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George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade) 1,542 0 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3. 728 6 Browse Search
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure) 378 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3. 374 2 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4. 325 5 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. 297 1 Browse Search
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.) 295 3 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore) 286 2 Browse Search
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 1 225 1 Browse Search
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lone star had been hauled down, the Stars and Stripes waved triumphantly over the town. The rebel occupation had just lasted four weeks. The gunboat had been trying for two or three days to cross the bar, but for want of a pilot, had only just succeeded. The most cheering news we had heard for a long time was that Washington and Philadelphia, which the rebels had assured us were taken, were still safe, and that Lee had been defeated instead of being overwhelmingly victorious. Hurrah for Meade! General Weitzel, with the advance of Banks's army, is expected here this afternoon. A word before I close this epistle about the Texans, whose prisoners we had been for a month. I have called them half savages, and it is about true, but they have some of the noblest qualities of savages. They are brave to rashness, and will endure with patience any amount of exposure and suffering to accomplish their end. They are generous, good-natured, and treat their prisoners with much kindness.
at thing his successor had done! All honor to Meade for the courage that took the responsibility! you, I think a great deal of that fine fellow Meade, I chanced to hear the President say, a few dawipe out nearly a third of the army, and leave Meade powerless for the defence of the North. These was a very uncertain test. Ride over to. General Meade, said Howard to one of his aids, and tell an instant there was another and another. General Meade came to the door, told the staff that they tiny farm-house, sixteen by twenty, which General Meade had made his headquarters, lay wearied staver. Agate. Gazette office, July 8. Major-General Meade's report. headquarters army of the of the river intervening between him and his (Meade's) base of supplies. I have taken some pain long threatened, was not yet attacked. General Meade took command of this army on Sunday, the tay of the battle, I was informed, while at General Meade's headquarters, by an orderly just arrived[19 more...]
mity with the orders of the War department, dated June twenty-seventh, 1863, I relinquish the command of the army of the Potomac. It is transferred to Major-General George G. Meade, a brave and accomplished officer, who has nobly earned the confidence and esteem of the army on many a well-fought field. Impressed with the belief tiumph of its arms may bring successes worthy of it and the nation, I bid it farewell. Joseph Hooker, Major-General S. F. Barstow, Acting Adjutant-General General Meade's address on taking command headquarters of the army of the Potomac, June 28, 1863. General order no. 66. By direction of the President of the United oldier, whose name must ever appear conspicuous in the history of its achievements; but I rely upon the hearty support of my companions in arms to assist me in the discharge of the duties of the important trust which has been confided to me. George G. Meade, Major-General Commanding. S. F. Barstow, Assistant Adjutant-General.
Doc. 92.-captured battle-flags. General Meade's report. headquarters army of the Potomac, July 18, 1863. General: I have the honor herewith to trans. mit thirty-one battle-flags, captured from the enemy in the recent battle at Gettysburgh. Several other flags were captured on that occasion, but those sent embrace all thus far sent in by corps commanders. Very respectfully your obedient servant, George G. Meade, Major-General Commanding. Brigadier-General L. Thomas, Adjutant-General, Washington. General Barksdale's sword was given in my charge to bring with the above flags. Ed. Schriver, Inspector-General. war Department, Adjutant A list is herewith inclosed. I have the honor to be, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General. Major-General Geo. G. Meade, U. S. Vols., Commanding Army Potomac. Battle-flags captured at Gettysburgh, July 8, 1863. First Virginia infantry--captured by Eighty-second New
onterey Gap. Then by the country roads, in a south-westerly direction, toward Hagerstown. There were then left to General Meade two routes to pursue-one to follow directly on the heels of the enemy, and fight him in these gaps, or march at once valry having gallantly cleared the road after two days severe fighting with Stuart. On Friday, the headquarters of General Meade were established near Antietam Bridge, on the Williamsport road, three miles west of Boonsboro, and seven miles sout It is worthy of note that Generals Howard and Wadsworth, who advised an attack, were the weakest in numbers. What General Meade's own inclination was I am not positively informed, but I think he desired to push ahead, but finally deferred to thes reported at daylight on Tuesday morning, by a negro who came in from Williamsport. His statement was not credited, General Meade believing that the enemy was merely concentrating his forces at some point on his long line to resist an attack. But
Doc. 97.-Generals Meade and Lee. General Lee's despatch. headquarters Army Northern Va., July 21, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, C. S. A., Richmond, Va.: General: I have seen in Northern papers what purported to be an official despatch from Gen. Meade, stating that he had captured a brigade of infantry, two pieces of artillery, two caissons, and a large number of small arms, as this army retired to the south bank of the Potomac, on the thirteenth and fourtgerated in the despatch referred to. I am, with great respect, Your obedient servant, R. E. Lee, General. General Meade's despatch. headquarters of the army of the Potomac, August 9, 1863. Major-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chi will surely acknowledge that these were not left in the hands of stragglers asleep in barns. Respectfully yours, George G. Meade, Major-General Commanding. General Kilpatrick's report. headquarters Third division cavalry corps, Warrent
ing pushed into the Shenandoah Valley, no sooner found that Meade was at his heels than he made a feint as if he would turn and recross the Potomac. So soon, however, as Meade ascertained to his own satisfaction that Lee had not turned back in force had been watched from the lofty summits in the rear by General Meade and staff, General French and his staff; and by the offto which the enemy had fled. Word was also received by General Meade that the rebel corps that had moved down the valley wasive battle at that point. Acting upon this information General Meade directed General French to suspend his main operations that our scouts had reported, and on which information General Meade had based his calculations for a great battle, proved ton how small a circumstance a whole campaign may turn. General Meade, by moving into Manassas Gap and preparing for battle tbling Lee to reach the south of the Rappahannock before General Meade could possibly do so. The brilliant affair in the Ma
ion, and terrible slaughter on both sides, the insurgents recoiled from the position held by General Meade, who had been then only four days in command of the army of the Potomac. On the fourth of Jburgh and Hagerstown to Williamsport, where the proper disposition to attack him was made by General Meade. Deceived concerning the state of the river, supposed to be unfordable, General Meade, hourGeneral Meade, hourly expecting reenforcements, delayed the attack a day too long, and the insurgents, partly by fording and partly by floating bridges, succeeded in withdrawing across the river by night, with their arthe victorious army. Many thousand insurgents, wounded and captives, fell into the hands of General Meade. It is not doubted that this second unsuccessful invasion cost the insurgents forty thousand men. Our own loss was severe, for the strife was obstinate and deadly. General Meade crossed the Potomac. Lee retired again to Gordonsville, where he is now understood to be in front of our force
the fourteenth to the nine-teenth every hillside contained an enemy, and every ravine a blockade. Dispirited and worn down, we reached the river at three A. M., on the nineteenth, at a ford above Pomroy, I think, called Portland. At four, two companies were thrown across the river, and were instantly opened upon by the enemy; a scout of three hundred men were sent down the river a half-mile, who reported back that they had found a small force behind rifle-pits, and asked permission of General Meade to charge. He assented, and by five he was notified that Colonel Smith had successfully charged the pits, capturing one hundred and fifty prisoners. Another courier arriving about the same time reported that a gunboat had approached near our battery, and on being fired upon had retired precipitately. General Morgan finding both of these reports correct, and believing that he had sufficient time to cross the command, was using every exertion to accomplish the task, when simultaneously
erms made by any man or men within that range in opposition to that army, is simply nothing for the present; because such man or men have no power whatever to enforce their side of a compromise, if one were made with them. To illustrate: Suppose refugees from the South and peace men of the North get together in convention and frame and proclaim a compromise embracing a restoration of the Union. In what way can that compromise be used to keep General Lee's army out of Pennsylvania? General Meade's army can keep Lee's army out of Pennsylvania; and I think can ultimately drive it out of existence. But no paper compromise to which the controllers of General Lee's army are not agreed can at all affect that army. In an effort at such compromise we would waste time, which the enemy would improve to our disadvantage, and that would be all. A compromise, to be effective, must be made either with those who control the rebel army, or with the people first liberated from the dominatio
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