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fective. He did not carry out any such intention by nominating General Butler to the ranking position, but did so nominate Generals McClellan and Fremont, and gave Gen. Butler an inferior date, placing him in what was then, and has always been, considered a distinct and separate branch of the military service. The Senate confirmed these nominations accordingly, and by their act constituted Generals McClellan and Fremont Major-Generals of the regular army to rank as such from the fourteenth day of May, 1861, and General Butler a Major-General in the United States volunteer forces, to rank from the sixteenth day of May, 1861. The act of the Senate fixes the time at which the rank shall begin, and the usage of the War Department has been in conformity to it from the foundation of the Government to the present day. Our respective commissions were conferred upon us by that authority which the Constitution makes alone competent to give them, and no inferior tribunal can, by any possibil
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The case of Fitz John Porter. (search)
from the date of his dismissal. In the absence of legislation, President Hayes considered himself as without power to act, and on the 5th of June, 1879, he submitted the proceedings and conclusions of the board for the action of Congress. On the 4th of May, 1882, President Arthur, by letters patent, remitted so much of the sentence of the court as had not been fully executed, and thus relieved General Porter from the continuing disqualification to hold office. On the 1st of July, 1886, President Cleveland approved an act for the relief of Fitz John. Porter which had been passed in the House of Representatives on the 18th of February by a vote of 171 to 113, and in the Senate on the 25th of June by a vote of 30 to 17. In accordance with the provisions of this act, on the 5th of August Porter was once more commissioned as colonel of infantry in the army of the United States, to rank from May 14th, 1861, but without back pay; and on August 7th he was placed on the retired list.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
ccupied the artist and. several assistants during the period of five months. This is represented in the engraving below. The fourth class, for the common soldiers, was two inches in diameter, and the same as the third in design and inscription. These medals were all of bronze. The President of the United States gave Major Anderson a more substantial evidence of appreciation, by honoring him with the rank and Obverse of the first and Second class medals. pay of a brigadier-general, May 14, 1861. precisely one month after his evacuation of Fort Sumter. At the earnest solicitation of Garrett Davis (Congressman) and other leading Kentuckians, he was then appointed to command in that State; but his terrible experience in Fort Sumter had prostrated his nervous system, and he was compelled to abandon active Fort Sumter medal.--Third and Fourth class. service. He was placed upon the retired list in the autumn of 1863, and the following year he was breveted a major-general. We shal
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 18: the Capital secured.--Maryland secessionists Subdued.--contributions by the people. (search)
d like to know whether the General intended to remain at the station, that the police might be notified, and take proper precautions for preserving the peace. Butler and his troops had disappeared in the gloom when the messenger with this note arrived at the Station; but the inquiry was fully answered, to the astonishment of the whole city, loyal and disloyal, early the next morning, by a proclamation from the General in the columns of the faithful Clipper, dated Federal Hill, Baltimore, May 14, 1861, in which it was announced that a detachment under his command occupied the city, for the purpose, among other things, of enforcing respect and obedience to the laws, as well of the State, if requested thereto by the civil authorities, as of the United States laws, which are being violated within its limits by some malignant and traitorous men; and in order to testify the acceptance by the Federal Government of the fact, that the city and all the well-intentioned portion of its inhabitant
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 19: events in the Mississippi Valley.--the Indians. (search)
drums beating and flags flying. Life of Nathaniel Lyon: by Ashbel Woodward, page 244. On the morning of the 19th, word came to Captain Lyon that heavy cannon and mortars in boxes, marked Marble, Proclamation of General W. S. Harney, May 14, 1861. and shot and shell in barrels, had been landed at St. Louis from the steamer J. C. Swan, and taken to Camp Jackson on drays. Reports concerning the matter were contradictory, and the commander resolved to make a personal reconnoissance of thg the war. Statements made to the author by Colonel F. A. Dick, John Coleman, Jr., and other eye-witnesses: Oration, by Charles D. Drake, on the Anniversary of the capture of Camp Jackson, May 11, 1868. Proclamation of General W. S. Harney, May 14, 1861. Life of General Lyon: by Ashbel Woodward, M. D. When all the facts became known, the conduct of Captain Lyon was approved by his Government, and by the loyal people of the country. By his promptness and skill, and with the assistance of host
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
Hampshire, but then a resident of Philadelphia, was invited to become its leader. He had lived in Wheeling, and had been commander of a volunteer Regiment there. His skill and bravery were appreciated, and in this hour of need they were required. He hastened to Wheeling, and, on the 25th of May, took command of the Regiment. George B. McClellan had been called to the command of the Ohio troops, as we have observed. He was soon afterward commissioned a Major-General of Volunteers, May 14, 1861. and assigned to the command of the Department of the Ohio, which included Western Virginia. He was now ordered to cross the Ohio River with the troops under his charge, and, in conjunction with those under Colonel Kelley and others in Virginia, drive out the Confederate forces there, and advance on Harper's Ferry. He visited Indianapolis on the 24th of May, and reviewed the brigade of Indianians who were at Camp Morton, under Brigadier-General T. A. Morris. In a brief speech at the Ba
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 2: civil and military operations in Missouri. (search)
fered to the people of Missouri as members of the Confederacy. See Journals of the Senate, &c., noticed at the close of note 1., page 464, volume I. At this critical juncture of public affairs in Missouri, John C. Fremont, who had been brought prominently before the American people in 1856, as the candidate of the newly formed Republican party for the Presidency of the United States, assumed the command of the Western Department. He was in Europe when the war broke out, and on the 14th of May, 1861, he was commissioned a major-general of Volunteers. On receiving notice of his appointment, he left his private affairs abroad in the hands of others, and hastened home. He arrived at Boston on the 27th of June, 1861. bringing with him an assortment of arms for his Government, and on the 6th of July he was appointed to the important command in the West just mentioned. The Western Department was created on the 6th of July, and comprised the State of Illinois, and the States and Ter
as designated as the First Division. The Second Division was commanded by General Henry M. Judah, and the Third Division by General Jacob D. Cox, with which organization it started on the Atlanta campaign. But on June 6, 1864, the First Division was broken up and divided between the other two divisions. While on the Atlanta campaign, General. Judah was succeeded by General Hascall in the command of the Second Division. The greatest loss of the corps during that campaign was sustained May 14, 1861, at the battle of Resaca. It also encountered some hard fighting near Kenesaw and at Utoy Creek. After the fall of Atlanta, and while Sherman's Army was wending its way to the Sea, the Twenty-third Corps joined Thomas' Army in the Tennessee campaign against Hood. The corps was still under the command of General Schofield, while the two divisions, Second and Third, were commanded, respectively, by Generals Ruger and Cox. These two divisions contained 30 regiments of infantry and 4 ba
rt Donelson, Tenn. 30 Siege of Vicksburg 6 Shiloh, Tenn. 39 Hillsboro, Miss., Feb. 15, 1864 1 Britton's Lane, Tenn. 6 Kenesaw, Ga. 2 Columbus, Ky. 1 Battle of Atlanta 10 Edwards's Station, Miss. 1 Siege of Atlanta 6 Raymond, Miss. 29 The Carolinas 2 Champion's Hill, Miss. 5 Fayetteville, N. C. 1 Present, also, at Frederickton, Mo.; Siege of Corinth, Miss.; Jackson. Miss.; Big Black, Miss.; Pocotaligo, S. C.; Sherman's March; Bentonville, N. C. notes.--Organized May 14, 1861, at Joliet, and mustered in June 13th. It left camp the next week for Alton, from whence it moved, July 6th, to Cape Girardeau, Mo., remaining there or in its vicinity seven months, during which it was engaged on several minor expeditions, and in some fighting. On February 2, 1862,--then in W. H. Wallace's Brigade, McClernand's Division,--it embarked for Fort Donelson, where it sustained a loss of 18 killed, 108 wounded, and 6 missing; total, 132; Lieutenant-Colonel William Erwin, an of
Doc. 24.-letter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. New York, May 14, 1861. Dear sir:--Being informed that you are about making a visit to Washington, I take the liberty of asking the favor of you to lay before the Government the enclosed proposition, which I addressed to the Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, under date of the 20th ultimo. To this proposition I have received no reply, and I attribute this to the multiplicity of business which has engrossed the attention of the department. You are authorized to renew this proposition, with such additions thereto as are hereinafter set forth. I feel a great desire that this Government should have the steamer Vanderbilt, as she is acknowledged to be as fine a ship as floats the ocean, and, in consequence of her great speed and capacity, that, with a proper armament, she would be of more efficient service in keeping our coast clear of piratical vessels than any other ship. Therefore, you are authorized to say, in my behalf, th
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