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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 8 (search)
on an engagement in the open field. There was no question in his mind as to whipping his opponent; the only problem was how to get at him. The next morning, May 22, headquarters moved south, following the line which had been taken by Hancock's troops, which ran parallel with the Fredericksburg Railroad. The officers and menelegraph road, and as he had a shorter route than the Union forces, it appears that he reached Hanover Court-house at the head of Ewell's corps at 9:30 o'clock on May 22. His telegrams and maneuvers all go to show that he was entirely deceived in regard to Grant's movements. He reported at that time: I have learned, as yet, not Anna and the South Anna rivers, while Grant was in reality moving toward the North Anna. In these movements Lee was entirely outgeneraled. On the morning of May 22 Hancock was instructed to remain at Milford during the day, while the other corps were directed to move south by roads which would not separate them by distances
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 9 (search)
Chapter 9 Grant crosses the North Anna Sheridan Returns from his raid meeting between Grant and Burnside destroying a Railroad the enemy reinforced a Female Oddity Grant Recrosses the North Anna Hancock's corps had been fighting and marching almost continuously for over a week, both day and night, and the halt on May 22 was made to give a much-needed rest. It was a curious study to watch the effect which the constant exposure to fire had produced upon the nervous system of the troops. Their nerves had become so sensitive that the men would start at the slightest sound, and dodge at the flight of a bird or the sight of a pebble tossed past them. One of their amusements in camp at that time was to throw stones and chips past one another's heads, and raise a laugh at the active dodging and bending the body low, or jackknifing, as the men called it. This did not indicate any loss of courage; it was merely an effect produced by a temporary physical condition which th