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Chancellersville Hooker (search for this): article 11
A Recollection from Hooker's history. There can be nothing more interesting to the public to-day than a reminiscence of the gentleman that has just been so badly crushed on the Rappahannock. A broken-down gambler, he is about the best specimen come portions of it for the amusement of the Confederate public. We will take the first question put to him when "Major-Gen. Hooker was sworn by the chairman of the committee:" Question.--To what do you attribute the failure of the Peninsula state how be followed the retreating Confederates. When they reached Fort Magruder, where the Federals got their defeat, Hooker says: I supposed then that Gen. Heintzalman was there, but it turned out that he had left, and Gen. Sumner was in ce, and i have no doubt that it is so, that he said to Gen. McClellan: " General, you have three old women in advance. Gen. Hooker is engaged heavily, and they will send him no reinforcements. It is necessary for you to go in advance." I think Gov.
Heintzalman (search for this): article 11
en the effect? A.--It would have resulted in the capture and destruction of the enemy's army. Q — Do you know any reason why that could not have been done? A.--I do not. Q.--You were there when the enemy retreated from Yorktown? A.--I was within a mile and a half of there. The bully then goes on to state how be followed the retreating Confederates. When they reached Fort Magruder, where the Federals got their defeat, Hooker says: I supposed then that Gen. Heintzalman was there, but it turned out that he had left, and Gen. Sumner was in command with a large force, certainly not less than thirty thousand men. He could have advanced through the line of defences across the Peninenia, at Williamsburg, without losing ten men. The enemy could not fire, for I had him in a vise. I wanted him to advance, and until three o'clock of that day I expected he would advance and march through the line held by the enemy, and go to picking up prisoners. During this t
started for Yorktown, and reached there in about an hour. It is reported to me, and i have no doubt that it is so, that he said to Gen. McClellan: " General, you have three old women in advance. Gen. Hooker is engaged heavily, and they will send him no reinforcements. It is necessary for you to go in advance." I think Gov. Sprague went down also to urge Gen. McClellan to come up. It was reported to me that Gen. McClellan left Yorktown between four and five o'clock in the afternoon. Lieut-Col. Webb, now the inspector of the Fifth Corps, was present at the interview between Prince do Joinville and Gen. McClellan. Gen. McClellan showed a great indisposition to go forward, and only left, as I am told, between four and five o'clock. Q.--You stood your ground? A.--Yes, sir. When Gen. Kearney come up he was my senior; but Gen Heinselman was under the impression at that time that I ranked Kearney, and be sent him up to report to me. When Gen Kearney came up, as his brigade came
Q.--Did you participate in the battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Piece? A.--At the time that battle was fought my entire division was stationed at what is called Oak Bottom Swamp, about five or six from where the battle of Saturday, the 31st of May, was fought. About two o'clock of that day 1 received orders to move one-half of my division to the front, the other half to remain and hold the position they then occupied. I started, and upon reaching to within about a mile of what was called Savage's Southern, the head of my column became impeded by the fugitive, trains, of wagons, and of batteries upon the read, and was prevented from advancing except with their bayousts and at a charge. From this cause my column could make but little headway, and at the time I like them to ride to the from I doubted if they could advance at all. When I there the battle of Fair Oaks for that night was over. A best dark my troops came up. We bivouacked on the ground, the been . The most about 7
hen our troops first lanced at the Peninsula as regards the strength of the place, and the relative strength of the opening forces? A.--I did not go down for some three weeks after Gen. McClellan went down. He want, down wish the army from Alexandria, return vessels stopped at Bed's Ferry, whose I was, and took my division down. General McClellan took down about 90,000 and when I joined him I took 11,000 down to him. I did not see the returned, but that was the understanding there. Franklin afterwards joined with his division. At the time that General McClellan landed with this large army there was something between 8,000 and 16,000 at Yorktown. I have heard it estimated as low as 8,000 and as high as 15,000. Q.--What course would you have advised at the time of the landing on the Peninsula under the circumstances? A — What I subsequently did will, I think, convey an answer to that question. I attacked with my single division a line of works at Williamsburg strong
f Gen. Sumner had advanced, the rebellion would have been buried there. He did not advance at all. Q — Where was Gen. McClellan all this time? A.--At Yorktown. About nine o'clock, or thereabout, of the morning of the fight, Prince do Joinville, being that no reinforcements would be sent to me, started for Yorktown, and reached there in about an hour. It is reported to me, and i have no doubt that it is so, that he said to Gen. McClellan: " General, you have three old women in advancso to urge Gen. McClellan to come up. It was reported to me that Gen. McClellan left Yorktown between four and five o'clock in the afternoon. Lieut-Col. Webb, now the inspector of the Fifth Corps, was present at the interview between Prince do Joinville and Gen. McClellan. Gen. McClellan showed a great indisposition to go forward, and only left, as I am told, between four and five o'clock. Q.--You stood your ground? A.--Yes, sir. When Gen. Kearney come up he was my senior; but Gen He
were withdrawn from the front and collected together as far as practicable, Gen. Kearney holding the advance. Gen. Kearney then said to me: "I think I rank you."I replied. "Certainly. General, you do." He then said he would assume command, which was very proper. That night his lines of pickets held the advance. During the night the enemy evacuated Williamsburg. I have since learned, from most reliable sources, that when the news of that battle reached Richmond, Jefferson Davis and Governor Letcher moved their families out of Richmond, removed the archives and their libraries, and every citizen who could command a vehicle had has goods piled on wagons, and prepared to abandon the city. They only returned (these who had left) when they found that the pursuit caused — I almost say, was abandoned. Q.--Is it your judgment that you could have gone into Richmond then? A.--I think we could have moved right on, and got into Richmond by the second day after that battle, without a
Gen Kearney (search for this): article 11
own troops were engaged with not lese than three or four times there number. Gen. Kearney, who was the last of all the army to leave Yorktown — except Porter's divisiur and five o'clock. Q.--You stood your ground? A.--Yes, sir. When Gen. Kearney come up he was my senior; but Gen Heinselman was under the impression at that time that I ranked Kearney, and be sent him up to report to me. When Gen Kearney came up, as his brigade came up I put them in position. As soon as that was done,Gen Kearney came up, as his brigade came up I put them in position. As soon as that was done, my own troops were withdrawn from the front and collected together as far as practicable, Gen. Kearney holding the advance. Gen. Kearney then said to me: "I think Gen. Kearney holding the advance. Gen. Kearney then said to me: "I think I rank you."I replied. "Certainly. General, you do." He then said he would assume command, which was very proper. That night his lines of pickets held the advance. Gen. Kearney then said to me: "I think I rank you."I replied. "Certainly. General, you do." He then said he would assume command, which was very proper. That night his lines of pickets held the advance. During the night the enemy evacuated Williamsburg. I have since learned, from most reliable sources, that when the news of that battle reached Richmond, Jefferson D
l this time? A.--At Yorktown. About nine o'clock, or thereabout, of the morning of the fight, Prince do Joinville, being that no reinforcements would be sent to me, started for Yorktown, and reached there in about an hour. It is reported to me, and i have no doubt that it is so, that he said to Gen. McClellan: " General, you have three old women in advance. Gen. Hooker is engaged heavily, and they will send him no reinforcements. It is necessary for you to go in advance." I think Gov. Sprague went down also to urge Gen. McClellan to come up. It was reported to me that Gen. McClellan left Yorktown between four and five o'clock in the afternoon. Lieut-Col. Webb, now the inspector of the Fifth Corps, was present at the interview between Prince do Joinville and Gen. McClellan. Gen. McClellan showed a great indisposition to go forward, and only left, as I am told, between four and five o'clock. Q.--You stood your ground? A.--Yes, sir. When Gen. Kearney come up he was my
Gen Heinselman (search for this): article 11
so to urge Gen. McClellan to come up. It was reported to me that Gen. McClellan left Yorktown between four and five o'clock in the afternoon. Lieut-Col. Webb, now the inspector of the Fifth Corps, was present at the interview between Prince do Joinville and Gen. McClellan. Gen. McClellan showed a great indisposition to go forward, and only left, as I am told, between four and five o'clock. Q.--You stood your ground? A.--Yes, sir. When Gen. Kearney come up he was my senior; but Gen Heinselman was under the impression at that time that I ranked Kearney, and be sent him up to report to me. When Gen Kearney came up, as his brigade came up I put them in position. As soon as that was done, my own troops were withdrawn from the front and collected together as far as practicable, Gen. Kearney holding the advance. Gen. Kearney then said to me: "I think I rank you."I replied. "Certainly. General, you do." He then said he would assume command, which was very proper. That night his
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