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Brookville (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
captured a large wagon train of supplies for the Army of the Potomac, together with a number of prisoners. The train he very effectually destroyed, reserving only such wagons and supplies as could be carried along. This was the point of time at which, as will be perceived by the preceding narrative, General Meade was first apprised of the presence of the enemy's cavalry. The raid upon Rockville occupied the cavalry a good part of the day. When finished, it pushed forward and reached Brookville at night, when, finding that the number of prisoners was embarrassing, they were paroled, and it kept on, marching all night, passing through Cooksville on the morning of the 29th, and striking the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Hood's Mill. Here the cavalry tore up the track for miles, destroyed the bridge at Sykesville, and cut the telegraph wires, thus severing all communication between the Army of the Potomac and Washington and Baltimore. Hence it marched direct on Westminster, reach
Powers Hill (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
fragment of which struck General Butterfield, the chief of staff, who immediately left the field and did not return that day. General Meade and staff remained at this point a short time, and then removed to General Slocum's Headquarters on Powers Hill. When the cannonade had continued for over an hour, and General Meade had become fully satisfied of its object, he directed the artillery to cease firing, not only in order to save its ammunition but also at the same time to make the enemy Second Division on the left of the line of the Second Corps. Just as this attack was commencing, after he had made all his arrangements for the disposition of the troops to reinforce the line for the anticipated attack, and while he was on Powers Hill or just started on his way to the front to assume immediate command, if necessary, General Meade was told by Captain Dewey, who had been sent by General Hays, that the enemy were advancing in great force. He at once despatched two staff-offic
Manchester, Maryland (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
tlestown and Westminster. The Sixth Corps was ordered to move to Manchester; the First Corps to the crossing of Marsh Creek, half-way to Gettof the plan of the previous day. It brought up the right flank to Manchester, the left to beyond Emmettsburg, and the centre to Littlestown; othe same distance from, the circumference of the circle, and that Manchester and Westminster, seven and a half miles distant from each other, final advance from Chambersburg to Gettysburg, and the line from Manchester to Emmettsburg, which represented the extreme right and left of Mhe Potomac, at Emmettsburg. Meade has his right wing extended to Manchester, because Early has been over on his right as far as York. If Leef supplies. Meade's Headquarters, at Taneytown, had lain between Manchester and Emmettsburg, a little south of a line drawn between those two points, and a little nearer to Emmettsburg than to Manchester. The reader has now been afforded, first, a view of the general field of ope
Devil Den Ridge (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
the north side, and a wheat field on the south side of the road. Beyond this point the road continues for seven hundred yards to the Emmettsburg Pike, along Devil's Den Ridge, which on the north slopes down to Plum Run, and on the south to Plum Run Branch. From Ziegler's Grove the Emmettsburg Pike runs diagonally across the valch of the Fifth Corps, and with orders to the Sixth Corps, also on the march. Warren hastened away, and after riding along and examining the positions along Devil's Den Ridge, continued on to Little Round Top, which he found occupied by only two or three men of the signal corps. Warren saw at a glance that this, the key of the whadvancing up it. Warren, on the summit of Little Round Top, alone with the signal men, could hear and see the battle raging at the Peach Orchard and along Devil's Den Ridge. He noticed the bullets beginning to strike near him, and beyond all else of interest saw, amid the eddying whirl of conflict, the general steady approach o
Fort Fisher (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
wered and driven back, each of them losing its commanding officer and many of its men. The entire advanced line has now recoiled before the enemy. The Confederates, fiercely following up their success, advance their whole line. The Federal true left, at Little Round Top, has, however, been by this time made secure, and a new line, departing from that point, has been formed on the eastern side of Plum Run. Crawford's division of the Pennsylvania Reserves, of the Fifth Corps, has come up, Fisher's brigade being sent to the extreme left, on Round Top, and McCandless's, under the immediate direction of Crawford, charges down the slope of Little Round Top and across the open space to the eastern edge of the Wheat Field, just as the Confederates, exhausted by their long and continuous fighting, retire from the advanced position gained by them to the western side of the Wheat Field. At this time the Sixth Corps, after its memorable march of thirty-four miles, appears on the field, and
Littlestown (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
Corps, passing the Third Corps, to move to Littlestown. The Fifth Corps was ordered to the crossi Creek, at Union Mills, on the road between Littlestown and Westminster. The Sixth Corps was orderft to beyond Emmettsburg, and the centre to Littlestown; outlying corps being within easy supportinare Sickles's at Taneytown, and Slocum's at Littlestown. You are advised of the general position oning had moved his division of cavalry from Littlestown to Hanover, reported that, on entering the wn. General Slocum was about a mile beyond Littlestown, on the road to Hanover. General Sykes wasover to Gettysburg, and General Slocum from Littlestown, and General Hancock's Corps from here. Thed on the direct road to Gettysburg through Littlestown. Just as, shortly before ten o'clock, Mewas at Two Taverns and the Twelfth Corps at Littlestown. The cavalry was on both flanks of the armt Emmettsburg, and the Twelfth Corps was at Littlestown. The cavalry was spread out on both flanks[3 more...]
Palo Alto (California, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
ng calmly up and down this little backyard between the house and the Taneytown Road, he chanced to notice that some of his staff, during the enforced inactivity while awaiting the pleasure of their general, were gradually, and probably unconsciously, edging around to the lee side of the house. Gentlemen, he said, stopping and smiling pleasantly, are you trying to find a safe place? You remind me of the man who drove the ox-team which took ammunition for the heavy guns on to the field of Palo Alto. Finding himself within range, he tilted up his cart and got behind it. Just then General Taylor came along, and seeing this attempt at shelter, shouted, You damned fool, don't you know you are no safer there than anywhere else? The driver replied, I don't suppose I am, general, but it kind oa feels so. During all the time of the cannonade orders were being sent from Headquarters to take troops from every part of the line from which they could be spared and to place them in reserve f
Fairfield, Pa. (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
t morning, to reach Gettysburg by the way of Fairfield, upon approaching the latter place he came a wishing to bring on an engagement there, as Fairfield was four or five miles west of the route assthe night and heavy rain in the direction of Fairfield and Cashtown. All my available Cavalry are sburg, and the other on some road leading to Fairfield from whence it can be thrown up there. Wiac. No doubt the principal force is between Fairfield and Hagerstown, but I apprehend they will behe 6th Corps in pursuit of the enemy towards Fairfield and a brigade of cavalry towards Cashtown. ins. Gen. Sedgwick reported that the Gap at Fairfield was very formidable and would enable a smallbatteries will be left to watch the enemy at Fairfield and follow them whenever they vacate the Gapouth of Chambersburg, and another brigade at Fairfield. The enemy were supposed to be retiring dixth Corps of the Army of the Potomac was at Fairfield, and General Sedgwick had reported that he b[11 more...]
Hanover Court House (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
probably in strong force, on Gettysburg. It is the intention to hold this army pretty nearly in the position it now occupies, until the plans of the enemy shall have been more fully developed. Three corps, 1st, 3d and 11th, are under the command of Major General Reynolds, in the vicinity of Emmettsburg, the 3d Corps being ordered up to that point. The 12th Corps is at Littlestown. General Gregg's division of cavalry is believed to be now engaged with the cavalry of the enemy, near Hanover Junction. Corps commanders will hold their commands in readiness at a moment's notice, and upon receiving orders, to march against the enemy. Their trains (ammunition trains excepted) must be parked in the rear of the place of concentration. Ammunition wagons and ambulances will alone be permitted to accompany the troops. The men must be provided with three-days' rations in haversacks, and with sixty rounds of ammunition in the boxes and upon the person. Corps commanders will avail them
Dover, N. H. (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): chapter 5
, uniting himself, he could thenceforward proceed with safety. Early, according to the best information which he could obtain, had left York and was marching to what Stuart had heard was Lee's point of concentration, at Shippensburg, but he hoped to intercept some portion of Ewell's force and accompany it to the main army. With this purpose in view, he deemed that the best plan for him to accomplish it would be to push on from Jefferson to Carlisle. On the morning of July 1 he arrived at Dover. Passing through Dillstown, he reached Carlisle on the afternoon of July 1, only to find all Ewell's troops gone and the town occupied by a Federal force under General W. F. Smith, who had been sent forward from Harrisburg by General Couch. Stuart was by this time short of supplies, and both men and horses were thoroughly worn out from constant marching. Carlisle seemed to present an inviting opportunity of obtaining rations for his troops, of which he was not slow to attempt to avail h
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