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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 7 (search)
cattered Confederate corps to assemble for the long-expected attack. The artificers had but got fairly to work when the firing of two guns from one of the enemy's batteries announced that we were discovered. They were, doubtless, signal-guns.—W. Swinton: Correspondence of New York Times, December 13, 1862. General Longstreet says: At three o'clock, our signalguns gave notice of the enemy's approach. The troops, being at their different camp-grounds, were formed immediately, and marched to then 1813, is dreadfully confused (embrouille). There is but I that see through it. We all felt the application of the first part of this saying to our case. But did we feel equally confident that there was in our case an I that saw through it?—W. Swinton: Correspondence of N. Y. Times, Dec. 13, 1862. The morning of the 13th found the sun struggling with a thick haze that enveloped Fredericksburg and overhung the circumjacent valley, delaying operation for some hours. The dense fog in the t
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 8 (search)
s as in all similar movements, advantage was taken of the nature of the ground, to conceal our intention from the enemy as far as it was practicable. Very respectfully, etc., M. T. McMAHON, Late Chief of Staff to Major-General Sedgwick. W. Swinton, Esq. Demonstrations as though with that intent were made during the 29th and 30th, and as, by the night of the 30th, the feint had subserved its purpose, and a lodgment had been gained at Chancellorsville, Sickles' corps was directed to join the for his own old division, the darling child of his creation, now under General Berry, and shouted to its commander: Throw your men into the breach—receive the enemy on your bayonets—don't fire a shot—they can't see you! Correspondence of William Swinton in the New York Times, May 5 1863.Berry's division, unaffected by the flying crowd streaming past it, hastened forward at the double-quick, in the most perfect order, with fixed bayonets, and took position on a crest at the western end of th<