The Campaign of Chancellorsville eBook

Theodore Ayrault Dodge
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 209 pages of information about The Campaign of Chancellorsville.

Gen. Devens, with the first division, holds the extreme right.  He has less than four thousand men under his command.  Von Gilsa’s brigade has, until this morning, been half a mile farther out the pike, and across the road; but on receipt of Hooker’s 9.30 order has been withdrawn, and now lies with two regiments astride and north of the pike, some distance beyond Talley’s, the rest skirting the south of it.  His right regiment leans upon that portion of the Brock road which is the prolongation of the eastern branch, and which, after crossing the plank road and pike, bears north-westerly, and loses itself in the woods where formerly was an old mill.  McLean’s brigade prolongs von Gilsa’s line towards Schurz.  Dieckman’s battery has two pieces trained westerly down the pike, and four on Devens’s left, covering, near Talley’s Hill, the approaches from the plank road.  Devens has the Twenty-fifth and Seventy-fifth Ohio Volunteers as a reserve, near the pike.

Schurz’s (third) division continues this line on the edge of the woods to Dowdall’s.  His front hugs the eastern side of the clearing between the pike and the plank road, thence along the latter to the fork.  Schimmelpfennig’s brigade is on the right, adjoining Devens; Krzyzanowski’s on the left.  Three regiments of the former are on the line, and two in reserve:  the latter has two regiments on the line, and two in reserve.  On Schurz’s right wing, the troops are shut in between thick woods and their rifle-pits, with no room whatever to manoeuvre or deploy.  This condition likewise applies to many of the regiments in Devens’s line.  The pike is the means of inter-communication, running back of the woods in their rear.  Dilger’s battery is placed near Dowdall’s, at the intersection of the roads.

Steinwehr considers himself the reserve division.  He is more or less massed near Dowdall’s.  Buschbeck’s brigade is in the clearing south of the road, but has made a line of rifle-pits across the road, facing west, at the edge of the open ground.  Two regiments are deployed, and two are in reserve.  His other brigade, Barlow’s, has been sent out nearly two miles, to protect Birney’s right, leaving no general reserve whatever for the corps.  Wiederich’s battery is on Steinwehr’s right and left, trained south.

Three batteries are in reserve on the line of Buschbeck’s rifle-pits running north and south.  Barlow had been, as above stated, massed as a general reserve of the corps on Buschbeck’s right,—­the only reserve the corps could boast, and a most necessary one.

Two companies, and some cavalry and artillery, have been sent to the point where the Ely’s Ford road crosses Hunting Creek.

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