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Gloucester Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
of the proposed intrenched lines of Bermuda Hundred, which was the highest point ever reached by the navy until after the surrender of Richmond. The admiral also doubted whether it was possible to make the movement a surprise, and argued strenuously against an attempt by the joint expedition to go above City Point,--Osborn, the point proposed by me, being almost twenty miles beyond by the river. To divert the enemy's attention, all the white troops were concentrated at Yorktown and Gloucester Point, and all the colored infantry and artillery at Hampton, the colored cavalry at Williamsburg, and all the white cavalry at the line beyond Norfolk in the direction of Suffolk. About the 1st of May West Point, at the head of York River, was seized, preparations were made for building wharves and landings, and fortifications were begun, as if with the intention of making this the base of operations for a junction with Grant's army. General Meigs, quartermaster-general, was of opinion
Gloucester, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
hours after I was notified of the march of his army across the Rapidan. By besieging West Point, at the head of York River, and beginning to fortify it, erecting store-houses, as if I was making a base of supplies for my army when it landed to meet the army of the enemy, I could so far hoodwink Lee and his officers that they would believe I was there fifty miles away from Richmond for the purpose of joining Grant's army. I could gather the water craft to transport my army from Yorktown, Gloucester, and Fortress Monroe in twenty-four hours, so as to be up the James River at City Point and Bermuda before the enemy knew that I was moving in that direction. I explained to him in great detail every step that I proposed to take to do this, and thus showed him every one by which I afterwards did that very thing. He at first said it was impossible, but I so far convinced him that he agreed that the enterprise should be undertaken, and that he himself would move upon the quartermaster-ge
Chesterfield (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
tions being made to move our whole force to the railroad and destroy as much of it as possible. General Smith was to endeavor to reach the railroad bridge over Swift Creek, supported by General Gillmore on the left toward Chester Station. It was found quite impossible to discover any ford to cross the creek, and the railroad bron the next day. That evening I had a consultation with my corps commanders, and it was determined that we should make a vigorous movement on the morrow to pass Swift creek, to reach the Appomattox, and destroy the bridges across it. Cooperating with this, General Hincks was to move on the south side of the Appomattox upon Petersbuth, the enemy making an attack in force upon Generals Brooks and Heckman, but were handsomely repulsed. On the 10th the plan of withdrawal of the troops from Swift Creek was carried out without loss, and the railroad wholly destroyed for seven miles, under my personal supervision, there being no such agreement between my corps c
Bermuda Hundred (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
Davis frustrated advantages of occupying Bermuda hundred noted: Grant and Butler plan its occupati, and an intrenched camp could be made of Bermuda Hundred more impregnable than Fortress Monroe. Iside of the peninsula, which was known as Bermuda Hundred, needed to be fortified and held as a depsurprise City Point and this peninsula of Bermuda Hundred and so hold it as to get around Richmond ke to transport thirty thousand men up to Bermuda Hundred and City Point with all their ammunition Lee, as he afterwards did, at City Point, Bermuda Hundred, and Petersburg. In consultation with to intrench and fortify at City Point and Bermuda Hundred; that our new base was to be established right of the proposed intrenched lines of Bermuda Hundred, which was the highest point ever reachedhite troops of the two corps pushed on to Bermuda Hundred, and by eight o'clock ten thousand men, wry out my instructions, secure my base at Bermuda Hundred, and move as far up the James as possible
Ponder (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
y, I came to the conclusion to take command in person of this movement so that nothing should be lost because of any disagreement between my corps commanders, neither of whom really desired that the other should succeed. At daybreak on the 12th, all the movements were made in conformity with these orders. Brigadier-General Ames' brigade was posted near Port Walthall Junction to cover our rear from the enemy's forces arriving at Petersburg from the South. The enemy met us at Proctor or Mill Creek, and after several severe engagements were forced back into their first line of works around Drury's Bluff. As soon as the roads by Chesterfield Court-House were opened by our advance, in obedience to the instructions of the lieutenant-general, General Kautz was sent with his cavalry by those roads to cut the Danville Railroad and the James River Canal. He was not able to strike the canal, but cut the road near Appomattox Station, and thence marched along the line of the road destroying
Port Royal (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
g you would send for me have advised very strongly against it. And as your strongest friend, I myself must advise against it, especially because I think they will throw every obstacle in the way of our having an early march. At this I gave it up. The only delay experienced in the movement up James River came from General Gillmore, who did not effect his embarkation with the celerity which his orders and place in line required, and I telegraphed him that having waited for his corps from Port Royal, I was not a little surprised at the necessity for waiting for him at Fortress Monroe, and instructed him to push forward. See Appendix No. 27. During the 6th the remainder of the troops were landed. A march of about seven miles brought us to the proposed line, which was at once occupied, and intrenching begun. It was discovered that on the opposite side of the Appomattox, at Springhill, the ground overlooked the Bermuda side. We occupied this point by General Hincks with his color
Plymouth, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
the line of railroad from New Berne, and the cities of New Berne, Plymouth, and Washington, and as much land as was fairly within the pickets these several posts it appeared to me that holding Washington and Plymouth was useless, because, while Washington was distant from New Berne only about twenty miles, and Plymouth perhaps a less distance from Washington by land, the enemy held the intervening territory, and the only hes came from General Peck that the enemy were preparing to attack Plymouth. General Wessels, in command there, however, whose gallant defeven out of the Roanoke; the rebel gunboats commanded the town, and Plymouth, after a brave defence, was captured with some sixteen hundred mento the War Department upon taking command of this department, that Plymouth and Washington were worse than useless to us, was unhappily verifirandum of instructions. See Appendix No. 20. Before his arrival Plymouth, which General Grant desired should be held at all hazards, had fa
Beaufort, N. C. (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
n, and these were employed in defending the lighthouses and protecting the loyal inhabitants from the outrages of their immediate neighbors. January 25, 1864, the roads being impassable, Brigadier-General Graham, with some armed transports, went up the James River to Lower Brandon and destroyed a large quantity of provisions and forage stored there, and captured some smuggling vessels. Major-General Pickett, of the Confederate forces, made an attack upon New Berne and our lines at Beaufort, N. C., on the 1st of February, but was cleverly repulsed with loss, Brigadier-General Palmer commanding the district. By a surprise of an outpost, fifty-three of the Second North Carolina (loyal) Regiment were captured by General Pickett. By his order they were tried by court martial and twenty-two of them were hanged. Their supposed offence was that they, being enrolled in the Confederate army, had enlisted in the Union army. Upon remonstrance by General Peck, commanding in North Carol
Brandon (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
to recruit a regiment of loyal Virginians, but after many months of energetic trial, both by them and by myself, the attempt was abandoned. A company and a half was all the recruits that State would furnish to the Union, and these were employed in defending the lighthouses and protecting the loyal inhabitants from the outrages of their immediate neighbors. January 25, 1864, the roads being impassable, Brigadier-General Graham, with some armed transports, went up the James River to Lower Brandon and destroyed a large quantity of provisions and forage stored there, and captured some smuggling vessels. Major-General Pickett, of the Confederate forces, made an attack upon New Berne and our lines at Beaufort, N. C., on the 1st of February, but was cleverly repulsed with loss, Brigadier-General Palmer commanding the district. By a surprise of an outpost, fifty-three of the Second North Carolina (loyal) Regiment were captured by General Pickett. By his order they were tried by cou
Chester Station (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
troy as much of it as possible. General Smith was to endeavor to reach the railroad bridge over Swift Creek, supported by General Gillmore on the left toward Chester Station. It was found quite impossible to discover any ford to cross the creek, and the railroad bridge was strongly held by the enemy with intrenched artillery. as the result of a conference between them, whether it would not be better to withdraw our forces to our lines, destroying all that part of the road north of Chester Station, and then cross the Appomattox on a pontoon bridge and cut all the roads, entering Petersburg on that side. See Appendix No. 40. To that letter I at once Smith] is forced back. General Kautz has orders to proceed as soon as the demonstration of General Smith's troops has masked his movements from, at, or near Chester Station, to make demonstrations upon the Danville railroad for the purpose of cutting it. It is intended to develop [by this movement] the entire strength of the enem
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