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Thomas John Wood (search for this): chapter 2.32
e plan of our leader, one division of my corps, Wood's, and one of the Fourteenth, R. W. Johnson's, r; while R. W. Johnson's division passed beyond Wood's and came up near his left for support. This was far beyond Schofield's left. Wood touched a large clearing, turned to the southeast, and moved es. Pushing quickly through the undergrowth, Wood rectified his formation. Coming to me about 5.. R. W. Johnson's division was in echelon with Wood's, somewhat to its left. Scribner's brigade wathe Confederates' position. In this conflict Wood, the division commander, during this gloomy daysuccess. But, while Hazen and the remainder of Wood's division were gaining ground, Johnson's divisivision completely uncovered, and, worse still, Wood was now brought between a front and flank fire.Knob on the morrow without fail. I ordered General Wood on the right of the Knob to have his left br arms and prepared to make an assault. One of Wood's artillery officers spent the night in putting[9 more...]
where they were mowed down by the hundred. The Sixteenth Corps (Dodge's) had also a considerable part in this battle. Walker's Confederate division had found its way at first, with the design of a demonstration only, quite up to the well-preparedsistently in front of Davis's gallant men, resulting, of course, in some losses on both sides. These vigorous efforts of Walker and Cheatham had the effect, as Hardee intended, namely, to keep Dodge and Davis in place and prevent them from reinforci battle of Dallas, whether by General Johnston's orders or not, was a correspondingly heavy assault of Bate's and part of Walker's divisions, supported by the rest of Walker's and the whole of Cheatham's, against Sherman's right flank. There was a Walker's and the whole of Cheatham's, against Sherman's right flank. There was a decided repulse in each case. The scales were thus evenly balanced. After the failure of Hardee on the afternoon of May 28th, he withdrew within his own intrenchments, and, besides the skirmish firing which was almost incessant during those days,
George H. Thomas (search for this): chapter 2.32
them steadily back. During May 25th, while Thomas was assailing Hood at New Hope Church, Jeff. CcPherson to relieve Davis and send him back to Thomas, and McPherson was preparing to do so and to c still assisted by Jeff. C. Davis's division. Thomas and Schofield were then free for the leftward ng on the lead himself with Baird's division. Thomas's army in this effort gained ground eastward ad went beyond us all near to Bush Mountain. Thomas, after another leftward effort, was next in pl This would have been done by me, except that Thomas had instructed me to use artillery ammunition t in following up Hardee's backward movement. Thomas and Schofield, now in the right wing of our arso on my left as soon as there was room. Thus Thomas with the Third Corps worked forward with his l prepared. I was much annoyed, and as soon as Thomas and Sherman heard of the break they were. also worried. I telegraphed Thomas that I would recover that Bald Knob on the morrow without fail. I [4 more...]
Jackson (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
or weakly held. This was the position of Hardee on the morning of June 17th. It was formed by a dropping back of Hardee's men after being relieved from their place held the previous day. They had fallen back some three miles to cross Muddy Run. Our observation of what was going on was so close that no time was lost in following up Hardee's backward movement. Thomas and Schofield, now in the right wing of our army, early in the morning of the 17th went straight forward, skirmishing with Jackson's cavalry and driving it before them, until they reached the Marietta Crossroads. Cox (of Schofield's), with his division, was feeling forward for the new right flank of Hardee. Soon the valley of Mud Creek was reached, and the Confederate batteries on the bluff were exposed to full view. Schofield's men made a rapid rush across the open ground to the shelter of the bare hill above referred to; there they lay for a time under its protection. They were well formed in two lineswhile Coc
Marietta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
ped to seize the railroad south of Allatoona Pass, toward Marietta, and hold it; but he found the works in his front too stre Allatoona wagon road crosses that from Burnt Hickory to Marietta. Schofield now promptly deployed his line and pushed southward toward Marietta, his left en route touching the Marietta wagon road. Every foot of his way was contested by skirmiom the Confederate accounts that Johnston had ridden from Marietta with Hardee and Polk till he reached Pine Mountain (Pine h as to cross the direct wagon road between New Hope and Marietta. It was the same line that ran from Lost Mountain. He sallies succeeded in getting within five or six miles of Marietta. He captured two hospitals with five commissioned officeusual foresight, another new defensive position nearer to Marietta, and work was going on in that quarter while the battle o last stand of the Confederates before the abandonment of Marietta; it was their last strong defense north of the Chattahooc
Stone River (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
a loss similar to mine. An officer, Major J. B. Hampson, One Hundred and Sixty-fourth Ohio, aid to General Wood, to whom he was personally greatly attached, was struck in his left shoulder by a musket ball, which broke the spine and ended his life in a few hours. He was a general favorite, and his death produced unfeigned sadness among his comrades. Wood had always seemed to me masterful of himself and others who came in contact with him; he had a large experience in such battles as Stone River and Chickamauga. I was therefore unprepared to see him on this occasion exhibit stronger feeling than any of us. For a few minutes, sitting beside his dying friend, he was completely overcome. It has appeared to me at times that the horrors of the battlefield had hardened men; but these cases of exceptional affection served to confirm the expression: The bravest are the tenderest! When the advance was made, our men pushed rapidly forward, driving the opposing skirmishers before them.
Pine Mountain (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
nd some evidently observing us with their good-sized field glasses. Sherman said to me: How saucy they are l He told me to make them keep behind cover, and one of my batteries was immediately ordered to fire three volleys on the group. This would have been done by me, except that Thomas had instructed me to use artillery ammunition only when absolutely necessary. It would appear from the Confederate accounts that Johnston had ridden from Marietta with Hardee and Polk till he reached Pine Mountain (Pine Top). Quite a number of persons had gathered around them as they were surveying us and our lines. Johnston first noticed the men of my batteries preparing to fire, and cautioned his companions and the soldiers near him to scatter. They for the most part did so, and he himself hurried under cover. But Polk, who was quite stout and very dignified, walked slowly, probably because he did not wish the men to see him showing too much anxiety on account of the peril. While leisurely w
Pickett's Mill (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
Chapter 31: battle of Pickett's Mill That was a stubborn fight at New Hope Church on May 25, 1near Dallas on his left to the vicinity of Pickett's Mill on his right. Sherman, after this last afternoon, when we reached the vicinity of Pickett's Mill. Our march, necessarily somewhat circuiings, not happy to relate, were matched at Pickett's Mill. That opening in the forest, faint fires l approaches to Dallas than at New Hope or Pickett's Mill. Still, the greater part of the Confederaor about two miles. While the battle of Pickett's Mill was fiercely going on, both Logan and Batel be noticed that my battle of May 27th at Pickett's Mill was a determined assault of one division s's Mill. The last three battles-New Hope, Pickett's Mill, and Dallas-were at best but a wearisome west of us to the left from the vicinity of Pickett's Mill, Thomas being on the lead himself with Baiwhich still were manned, and extended from Pickett's Mill first due east and then almost north. W[2 more...]
Lost Mountain (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
corps and Hooker's formed a part, was near Pine Top. Hooker's men had carried some Confederate works after a struggle, accompanied by rifle firing and cannonading. These works, some of them detached, connected Johnston's principal line from Lost Mountain with Pine Top. Schofield, about the same time, drove a line of skirmishers away from a small bare hill near Allatoona Creek, placed his artillery upon it, and thence worked a cross fire into the enemy's intrenchments, driving Johnston's med delaying tactics, had prepared another new line along Mud Creek. This line followed the east bank of this creek, and was extended so much as to cross the direct wagon road between New Hope and Marietta. It was the same line that ran from Lost Mountain. Here Hardee, who had now retired to the new works, on the night of the 16th posted his batteries. The position covered the open ground toward us on the other side of the creek for a mile, and through this open ground the road coursed alo
Bush Mountain (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 2.32
r's commands, he saw that his old position, that of New Hope, was no longer tenable. Now, leaving New Hope, he began to move back with remarkable quickness to the new line partially prepared by his engineers. This line, about ten miles long, ran, in general, from southwest to northeast, and was doubtless intended only for a temporary resort. At last, McPherson, still going toward the east, reached and followed the Ackworth Railroad, and then moved out and went beyond us all near to Bush Mountain. Thomas, after another leftward effort, was next in place to McPherson, near to and advancing upon Pine Top, while Schofield remained nearer the angle at Gilgal Church. Our line, like that of the Confederates', was about ten miles long, and conformed to all the irregularities of Johnston's intrenchments. The Georgia mud was deep, the water stood in pools, and it was hard to get fires to cook our food and dry spots sufficiently large upon which to spread a tent fly or soldier's blank
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