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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
e mean time, taken chief command of his own and Wise's troops, in the region of the Gauley River. Wise was so great a boaster, and so poor. a performer, that his signal failures as a military leadville, the capital of Nicholas County. He left Wise with his force, called Wise's Legion, at PicketWise's Legion, at Pickett's Mills, to prevent a flank movement from Hawksnest, a mountain on the southern side of the Gauley their camps, and as Cox moved steadily onward, Wise, as we have observed, becoming alarmed, See eason for his inability to hold that position. Wise, at that time, according to Pollard, was endeavthwestern country to us, and enabling Floyd and Wise to drive Cox with ease out of the Kanawha Valleentrated his own forces, and those of Floyd and Wise, and found himself in command of an army of at Wise, advising him to fall back without delay. Wise hesitated, and invited General Lee to visit him ordered him to remain. This tacit approval of Wise's insubordination offended Floyd; but the conce[12 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
e from the Island to Nag's head. Among these was Captain O. Jennings Wise, son of the General in command, and editor of onederate historian of the War, says, that records showed that Wise, who assumed the command there on the 7th of January, had pnt to capture or pass Roanoke Island in Twenty-four hours. Wise also asked for re-enforcements from Huger's fifteen thousanrom the outraged people. in his Report to General Huger, Wise said Roanoke Island was the key to all the defenses of Norfguarded four-fifths of the supplies for Norfolk. Its fall, Wise said, gave lodgment to the Nationals in a safe harbor from sland escaped to Nag's head, and thence, accompanied by General Wise and the remainder of his Legion, they fled up the coast toward Norfolk. on the 18th of February, Wise issued a characteristic special order no. 1, from Canal Bridge, Currituck nty, N. C., informing the public that the flag of Captain O. Jennings Wise would be raised for true men to rally around. the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
Valley. Movements to this end had been made very soon after the close of the campaign in Western Virginia, recorded in Chapter IV. Early in January, the gallant and accomplished General Lander, who was suffering from a wound received in a skirmish at Edwards's Ferry, a few days after the battle of Ball's Bluff, in October, took command of a force to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railway. He had a wily and energetic opponent in Stonewall Jackson, who was endeavoring to gain what Floyd, and Wise, and Lee had lost, and to hold possession of the Shenandoah Valley. Lander, with a force of about four thousand men, made a series of rapid movements against him. With only four hundred horsemen, he dashed upon him in the night at Blooming Gap, in the middle of February, Feb. 14. captured Frederick W. Lander. seventeen of his commissioned officers and nearly sixty of his rank and file, and compelled him to retire. Lander also occupied Romney, but fell back on the approach of Jackson's s
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
await the bursting of the coming storm. Report, page 124. He did not wait long. General Lee called a council of general officers on the 25th, Composed of Generals Lee, Baldwin, Jackson, A. P. Hill, D. H. Hill, Huger, Longstreet, Branch, Wise, Anderson, Whiting, Ripley, and Magruder. when it was resolved to begin the movement on McClellan's right, already mentioned, at three o'clock the next morning. Jackson was to advance, take with him Branch's troops, near Hanover Court-House, and and reserve of artillery arrived at about four o'clock in the afternoon, and at about that hour General Holmes, who had been summoned to Richmond from the south side of the James, and had marched down the river road with his brigade and a part of Wise's, appeared on the left of Porter (he having changed front, with his face toward Richmond), and opened fire upon him with artillery. Holmes soon found himself overmatched, for Porter had ample artillery at command, and withdrew so hastily that he