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enator Cowan received another that the Senator of Pennsylvania had adopted a joint resolution instructing him also to vote for Bright's expulsion. It is said that the House of Representatives of his State will concur with the Senate in the resolution of instruction to Senator Cowan. Capture of Confederate boats. Yesterday, a couple of boats which had been used for conveying information and supplies to the rebels, were captured near Accotink. Information had been received by General Heintzelman, that for some time past communication had been kept up between parties living in the woods near Mr. Vernon and the southwest shore of Mason's Neck, and that the boats employed for that purpose were secreted somewhere in the vicinity. One of the boats was the same in which a party of rebels had, in October last, crossed over and burned the boats belonging to people living in Accotink, which is a Union village. During the afternoon a fish house on Mason's Neck, which has served a
r provisions were in their haver-sacks when they marched. He thinks if we had had a general in the place of Schoepff at Somerset, that their whole force could have been captured. Federal account of the last skirmish at Occoquan. Monday afternoon another little skirmish occurred near the banks of the Occoquan.--It was reported in the morning that a body of rebels was at Pohick Church. Captain Lowing, of the 3d Michigan regiment, Col. Chainplin, then on picket duty in front of General Heintzelman's division, took thirty-four men, under Lieutenant Brennan, from Company F, and forty-four, under Lieut. Bryan, from Company H, and went to meet them. Arriving at Pohick Church, no rebels were seen. The party, however, proceeded to the banks of the Occoquan, opposite the town of that name. Arriving there early in the afternoon, a few unarmed men were observed drilling in the town. They gave the alarm; when a number of rebels came from the houses and fired on our men. A brief skirm
The Daily Dispatch: March 14, 1862., [Electronic resource], One hundred and twenty-five Dollars reward. (search)
War Department. During the last two weeks the railroad company have succeeded in making a complete and minute survey of the whole road from Harper's Ferry to Hancock, which has never been practicable before, owing to the presence of the enemy at and near Martinsburg. The New corps D'armes. The New York Herald says: Gen. McClelian has divided the grand army of the Potomac into five corps d'armes, and has placed at the head of each an officer of known firmness, courage, and ability, in the persons of Generals Heintzelman, Banks, McDowell, Sumner, and Keyes. This measure will insure still greater efficiency in the army, and will enable the Commanding-General to operate with his whole immense force with greater facility. But while there are only five corps d'armes in the army of Virginia, there are in fact four more under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief--namely, the armies of Generals Halleck, Buell, Pope, and Curtis, in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The Daily Dispatch: April 14, 1862., [Electronic resource], Russell's last letter to the London times. (search)
ast, coming up to his assistance in case or need, or with the view of enabling him to complete his portion of the plan of the advance which has now been determined upon. Gen. McClellan has returned with his staff from the scene of operations to Washington, and, if the weather admits it, he will no doubt make a forward movement on his right next week. But as I have only just arrived and have not yet visited the camps, I cannot tell what changes have really taken place, though I hear that Heintzelman, who occupies the left of the Federal line, in front of Alexandria, and Flizjohn Porter, who lay almost on the right of the winter cantonments of the army of the Potomac towards Vienna, have moved their divisions. It is hoped that these demonstrations may shake the enemy's line, and induce him to move out from his supposed strongly fortified lines near Centreville. He certainly cannot suffer the Manassas railroad to fall into the hands of the Federals without much inconvenience. Th
either to move his army or move himself; either to take his columns away from the Potomac, or to yield up their lead to other hands. Will he move? I think he will, and at an early day. Where? If I know, I would not tell. Will he find the foe? I am not sure that he will soon find him in large numbers. If he meats him, will he conquer him?--There is not doubt of it with such troops, so well armed, and with such ponderous masses of artillery, and led by such experienced officers as Heintzelman, McDowell, Franklin, Sumner, Hooker, Smith, McCall, Cassy, Doubleday, and their associates, who have seen service, and such recruits from civil life as Backs, Wadsworth, Martindale, Cochrane, and others who are eager to distinguish themselves, the grand army of the Potomac, whether its nominal board be McClellan, McDowell, or Hallack, or Fremont, or the President of the United States, (Its Constitutional Commander-In-Chief,) or with concert of action, even if it have no nominal head, will
The late Col. Mott --Among the many who fell in the ever-memorable combat before the redouble at Williamsburg, on Monday, the 5th inst., none will more lament the fall of the gallant dead than we do that of the well-known, accomplished, and much lamented Col. Mott, of the gallant 19th Mississippi volunteers, who behaved so gallantly on the field before Heintzelman's pet troops, in that "handsome affair." so eulogistically mentioned by the imperturbable Johnston, in his official report. Colonel Mott distinguished himself in Mexico, and was greatly beloved by these of his native State--In April, 1861, he was proffered many offices in Mississippi, and was an active and accomplished Brigadier; but, desiring active service, raised a company, and was elected Colonel of the 19th Mississippi Volunteers. Raising his regiment to a high state of excellence, he greatly distinguished himself in the many daily skirmishes and bush fights at the lines before Yorktown, and was appointed a Brig
The Daily Dispatch: May 31, 1862., [Electronic resource], A Romantic account of the battle of Williamsburg. (search)
t centre the forces of General Hooker held the enemy firmly in check, but against such odds that Gen. Hooker sent to Gen. Heintzelman for reinforcements, which were supplied from Peck's brigade. On our extreme right Hancock's brigade pushed forward and captured two entrenchments.--Heintzelman's and Sumner's corps were now joined in line of battle, and our entire front seemed a sheet of living flame, so rapid and incessant were the discharges of cannon and musketry. The rebel line was equally is critical moment but the splendid discipline of our troops. * * * * * At last gallant Kearney's brigade came to Heintzelman's assistance. They, as well as the whole line, were fatigued and dispirited, however. Heintzelman saw this, and dashHeintzelman saw this, and dashed up and down the field like a madman, collecting scattered musicians from the regimental bands. In a moment the triumphant notes of the "Star-spangled Banner" drowned all shrieks and groans. The effect was magical. Our wounded men joined in tre
g the result, ordered forward a portion of the divisions of Generals Kearney and Hooker to regain the day. General Kearney's men, on being brought into action, charged with the bayonet, driving the rebels before them like sheep, and regaining all the lost ground — about half a mile — when, night coming on operations were brought to a c ose Gen. Sumner's two divisions — Sadgwick's and Richardson's — crossed the Chickahominy about 3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, taking a position on Gen. Heintzelman's right. Here they encountered Longstreet's Rale's and Huger's divisions, the flower of the rebel army. The fighting was desperate, every foot of ground being hotly contested, but our ldiers were too much for them. The enemy would stand manfully at a distance of sixty yards and receive the fire of our troops, but they were afraid of the bayonet; and in every instance that our men charged. they were Victorians. These two divisions did nobly, driving the rebels at every poin
allant and capable Chief of Artillery, Colonel Bailey, and now at last, he was compelled, with a heavy heart, to relinquish the unequal struggle. Let those who are disposed to speak of how Casey gave way, remember exactly what Casey did. Heintzelman in command. During the quiet that ensued after the loss of Casey's last, position, General Heintzelman arrived upon the field, and assumed the command that had previously been held by Gen. Keyes. Couch's Division. Gen. Couch, uponGeneral Heintzelman arrived upon the field, and assumed the command that had previously been held by Gen. Keyes. Couch's Division. Gen. Couch, upon whose command the enemy was next to fall, had upon the field parts of twelve regiments. The brigade that contained his oldest troops--Gen. Devena's — had only the 7th and 10th Massachusetts and the 36th New York on the field, and each of these regiments had three companies out on picket. Peck's brigade also, and Abercrombie's, (lately Graham's,) were both weakened in the same way. But Gen. Couch--modest, brave, and ready for any emergency --prepared to do his best. Upon the first intimation
The Daily Dispatch: June 16, 1862., [Electronic resource], Bill to be entitled "an act to further provide for the public residence. (search)
y the telegraph. (Signed) G. R. McClellan, Major-Gen. Commanding. The Corrected Dispatch. Field Of Battle, 12 o'clock, June 1. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: We have had a desperate battle, in which the corps of Sumner, Heintzelman, and Keyes, have been engaged against greatly superior numbers. Yesterday, at 1 o'clock, the enemy, taking advantage of a terrible storm, which had flooded the valley of the Chickahominy, attacked our troops on the right bank of the river. Casey's division, which was the first line, gave way unaccountably and discreditably. This caused a temporary confusion, during which some guns and baggage were lost, but Heintzelman and Kearney most gallantly brought up their troops, which checked the enemy. At the same time, however, Gen. Sumner succeeded, by great exertions, in bringing across Sedgwick's and Richardson's divisions, who drove back the enemy at the point of the bayonet, covering the ground with his dead. This morning the ene
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