in Virginia, from their wives and children. Ladies generally see only the South-Sid
reopen on Petersburg General assault along our front forts Gregg and Alexander carried miles dislodges the enemy at Sutherland's depot Longstreet joins Lee Heth repulsed A. P. Hill killed Lee notifies Davis that Richmond must be evacuated thes assailed and carried the designated position; forcing the enemy northward across Hatcher's run, and pursuing them to Sutherland's depot; where he was about to attack when Gen. Humphreys came up and reclaimed Miles's division: when Sheridan desistened to Five Forks, and took the Ford road out to Hatcher's run, where he crossed the 5th corps and moved rapidly toward Sutherland's depot, to strike in flank and rear the enemy who had confronted Miles. But Miles, ere this, under Humphreys's order,ichmond and Petersburg, and must retreat hurriedly westward or south-ward, the position of the 5th (Griffin's) corps at Sutherland's, 10 miles west of Petersburg, with Sheridan's cavalry at Ford's, 10 miles farther west, barring his way up the south
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), Index (search)
e, William, 75, 115, 188. Stanhope, Arthur Philip, Lord Mahon, 241. Stanton, Edwin MeMasters, 234, 247, 248, 264, 266; daughter, 314. Starr, James, 104. Stephenson, Sussex Vane, captain, 49. Steuart, George H., 111. Stevenson, Thomas Greely, 95, 116. Stony Creek station, 285. Stragglers and pillaging, 117, 331; Barlow and, 157; Warren and, 291. Stuart, James Ewell Brown, 18; death, 125. Summerhayes, John Wyer, 268. Sumner, Charles, 78. Surgeon, English fusileer, 115. Sutherland's station, 339, 341. Swede, a visiting, 41, 63; indignation of a, 262. Sykes, George, 34, 52, 53, 60, 80; visited, 8; at dinner, 72. Ta, the, 119. Thanksgiving Day, 278. Thatcher, Horace Kellogg, 171. Theatre, engineers', 311. Thomas, George Henry, 296. Thomas, Henry Goddard, 211. Thomas, Lorenzo, 290. Thompson, —, 130. Todd's Tavern, 103. Tompkins, Charles H., 112. Townsend, Charles, 22. Trobriand, Philippe Regis de, 256. Trowbridge, —, 312. Tyler, John, 159. Ty
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