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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 3 (search)
ed on Mc-Dowell's mind by Mr. Lincoln's words, though his precise language may have been different. of the delicate condition of our foreign relations; of the bad news he had received from the West, particularly as contained in a letter from General Halleck on the state of affairs in Missouri; of the want of co-operation between Generals Halleck and Buell; but more than all, the sickness of General McClellan. The President said he was in great distress, and as he had been to General McClellaGenerals Halleck and Buell; but more than all, the sickness of General McClellan. The President said he was in great distress, and as he had been to General McClellan's house, and the general did not ask to see him; and as he must talk to somebody, he had sent for General Franklin and myself to obtain our opinion as to the possibility of soon commencing active operations with the Army of the Potomac. To use his own expression, If something was not soon done, the bottom would be out of the whole affair; and if General McClellan did not want to use the army, he would like to borrow it, provided he could see how it could be made to do something. The Secr
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, V. Pope's campaign in Northern Virginia. August, 1862. (search)
ose is vouched for by no less an authority than General Halleck, who, in a memorandum of a visit to the headqua appear that General Grant had less respect for General Halleck's views of the danger and impracticability of t from the West, where he had held command under General Halleck, the reputation for a species of aggressive eneived a powerful re-enforcement in the person of General Halleck, who had about this time been recalled from hisGeneral Grant to the lieutenant-generalship. General Halleck added his strident voice in favor of the withdrime there was another person full as anxious as General Halleck to have the Army of the Potomac leave the Peninthe same end. Moreover, it happened that, while General Halleck was willing to remove the army from the Peninsubetween Jackson and Banks raised in the mind of General Halleck the liveliest apprehensions touching the safetyng day, September 2d, the army was, by order of General Halleck, drawn back within the lines of Washington, and
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
rginia. Whatever may have been the estimate of McClellan's military capacity at this time held by the President, or General Halleck, or Mr. Secretary Stanton, or the Committee on the Conduct of the War, there appears to have been no one to gainsay men, under General White, did outpost duty at Martinsburg and Winchester. These troops received orders direct from General Halleck. Lee had assumed that his advance on Frederick would cause the immediate evacuation of Harper's Ferry It had beeis force, urged the evacuation of the post the moment he learned Lee was across the Potomac. But it was the whim of General Halleck to regard Harper's Ferry as a point per se and in any event of the first importance to be held; and he would listen hole force to Maryland Heights, which he could readily have held till McClellan came up. Under his instructions from General Halleck, he was bound, however, to hold Harper's Ferry to the last extremity, and, interpreting this order literally as appl
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 7 (search)
project of changing the line of operations to Fredericksburg was not approved at Washington, but it was assented to; Halleck: Report of Military Operations, 1862-3. and on the 15th of November, General Burnside put his columns in motion from War the means of making the crossing; for by a blunder, the responsibility of which seems to be divided equally between General Halleck and General Burnside himself, no pontoon-train had reached the army; and when, a week afterwards, it arrived, Lee's wledge. The loss on the Union side was twelve thousand three hundred and twenty-one, killed, wounded, and missing; Halleck: Report of Military Operations for 1863. General Halleck adds that a good many of the Union missing afterwards turned upGeneral Halleck adds that a good many of the Union missing afterwards turned up. and on the part of the Confederates, it was five thousand three hundred and nine, killed, wounded, and missing. This aggregate I make up from the returns of the two corps of Lee's army —the First (Longstreet's) losing three thousand four hundre
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 9 (search)
d infantry.—Dispatch of General Hooker to General Halleck, June 6th. Accordingly, on the 9th, Genes actual movement, Dispatch from Hooker to Halleck, June. and authority for its execution was asker, June 5. The other reply was from General Halleck, and it expressed, in solemn military jarnveyed by the President; Dispatch from General Halleck to General Hooker: Report on the Conduct his project traversed the pet crotchet of General Halleck respecting Harper's Ferry, and thence begn Frederick, he found himself estopped by General Halleck's fears touching the safety of Washingtond to make the proposed movement, he asked General Halleck, on the 26th of June, if there was any ree of absolute necessity. Telegram from General Halleck to General Hooker, June 27: Report on thefollows: Sandy Hook, June 27, 1868. Major-General Halleck, General-in-chief: I have received tead. Provoking as was the behavior of General Halleck, the conduct of General Hooker cannot be [2 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 10 (search)
. It would have been a move well adapted to the circumstances had General Meade, on seeing his plan of operations frustrated, advanced on Fredericksburg instead of falling back to his old line across the Rapidan. This would have had the character of an offensive movement, and would have saved the morale of the army and the confidence of the country, both of which were rudely shaken by these frequent fruitless operations. But here General Meade was met by previous prescriptions from General Halleck, not to make any change of base. This absurd piece of pedantry prevented what would have been an excellent measure. From General Meade I learn that he would assuredly have made this move, had he been free to do so. Lee did not follow up in the least. Iv. The army in winter quarters. The movement on Mine Run terminated for the season grand military operations in Virginia, and the army established itself in winter cantonments for the next three months. During this period the dign
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, Index. (search)
5; see also Army of the Potomac. Gregg, Confederate general, manner of his death at Fredericksburg, 248. Groveton—see Manassas, second battle of. Halleck, General W. H., opinion on McClellan's proposed crossing of the James, 167; an intolerable obstruction and annoyance, 170; urged the withdrawal from the Peninsula, 170; ton, 315; retrograde movement towards Washington, 316; the army concentrated at Frederick, 320; plan of menacing Lee's rear towards Chambersburg, 321; dispatch to Halleck, urging abandonment of Harper's Ferry, 322; resigns command of the army, 323. Hunt, appointed chief of artillery, 197; plan of crossing Rappahannock, 241. He Confederate position, 387; back between the Rappahannock and Rapidan, 388; the Mine Run move, 390; plan of operations in Mina Run move, 391; pedantic orders of Halleck after Mine Run, 398; army in winter-quarters, 398; his strength on commencement of overland campaign, 413. Mechanicsville, McClellan's object in carrying, 122.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Recollections of campaign against Grant in North Mississippi in 1862-63. (search)
manders of a high order of ability. On the 30th of May, 1862, General Beauregard evacuated Corinth in the presence of Halleck's army, and in June, 1862, his army was lying around Tupelo, cantoned on the Mobile and Ohio railroad. Late in June Van of battle, which occupied the defences constructed by General Beauregard during the previous spring against the army of Halleck. All the timber covering the slopes which led up to the works had been felled, and formed an obstructing abattis to ourattle illustrated the superior elan of Confederate troops. The outer defences of Corinth had in the spring of 1862 held Halleck's great army before them for six weeks; and although the Confederate army holding those works was not half so strong as the Federal army under Halleck, he never dared to attack us. In October, 1862, we found these conditions all reversed. Those same works were then held by a Federal army which we believed to equal or exceed ours in numbers; yet we did not hesitate t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 13. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Sherman's method of making war. (search)
y he further enlarges on this subject in a despatch to General Halleck: General Garrard reports to me that he is in posses presume to share their benefits. Another dispatch to General Halleck, of July 9th, again refers to these factories. After ially used by the masters of legions. A dispatch to General Halleck of July 13th, gives General Sherman's opinion of two gpopulation, and make Atlanta a pure military town. To General Halleck he writes, I am not willing to have Atlanta encumberedf it, public, on which fact General Sherman remarks to General Halleck, Of course he is welcome, for the more he arouses the nd smash South Carolina all to pieces. On the 18th, General Halleck writes: Should you capture Charleston, I hope that by (page 226) we find a dispatch of General Sherman to General W. H. Halleck, dated Headquarters in the Field, Savannah, Decembe her. This is susceptible of but one meaning: That General Halleck had hinted that Charleston should be laid in ashes, an
known; indeed, they are so carefully concealed that it is next to impossible to fathom them. The report of their retiring upon Richmond, however, I am inclined to doubt — the more probable theory being that they have merely left the front for a more secure and better fortified position behind their second range of batteries. The fight Near Suffolk. Washington, Dec, 3. --The following has been received at the headquarters of the army: Fortress Monroe, Dec. 2. Major-Gen'l W. H. Halleck, General in-Chief: An expedition sent out from Suffolk yesterday by Major Peck, captured to-day the celebrated Pittsburg Battery, which was taken from our army, and drove the enemy across the Blackwater at Franklin's. We have over thirty prisoners, and are picking up more on the roads. Many of the enemy were killed and wounded. Our loss is trifling. John A Dix, Major General. From Washington. The proceedings of the Washington Congress on the 3d were almo
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