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Page 332 - Bluff be untenable, Vicksburg is of no value and cannot be held. If, therefore, you are invested in Vicksburg, you must ultimately surrender. Under such circumstances, instead of losing both troops and place, you must, if possible, save the troops. If it is not too late, evacuate Vicksburg and its dependencies, and march to the northeast.
Page 553 - Reynolds was written by Count de Paris and published in his history of the battle of Gettysburg, and will be read with pleasure by every man who had the honor to serve in the First Corps: Reynolds was undoubtedly the most remarkable man among all the officers that the Army of the Potomac saw fall on the battlefield during the four years of its existence; and Meade could say of him that he was the noblest and bravest of them all.
Page 644 - Minutes of Council, July 2, 1863 : Page 1, Questions asked: 1. Under existing circumstances is it advisable for this army to remain in its present position, or to retire to another nearer its base of supplies?
Page 597 - DELAY. 31 & either upon the hour when it is to be made, the point against which it is to be directed, or the number of troops to take part in it. " Accustomed to find in Jackson a lieutenant to whom it was not necessary to give any precise instructions — who upon a mere suggestion would adopt all necessary measures for striking the point designated for his attack with the greatest rapidity and with the utmost possible vigor — Lee on this occasion did not take into consideration Longstreet's character,...
Page 327 - It was the most complete defeat the Confederates had sustained since the commencement of the war. They left on the field of battle from three to four thousand killed and wounded, three thousand able-bodied prisoners, and thirty pieces of artillery. But these figures can convey no idea of the magnitude of the check experienced by Pemberton, from which he could not again recover This battle was the crowning work of the operations conducted by Grant with equal audacity and skill since his landing at...
Page 661 - ... halting to rectify his line. The Confederate artillery is endeavoring to support him, but is counting its shots, for it is obliged to be sparing of its ammunition: the seven light pieces intended to accompany the infantry, being wanted elsewhere, fail to appear at the very moment when they should push forward, and no other battery with sufficient supplies can be found to take their place. But, what is still more serious, orders do not seem to have been clearly given to the troops that are to...
Page 660 - ... numbers no more than four thousand five hundred men at the utmost, but the auxiliary forces of Pettigrew, Trimble, and Wilcox raise the number of assailants to fourteen thousand. If they are all put in motion in time, and well led against a particular portion of the Federal line, their effort may triumph over every obstacle and decide the fate of the battle. Marching in the direction of the salient position occupied by Hancock, which Lee has given him as the objective point, Pickett, after passing...
Page 691 - Total 74,468 And 206 pieces of artillery. During the month of June its effective force was increased by the return of a certain number of sick, who, thanks to the mild weather, had been restored to health, and those who had been wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville, by the arrival of recruits, the result of the conscription law, and by the addition of four brigades-two of infantry under Pettigrew and Davis, one of cavalry under Jenkins, and one made up of mixed troops under Imboden. The first...
Page 328 - This battle teas the crowning work of the operations conducted by Grant with equal audacity and skill since his landing at Bruinsburg. In outflanking Pemberton's left along the slopes of Champion's Hill he had completely cut off the latter from all retreat North. Notwithstanding the very excusable error he had committed in stopping Logan's movement for a short time, the latter had through this manoeuvre secured victory to the Federal army.