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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter III (search)
f when he was soon after relieved, and Captain Nathaniel Lyon succeeded to the command of the departy of pioneers; also the muster-roll of Brigadier-General Lyon's staff, mustered by himself. Accompatrength of each regiment and of the brigade. Lyon had previously been elected brigadier-general o the command of the Department of the West, General Lyon became the commander of that department. ounded. In this affair I was designated by General Lyon to receive the surrender of the commander oional authority therein, being now secured, General Lyon directed his energies toward operations in ore than two or three days was impossible. General Lyon's force was rapidly diminishing, and would the southwest by two or three different roads, Lyon moved out, August 1, on the Cassville road, hadin the early part of 1862, but the inclosure to Lyon is wanting. The original letter, with the rechich had again come into his possession. General Lyon's answer to this letter, given below, the o[31 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter V (search)
f national patriotism. Every possible effort should be made to allay this bitter party strife in that State. In reply, September 30, I expressed the following opinion: . . . I feel compelled to say that I believe you are not altogether right in your information about the factions in Missouri. If the so-called claybank faction are not altogether friendly to the President and administration, I have not been able to discover it. The men who now sustain me are the same who rallied round Lyon and sustained the government in the dark days of 1861, while the leaders of the present charcoal faction stood back until the danger was past. I believe I have carried out my instructions as literally as possible, yet I have received a reasonable support from one faction and the most violent opposition from the other. I am willing to pledge my official position that those who support me now will support me in the execution of any policy the President may order. They are the real friends of
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter VI (search)
nnot be returned to their masters or discharged from the service. It cannot be denied that Genl. Schofield's whole influence has been in favor of emancipation. He did all in his power to secure the passage of an ordinance of emancipation by the late State Convention. The leaders of the present charcoal faction, who now war on Genl. Schofield, are not the men who sustained the government at the beginning of the war. The men who now support Genl. S. are the identical ones who stood around Lyon and sustained the government in the dark days of 1861. They are the true friends of the government; men who stand between the rebels on one side and the radical revolutionists on the other; the men who maintain the Constitution, uphold the laws, and advocate justice to all men. If sustained by the President, they will rally to their standard all the best men of the State, of all parties. Secession is dead in Missouri. As a party the secessionists are utterly without influence. The degr
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XVIII (search)
apparent cause. In my first battle,—that of Wilson's Creek,—where I was a staff officer under a soldier of great experience, ability, and unsurpassed courage,—General Lyon,—I felt for a long time no sense of responsibility whatever. I had only to convey his orders to the troops. Yet the absorption of my mind in the discharge of this simple duty, and in watching the progress of the battle, was so complete that I absolutely had no thought whatever of self. Even after Lyon had been twice wounded, both of our horses killed, the troops on our left given way in disorder, leaving us standing in the line, only a few feet to the left of Totten's battery, under ty as his senior staff officer, and spontaneously said: No, general; let us try it again. I was so much absorbed in the battle itself at that time, and even after Lyon's death, that it did not occur to me that wounds and death, even of the commanding general himself, were of any consequence except as they might influence the pro
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Index (search)
dship with, 7, 8 Boonville, Mo., S. joins Gen. Lyon at, 35; battle of, 37 Border Guards, in Mnt of the West, the, Harney commanding, 32, 33; Lyon succeeds Harney in command, 33, 35; Fremont com from his records, 39, 40; correspondence with Lyon, Aug. 6, 9, 1861, 39-41; charged with sacrificing Lyon, 40; organizes army in Missouri, 48; his character and personality, 48-50; plans for the Armntration of Thomas's troops, 201 Lyon, Brig.-Gen., Nathaniel, succeeds Harney in command of Depa 425 Price, Maj.-Gen., Sterling, defeated by Lyon at Boonville, 37 Proctor, Redfield, Secretar, 35; adjutant-general and chief of staff to Gen. Lyon, 35, 37; battle of Wilson's Creek, 35, 39; 4ia, 36, 37; joins Lyon at Boonville, 37; drafts Lyon's letter to Fremont, Aug. 9, 1861, 40, 41; betwrgis, 38; battle of Wilson's Creek, 42, 43, 47; Lyon's confidence in, 43; takes over command from St with Lyon and Sigel, 38; assumes command after Lyon's death, 45-48; relinquishes command to Sigel, [6 more...]