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olumn, it being past noon, I think, when the march was resumed from Baylor's farm towards the Jordan Point road. I should here state that during the affair at Baylor's farm, my horse failed in an attGeneral Smith to move from Baylor's farm towards Petersburg by approaches to the right of the Jordan Point road and Kautz's cavalry being ordered to move to the left of that road. Of the movements of on the forenoon of the 16th I saw nothing and have no personal knowledge. On reaching the Jordan Point road my division moved by it towards Petersburg, General Smith accompanying me; and on the hecer approached and informed me that the commander of the Second Corps wished to see me on the Jordan Point road some distance to the rear. I at once rode to near the intersection of the roadway from Baylor's farm with the Jordan Point road, and there found General Birney (or was it General Gibbons) in command of the Second Corps (General Hancock having, for some reason, remained behind); he said
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 12 (search)
olored troops under Hinks, Smith's force, during the night of the 14th, passed to the south side of the Appomattox on a ponton-bridge, and pushed forward, on the morning of the 15th, towards Petersburg, distant seven miles. The advance was made in three columns-Kautz, with the cavalry, to threaten the line of fortifications near the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad, and at the same time protect the left flank of the infantry; Hinks' division, in rear of Kautz, tc take position across the Jordan's Point road, as near as possible to the enemy's works; Brooks' division to follow Hinks, and take position on his right; Martindale's division, on the extreme right, to proceed, by the river-road, and strike the City Point Railroad. Smith: Report of Operations against Petersburg. After an advance of two miles, the cavalry struck a line of rifle-trenches, near the City Point Railroad, defended by infantry and armed with a light battery. Upon this, Kautz was withdrawn to the left, and the
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Petersburg to be crushed. (search)
failure, he mentions the fact of an officer of General Grant's staff being present when instructions were given to him. General Gilmore failed to carry out his instructions, and wrote the following letter to General Butler: headquarters. Elick Jordan's, June 9, 1864, 12:30 P. M. Major-General Butler: I found the enemy prepared for me to all appearances. A prisoner says our movement was known at 1:00 this morning, and that reinforcements arrived by railroad. General Hinks, on the Jordan's Point road, says he cannot carry the works in his front, and that since he arrived there, at 7:30 A. M., two more regiments have been added to the intrenchments coming from the city. In Hawley's front the works are as strong, I should think, as our own on Terry's front. In my opinion, they cannot be carried by the force I have. Distant firing on my extreme left has been heard for the last hour and a half. I therefore judge that Kautz finds himself opposed. I am about to withdraw from unde
George co., and one in Petersburg. The party started out in a little boat to visit a favorite fishing locality on the opposite side of the river sometime during the early part of the night, and it is supposed that the violent squall which arose between 9 and 10 o'clock overtook them and upset the boat, leaving them without the least power to save themselves. The absence of the Negroes was noticed, and search being made, their hats and coats were found washed ashore, with the canoe near Jordan's Point. Truly a sad termination to an innocent frolic. The loss to each of the owners will be quite heavy. James E. Burton, Esq., long a resident of this city, and a highly esteemed and much loved citizen, died on yesterday: His remains were accompanied to their last resting place this afternoon by the Petersburg L. I. Greys, of which company he was a member, and by a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives. The Appomattox still continues very high, though no further damag
egy of war, should trouble come as is now threatened, the educated talent of its graduates, scattered over every county of the State, will prove a bulwark of defence against all the assaults that may be made against our citizens or its institutions. The anniversary celebration at the Barracks was opened this evening with a handsome display of fire-works, and followed up with a number of appropriate addresses. Navigation has been resumed on the North river branch of the James River and Kanawha Canal, the damage by the recent freshet not having been as great as was anticipated. The work of completion to "Jordan's Point" is progressing slowly — so slowly that there is now no hope of making a finish this year. The Law School of Judge Brockenbrough, assisted by Col. J. W. Massie, of the Lexington bar, opened last week with about 30 students. Allow me to correct your statement of the vote of this county. The official vote is, Bell 1,231; Douglas 641; Breckinridge 361. B.
the Roanoke river, about ten miles east of Raleigh, and 45 miles from Weldon. It is at the head of navigation for and is noted for the activity of its in oppress lumber. The Express says all is quiet on James River.-- in that paper, written from Prince George county, July 9th, says: This morning, looking from the bluff and shore I counted the Yankee vessels which are now in the river off Westover and Berkeley. I made out including five which were in sight, partly above Jordan's Point, and partly some miles below Westover. This count did not include the Canal boats and schooners, (perhaps fifteen or more) which be side by side and form the foundation of the pontoon wharf constructed off the Berkeley fishing place. The wagons and tents visible are such fewer than formerly. No military array or parade has been seen by me on the open land next to the river. The smoke rising beyond the first woods in the rear, two or three miles from the river and always seen, indicat
spondent.] Lynchburg, June 13 A. M. --The report of the enemy being at Amherst C. H. yesterday evening was premature. They are now in that vicinity, moving cautiously in this direction. They will probably attempt to form a junction with Averill, who is said to be making his way from Lexington. Our force is in line of battle, and ready for the enemy. Lynchburg, June 13 --P M.--The enemy burned the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington on Saturday; also, Jordan's Point Mill property, and other improvement of less importance. A sharp artillery duel occurred before the enemy entered Lexington, in which some buildings were fired by shell. The enemy's forces that effected the capture are reported at six thousand strong. No material change in the situation. B. Forrest's victory in North Mississippi--brilliant results. The report of General Forrest's victory over Grierson, in North Mississippi, is fully confirmed. A dispatch from General S.