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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
ng at the magnitude of the task to which General McClellan devoted himself with a soldier's experieenemy cross the river? Was this delay, that McClellan might strengthen his position, raise the depst such a condition of things, it was urged, McClellan will provide; he is fortifying himself at Wahe Atlantic he had condemned the slowness of McClellan's movements, and criticised what he interpre President's feelings at the manner in which McClellan was delaying, and held out hopes that shouldll on the Maryland side of the Potomac. General McClellan had visited us and departed. On the ted South? he then asks. Wish you could see McClellan, and get us out of this latitude and atmosph it in Washington from staff-officers of General McClellan. Indeed, it was said, as a compliment, vies of the United States, appointed for General McClellan to move against the enemy. The Presidenis work. Everything was expected from General McClellan, everything believed possible through hi[1 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 3: through Harper's Ferry to Winchester—The Valley of the Shenandoah. (search)
The President's Order No. 1, issued against McClellan's protest, peremptorily commanded an advancegain, if you'se able to do it. We found General McClellan here, with a large staff, giving personforces for the grand oncoming movement. General McClellan having been my classmate at West Point,ation of Charlestown and the presence of General McClellan, but that he was not allowed to send a se Congress had been sitting in judgment upon McClellan, condemning his policy and his plans, discushe commander of the Army of the Potomac, General McClellan had been carefully and methodically prepombie. General Hamilton was, by order of General McClellan, transferred to another corps in his armthe advance upon Winchester was the first in McClellan's plans, Williams's division of the Fifth Co his headquarters, on the first of April General McClellan addressed to General Banks, commanding t railway communications were re-established, McClellan thought it would be advisable to move on Sta[9 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
lamented as he saw the white snow-flakes nestling gently within and around the blossoms of his peach-trees. Such a good-natured old gentleman as he was, it was impossible to get angry with him when he insisted, with a good-natured smile, that McClellan would be whipped on the peninsula; that he hoped for and did not for a moment doubt it. But though under my protection I was sorry sometimes to see the grim-visaged front of war overspread the face of our otherwise kind hostess; for she was vernow driving them; will report fully. Burnt Bridge lies south of Columbia Bridge, over which the road to Gordonsville and Richmond crosses the Shenandoah. Fearing that we would not fall into the little trap of moving to Staunton, against which McClellan warned Banks, it might be that Jackson was trying all approaches to our rear, lest he might not have the opportunity to crush us with reinforcements in his own good time. With the pass across the mountain well guarded, and our advance at least
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 5: return to Strasburg (continued)—Banks's flight to WinchesterBattle of Winchester. (search)
valry: under Colonel Broadhead there was part of the 1st Michigan; under General Hatch, part of 1st Vermont, part of 5th New York, 5 companies 1st Maryland, 5 companies 8th New York,total 1,500. In artillery: Best's Battery, 6 guns; Cothran's Battery, 6; Hampton's Battery, 4,--total 16 guns and 250 men. See Banks's Report, Rebellion Record, vol. v.--a Confederate army against which, with the whole force Banks had ever had in the valley, we might not have coped; a combined army from which McClellan feared disaster, should we proceed too far south until his movements before Richmond should draw off the enemy; an army only too anxious to meet us, It was now hoped by all that Banks would leave the road, push on through Harrisonburg, and attack us. Battle-fields of the South, p. 324. even before the War Department so suddenly scattered the council at Harrisonburg on that Sunday on the fourth of May. O happy War Department! On the morning of the nineteenth of May Jackson left Mossy
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
gade; Special orders, no. 138.War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, Washington, June 18, 1862. 9th. Brigadier-General George H. Gordon, U. S. Vols., is assigned to duty in the Department of the Shenandoah, to take command of the brigade now under Brigadier-General Greene, and will report in person to Major-General Banks. By order of the Secretary of War. L. Thomas, Adjt.-General. and on the 22d, after a fruitless effort on the preceding day by rail, via Manassas, to reach Front Royal, to which place my command had moved from Bartonsville, I shook the dust of Washington from my feet, not to return to it again for two months, when, as part of a wrecked and broken army, we made our way across the Potomac to fight under McClellan at Antietam, for the safety of Maryland and the North. Before leaving Washington, I enlightened the Committee on the Conduct of the War upon the subject of Union guards over enemy's property, upon which political soldiers were much exercised.
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
t form the groundwork of the history of that period, that McClellan's refusal to correspond with Pope, or to unite with him ith Carolina to Fortress Monroe with his army, visited General McClellan at Harrison's Bar. The question of the withdrawal of ncil of officers, and, against the wishes and protests of McClellan, was determined upon. It was to be removed at once to FrWar Department. The despatch General Banks returned. McClellan, defeated and liable to be captured. The President alarm which no officer had a right to do, saying I was scared, McClellan was to be captured, and we were all going to ruin. You tneral? None, sir. Nothing of this sad affair of General McClellan's,this rumor of his defeat? Nothing, sir. Notwar-horses of the Administration, who were then comparing McClellan to an old woman with a broom. Although the newspapers nt of success at Richmond to mismanagement on the part of McClellan, for whom he seemed to entertain a bitter hatred, which m
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
sses to Colonel Lee that the day is lost, 75. Rushes forward to the front and is killed, 76. As U. S. Senator had criticised the conduct of the war, condemning McClellan's policy, 79, 80. Ball's Bluff, battle of, its history told, 64-79. Band-leader, a, the question raised as to his rank in the military service, 57. Banhorizes the for-mation of the Second Mass. Regiment to serve during the war, 9. His first call for troops to serve during the war, 9. Orders the army under General McClellan to move against the enemy, 99. His interview with R. M. Copeland, 256, 267 (notes). His action in regard to the promotion of General Gordon, 259. Little , Major, of the Forty-sixth Penn., dangerously wounded at Cedar Mountain, 304. Maulsby, Colonel, 110. McCall, General, Federal officer in Civil War, 64. McClellan, General George B., 29. His policy of caution, 60. Confidence of the writer in, 99. Is placed at the head of the army of the Potomac, and deposed as commander