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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies., Chapter 7: the return of the Army. (search)
gs, as Moses coming up out of Egypt through the wilderness of the Red Sea, bearing with him the bones of Joseph the well-beloved. Ayres led that day; we had the rear of the column, with the artillery. Passing through Hanover Court House, and crossing the Pamunkey, we made twelve miles march and camped at Concord Church, not far from our battlefield of the North Anna and Jericho Mills. On the 8th, the Third Division led, the First following. We crossed the Mattapony and bivouacked at Milford, south of Bowling Green, at 5 P. M., having marched about fifteen miles. On the 9th, we moved at 7 A. M., passing through Bowling Green, which wakened for me thrilling reminiscences of a rear-guard fight, and crossing the Massaponax we encamped near Fredericksburg not far from our old battlefields of 1862. We made this long march more easily because of the fine Bowling Green Pike that served us a good part of the way. Although we had marched twenty miles, some of the men of the First Divis
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Movement by the left flank-battle of North Anna-an incident of the March-moving on Richmond-South of the Pamunkey-position of the National Army (search)
the army too widely. Hancock who had the lead had marched easterly to Guiney's Station, on the Fredericksburg Railroad, thence southerly to Bowling Green and Milford. He was at Milford by the night of the 21st. Here he met a detachment of Pickett's division coming from Richmond to reinforce Lee. They were speedily driven awaMilford by the night of the 21st. Here he met a detachment of Pickett's division coming from Richmond to reinforce Lee. They were speedily driven away, and several hundred captured. Warren followed on the morning of the 21st, and reached Guiney's Station that night, without molestation. Burnside and Wright were retained at Spottsylvania to keep up the appearance of an intended assault, and to hold Lee, if possible, while Hancock and Warren should get start enough to interpose aving had rest even at night much of the time. They were, therefore, permitted to rest during the 22d. But Warren was pushed to Harris's Store, directly west of Milford, and connected with it by a good road, and Burnside was sent to New Bethel Church. Wright's corps was still back at Guiney's Station. I issued the following
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 27 (search)
ruth, the enemy were almost in sight of the city. Hon. James Lyons told me they were within a mile and a half of his house, which is about that distance from the city. Thousands of men, mostly old men and employees of the government, were instantly organized and marched to the batteries. But the alarm subsided about 10 A. M. upon information being received that the enemy were flying before Gen. Wise down the Peninsula. After this the following dispatch was received from Gen. Lee: Milford, May 3d, 1863. President Davis. Yesterday Gen. Jackson, with three of his divisions, penetrated to the rear of the enemy, and drove him from all his positions, from the Wilderness to within one mile of Chancellorville. He was engaged at the same time, in front, by two of Longstreet's divisions. This morning the battle was renewed. He was dislodged from all his positions around Chancellorville, and driven back toward the Rappahannock, over which he is now retreating. Many prisoner
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
We send him something, however, every other morning. His appetite is voracious, and he has not taken cold. He loathes the camp life, and some of the associates he meets in his mess, but is sustained by the vicissitudes and excitements of the hour, and the conviction that the crisis must be over soon. Last night there was furious shelling down the river, supposed to be a night attack by Butler, which, no doubt, Beauregard anticipated. Result not heard. The enemy's cavalry were at Milford yesterday, but did no mischief, as our stores had been moved back to Chesterfield depot, and a raid on Hanover C. H. was repulsed. Lee was also attacked yesterday evening, and repulsed the enemy. It is said Ewell is now engaged in a flank movement, and the great final battle may be looked for immediately. Breckinridge is at Hanover Junction, with other troops. So the war rolls on toward this capital, and yet Lee's headquarters remain in Spottsylvania. A few days more must tell the s
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 46 (search)
r. The lady I spoke to you of is the fountain-head. What to do with females troubles me, for I dislike to be identified with their arrest. I request that a good boat, with three torpedoes, and a man who understands working them, be sent to Milford to report to me at Edge Hill. Let the man be mum on all questions. I would meet him at Milford, if I knew the day (distance is twenty-five miles), with a wagon, to take him, torpedoes, and boat to the point required. I must be sure of the dayMilford, if I knew the day (distance is twenty-five miles), with a wagon, to take him, torpedoes, and boat to the point required. I must be sure of the day. Have the following advertisement published in Monday's papers: Yankees escaped! $1000 reward I-A Yankee officer and three privates escaped from prison on Thursday night, with important matter upon their persons. The above reward will be given for their detection. Let me hear from you through Cawood's Line, upon receipt of this. Respectfully, etc. -- . We have the spectacle now of three full generals-Johnston, Beauregard, and Bragg-without armies to command; and the armies i
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 8 (search)
rps were now rapidly moving toward Hanover Junction, which is about twenty-five miles north of Richmond. Lee, notwithstanding his superior means of obtaining information, had not begun to move until Hancock's corps had crossed the Mattapony at Milford. He then started rapidly down the Telegraph road, and as he had a shorter route than the Union forces, it appears that he reached Hanover Court-house at the head of Ewell's corps at 9:30 o'clock on May 22. His telegrams and maneuvers all go tream formed by the junction of the North Anna and the South Anna rivers, while Grant was in reality moving toward the North Anna. In these movements Lee was entirely outgeneraled. On the morning of May 22 Hancock was instructed to remain at Milford during the day, while the other corps were directed to move south by roads which would not separate them by distances of more than four miles. It appears to have been about midday of the 22d when Lee obtained information, through his cavalry, of
hile Lomax's cavalry, now serving as foot-troops, extended the line to the Back road. Fitzhugh Lee being wounded, his cavalry, under General Wickham, was sent to Milford to prevent Fisher's Hill from being turned through the Luray Valley. In consequence of the enemy's being so well protected from a direct assault, I resolved o crossing the Massanutten Mountain near New Market, gain his rear. Torbert started in good season, and after some slight skirmishing at Gooney Run, got as far as Milford, but failed to dislodge Wickham. In fact, he made little or no attempt to force Wickham from his position, and with only a feeble effort withdrew. I heard nothif. The only drawback was with the cavalry, and to this day I have been unable to account satisfactorily for Torbert's failure. No doubt, Wickham's position near Milford was a strong one, but Torbert ought to have made a fight. Had he been defeated in this, his withdrawal then to await the result at Fisher's Hill would have been
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., Through the Wilderness. (search)
fense of Richmond. Very respectfully your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. dispositions were made for the grand assault the next day on the Bloody angle. Of that assault I have little to write. Grant had his back to the north, and enwrapped the V-shaped salient occupied by Lee. During the night three divisions of the Second Corps were to move to the left behind the Sixth and Fifth, and join the Ninth Corps in an assault at 4 A. M. on the 12th. Warren and Wright were to hold their corps in readiness to take part. We moved to the attack at 4:35 A. M. on the 12th, and captured Johnson and four thousand men from Ewell; also twenty pieces of artillery. At this time I was shot in the head and went to the rear. Another will tell of the incidents of our bloody but fruitless assault. General Burnside's headquarters, May 22d, at Bethel Church, near Milford, on the Mattapony River. From a War-time photograph. Struggling for the works at the bloody angle.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
Then, under cover of a cavalry attack, an impetuous assault was made on Early's left, which drove that part of his line from the North Mountain. At the same time his whole front was broken by a general attack, when his entire force retreated in much disorder, and fled swiftly up the valley, leaving behind them sixteen guns and over a thousand prisoners. So ended, in a complete victory for Sheridan, the battle of Fisher's Hill. Meanwhile Torbert and his horsemen had been held in check at Milford, in the Luray Valley, by a cavalry force under General Wickham, who had fought Wilson at Front Royal the previous day. Sept. 21, 1864. This check doubtless saved Early's army from total Sheridan's Headquarters near Cedar Creek. destruction by capture or dispersion. Sheridan followed the Confederates sharply, chasing them with horse and foot to Port Republic, See page 899, Volume II. where he destroyed Early's train of seventy-five wagons. Thence he sent his cavalry in pursuit as f
4 4 300 304 2,163 The loss by disease includes 149 deaths in Confederate prisons. battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. battles. K. & M. W. Port Republic, April 27, 1862 1 Picket, Sept. 26, 1863 1 Nottoway C. H., June 23, 1864 4 Woodstock, May 20, 1862 1 Brandy Station, Oct. 11, 1863 3 Stony Creek, June 29, 1864 9 Middletown, May 24, 1862 3 Rapidan, Feb. 3, 1864 1 In action, July 2, 1864 1 Winchester, May 25, 1862 1 Richmond, Mch. 1, 1864 4 Leetown, Aug. 25, 1864 4 Milford, June 30, 1862 1 Richmond, Mch. 2, 1864 1 Front Royal, Sept. 21, 1864 1 Orange C. H., Aug. 2, 1862 1 Craig's Church, May 5, 1864 10 Skirmish, Oct. 6, 1864 1 Rappahannock, Aug. 22, 1862 2 Yellow Tavern, May 11, 1864 3 Columbia Furnace, Oct. 7, 1864 7 Ashby's Gap, Sept. 22, 1862 1 Strawberry Hill, May 12, 1864 3 Columbia Furnace, Oct. 8, 1864 1 Broad Run, April 1, 1863 7 In action, May 30, 1864 1 Mount Olive, Oct. 9, 1864 3 Greenwich, May 30, 1863 1 Ashland, June 1, 1864 3 Kern
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