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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 17: preliminaries of the great battle. (search)
olding the division under General W. F. Smith in reserve. His orders were to wait until Couch's division joined him, but he judged that the wait might be more favorable to the other side. Slocum deployed his brigades, Bartlett's, Newton's, and Torbert's, from right to left, posted Wolcott's battery of six guns on his left and rear, and followed the advance of his skirmish line, the right brigade leading. When the Confederate position was well developed, the skirmishers were retired, and the order to assault followed,--the right regiments of Newton's brigade supporting Bartlett's assault, the regiments on the left supporting Torbert's. The Confederates made a bold effort to hold, but the attack was too well organized and too cleverly pushed to leave the matter long in doubt. Their flanks, being severely crowded upon, soon began to drop off, when a sweeping charge of Slocum's line gained the position. The brigades of General Brooks and Colonel Irwin of General Smith's division we
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 19: battle of Sharpsburg, or Antietam (continued). (search)
n, and General Lee preferring a flank move. Of the proposed attack from the Union side, General Franklin reported,-- Slocum's division arrived on the field about eleven o'clock. Immediately after its arrival two of his brigades (Newton's and Torbert's) were formed in column of attack to carry the wood in the immediate vicinity of the White Church. The other brigade (Bartlett's) had been ordered by General Sumner to keep near his right. As this brigade was to form the reserve for the columm M. Graham; 4th U. S., Batt. G, Lieut. Marcus P. Miller. Sixth Army Corps, Major-General William B. Franklin. Escort, 6th Pa. Cav., cos. B and G, Capt. Henry P. Muirheid. First Division, Maj.-Gen. Henry W. Slocum:--First Brigade, Col. Alfred T. A. Torbert; 1st N. J., Lieut.-Col. Mark W. Collet; 2d N. J., Col. Samuel L. Buck; 3d N. J., Col. Henry W. Brown; 4th N. J., Col. William B. Hatch. Second Brigade, Col. Joseph J. Bartlett; 5th Me., Col. Nathaniel J. Jackson; 16th N. Y., Lieut.-Col.
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter28: Gettysburg-Third day. (search)
t. Almont Barnes; 1st Ohio Light, Batt. L, Capt. Frank C. Gibbs; 5th U. S., Batt. D, Lieut. Charles E. Hazlett, Lieut. Benjamin F. Rittenhouse; 5th U. S., Batt. I, Lieut. Malbone F. Watson, Lieut. Charles C. MacConnell. Sixth Army Corps, Major-General John Sedgwick. General Headquarters, 1st N. J. Cav., Co. L, 1st Pa. Cav., Co. H, Capt. William S. Craft. First division, Brig.-Gen. Horatio G. Wright:--Provost Guard, 4th N. J. (3 cos.), Capt. William R. Maxwell. First Brigade, Brig.-Gen. A. T. A. Torbert; 1st N. J., Lieut.-Col. William Henry, Jr.; 2d N. J.,Lieut.-Col. Charles Wiebecke; 3d N. J., Col. Edward L. Campbell; 15th N. J., Col. William H. Penrose, Second Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Joseph J. Bartlett ; Also in command of the Third Brigade, Third Division, on July 3. 5th Me., Col. Clark S. Edwards; 121st N. Y., Col. Emory Upton; 95th Pa., Lieut.-Col. Edward Carroll; 96th Pa., Maj. William H. Lessig. Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. David A. Russell; 6th Me., Col. Hiram Burnham; 49th Pa.
his part of it. We then returned to our respective forces, and a few minutes later the fifteen ran to the right flank as agreed upon, and we opened fire on the one Indian left standing alone, bringing him down in his tracks severely wounded by a shot through the shoulder. While all this was going on, the other bands of the reservation, several thousand strong, had occupied the surrounding hills for the purpose of witnessing the fight, for as the Rogue Rivers had been bragging General A. T. A. Torbert. for some time that they could whip the soldiers, these other Indians had come out to see it done. The result, however, disappointed the spectators, and the Rogue Rivers naturally lost caste. The fifteen men now came in and laid down their arms (including my six-shooter) in front of us as agreed, but I compelled them to take the surrendered guns up again and carry them to the post, where they were deposited in the block-house for future security. The prisoners were ironed with b
ommissary of Subsistence. Surgeon Roger W. Pease, Medical Director. Captain Michael V. Sheridan, Aide-de-camp. Captain Thomas W. C. Moore, Aide-de-camp. escort. Sixth United States Cavalry, Captain Ira W. Claflin. first division. Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. first brigade. Brigadier-General George A. Custer. First Michigan, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Stagg. Fifth Michigan, Colonel Russell A. Alger. Sixth Michigan, Major James H. Kidd. Seventh Michigan, Major Henry W. Granger. Second br(First Dragoons), Colonel Alfred Gibbs. Sixth Pennsylvania, Major James Starr. First United States, Captain Nelson B. Sweitzer. Second United States, Captain Theophilus F. Rodenbough. Fifth United States, Captain Abraham K. Arnold. Brigadier-General A. T. A. Torbert was in command of the First Division, which was composed of three brigades; BrigadierGeneral D. McM. Gregg, of the Second, consisting of two brigades; and Brigadier-General J. H. Wilson was afterward assigned to command the Third, a
the Pamunkey River at and near Hanovertown. Torbert having recovered from the illness which overttask of carrying out the initial manoeuvres. Torbert started for Taylor's ford on the Pamunkey wit thirty and forty prisoners. The remainder of Torbert's division followed this brigade and advanceddon's brigade of Confederate cavalry was met. Torbert attacked this force with Devin's brigade, whi little stream called Crump's Creek, and here Torbert was halted, Gregg moving up on his line meanwing, meanwhile, for the other two brigades of Torbert, but these were not available at the time-on vigilant watch on the enemy with Gregg's and Torbert's divisions. As soon as I had taken position who was being reinforced by infantry. I met Torbert at Custer's headquarters, and found that the cution, and ordering Gregg to come forward to Torbert's support with such troops as he could spare t intended that we should cross; so Gregg and Torbert lay quiet in camp at Bottom's bridge and at O[14 more...]
the expedition, I decided to take Gregg's and Torbert's, leaving Wilson's behind to continue with tafter setting out, we began to drive them in. Torbert had the lead with Merritt's and Devin's brigauster had struck the enemy's rear, I directed Torbert to press the line in front of Merritt and Devy. While Gregg was thus occupied, I directed Torbert to make a reconnoissance up the Gordonsville joined him about noon by a roundabout march. Torbert soon hotly engaged this line, and by the impehough I brought up one of Gregg's brigades to Torbert's assistance, yet the by-road I coveted was sdivision crossed the Pamunkey dismounted, and Torbert's crossed mounted. As soon as the troops werwould permit, and the morning of the 22d sent Torbert's division ahead to secure Jones's bridge on To secure the crossing at Jones's bridge, Torbert had pushed Devin's brigade out on the Long Brwagons. Just beyond Charles City Court House Torbert encountered Lomax's brigade, which he drove a[2 more...]
ghout the expedition. The moment I received orders from General Meade to go to the relief of Wilson, I hastened with Torbert and Gregg by way of Prince George Court House and Lee's Mills to Ream's Station. Here I found the Sixth Corps, which MeNew Market road were soon driven in on their main line, and the high ground before the house was immediately occupied by Torbert and Gregg, supported by Kautz's division. By the time the cavalry line was formed the Confederate General Kershaw, withavalry, and lost about two hundred and fifty prisoners and two battle-flags. The counter attack against the infantry by Torbert and Gregg re-established our line and gave us the victory of Darbytown, but it also demonstrated the fact that General Las relieved from the personal command of the Cavalry Corps, and ordered to the Shenandoah Valley, where at a later date Torbert's and Wilson's divisions joined me. Practically, after I went to the valley, my command of the Cavalry Corps became supe
Millwood to Winchester and Petticoat Gap. You will seize all mules, horses, and cattle that may be useful to our army. Loyal citizens can bring in their claims against the Government for this necessary destruction. No houses will be burned, and officers in charge of this delicate but necessary duty must inform the people that the object is to make this valley untenable for the raiding parties of the rebel army. Very respectfully, P. H. Sheridan, Major-General Commanding. Brigadier-General A. T. A. Torbert, Chief of Cavalry, Middle Military Division. During his visit to General Hunter at the Monocacy, General Grant had not only decided to retain in the Shenandoah Valley a large force sufficient to defeat Early's army or drive it back to Lee, but he had furthermore determined to make that section, by the destruction of its supplies, untenable for continued occupancy by the Confederates. This would cut off one of Lee's main-stays in the way of subsistence, and at the same tim
enry A. Du Pont. cavalry: Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. escort: First Rhode Island, at 3 o'clock that morning. The plan was for Torbert to advance with Merritt's division of cavalryed by the attack near Stephenson's depot that Torbert's cavalry was to make, and from which I was momentarily expecting to hear. No news of Torbert's progress came, however, so, yielding at last, I, informing him that I had just got word that Torbert was driving the enemy in confusion along the he enemy's left; and assured by the fact that Torbert had stampeded the Confederate cavalry and thr left to meet Crook's attack. To confront Torbert, Patton's brigade of infantry and some of Fit of the Valley pike and Merritt on the east, Torbert began to drive this opposing force toward Winnted during the war for a mounted attack, and Torbert was not slow to take advantage of it. The inse Early tried hard to stem the tide, but soon Torbert's cavalry began passing around his left flank[1 more...]
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