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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—the American army. (search)
wagons. It is not astonishing, therefore, that when it became necessary to provide for a million of volunteers, there should have been found among the various corps, quartermasters and commissaries of subsistence possessed of the required experience for directing every part of such a vast administration. It was in the midst of this active and instructive life that the news of the disruption of the Union reached the American army. The perfidious foresight of the late Secretary of War, Mr. Floyd, had removed almost the whole of this army far from the States which his accomplices in the South were preparing to rise against the Federal authority. The soldiers had been honored with the belief that they would remain faithful to their flag. Under a multitude of pretexts the Federal forts and arsenals had been dismantled by the very men whose first duty was to watch over the general interests of the nation, and the garrisons which had been withdrawn from them, to be scattered over Tex
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
f their accomplices, and were throwing impediments in the way of every measure proposed by those of their colleagues who were devoted to the Union. One of them, Mr. Floyd, Secretary of War, had sold in the Southern markets a portion of the arms belonging to the nation, and had forwarded nearly all the remainder to the arsenals siting his preparations, while Secretary of War, for the surrender of the Federal army stationed in the South-west of the Union into the hands of his accomplices, General Floyd had not confined his operations to Texas, where we have seen the treason of Twiggs and Van Dorn fully successful. He had sent Colonel Loring to Santa Fe to taew Mexico, with Colonel Crittenden as second in command; these two officers were entirely devoted to the cause of the South, and we shall soon find them again with Floyd at the head of Confederate armies. The news of the breaking out of the civil war only reached that distant Territory at a late date; but as soon as it was receiv
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the first conflict. (search)
ns, equipments, and arms to the same extent as its adversary. But at the outset of the war they possessed a very great advantage. As we have stated elsewhere, Mr. Floyd, Secretary of War under President Buchanan, had taken care to send to the South one hundred and fifteen thousand muskets, which, being added to the one hundred atteville, Augusta, Mount Vernon, and Baton Rouge, secured a complete armament for the first Confederate armies of sufficiently good quality. The conduct of Secretary Floyd is referred to at the close of General J. E. Johnston's Narrative, with a view to exonerate him from these charges. See pp. 426 and 427 of that work.—Ed. The of the two parties to secure the best materials the Confederates had generally the advantage. The materiel of the artillery was obtained in the same manner. Mr. Floyd had not forgotten the armament of the Federal forts situated in the South, while leaving garrisons in them too weak for their defence. Different cities furnishe
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the first autumn. (search)
make a desperate effort to get out of it. General Floyd, who has already been mentioned in our narthe month of August in perfect quiet. At last Floyd resolved to take the offensive and to re-entere numerous bands of Confederate guerillas. On Floyd's arrival at Carnifex Ferry, Tyler, not considt on hearing of an accident which had befallen Floyd, he immediately retraced his steps. At Carnifoat was constructed; and on the 25th of August Floyd had all his troops united on the right bank ofo cost them dear. On the morning of the 26th Floyd fell upon them suddenly, killing a few and capto the hands of the enemy. After this success Floyd took up a strong position at Carnifex Ferry, ond the course of the Gauley River in search of Floyd, whose exact position he had not been able to took up his march for the purpose of striking Floyd's camp in the rear; while a brigade lately pla distance from that place at the Maiboy farm. Floyd's small army was retreating in great disorder [14 more...]
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—the first winter. (search)
e was followed on the 12th and the 13th by General Floyd, at the head of a strong brigade of Virgintary commands; they paid dear for this error. Floyd took command of the little army, numbering frouarantee that he would not renew the assault. Floyd did not even take the trouble of informing hisederates regarding the independence of States, Floyd requested and obtained permission from his later the scenes which had just been witnessed in Floyd's tent and on the banks of the Cumberland, thes's government, on the one hand, relieved both Floyd and Pillow from their duties, and on the otherderate armies. During the battle of the 15th, Floyd had announced a certain victory by telegraph tederals. As soon as he heard of the defeat of Floyd, he understood that it would be impossible forion. But it was even worse when, on the 18th, Floyd, arriving with his brigade from Fort Donelson,y rather than allow himself to be shut up like Floyd in entrenchments. The six gun-boats of Commod[4 more...]