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Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 28
y of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad through Washington to the Petersburg line, believing that I couad had been begun some days before, out from Washington, and, anticipating that it would be in readirdonsville and Charlottesville: (Cipher.) Washington, October 12, 1864, 12 M. Major-General Sherick, Major-General. As it was well known in Washington that the views expressed in the above despatm Secretary Stanton to repair to that city: Washington, October 13, 1864. Major-General Sheridan (ting to defer such action till I could get to Washington, and come to some definite understanding abosas Gap to Rectortown, and thence by rail to Washington. On my arrival with the cavalry near Front eadquarters armies of the United States, Washington, D. C., October 16, 1864. To Major-General Sher can leave your command with safety, come to Washington, as I wish to give you the views of the authre-occupation of our Executive Mansion. Washington, Oct. 22, 1864 Major General Sheridan. wi[5 more...]
Harrisonburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
whole of Crook's command, leaving me a wholly inadequate number of fighting men to prosecute a campaign against the city of Richmond. Then, too, I was in doubt whether the besiegers could hold the entire army at Petersburg; and in case they could not, a number of troops sufficient to crush me might be detached by Lee, moved rapidly by rail, and, after overwhelming me, be quickly returned to confront General Meade. I was moreover, that my transportation could not supply me further than Harrisonburg, and if in penetrating the Blue Ridge I met with protracted resistance, a lack of supplies might compel me to abandon the attempt at a most inopportune time. I therefore advised that the Valley campaign be terminated north of Staunton, and I be permitted to return, carrying out on the way my original instructions for desolating the Shenandoah country so as to make it untenable for permanent occupation by the Confederates. I proposed to detach the bulk of my army when this work of des
Front Royal (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
ould reach Piedmont, I directed the Sixth Corps to continue its march toward Front Royal, expecting to return to the Army of the Potomac by that line. By the 12th, f the Sixth Corps, and at the same time covered with Powell the roads toward Front Royal. My headquarters were at the Belle Grove House, which was to the west of the 15th I ordered all of the cavalry under General Torbert to accompany me to Front Royal, again intending to push it thence through Chester Gap to the Virginia Centrtown, and thence by rail to Washington. On my arrival with the cavalry near Front Royal on the 16th, I halted at the house of Mrs, Richards, on the north bank of thhe following note to General Wright: headquarters Middle Military division, Front Royal, October 16, 1864. General: The cavalry is all ordered back to you; makecluded had Powell's cavalry been closed in, as suggested in my despatch from Front Royal, yet the enemy's desperation might have prompted some other clever and ingen
Martinsburg (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
efore leaving Cedar Creek I had fixed the route of my return to be by rail from Washington to Martinsburg, and thence by horseback to Winchester and Cedar Creek, and had ordered three hundred cavalry to Martinsburg to escort me from that point to the front. At Rectortown I met General Augur, who had brought a force out from Washington to reconstruct and protect the line of railroad, and through met Secretary Stanton, asked him for a special train to be ready at 12 o'clock to take me to Martinsburg, saying that in view of existing conditions I must get back to my army as quickly as possible, reported to accompany me, and at 12 o'clock we took the train. We arrived about dark at Martinsburg, and there found the escort of three hundred men which I had ordered before leaving Cedar Creek. We spent that night at Martinsburg, and early next morning mounted and started up the Valley pike for Winchester, leaving Captain Sheridan behind to conduct to the army the Commissioners whom th
Mount Jackson (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
incidents of the chase never ceased to be amusing topics around the camp-fires of Merritt and Custer. In the fight and pursuit Torbert took eleven pieces of artillery, with their caissons, all the wagons and ambulances the enemy had on the ground, and three hundred prisoners. Some of Rosser's troopers fled to the mountains by way of Columbia Furnace, and some up the Valley pike and into the Massanutten Range, apparently not discovering that the chase had been discontinued till south of Mount Jackson they rallied on Early's infantry. After this catastrophe, Early reported to General Lee that his cavalry was so badly demoralized that it should be dismounted; and the citizens of the valley, intensely disgusted with the boasting and swaggering that had characterized the arrival of the Laurel brigade When Rosser arrived from Richmond with his brigade he was proclaimed as the savior of the Valley, and his men came all bedecked with laurel branches. in that section, baptized the ac
New Market (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
the retreating Army rallying the troops Reforming the line commencing the attack defeat of the Confederates appointed a Major General in the regular Army results of the battle. While we lay in camp at Garrisonburg it became necessary to decide whether or not I would advance to Brown's Gap, and, after driving the enemy from there, follow him through the Blue Ridge into eastern Virginia. Indeed, this question began to cause me solicitude as soon as I knew Early had escaped me at New Market, for I felt certain that I should be urged to pursue the Confederates toward Charlottesville and Gordonsville, and be expected to operate on that line against Richmond. For many reasons I was much opposed to such a plan, but mainly because its execution would involve the opening of the Orange and Alexandria railroad. To protect this road against the raids of the numerous guerrilla bands that infested the region through which it passed, and to keep it in operation, would require a large f
Slaughter Mountain (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
he next day. When the news of the victory was received, General Grant directed a salute of one hundred shotted guns to be fired into Petersburg, and the President at once thanked the army in an autograph letter. A few weeks after, he promoted me, and I received notice of this in a special letter from the Secretary of war, saying, that for the personal gallantry, military skill, and just confidence in the courage and patriotism of your troops, displayed by you on the 19th day of October at Cedar Run, whereby, under the blessing of Providence, your routed army was reorganized, a great National disaster averted, and a brilliant victory achieved over the rebels for the third time in pitched battle within thirty days, Philip H. Sheridan is appointed a major-general in the United States Army. The direct result of the battle was the recapture of all the artillery, transportation, and camp equipage we had lost, and in addition twenty-four pieces of the enemy's artillery, twelve hundred pr
Middletown (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 28
parallel with the pike, about midway between Newtown and Middletown I crossed to the west of it, and a little later came up y's division, when I found it, was about a mile north of Middletown, posted on the reverse slope of some slightly rising gro (who occupied a position close in toward the suburbs of Middletown and directly in front of Getty's left) to learn whether ted him to attack an exposed battery then at the edge of Middletown, and capture some prisoners. Merritt soon did this workent, so as to gain the Valley pike with my right between Middletown and the Belle Grove House; and when the order was passed; and the alacrity and celerity with which they moved on Middletown demonstrated that their ill-fortune of the morning had nmembered, had been holding on, dismounted, just north of Middletown ever since the time I arrived from Winchester, fell to tged the enemy clear up to the stone walls in the edge of Middletown; at sight of this the infantry brigade renewed its attac
Stephen Thomas (search for this): chapter 28
orse. One Hundred and Sixteenth New York, Colonel George M. Love. One Hundred and Fifty-third New York (1), Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Strain. One Hundred and Fifty-third New York (2), Captain George H. McLaughlin. Second brigade: (1) Colonel Stephen Thomas. (2) Brigadier-General James W. McMillan. Twelfth Connecticut, Lieutenant-Colonel George N. Lewis. One Hundred and Sixtieth New York, Captain Henry P. Underhill. Forty-seventh Pennsylvania, Major J. P. Shindel Gobin. Eighth Vermont (1), Major John B. Mead. Eighth Vermont (2), Captain Moses McFarland. Eighth Vermont (3), Colonel Stephen Thomas. Third brigade:[Guarding wagon-trains, and not engaged in the battle.] Colonel Leonard D. H. Currie. Thirtieth Maine, Colonel Thomas H. Hubbard. One Hundred and Thirty-third New York, Major Anthony J. Allaire. One Hundred and Sixty-second New York, Colonel Justus W. Blanchard. One Hundred and Sixty-fifth New York (six companies), Lieutenant-Colonel Gouverneur Carr. One Hundred and
Gustavus Urban (search for this): chapter 28
e S. Nichols. Nineteenth New York (First Dragoons), Colonel Alfred Gibbs. First United States Artillery, Batteries K and L, Lieutenant Franck E. Taylor. reserve brigade: (1) Colonel Charles R. Lowell, Jr. (2) Lieutenant-Colonel Casper Crowninshield. Second Massachusetts (1), Lieutenant-Colonel Casper Crowninshield. Second Massachusetts (2), Captain Archibald McKendry. First United States, Captain Eugene M. Baker. Second United States, Captain Robert S. Smith. Fifth United States, Lieutenant Gustavus Urban. Second division[From Department of West Virginia.] Colonel William H. Powell. first brigade: Colonel Alpheus S. Moore. Eighth Ohio (detachment), Fourteenth Pennsylvania, Major Thomas Gibson. Twenty-second Pennsylvania, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew J. Greenfield. Second brigade: Colonel Henry Capehart. First New York, Major Timothy Quinn. First West Virginia, Major Harvey Farabee. Second West Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel John J. Hoffman. Third West Virginia, Lieutenant-Colo
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