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Meade's plan of attack.
JF = Jacobs Ford
GF = Germana Ford
CMF = Culpepper Mine Ford.




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New Hope Church on the Orange Plank Rd.



This picture is taken facing North looking across Orange Plank Rd.
Warren had his troops assembled there to attack Lee.




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As one can see by the above pictures I use the Orange Plank Road
quite often.  This road will claim its fame in the beginning of the
overland campaign.

For those that may attend a visit to The Wilderness Battlefield
this coming year be sure to take a drive on Orange Plank Road because this
road is exactly like it was in 1864. Hills, curves, and it is hard surface.
A very quaint road indeed.

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Robinson's Tavern today


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The battle of Mine Run begins when general Lee orders
General Johnson to move down the Jacob Ford Road.
Doing so, He runs headon into Union General French
of the III Corp.



Here can be seen the early movement to occupy the lane on the Payne Farm.

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The fighting starts to increase.







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Earth works across from Zoar Church.




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After an all day fight on the 27, night stopped the bloody fighting.
During the night of the 27, General Lee moved his army back to the
west side of mine run and dug more earth works waiting for an attack.
This old map has the alignment for both Armies.


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Today, November 30, 1863 the battle of mine run has ended. This battle
was called the “greatest battle that never was”

Due to the heavy winter storm that struck the area the night of the 27th
and the 28th there was a lot of planning between the two armies. Lee
wanted to strike first on Meade after he drew back over the mine run And
on the 29th Meade ordered the attack to begin the next day which
would've been the 30th.

General Warren discussed this at great length with general Meade
concerning the weather conditions with the temperatures around zero with
heavy icing would create tremendous casualties going through the cold
mine run water to get to general Lee. And during this discussion both
Warren and Meade rode out and took a look for themselves.

After final review of the line of battle general Meade consented and during
the night of the 29th move back behind the Rapidan River. General Lee had
sent his troops forward for their attack and found Meade had retreated
ending the activity of mine run.



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A good read.

http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/warfare-and-logistics/warfare/winter/winter-encampments-1.html



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Quote: General Meade sent his Army across the Rapidan on November 27 in
an attempt to turn Lee's right flank General Early moved his division toward
the wilderness leaving Pegram to defend Somerville Ford until relieved by
cavalry units, the gray clad troopers who arrived
later in the day and the new brigade commander marched his men rapidly
eastward when Pegram's men rejoined the division near Locust Grove. Early
place them in reserve behind mine run. Col. Skinner had the men construct
breastworks.

Two regiments were sent out as skirmishers. A stray round struck "Bent"
Coiner on the thigh but the thickness of his old cadet overcoat prevented a
serious wound. The young Lieut. described the action: We fought the
enemy standing in line until the men had exhausted their ammunition and
then we charged them and ran them." Finding the federals had retreated on
December 2, Lee sent his Army in pursuit but was unable to overtake them
before they recrossed the River. Pegram's brigade return to
Mine Run and spent the night and move back to Somerville Ford the next
day.

Taken from the Virginia Regimental Series '52nd Virginia Infantry.

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Private Silas Jones of the 52nd wrote:

Christmas is near at hand and today finds me in the cold-.
We are building Winter huts....I am afraid that I will not have a cabin to go into at
Christmas.-working hard to get it done....I had to go on picket the next morning
(After) I got here-on the River towards Fredericksburg.  They awaited the enemy in rifle
pits but instead of advancing they retired as usual....All are cheerful and gay with their
fifes.



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Meade's Retreat.

NOVEMBER 30, 1863-7.45 a.m.
General MEADE:
It is now 7.45 and I have no firing from you, from which I fear the enemy has left your
front. His position and strength seem so formidable in my present front that I advise
against making the attack here. The full light of the sun shows me that I cannot succeed.
G. K. WARREN,
Major-General.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 30, 1863-8.40 p.m.
GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires to have your opinion upon the
practicability of carrying the enemy's intrenchments, so far as they are known to you, within
the limits of the front of your command. Please reply immediately.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.
(To commanders of First, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Army Corps.)

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-9.05 p.m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General:
In reply to your 8.45, this p.m., I have the honor to report that since dark I have not been
able to obtain the information that I desire concerning the topography of the other side of
the stream. I will be enabled to answer the note more satisfactorily on receiving from
division commanders the information already sent for.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN NEWTON,
Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-11 p.m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General:
GENERAL: The papers inclosed are the answers of my division commanders* to an inquiry
as to the nature of the ground in their respective fronts. I regard any attempt to storm as
hopeless, unless the troops can be massed near the point of attack without the knowledge
of the enemy, and unless strongly supported on both right and left. The works of the
enemy in my immediately front appear to be heavy, and their attention seems to have been
drawn to the possibility of an attack here.
Very respectfully, &c.,
JOHN NEWTON,
Major-General.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIRST CORPS,
November 30, 1863.
[Lieutenant Colonel C. KINGSBURY, Jr.,
Assistant Adjutant-General, First Army Corps:]
COLONEL: I think that the works can be carried at or near the first angle of the pike to the
left, provided that the enemy is first dislodged from the pines in front of the works by an
attack from the left. This is the only practicable way I see, and that at a great sacrifice. If I
were to make the assault, I would like to see the officer that is to lead on my left and have
daylight to execute it in.
Very respectfully,
L. CUTLER,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-10.11 p.m.
Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:
As to carrying the line in my front, the two divisions being now at my disposal, I say there is
no obstacle to success except those incidental to military enterprises.
Very respectfully,
WM. H. FRENCH,
Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-9 p.m.
[Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:]
GENERAL: In answer to your question of this evening, I do not think it practicable to
successfully carry the intrechments of the enemy within the front of my command. I mean
the front on either side of the old turnpike road, of which I spoke to you yesterday.
I am, sir, respectfully,
GEO. SYKES,
Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-11 p.m.
[Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:]
GENERAL: In answer to your question, I desire to say that, so far as could be seen, I do
not consider it impracticable to carry the front threatened by us to-day, although I regard
the chances of success as very much lessened, both because the enemy has prepared
to-day to very much lessened, both because the enemy has prepared to-day to meet the
threat there offered, and because I am almost assured that he now knows the nature of the
attack it was our design to offer, and has prepared to resist it.
GEO. SYKES,
Major-General.



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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
December 1, 1863-1.30 a.m.
Corps commanders are directed to place under charge of a competent officer all wagons and
ambulances, excepting one-half the infantry and artillery reserve ammunition, and
ambulances in the proportion of the ambulances and medicine and hospital wagons of a
brigade to each division to be sent to the rear, under the direction of the chief
quartermaster of the army.
One-half of the artillery of each corps will accompany the Reserve Artillery, which will be sent
to the rear, under the direction of the chief of artillery.

This order will be carried into effect immediately.
The chief quartermaster will designate the roads which the trains will take.
By command of Major-General Meade:
S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/recordView.cfm?Content=049/0525

DECEMBER 1, [1863]-8.10 a.m.
Major J. C. DUANE:
The position of the enemy in front of General Warren on the (our) right of the old railroad
cut is very strong, there being an almost level plain of nearly 1,000 yards, over which troops
must advance to take rifle-pits and batteries on crest, some 30 feet high. On the left of
railroad cut the distance to be passed over by troops under fire is about 300 yards. What I
could see of this part of the line seemed to be breastworks protected by abatis.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. S. MACKENZIE,
Lieutenant of Engineers.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
December 1, 1863.
Corps commanders will hold themselves in readiness to move with their trains and artillery
at a moment's notice.
Please acknowledge.
By command of Major-General Meade:
S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/recordView.cfm?Content=049/0528




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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
December 1, 1863.
The following movements of troops are ordered for to-day and to-night:
1. The First Corps, Major-General Newton commanding, will withdraw from its position on
Mine Run (part of the Fifth Corps relieving it), concealing the movement from the enemy,
and march at 4 p.m. to Germanna Ford, where it will take position and hold the crossing of
the river until the Fifth and Sixth Corps cross, when it will follow those two corps as soon as
the road on the opposite side is clear. It will then form the rear guard, and use every
precaution to insure the safety of the rear. It will take post at the termination the plank
road, covering the trains on the Stevensburg road and watching the Mitchell's Ford road.


2. The Fifth Corps will withdraw from its position on Mine Run as soon as it is dark (6
o'clock), take the turnpike, and pass to the Germanna plank road by the left, along a wood
road which the guide will point out, and move to Germanna Ford and cross the river. After
crossing, it will mass on some convenient point near the ford until the Sixth Corps has
passed, when it will follow the latter, taking the plank road to its termination, turn into the
Stevensburg road at Holley's, and take position at Stevensburg. It will not leave Germanna
Ford until the First Corps has crossed so much of its force as not to need its support.


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3. The Third Corps will withdraw from its position as soon as it is dark (6 o'clock), and move
to the Orange Court-House plank road and proceed to Culpeper Ford, using a cross-road to
the Germanna plank road, and turning from the latter by the road to Culpeper Ford. A guide
will accompany the corps. The route is that used by the Fifth and First Corps on the recent
march. The two brigades of this corps at Parker's Store and Wilderness Tavern will remain
with the cavalry, and take post with them at Culpeper and Ely's Fords until after the
passage of all the trains and troops, when they will rejoin the Third Corps at Brandy
Station. After crossing the river, the Third Corps will mass at some suitable point near the
ford until the Second Corps has passed, when it will follow that corps and take the road
past Richardsville, moving to Brandy Station, leaving the Stevensburg road at Madden's and
crossing Mountain Run at Stony Ford, a mile below Ross' Mills.
4. The Sixth Corps, Major-General Sedgwick commanding will withdraw as soon as the Fifth
Corps to Germanna Ford, and, after crossing the river, there precede the Fifth Corps, taking
the Germanna plank road; thence past Holley's and through to Stevensburg to the vicinity
of Brandy Station, where it will remain until the arrival of the Third Corps, when it will
proceed to its former position near Welford's Ford, on Hazel River. The Sixth Corps brings
up the rear of the column that crosses at Germanna Ford as far as the Rapidan, and will use
every precaution to protect it; it will throw out some force upon the Raccoon Ford road until
it has passed Robertson's Tavern.

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5. The Second Corps, Major-General Warren commanding, will withdraw after dark in time to
follow closely the Third Corps. After that corps had entered the Orange Court-House plank
road, it will follow that corps to Culpeper Ford by the route prescribed, and after crossing
the river will precede the Third Corps, passing by Richardsville to its former position on
Mountain Run, leaving the Stevensburg road at Madden's. The division of the Sixth Corps
with it will there rejoin its corps. 5
6. The corps on the same route will maintain constant communication with each other, and
keep within close supporting distance. Those that cross at Germanna will look out for their
left; those that cross at Culpeper will look out for their right as far as that ford, and every
precaution will be used to secure the flanks and rear from surprise.
7. The trains and artillery will precede the head of each corps, excepting such artillery as
may be needed for the rear guard of the rear corps.
8. Corps commanders will so conduct the withdrawal of their troops as to avoid the
observation of the enemy. In conducting the march, every effort will be made to prevent any
accidental deviation from the route.
9. The major-general commanding the Cavalry Corps will dispose of that arm so as to cover
the right flank until the infantry corps have crossed the Rapidan, and the rear, after
crossing, by holding the river.
The two brigades of infantry of the Third Corps with General Gregg will remain with the
cavalry and take post with them at Culpeper and Ely's Fords until after the passage of all
the trains and troops, when they will rejoin their corps at Brandy Station.


10. The pickets will not be withdrawn until 3 o'clock on the morning of the 2nd instant.
Those of the Sixth, Fifth, Third, and First Corps will be assembled under the command of
the officer commanding the pickets of the Fifth Corps, and will be conducted by him on the
route of the Fifth Corps. After crossing the Rapidan the pickets will rejoin their corps. The
pickets of the Second Corps will follow the route of that corps.
11. Headquarters will take the route of the column that crosses at Germanna, and will be
found on the route between the Fifth and Sixth Corps as far as the Rapidan. At Germanna
Ford it will be found at the former headquarters there, and afterward on the route to former
headquarters near Brandy Station, through Stevensburg. At the close of the march
headquarters will be at the former locality, near Brandy Station.
By command of Major-General Meade:
S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.
(To commanding officers First, Second, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Corps, Cavalry Corps, chief of
artillery, chief commissary of subsistence, chief engineer, and provost-marshal-general.)

http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/sources/recordView.cfm?Content=049/0532


CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
December 1, 1863.
The commanders of the pickets of the Sixth, First, and Third Corps will arrange with the
commanding officer of the pickets of the Fifth Corps as to the time when and order in which
they will be withdrawn from their posts and assembled upon the point of assemblage.
By command of Major-General Meade:
S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

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