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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
re made for a diversion in favor of this movement by the Army of the Potomac, and when, on the 5th of February, 1864. a column of cavalry and infantry, under General Wistar, about fifteen hundred strong, pushed rapidly northward from New Kent Court-House to the Chickahominy, at Bottom's Bridge, intending to cross it there, Generaeir position, and when the prescribed time for the execution of the raid had expired, these troops recrossed the Rapid Anna, with a loss of about two hundred men. Wistar's raid was fruitless, owing to the escape, by bribery, of a culprit from prison, who gave the Confederates information of the approaching danger. Wistar found BoWistar found Bottom's Bridge and the line of the Chickahominy too strongly guarded, and there appeared too many evidences of strength beyond it to warrant him in: attempting to cross the stream, so he returned to New Kent, without loss,. his infantry having marched eighty miles within fifty-six hours, and his cavalry one hundred and fifty miles
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 12: operations against Richmond. (search)
nd a strong Confederate force, under D. H. Hill, on their front, for, on the previous night, nearly all of Beauregard's troops had reached Petersburg. Heavy skirmishing ensued, and the Nationals, after gaining some advantages, were. compelled to withdraw, with a loss of about two hundred and fifty men. Another advance upon the railway was made early on the morning of the 9th, by a force composed of the divisions of Generals Terry, Ames, and Turner, of the Tenth Corps, and of Weitzel and Wistar, of the Eighteenth. General Gillmore commanded the right of the column, and General Smith the left. They struck the railway at different points, and destroyed it without molestation, and then, with Weitzel in the advance, they moved on Petersburg. They were confronted by a heavy Confederate force at Swift Creek, within three miles of that city, where a sharp action ensued. The Confederates were driven across the stream; and that evening Butler sent a dispatch to the Secretary of War, sayi
ter, skirmish at between troops of Jackson and Shields, 2.369; battle at, and Banks's retreat from, 2.393; Gen. Milroy compelled to evacuate by Ewell, 3.51; battle of, 3.365; defeat of Gen. Crook by Early near, 3.348. Winder, Gen. John H., Confederate commissary-general of prisoners, 2.26; character of, 3.594. Winthrop, Major T., death of at Big Bethel, 1.508. Wisconsin, aid promised to the government by, 1.213. Wise, Henry A., minute-men organized under in Virginia, 1.161. Wistar, Gen., his attempt to surprise Richmond, 3.287. Woman Order, Gen. Butler's, the occasion for it, 2.349; the order (note), 2.350. Women's Central Association for Relief, 1.575, 3.607. Wood, Fernando, the secession of New York City proposed by, 1.205. Wood, Gen. T. J., his capture of Orchard Knob, 3.161; at the battle on Missionaries' Ridge, 3.167. Wool, Major-Gen., John Ellis, his letter to Gen. Cass. of Dec. 6, 1860, 1.76; the government warned by, 1.219; important services of i