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his part of it. We then returned to our respective forces, and a few minutes later the fifteen ran to the right flank as agreed upon, and we opened fire on the one Indian left standing alone, bringing him down in his tracks severely wounded by a shot through the shoulder. While all this was going on, the other bands of the reservation, several thousand strong, had occupied the surrounding hills for the purpose of witnessing the fight, for as the Rogue Rivers had been bragging General A. T. A. Torbert. for some time that they could whip the soldiers, these other Indians had come out to see it done. The result, however, disappointed the spectators, and the Rogue Rivers naturally lost caste. The fifteen men now came in and laid down their arms (including my six-shooter) in front of us as agreed, but I compelled them to take the surrendered guns up again and carry them to the post, where they were deposited in the block-house for future security. The prisoners were ironed with b
ommissary of Subsistence. Surgeon Roger W. Pease, Medical Director. Captain Michael V. Sheridan, Aide-de-camp. Captain Thomas W. C. Moore, Aide-de-camp. escort. Sixth United States Cavalry, Captain Ira W. Claflin. first division. Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. first brigade. Brigadier-General George A. Custer. First Michigan, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Stagg. Fifth Michigan, Colonel Russell A. Alger. Sixth Michigan, Major James H. Kidd. Seventh Michigan, Major Henry W. Granger. Second br(First Dragoons), Colonel Alfred Gibbs. Sixth Pennsylvania, Major James Starr. First United States, Captain Nelson B. Sweitzer. Second United States, Captain Theophilus F. Rodenbough. Fifth United States, Captain Abraham K. Arnold. Brigadier-General A. T. A. Torbert was in command of the First Division, which was composed of three brigades; BrigadierGeneral D. McM. Gregg, of the Second, consisting of two brigades; and Brigadier-General J. H. Wilson was afterward assigned to command the Third, a
the Pamunkey River at and near Hanovertown. Torbert having recovered from the illness which overttask of carrying out the initial manoeuvres. Torbert started for Taylor's ford on the Pamunkey wit thirty and forty prisoners. The remainder of Torbert's division followed this brigade and advanceddon's brigade of Confederate cavalry was met. Torbert attacked this force with Devin's brigade, whi little stream called Crump's Creek, and here Torbert was halted, Gregg moving up on his line meanwing, meanwhile, for the other two brigades of Torbert, but these were not available at the time-on vigilant watch on the enemy with Gregg's and Torbert's divisions. As soon as I had taken position who was being reinforced by infantry. I met Torbert at Custer's headquarters, and found that the cution, and ordering Gregg to come forward to Torbert's support with such troops as he could spare t intended that we should cross; so Gregg and Torbert lay quiet in camp at Bottom's bridge and at O[14 more...]
the expedition, I decided to take Gregg's and Torbert's, leaving Wilson's behind to continue with tafter setting out, we began to drive them in. Torbert had the lead with Merritt's and Devin's brigauster had struck the enemy's rear, I directed Torbert to press the line in front of Merritt and Devy. While Gregg was thus occupied, I directed Torbert to make a reconnoissance up the Gordonsville joined him about noon by a roundabout march. Torbert soon hotly engaged this line, and by the impehough I brought up one of Gregg's brigades to Torbert's assistance, yet the by-road I coveted was sdivision crossed the Pamunkey dismounted, and Torbert's crossed mounted. As soon as the troops werwould permit, and the morning of the 22d sent Torbert's division ahead to secure Jones's bridge on To secure the crossing at Jones's bridge, Torbert had pushed Devin's brigade out on the Long Brwagons. Just beyond Charles City Court House Torbert encountered Lomax's brigade, which he drove a[2 more...]
ghout the expedition. The moment I received orders from General Meade to go to the relief of Wilson, I hastened with Torbert and Gregg by way of Prince George Court House and Lee's Mills to Ream's Station. Here I found the Sixth Corps, which MeNew Market road were soon driven in on their main line, and the high ground before the house was immediately occupied by Torbert and Gregg, supported by Kautz's division. By the time the cavalry line was formed the Confederate General Kershaw, withavalry, and lost about two hundred and fifty prisoners and two battle-flags. The counter attack against the infantry by Torbert and Gregg re-established our line and gave us the victory of Darbytown, but it also demonstrated the fact that General Las relieved from the personal command of the Cavalry Corps, and ordered to the Shenandoah Valley, where at a later date Torbert's and Wilson's divisions joined me. Practically, after I went to the valley, my command of the Cavalry Corps became supe
Millwood to Winchester and Petticoat Gap. You will seize all mules, horses, and cattle that may be useful to our army. Loyal citizens can bring in their claims against the Government for this necessary destruction. No houses will be burned, and officers in charge of this delicate but necessary duty must inform the people that the object is to make this valley untenable for the raiding parties of the rebel army. Very respectfully, P. H. Sheridan, Major-General Commanding. Brigadier-General A. T. A. Torbert, Chief of Cavalry, Middle Military Division. During his visit to General Hunter at the Monocacy, General Grant had not only decided to retain in the Shenandoah Valley a large force sufficient to defeat Early's army or drive it back to Lee, but he had furthermore determined to make that section, by the destruction of its supplies, untenable for continued occupancy by the Confederates. This would cut off one of Lee's main-stays in the way of subsistence, and at the same tim
enry A. Du Pont. cavalry: Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. escort: First Rhode Island, at 3 o'clock that morning. The plan was for Torbert to advance with Merritt's division of cavalryed by the attack near Stephenson's depot that Torbert's cavalry was to make, and from which I was momentarily expecting to hear. No news of Torbert's progress came, however, so, yielding at last, I, informing him that I had just got word that Torbert was driving the enemy in confusion along the he enemy's left; and assured by the fact that Torbert had stampeded the Confederate cavalry and thr left to meet Crook's attack. To confront Torbert, Patton's brigade of infantry and some of Fit of the Valley pike and Merritt on the east, Torbert began to drive this opposing force toward Winnted during the war for a mounted attack, and Torbert was not slow to take advantage of it. The inse Early tried hard to stem the tide, but soon Torbert's cavalry began passing around his left flank[1 more...]
ten Mountain near New Market, gain his rear. Torbert started in good season, and after some slightfor the situation save to renew and emphasize Torbert's orders, and this was done at once, notwithsave been unable to account satisfactorily for Torbert's failure. No doubt, Wickham's position neararing discord on account of Averell's ranking Torbert, authorized me to relieve the former officer, my army by the return of the Sixth Corps and Torbert's cavalry to the Army of the Potomac would taoss and in pretty good order. All hope of Torbert's appearing in rear of the Confederates vanisow up the railroad bridge. Having done this, Torbert, as he returned, was to drive off whatever caarding the destruction of supplies. While Torbert was on this expedition, Merritt had occupied that point, I ordered the infantry there, but Torbert's attack at Waynesboroa had alarmed Early, anorhood of Mt. Crawford to await the return of Torbert, and to post Crook at Harrisonburg; these dis[6 more...]
for not pursuing Early through the Blue Ridge General Torbert detailed to give General Rosser a drubbing Gen the enemy's eyes in earnest, so that night I told Torbert I expected him either to give Rosser a drubbing ne and the two divisions moved forward together under Torbert's direction, with a determination to inflict on thees of Merritt and Custer. In the fight and pursuit Torbert took eleven pieces of artillery, with their caissontion of Cedar Creek and the Shenandoah River, while Torbert retained both Merritt and Custer on the right of th of the 15th I ordered all of the cavalry under General Torbert to accompany me to Front Royal, again intendingnel J. Howard Kitching. cavalry. Brigadier-General Alfred T. A. Torbert. escort. First Rhode Island, Majo we held at Cedar Creek when the battle began. General Torbert was the first officer to meet me, saying as he tic stand was made until Getty's division, aided by Torbert's cavalry, which Wright had ordered to the left ear
Petersburg, as was definitely ascertained by Torbert in a reconnoissance to Mount Jackson. At thifor the purpose, but when I informed him that Torbert's reconnoissance had developed the fact that r I started the cavalry out for that purpose, Torbert, with Merritt and Powell, marching through Ched toward Staunton to make a demonstration in Torbert's favor, hoping to hold the enemy's troops ininfantry was sent to Charlottesville to check Torbert, but this had already been done by Lomax, wittes had been closely observing the columns of Torbert and Custer, and in consequence of the knowlednding Rosser down the valley to meet Custer. Torbert in the performance of his task captured two pdress without delay, Fifth expedition: General Torbert's raid to Gordonsville. and in answer toevery remnant of organized Confederates. General Torbert being absent on leave at this time, I didpointed General Merritt Chief of Cavalry, for Torbert had disappointed me on two important occasion