The Battle of Chancellorsville: The Attack of Stonewall Jackson and His Army Upon the Right Flank of the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville, Virginia, on Saturday Afternoon, May 2, 1863

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The author, 1896 - Chancellorsville (Va.), Battle of, 1863 - 196 pages
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Page 20 - No artificial defenses worth naming have been thrown up and there appears to be a scarcity of troops at that point, and not, in the general's opinion, as favorably posted as might be. We have good reason to suppose that the enemy is moving to our right. Please advance your pickets, for purposes of observation, as far as may be safe, in order to obtain timely information of their approach.
Page 171 - I hope soon to be able to transmit all the reports of the recent battles, and meanwhile I cannot approve of the publication of one isolated report." I appealed to Mr. Stanton, the Secretary of War — of course, through the regular military channels — repeating my request that my report be published as soon as it reached the War Department, and adding that, if the publication of my report should be deemed inexpedient, I...
Page 152 - ... where General Howard's headquarters had been established, the advance was successfully executed, the line and the Plank Road gained, and our breastworks reoccupied. All our guns and caissons and a portion of Whipple's mule train were recovered, besides two pieces of the enemy's artillery and three caissons captured.
Page 152 - Volunteers were, pushed forward by column of companies at full distance. The night was very clear and still ; the moon, nearly full, threw enough light in the woods to facilitate the advance, and against a terrific fire of musketry and artillery, some twenty pieces of which the enemy had massed in the opening...
Page 20 - ... you will take in that event, in order that you may be prepared for him in whatever direction he advances. He suggests that you have heavy reserves well in hand to meet this contingency. The right of your line does not appear to be strong enough. No artificial...
Page 84 - First New York Cavalry, rode to within one hundred yards of them, when they called out to him, 'We are friends, come on,' and he was induced to go fifty yards closer, when the whole line, in a most dastardly manner, opened on him with musketry, dropped the American color, and displayed eight or ten Rebel battle flags. He escaped unhurt, and I then ordered all the guns to fire as they were advancing.
Page 168 - Division, has been held up to the whole country as a band of cowards. My division has been made responsible for the defeat of the Eleventh Corps, and the Eleventh Corps for the failure of the campaign. Preposterous as this is, yet we have been overwhelmed by the army and the press with abuse and insult beyond measure. We have borne as much as human nature can endure. I am far from saying that on May 2 everybody did his duty to the best of his power. But one thing I will say, because I know it : these...
Page 154 - Our lines were not under fire until morning" (page 715). In the work entitled " Michigan in the War," published in 1882, the reader may find, on page 242, the following account of the Michigan regiments in this charge of Sickles': " At midnight, participated in that bold, dashing, and successful bayonet charge on the enemy, which stands unsurpassed in this war.
Page 20 - If he should throw himself upon your flank, he wished you to examine the ground and determine upon the position you will take in that event, in order that you may be prepared for him in whatever direction he advances. He suggests that you have heavy reserves well in hand to meet this...
Page 84 - It was now dark, and their presence could only be ascertained by the flash of their muskets, from which a continuous stream of fire was seen nearly encircling us, and gradually extending to our right, to cut us off from the army. This was at last checked by our guns, and the rebels withdrew. Several guns and caissons were then recovered from the woods where the enemy had been posted. Such was the fight at the head of Scott's Run. Artillery against infantry at 300 yards ; the infantry in the woods,...

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