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Yorktown and Williamsburg. Recollections of a private.--Iii. Warren Lee Goss. Wagon train. It was with open-eyed wonder that, as part of McClellan's army, we arrived at Old Point Comfort and gazed upon Fort Monroe, huge and frowning. Negroes were everywhere, and went about their work with an air of importance born of their new-found freedom. These were the contrabands for whom General Butler had recently invented that sobriquet. We pitched our tents amid the charred and blackene
the corner of the church a big hole showed that some one with a greater desire for possessing curiosities than reverence for ancient landmarks had been digging for the corner-stone and its buried mementos.
Along the shore which looks toward Fort Monroe were landed artillery, baggage-wagons, pontoon trains and boats, and the level land back of this was crowded with the tents of the soldiers.
Here and there were groups frying hard-tack and bacon.
Near at hand was the irrepressible army mule,
Yorktown and Williamsburg. Recollections of a private.--Iii. Warren Lee Goss. Wagon train.
whose destinies they presided.
On our way to Yorktown our pontoon and baggage trains were sometimes was brought
Skirmish at Lee's Mills before Yorktown, April 16, 1862.
[see map, P. 188.] from a s . to a standstill, with the right in front of Yorktown, and the left by the enemy's works at Lee's m of the impediments to an immediate attack on Yorktown was the difficulty of using light artillery i n force.
We had settled down to the siege of Yorktown; began bridging the streams between us and th doned the works
Union mortar-battery before Yorktown.
From a photograph. at Yorktown, the command er) at the junction of two roads running from Yorktown to Williamsburg, and small redoubts on each s ew York regiment in camp at ship point, below Yorktown.
[see map, P. 188.] from a War-time sketch. to his support.
These divisions marched from Yorktown on parallel roads until Smith's column was ha [1 more...]
Yorktown and Williamsburg. Recollections of a private.--Iii. Warren Lee Goss. Wagon train. It was
Johnston's rear-guard about noon, six miles from Williamsburg, and skirmished with the cavalry of Stuart, foll n he was confronted by a line of redoubts before Williamsburg.
The works consisted of a large fort (Magruder) e junction of two roads running from Yorktown to Williamsburg, and small redoubts on each side of this, making s column, and, immediately on the arrival before Williamsburg, formed the brigades of Hancock and Brooks for a lt to penetrate.
A mile away lay the village of Williamsburg.
We were soon sent out as skirmishers, with rom time to time to countermarch to the field at Williamsburg, relieving those whose ammunition was exhausted y Hooker earlier in the day. The heavy losses at Williamsburg fell upon Hooker and Kearny, the division of the morning we marched through quaint, old-fashioned Williamsburg.
The most substantial buildings of the town wer