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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
irit—the light-footed skirmishers leaping and springing up the slopes and ledges with the nimbleness of the coney. It was found that, owing to the precipitous figure of the mountain sides, the hostile artillery did little hurt; but the Confederate riflemen, fighting behind rocks and trees and stone walls, opposed a persistent resistance. They were, however, forced back, step by step; and by dark, Hooker's troops had carried the crest on the right of the gap. Now, as simultaneous with this, Gibbon with his brigade had worked his way by the main road well up towards the top of the pass, and as Reno's corps had gained a firm foothold on the crest to the left of the pass, it seemed that the position was carried; and though it was by this time too dark to push through to the western side of the mountain, yet the whole army was up, and with the position secured would in the morning force an issue by its own pressure. Yet these successes were not gained without a heavy sacrifice. Fifteen
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 7 (search)
hich remained yet in the town. In obedience to his instructions, Franklin threw forward Meade's division, supported by Gibbon's division on the right, with Doubleday's in reserve for any emergency. Meade advanced across the plain, but had not proon to Burnside's prescription of one division at least for the column of attack, had put in not only Meade's division but Gibbon's division and Doubleday's division, making the whole of Reynolds' corps. Doubleday, early in the attack, was turned off to the left to meet a menace by the enemy from that direction; but Gibbon advanced on the right of Meade, and, though he did not push on as far as the latter, he helped stem the hostile return, and assisted in the withdrawal of Meade's shattered linordered forward Birney's division of Stoneman's corps; and Birney arrived in such time that, when the troops of Meade and Gibbon were broken and flying in confusion, he presented a firm line that checked the Confederate pursuit. As I advanced with m
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 8 (search)
late that night. This left Sedgwick with only his own (Sixth) corps; but it was a powerful corps, numbering some twenty-two thousand men. In addition to this, Gibbon's division of Couch's corps held Falmouth, and observed the river and the north side of Banks' Ford. Now, it is a question which will present itself to the mif Sunday, Sedgwick occupied Fredericksburg, but a small force thrown forward before daylight to seize the enemy's works behind the town was immediately repulsed. Gibbon's division of Couch's corps, which had been holding Falmouth, then crossed to join him. For the defence of Fredericksburg, General Lee had left behind Early's was not successful. The enemy made a demonstration against the extreme right, which was easily repulsed by General Early.—Lee: Report of Chancellorsville, p. 11. Gibbon's division, on the right of Sedgwick, then essayed to move round the left of the Confederate position; but this was foiled by the canal covering that entire flank
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 9 (search)
umphreys, whose left was greatly exposed, and whose right was thrown much out of position. To support that flank, General Hancock sent forward two regiments from Gibbon's division (the Fifteenth Massachusetts, under Colonel Ward, and the Eighty-second New York, under Colonel Huston), and to cover the gap on the left, he detached force held itself braced to receive the impact. When at length the hostile lines had approached to between two and three hundred yards, the divisions of Hays and Gibbon of the Second Corps opened a destructive fire, and repeated it in rapid succession. This sally had the effect to instantly reveal the unequal metal of the assais was sadly attested in the thousands of dead and wounded that lay on the plain. The loss in officers was again especially heavy; and among the wounded were Generals Gibbon and Hancock; but the latter did not leave the field till he learned the tidings of the discomfiture of the enemy. After the repulse of Pickett's assault, W
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 11 (search)
line. Half-past 4 P. M., Carroll's brigade of Gibbon's division advanced to the support of Getty's ad; and a few minutes later, Owen's brigade of Gibbon's division was also ordered into action in supommand, The brigades of Owen and Carroll of Gibbon's division supported. and pushed forward on thccessful advance of his right, he directed General Gibbon to advance with Barlow's division, and pret Todd's Tavern. though one division (that of Gibbon) was in the afternoon sent forward towards Spo In obedience to this order, the divisions of Gibbon and Birney were retired, the rear of the latteond Corps, the brigades of Webb and Carroll of Gibbon's division, had at eleven A. M. engaged in an s right; Mott's division supported Birney, and Gibbon's division was held in reserve. At half-pas, but without success. The Corcoran Legion of Gibbon's division was particularly marked on this occ themselves in an astonishingly short time. Gibbon's advance was simultaneous with Barlow's; but [11 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 12 (search)
d Harrison's Creek. Accordingly, Birney's and Gibbon's divisions were turned to the right, leaving wards Petersburg, and the column (Birney's and Gibbon's troops) was turned in that direction, arrivited his division officers, Generals Birney and Gibbon, that all such ground between their positions About noon an unsuccessful assault was made by Gibbon's division, Second Corps. Martindale's advancd Barlow (pivoting on the right division under Gibbon, which was already in close contact with the eal entire regiments and a battery, and carried Gibbon's intrenchments — the rest of the original lin, except a small force left at the Potteries. Gibbon's division (temporarily under Colonel Smythe) which this work was this day assigned (that of Gibbon), had, however, hardly left its intrenchments for the only reserve present was a brigade of Gibbon's division under Colonel Rugg, and this could t. Accordingly, General Egan (then commanding Gibbon's division of Hancock's corps), deployed two o[7 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 13 (search)
mond front to the lines before Petersburg. His active force embraced two divisions of the Twenty-fourth Corps, under General Gibbon; one division of the Twentyfifth Corps, under Brigadier-General Birney, and a small division of cavalry, under Brigaduns and six hundred prisoners. On reaching the lines immediately around Petersburg, a part of Ord's command, under General Gibbon, began an assault with the view to break through to the city. The attack was directed against Forts Gregg and Alexanmbering two hundred and fifty men; and this handful of skilled marksmen conducted the defence with such intrepidity, that Gibbon's forces, surging repeatedly against it, were each time thrown back. At length, at seven A. M., a renewed charge carrieders had been reduced to thirty; and it is calculated that each of these riflemen struck down at least two assailants, for Gibbon's loss was above five hundred men. The other fort found no such defenders, and readily fell. This being accomplished, th