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elligence came only by courier, so that before Meade could return to the front Fort Steadman had benty dead and fifteen severely wounded. When Meade arrived on the field, he promptly ordered Wrigave made the attempt at the other extremity of Meade's line, and in any event have withdrawn the trpose of him, and then be freer to attack Lee. Meade was not sanguine, and said little; but others al hours before the Fifth corps was ready, and Meade evidently shared the feeling in regard to Warre despair. At 2.50 P. M., becoming impatient, Meade sent word by his chief of staff to Warren: Siniged, not only to weaken his lines in front of Meade, but absolutely to detach Pickett and the cavaefinite action. Meanwhile he telegraphed to Meade: Colonel Porter has returned from Sheridan. Hts, and the general-in-chief instantly ordered Meade: Let Warren draw back at once to his position M., before the receipt of Grant's directions, Meade sent word to Warren: Dispatch from General She[42 more...]
plank to try and communicate with Sheridan. Both these orders to Warren were obeyed. He sent Bartlett's brigade to the left, on the White Oak road, and three regiments by the Boydton road in the dttack the enemy at Dinwiddie court-house on one side, and Sheridan on the other. On account of Bartlett's position, they [the enemy] will have to make a considerable detour to reinforce their troops Oak road a mile and a half west of Warren's left on the 31st of March, the Crump road, on which Bartlett was moving, runs directly south about two miles, when it enters the main Five Forks road near tadvantage that Warren was already in possession of the Crump road, as far as Gravelly run, with Bartlett's brigade. Accordingly, at 9.45 P. M., Meade enquired of Grant: Would it not be well for War of Sheridan? Humphreys can hold the line to the Boydton plank road, and the refusal along it. Bartlett's brigade is now on the [Crump] road from G. Boisseau running north, where it crosses Gravelly
John G. Parke (search for this): chapter 8
rch, the orders for the movement were issued. Parke and Wright were at first to be left in the trehe option of army commanders. The forces of Parke and Wright were to be massed and ready to attath, long before dawn, the rebels moved against Parke's line east of Fort Steadman, with Gordon's co, reinforced by Bushrod Johnson's division. Parke's Report. Taking advantage of Grant's order alo the front Fort Steadman had been recarried. Parke was senior in the trenches, and directed Wrigh the enemy in their respective fronts, west of Parke, but Humphreys had already advanced without orrun, near Burgess's mill, and Ord, Wright, and Parke made examinations in their fronts to determineimate of Lee's forces was correct. Wright and Parke reported favorably to an assault, and Grant deders. Orders have been given Ord, Wright, and Parke to be ready to assault at daylight tomor-row mk, to penetrate the weakened lines in front of Parke, or Wright, or Ord. The rebel general, howe[8 more...]
Warren Sheridan (search for this): chapter 8
On the night of the 29th, Grant sent word to Sheridan: Our line is now unbroken from the Appomattoxf was occupied at the moment in his tent, and Sheridan waited outside at the camp-fire with the stafe well to notify him again of the position of Sheridan's cavalry, what he reports the enemy's positiad failed to overwhelm the national cavalry. Sheridan had extricated his troops from the complicatckenzie to move his cavalry to the support of Sheridan by way of the Vaughan road, do so. I have sensame night by aides-de-camp of both Grant and Sheridan, whose feet were not wet as they sat in their having arrived at this point at daylight; Sheridan had sent a staff officer to bring Ayres by th forward when required. In this emergency, Sheridan devised a new and brilliant scheme. He deters of position, Warren could not be found, and Sheridan finally sent him an order relieving him from uld not prove equal to the task assigned him, Sheridan must not hesitate to relieve him and put anot[134 more...]
H. E. Davies (search for this): chapter 8
orward on the principal road to the Forks; and, as he met with some opposition, Sheridan ordered Davies's brigade of Crook's division to join him, while Crook himself, with the remainder of his commannt nearer the White Oak road. Then, with all his infantry and most of his cavalry, striking at Davies's brigade on the left of Merritt, he forced it back after a gallant fight, and penetrated Sheridan's line, isolating Merritt and Davies from the remainder of the command. Sheridan at once ordered this detached force to move to the Boydton road, march down to Dinwiddie, and join the line of battt more than a hundred yards from Sheridan's lines. Dinwiddie, however, was held. Merritt and Davies, with their commands, reached the court-house without opposition by the Boydton road, but too laported to Grant: The enemy have gained some ground, but we still hold in front of Dinwiddie, and Davies and Devin are coming down the Boydton road to join us. . . . The men behaved splendidly. Our lo
MacKENZIEenzie (search for this): chapter 8
nwiddie generalship of Sheridan situation, March 31st Sheridan not dismayed Grant determines to reinforce Sheridan Warren ordered to Sheridan's support Urgency of Grant and Meade inexcusable delay of Warren chagrin of Grant Disarrangement of Sheridan's plan advance of Sheridan without Warren Sheri-Dan's new plan of battle battle of Five Forks dispositions of Sheridan further obstructiveness of Warren advance of cavalry assault by Ayres gallantry of Sheridan movements of MacKENZIEenzie deflection of Crawford inefficiency of Warren Second advance of Ayres splendid success of Ayres movement of Griffin and Crawford simultaneous advance of cavalry complete victory of Sheridan rout of rebels-pursuit of rebels Warren relieved from command results of battle-grant's endorsement of Sheridan characteristics of Warren and Sheridan. On the 25th of March, 1865, Lee had still seventy thousand effective men in the lines at Richmond and Petersburg, while the armies of th
his back to the Boydton plank, and his left connecting with Crook. Gibbes's brigade was held in reserve about a mile north of Dinwiddie. Butnwiddie. Sheridan instantly perceived his opportunity, and ordered Gibbes and Gregg to advance. Then, as the rebel line went crashing througthe woods in pursuit of Merritt, wheeling towards the Boydton road, Gibbes struck them in flank and rear, while Gregg, moving rapidly up from n Chamberlain's bed, and taking a wood road, came in on the left of Gibbes, and also in the enemy's rear. This sudden and combined attack com progress slow. Pickett's infantry, however, pushed back Gregg and Gibbes to the court-house, while the rebel cavalry turned on Smith, who han had brought up two brigades of Custer's division, and these, with Gibbes and Gregg, were now in line; slight breastworks had been thrown up . At the junction with the road leading to the Boydton plank, where Gibbes had attacked the rebels in rear the day before, the head of Ayres's
U. S. Grant (search for this): chapter 8
ions of Grant and Sheridan characteristics of Grant's strategy situation, March 30th Sheridan ornce of following up a repulse of the enemy. Grant was thus persisting in the plan he had adoptedn the report of the first assault arrived; and Grant at once notified Gibbon, who had been left in istener. Sheridan, however, said nothing, and Grant immediately remarked: Although I have providedA. M., and the Second at six. At nine o'clock Grant left City Point by the military railroad. Thewho had the right took the great trooper in to Grant, and urged the general to listen to his talk. corps he had never at this time commanded. Grant replied at once: It will be impossible to giveforce in conjunction with Miles. Meanwhile, Grant was preparing to support Warren on the other ff March, he had given great dissatisfaction to Grant. He seemed never to comprehend his instructions of Lee and the objective point indicated by Grant. The promptness and audacity with which, when[100 more...]
McGonigle (search for this): chapter 8
s condition of affairs, and sent several officers after Warren, who was on the right with Crawford. As Warren did not arrive, he himself remained, encouraging Ayres's men, with words and example. The line was easily steadied, however, for the troops were used to battle, and speedily recovered from the momentary panic; and Sheridan himself took the battle-flag in his hands and plunged into the charge at the head of the command. The flag was shot, the man who had borne it was killed, and McGonigle, of Sheridan's staff, was severely wounded; but the fiery enthusiasm of the leader, his disregard of danger, his evident belief in victory, were contagious. The bands were ordered to play, and the division burst on the enemy's left like a tornado. The breastwork in front was a hundred yards in length, and screened by a dense undergrowth of pines, but Ayres's troops swept everything before them, overrunning the works at the bayonet-point, breaking the rebel flank past mending, and capturi
Dinwiddie (search for this): chapter 8
cavalry on the direct road to the court-house. But Sheridan pushed out at the same time from Dinwiddie, with Merritt and Crook's commands, leaving Custer at the rear to guard the trains and the roa the rebels lay on their arms that night not more than a hundred yards from Sheridan's lines. Dinwiddie, however, was held. Merritt and Davies, with their commands, reached the court-house withouief simply desired to protect Warren against an intervention of the enemy between his left and Dinwiddie; but the moment he learned that Sheridan was opposed by infantry as well as horse, and had beehe Crump road, his route would bring him directly in the rear of Pickett's force as it fronted Dinwiddie. The Fifth corps could then either attack the enemy in rear, or if, alarmed by the national e of your command by the road Bartlett is on, and strike the enemy in rear, or between him and Dinwiddie. General Sheridan reported his last position as north of Dinwiddie court-house, near Dr. Smit
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