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em to retreat beyond the heights south of Fredericksburgh. In their flight they set fire to the brof the Rappahannock, immediately opposite Fredericksburgh, was found almost entirely deserted. Sevge, that had been only slightly damaged. Fredericksburgh is virtually in our possession, as our cad a considerable amount of shipping is at Fredericksburgh. The cars are busily running to and from Rebel account of the occupation. Fredericksburgh, April 21, 1862. To the Editor of the Ricthe advance of the Federal forces reached Fredericksburgh Thursday afternoon. As late as midnight Tom Falmouth, and making their way through Fredericksburgh into the country back of it. I have no de entire force had evacuated the town, and Fredericksburgh lay at the feet of the Yankees. The Con interview with the civil authorities of Fredericksburgh. An arrangement was finally made, by whi Justice to the people and authorities of Fredericksburgh requires that this much should be publish[2 more...]
Gen. McClellan and Command: The Fortieth Alabama regiment have been sitting very quiet for the last four hours, listening to our guns belching vengeance to your lines. You might as well attempt to change the run of the James River as to subjugate the Confederacy. Vale! Vale! Co. K, 40th Ala. II. Why have the rebels not been so completely surrounded that any movement would have been utterly impossible without a battle? Perhaps because Gen. McDowell's command was ordered to Fredericksburgh, and its control taken away from Gen. McClellan, at the moment when the latter had ordered it to proceed to Urbana, on the Rappahannock, and push for the rebel rear. Perhaps because the Merrimac has prevented such boats as Commodore Goldsborough has had from sailing up the rivers. Perhaps because McClellan had landed all his force at Old Point before knowing that he was to be deprived of McDowell's corps d'armee. Perhaps because we are getting thus far bravely on to Richmond and all i
work, which history shall fitly preserve and time never wipe out. The outline of operations is briefly this: For some days past the enemy have been throwing forces upon our right flank, in the direction of Hanover Court-House, extending their pickets to Old Church, thus annoying our right and even threatening our communications with our waterbase. It became necessary to dispose of this force, as well as to cut the communications of the enemy by the Virginia Central and Richmond and Fredericksburgh railroads. A heavy force was therefore thrown suddenly between Richmond and Hanover yesterday morning, two spirited and even severe engagements fought, the enemy totally dispersed with heavy loss, our flank cleared, and the railroad disabled. The force selected for this important work was Gen. G. W. Morell's division of Gen. Fitz-John Porter's Fifth Provisional Army Corps. I have in former letters fitly spoken of this spirited and admirably disciplined body of men. No words of adul
of the expedition was kept a profound secret, (so essential to success,) and was known to my command only as the actual march developed it. The force was quietly concentrated beyond the Chickahominy, near Kilby's Station, on the Richmond, Fredericksburgh, and Potomac Railroad, and moved thence parallel to and to the left of that road. Scouts were kept far to the right to ascertain the enemy's whereabouts, and advancedguard flankers and rear-guard to secure our column against surprise. I purposely directed my first day's march toward Louisa, so as to favor the idea of reenforcing Jackson, and camped just opposite Hanover Court-House, near Southanna Bridge, (Richmond, Fredericksburgh, and Potomac Railroad,) twenty-two miles from Richmond. Our noiseless bivouac was broken early next morning, and without flag or bugle sound, we resumed our march, none but one knew whither. I, however, immediately took occasion to make known my instructions and plans confidently to the regimental c
started his advance from the vicinity of Fredericksburgh at four o'clock P. M. of Saturday, and atame corps it was thought best to leave at Fredericksburgh, to cover the crossing of the Rappahannoct advisable, in view of my relations with Fredericksburgh, to concentrate my whole force in the dirmain body, I had telegraphed Gen. King at Fredericksburgh to move forward on the eighth, by the lowkeep myself closely in communication with Fredericksburgh, to which point the army of the Potomac wwould be able to interpose between me and Fredericksburgh, or to make any attempt upon the Orange aes again to assume my communications with Fredericksburgh. I append herewith orders and despatcheso longer keep open my communications with Fredericksburgh, and oppose the crossing of the Rappahannow it. It is about thirty-five miles from Fredericksburgh to this point. (Signed) Jno. Pope, Maggest that all the forces being sent from Fredericksburgh be pushed forward immediately as far as t[14 more...]
ls commenced the fight with ten thousand men, General Ewell in command, who were reinforced by Jackson with five thousand more before six o'clock P. M., the balance of Jackson's army getting up early in the night. They claim their combined force to be from fifty to sixty thousand strong. By a break in the telegraph the reception of Gen. Pope's order to Gen. King to join him with his admirable division was delayed twenty-four hours. He however started his advance from the vicinity of Fredericksburgh at four o'clock P. M. of Saturday, and at eight o'clock yesterday morning had reached Elk Run ford, so he is doubtless up with the main army by this hour. From our own knowledge of the situation we feel sure that the reception of this important addition to his fine army has already been taken advantage of by Major-Gen. Pope, and that he is again in motion towards Gordonsville. His men all believe him irresistible, and feel certain that signal victory will attend his movements at their
ted in the vicinity of Falmouth, opposite Fredericksburgh. When I first assumed command of these f Gen. Halleck, I instructed Gen. King, at Fredericksburgh, to send forward detachments of his cavalful, and keep my communications good with Fredericksburgh, and by no means to permit the enemy to ikeep myself closely in communication with Fredericksburgh, to which point the army of the Potomac wnd me to keep in close communication with Fredericksburgh; but I instructed Gen. Sigel, who occupiewould be able to interpose between me and Fredericksburgh, or to make any attempt upon the Orange aes again to assume my communications with Fredericksburgh. I append herewith orders and despatchesof the lower fords of the Rappahannock to Fredericksburgh, so as to bring me in immediate contact wggest that all the forces being sent from Fredericksburgh be pushed forward immediately as far as t of the arrival of any of the forces from Fredericksburgh at the fords below, though I have withdra[13 more...]
road branch to Charleston, S. C., and on one other branch to Richmond, Va.; occupying between Memphis and Chattanooga important intermediate points, say Grand Junction, Corinth, Decatur, and Stevenson. Between Chattanooga and Charleston I would occupy, say, Dalton, Atlanta, Union Point, Augusta, Branchville, and, possibly, Columbia, S. C. Between Chattanooga and Richmond 1 would occupy, say, Knoxville, Abington, Wytheville, Lynchburgh, Charlottesville, Burksville; and Richmond and Fredericksburgh should also be occupied. Just as soon as the points indicated are recovered from the enemy they should permanently be occupied by a military force. The important strategic points, such as Chattanooga, Memphis, and Richmond, should be strongly fortified without delay. I have thus, in a brief manner, stated what I consider the best disposition to be made in a military point of view. Considered politically, I am convinced that the lines are not without their advantages. They pass
al report of General Pope. headquarters of the army of Virginia, Washington, July 21, 1862. To Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War: the cavalry expedition I directed Gen. King to send out, on the nineteenth, has returned. They left Fredericksburgh at seven P. M. on the nineteenth, and after a forced march during the night, made a descent at daylight in the morning upon the Virginia Central Railroad at Beaver Dam Creek, twenty-five miles west of Hanover Junction, and thirty-five milesaccount. Richmond, July 28. We have received a full and correct account of the raid made by the Harris cavalry upon the depot at Beaver Dam, Hanover County, on Sunday morning last. From the best information it appears that they left Fredericksburgh on Saturday evening about four o'clock, and came some fourteen miles of the way that night. Early Sunday morning they came on to Beaver Dam, where they arrived about eight o'clock. Here they found nothing to oppose them, and they at once se
tion, sent out by Gen. King on the twenty-second, from Fredericksburgh, returned last evening. Early yesterday morning theationed near Carmel Church, on the telegraph line from Fredericksburgh to Richmond, burnt their camp and six cars loaded withnor to report that in obedience to your orders, I left Fredericksburgh at four o'clock P. M., the twenty-second instant, withe the boldness to follow. At twelve M. we started for Fredericksburgh, and reached camp at eleven P. M. of the same day. tenant-Colonel Commanding A National account. Fredericksburgh, July 24, 1869. Immediately upon the heels of the b rebels followed them up to within a short distance of Fredericksburgh. Finding that they could not overtake us, they proceeyn Fourteenth, under Capt. Mallory. Sixteen miles from Fredericksburgh, at the junction of the Bowling Green and Newmarket ro the track. The party then returned to camp, reaching Fredericksburgh last night at twelve o'clock, having marched seventy-f
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