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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 7: Seven Pines, or Fair Oaks. (search)
e of skirmishers, and move abreast of the battle; G. W. Smith's division, under Whiting, to march by the Gaines road to Old Tavern, and move abreast of the battle on its left. The field before Old Tavern was not carefully covered by the enemy's skirOld Tavern was not carefully covered by the enemy's skirmishers north of Fair Oaks, nor by parties in observation. Experience during the discussion of the battle ordered for the 28th caused me to doubt of effective work from the troops ordered for the left flank, but the plan seemed so simple that it and a lateral road leading across the rear of General Hill on the Williamsburg road; G. W. Smith by the Gaines road to Old Tavern on the Nine Miles road. The tactical handling of the battle on the Williamsburg road was left to my care, as well aneral G. W. Smith's division had marched by the Nine Miles road and was resting near the fork of the New Bridge road at Old Tavern. Upon meeting General Huger in the morning, I gave him a succinct account of General Johnston's plans and wishes; afte
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 5.26 (search)
idge; whilst Magruder's troops extended from Old Tavern, on theNine-mile road, to New Bridge, thenceur pickets were closely pressed just east of Old Tavern. This was some indication that the enemy wet which the road to New Bridge turns off [at Old Tavern]. Should there be cause of haste, General Mcst night. If he did so, and takes post nigh Old Tavern and this side, I should feel more secure than joined Generals Johnston and Whiting, near Old Tavern. About 2:30 P. M., nothing having been hearng, from the point where it was halted, near Old Tavern.--G. W. S.] was not in consequence of the leut 4 P. M. The anxiety felt by those near Old Tavern was extreme in the hours of suspense previout Magruder's troops were not concentrated at Old Tavern. Only one of the many remarkable statemen the headquarters on theNine-mile road, near Old Tavern. A few minutes later General J. E. B. Stuarile or more in advance of Magruder's line at Old Tavern. The camps of Huger's division were on the
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Hanover Court House and Gaines's Mill. (search)
cted to break camp at the first sound of battle, pack their wagons and send them to the rear, and, with their brigades, to take specified positions in support of troops already posted, or to protect the right flank. On the 25th the pickets of the left of the main army south of the Chickahominy were pushed forward under strong opposition, and, after sharp fighting, gained considerable ground, so as to enable the Second and Third Corps (Sumner's and Heintzelman's) to support the attack on Old Tavern which it was intended to make next day with the Sixth Corps (Franklin's). The result of the fighting was to convince the corps commanders engaged that there had been no reduction of forces in their front to take part in any movement upon our right flank. Early on the 26th I was informed of a large increase of forces opposite Reynolds, and before noon the Confederates gave evidence of their intention to cross the river at Meadow Bridge and Mechanicsville, while from our cavalry scouts al
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
ond, and gave Johnston advantages of position for attack or retreat. In a degree they suggested the points of attack at the time in question, and it was arranged accordingly. General Longstreet was ordered to go out by the Williamsburg road, with his own and D. H. Hill's divisions, the latter in advance, to attack the Nationals in front, while General Huger should move down the Charles City road toward their left flank, and General G. W. Smith should follow the New Bridge road toward the Old Tavern; and then take the Nine Mile road toward their right at Fair Oaks Station. These columns were to move simultaneously at dawn, May 81, 1862. but the rain had made the roads so soft, that it was ten o'clock before Hill's division began to move toward Keyes's front. General Casey, who was in the advance, had intimations of an intended attack that day, and was vigilant. Casey's pickets had that morning captured Lieutenant Washington, one of Johnston's aids, and he was sent to Keyes. H
the numbers and isolated position of Keyes's corps, Johnston resolved to assail and crush it before it could be adequately reenforeed. To this end, he directed Maj.-Gen. Longstreet, with his own and Gen. D. H. Hill's division, the latter in advance, to push out by the Williamsburg road and attack our position in front, while Gen. Huger's, on his right, was to move down the Charles City road and come in on our left flank; and Gen. Gustavus W. Smith was to move out on the New Bridge road to Old Tavern, taking thence the Ninemile road to Fair Oaks Station, and so come in on our right. The entire Rebel army defending Richmond — some 40,000 to 50,000 strong — was either engaged in or supporting this movement, with Jefferson Davis, Gen. Lee, and other magnates, observing, directing, animating, and giving counsel. Seven Pines. The attacking columns were to move at day-break ; May 31. but the tremendous rains of the preceding afternoon and night had so flooded the earth as to render
May, at twelve M., when two shells thrown into our camp first announced the hostile intentions of the enemy. No alarm was felt by any one, for it was seldom that twenty-four hours passed that we did not exchange similar salutations. Soon after it was reported that an attack was impending, the usual orders were issued, and within half an hour the troops moved to positions that were assigned to them by Gen. Casey. Being at this time on the Nine-mile road, near a breastwork fronting the Old Tavern, then under construction, and judging, from the discharges of musketry becoming frequent, that something serious was intended, I hastened in the direction indicated by the fire, and soon arrived upon the ground, on the Williamsburgh road, about three quarters of a mile in front of the Seven Pines, where I found Gen. Casey, who had placed the One Hundredth New-York, Col. Brown, on the left of that road, behind a field of large timber that had been cut down. On the right of the same road wa
e situation is necessary to an understanding of the affair. You will bear in mind that Gen. Porter's batteries, on the east bank of the river, command several important rebel batteries on this side including those on James Garnet's farm and at Old Tavern. By referring to your maps, you will discover that the Williamsburgh stage-road, and the Richmond and York River Railroad, run almost parallel at Fair Oaks station. The deviations will not affect the general description. By running a line duon.) Gen. Heintzelman was accordingly ordered to push Hooker's division into the disputed territory, and hold a line near the enemy's esplanade. Porter's batteries, meantime, had opened a furious bombardment upon the enemy at Garnet's farm and Old Tavern, fixing their attention rather closely to those points. Generals Sickles's and Grover's brigades deployed right and left, and moved into the forest in line of battle, Grover being commander on the actual field of battle, with orders to report
s located a short distance back of the Seven Pines. He selected a position in front of the Seven Pines, at which to throw up some defensive works. At his request, I let him move forward and occupy the ground. He did so, and immediately commenced strengthening it with rifle-pits and abattis. The engineers now made a more thorough examination, and it was decided to hold a position about three fourths of a mile in advance, as it covered a cross-road leading from the Seven Pines toward the Old Tavern, the latter strongly occupied by the enemy. Gen. Casey moved his division forward, and work was commenced on this new position. It progressed but slowly, however, on account of the incessant rains. This was on the twenty-ninth; on that day there was a sharp skirmish. Major Kelley, New-York volunteers, killed, and two privates wounded. On the thirtieth, our pickets and the enemy's were again engaged. In the afternoon we had a heavy thunder-storm with torrents of rain, continuing till
completed. I think the rebels will make a desperate fight, but I feel sure that we will gain our point. Look on the maps I sent you a day or two ago, and find Old Tavern, on the road from New bridge to Richmond; it is in that vicinity that the next battle will be fought. I think that they see it in that light, and that they are fully prepared to make a desperate resistance. I shall make the first battle mainly an artillery combat. As soon as I gain possession of the Old Tavern I will push them in upon Richmond and behind their works; then I will bring up my heavy guns, shell the city, and carry it by assault. I speak very confidently, but if you coul best we could. Both parties are active, but the nature of the country is such as to make our progress difficult in the extreme. I hope to knock secesh out of Old Tavern and its vicinity within a couple of days; shall try it, at all events. . . . I see the Abolitionists have got a new dodge in my behalf — the White House busines
57. In Peninsula, 262, 265 ; West Point, 287, 297, 300, 302-304, 311, 320, 327 333-337, 341; in pursuit, 348, 352-356; Old Tavern, 392, 419 ; Gaines's Mill 412, 420, 421; Savage's Station, 427, 428 ; White Oak Swamp, 428, 430, .433 ; Berkley, 444. ktown, 260, 261, 289, 298, 299, 304; Williamsburg, 320, 322, 325, 330, 332, 333 ; in pursuit, 348 ; Fair Oaks, 377-384; Old Tavern, 392; Gaines's Mill, 419, 420 ; Savage's Station, 427; Glendale, 430, 432 ; Malvern, 433, 436; Berkley, 444; brevetted, South, 29, 37 ; loyalty, 30. 31, 33 ; enthusiastic over W. Va. campaign, 56. Occoquan river, Va., 106, 231-233. Old Tavern, Va., 392, 405. Ord, Gen. O. C., 81, 165. Osborn, Capt., 428. Palmer, Gen. I. N., 379, 380. Paris, Comte de, 145, 146 Peninsula, 224, 265 ; Yorktown, 280, 298-302 ; Williamsburg, 320-322, 325 ; in pursuit, 348 ; Fair-Oaks, 379-381, 384; Old Tavern, 392 ; Gaines's Mill, 420, 421 ; Savage's Station, 426-428 ; Glendale, 430, 432, 433 ; Malvern, 433, 437 ; brevetted, 4
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