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Old Tavern (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
May, at twelve M., when two shells thrown into our camp first announced the hostile intentions of the enemy. No alarm was felt by any one, for it was seldom that twenty-four hours passed that we did not exchange similar salutations. Soon after it was reported that an attack was impending, the usual orders were issued, and within half an hour the troops moved to positions that were assigned to them by Gen. Casey. Being at this time on the Nine-mile road, near a breastwork fronting the Old Tavern, then under construction, and judging, from the discharges of musketry becoming frequent, that something serious was intended, I hastened in the direction indicated by the fire, and soon arrived upon the ground, on the Williamsburgh road, about three quarters of a mile in front of the Seven Pines, where I found Gen. Casey, who had placed the One Hundredth New-York, Col. Brown, on the left of that road, behind a field of large timber that had been cut down. On the right of the same road wa
St. Paul (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
ght and left. They gained their object, but it is said were unable to retain it, for the enemy's large brass howitzers dealt destruction among them, and it is reported they fell back in admirable order, until fresh troops could be brought to bear upon the hordes of Pennsylvania, who, in thousands, were pouring volleys upon them. At about this time (one P. M.) some other reenforcements of Longstreet's corps arriving, turned the tide of battle for a time, but not permanently. Among others, St. Paul's (Louisiana) battalion, (three companies) appeared upon the scene, and looking to where the fire was hottest, dashed into the enemy in French style with the bayonet, and with their watchword, Butler, upon their lips, drove everything before them, attacking odds in every instance, and not satisfying their vengeance until almost decimated. Our artillery at this juncture came into play, and although the mud baffled human industry, patience and perseverance, some pieces of the Lynchburgh (L
Williamsburg (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
on bivouacked on the right and left of the Williamsburgh road and wood-pile, and Couch established ere leaving the centre and moving down the Williamsburgh road to the rear. Assisted by Capt. Suydaonnoissance of the road and country by the Williamsburgh road as far as the Seven Pines, on Saturdam the left of the above picket line on the Williamsburgh road to the White Oak Swamp, were especialand placed it in line perpendicular to the Williamsburgh road, about fifty yards in advance of the tions on the right,) was to advance by the Williamsburgh road, to attack the enemy in front; Gen. Humbers is already known. Coming up on the Williamsburgh road, they threw up intrenchments near Bar country a few miles above, and enters the Williamsburgh road just beyond the battle-field. The at led from the York River Railroad to the Williamsburgh road were almost impassable, so boggy is tdistant to the York River Railroad and the Williamsburgh road, they opened with artillery in much f[28 more...]
Seven Pines (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
d, on the Williamsburgh road, about three quarters of a mile in front of the Seven Pines, where I found Gen. Casey, who had placed the One Hundredth New-York, Col. Bthe wounded of the brigade that were taken prisoners. Since the battle of Seven Pines, now nearly three weeks, a force ten times that of Casey and Conch has not bPines, Va. Capt. F. A. Walker, Assist. Adjutant-General: On moving to the Seven Pines on the twenty-ninth of May, I was ordered to occupy and guard the left flankich had passed the river at Bottom's Bridge, and was posted at Fair Oaks and Seven Pines — some six or seven miles in front of the same, doubtless presuming that it hin six miles of Richmond, a mile in front of a point locally designated the Seven Pines, where Casey's division was posted in an open, swampy field, behind a singletayed by the coming of night. By nightfall they had forced their way to the Seven Pines, having driven the enemy back more than two miles, through their own camps,
Bull Run, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
patch of Gen. McClellan, that in the battle of Saturday last (May thirty-first) the division of Gen. Casey, which was in the first line, broke up, unaccountably and disunitedly, and that all the men did splendidly, with the exception of Casey's division. In this statement, made public in an official despatch, there is a severity of censure which has not been bestowed upon any troops in the service since the commencement of this rebellion. The men who broke and ran from the battle-field of Bull Run with such headlong speed and undisguised terror, and the men who refused to go into that fight and marched from the field to the music of the enemy's cannon, received no such censure, and were not publicly disgraced in any such manner as Casey's division has been by Gen. McClellan. And yet the severity is not more marked than the injustice of it is manifest to any and every one who knows the facts. Indeed, many who do know them say without hesitation that the entire credit of that battle
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
ot to hold, and the Fourth North-Carolina and other regiments in support fell back in good order, waiting new dispositions and additional force. These were at hand, and the fight opened in front with terrific violence. Latham's and Carter's few pieces opened upon them, and belched forth grape and canister, scattering death in every direction, ploughing up the ground and cutting down the timber like so many twigs; so with banners flying and loud shouts along the line, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, South and North-Carolina regiments advanced to the charge, and drove the invaders like sheep before them, not stopping to breathe until three miles beyond the enemy's camps. In full possession of Barker's farm, and all the enemy's works, camps, stores, guns, etc., etc., it was thought the fight was over, (now about six P. M.;) but attempting to flank us on the left, and regain all they had lost, the enemy made a final and desperate effort to force the position held by
Shiloh, Tenn. (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
eemed burning into the hedge which screened our enemy. It was past eight o'clock before the carnage ceased. Knowing that the foe was in superior force, and menacing our flank, we were compelled to meet his point of attack without attempting to envelop him with our wings, but finding our steady lines invulnerable, and having suffered wretchedly, he finally fell back, and by half-past 8 o'clock, he was driven clear back to his own defensive line. It was a furious fight. Save Donelson and Shiloh, there has been no such battle on this continent. It begun in disgrace, with every advantage of numbers and conditions favoring the enemy. It ended that day with a severe repulse to him. But he was consoled for his disappointment and serious casualties, by the spoils of Casey's and Couch's camps. From the former he took six pieces of artillery — his ammunition, camp equipage, many standards — in fact, all his army furniture; and from couch he took one gun and his camp equipage. On Sunday
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
. I then refused, though applied to for further aid. I shall now proceed to describe the operations of the second line, which received my uninterrupted supervision, composed principally of Couch's division. Plan of the battle of Fair Oaks, Va. A — Spratt's Battery. B — Regan's Battery. C — Fitch's Battery. D — Bates's Battery in redoubt. E — Redoubt. F — Palmer's Camp. G — Wessell's Camp. H — Naglee's Camp. I--Rebel line, 1st June. J--Union line, Sickles's, and missing, is five thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine. A nominal list will be furnished as soon as the data can be received. G. B. Mcclellan, Major-General Commanding. General Richardson's letter. Camp at the Fair Oaks station, Va., five miles from Richmond, June 4, 1862. dear sir: Wishing to give you some particulars of the hard-fought battle in which the whole of my division was engaged on the first of this month, I have to state beforehand that I cannot just n
Yorktown (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
ebels, who are held at bay in front of their capital. The final and decisive battle is at hand. Unless you belie your past history, the result cannot be for a moment doubtful. If the troops who labored so faithfully and fought so gallantly at Yorktown, and who so bravely won the hard fights at Williamsburgh, West-Point, Hanover Court-House, and Fair Oaks, now prove themselves worthy of their antecedents, the victory is surely ours. The events of every day prove your superiority. Wherever n's ministering hands are not wanting to alleviate the sufferings of our wounded. Hermes. Memphis appeal account. Richmond, Tuesday, June 8, 1862. The ostensible reason for abandoning the line of the Chickahominy, in the retreat from Yorktown, was, that in the event of a general action, Gen. Joe Johnston did not desire a river of such magnitude in his rear, and, accordingly, having frequently offered the enemy battle, and it not being accepted, he gave orders to the whole army to fal
Washington (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 17
doned. Col. Bailey was an officer of thorough military education, of clear and accurate mind, cool, determined and intrepid in the discharge of his duty, and promising, with riper years, to honor still more the profession to which he was devoted. About the same time also fell Major Van Valkenburg, of the First regiment New-York artillery, a brave and discreet and energetic officer. Under the circumstances, I think it my duty to add a few remarks with regard to my division. On leaving Washington, eight of the regiments were composed of raw troops. It has been the misfortune of the division, marching through the Peninsula, to be subjected to an ordeal which would have severely tried veteran troops. Furnished with scanty transportation, occupying sickly positions, exposed to the inclemency of the weather, at times without tents or blankets; illy supplied with rations and medical stores, the loss from sickness has been great, especially with the officers. Yet a party from my divis
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