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McConnellsburg (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
stward as far as the Cumberland Mountains, returned to Hancock to operate on his left and lay other districts in Pennsylvania under contribution: he occupied McConnellsburg, then brought his booty to Chambersburg, a central point, whence it was forwarded south with that of the rest of the army. Jenkins, on his part, was raiding ered by Lee, are hastening from every direction—to precede him if he should push forward, or to cover his retreat if he should be vanquished, Imboden has left McConnellsburg, after destroying the bridges of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad; Jones and Robertson, left by Lee among the defiles of the Blue Ridge, have at last been summbrigades; Fitzhugh Lee, with the fourth, has gone to Cashtown to guard the supply-trains assembled at that point; Imboden, who, after a very useless effort at McConnellsburg, has just joined the army with one brigade of cavalry, a battery, and some infantry, protects on the south the extremity of Longstreet's line; finally, Robert
Fairfax Station (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
is steps, he would have returned in time to discover the passage of the Federals into Maryland, apprise Lee of the fact, and join Early in Pennsylvania. He persisted in his project, and, not being able to effect a passage west of Centreville, determined to force his way at the east. Delayed by the necessity of letting his horses graze again, he was unable to get beyond the Occoquan, which he reached at Wolf Run Shoals on the 26th, and arrived in two columns on the 27th at Burke's and Fairfax Stations. He found everywhere traces of the departure of the Federal army, gathered some provisions that had been left behind, and had no encounter except with a regiment of cavalry, which he quickly drove back into Washington after capturing two hundred men. Pursuing his route in the track of the Unionists, he arrived at Dranesville, which place the Sixth corps had left in the morning. He had not succeeded, therefore, in turning the Federal army, which had crossed the Potomac before him, and
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
the enemy's skirmishers hidden in the bushes. While he is encouraging his soldiers by his own example, at a distance of less than sixty paces from the latter he is struck in the head by a ball, and expires without uttering a word. Reynolds was undoubtedly the most remarkable man among all the officers that the Army of the Potomac saw fall on the battlefield during the four years of its existence; and Meade could say of him that he was the noblest and bravest of them all. A graduate of West Point, he had early distinguished himself in that Mexican army which was destined to become the nursery of staff officers both North and South. His former comrades, who had become either his colleagues or his adversaries, held him in the greatest estimation on account of his military talents, for under a cold exterior he concealed an ardent soul; and it was not the slowness, but rather the clearness, of his judgment that enabled him to preserve his coolness at the most critical moments. The co
Falmouth, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
-five thousand men. Hooker thought justly that his adversaries were not likely to come to attack him in his positions at Falmouth, and try to turn him; but he was under the impression that they were about to resume the campaign plan of the preceding ther separate his columns, he could then make a sudden attack with superior forces upon the troops which his presence at Falmouth detained on the Lower Rappahannock, and crush in its isolation one of the army corps whose co-operation was indispensablt Manassas if Washington itself was menaced. Hooker remained with the left wing, composed of the other four corps, near Falmouth, facing south. In the mean while, Lee, being under no obligation to discuss his plan of campaign with his government,the several corps of his army were on the march. The Second, Sixth and Twelfth corps, which he had kept within reach of Falmouth, were directed toward Dumfries, and thence to Fairfax Court-house, with the reserve artillery, the trains, and all the m
Frederick, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
und him were about to start for the purpose of joining him. The Second corps, which had halted a few miles from Gettysburg, on the Taneytown road, resumed its march; De Trobriand's and Burling's brigades left Emmettsburg; and the Fifth corps had arrived the day before at Bonaughtown, a village about six miles from Gettysburg, on the Hanover turnpike. In the course of three consecutive days, from the 29th of June to the 1st of July, this corps had marched over sixty-two miles from Frederick, Maryland, but notwithstanding the fatigue of his men, General Sykes had pushed them forward in the direction of Gettysburg since break of day. The Sixth corps, which, on the 1st of July, was stationed at Manchester, more than thirty miles from Gettysburg, had been on the march since seven o'clock in the evening, and, owing to this forced march, was expected to arrive in the afternoon. The cavalry, on its part, was preparing to cover the positions which the army had first occupied: Buford, wit
Seminary Hill (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
t the west, and consequently in advance of Seminary Hill. The mounted artillery which accompanies o'clock has ascended the eastern slope of Seminary Hill. Wadsworth, who at an advanced age had jon eagerly obeyed. Lee was on the ridge of Seminary Hill before half-past 4, whence he surveyed theenemy's troops, which he then perceived on Seminary Hill. Birney, with Graham's and Ward's brigadeer of its western front, resembles that of Seminary Hill. The culminating point of this ridge is o of Rock Creek, as far as the extremity of Seminary Hill, the Confederates form an extensive and co the discharges of the artillery posted on Seminary Hill were not an obstacle to both sight and hearesh troops, which have long since reached Seminary Hill, and are destined to play the first role iahone, on the left, along the extremity of Seminary Hill, occupy the positions which they did not l more to northward, along the extremity of Seminary Hill, not far from the spot selected by Lee for[21 more...]
Hood's Mill (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
pted to follow them, and by a bold dash between the forts heighten the commotion which his presence at Rockville could not fail to create. But night was approaching, his horses were tired, and the necessity of speedily rejoining his chief prevailed over every other consideration. In spite of the exhaustion of both men and animals, it became therefore necessary to resume the march during the night, and on the morning of the 29th the two columns struck the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Hood's Mill and Sykesville. They had thus followed the eastern slope of the hills which form the boundary of the Monocacy basin at the east. The occupation of the railroad connecting Washington and Baltimore with the town of Frederick, where the centre of the enemy's army was located, might have proved a serious source of trouble to the latter if it had intended to remain there, and if Stuart had had time to destroy the track entirely. He only set fire to two small bridges, being unable to capture
Suffolk, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
k of reinforcing and reorganizing it. The return of the three divisions that had been besieging Suffolk, the forwarding of new regiments which had been withdrawn from points of least importance for dr Lee in Virginia, a whole army corps was left at Port Royal, one division at New Berne, two at Suffolk, and one in the peninsula of Virginia, to waste away without a purpose, without any plan of cameck had unnecessarily left under Keyes' command in the peninsula of Virginia since the siege of Suffolk had been raised would then have swelled the ranks of the Army of the Potomac, while the latter,mall army occupied the mouths of the James and York Rivers. Since the raising of the siege of Suffolk this force should have been reduced to such garrisons as were necessary for the defence of straourteen thousand under Peck, who since the 1st of May had scarcely had an enemy before them at Suffolk, and from eight to ten thousand of the twelve thousand who under Keyes were occupying their lei
Hilton Head (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
e terrible epidemics which in spite of the progress of science have ravaged our European armies in nearly all the wars that have taken place during late years. When we take into account the total absence of cholera on the American continent during these four years of war, one is tempted to exclaim, with its inhabitants, that there is a special Providence for the United States; but when we find the scurvy everywhere crushed out in its incipiency, and the yellow fever, after having invaded Hilton Head in the fall of 1862, being promptly isolated and subdued, we must do full justice to the wise precautions of the medical corps, whose advice was seldom controverted by the executive authorities. During the first year of the war the medical department was organized with a full knowledge of the experience acquired in Europe by a physician whose name will ever be famous—Surgeon-general Hammond. The American armies were soon deprived of his services in consequence of certain incidents abo
Tilton (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 4
ion, and sends Burling's two regiments, with that of De Trobriand, which we have seen opportunely arrive in this new position. Sykes, on his part, pushes forward Tilton's and Sweitzer's brigades of Barnes' division, which he had halted in the rear of De Trobriand. Sweitzer takes position on the right of the latter in the wood whese very positions. His attack is at first directed against Sweitzer, but the latter, being posted on favorable ground, offers resistance. He then turns against Tilton's brigade, which is much more exposed. It has no support, its right is unprotected, and it falls back. Its retreat is followed by that of Sweitzer, despite the upport. It is against this wing that Wofford, after the capture of the orchard, descends with all the intrepidity that recent success has given to his soldiers. Tilton's brigade, not yet recovered from the combat in which it has been engaged, succumbs under their effort. Kershaw immediately takes advantage of it in order to res
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