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Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories 206 0 Browse Search
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies. 156 0 Browse Search
Adam Badeau, Military history of Ulysses S. Grant from April 1861 to April 1865. Volume 2 114 0 Browse Search
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 80 0 Browse Search
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac 64 0 Browse Search
Philip Henry Sheridan, Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army . 56 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 40 0 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 36 0 Browse Search
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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Biographical note. (search)
During the last campaign of the war, General Chamberlain, with two brigades, led the advance of the infantry with Sheridan, and in the fight on the Quaker Road he was twice wounded and his horse was shot under him. For his conspicuous gallantry in this action, he was promoted to the brevet rank of Major-General. In the fight at White Oak Road, March 31st, although seriously disabled by wounds, General Chamberlain distinguished himself by recovering a lost field; while in the battle of Five Forks, of April 1st, his promptitude and skillful handling of troops received again official commendation. In the final action near Appomattox Court House on the ninth of April, Chamberlain was called by General Sheridan to replace the leading division of cavalry, and the first flag of truce from Longstreet came to Chamberlain's headquarters. His Corps Commander says in an official report: In the final action, General Chamberlain had the advance, and at the time the announcement of the surrend
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 2: the overture. (search)
called by persons of another mood, the Military Road, crosses the Vaughan and leads northerly into the Boydton Road midway between Hatcher's Run and Gravelly Run, which at this junction became Rowanty Creek. A mile above the intersection of the Quaker Road with the Boydton is the White Oak Road, leading off from the Boydton at right angles westerly, following the ridges between the small streams and branches forming the headwaters of Hatcher's and Gravelly Runs, through and beyond the Five Forks. This is a meeting-place of roads, the principal of which, called the Ford Road, crosses the White Oak at a right angle, leading from a station on the Southside Railroad, three miles north, to Dinwiddie Court House, six miles south. The enemy's main line of entrenchments west from Petersburg covered the important Boydton Plank Road, but only so far as Hatcher's Run, where at Burgess' Mill their entrenchments leave this and follow the White Oak Road for some two miles, and then cross i
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 3: the White Oak Road. (search)
's, about one thousand, were also ordered to Five Forks. These reinforcements did not reach Five Fo Sheridan was directed to gain possession of Five Forks early in the morning. We could not help feed time to march from Sutherland's Station to Five Forks, and thence half-way to Dinwiddle Court Houss of infantry and cavalry to Fitzhugh Lee at Five Forks, where they arrived about sunset. What we cridan that he was on the White Oak Road near Five Forks, on the afternoon of the 30th, had replied tng the White Oak Road, his right reaching to Five Forks, and the whole rebel cavalry was massing at n the second of April, after the exigency at Five Forks had called away most of its defenders,--Genehe was attacked, by a dash up between us and Five Forks, we would have swiftly inaugurated the begin single division when he was ordered to take Five Forks on the day before, and was driven back by a good military position to the exposed one at Five Forks, it was good tactics to fall upon them and s[18 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 4: Five Forks. (search)
p of loving-kindness on this crowning day of Five Forks were not favorable. Each of them was under early to the left of the enemy's defenses at Five Forks on the White Oak Road. Crawford led, follow about threequarters of a mile eastward from Five Forks, and at the extreme left made a return northnt of religions just then and there, at this Five Forks focus. And it came in this wise. As Ransomfter nightfall the corps was drawn in around Five Forks, for a brief respite. We were all so worn o beyond that field. This is the story of Five Forks within my knowledge of what was done and sufstance of a part of Ayres' Division, carried Five Forks with all its works, angles, and returns, its close in support of Pickett's left flank at Five Forks. Rebellion Records, serial 95, p. 1264. de Warren who helped Sheridan to his fame at Five Forks. So much for the tactics of that battle.ry first thing we did the next morning after Five Forks was to move back to turn this same flank on [13 more...]
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 5: the week of flying fights. (search)
r 5: the week of flying fights. The victory at Five Forks had swept away a flying buttress of the enemy's s Immediately on learning of Sheridan's victory at Five Forks, Grant reissued the suspended order directing an ut he felt anxious about our isolated position at Five Forks, and ordered Humphreys to make vigorous demonstrac that would have been. After their defeat at Five Forks, the cavalry of both the Lees joined Rosser at thd marches his men back over the White Oak Road to Five Forks, and pushes on by the Ford Road up to Hatcher's Reen crushed at Sutherland's depot. I returned to Five Forks, and marched out the Ford Road towards Hatcher's quite as much as the eventful one of Crawford at Five Forks, where Warren was the chief victim. There areaccount of our pursuit of tangible beings evading Five Forks. It seems like passing from war to peace. Earlysk week's work of it since the White Oak Road and Five Forks-rushing and pushing night and day, fighting a lit
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 6: Appomattox. (search)
you to go back and bring up Crawford's Division. He is acting in the same old fashion that got Warren into trouble at Five Forks. He should have been up here long ago. We need him desperately. He deserves to be relieved of his command. --General,he grand halt. But other things too had done it ; the blood was still fresh upon the Quaker Road, the White Oak Ridge, Five Forks, Farmville, High Bridge, and Sailor's Creek; and we take somewhat gravely this compliment of our new commander, of the on, too fierce for its own good. Here passes the proud remnant of Ransom's North Carolinians which we swept through Five Forks ten days ago,--and all the little that was left of this division in the sharp passages at Sailor's Creek five days ther them in graves a furlong wide, with names unknown! Met again in the terrible cyclone-sweep over the breastworks at Five Forks; met now, so thin, so pale, purged of the mortal,--as if knowing pain or joy no more. How could we help falling on our
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 7: the return of the Army. (search)
by Colonel Sniper, had its headquarters at Wilson's, which was in the vicinity of our conflicts on the White Oak Road; my Second Brigade, under General Gregory, made headquarters at Ford's Station, its jurisdiction covering the battlefields of Five Forks, Dinwiddie, and the White Oak Road; and the Third, the Veteran Brigade, of nine regiments-lately my own-commanded now by Colonel Edmunds of the 22 Massachusetts, was placed at Sutherland's Station, which covered the fields of the Quaker Road, ed in mourning, and the crape on arm and sword-hilt. It had a certain majesty of tone,that returning army of august memories. A solemn march it was,--past so many fields from which visions arose linking life with the immortal. First past the Five Forks not far away, at the Ford Station where a month 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 makin
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 9: the last review. (search)
elves as there. At last in 1865, sweeping over the breastworks at Five Forks down upon the smoking cannon and serried bayonets; thence swirlin old Division! This is the Fifth Corps! These are straight from Five Forks and Appomattox! It seemed as if all remained standing while the the enemy's right flank; of the foremost in the cyclone sweep at Five Forks; and at Appomattox first of the infantry to receive the flag of t--when asked at the Warren Court, years after, then reviewing the Five Forks battle, Where were your regulars then? to answer with bold lip equal in honor. At the head of this, on the fire-swept angle at Five Forks the high-hearted Fred Winthrop fell; then Grimshaw and Ayres himsmly at the head of the 7th Wisconsin is Hollon Richardson, who at Five Forks sprang to take on himself the death-blow struck at Warren as he lds were calling otherwise; Winthrop, of the 12th Regulars, before Five Forks just risen from a guest-seat at my homely luncheon on a log, with
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States: headquarters Commandery of the State of Maine. (search)
llantly and skilfully made an assault on the works, drove the enemy, captured many prisoners and effected a lodgment on the White Oak Road. At the battle of Five Forks on the following day Chamberlain commanded two brigades on the extreme right. The 20th Maine was now in his command and occupied the post of honor. In this serters urging General Chamberlain's promotion to the full rank of Major General for distinguished and gallant services on the left, including the White Oak Road, Five Forks and Appotomattox Court House, where, says General Griffin, his bravery and efficiency were such as to entitle him to the highest commendation. In the last actiowing papers by General Chamberlain: in Volume I, The Military Operations on the White Oak Road, Virginia, March 31, 1865, read December 6, 1893; in Volume II, Five Forks, read May 2, 1900; in Volume III, Reminiscences of Petersburg and Appomattox, October, 1903, read March 2, 1904, and The Grand review of the Army of the Potomac
John Esten Cooke, Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes, and Adventures of War., General Pegram on the night before his death. (search)
eral lines had been pushed from the Jerusalem to the Weldon road, from the Weldon to the Vaughan and Squirrel Level roads, and thence still westward beyond Hatcher's Run, toward the White Oak road, running through the now well-known locality of Five Forks. On the western bank of the run, near Burgess's Mill, General Lee's extreme right confronted the enemy, barring his further advance. The Confederate right was almost unprotected by cavalry. This unfortunate circumstance arose from the fac the fact that General Lee's right was guarded only by a small regiment or two of horse, on picket. Such was the situation. Grant on the banks of Hatcher's Run; the Rowanty almost unguarded; the path open for cavalry to the Southside road; Five Forks, and the retreat of the Confederate army, looming in the distance. The passionate struggle which had for four years drawn to the great arena the eyes of all the world was about to be decided amid the sombre pines of Dinwiddie. A few scenes
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