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West Virginia (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
y without compromising the safety of your position, I think it advisable to do so. I do not know positively that any troops have yet returned from the Valley, but think you will find the enemy in your immediate front weaker than you are. Meanwhile, there were rumors that a part of Early's force had been sent west of the Alleghanies, and Grant meant to lose no opportunity. On the 29th, he ordered Sheridan: If it is ascertained certainly that Breckenridge has been detached to go into Western Virginia, attack the remaining forces vigorously with every man you have; and if successful in routing them, follow up your success with the Sixth and Nineteenth corps, and send Crook to meet Breckenridge. But Sheridan replied on the same day: There is not one word of truth in the report of Breckenridge being in West Virginia; and then, with his usual spirit, he added: I believe no troops have yet left the Valley, but I believe they will, and that it will be their last campaign in the Shenandoa
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
be avoided, until we get Richmond. That may be months yet. Accordingly he ordered a railroad to be built, to bring supplies from City Point to the national front at Petersburg, and the entire line of entrenchments to be strengthened from the James river on the right to Warren's left beyond the Weldon road. The system of field-works which at this time encircled both Richmond and Petersburg, and covered the surrounding country, was complicated in the extreme, and in some respects unprecedentof Burnside had left an impression that could not easily be effaced, and all the subsequent manoeuvres on the right and left were, to the multitude, unintelligible. It was only perceived that Hancock had twice been moved to the north bank of the James, and twice withdrawn. Not only was the fact unnoticed that by these manoeuvres the extension on the left had been made practicable; but that extension itself was looked upon as of no especial consequence. Hancock's check at Ream's station more
Weldon, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
ee disappointment in Richmond. Atlanta had fallen, the Weldon road was carried, and Early's exit from the Valley had beea barren waste; and to Meade: I do not want to give up the Weldon road, if it can be avoided, until we get Richmond. That mm the James river on the right to Warren's left beyond the Weldon road. The system of field-works which at this time enci From this point the works extended south-westerly to the Weldon road, when they turned to the north, and completed the cir failed to appreciate the importance of the seizure of the Weldon road. The disaster of Burnside had left an impression thaom Petersburg: Warren's corps is now entrenched across the Weldon road; I shall endeavor to stay there, and employ the enemyk the minimum necessary to detain you. . . Yielding up the Weldon road seems to be a blow the enemy cannot stand. . . Watch st attempt, at Ream's station, to regain possession of the Weldon road. Unsuccessful there, and finding his plans frustrate
Dutch Gap (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
elters underneath, while the top was arranged for infantry fire. Listening galleries were dug to prevent successful mining operations; dams were constructed to flood the ground where streams ran towards the rebel lines, and every appliance of the defensive art was called in play to render the fortifications impregnable. On the opposite side of the James, the main rebel line started from Drury's Bluff, and then ran south to the Howlett House, on the high commanding ground that overlooks Dutch Gap; here the river in its windings intervened again, and the peninsula of Bermuda Hundred was crossed, the line still running almost due south, till it struck the Appomattox, north-east of Petersburg. From this point the works extended south-westerly to the Weldon road, when they turned to the north, and completed the circuit of the town. In front of Butler, on Bermuda Hundred, the rebel line was extremely strong, and like that north of the James, was intended to be held with a comparativel
Martinsburg (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
tomac, and Early to advance at the same time from Martinsburg. This was frustrated by Early being compelled toions of infantry and a large force of cavalry, to Martinsburg, twenty-two miles away, to do what damage he coulnchester, and then the two that had been moved to Martinsburg. Accordingly, on the afternoon of the 18th, his of importance, he at once set out to return. At Martinsburg . . I learned that Grant was with Sheridan that dnearer, were marching rapidly up on the road from Martinsburg. Sheridan was promptly informed of these disposiover; but by this time Early's two divisions from Martinsburg had come upon the ground, and the rebels were notstrength was opposite Sheridan's right, where the Martinsburg road comes in, and Crook was now directed to findme moment Torbert's. cavalry came sweeping up the Martinsburg road, overlapping Early's left, and driving the rer, Sheridan reported: I am now eighty miles from Martinsburg, and find it exceedingly difficult to supply this
Charlottesville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
movement against Petersburg at all in contravention of the original design; for Hunter's campaign in the Shenandoah and Sheridan's co-operative march towards Charlottesville were conceived with the express object of destroying the rebel communications north of Richmond, and rendering it impossible for Lee to throw any large force in the direction of the Potomac. Hunter, it is true, had moved on Lexington instead of towards Charlottesville, and Sheridan, thus left unsupported, was obliged to return to Grant; while afterwards, when repelled from Lynchburg, Hunter retreated entirely away from the Valley, leaving the route to Washington absolutely open to thtry. To this Grant replied: If you can possibly subsist your army at the front for a few days more, do it, and make a great effort to destroy the roads about Charlottesville, and the canal, wherever your cavalry can reach it. Sheridan accordingly pushed on to the head of the Valley, and from Harrisonburg, a hundred and four miles
Mount Jackson (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
ften willing to sacrifice the reputation of their troops in order to save their own; and in this instance it is possible that Early's soldiers made a more gallant defence than their general describes. It was dark before the battle ended, but the rebels continued their flight through Woodstock, and as far as Narrow Passage, a gorge in the Blue Ridge. Sheridan pursued them during the night, only halting at Woodstock, to rest his men and issue rations. On the 23rd, he drove the enemy to Mount Jackson, and found the country and small towns filled with their wounded; on the 24th, he followed Early to a point six miles beyond Newmarket, but without being able to bring on an engagement. The rebels moved fast, and Torbert had not arrived with the cavalry in time to check them. He had been detained at a gorge in the mountains, where a small rebel force was able for a while to hold his two divisions. Had he succeeded in reaching Newmarket in time to intercept the broken and flying fragm
New Jersey (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
thorized, and expressed such confidence of success, that the general-in-chief declared the only instructions Sheridan needed were to advance. This was on Friday, and the supply trains were waiting at Harper's Ferry for forage. Grant asked if the teams could be brought up in time for an attack on the following Tuesday; and Sheridan replied that he could be ready before daylight on Monday. Grant gave him the orders, and felt so confident of the result, that he left the front, and went to New Jersey, to put his children at school. You may recollect that, when I visited Sheridan at Charlestown, I had a plan of battle with me to give him. But I found him so thoroughly ready to move, so confident of success when he did move, and his plan so thoroughly matured, that I did not let him know this, and gave him no order whatever except the authority to move. . . . I was so pleased that I left, and got as far as possible from the field before the attack, lest the papers might attribute to me
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
station more than balanced, in the public mind, all the advantages of Warren's advance. In the same way Sheridan as yet appeared to have accomplished nothing in the Valley; in fact he had retired, and Early had followed him; so that on the Potomac also, the prospect was gloomy. Even Sherman's success, gratifying as it was, seemed isolated; the country had no idea that it had been facilitated by the very movements at the East which were deemed so unfortunate; and although the campaign in Georgia had been ordered by Grant, and formed an essential part of his schemes, its immediate result, so far as he was concerned, was to lessen his hold on the country, and make many declare that the right man for commander-in-chief was the general who had captured Atlanta, not the one who still lay outside of Richmond. Until the fall of Atlanta, indeed, the gloom at the North was overshadowing. The most hopeful had become weary, the most determined were depressed and disappointed. It was forg
Zuni (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 1
ing at times within a few hundred yards. At the Jerusalem road they diverged to the left, and the distance between the entrenchments widened to more than two miles. On the 1st of September, the national left rested on the Weldon railroad, Warren's skirmishers reaching to the Vaughan and Squirrel level roads; but before long the main works extended to these roads; then running south about a mile and a half, they turned to the east and completely encircled the national camps, striking the Blackwater river, in the rear of Meade's right wing. There were also strong entrenched works at City Point, to protect the base of the army, and batteries were established at intervals on the James, from Chapin's Bluff to Fort Monroe. Each army was thus completely surrounded by its own entrenchments, and one fortified camp was in reality besieged by another. The national lines, like those of the rebels, consisted of infantry parapet connecting a series of more important works, by which the intermed
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