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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative 204 0 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 144 2 Browse Search
Horace Greeley, The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-65: its Causes, Incidents, and Results: Intended to exhibit especially its moral and political phases with the drift and progress of American opinion respecting human slavery from 1776 to the close of the War for the Union. Volume II. 113 11 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 93 1 Browse Search
An English Combatant, Lieutenant of Artillery of the Field Staff., Battlefields of the South from Bull Run to Fredericksburgh; with sketches of Confederate commanders, and gossip of the camps. 73 3 Browse Search
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson 60 12 Browse Search
Jubal Anderson Early, Ruth Hairston Early, Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early , C. S. A. 60 6 Browse Search
Alfred Roman, The military operations of General Beauregard in the war between the states, 1861 to 1865 55 15 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 51 3 Browse Search
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War 42 18 Browse Search
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Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 2: the battle of Bull Run (July, 1861) (search)
ll Overpersuaded. in the Confederate lines. McDowell's New plan. Beauregard's plan. how it faile Beauregard arrive. Reenforcement sent for. McDowell's four idle brigades. two hours fighting. tThis was the situation in Northern Virginia. McDowell, at Alexandria with 35,000 men, and Patterson unite Patterson's force with McDowell's, but McDowell was assured that Patterson should threaten Joous road. The fear of such an attack induced McDowell, while actually on the march, to halt his reaard had planned to make the very attack which McDowell had feared, and at the very time when he was It was about 8.45 A. M., and I had discovered McDowell's turning column, the head of which, at this y was beginning to develop on the left, where McDowell's advance had now come in collision with Evan position and was on the defensive. It was McDowell's task—and it was his last remaining of all tf times, but none ever made a lodgment. If McDowell had had some of his absent brigades at hand, [37 more...]
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 3: fall and winter of 1861 (search)
s. Early in March the Federal army was organized into five army corps under McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, and Banks. Each corps was generally composed of r. There were seven campaigns under as many different commanders. First. McDowell set out to follow the Orange and Alexandria Railway, but was defeated at Manas was soon recalled to Washington. Third. Pope, in August, 1862, followed in McDowell's footsteps along the railroad from Alexandria, and was defeated upon nearly the same ground which had witnessed McDowell's defeat. Fourth. Burnside took the railroad via Fredericksburg, and in December, 1862, met a bloody repulse at that poker's division of 10,000 men from McClellan, and now, on April 4, he took also McDowell's corps of 37,000, ordering it to report to the Secretary of War. As the result of that order was to keep McDowell out of the Seven Days battles in June, Jackson's battle at Kernstown, though generally reckoned a defeat, was really the first s
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 4: Yorktown and Williamsburg (search)
re held by Gen. Magruder, whose force at the time was only about 13,000 men. They occupied a line about 12 miles in length — partly behind the Warwick River, and partly protected by slight earthworks. Another opportunity as good as that offered McDowell at Bull Run was here offered to McClellan, who could have rushed the position anywhere. He contented himself, however, with some cannonading and sharp-shooting. Of course, he was still under the Pinkerton delusion as to the enemy's strength. isplay, exhibiting the same troops repeatedly at different points. It was just at this juncture, when a great success was in McClellan's grasp, had he had the audacity to risk something, that the news reached him that Lincoln had taken from him McDowell's 37,000 men. This, doubtless, had its effect in discouraging him and leading him to resort to siege operations against Yorktown instead of attempting to pass the position by main force. Meanwhile, Johnston had been summoned to Richmond, and
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 5: Seven Pines or fair Oaks (search)
The situation had grown very threatening; for McDowell's army, still at Fredericksburg with 31,000 mhing to save Richmond, it must be done before McDowell arrived. It was not likely that McClellan way at its nearest point. In observation of McDowell at Fredericksburg was Gen. J. R. Anderson at 70 missing, total 355. At Fredericksburg, McDowell's column was at last joined by Shields, who hached from Banks in the Valley, and on May 26 McDowell was put in motion. In the forenoon of the 27nce recognized that he must now attack before McDowell could unite with McClellan. The latter haddiately determined to attack on the 29th. As McDowell was approaching behind the enemy's right, hison the 28th, when further news was received. McDowell had suddenly stopped his advance, and his tror had magnified Jackson's forces greatly, and McDowell, just in the nick of time for us, had been tuas been told, on the 28th he received news of McDowell's recall north. That night he countermanded [1 more...]
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 6: Jackson's Valley campaign (search)
n's plan. battle of McDowell. Shields joins McDowell. Jackson attacks front Royal. Banks Retreatand. Steuart's Faux Pas. Jackson's report. McDowell's delay. Lincoln keeps Sunday. panic in Washad been taken from Banks and ordered to join McDowell at Fredericksburg, where the latter would awar material. Its great object was to break up McDowell's proposed march from Fredericksburg to reenfever, was ready by the night of the 24th, and McDowell was anxious to march on Sunday, the 25th. Buowing some special regard for the Sabbath. McDowell's official report says: O. R. 15, 282.— even of hours. It has already been told how McDowell did actually start, but, having made only a piamsport and Harper's Ferry to assist Banks. McDowell's march, already begun before orders could renew McDowell's advance upon Richmond. One of McDowell's divisions, McCall's, had been held at Fredeised the entire forces of Fremont, Banks, and McDowell, and was charged with the duty of overcoming [5 more...]
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 7 (search)
ackson's raid was about to be repeated with a much larger force. Meanwhile, Jackson's force was marched again to the Shenandoah near Port Republic, about the 11th, after Shields and Fremont had fallen back to the neighborhood of Strasburg. Here Jackson took five days of rest preparatory to the movement upon Richmond. During most of this period, by all the rules of the game, Mc-Clellan was in default for not attacking. He had come within arm's length, but allowed the initiative to Lee. McDowell had been taken from him, so that he had nothing to gain by waiting, while his enemy had the opportunity both of reenforcement and of fortification. Lee was, indeed, doing his utmost in each direction. McClellan seemed to have been subconsciously aware that he ought to attack, and that his advantage was being lost by every day's delay; for his reports to Washington represented his army, from day to day, as being only held back from a general advance by waiting for some slight additional a
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, chapter 8 (search)
command, and to be entirely personal in character. Evidently, Jackson excused not only himself, but his troops also, because it was Sunday. He certainly considered attendance upon divine service an important duty of the first magnitude. He confidently believed that marked regard for the Sabbath would often be followed by God's favor upon one's secular enterprises. If so, why not upon a battle or a campaign? We have seen even Lincoln share the same belief when he stopped the advance of McDowell from Fredericksburg on Sunday, and thus broke up McClellan's campaign, as has been told. (See p. 101.) The rebuilding of Grapevine bridge was not a serious matter. Lee clearly anticipated no delay there whatever. Jackson's engineer, early Sunday morning, reported that it would be finished in two hours. There was a ford close by, and other bridges within a few miles, but most of Jackson's troops spent the entire day in camp. His early start next morning would seem to promise more vi
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 10: Cedar Mountain (search)
Lincoln had called from the West Maj.-Gen. John Pope, and placed him in command of the three separate armies of Fremont and Banks, in the Valley of Virginia, and McDowell near Fredericksburg. The union of the three into one was a wise measure, but the selection of a commander was as eminently unwise. One from the army in Virgini arrogance of this address was not calculated to impress favorably officers of greater experience in actual warfare, who were now overslaughed by his promotion. McDowell would have been the fittest selection, but he and Banks, both seniors to Pope, submitted without a word; as did also Sumner, Franklin, Porter, Heintzelman, and a and Stafford's, and Pegram's battery, — crossed the creek, and continued the pursuit. Banks's corps, however, had, in its retreat, met Ricketts's division of McDowell's corps, accompanied by Pope in person, and followed also by the leading troops of Sigel's corps. About one and a half miles beyond Cedar Creek the Confederate
Edward Porter Alexander, Military memoirs of a Confederate: a critical narrative, Chapter 11: second Manassas (search)
miles west and beyond Thoroughfare Gap, while McDowell, Sigel, and Reynolds are about Gainsville, diher captured courier bore orders from Pope to McDowell, ordering the formation of his line of battlel force. It was Ricketts's division, sent by McDowell upon his own responsibility, to prevent the ad between there and Bristoe were the corps of McDowell and Porter, about 27,000,—in all about 64,000, and from King's and Ricketts's divisions of McDowell's corps. Ricketts could have been with him, ut; this is no place to fight a battle. As McDowell ranked Porter, when their troops were together, McDowell was in command. Just before meeting Porter, he had learned that at 8.45 that morning 17 toward Groveton. After some reconnoissance, McDowell decided to leave Porter where he was, and to usted by from 12 to 18 hours marchings. When McDowell left, with King and Ricketts, Porter consideris centre. He ordered King's division, which McDowell had now brought upon the field, to advance do[6 more...]