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January 29. At sundown last night General Heintzelman sent fifty of the New York Thirty-seventh, under Lieutenant-Colonel John Burke, to capture some rebels, who were at Porter's, near Occoquan Bridge, Va. They had to march ten to eleven miles through mud, and reached there about one o'clock this morning. A dance was progressing in the house, which was frame, and covered with clapboards. A gun was fired, and they were ordered to surrender. They immediately refused, and opened fire on n, and in sight of the rebel batteries. It is to be regretted that after all resistance had ceased, a more thorough search was not made of the house to discover the actual loss of the enemy, and to bring away all their arms. By order, Brig.-Gen. Heintzelman. Isaac Moses, A. A. G Mason and Slidell arrived at Southampton, Eng., this morning. They embarked on board the British ship Rinaldo, at Boston, bound for Halifax. Owing to a furious gale, the Rinaldo could not make Halifax, and a
the families of free negroes from this cause, and he thought that possibly some alleviation might be brought about by the amendment proposed. The amendment was rejected, and the bill was then ordered to its engrossment.--Richmond Examiner. This afternoon a skirmish occurred near the banks of the Occoquan, on the Potomac, Va. It was reported in the morning that a body of rebels was at Pohick Church. Captain Lowing, of the Third Michigan regiment, then on picket-duty in front of General Heintzelman's Division, took thirty-four men, under command of Lieutenant Brennan, from Company F, and forty-four under Lieutenant 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. They gave the alarm, when a number of rebels came from the houses and fired on the National soldier
m; and that under the levy en masse which is going on in the South, if they invade us by land after the first of April, we will meet them with superior numbers. Our bad roads will prevent their invading us sooner.--Richmond Dispatch, March 5. Bunker Hill, Va., was occupied by the National forces.--Reverdy Johnson was to-day elected United States Senator by the Maryland Legislature for six years from March, 1863. A reconnoitring party of the Sixty-third regiment of Pennsylvania, Heintzelman's division, was ambushed this morning beyond the Occoquan, Va., two or three miles in advance of the Union pickets, and received the fire of a party of concealed rebels, who instantly fled through the woods. Capt. Chapman and Lieut. Lyle were killed, and two privates were wounded, one of them mortally. The National pickets at Columbus, Ky., were this day driven in by the rebel cavalry, who fled upon being shelled by the gunboats. An order was issued, dated at Jackson, Tennessee
ct extent will never be known.--(Doc. 81.) By President Lincoln's War Order No. 2, he has ordered the Army of the Potomac to be divided into army corps, to be commanded by commanders of corps, selected according to seniority of rank, as follows: First corps, consisting of four divisions, to be commanded by Major-Gen. Sumner. Second corps, consisting of three divisions, to be commanded by Major-Gen. McDowell. Third corps, consisting of three divisions, to be commanded by Brig.-Gen. Heintzelman. Fourth corps, consisting of three divisions, to be commanded by Brig.-Gen. Keyes. Fifth--Gen. Banks's and Gen. Shields's commands, the latter late Gen. Lander's, to be a fifth corps, to be commanded by Major-Gen. Banks. Capt. Bell; of the Third Pennsylvania cavalry, was promoted to Major of the Third Illinois cavalry, now in Gen. Halleck's department. Gen. Beauregard, from his headquarters at Jackson, Tenn., issued an order calling upon the planters of the South to s
n was appointed to carry out the object of the resolution.--Bloomfield, Mo., was recaptured by a force of Union troops under the command of Col. Boyd. An important debate took place in the rebel House of Representatives at Richmond, Va., upon the propriety of an invasion of the Northern States.--See Supplement. The following commands in the army of Virginia were designated by the War Department: First corps, Major-Gen. Hooker; Second corps, Major-Gen. Sumner; Third corps, Major-General Heintzelman; Fourth corps, Major-Gen. Keyes; Fifth corps, Major-Gen. Fitz-John Porter; Sixth corps, Major-Gen. Franklin; Seventh corps, Major-Gen. Dix; Eighth corps, Major-Gen. Wool; Ninth corps, Major-Gen. Burnside; Tenth corps, Major-Gen. Mitchel; Eleventh corps, Major-Gen. Sedgwick; Twelfth corps, Major-Gen. Sigel. John Ross, chief of the Cherokee Indians, had an interview with President Lincoln, at Washington, this morning, with regard to the rescue of his nation from the rebels.
the outposts with a proper guard, and return each Saturday night, and go back to their work on Monday morning. This plan would be well for several considerations; mainly it would place them in a greater degree of security, and then it would place them more immediately under the eye of the Superintendent of them, and thus take away the necessity of having any assistant on each of these farms, except that of the farmer. Second. I would request that a military order be obtained from General Heintzelman, giving Superintendent of Freedmen the power to perform the marriage ceremony among them. A similar order has been passed in the Department of South-Carolina. Also a military commission (or a commission) be appointed, consisting of the military commander of the post and the Superintendent of the Freedmen and the Surgeon in charge, who shall hear causes of complaint made by them in relation to want of fidelity of parties to the marriage contract, and determine the facts and the penal
e which was, perhaps, to decide the fate of a great nation — a mighty empire — to determine whether a free Government could sustain itself. Did you do your whole duty upon that momentous occasion? The people say, No, no. Why in hell did you not have the troops about Washington within striking distance? Why were you not on the spot to support the brave General Sedgwick and his gallant troops when they carried the fortifications on the heights of Fredericks-burgh? With the assistance of Heintzelman's army thrown in at the right moment, the whole rebel army could have been completely annihilated and the nation saved from disgrace and humiliation. Instead of this, the rebel army is now invading and desolating the loyal and free States. If you had been equal to your duty and the occasion, the troops at Suffolk, Fortress Monroe, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc., etc., would have been on board of swift steamers — ready before the battle commenced — to have been concentrated and launched at th
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., The first day at Gettysburg. (search)
s were raised and moved toward the enemy. Early in June Hooker represented in strong terms the necessity of having one commander for all the troops whose operations would have an influence on those of Lee's army, and in reply was informed by Halleck that any movements he might suggest for other commands than his own would be ordered if practicable. Misunderstandings and confusion naturally resulted, and authority was given Hooker from time to time to exercise control over the troops of Heintzelman, commanding the Department of Washington, and of Schenck, commanding the Middle Department, followed, June 24th, by orders specifically placing the troops in Harper's Ferry and its vicinity at his disposal. Disregarding Ewell's movements, Hooker conformed his own to those of the enemy's main body, and crossed the Potomac at Edwards's Ferry on the 25th and 26th of June. On the 27th three army-corps under Reynolds occupied Middletown and the South Mountain passes. The Twelfth Corps was
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 2: Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (search)
quehanna. Informed of this passage, Hooker put his own Army in motion, and on the 26th and 27th crossed the River at and near Edwards's Ferry, one hundred thousand strong, having been re-enforced from the defenses around Washington, under General Heintzelman, and from Schenck's Middle Department. General Heintzelman was in command of the Department of Washington, with about 36,000 men, and Schenck's Department east of the Cumberland, included the posts of Harper's Ferry and Winchester. It General Heintzelman was in command of the Department of Washington, with about 36,000 men, and Schenck's Department east of the Cumberland, included the posts of Harper's Ferry and Winchester. It was not until Hooker was about to cross the Potomac that Halleck consented to let him have any troops from these Departments. Then he placed the forces in both at his disposal, but only nominally, for, as the text shows, when Hooker was about to use a portion of these troops in the grand movement against the invaders, Halleck interposed his authority and prevented such use. Wishing still further to increase his Army, and regarding the post at Harper's Ferry (then garrisoned, on Maryland Height
he Twentieth Indiana regiment on, 2.109. Havana, reception of Mason and Slidell at, 2.154. Hawes, Richard, made provisional governor of Kentucky by Bragg and Kirby Smith, 2.507. Hayne, Mr., Commissioner to Washington from South Carolina, 1.285. Hazard, Commander S. F., in the Burnside expedition, 2.167. Hazen, Gen., Wm. B., at the battle of Murfreesboroa, 2.546; movements of near Chattanooga, 3.125; at the battle of Chickamauga, 3.186; captures Fort McAllister, 3.412. Heintzelman, Gen., at the battle of Bull's Run, 1.598, 600; at the battle of Oak Grove, 2.417. Helena, Mo., battle at, 3.149. Henderson's Bill, La., Gen. Mower at, 3.254. Herron, Gen., his expedition up the Yazoo, 3.148. Hicks, Gov. T. H., loyal action of, 1.196; denounced as a traitor to the Southern cause, 1.197. Hilton Head, occupied by National troops, 2.122. Hindman, T. C., amendment to the constitution proposed by, 1.88. Hoffman, Col. J. W., battle of Gettysburg opened by, 3.5
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