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James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 182 0 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 74 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2 62 0 Browse Search
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure) 60 0 Browse Search
Elias Nason, McClellan's Own Story: the war for the union, the soldiers who fought it, the civilians who directed it, and his relations to them. 31 1 Browse Search
John G. Nicolay, A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln, condensed from Nicolay and Hayes' Abraham Lincoln: A History 30 0 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 28 0 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1. 24 0 Browse Search
Caroline E. Whitcomb, History of the Second Massachusetts Battery of Light Artillery (Nims' Battery): 1861-1865, compiled from records of the Rebellion, official reports, diaries and rosters 20 0 Browse Search
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required to carry out the positive orders of the government, and it was with great satisfaction that I found myself relieved from the necessity of making what I knew to be a false and unnecessary movement. When the enemy abandoned his position on the 8th and 9th of March, the roads were still in such a condition as to make the proposed movement upon the batteries impracticable. Before this time I had strongly and repeatedly urged upon the Navy Department the propriety of hastening the completion of the Monitor, that she might be sent to the Potomac to try her hand upon the batteries on its banks. As the reason for this I urged that it was well to try her qualities under fire, when necessary repairs and alterations could readily be made, rather than to send her immediately to New Orleans, as had been intended. It is a little singular that the effect of my urgency was to hasten her completion, so that she arrived in Hampton Roads in season to check the operations of the Merrimac.
ten days, and then we could certainly control the Merrimac and have a big steamer or two for Yorktown. He reation on Norfolk from here impracticable while the Merrimac is extant. He says he is responsible to the country for keeping down the Merrimac, and has perfect confidence that he can do it, but cannot spare from here anyec. Navy: Can I rely on the Monitor to keep the Merrimac in check, so that I can take Fortress Monroe as a ellan: The Monitor is more than a match for the Merrimac, but she might be disabled in the next encounter. s. The Monitor may, and I think will, destroy the Merrimac in the next fight; but this is hope, not certainty Assist. Sec. Navy. P. S.--In my opinion the Merrimac does not intend to pass by Fort Monroe. I am alsoon that the Monitor will be fully able to hold the Merrimac in check should she attempt to pass Fortress Monron: It is thought the Monitor is a match for the Merrimac. The former has two guns, the latter eight. The M
hore more to the front. It was evident that to await any considerable accession of force and transportation would involve a delay of many days; I therefore determined to advance on the 4th of April. The following telegram of April 3 to Mr. Stanton requires no explanation: I expect to move from here to-morrow morning on Yorktown, where a force of some 15,000 of the rebels are in an entrenched position, and I think it quite probable they will attempt to resist us. No appearance of the Merrimac as yet. Commodore Golds-borough is quite confident he can sink her when she comes out. Before I left Washington an order had been issued by the War Department placing Fort Monroe and its dependencies under my control, and authorizing me to draw from the troops under Gen. Wool a division of about 10,000 men, which was to be assigned to the 1st corps. During the night of the 3d I received a telegram from the adjutant-general of the army stating that, by the President's order, I was dep
hdrawn across the Chickahominy, having his main force between New bridge and Richmond. Bottom's, Long, and Jones's bridges were merely watched by small cavalry patrols, and there were no indications even of this with regard to the last two. The necessity of following the enemy until he was fairly across the Chickahominy, and the question of supplies, had naturally brought the Army of the Potomac into the positions just described, for the James river was not open until the 12th, when the Merrimac was destroyed. The question was now to be decided as to the ultimate line of operations of the army. Two courses were to be considered: first, to abandon the line of the York, cross the Chickahominy in the lower part of its course, gain the James, and adopt that as the line of supply; second, to use the railroad from West Point to Richmond as the line of supply, which would oblige us to cross the Chickahominy somewhere north of White Oak Swamp. The army was perfectly placed to adopt
Mrs. Goldsborough and one of her daughters, Mrs. F. Seward, and some other ladies whose names I did not catch. I went on board their boat; then had some ambulances harnessed up and took them around camps. We are just about twenty-five miles from Richmond here, the advance considerably nearer. I don't yet know what to make of the rebels. I do not see how they can possibly abandon Virginia and Richmond without a battle; nor do I understand why they abandoned and destroyed Norfolk and the Merrimac, unless they also intended to abandon all of Virginia. There is a puzzle there somewhere which will soon be solved. . . . I am heartily tired of this life I am leading — always some little absurd thing being done by those gentry in Washington. I am every day more and more tired of public life, and earnestly pray that I may soon be able to throw down my sword and live once more as a private gentleman. . . . I confess I find it difficult to judge whether the war will soon be at an end or no
at they intend and hope that I and my army may melt away under the hot sun. . . . Secesh is very quiet of late-scarcely even a cavalry skirmish. He is almost too quiet for good, and must be after some mischief. May be me will have a visit from Merrimac No. 2. What a row it would create among the transports! I am in hopes that I will receive orders of some kind from Washington this evening. I am getting dreadfully tired of doing nothing. I begin to feel the want of a little quiet excitementfor it; much good may it do him! I still think, from all that comes to me, that the chances are at least that I will be superseded. . . . We are relieved to-day by a little excitement. The gunboats reported that six rebel gunboats (including Mr. Merrimac No. 2) were on the way down. So we were for some hours considerably brightened up by the prospect of seeing a shindy; but it turned out to be a false report. . . . I see, among other lies, that the papers say that the enemy drove off five hun
tietam, 590, 593, 619. Meagher, Gen. T. F., 81; at Fair Oaks, 382 ; Gaines's Mill, 418 ; Malvern, 437 ; Pope's campaign, 514; Antietam, 595, 597. Mechanicsville, Va., battle of, 363, 414-416. Mehaffey, Lieut. C. D., 133. Meigs, Gen. M. C., 156, 157, 159; report on supplies, 636, 637. Memorandum (McClellan's) : object of the war, military success, 101 ; suggestions for campaign, 102, 104 ; troops and material needed, railroads, 103 ; expenses, 105. Merrill, Lieut., 124, 311. Merrimac, 197, 249, 257, 268, 282, 342, 346. Middletown, Md., 559, 561, 573-575, 582. Miles, Col. D., at Harper's Ferry, 558-565. Minor's Hill, Va., 96, 516. Missroom, Corn. J. F., 291-293, 296, 309, 336. Monitor, 197, 249. Morell, Gen. G. W., at Yorktown, 260 ; Hanover C. H., 370; Gaines's Mill, 414 ; Malvern, 434 ; Pope's campaign, 508; Antietam, 589, 600-602, 607. Morris, Col. D., 594, 598. Mott, Capt., 285. Muhlenberg, Capt., 605. Munson's Hill, Va., 73, 92, 95, 96, 537. Mur