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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 12: Halleck and Pope in Federal command. (search)
Confederate commander giving instructions for the march of his army as ordered for the 18th was lost. The despatch was taken to General Pope, who, thus advised by accident, immediately set about retiring from Culpeper to the east bank of the Rappahannock. General Pope reported that The cavalry expedition sent out on the 16th in the direction of Louisa Court-House captured the adjutant-general of General Stuart, and was very near capturing that officer himself. Among the papers taken was an ay opened their folds to the fitful breezes, seemed to mark places of rest. Changing our glasses to the right and left and rear, the white tops of army wagons were seen moving. Half an hour's close watch revealed that the move was for the Rappahannock River. Changing the field of view to the bivouacs, they seemed serenely quiet, under cover from the noonday August sun. As we were there to learn from personal observation, our vigilance was prolonged until the wagons rolled down the declivities
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 13: making ready for Manassas again. (search)
of the ground, and the left wing continued to feel along higher up for a crossing. Passing up, Trimble's brigade was left at Beverley's as guard to Jackson's rear. The enemy, conceiving an opportunity, crossed at Freeman's Ford and attacked Trimble. Meanwhile, a detachment had been called for from the right wing. Hood, with his own and Whiting's brigade, was ordered, and was in time to join in Trimble's fight, which ended in repulse of the adventurous force. The east banks of the Rappahannock lifted quite above those occupied by the Confederates, giving advantageous position to the Union artillery fire, and offering no point above Kelly's Ford to force a crossing. When the left wing marched from Rappahannock Bridge, the enemy crossed a considerable force to the west bank, and covered it with a number of superior batteries well posted on the east side. To dislodge that force I put a number of batteries into action, including the Washington Artillery, and, later, part of th
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 14: Second battle of Manassas (Bull Run). (search)
ides the captures made at Manassas Junction by General Jackson. Rebellion Record, vol. XII. part II. p. 558. General Lee's report. A fair estimate of forces engaged: Federal army, aggregate63,000 Confederates53,600 Losses between Rappahannock River and Washington: Federals, aggregate 15,000 Confederates10,000 The figures are given in round numbers, as the safest approximate estimate, but the records now accessible give accurate details of losses in each command about the samthe Stuart escapade was handed to General Pope that morning (the 18th), and gave him notice of our plans and orders. The delay thus brought about gave time for him to quit his weaker ground and retire to strong defensive heights behind the Rappahannock River, where he held us in check five days. Referring to the solid move proposed before opening the campaign by the upper Rapidan to strike Pope's right, it may be said that it was not so dependent upon the cavalry that was marching behind us
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 22: battle of Fredericksburg. (search)
dericksburg. Description of the field Marye's Heights position of the troops of Longstreet's command General Jackson called down from Orange Court House, and preparations made for a determined stand signal guns at three o'clock in the morning announce the long-expected battle Burnside's bridge-builders thrice driven back from their work the crossing finally made by boats Federals under hot fire enter Fredericksburg how they obtained their foothold on the west bank of the Rappahannock gallant officers and men Ninety-seven killed or wounded in the space of fifty yards General Burnside's plan of battle strength of the contending forces. McLaws's division of my corps was posted on the heights in rear of the city, one brigade in the sunken road in front of the Marye mansion, the others extending across the Telegraph road through the wood of Lee's Hill. As the other divisions of the corps came up they were posted, R. H. Anderson on Taylor's Hill; Ransom in reserve,
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 38: battle of the Wilderness. (search)
ters near the Army of the Potomac, in Culpeper County, Virginia, commanded by Major-General George G. Meade. It had been organized into three corps, Second, Fifth, and Sixth, commanded respectively by Major-General W. S. Hancock, Major-General G. K. Warren, and Major-General John Sedgwick, all in cantonment near Culpeper Court-House. The Ninth Corps was a distinct body reorganized under Major-General A. E. Burnside, and posted in cooperative position near the railroad bridge over the Rappahannock River. The aggregate of the two commands was about one hundred and thirty thousand men, classified as follows: Army of the Potomac: Infantry present for duty, equipped (aggregate)73,390 Cavalry (aggregate)12,424 Artillery and engineers2,764 Quartermaster's, subsistence, and medical departments, extra-duty men, and engineer brigade19,183 Ninth Corps, present for duty, equipped19,486 Total127,247 But deducting extra-duty men, claimed as non-combatants19,183 Leaves108,064 These