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oversight of military operations in Virginia. Meade's army had not only been brought to a high dego put into execution by ordering an advance of Meade's army to the Germanna and Ely fords of the Ra Sufficiently informed of what was going on in Meade's army, and expecting an early advance, now th of the old Wilderness tavern, where Grant and Meade, accompanied by Assistant Secretary of War Dan skirmish, which held the Federals in check as Meade developed his lines of battle, along the fieldnes of Federals drawn up in battle array, when Meade's skirmishers suddenly advanced from the pine illery, and had good promise that he would cut Meade's line of movement. Just then Ewell received in check, in desultory engagement, and forced Meade to hesitate in pressing an advance beyond Lee'd withdraw two farther to the east. Grant and Meade were apprehensive, during all the 7th, that Lent plan of campaign. He was no longer urging Meade to hunt for Lee, and was looking anxiously for[2 more...]
y did attack, sent a single division at a time and was constantly repulsed. The general attack, which Generals Grant and Meade directed, was never made, for reasons I have not yet been able to learn; but successive assaults were made upon this and guard the trains. Warren has gained nothing. His attacks were made in the forenoon, with so much delay, that Grant and Meade were greatly dissatisfied; but when they were made they were unsuccessful, though attended with considerable loss. The rred from the long day's work, and the chances of success were so much short of certainty, that General Wright advised General Meade to postpone the attempt, and accordingly the obstinate battle was allowed to pause here. The results of the day are,ed that, in changing his lines, Lee had uncovered the roads leading southward along his right, and that Grant had ordered Meade to withdraw Warren from the right and Wright from the center, around to the left, turn Lee's flank, and force him to move
ong the line of the Richmond & Fredericksburg railroad toward Richmond, his advance reaching Milford station during the night of the 21st Grant's losses, since he crossed the Rapidan, on May 4th, had been over 37,000; half of these in the Wilderness battles and the other half in those of Spottsylvania Court House. Lee had lost about one-third of that number. Dana states that the Federal losses were a little over 33,000, and that when Grant expressed great regret at the loss of so many men, Meade remarked: Well, General, we can't do these little tricks without losses. Apprised, by his scouts, of Grant's movement, Lee dispatched Ewell, whom he accompanied, at noon of the 21st, from the right of his position at Spottsylvania Court House across the country to Mud tavern and on the Telegraph or old stage road from Washington via Fredericksburg to Richmond as far as Dickinson's mill, where he encamped that night, nearer to Hanover Junction than was Grant's advance at Milford station, a
t last evening and attacked. . . . To relieve General Warren, who was on our left, speedily, General Meade ordered an attack by the balance of our line. General Hancock was the only one who receive to attack Cold Harbor, and Warren had failed to execute his orders, and both Generals Grant and Meade are so intensely disgusted with these failures of Wright and Warren, that a change has been maderavery on the part of the soldiery had rarely been surpassed, are given in the reports of Major-General Meade, and the subordinate reports accompanying it. In his dispatch of June 5th, Dana statermy, and that, at that date, it contained 115,000 fighting men. He concludes: Generals Grant and Meade agree that Lee's whole command, here and south of Richmond, is now 80,000, exclusive of any mereng and memorable siege of Petersburg began. Grant, after Butler's repulse of the 18th, wrote to Meade, giving the keynote of his future intentions: Now we will rest the men and use the spade for the
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The honor roll of the University of Virginia, from the times-dispatch, December 3, 1905. (search)
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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The crisis of the Confederacy (search)
they equalled infantry in deadly work and staying-power and were enabled to excel them in mobility and dash by means of their horses. Gettysburg, the author considers the turning point of the war, and that if Lee had there completely defeated Meade it would have ended the contest victoriously for the South. His account of the battle is good—though he errs in numbers—but the main causes to which is attributed the failure to rout the Federal army are not given sufficient prominence. That th last if Longstreet had executed Lee's orders, and attacked vigorously early in the morning of July 2. Also if Longstreet had earnestly attacked and vigorously supported, as Lee ordered, on July 3, it is clear that the blow would have demolished Meade. The author speaks in several places of divisions coming out of charges with dripping bayonets. This must be considered only a figure of speech, for it is doubtful if on a large scale bayonets ever crossed, minie bullets doing the business.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.19 (search)
there was planned at Colonel Power's headquarters, by Captain McKowen, who commanded a company of scouts, an expedition for fearlessness and recklessness almost without a parallel. Captain McKowen knew not what fear was, and after obtaining permission from Colonel Powers, proceeded to at once carry out his project, which was to capture Major General Neal Dow, of the Federal Army, commanding a division in front of Port Hudson. It may be remembered that while Lee and Jackson were confronting Meade's Army in Virginia, a desperate effort was made by a cavalry division, under command of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren, to force its way into Richmond, with instructions to destroy and burn the hateful city, and not allow the rebel leader, Davis, and his traitorous crew to escape. Once in the city, it must be destroyed and Davis and his cabinet killed. Dahlgren was killed and his force routed, and these orders were found on his body. The Washington government then threatened to execute a number
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Gettysburg-Pickett's charge. (search)
ly have had his whole army concentrated in Gettysburg on the 1st of July, and could easily have enveloped and crushed the enemy's advanced corps, and then defeated Meade in detail. But as it was, the encounter of the advance of the Federal army was a surprise to Lee. Hill had on the 30th of June encamped with two of his divisions,t bivouacked on the positions won. I am thus particular to locate our troops in order to show who may be responsible for any errors of the next day. Inasmuch as Meade's army was not fully up, it required no great generalship to determine that it would be to our advantage to make an attack as early in the next morning as possibleme idea of the relative strength and positions of the two armies, and of the topography of the country. Before the battle of Gettysburg opened on the 1st of July, Meade's army consisted of seven army corps which, with artillery and cavalry, numbered 105,000. Lee's army consisted of three army corps which, with artillery and caval
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Lee at Gettysburg. (search)
e peaceful place. Neither General Lee nor General Meade ever thought of making it a battlefield, nt by the choice of Lee nor by the foresight of Meade that the Federal army found itself placed on ltimore and the Tarrytown roads, and along them Meade's rapidly arriving corps found ways prepared. b of the fish-hook. At sunrise that morning Meade's divisions were widely scattered. Less than ck in the evening found the complete defeat of Meade's left wing. Wright's Georgians went steadilyy have occupied the Tarrytown road, in rear of Meade's army. And the opportunity of the second daynd that the Round Tops were heavily occupied. Meade had reinforced his left with the Fifth and Sixity of over 13,000 in favor of the army of General Meade. But on June 27th, General Hooker, urgingking a disparity of 36,000. In round numbers, Meade's army was one-fourth more than Lee's. The John Pope, Ambrose Burnside, Joseph Hooker, George Meade, and Ulysses Grant, before whose almost unl[11 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Twelfth Alabama Infantry, Confederate States Army. (search)
Pierce Ware returned to the company in time for the fight. Our forces fought Meade's command all day, and the cannonading was wonderfully distinct and terrific. the old camp ground we occupied before our tramp to Bristow Station, after General Meade in October. Just one month from the time we left we returned. As sleep habama relieved them. Completed our rude fortifications and are ready to welcome Meade and his cohorts to hospitable graves. Nov. 24th. Expected President Davis t M., Nov. 26th, we were suddenly aroused and hurried towards Jacob's Ford where Meade had crossed part of his army. Battle of Locust Grove, Nov. 27th. In afterkably quiet day. Not a cannon shot fired and scarcely a report from a musket. Meade was plainly making some movement but we could not discover what. The intenselythe story, as I never suffered more in my life. December 2. We learned that Meade had crossed most of his force at Jacob's and Germanna Fords, and that the chanc
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