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General Heintzelman has a peculiar way of dealing with slave-owners who come into his camp in search of fugitives. He not only refuses to let the slaves return with their masters, but he will not allow the masters to return to their homes.--Idem, Dec. 20.
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 8: from the battle of Bull Run to Paducah--Kentucky and Missouri. 1861-1862. (search)
nd proceed in double-quick time on the road toward Sudley Springs, by which we knew the columns of Colonels Hunter and Heintzelman were approaching. About the same time we observed in motion a large mass of the enemy, below and on the other side of of the battle, we were the victors and felt jubilant. At that moment, also, my brigade passed Hunter's division; but Heintzelman's was still ahead of us, and we followed its lead along the road toward Manassas Junction, crossing a small stream andng officer came in with a list of the new brigadiers just announced at the War Department, which embraced the names of Heintzelman, Keyes, Franklin, Andrew Porter, W. T. Sherman, and others, who had been colonels in the battle, and all of whom had shared the common stampede. Of course, we discredited the truth of the list; and Heintzelman broke out in his nasal voice, By--------, it's all a lie! Every mother's son of you will be cashiered. We all felt he was right, but, nevertheless, it was
neral: I have the honor to submit a preliminary report of the military operations under my charge since the evacuation of Harrison's Landing. The measure directed by the General-in-Chief was executed successfully with entire safety to my command and its material, between the fourteenth and nineteenth of August. The line of withdrawal selected was that of the mouth of the Chickahominy, Williamsburgh, and Yorktown. Upon this line the main body of the army with all its trains was moved, Heintzelman's corps crossing the Chickahominy at Jones's Bridge, and covering by its march the movement of the main column. The passage of the Lower Chickahominy was effected by means of a batteau bridge two thousand feet in length. The transfer of the army to Yorktown was completed by the nineteenth of August. The embarkation of the troops and material at Yorktown and Fortress Monroe was at once commenced, and as rapidly as the means of transportation admitted, every thing was sent forward to Acq
h, General Pope ordered Gen. Porter to be at Bristow's Station by daylight on the morning of the twenty-eighth, with Morell's, and also directed him to communicate to Banks the order to move forward to Warrenton Junction. All trains were ordered this side of Cedar Run, and to be protected by a regiment of infantry, and a section of artillery. For some unexplained reasons Porter did not comply with this order, and his corps was not in the battles of the twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth. Heintzelman's corps pressed forward to Manassas on the morning of the twenty-eighth, and forced Jackson to retreat across Bull Run by the Centreville turnpike. McDowell had succeeded in checking Lee at Thoroughfare Gap, but the latter took the road from Hopeville to Newmarket and hastened to the relief of Jackson, who was already in rapid retreat. A portion of McDowell's corps encountered the retreating column on the afternoon of the twenty-eighth, near Warrenton turnpike, and a severe but successf
e of these quotations is the following: General Heintzelman states that about five o'clock P. M., GGeneral Hooker, who commanded a division of Heintzelman's corps, in his official report to Heintzel the reader that it is a quotation from General Heintzelman's report, (Heintzelman himself having pove from McClellan's report, page 137, with Heintzelman's report in the companion volume rebellion h, 1864, in reply to inquiries of mine, General Heintzelman says: About five o'clock it was reporteevented McClellan's army being cut in two. Heintzelman's temporary headquarters were at the crossi General McClellan's report, written to General Heintzelman, to ask whether this term deserted, hadKearny's position. Having written to General Heintzelman on this subject, he replied to me in a locum for Kearny's support, and reported by Heintzelman to have entered the woods to Kearny's reliey, it will be seen that Generals Kearny and Heintzelman were the proper officers to whom Randall sh[11 more...]
ft. During the sixth and seventh, between thirty and forty stragglers were brought in from the enemy. All that were questioned spoke of a very large force of infantry occupying Malvern Heights and the adjacent country, and of from three to six regiments of cavalry. More confidence was given to the reports of prisoners than otherwise would have been done, because it was believed they had purposely thrown themselves in the way of our pickets, wishing to be captured. Many stated that General Heintzelman was in command on Malvern Hill, etc., etc. I saw nothing to indicate an intention of the enemy to occupy Malvern Hill permanently, or if such was their purpose, they had neglected the usual precaution of fortifications. I returned to my old camp on yesterday. I saw several men on the way prostrated with sunstroke, and have understood that some of the cases proved fatal. The march would have been made during the night previous, but my commissary had estimated for subsistence stores,
troit, Michigan, September 3, 1861. Brig.-General L. Thomas, Adj.-Gen. U. S. A.: General: My brigade, the Second of Heintzelman's division, marching in rear of Franklin's origade, arrived at the Sudley Ford at about half past 12 P. M., July twent, and forming a pocket, which almost enveloped the battery with its support. The enemy were first discovered by Colonel Heintzelman, lining the woods in our front. He ordered up the Zouaves, commanded by Colonel Farnham. The ground was slightly Southern papers) of twenty-nine killed and wounded. Meantime Ricketts's cannoneers were being picked off. With Colonel Heintzelman's approval, and a promise of reenforcements, I collected some one hundred Zouaves, and with Captain Downey, and otd the enemy, and retook the battery. The troops here opposed to us I believe to have been the Seventh Georgia. Colonel Heintzelman now came up and ordered us promptly forward, and with the promise of another regiment, it was my design to turn th
f Major-General George H. Thomas and decorated with a pair of chevrons and the title of lance-sergeant. Another Western boy who saw stirring service, though never formally enlisted, was the eldest son of General Grant, a year older than little Clem, when he rode with his father through the Jackson campaign and the siege of Vicksburg. There were other sons who rode with commanding generals, as did young George Meade at Gettysburg, as did the sons of Generals Humphreys, Abercrombie, and Heintzelman, as did Win and Sam Sumner, both generals in their own right to-day, as did Francis Vinton Greene, who had to be locked up to keep him from following his gallant father into the The first of the boy generals Surrounded by his staff, some of whom are older than he, sits Adelbert Ames (third from the left), a brigadiergen-eral at twenty-eight. He graduated fifth in his class at West Point on May 6, 1861, and was assigned to the artillery service. It was while serving as first-li
over the skilled and valiant foemen who for two long years had beaten them at every point, but even now they could not make it decisive, for, just as after Antietam, they had to look on while Lee and his legions were permitted to saunter easily back to the old lines along the Rapidan. They had served in succession five different masters. They had seen the stars of McDowell, McClellan, Pope, Burnside, and Hooker, one after another, effaced. They had seen such corps commanders as Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, Fitz John Porter, Sigel, Franklin, and Stoneman relieved and sent elsewhere. They had lost, killed in battle, such valiant generals as Philip Kearny, Stevens, Reno, Richardson, Mansfield, Whipple, Bayard, Berry, Weed, Zook, Vincent, and the great right arm of their latest and last Commander—John F. Reynolds, head of the First Corps, since he would not be head of the army. They had inflicted nothing like such loss upon the Army of Northern Virginia, for Stonewall Jackson had fa
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 8: Soldier Life and Secret Service. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller), The balloons with the army of the Potomac: a personal reminiscence by Professor T. S. C. Lowe, who introduced and made balloon observations on the Peninsula for the Union army. (search)
t the fortifications at Yorktown were being evacuated, and at my request General Heintzelman made a trip with me that he might confirm the truth of my discovery. Thly, there was no longer any doubt as to the object of the Confederates. General Heintzelman then accompanied me to General McClellan's headquarters for a consultatiollowing morning movements. The last shot, fired after dark, came into General Heintzelman's Camp and completely destroyed his telegraph tent and instruments, the h artillery and ammunition wagons moving toward the position occupied by General Heintzelman's command. All this information was conveyed to the commanding genera many brigades and regiments had entirely exhausted their ammunition. Brave Heintzelman rode along the line giving orders for the men to shout in order to deceive te. preventing the main portion of the army from crossing the bridge to join Heintzelman. As I reported the movements and maneuvers of the Confederates, I could s
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