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m of opinion it is my duty to pitch into his rear, although in doing so, the head of his column may reach Warrenton before I return. Will it be within the spirit of my instructions to do so. It would appear from this, that General Hooker's confidence in himself had either been destroyed, or he was in the anomalous position of being in command of a large army without the power of directing its movements. Hooker, however, was not entirely suppressed by the reply from Washington. On the 6th inst., General Sedgwick, with part of his corps, crossed the river on pontoons, below Fredericksburg, and made a demonstration on Hill's right, occupying the highway which led to Bowling Green in Hill's rear, but the movement did not appear to excite serious apprehension with the Confederates, although Hooker, South of Fredericksburg, was nearer Richmond than Lee at Culpeper, and although Hill was without a supporting musket nearer than Longstreet and Ewell, thirty miles away. On Sedgwick's adv
r by whom suggested, of passing through Hooker's army or by his rear, and interposing between him and Washington, doubtless possessed great fascination for Stuart. It suited his daring spirit and love of adventure. The prize held out in the way of spoils had its attractions, for if the cavairy on either side had a weakness, it was for intercepting and capturing wagon trains. Probably Stuart was not unmindful of the fame and success he had achieved by his successful ride round McClellan in 1862, and regarded this as offering opportunities for even a more brilliant adventure. If he drew in advance any parallel between the two, he failed in the present instance, to reckon on the fact that its whole success was dependent upon his ability at a critical moment, to unite with a distant and independent force. Stuart's movement began during the night of the 24th, but the meeting at the appointed place between Stuart and Mosby never took place. Stuart found Hooker's army in motion and H
more & Ohio Railroad further delayed him, so that Westminster was not reached until the evening of the 29th, where a slight skirmish occurred. The next morning, June 30th, the march was resumed in a direct line for Hanover, Pa. Here a considerable body of cavalry was encountered, which had to be disposed of, and sending the wagon umber slightly less. The field returns of the Army of the Potomac, on file among the official records at Washington, show present for duty, officers and men, on June 30th, 117,930. There are no existing data from which the strength of the Confederate army under Lee, can be gathered with equal accuracy. Colonel Walter H. Taylorowards the Susquehanna was relaxed, he swung his right wing forward so as to touch Manchester, and his line then connected that place with Taneytown. On the 30th of June, Reynolds was again assigned to the command of the first, third and eleventh corps, constituting the left wing of the army. On the evening of that day, two di
marching to the battle-field, on the day of the 1st, reached there about 7 P. M., a little in advaned from Emmittsburg early on the morning of the 1st, to accompany Wadsworth's division on the way tlity of further pursuit on the afternoon of the 1st, owing, he says, to information subsequently ace seen to advantage. During the night of the 1st, skirmish lines were established in the interve 5th corps, left Union Mills the morning of the 1st, and marching by Hanover, reached the ground abick with the sixth corps left Manchester on the 1st, and after a march of over thirty miles, was ongive battle. At 6 P. M., on the evening of the 1st, he dispatched a joint message to Howard and Doce, held by General Lee during the night of the 1st, that the attack should be made by Longstreet aany at 5 o'clock P. M., on the afternoon of the 1st, and that Lee then declared his intention, of aty for rest since the struggle began on the first inst. We were told at that point to go into camp,
tuart's forces reached the army during the day of the 2nd, in time, he says, to thwart a movement of the enemy' by Hanover, reached the ground about 8 A. M., on the 2d, covering a distance of twenty-six miles, and took poirty miles, was on the ground by the afternoon of the 2d, and one division supported the fifth corps in its enattlefield, anticipated a renewal of the fight on the 2d, and even contemplated an attack himself. He was sack upon the enemy tomorrow, and on the morning of the 2d, a note was addressed by the Chief of Staff to the cored. It is even said that so late as 3 P. M., on the 2d, he sent a dispatch in cypher to Halleck, that if thencerted attack at an early hour on the morning of the 2d, must have been issued, as shown by the report of Earlure of Wright to hold the position he had won on the 2d, filled the minds of many with mistrust, when it was ived near the battlefield during the afternoon of the 2d, was ordered to attack the next morning, and General
April 2nd, 1865 AD (search for this): chapter 1.5
d by Lee as the point for the concentration of the army, and that Hill and Heth in making the so-called reconnaissance, were acting entirely upon their own initiative, and with a selfish desire to acquire a little glory on their own account. Neither of these criticisms, the one suggesting timidity, the other charging unauthorized temerity, are deserved. Hill and Heth were both brave and gallant soldiers, and Hill met an honorable death in the face of the enemy in front of Petersburg on April 2d, 1865. When General Lee ordered Hill's division to report to Jackson in July, 1862, he wrote to Jackson that he would find A. P. Hill a good officer, with whom you can consult. Previous to the battle of Cedar Run, Hill was ordered by Jackson to move his division on a certain road at daylight the next morning. Hill was ready to move at the appointed time, but found the road occupied by another division, which delayed the movement. This greatly angered Jackson, who put Hill under arres
ort, ten miles above. In reply to those instructions, General Stuart informed me that he had discretionary powers; whereupon I withdrew. The correspondence between Lee and Stuart is not complete without adding an extract from a letter, dated 23d June, in which General Lee says: * * * If General Hooker's army remains inactive, you can leave two brigades to watch him, and withdraw with the three others, but should he appear to be moving northward, I think you had better withdraw this side oners and Cramptons, in order to anticipate the enemy passing through them, and confine him to one line of invasion, and directed him to follow those detachments with the first, third, and eleventh corps and take position at Middletown. On the 23d of June, the following instructions were communicated to the 12th corps: Hold your command ready to march tomorrow at four A. M. It was to march in the direction of Harper's Ferry, where I was going myself. It had been placed under my command by the
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