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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 14 (search)
s intrenchments in strong force. Burnside's corps had just come up, and was put in position on Hancock's left. At 10:15 A. M. Grant sent an order to Meade to hurry Warren forward, and start up the prisoners, a stand of colors, 4 guns, and 1500 stands of small arms. Attacks were also made by Hancock and Warren, and more of the enemy's line was captured, but not permanently held. Telegrams rty had been greatly increased. The Second Corps was temporarily commanded by D. B. Birney, as Hancock's Gettysburg wound had broken out afresh the day before, entirely disabling him. Gallant assaulng that he was defending his home and fireside. A controversy had arisen as to the cause of Hancock's not reaching Petersburg earlier on the 15th. Hancock conceived the idea that the circumstancHancock conceived the idea that the circumstances might be construed as a reproach upon him, and he asked for an official investigation; but General Grant had no intention of reflecting either upon him or Meade. He assured them that, in his judg
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 15 (search)
s front to the Army of the Potomac, and Martindale's command had been returned to Butler, so that Meade's and Butler's armies were again complete. Meade's corps were disposed as follows, from right to left of the line: Burnside, Warren, Birney (Hancock's), Wright. On the morning of June 22, Wright's and Birney's corps moved westward with a view to crossing the Weldon Railroad and swinging around to the left; but they were vigorously attacked and forced back some distance. They advanced agir, and would consequently be weak if a heavy and determined attack should be made upon it. The enemy had made his intrenchments so strong that he could afford to move a large portion of his force to his right for the purpose of such an attack. Hancock was much missed from the command of the Second Corps. It was quite natural that Meade should ask Grant to come in person to the lines in front of Petersburg, and it was another indication of the confidence which his subordinate commanders repos
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 16 (search)
y. General Meade's irritability of temper, and over-sensitiveness to implied censure or criticism on the part of the newspapers, led him at one time to tender his resignation as commander of the Army of the Potomac. General Grant talked to him very kindly on the subject, soothed his feelings, and induced him to reconsider his intention. The general-in-chief did not mention the matter publicly, and was very glad that hasty action had been prevented. If Meade had resigned at this time, Hancock would have succeeded him, and Ingalls, who had shown such signal executive ability, might possibly have been given an important command. Ingalls and I expressed a desire repeatedly to serve in command of troops, as such service gave promise of more rapid promotion and was more in accordance with our tastes; but the general always insisted upon retaining us on his staff. A reference to this subject occurs in Around the world with General Grant, by the Hon. John Russell Young, who accompa
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 17 (search)
's front would have in its favor many chances of success. Hancock's corps drew out from its position on the afternoon of theidan with the cavalry. This entire force was placed under Hancock's command. On the morning of the 27th it advanced and captured a battery of rifled guns. I had been sent to Hancock that morning, and found him with his troops, lying upon the grassront, and we all sprang to our feet to mount our horses. Hancock wore a thin blue flannel blouse, and as I rose up one of mprofuse apologies. There was not much time for words, but Hancock treated the matter so good-naturedly in what he said in rethe north side of the James, he made preparations to throw Hancock's corps again in front of Petersburg, and carry out his innemy that the troops were moving away from that position. Hancock withdrew one of his divisions quietly on the night of the he 29th. Immediately after dark that evening the whole of Hancock's corps withdrew stealthily from Deep Bottom, followed by
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 18 (search)
to return his detached troops to that point. Hancock's corps was marched from Petersburg to City P disembarked on the north side of the James. Hancock was put in command of the movement. Generssault. On August 16 I was directed to go to Hancock with important instructions, and remain with ad been withdrawn from Petersburg and sent to Hancock's front, and a division of Longstreet's corpsworthiness for this advancement. Sherman and Hancock received their appointments on the 12th, and in order to be in constant communication with Hancock and Butler as well as with Meade. When he he2 Gregg's division of cavalry and troops from Hancock's corps were sent to Reams's Station, seven m of the Weldon Railroad south of that place. Hancock discovered the enemy massing heavily in his fto the faulty construction of the earthworks, Hancock's command was exposed to a reverse fire, whicof the reinforcements ordered up had arrived, Hancock's troops were withdrawn after dark. Hanco[5 more...]
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 19 (search)
abit of removing them from time to time when he was talking earnestly, and wiping the glasses with his handkerchief. His style of speech was deliberate, but his manner at times grew animated, and he presented a personality which could not fail to interest and impress all who came in contact with the great Carnot of our war. The next morning, after breakfast, the Secretary's party went by the military railroad to our lines about Petersburg, where they had pleasant interviews with Meade, Hancock, Warren, and Parke, and returned in the afternoon to City Point. After some further consultation with General Grant about the military situation, particularly in the valley of Virginia, the Secretary, with his friends, started back to Washington. Sheridan had been ordered to Washington to consult with the authorities there; and as no immediate attack on the part of the enemy was expected, he started for that city on October 16. Early, however, had concentrated all the troops that coul
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 20 (search)
ter a conference with Warren, Grant and Meade rode over to Hancock's front, and found that the enemy was there disputing the ith a battery in position directly in front of the head of Hancock's corps, and another about eight hundred yards to our lehe escaped untouched. A little speck of blood appeared on Hancock's cheek after the bursting of a shell. It was probably ca narrow cross-road leading down to the Run to the right of Hancock's corps; but it was soon found that there were no troops bis mind as to what action the enemy would take in front of Hancock and Warren. News came that evening, showing that Lee had and five o'clock a heavy force of the enemy passed between Hancock and Warren, and made a vigorous assault on the right and rear of Hancock's corps; but Hancock struck the enemy in flank, threw him into confusion, and captured nine hundred prisoners Hancock struck the enemy in flank, threw him into confusion, and captured nine hundred prisoners and a number of colors. The enemy was unable to reform his troops, and did not attempt any further offensive operations. Th
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 26 (search)
ast quantities of military supplies. On March 20 Stoneman advanced toward east Tennessee, and on the same day Canby moved his forces against Mobile. Sherman had whipped all the troops opposed to him in his march through the Carolinas, and destroyed communications in all directions. He and Schofield met with their armies at Goldsboroa, North Carolina, on the 23d of March, and about all the points on the Atlantic coast were now in our possession. When Sheridan started to join Grant, Hancock had been put in command of the Middle Military Division. The various armies were all working successfully with a common purpose in view, and under one watchful, guiding mind the web was being woven closer and closer about the Confederate capital, and the cause of secession was every day drawing nearer to its doom. General Grant's only anxiety now was to prevent the escape of the enemy from Richmond before he could be struck a crushing blow. No campaign in force could be made at this
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