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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Washington under Banks. (search)
ders, of which the first point was to restore order. The forces included the Third, Fifth, and Eleventh Army Corps, commanded respectively by Heintzelman, Fitz John Porter, and Sigel, covering the fortified line on the Virginia side and numbering about 47,000 for duty; the garrisons of the works, 15,000; Casey's provisional brirriving regiments and the town guards, 1.1,000,--in all, 73,000, Rapidly augmented by new levies, these forces must have exceeded 80,000 before the dispatch of Porter's corps to Antietam, September 12th.. The return for October 10th shows 79,535; for November 10th, 80,989. The lowest point was about 60,000 after Whipple's diviinia campaigns. In the last three weeks of September there were sent to the Army of the Potomac in the field 36,000 men, in October, 29,000; in all, 65,000. Porter's corps (Morell and Humphreys), 15,.500; 20 new regiments in a body, 18,500; Stoneman and Whipple, 15,000; together, 49,000; add convalescents and stragglers, 16,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 8.61 (search)
the heading, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, at Rockville.--Editors. I was afterward accused of assuming command without authority, for nefarious purposes, and in fact I fought the battles of South Mountain and Antietam with a halter around my neck, for if the Army of the Potomac had been defeated and I had survived I would, no doubt, have been tried for assuming authority without orders, and, in the state of feeling which so unjustly condemned the innocent and most meritorious General F. J. Porter, I would probably have been condemned to death. I was fully aware of the risk I ran, but the path of duty was clear and I tried to follow it. It was absolutely necessary that Lee's army should be met, and in the state of affairs I have briefly described there could be no hesitation on my part as to doing it promptly. Very few in the Army of the Potomac doubted the favorable Map of the Maryland campaign. result of the next collision with the Confederate army, but in other quarters
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The opposing forces in the Maryland campaign. (search)
y; 139th Pa., Col. Frank H. Collier. Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. John Cochrane: 65th N. Y., Col. Alexander Shaler; 67th N. Y., Col. Julius W. Adams; 122d N. Y., Col. Silas Titus; 23d Pa., Col. Thomas X-I. Neill; 61st Pa., Col. George C. Spear; 82d Pa., Col. David H., Williams. Brigade loss: Antietam (Sept. 18th), w, 9. Artillery: 3d N. Y., Capt. William Stuart; C, 1st Pa., Capt. Jeremiah McCarthy; D, 1st Pa., Capt. Michael Hall; G, 2d U. S., Lieut. J. H. Butler. Fifth Army Corps, Maj.-Gen. Fitz John Porter. Escort: Detachment 1st Me. Cav., Capt. George J. Summat. first division, Maj.-Gen. George W. Morell. First Brigade, Col. James Barnes: 2d Me., Col. Charles W. Roberts; 18th Mass., Lieut.-Col. Joseph Hayes; 22d Mass., Lieut.-Col. William, S. Tilton; 1st Mich., Capt. Emory W. Belton; 13th N. Y., Col. Elisha G. Marshall; 25th N. Y., Col. Charles A. Johnson; 118th Pa., Col. Charles M. Prevost; 2d Co. Mass. Sharp-shooters, Capt. Lewis E. Wentworth. Brigade loss: Shepherdstown, k,
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The battle of Antietam. (search)
he south. Several battalions of regulars from Porter's corps came to his assistance and made their onnecting the wings of Lee's army. General Fitz John Porter writes to say that no such note as Cak place between him and General McClellan. General Porter says that nearly all of his Fifth Corps (aot then four thousand strong, according to General Porter's report.--Editors. Dryer was one of the ce time talking with General McClellan and Fitz John Porter, about a hundred and fifty yards from us.Corps, but that when he spoke of doing so Fitz John Porter said: Remember, General! I command the lld have answered our needs as well as one from Porter's corps. Hill came, but Couch did not. Yet evk of the part with which he was attacking Lee; Porter would have been in position to help either pare his views full consideration.--Editors. Porter's corps was ordered to report to Burnside to ras sent over the Antietam for this purpose, Porter in his report says that Morell took the place [4 more...]
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The invasion of Maryland. (search)
was made of a Federal advance, but it turned out to be only a party of cavalry and amounted to nothing. As soon as the cavalry Blackford's, or Boteler's, Ford, Prom the Maryland side. From a recent photograph. This picture, taken from the tow-path of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, shows the ford bellow Shepherdstown by which Lee's army retreated after Antietam, the cliff on the Virginia side being the scene of the disaster to the 118th Pennsylvania, or Corn Exchange, regiment. When Porter's corps arrived at the Potomac in pursuit, on September 19th, Confederate artillery on the cliffs disputed the passage. A small Union force, under General Griffin, moved across the river in face of a warm fire, and, scaling the heights, captured several pieces of artillery. This attacking party was recalled during the night. Next morning, the 20th, two brigades of Sykes's division crossed and gained the heights on the left by the cement mill, while one brigade of Morell's division advance
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Antietam scenes. (search)
hward to the hills below Sharpsburg. The Fifth Corps, under Fitz John Porter, was behind the ridge extending south toward the bridge, where the artillery of the Ninth Corps was thundering. Porter, I remember, was with McClellan, watching the movements of the troops across the Antt was the plain dictate of common sense that then was the time when Porter's eleven thousand should have been sent across the Antietam and thred up. It has been said that McClellan's excuse for not throwing in Porter's corps at that moment was the reason given by Napoleon at Borodinotending lines; Burnside was asking for reinforcements. How quickly Porter's eleven thousand could have rushed across Antietam bridge with no onfederate battery had gone down in a heap in the public square. Porter's corps was passing through the town. McClellan and his staff came galloping up the hill. Porter's men swung their hats and gave a cheer; but few hurrahs came from the other corps — none from Hooker's. A cha
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., The case of Fitz John Porter. (search)
The case of Fitz John Porter. by Richard B. Irwin, Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-Generher trial. No charges preferred against General Porter by General Pope have been found, save in harly delayed. The vital point remains whether Porter did or did not disobey his orders and fail in shortly after noon: Generals McDowell and Porter: You will please move forward with your joint on horseback, and in which messengers sent by Porter to communicate with McDowell and others were cen he delivered one copy of the joint order to Porter, after delivering the other to General McDowel Longstreet had arrived on the field, and that Porter had no considerable force in his front. Theve responsibility would have devolved upon General Porter. The order was based upon conditions whicnot been fully executed, and thus relieved General Porter from the continuing disqualification to ho approved an act for the relief of Fitz John. Porter which had been passed in the House of Represen[33 more...]
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