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Port Gibson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
January 11, 1863. Lieutenant-General Pemberton, Port Gibson. The object of the expedition under Van Dorn wnant-General Pemberton's report of the battles of Port Gibson, Baker's Creek, and the siege of Vicksburg. eral troops were at Bethel Church, ten miles from Port Gibson, at three o'clock on the morning of the 29th, andarmy being then in position three miles south of Port Gibson, that General Baldwin was entering the latter pla Bowen had fallen back before a large force, from Port Gibson, in the direction of Grand Gulf, directed two reg in its results, the bloody encounter in front of Port Gibson nobly illustrated the valor and constancy of our December, 1862. The repulse of General Bowen at Port Gibson, and our consequent withdrawal to the north bank situated on the main road leading from Raymond to Port Gibson, seven and a half miles below Raymond, and nine an event of a movement south of Big Black, toward Bayou Pierre, has been sufficiently referred to in the body o
South Carolina (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
ed were placed under the command of Colonel Wirt Adams, who was directed to harass the enemy on his line of march, cut his communications wherever practicable, patrol the country thoroughly, and to keep Brigadier-General Gregg (who had just arrived with his brigade from Port Hudson, and was then at Raymond) fully advised of the enemy's movements. On the 11th, Brigadier-General John Adams, commanding at Jackson, was directed to hurry forward, as fast as they could arrive, the troops from South Carolina, to reenforce Brigadier-General Gregg, at Raymond. At this time, information was received from Brigadier General Tilghman that the enemy was in force opposite Baldwin's Ferry, and Gregg was notified accordingly, and informed that the enemy's movements were apparently toward the Big Black Bridge, and not, as had been supposed, against Jackson. On the 12th, the following was addressed to Major-General Stevenson: From information received, it is evident the enemy is advancing in force
Cross (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
crossed the Chickahominy, to take a position six or seven miles from Richmond. That ground being unfavorable, the present position was taken on the 17th. Had the enemy beaten us on the 5th, as he claims to have done, the army would have lost most of its baggage and artillery. We should have been pursued from Williamsburg, and intercepted from West Point. Our troops engaged, leaving Williamsburg on the following morning, marched but twelve miles that day; and the army on its march to the Cross-roads averaged less than ten miles a day. Had not the action of the 5th been, at the least, discouraging to the enemy, we would have been pursued on the road, and turned by way of West Point. About four hundred of our wounded were left in Williamsburg, because they were not in condition to be moved. Nothing else was left which we had horses to draw away. Five pieces, found by the chief quartermaster at the Williamsburg wharf, were abandoned for want of horses and harness. In the three ac
Chickahominy (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
his I rode upon the field, but found myself compelled to be a mere spectator; for Longstreet's clear head and brave heart left me no apology for interference. For details of the action, see the accompanying reports. Our wounded, and many of those of the enemy, were placed in hospitals and residences in Williamsburg. Major-General Smith's division reached Barhamsville, eighteen miles; and Major-General Magruder's (commanded by Brigadier-General D. R. Jones) the Diascund Bridge on the Chickahominy road on that day. Those of Longstreet and Hill marched from Williamsburg, twelve miles, on the 6th. On that evening Major-General Smith reported that the enemy's troops were landing in force on the south side of York River, near West Point. On the following morning the army was concentrated near Barhamsville. In the mean time it had been ascertained that the enemy occupied a thick and extensive wood between Barhamsville and their landing-place. Brigadier-General Whiting was directed b
Clinton (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
reek fordable, the column was directed by the Clinton road, on which was a good bridge, and, after ent at once, not, it is true, directly toward Clinton, but in the only direction which, from my knon's corps (four divisions) which marched from Clinton. I have certain information of the other; bo attack in the rear the corps of the enemy at Clinton, and promised cooperation in such attack, on object of the order was to have the corps at Clinton promptly assailed while separate and beyond sment and discretion-had I seen fit to move to Clinton at all — to decide the most advantageous routof Canton, was some twenty miles distant from Clinton; and, moreover, the enemy would certainly havement of the corps under General Sherman from Clinton upon Jackson, nor does he say how the troops ushed hurriedly forward on the direct road to Clinton. I ask any candid mind, What would probably-attack me in the flank or rear, if I moved on Clinton. Not being able, therefore, to make the move[26 more...]
Bakers Creek (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
on's report of the battles of Port Gibson, Baker's Creek, and the siege of Vicksburg. Headquarains then on the Clinton road and crossing Baker's Creek. The line of battle was quickly formed, whad been instructed to throw a bridge over Baker's Creek, on the Raymond road. The stream had alsorder. On reaching the ford and bridge, at Baker's Creek, I directed Brigadier-General Bowen to takn my arrival, about sunset, at the ford on Baker's Creek, I found that the enemy had crossed the brare taken by his division in the battle of Baker's Creek, nor have I yet been informed of the reasonot go with his company into the battle of Baker's Creek, and, having made his way to Big Black, jo the 17th, of the result of the battles of Baker's Creek and Big Black, and informed that I had, inbut not received until after the battle of Baker's Creek, suggested. General Gregg, with his briga order had never been given, the battle of Baker's Creek would not have been fought. In relatio[6 more...]
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
rd to supplies lost at Yorktown, it is sufficient that I should call attention to the fact that, after the Army of Northern Virginia arrived at the vicinity of Yorktown, application was made to have stopped the supplies from Richmond, except upon mt it is not under my orders. If the President will direct the concentration of all the troops of North Carolina and Eastern Virginia, we may be able to hold Middle Virginia at least. If we permit ourselves to be driven beyond Richmond, we lose the Middle Virginia at least. If we permit ourselves to be driven beyond Richmond, we lose the means of maintaining this army. The enemy is now almost exactly between us and The army of the North. That army should, therefore, be drawn back to secure its communication with this one. A concentration of all our available forces may enabiderable number, from Mississippi to Tennessee. Those two departments are more distant from each other in time than Eastern Virginia and Middle Tennessee. In relation to detaching from General Bragg's army, permit me to remind you that I have be
Champion's Hill (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
up immediately. I could, however, learn nothing of General Loring's whereabouts; several of my staff-officers were in search of him, but it was not until after General Bowen had personally informed me that he could not hold his position longer, and not until after I had ordered the retreat, that General Loring, with Featherston's brigade, moving, as I subsequently learned, by a country-road which was considerably longer than the direct route, reached the position on the left known as Champion's Hill, where he was forming a line of battle when he received my order to cover the retreat. Had the movement in support of the left been promptly made, when first ordered, it is not improbable that I might have maintained my position, and it is possible the enemy might have been driven back, though his vastly superior and constantly-increasing numbers would have rendered it necessary to withdraw during the night to save my communications with Vicksburg. Early in the day, Major Lockett,
Warrenton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
d Stevenson moved from the line they had occupied between Warrenton and Big Black Bridge to Edwards's Depot, General Stevenso and Forney's divisions, extending from Snyder's Mills to Warrenton, numbering, effective, seven thousand eight hundred men. the approaches by Chickasaw Bayou, by Snyder's Mills, and Warrenton, against a coup de main. My effective aggregate did not earris, attached (about six hundred), guarded the front at Warrenton and the approaches from the lower ferries on the Big Blacigadier-General Moore's brigade was drawn in at once from Warrenton, and placed in the intrenchments on either side of Baldwion's division of five brigades occupied the line from the Warrenton road, including a portion of the river-front, to the railhold Snyder's Mills, Chickasaw Bayou, the city front, and Warrenton — a line of over twenty miles in length. In addition rg and Grand Gulf, which threatened the latter as well as Warrenton, where a landing, under cover of his gunboats, might have
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 15
supply were hauled in wagons from King's-Mill Landing on James River. A few days' supply for a division was kept upon a slooohnston. General Lee. I shall bring up Huger. Richmond, Virginia, November 24, 1862. General Cooper, Adjutant and Insanooga, Tennessee, December 4, 1862. General Cooper, Richmond, Virginia: The map convinces me that General Holmes's troopeneral. Jackson, January 9, 1863. To the President, Richmond, Virginia: Colonel Ewell informs me, from Chattanooga, thato ask if there is any. J. E. Johnston, General. Richmond, Virginia, January 22, 1863. General J. E. Johnston, Chattanooy, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General. Richmond, Virginia, June 5, 1863. General. E. Johnston: I regret my863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, Richmond, Va.: On the 30th of April I received the first informatiOctober 1, 1863. Lieutenant-General J. C. Pemberton, Richmond, Virginia. General: At the suggestion of the President, I w
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