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lled to abandon his first line of works. General Weitzel's brigade, which had covered our rear in h animation during the day. At ten o'clock Weitzel's brigade, with the division of General Grovellows: The extreme right was commanded by General Weitzel. with his own and the division of Generarmed it. I refer to the division commanders — Weitzel, the young man, but old soldier; Grover, the sketry and roar of artillery gave notice that Weitzel was at work, and as it increased in intensitythat whatever else would be done by the army, Weitzel was bound to win; his column could not be chewas tedious and bloody, no one faltered. General Weitzel, keeping his men well in hand for the lasAnd it did not take long for the quick eye of Weitzel to see all this and profit by it. As soon as rtieth Massachusetts; Captain Hubbard, on General Weitzel's staff. wounded.--General T. W. Shermoss engaged the upper batteries, and when General Weitzel captured the six-gun battery before refer[1 more...]
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade), chapter 6 (search)
morrow. The change of affairs in Tennessee will render his presence there unnecessary. An expedition sailed the other day from Fortress Monroe, composed of the fleet and a detachment of troops. Grant took these from Butler's army, intending Weitzel should command them; but much to every one's astonishment, Butler insisted on going, and did go, with the expedition. Mrs. Lyman has sent me a Christmas present of a box of nice cigars. Headquarters army of the Potomac, December 20, 1864. 7, 1865. To-day we have the news that the second expedition has succeeded in taking Fort Fisher, which is a most important and brilliant success. It will, however, have a most damaging effect on Butler's case, and will also materially injure Weitzel's reputation. I must confess I thought Butler's report cleared him in every particular except two. First, he should not have wasted three days, waiting for the enemy, when he knew the fort was weakly garrisoned. Secondly, he should not have le
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the day further than to drive pickets and the cavalry inside the main works. Our casualties have been light, probably less than two hundred, killed, wounded, and missing. The same is probably true with the enemy. .. On our right General Butler extended well around towards the Yorktown road, without finding a point unguarded. I shall keep our troops out where they are until towards noon to-morrow, in hope of inviting an attack. The battle, however, was far from ended, on either flank. Weitzel, who had the right of Butler's command, had not been able to find the rebel left, but his troops became engaged with the enemy, and contrary to Grant's orders and intentions, an assault was made on a fortified work. It was repulsed with loss, but the rebels made no attempt to follow up their advantage, and Butler withdrew and awaited further orders; when these arrived, they were simply to maintain the position which had been acquired. In this affair, Butler lost eleven hundred men, of who
outh of Cape Fear river orders to Butler and Weitzel orders to Sheridan movement of Meade againsthe army of the James. Grant selected Major-General Weitzel to command the force, and sent him dow one moment by the army. In conjunction with Weitzel's movement, Butler had been ordered to send ad the troops you propose to send south [under Weitzel], unless otherwise directed. Thus, while bration of Palmer with the expeditions of both Weitzel and Meade; he also sent orders to Sherman to n the 6th, he gave Butler detailed orders for Weitzel's operations. The first object of the expedies. He therefore had directed him to place Weitzel in command of the expedition; and had in factss, he did not now forbid Butler to accompany Weitzel. It was difficult thus to affront a commande he wrote detailed instructions to Butler for Weitzel's expedition, and minute orders to Meade for raphed to Butler, now at Fort Monroe: Let General Weitzel get off as soon as possible. We don't wa[4 more...]
. On the morning of the 25th, Butler sent Weitzel to Porter to arrange the programme for the dat been materially injured by the naval fire. Weitzel, too, had been in many unsuccessful assaults,rted that it would be butchery to assault. Weitzel's Report; also Weitzel's Testimony before ComWeitzel's Testimony before Committee on Conduct of the War. In the mean time the remainder of Ames's division had captured twnight Butler informed the admiral that he and Weitzel were of the opinion that the place could not uction of the place. When Butler's orders to Weitzel, before the expedition started, were submittebeen difficulties at that season of the year. Weitzel's Testimony. Report of Committee on Conduct s men. He was impressed, naturally enough, by Weitzel's description of the strength of the fort, anlse he forgot them altogether at the crisis. Weitzel had never seen them, and knew nothing of thems to be explicit that he should remain there.—Weitzel's Testimony. The lack of co-operation bet[2 more...]
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
ring of city night of April 2nd entrance of Weitzel Richmond saved by national soldiers. On td all he gets. At the same time he cautioned Weitzel, north of the James: The greatest vigilance int of Longstreet. At 10.45 A. M., he said to Weitzel: One brigade of Mahone's division is here, anor delivery, tell him to hold on to them. To Weitzel he now said: You need not assault in the morn.30 P. M. the general-in-chief telegraphed to Weitzel, showing the dispatch to the President: How aowever, before a dispatch was handed him from Weitzel. It was in these words: We took Richmond at anguage of eye-witnesses or participants. Weitzel, meanwhile, had been on the alert all night, d possession of the enemy's works. Upon this Weitzel sent two of his staff officers with a squadrons on the Capitol. Lieutenant de Peyster, of Weitzel's staff, a New York stripling, eighteen yearsmore floated over Richmond. The command of Weitzel followed not far behind, a long blue line, wi[3 more...]
of the army of the Potomac. In the absence of further orders, or until further orders are given, the white divisions will follow the left column of the army of the Potomac, and the colored division the right column. During the movement, Major-General Weitzel will be left in command of all the forces remaining behind from the army of the James. The movement of troops from the army of the James will commence on the night of the 27th instant. General Ord will leave behind the minimum number o they carry the line, then the whole of the Ninth corps could follow up so as to join or co-operate with the balance of the army. To prepare for this, the Ninth corps will have rations issued to them the same as to the balance of the army. General Weitzel will keep vigilant watch upon his front, and if found at all practicable to break through at any point, he will do so. A success north of the James should be followed up with great promptness. An attack will not be feasible unless it is fou
in reports or returns. Engineer Brigade Nothing in reports or returns. Battalion of U. S. Engineers Nothing in reports or returns. Signal Corps Nothing in reports or returns. Sheridan's Cavalry Report of Major-General P. H. Sheridan (returns fail to show losses).20170190106855911183213391440 2d Army Corps Report of Major-General A. A. Humphreys, commanding.211822037811181191236076302024 5th Army Corps Returns.182452631031553165665405462465 6th Army Corps Returns.1542 9th Army Corps Report of Major-General John G. Parke, commanding.18235253851210129551561611709 Siege Train Artillery Report of Major George Ayer, Chief of Artillery.33111114 Siege Batteries Report of Brigadier-General H. L. Abbott, commanding.156178535367 24th Corps Report of Major-General John Gibbon, commanding. Army of the James1011312327565592715 Captured 25th Corps Report of Major-General G. Weitzel, commanding. Army of the James104040404090 sources of information.
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