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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rappahannock Station, battle of. (search)
e of the Rappahannock, at Rappahannock Station. They were about 2,000 in number. Sedgwick advanced (Nov. 7, 1863) upon each flank of the works, with the division of Gen. D. A. Russell marching upon the centre. The first brigade, under Col. P. C. Ellmaker, was in the van of Russell's division, and just before sunset, in two columns, stormed the works with fixed bayonets. The van of the stormers rushed through a thick tempest of canister-shot and bullets, followed by the remainder of the brigade, and after a struggle of a few moments the strongest redoubt was carried. In that charge the slaughter of the Unionists was fearful. At the same time two regiments of Upton's brigade charged the rifle-pits, drove the Confederates from them, and, sweeping down to the pontoon bridge, cut off the retreat of the garrison. The National loss was about 300 killed and wounded. The fruits of victory were over 1,600 prisoners, four guns, eight battle-flags, 2,000 small-arms, and the pontoon bridge.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sanger, Joseph P. 1875- (search)
Sanger, Joseph P. 1875- Military officer; born in Michigan; distinguished himself in the Civil War, receiving two brevets; accompanied General Upton on his tour of inspection of the armies of Japan, France, Austria, and England in 1875-77; was appointed inspector of volunteers with the rank of lieutenant-colonel in May, 1898; promoted brigadier-general of volunteers May 27, 1898. On Dec. 23 of the latter year he was ordered to the command of the Department of Matanzas, Cuba.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Upton, Emory 1839-1881 (search)
Upton, Emory 1839-1881 Military officer; born in Batavia, N. Y., Aug. 27, 1839; graduated at West Point in 1861, and was assigned to the artillery. He became aide to General Tyler, and was wounded in the battle of Bull Run. In the Peninsular campaign he commanded a battery, and was active in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. In the campaign against Richmond (1864) he commanded a brigade until assigned to the army under Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, where he was wounded in the battle of Winchester. Early in 1865 he commanded a division of cavalry in General Wilson's operations in Alabama and Georgia, and was distinguished in the capture of Selma. In March, 1865, he was brevetted major-general, United States army, for meritorious services during the Rebellion. He was the author of Infantry tactics for the United States army, adopted in 1867. He died in San Francisco, Cal., March 14, 1881.
Emory Upton Brigadier GeneralAug. 6, 1864, to Sept. 19, 1864. 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, Department of the Shenandoah Brigadier GeneralSept. 19, 1864. 1st Division, Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, Department of the Shenandoah Col. 121st N. Y. InfantryJuly 1, 1863, to July 2, 1863. 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac Col. 121st N. Y. InfantryJuly 4, 1863, to Aug. 5, 1863. 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac Col. 121st N. Y. InfantryNov. 6, 1863, to July 8, 1864. 2d Brigade, 1st Division, Sixth Army Corps, Army of the Pot
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Introduction (search)
mselves conspicuous, but to make the troops under them capable of the best service under every exigency of war. But the officer, to whom the regiment was most indebted for the development of its brilliant individuality, was undoubtedly Colonel Emory Upton. He came to it soon after its entry into active service, a recent graduate of West Point, with a fine reputation, attained by efficient service during the previous campaign as an artillery officer. Eagerly efficient, strict, yet just in raduate of West Point, with a fine reputation, attained by efficient service during the previous campaign as an artillery officer. Eagerly efficient, strict, yet just in discipline, wise in administration, cool and fearless in danger, he was able to win and hold the respect and admiration of the men under him, and to mold them into the model fighting regiment that they became. To the present day, every survivor of the regiment is proud to have served under the command of General Emory Upton.
m runs as high as ever. We are glad to learn and hear something of our comrades of the 5th Maine to-day. Their representative assures us that we are not forgotten. Conditions with them are about the same as with us. At their annual reunions they speak of us, as we do of them to-night. How well we remember the old days, and how pleasant to recall the many thrilling incidents which connected us so closely! With our two regiments on the front line facing the enemy, led by the gallant Colonels Upton and Edwards, we had that feeling that the Japs must have had when facing the Russians in the present Eastern war, that we can whip everything before us, and we generally did it, too. We do not forget the life and services of the faithful Chaplain, John R. Adams, who remained with us after the return home of the 5th Maine. The death of this honored officer only increases our affection for them all. We love to let our memories run back to those days and call up in our minds those stron
n of their general officers. Very respectfully, (Signed) Jos. J. Bartlett, Colonel Commanding Brigade. The losses of the 16th N. Y. in this engagement, was twenty enlisted men killed and one officer, and forty enlisted men wounded. The unusual percentage of the killed to the wounded no doubt resulted from the fact that the enemy fired from above and their bullets took effect in the head and upper part of the body of any one who was hit. It is worthy of note that in this battle, General Upton (then Captain) was in command of the artillery of the division. At the close of the battle the 121st was brought to the front and the task assigned them of hunting up straggling Rebels and guard duty. What the task of gathering up the wounded means, is vividly described in General N. M. Curtis' History of the 16th N. Y. in connection with this battle. Lieut. Wilson Hopkins was in command of the ambulance corps of the Division and this was his first service in that capacity. He wrote
Colonel Franchott succeeded by Colonel Upton Upton's previous service and character forward movement under McClellan Upton's discipline Burnside Succeeds McClellan reorganization by Burnside anchot, and the appointment in his place of Emory Upton. Colonel Franchot had shown ability in there doing so, he used his influence to have Captain Upton appointed Colonel of the 121st, and for thratitude of every member of the regiment. Colonel Upton was commissioned on September 25th, and betive warfare. After taking formal command Colonel Upton obtained a leave of absence for a few dayseliable of the organizations of the Army. Colonel Upton was a young man, twenty-two years of age,ed for three days. Here for the first time Colonel Upton's strict discipline began to be felt. He wonder that the regiment soon became known as Upton's regulars, and that General Meade on a subseqke was in command of the Brigade, and when Colonel Upton asked permission to take his regiment back[5 more...]
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 5: the battle of Fredericksburg (search)
ht I think, moved among the gunners giving orders and directions. Our Colonel, Upton, went up to the guns and had some talk with the officer in command. All the whwas killed, and one of Company G named Wilson, was killed. Shortly after Colonel Upton rode along the line and ordered some of the men and one officer up to the lsite for the camp of the 121st at White Oak Church was not satisfactory to Colonel Upton. Being in the middle of a dense wood it did not give opportunity for instre gone with them had we been permitted. But that was out of the question. Colonel Upton had instituted a rigid school of instruction, and subjected the officers to results became so noticeable to the older regiments that they began to call us Upton's regulars and we soon became the best disciplined and best drilled regiment incrush the enemy was soon to be undertaken. It is needless to write that Colonel Upton exerted himself to the utmost to provide the regiment with every advantage
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 6: the Chancellorsville campaign (search)
began to communicate itself to us. Our officers were eagerly scanning the point of danger. Colonel Upton among the guns of the battery giving directions and advice, seemed to be very much concernedy inured to army life in all its phases. They made a sturdy fight against their detention. Colonel Upton called them up, explained to them their position and the position of the government, and hisar! The general rose up, and grasping me by the hand, said, Why, bless my soul, were you one of Upton's men? I said, Yes, General! He said, Why I didn't know that any of you got away but Upton, anUpton, and he was as brave a man as I ever saw. Why, he rode through our line and back, and though we emptied a hundred rifles at him he escaped unhurt. We killed his horse and his men. Why we covered the grederal army that could have driven my men off, finely posted and sheltered as they were. But if Upton had had another line coming up fifty or a hundred paces in the rear I think we must have yielded
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