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s, who enjoy having their legs sawed off, their heads trepanned, and their ribs reset, but I am not one of them. I am disposed to think of home and family — of the great suffering which results from engagements between immense armies. Somebody-Wellington, I guess-said there was nothing worse than a great victory except a great defeat. Rode with Colonel Mitchell four miles up the river to General Davis' quarters; met there General Morgan, commanding First Brigade of our division; Colonel Dan McCook, commanding Third Brigade, and Mr. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War. November, 23 It is now half-past 5 o'clock in the morning. The moon has gone down, and it is that darkest hour which is said to precede the dawn. My troops have been up since three o'clock busily engaged making preparation for the day's work. Judging from the almost continuous whistling of the cars off beyond Mission Ridge, the rebels have an intimation of the attack to be made, and are busy either bringing r
, trusting to accidents for shelter and subsistence. During the whole march, whenever I encountered your command, I found all the officers at their proper places and the men in admirable order. This is the true test, and I pronounce your division one of the best ordered in the service. I wish you all honor and success in your career, and shall deem myself most fortunate if the incidents of war bring us together again. Be kind enough to say to General Morgan, General Beatty, and Colonel McCook, your brigade commanders, that I have publicly and privately commended their brigades, and that I stand prepared, at all times, to assist them in whatever way lies in my power. I again thank you personally, and beg to subscribe myself, Your sincere friend, W. T. Sherman, Major-General. Colonel Van Vleck, Seventy-eight Illinois, was kind enough in his report to say: In behalf of the entire regiment I tender to the general commanding the brigade, my sincere thanks for h
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federates as to the size of his force until he had them disarmed. Alston, who was a brave officer, was terribly chagrined, but, on his word of honor, he took his men to Lexington, the nearest military post, and surrendered the next day. Major Dan McCook, paymaster, a gentleman probably sixty-five years old, but hale and much younger in appearance, accompanied General Judah from Cincinnati as a volunteer aid. Major McCook was the father of the celebrated family of generals and colonels, theMajor McCook was the father of the celebrated family of generals and colonels, the two most noted of whom were Major General A. McDowell McCook and Brigadier General Robert L. McCook. Robert was killed in the fall of 1862, in Southern Tennessee, while riding ahead of his command in an ambulance. He was quite ill at the time, had turned the active direction of the march over to the senior colonel, and was riding in advance to keep out of the dust and noise of the column. Under these circumstances his ambulance was attacked by a scouting party under a Captain Gurley, of the
sary that we should gain possession of Doctor's Creek in order to relieve their distress. Consequently General Gilbert, during the night, directed me to push beyond Doctor's Creek early the next morning. At daylight on the 8th I moved out Colonel Dan McCook's brigade and Barnett's battery for the purpose, but after we had crossed the creek with some slight skirmishing, I found that we could not hold the ground unless we carried and occupied a range of hills, called Chaplin Heights, in front of Chaplin River. As this would project my command in the direction of Perryville considerably beyond the troops that were on either flank, I brought up Laiboldt's brigade and Hescock's battery to strengthen Colonel McCook. Putting both brigades into line we quickly carried the Heights, much to the surprise of the enemy, I think, for he did not hold on to the valuable ground as strongly as he should have done. This success not only ensured us a good supply of water, but Thirty-Sixth brigade: Co
ral Sill, Colonel Frederick Schaefer and Colonel Dan McCook; but a few days later Colonel George W. the garrison at Nashville, was substituted for McCook's. General Sill was a classmate of mine atarmy in the field. His brigade relieved Colonel Dan McCook's, the latter reluctantly joining the ga the army, had assigned Major-General A. McD. McCook to command the right wing, MajorGeneral GeorgeMajor-General T. L. Crittenden the left wing. McCook's wing was made up of three divisions, command Murfreesboroa pike, through Lavergne, and General McCook by the Nolensville pike-Davis's division in advance. As McCook's command neared Nolensville, I received a message from Davis informing me thallenly resisted the progress of Crittenden and McCook throughout the preceding three days, and as itn the morning of the 30th I had the advance of McCook's corps on the Wilkinson pike, Roberts's brigathem about half a mile, when I was directed by McCook to form line of battle and place my artillery
probabilities of such a course on the part of the enemy, I thought McCook should be made acquainted with what was going on, so Sill and I wenmy ground as long as possible, and until, under directions from General McCook, I moved to the front from my left flank and attached myself toeneral Sheridan, commanding the third and remaining division of General McCook's corps. The enemy's right was strongly posted on a ridge of red and wounded-but few missing. When we came into the open ground, McCook directed Roberts's brigade-now commanded by Colonel Luther P. Bradl Seventythird and Eighty-eighth Illinois had already been placed by McCook. The day had cost me much anxiety and sadness, and I was sorely dision. Late in the evening General Rosecrans, accompanied by General McCook, and several other officers whose names I am now unable to reca; and notwithstanding the fact that on the afternoon of December 30 McCook received information that the right of Johnson's division resting n
nomenclature was a decided improvement over the clumsy designations Right Wing, Centre, and Left Wing, which were well calculated to lead to confusion sometimes. McCook's wing became the Twentieth Corps, and my division continued of the same organization, and held the same number as formerly — the Third Division, Twentieth Corps. Mountains-decided to turn that place; consequently, he directed the mass of the Union army on the enemy's right flank, about Manchester. On the 26th of June McCook's corps advanced toward Liberty Gap, my division MIDDLE Tennessee or Tullahoma campaign, June 24 to July 5, 1863. Third division: (Twentieth Corps Army of thevillage to Boiling Fork, a small stream about half a mile beyond. Here the fleeing pickets, rallying behind a stronger force, made a stand, and I was directed by McCook to delay till I ascertained if Davis's division, which was to support me, had made the crossing of Elk River, and until I could open up communication with Branna
mands, and by nearly all the transportation of McCook's corps. After getting to the south side ossee River I was ordered to Valley Head, where McCook's corps was to concentrate. On the 4th of Sep, they had been notified by direct orders from McCook, and were moving out at a double-quick toward t it was fated to be otherwise. Rosecrans, McCook, and Crittenden passed out of the battle when ore or less isolation of the different corps. McCook's corps of three divisions had crossed two dif the army were not in conjunction, and between McCook and Thomas there intervened a positive and aggn before receiving his reinforcements, turn on McCook in Broomtown Valley and destroy him. Intelarly as the 10th of September, and on the 11th McCook found that he could not communicate with Thomallow. Had the different corps, beginning with McCook's, been drawn in toward Chattanooga between thga, but, as has been seen, this was not done. McCook was almost constantly on the march day and nig[6 more...]
ing train of wagons took longer to make the trip from Bridgeport, and the draft mules were dying by the hundreds. The artillery horses would soon go too, and there was every prospect that later the troops would starve unless something could be done. Luckily for my division, a company of the Second Kentucky Cavalry had attached itself to my headquarters, and, though there without authority, had been left undisturbed in view of a coming reorganization of the army incidental to the removal of McCook and Crittenden from the command of their respective corps, a measure that had been determined upon immediately after the battle of Chickamauga. Desiring to remain with me, Captain Lowell H. Thickstun, commanding this company, was ready for any duty I might find for him, so I ordered him into the Sequatchie Valley for the purpose of collecting supplies for my troops, and sent my scout Card along to guide him to the best locations. The company hid itself away in a deep cove in the upper end
advanced divisions. During the same day General McCook had reached the vicinity of Alpine, and, w and Alexander's bridges. At this point Colonel McCook, of General Granger's command, who had mad P. M., then Reynolds's after. Reynolds's and McCook's corps, by division, left to right, moving wi in the field, September 20-10.10 A. M. Major-General McCook, Commanding Twentieth Army Corps: Gel of which is respectfully submitted. A. McD. McCook, Major-General Commanding Twentieth Army Corpsbattle are to the effect that the isolation of McCook was as dangerous as that of Crittenden. When the road, while the right was upon it. Two of McCook's divisions were yet on the march from Crawfis subsequently temporarily reoccupied by one of McCook's brigades, (Lytle's.) Wood sent in his brigadessary to send to this point, as they came up, McCook's two divisions, Davis's and Sheridan's. This k down Lookout Valley without molestation; but McCook would have been endangered, without some furth[39 more...]
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