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road until within about one hundred yards of the bridge. I, with the balance of the regiment, occupied our left flank, destroying the railroad, until ordered to withdraw and go into camp. In this affair, the regiment met with no loss. From Macon, our march was harassed by the enemy's cavalry under General Wheeler, with whom we had occasional skirmishing, and on the twenty-eighth November, General Kilpatrick made a stand, building a strong line of breast-works, at a place known as the White House, and awaited the approach of the enemy. Here my command was posted, one battalion mounted as a reserve, under Major Bowles, and two battalions dismounted in the centre, supporting the artillery. The enemy charged in column along the road on our front and left, and in line in our front and right, but were repulsed twice by our line of skirmishers, thrown out four hundred (400) yards in our advance, commanded by Sergeant (now Lieutenant) Briner. I beg leave to say that this line behaved
nder Mr. Buchanan's administration, sent for me to tender the same to Mr. Lincoln, informing me that Lieutenant-General Scott had advised the President that the Fort could not be relieved, and must be given up. Mr. Blair took me at once to the White House, and I explained the plan to the President; thence we adjourned to Lieutenant-General Scott's office, where a renewed discussion of the subject took place. The General informed the President that my plan was practicable in February, but thaned the proposition, and suggested that it was a naval plan, and should be decided by naval officers. The President asked me if there was any naval officer of high authority in Washington who would sustain me, and if so, to bring him to the White House. I knew that Commodore Stringham was at that time filling the position of detailing officer in the Navy Department, and I took him to the President, where, in the presence of Lieutenant-General Scott, he not only confirmed my views, but said
down the railroad to ascertain if there was any movement of the enemy in that direction. He encountered but little opposition, and reached the vicinity of the White House on the twenty-ninth. On his approach the enemy destroyed the greater part of the immense stores accumulated at that depot, and retreated toward Fortress Monroe. With one gun and some dismounted men, General Stuart drove off a gunboat which lay near the White House, and rescued a large amount of property, including more than ten thousand stand of small-arms, partially burned. Leaving one squadron at the White House, in compliance with his orders, he returned to guard the lower bridges oWhite House, in compliance with his orders, he returned to guard the lower bridges of the Chickahominy. On the thirtieth he was directed to recross and cooperate with General Jackson. After a long march he reached the rear of the enemy at Malvern Hill on the night of the first of July, at the close of the engagement. On the second of July it was discovered that the enemy had withdrawn during the night, leaving
I found no resistance until I reached Tunstall's Station. Here I found a vacated field-work, andnding ample corn for our jaded horses at Tunstall's Station. The conflagration raged fearfully atadvanced, till, coming in plain view of the White House, at a distance of a quarter of a mile, a lanly dependence for forage since leaving the White House; but the regiments were warned that the purn. The detachment of cavalry left at the White House secured much valuable public property, enum-Colonel. Report of Colonel Goode. White house, July 15, 1862. Brigadier-General J. E. B. it the same afternoon to the vicinity of Tunstall Station. Here the artillery of the brigade droveard to engage a large gunboat lying off the White House. The boat was compelled to retire, and the, having been accustomed to gunboats at the White House and other points, did not seem to be at allthat evening, I rejoined the command at the White House. On Monday, thirtieth, by order, I left [14 more...]
and then filed off to the left, about one mile to the foot of the mountain. About the time we reached that position, the firing having pretty well ceased, the two brigades about-faced, marched back within half a mile of the turnpike, and filed off to the right, and formed in line of battle midway up the mountain, with General Garnett's brigade on my left. Having thrown out skirmishers preparatory to an advance, I was ordered by General Jones to move the brigade along the mountain to the White House hotel, on the turnpike, at the summit of the pass. Upon reaching the hotel, I posted the brigade a little in advance of it, and to the left of the turnpike. Some ten minutes afterward, by order of General Jones, I moved the brigade farther up the mountain, and obliquely to the right, in the direction of Middleburg, and formed it into line of battle at the foot of the hill, where a fierce fight was raging. The First regiment South Carolina volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel D. Livingston; t