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ut whether it was determined to make the attack on the north side of the James or on the south, Bermuda and City Point should be used as a base of operations. City Point on the opposite side of the ter, 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 One thing he impressed upon me: that I must be sure to hold City Point in any event, and make Bermuda impregnable; so that if he failed in turning the left flank of General Lee and driving him backuld hold the Petersburg and Richmond Railroad cut for ten days, and secure our proposed base at Bermuda and City Point, that by that time he would join me there, or on the James above Richmond, havinI instructed him to turn over all his disabled and unserviceable horses to the quartermaster at Bermuda, to be turned out to graze. See Appendix No. 53. General Sheridan on the next day sent me
Turkey Bend (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
autz, with three thousand cavalry, moved from Suffolk to cut the Weldon Railroad at Hicksford, and thence to join us at City Point. Col. Robert West, with eighteen hundred colored cavalry, moved at the same time from Williamsburg to meet us at Turkey Bend, opposite City Point. The armed transports, under the command of Brig.-Gen. Charles K. Graham, moved at night on the 4th up James River, destroyed the enemy's signal stations, and arrived at City Point at 11 A. M., of the 5th, finding no toe there for the purpose of covering my rear, I endeavored to supply this deficiency as below set forth. At evening of the 14th General Sheridan was reported by Lieutenant-Colonel Fuller, chief quartermaster, as having arrived at Haxalls, or Turkey Bend, on the opposite side of the river, some fourteen miles below, where he asked to be supplied with rations and forage. I telegraphed to Colonel Fuller to give General Sheridan all the forage and rations he needed. See Appendix No. 50. Lat
Red River (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
d that the enterprise should be undertaken, and that he himself would move upon the quartermaster-general to allow me to procure my own transportation so that I might make the expedition secretly. He pressed upon me over and over again that my objective point must be Richmond, and that I must be there on the south side within ten days after his march began, as he would be there on the north side of the James to join me. General Grant further informed me that General Banks was moving up Red River, and had been ordered to get through within a limited time, so that if I needed additional force, a part of his army would be ordered to reinforce me instead of moving against Mobile. He said that it was particularly desirable that I should have the Weldon Railroad cut at Hicksford, as that would prevent reinforcements coming from the South and supplies from reaching Richmond, so that we should be able the more easily to starve Lee out. He remained some three days examining into the
Harrison's Landing (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
of the enemy handsomely met and repulsed. When I had reported for duty to Mr. Stanton in obedience to his order to take command, he informed me of the probable importance of my department in the campaign of the coming spring and summer, in which would be a movement upon Richmond. Whereupon in all my spare moments I examined particularly the topography of Virginia and North Carolina and that, too, in connection with the campaigns of McClellan around Richmond and his final retreat to Harrison's Landing. I was a good deal impressed with the peculiar topographical formation of the country below Richmond on the south side of the James down as far as its junction with the Appomattox. In their windings the rivers approach each other within two miles and a half, at a point on the James about eight miles in direct line from Richmond, and on the Appomattox about the same distance from Petersburg. A glance at the map will show these two places, the Point of Rocks near Port Walthall five
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de of the James or on the south, Bermuda and City Point should be used as a base of operations. CitCity Point on the opposite side of the peninsula, which was known as Bermuda Hundred, needed to be fortnd Wright with his Sixth Corps was sent from City Point by water, and I sent a portion of the Ninetehirty thousand men up to Bermuda Hundred and City Point with all their ammunition and supplies in twour hours, so as to be up the James River at City Point and Bermuda before the enemy knew that I waspressed upon me: that I must be sure to hold City Point in any event, and make Bermuda impregnable; e left flank across the James and join me at City Point. I insert his orders. Let them tell the ith me against Lee, as he afterwards did, at City Point, Bermuda Hundred, and Petersburg. In consctions that I was to intrench and fortify at City Point and Bermuda Hundred; that our new base was tirmish, and crossing and joining us opposite City Point, as ordered. During the day of the 8th no[14 more...]
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-Eighth New York Volunteers, captured a rebel marine brigade organized to prey upon the commerce of Chesapeake Bay, and a dangerous nest of pirates was broken up. November 27, Colonel Draper, with the Sixth U. S. Colored Troops, made a successful raid into the counties lying on the sounds in Virginia and North Carolina, capturing and dispersing organized guerillas. December 4, Brigadier-General Wilde, at the head of two regiments of colored troops, overran all the counties as far as Chowan River, releasing some two thousand slaves and inflicting much damage upon the enemy. December 13, Brigadier-General Wistar sent a force from Williamsburg to Charles City Court-House and captured two companies of rebel cavalry, being the outposts of Richmond. The force was gallantly led by Col. Robert West. The army being much in need of recruits, and Eastern Virginia claiming to be a fully organized loyal State, by permission of the President an enrolment of all the able-bodied loyal cit
Yorktown (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
ntial election of 1864 both Lincoln and Chase offer Butler the Vice-presidency embarkation at Yorktown and seizure of City Point Drury's Bluff should have been seized at once fortifying the neck Not knowing the force of the enemy, and Kilpatrick's men being recruiting from their march at Yorktown, I asked his aid to meet this advance, which was promptly and kindly given, and the movement of 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 Pond 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 cavalrcommanding the department. See Appendix No. 25. On the 4th of May the embarkation began at Yorktown, See Appendix No. 26. of the Tenth and Eighteenth Army Corps, under the command of Generals
West Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 16
ble about that. I would undertake to transport thirty thousand men up to Bermuda Hundred and City Point with all their ammunition and supplies in twenty-four 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 believeconcentrated 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,
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ork and James Rivers, up to the line of Williamsburg, the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and a line extending towards Suffolk, about seven miles from Norfolk, on the line of the Dismal Swamp Canal in Virginia, and by the aid of the gunboats, the ere met General Kilpatrick on his return. On the 9th of March the Confederates made a demonstration upon our lines at Suffolk. Not knowing the force of the enemy, and Kilpatrick's men being recruiting from their march at Yorktown, I asked his ait 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 . W. Hincks, embarked at Fortress Monroe. At sunrise of the 5th, General Kautz, with three thousand cavalry, moved from Suffolk to cut the Weldon Railroad at Hicksford, and thence to join us at City Point. Col. Robert West, with eighteen hundred co
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n him and Richmond, and orders were at once issued for a movement by his right flank. On the night of the 7th, the march was commenced towards Spottsylvania Court-House, the Fifth Corps moving on the most direct road. But the enemy, having become apprised of our movement, and having the shorter line, was enabled to reach there first. On the 8th, General Warren met a force of the enemy which had been sent out to oppose and delay his advance, to gain time to fortify the line taken up at Spottsylvania. This force was steadily driven back on the main force, within the recently constructed works, after considerable fighting, resulting in severe loss to both sides. On the morning of the 9th, General Sheridan started on a raid against the enemy's lines of communication with Richmond. The 9th, 10th, and 11th were spent in manoeuvring and fighting without decisive results. No time was to be lost in attacking Petersburg upon either side of the Appomattox, but Richmond was to be invested o
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