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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 2: the battle of Bull Run (July, 1861) (search)
ver the field of Ligny. Owing to their absence from the field, the advance from Mitchell's Ford was countermanded by Major Whiting of Johnston's staff, and that from the Stone Bridge, after being first checked, was later countermanded by Beauregarthe report as absurd, claimed to know a retreat, such as was before me, and ordered that the batteries open fire, when Maj. Whiting, of Gen. Johnston's staff, rising in his stirrups, said, — In the name of Gen. Johnston, I order that the batteries shall not open. I inquired, Did Gen. Johnston send you to communicate that order? Whiting replied, No, but I take the responsibility to give it. I claimed the privilege of responsibility under the circumstances, and when in the act of rentime, too, it was near night. Col. G. W. Lay, of Johnston's staff, supported my views, notwithstanding the protest of Maj. Whiting. Soon there came an order for the brigades to withdraw and return to their positions behind the Run. Gen. Bonham ma
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 4: Yorktown and Williamsburg (search)
e victory, for it had prevented Franklin's division from being reenforced so as to be either formidable or aggressive. It arrived at the mouth of the Pamunkey at 5 P. M. on the 6th. During the night it disembarked and next morning reconnoitred its vicinity and took a defensive position, sending Newton's and Slocum's brigades through a large wood to examine the country beyond. On the far edge of that wood about 9 A. M. their skirmishers ran into those of Hood's and Hampton's brigades of Whiting's division, which were there to see that our trains passed without interruption. The Federals fell back and were followed until they were under the protection of Franklin's intrenched camp, and all our trains passed unmolested. The Federals reported: killed 48, wounded 110, missing 28, total 186. The Confederate loss was but 8 killed, and 40 wounded, and they captured 46 prisoners. There was no further effort to interfere with our retreat. This was continued at leisure until the
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 5: Seven Pines or fair Oaks (search)
hope to make short work of it. Meanwhile, Whiting's division of five brigades (considered a parff and blocked the prescribed marches of both Whiting's and Huger's divisions as they respectively came up. After some delay, Whiting sent a note to Johnston's headquarters, complaining that hisw Bridge roads. His intention now was to send Whiting's division down the Nine Mile road to cooperathree hours in the afternoon. The signal for Whiting's advance was to be the sound of Hill's muskenvestigate and report. Soon after 4 P. M., Whiting's five brigades were put in motion, with Hoodn was not far away. Johnston was riding with Whiting when the Federal battery opened fire, but supthat there could be no great force there, and Whiting was ordered to charge the position with his b, Smith proposing to take up the battle, with Whiting and other troops, when it was well developed. Davis writes: — As I drew nearer I saw Gen. Whiting with part of Gen. Smith's division file int[13 more...]
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 7 (search)
citing false rumors set on foot throughout the Valley, but Whiting's division, from before Richmond, and Lawton's large brigaough without a flaw. Jackson's entire army, reenforced by Whiting's division and Lawton's brigade, had been brought down sec that we might safely effect a lodgment beyond the creek. Whiting rapidly repaired the bridge and the march was resumed. Thwas at Cold Harbor with four divisions, —his own, Ewell's, Whiting's, D. H. Hill's, — and Lawton's large brigade in addition.ies were returning the Federal fire. Opposite their left, Whiting's two brigades had just arrived, being directed by Lee as simultaneous in its beginnings, but pressed to success by Whiting's two brigades supported by Longstreet on our extreme righ3 (Only 5 engaged.) D. H. Hill'sdivision,5 brigades,1423 Whiting'sdivision,2 brigades,1017 Ewell'sdivision,3 brigades,764 and do not distinguish between the battles. The charge by Whiting's two brigades, under Hood and Law, was notable for being
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 8 (search)
the Grapevine bridge, across which Porter had retreated, and which he had partially torn up, and to press directly upon McClellan's rear with his whole force. This comprised his own three brigades under Winder, Ewell's three, D. H. Hill's five, Whiting's two, and Lawton's one, — in all 14 brigades, nearly 25,000 strong. Looking back upon the course of events, it is interesting to inquire wherein lay the weakness of this order, apparently so simple and obvious in its execution. Yet the pursund the bridge destroyed and the ordinary place of crossing commanded by their batteries on the opposite side and all approach to it barred by detachments of sharp-shooters concealed in a dense wood close by. A battery of 28 guns from Hill's and Whiting's artillery was placed by Col. Crutchfield in a favorable position for driving off or silencing the opposing artillery. About 2 P. M. it opened suddenly upon the enemy. He fired a few shots in reply, and then withdrew from that position, aband
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 9 (search)
Pendleton's artillery. artillery combats. Whiting's report. Sumner seeks cover. Lee's reconnoJackson moved over White Oak Swamp on July 1, Whiting's division leading. Our march was much delayad been formed through the woods and fields. Whiting was on the left with three brigades (one of Jeries was of the most farcical character. Whiting, on Hill's left, says: — To our left was r, the movement was observed from our left by Whiting. He reported to Lee that the enemy were with. Hill and Longstreet were close in rear, and Whiting's, Jackson's, and Ewell's divisions were on td scarcely have ventured anything serious. Whiting's division had suffered 175 casualties in itst Malvern. Lawton's brigade, and Ewell's and Whiting's divisions, had only been severely engaged as. Jackson was also up with his own, Ewell's, Whiting's, and D. H. Hill's divisions. Lee did not rRAZIER'S FARMMalvern HillOTHER AFFAIRSTOTALS Whiting's Div.210171751192 Jackson's Div.391117208
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 12: Boonsboro or South Mountain, and Harper's Ferry (search)
CouchDevens, Howe, Cochrane4 9th CorpsWillcox, O. B.Christ, Welsh2 BurnsideSturgisNagle, Ferrero2 RodmanFairchild, Harland1 CoxSeammon, Crook3 12 CorpsWilliamsCrawford, Gordon3 MansfieldGreeneTyndale, Stainrook, Goodrich4 CavalryPleasantonWhiting, Farnsworth, Rush, McReynolds, Davis4 Aggregate6 Corps, 19 Divisions54 Brigades, 300 Guns, 97,000 Men55 could defend himself, but the suggestion was not adopted by Miles, who felt himself obliged by his orders to hold the village itself. As Lon should be at Sharpsburg, behind the Antietam River, distant from Turner's Gap about 10 miles. D. H. Hill's troops were first withdrawn, and were followed by the rest of the infantry and artillery. Fitz-Lee's brigade of cavalry and Hood's and Whiting's brigades of infantry acted as rear-guard to the column. My reserve ordnance train, of about 80 wagons, had accompanied Lee's headquarters to Hagerstown, and had also followed the march back to Boonsboro. I was now ordered to cross the Poto
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 14: fall of 1862 (search)
Harland6 Batteries Centre Grand Division3d CorpsBirneyRobinson, Ward, Berry StonemanSickles WhippleCarr, Hall, Revere Piatt, Carroll9 Batteries Hooker5th CorpsGriffinBarnes, Sweitzer, Stockton ButterfieldSykesBuchanan, Andrew, Warren8 Batteries HumphreysTyler, Allabach Left Grand Division1st CorpsDoubledayPhelps, Rogers, Gavin, Meredith ReynoldsGibbon MeadeRoot, Lyle, Taylor Sinclair, Magilton, Jackson11 Batteries Franklin6th CorpsBrooksTorbert, Cake, Russell W. F. SmithHowePratt, Whiting, Vinton11 Batteries NewtonCochrane, Devens, Rowley 6 Corps18 Divisions51 Brigades53 Batteries Burnside began his campaign with a blunder. He adopted Richmond as his objective, instead of Lee's army. The latter was within a day's march of him, and its wings were separated by two days march. Here was an opportunity for a skilful commander, but Burnside decided to make Fredericksburg a base, and to move thence upon Richmond. On Nov. 15, he turned his back upon Lee and marched for Fre
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 23: the fall of 1864 (search)
and guns of those defences being destroyed and a breach opened, two assaults were made about 3 P. M., one by Ames's division of the 23d corps, about 4500 strong, and one by 2000 sailors and marines from the fleet under Capt. Breese. The latter assaulted the breach, but were repulsed with severe loss. The infantry, passing around and through the palisades, made a lodgment between the traverses, and after seven hours fighting possessed the fort. When Bragg took command of the land forces, Whiting, who had commanded the whole post before, took command of the fort. He was mortally, and Col. Lamb desperately, wounded in the defence. The loss of the infantry assaulting column was 110 killed, 536 wounded. During the winter, the Confederate lines about Petersburg had been constantly extended at both ends, it has been already explained how. The troops were extended with them until it was about 37 miles by the shortest routes from our extreme left on White Oak Swamp below Richmond on