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Spottsylvania (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
eral, who but a few weeks before had interrupted the prudent Meade with the remark, Oh, I never manoeuvre, now turned his back on the blood-stained thickets of Spotsylvania, and by manoeuvring towards his left The 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th (of May) were consumed in manoeuvring and awaiting the arrival of reinforcem the same warlike virtues whch made him dear to them, caught up and reflected this confidence, remembering that he had declared to them in general orders after Spotsylvania: It is in your power, under God, to defeat the last effort of the enemy, establish the independence of your native land, and earn the lasting love and gratitude to brighten the horizon, and, continuing, quickened into vigorous action the vast resources of the North. Grant, reinforced by over thirty thousand men at Spotsylvania, As the Secretary of War denies access to the archives at Washington, it is impossible to state the precise figures. Mr. Stanton in his report says: Meanwh
Halifax (Canada) (search for this): chapter 6.34
ed these abandoned guns that from that day the battery bore his name, and he wore another bar upon his collar. As regards the execution of Chamberlayne's guns, see especially statement of General Warren--Report on the Conduct of the War (1865), vol. i, p. 166; General Hunt, pp. 98, 184; Duane, p. 100; and others. For general efficiency of the artillery fire, see Meade's Report, August 16th, 1864--Ib., p. 31; Colonel Loring's statement--Ib., p. 95; General Potter, p. 177. Wright, of Halifax, opened too a withering fire from his light guns posted on a hill to the left, nor could he be silenced by the enemy's batteries, for his front was covered by a heavy fringe of pines Statement of General Potter--Ib., p. 87. Cf. statement of other Federal officers-Ib.; and now the eight-inch mortars in rear of Wright, and Langhorne's ten-inch mortars, from the Baxter road, took part in the dreadful chorus. On the Federal side, Griffin of Potter's division, not waiting for Wilcox, pushe
Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
, if possible, effect a lodgment on the Weldon railroad. On the same day Wilson, with about 6,000 sabres, Coppee (Grant and His Campaigns, p. 358), says 8,000 men in all, but this seems, on Investigation, an over-estimate. consisting of his own and Kautz's divisions, was dispatched to destroy the Weldon road farther to the south, and thence, by a wide sweep to the west, to cut the Southside and Danville roads. The Second corps, now commanded by Birney — for Hancock's wound, received at Gettysburg, had broken out afresh — succeeded, after some sharp skirmishing with the Confederate cavalry, in taking position to the left of Warren, and the Sixth corps, moving up the same evening, established itself on a line in rear and parallel to the Second, its left slightly overlapping that corps. But the next morning, the Confederate horse showed such a bold front, though 'twas but a scratch force with cattle like walking trestles, that General Grant determined to suspend the movements to the
Bermuda Hundred (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
ighteenth corps, moved rapidly to White House and embarked for Bermuda Hundred. Swinton, Army of the Potomac, p. 498. Early on the morniredible negligence on his own part. Smith's command reached Bermuda Hundred, where Grant was in person, Grant and His Campaigns, p. 348. n ferried to the south side on the night of Smith's arrival at Bermuda Hundred, and might easily have been pushed forward to take part in theredans, ordered down Bushrod Johnson's three brigades from the Bermuda Hundred front, and made such preparation as was possible for the assaug the advance of Anderson's corps, recaptured the lines on the Bermuda Hundred front, which Beauregard had been forced to uncover, and which and the engineers reporting, after careful reconnoissance, the Bermuda Hundred front impracticable, but that held by Burnside's corps as favoriver and Swift Creek and open up communication with Butler at Bermuda Hundred before Lee could send any reinforcements from his five divisio
Crawford's division on the New Market road, and compelling the few Confederate squadrons of observation to retire across White Oak Swamp, threatened direct advance on Richmond, while the activity of his powerful horse completely shrouded for the time the movement in his rear. Lee did not attack, for Early had been detached for the defence of Lynchburg, and the main body of his cavalry being absent under Hampton, he was compelled, like the Great Frederick, when Traun's Pandours enveloped Silesia in midnight, to read his position as if by flashes of lightning. On the next day, however, a small body of horse, under W. H. F. Lee, boldly charging the enemy, drove them hotly past Malvern Hill, and on the same evening Lee received accurate information as to the whereabouts of his adversary. Lee's dispatch, 9 P. M., June 14th, 1864. But not a man of the Army of the Potomac had as yet crossed, and the conjuncture being now so nice that the slightest blunder would have been attended wit
Five Forks (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
ruck again and again with the old, fierce skill — all this, as well as the unsparing story of the ill-starred battle of Five Forks, will, I trust, be one day recounted to us by some comrade in memorable detail. On the evening of April 1st, the battle of Five Forks was fought, and lost to the Confederates, and at dawn next morning, from Appomattox to Hatcher's Run, the Federal assaults began. Lee was forced back from the whole line covering the Boydton Plank Road, and Gibbon's division of Ord. P. Hill, prepare for action. --Dabney's Life of Jackson, p. 719. Of the other, who fell but the evening before at Five Forks, I almost fear to speak, lest I should do hurt to that memory which I would honor. For to those who knew him not, the ness to Cold Harbor, had put hors du combat more men than Lee had carried into the campaign; which, from Cold Harbor to Five Forks, had again put hors du combat as great a number as was left him for the defence of Petersburg. This statement is the
Carolina City (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
l's corps.--remember, men and women of Richmond, that they more than once offered to share that little with the starving poor of your beautiful city: thinly clad, their bodies indeed shivered under the freezing blasts of heaven, but their dauntless spirits cowered not under the fiery blasts of war. But there was to be added a pang deeper than the pang of hunger, sharper than the rigor of the elements or hurt of shot and steel. For now from the cotton-lands of Georgia and the rice-fields of Carolina, came borne on every blast the despairing cry which wives and little ones raised to wintry skies lit by baleful glare of burning homes, and the men of the Old North State bethought them of the happy homesteads which lay straight in the path of the ruthless conqueror, who was waging war with an audacious cruelty capable of dishonoring a whole nation. A subtle enemy, till then well-nigh unknown, attacked in rear this army which still haughtily held its front, and men, with bated breath and c
France (France) (search for this): chapter 6.34
a valiant soldier. Much he suffered during this last campaign from a grievous malady, yet the vigor of his soul disdained to consider the weakness of his body, and accepting without a murmur the privations of that terrible winter, he remained steadfast to his duty until the fatal bullet stilled the beatings of a noble heart which had so often throbbed responsive to the music of victory. No more splendid monument, no nobler epitaph, than of that Latour d'avergne, the first grenadier of France, to whose name every morning at roll-call in the French army, answer was made, as the front-rank man on right of his old company stepped forward and saluted: Mort sur le champ de bataille--dead upon the field of battle. Such monument, such epitaph, at least, is that of A. P. Hill, and the men of his old corps remember with sorrowful pride that his name lingered last upon the dying lips of Lee and of Jackson. Tell Hill he must come up. --Colonel Wm. Preston Johnston's account of Lee
Chancellorsville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
ear with smooth flowing periods; but even were such mastery given to me, it would scarce befit my theme — for we have now to trace the history of the army to which we belonged, not in its full blaze of triumph, as when it wrote Richmond and Chancellorsville upon its standards, but in those last eventful days when its strength was well nigh too slender to support the weight of victory ; we have now to mark the conduct of its leader, not as when, the favored child of Mars, the clangor of his trumurrender at Appomattox — a day which marked, indeed, the wreck of a nation, yet which may be recalled with no blush of shame by the men who there sadly furled those tattered colors emblazoned with the names of Manassas and Fredericksburg, of Chancellorsville and Cold Harbor — who there returned a park of blackened guns wrested from the victors at Gaines' Mill and Frazer's Farm, at Second Manassas and Harper's Ferry, at the Wilderness and Reams' Station, at Appomattox Courthouse itself on that ve<
Gaines Mill (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.34
e you listened to the story of the Retreat from the lips of a soldier who bore an honorable part in the disastrous week which culminated in the surrender at Appomattox — a day which marked, indeed, the wreck of a nation, yet which may be recalled with no blush of shame by the men who there sadly furled those tattered colors emblazoned with the names of Manassas and Fredericksburg, of Chancellorsville and Cold Harbor — who there returned a park of blackened guns wrested from the victors at Gaines' Mill and Frazer's Farm, at Second Manassas and Harper's Ferry, at the Wilderness and Reams' Station, at Appomattox Courthouse itself on that very morning--who there, in the presence of above 140,000 of their adversaries, stacked 8,000 of those bright muskets which for more than four years had borne upon their bayonets the mightiest Revolt in history. Nor shall those men ever forget the generous bearing of the victorious host, which even in that supreme moment of triumph remembered that this
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