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Walter Harrison (search for this): chapter 8
clear, and then slopes down to Chamberlain's bed, on the west, the banks of which are thickly wooded. The road that crosses the bed was held by Smith, of Crook's command, on the extreme left of the line, and Gregg took position on the right of Smith. It was here the rebels made their first assault at ten o'clock in the morning. Their cavalry charged across the creek, but were driven back with a loss of five hundred men, and the infantry made no attempt to follow. Pickett's Men, by Walter Harrison, Adjutant-general of Pickett's division. The rebels pronounced this one of the severest cavalry fights of the war, but the assault was repelled and the position maintained. In the meantime Merritt had nearly obtained possession of Five Forks, but, meeting a strong body of infantry, was compelled to retire, and formed a line west of the Five Forks road, with his back to the Boydton plank, and his left connecting with Crook. Gibbes's brigade was held in reserve about a mile north of D
ached to the crossing of the Vaughan road and Hatcher's run; Humphreys was on the left of Ord, exte give up all from the Jerusalem plank road to Hatcher's run, whenever the force can be used advantageously. After getting into line south of Hatcher's run, we pushed forward to find the enemy's posgive up all from the Jerusalem plank road to Hatcher's run, whenever the forces can be used advante, drove the rebels behind their main line on Hatcher's run, near Burgess's mill, and Ord, Wright, hand, at the crossing of the Vaughan road and Hatcher's run, both points about ten miles from Sheriossession of the Ford road at the crossing of Hatcher's run, and thus cut off the rebel line of retthe left, as ordered, and pushed straight for Hatcher's run, leaving, as we have seen, a gap betwee no force in his front on the further side of Hatcher's run, almost immediately recrossed, and, as remained on the Ford road at the crossing of Hatcher's run. No complete return was made of the [4 more...]
es and Crawford retired behind him. Warren promptly notified Humphreys, on his right, of the disaster, and Humphreys sent Miles's division at once to his support. The rebel advance was checked; but the Fifth corps had been driven in a mile. As ssaid, at Mrs. Butler's house, on Boydton plank road. My Headquarters will be at Dabney's saw-mill to-night. Warren, and Miles's division of the Second corps are now advancing. I hope your cavalry is up where it can be of assistance. Let me know place in front of Griffin.—Warren to Webb, March 30, 5.50 A. M. I do not think it best to advance any further till General Miles gets into position on my right.—Warren to Humphreys, March 30. Major-General Meade directs you to move up the Quakthe attack and given orders to receive it differently. Between two and three o'clock, however, Warren made an advance, Miles's division, of the Second corps, supporting him on the right. The troops pushed on, wading a stream waist-deep, and adva
Joseph E. Johnston (search for this): chapter 8
rolina and join Sherman. By this strategy the commands of Lee and Johnston would both be enclosed and driven to a common centre. If they atthe Roanoke by Sherman would be the signal for Lee to leave; and if Johnston and Lee were combined, a long and tedious and expensive campaign, ebel commanders were conferring in order to effect a junction. Johnston's Military Narrative. Sherman had recommended that Grant should watter position for pursuit, but retard the concentration of Lee and Johnston, besides compelling the rebels to abandon important material whichLee, and thus for ever terminate all communication between him and Johnston's army. On the 25th of March, however, Lee made an attack upon on, was to continue the movement to the end. It was suggested that Johnston might march up from the south and attack the rear of the army. I of cavalry at Stony creek station; I think it possible, too, that Johnston may be brought up that road to attack us in rear. They will see n
J. B. Gordon (search for this): chapter 8
fort a little more than half a mile from the Appomattox, where the national works crossed the Prince George courthouse road, and one of the positions gained in the first assaults on Petersburg. The work was a small one, without bastions, known as Fort Steadman, and the opposing lines were not more than a hundred and fifty yards apart, the pickets only fifty yards. At half-past 4 on the morning of March 25th, long before dawn, the rebels moved against Parke's line east of Fort Steadman, with Gordon's corps, reinforced by Bushrod Johnson's division. Parke's Report. Taking advantage of Grant's order allowing deserters to bring their arms with them across the lines, they sent forward squads of pretended deserters, who by this ruse gained possession of several of the picket posts. These were closely followed by a strong storming party of picked men, and this again by three heavy columns. Parke's pickets were overwhelmed after one discharge of their pieces; the trench guard, though res
Wesley Merritt (search for this): chapter 8
trains and the roads connecting with Meade. Merritt was thrown forward on the principal road to t, striking at Davies's brigade on the left of Merritt, he forced it back after a gallant fight, ande by the rear rank and abandon the pursuit of Merritt, which, if continued, would have taken in flaan's lines. Dinwiddie, however, was held. Merritt and Davies, with their commands, reached the d to drive the rebels back to Five Forks with Merritt's column, press them into their works, and matroy the entire army of Northern Virginia. Merritt accordingly was directed to press the enemy, o hold the national column in check, and when Merritt's line was formed and ready to attack, they gks in front were carried at several points by Merritt's men, while the Fifth corps doubled up the ld were followed by Griffin, and afterwards by Merritt's cavalry. Sheridan, meanwhile, had been gforce that had been detached from his army. Merritt went into camp west and south of the Forks, a[10 more...]
Chamberlain (search for this): chapter 8
n battle of Dinwiddie advance of Pickett repulse of rebels on Chamberlain's creek Pickett pierces Sheridan's centre Sheridan attacks in himself, with the remainder of his command, moved to the left to Chamberlain's creek, a little north and west of Dinwiddie, where the enemy wourt-house the ground is high and clear, and then slopes down to Chamberlain's bed, on the west, the banks of which are thickly wooded. The nk and rear, while Gregg, moving rapidly up from his position on Chamberlain's bed, and taking a wood road, came in on the left of Gibbes, anturned on Smith, who had so gallantly maintained the crossing of Chamberlain's creek in the morning. His command again held off the enemy foe road just this side of A. Adams' house, which leads out across Chamberlain's bed or run. I understand you have a division at J. Boisseau's; front gave way rapidly, moving by the right flank, and crossing Chamberlain's bed. The fact being thus developed that the enemy were rein
W. Dabney (search for this): chapter 8
position, by turning to the right, you may be able to hit the enemy in rear. He followed this up by an order to Ord: Ayres's division has been driven from near W. Dabney's back to the Boydton road. The Fifth corps is now pre. paring to take the offensive in turn, aided by the Second corps. Keep the enemy busy in your front, andtness the attack, and from there sent another dispatch to Sheridan. I am now, he said, at Mrs. Butler's house, on Boydton plank road. My Headquarters will be at Dabney's saw-mill to-night. Warren, and Miles's division of the Second corps are now advancing. I hope your cavalry is up where it can be of assistance. Let me know hate; planning a battle on a field he had never seen; persisting in his effort to break through the right of Lee. He had little rest that night in his camp bed at Dabney's saw-mill. His double anxiety was extreme. At no time since the army of the Potomac left the Rapidan had an entire wing of his command been so endangered; at n
ame time from Dinwiddie, with Merritt and Crook's commands, leaving Custer at the rear to guard the trains and the roads connecting with Meadt of Dinwiddie. Meanwhile, Sheridan had brought up two brigades of Custer's division, and these, with Gibbes and Gregg, were now in line; sli road leading to Five Forks, for three-quarters of a mile, with General Custer's division. The enemy are in his immediate front, lying so as most on his flanks. I will hold on here. Possibly they may attack Custer at daylight; if so, attack instantly and in full force. Attack at re followed fast by Merritt's two divisions, Devin on the right and Custer on the left, while Crook remained at the rear to hold Dinwiddie andtt accordingly was directed to press the enemy, and promptly pushed Custer out by the Scott or western road, and Devin by the main one, to Fivd with his left inside the rebel breastworks. Devin contested with Custer the honor of having first gained a foothold, and both divisions had
G. Weitzel (search for this): chapter 8
ight were at first to be left in the trenches in front of Petersburg, but all of Meade's command except the Ninth corps was under marching orders. Ord, with three divisions from the army of the James, was also to join the moving column, leaving Weitzel in command north of the river and at Bermuda Hundred. To the force which Sheridan had brought from the Valley, was added the cavalry of the army of the Potomac, under Crook, and eventually about fifteen hundred troopers belonging to Ord. It wage artillery force, and not more than six or eight guns were allowed to a division, at the option of army commanders. The forces of Parke and Wright were to be massed and ready to attack in case the enemy weakened his line in their front, and Weitzel also was instructed to keep vigilant watch, and to break through at any point where it might prove at all practicable. A success north of the James, said Grant, should be followed up with great promptness; but he added: An attack will not be fe
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