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ce stretches thus a distance of from five to six miles in length, while its width gradually increases from one and a half to three miles on a line with the Alexander bridge. At the point where this breadth is greatest stands the building which gives its name to the important cross-roads of Cold Harbor. Among the roads crossing at this point, one connects at Bethesda with that from Mechanicsville to the Pamunky; another leads to Mechanicsville by way of the houses of New Cold Harbor and Doctor Gaines'; a third, passing by McGee's farm, at a distance of three or four hundred feet from Cold Harbor, descends toward the Chickahominy, to continue its course through the woods as far as Dispatch station. The causeway constructed by Colonel Alexander, leading to the bridge which bears his name, struck this road a little above the point where it penetrated into the marshy forest bordering the large clearing; and finally, a cross-road branched off from this same point, connecting it directly
he right by a sharp encounter between an Irish brigade in the Federal service, commanded by General Meagher, and Pickett's troops. Before noon the Federal outposts took possession without a blow of . At this instant Richardson This is a slight error. The brigades were those of French and Meagher. See General McClellan's Report, page 127: French's and Meagher's brigades now appeared, driviMeagher's brigades now appeared, driving before them the stragglers who were thronging toward the bridge. And again: These brigades advanced boldly to the front, and by their example, as well as by the steadiness of their bearing, reanif their conduct renders it the more important that it should rest where it was merited.—Ed. and Meagher arrive on the ground with the two brigades sent by Sumner. The second is composed exclusively o commands on the right, seeing no likelihood of any attack on that side, detaches Sickles' and Meagher's brigades successively to Couch's assistance. During this time Whiting on the left, and Huger
e or four days march which separated him from the army of the Potomac. The desire to form a new army, which was to achieve easy successes under the personal direction of the Secretary of War, had decided the government to detain this general on the Rappahannock. The safety of Washington, which Jackson could not seriously menace, had only been, it must be acknowledged, a false pretext for conferring the command of an army, which absorbed all the reinforcements promised to McClellan, upon General Pope, an officer as brave as he was inexperienced, who had become the favorite of the hour. Mc-Dowell's corps was designed to swell its numbers uselessly, at the moment when every interest called it to the borders of the Chickahominy. Meanwhile, a bold reconnaissance had revealed to General Lee the weak points of his adversary. On the morning of the 13th a brigade of cavalry, about one thousand two hundred strong, and accompanied by a few pieces of artillery, left Richmond under command
enemy's troopers to march by fours, charged them vigorously without concern as to their numerical superiority. Being closely packed within this narrow defile, the two detachments were mingled, and fought with sabres. The Federal commander, Captain Royall, killed the commander of the first squadron of the enemy with his own hand, and was himself mortally wounded a moment after. Captain Royall was severely wounded in several places, but recovered, and is still in the United States army.—Ed. Captain Royall was severely wounded in several places, but recovered, and is still in the United States army.—Ed. The weight of the Confederate column soon swept before it the handful of regulars who had attempted to check its progress. The Fifth regiment of cavalry, which before the war was numbered the Second, had long been commanded by General Lee, and his nephew Colonel Lee, who led one of the Virginia regiments under Stuart, had also served in it. He thus found himself called upon, as a sad result of the civil war, to draw his sword against officers who had been his comrades the preceding year—perhaps<
, the three others having been constructed by Magruder. They produced, by retaining the waters, an gle soldier had as yet been sent to reinforce Magruder. These facts, which have been officially pro the advantage of the Confederates. In fact, Magruder's disobedience had been at once acquiesced int bank by twenty-five thousand Confederates. Magruder, who was in command of the latter, succeeded,therefore to debouch directly upon Glendale. Magruder, having returned to the rear after his reversen the signal for the attack, having followed Magruder instead of proceeding with the remainder of H one of the last partial charges attempted by Magruder, the first having been made an hour before. me days after, when he wrote his report, that Magruder had really attacked the enemy before himself,ntre D. H. Hill has given up the contest, but Magruder, 10th to resign himself to this cruel reverseifice of life troubled and discouraged them. Magruder's corps was partially destroyed; those of D. [34 more...]
Pettigrew (search for this): chapter 1
After a brisk fire of musketry, the Confederates made a new attempt to carry this battery, which occupied the key of the position, and had interrupted their turning movement. Johnston, rushing in person into the thickest of the fight, hurled Pettigrew's brigade against it. It advanced fearlessly up to the cannon's mouth; but the Federal gunners, anxious to avenge the memory of Bull Run, where this same Johnston had captured their pieces, coolly waited for the assault of the Confederate brigade, which they decimated at short range. It was driven back in disorder, leaving in the Federal hands its wounded commander, Pettigrew, and the ground strewed with dead bodies. Availing himself of this chance, Sumner assumed the offensive with his left, and drove the enemy back in the direction of Fair Oaks. Smith brought his reserve brigades into action in vain; he could barely hold the ground he occupied, and his forward movement was definitively checked. The Confederate army was, moreove
acts which made the chief responsibility for the defeat fall upon itself. It persistently refused to give the text of McClellan's despatches to the newspapers; and, what is worse, when the whole series of official documents was laid before the committee on the conduct of the war, the government permitted itself to mutilate the text of its correspondence with the general, without making any mention whatever of the omissions. Thus the despatch of which we have spoken above, addressed to Mr. Stanton on the 28th of June, twenty minutes after midnight, closed with these words: If I save this army now, I tell you plainly that I owe no thanks to you or to any other person in Washington. You have done your best to sacrifice this army. This phrase was suppressed at the War Department, as any one may ascertain by comparing two official documents, McClellan's Report, p. 132, and that of the committee, first part, first volume, p. 340. On the other bank of the Chickahominy, as soon as t
alent to a small division, occupied Manassas. Banks, instead of remaining on the defensive, after e valley of the Shenandoah have connected with Banks, and, combined, they would have menaced Stauntroad and the broad valley of North Fork, which Banks was carefully watching, he crossed the Massanuy. In fact, less distant from Winchester than Banks, he could occupy that place before him, cut hile to seize a few of the wagons in the rear of Banks' train. Ashby's soldiers, inured to plunder ac, easily engendered, would have been fatal to Banks slipped rapidly by, and Jackson tried in vain ountain roads; it was thus enabled to overtake Banks' army on the banks of the Potomac. Evening r's cannon to engage the battle on that side. Banks' position had again become most critical. In effect of this reverse was great. In forcing Banks to recross the Potomac, Jackson had forced hime place in his rear. His cavalry had followed Banks as far as Williamsport, where the latter had h[13 more...]
army of the Mountain, so called, occupied West Virginia, which the Confederates had entirely abandoned since the end of January. One of his brigades, commanded by Crook, was posted on the banks of Greenbrier River, while the remainder of his troops were encamped at Moorefield, and Franklin in some of the numerous valleys which str mountains of West Virginia. On leaving these mountains, Edward Johnson had entrusted to General Heth the task of watching with three regiments the brigade of Colonel Crook, which occupied the beautiful valley of the Greenbrier, with its station at Lewisburg. Carried away by his zeal, Heth crossed the river to attack his adversarty solely to the Greenbrier River, the bridges of which it succeeded in destroying in its rear. But this advantage was of no benefit whatever to the Federals; for Crook was not sufficiently strong to venture among the difficult mountain passes which separated him from Jackson's base of operations, and which it would have been nece
Armistead (search for this): chapter 1
attack of the Confederates was not renewed. Lee had sent an order to his generals to wait until the whole army had got into line before resuming the offensive. Armistead's brigade of Huger's division was, by rushing forward with loud yells, to give the signal for a general assault upon the enemy's positions. Meantime, the marc in that direction. The column therefore proceeded somewhat at random. At last two of Huger's brigades emerged from the woods on Anderson's right. The third, Armistead's, which was to have commenced the attack, followed Magruder. The latter, pushing his heads of column forward as fast as the thick underwood which he had to cle forest, and undoubtedly also by the wind, which had suddenly changed,—an unreliable messenger, upon which Lee had reposed too much confidence. As we have said, Armistead's brigade, which was to have given the signal for the attack, having followed Magruder instead of proceeding with the remainder of Huger's division, found itself
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