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ment as major-general in Ohio I wrote a letter to Gen. Scott (probably directed to the adjutant-general) inforinary proprieties of a well-regulated service. Gen. Scott and the other military authorities all this time wards Gen.) A. P. Howe's, should be mounted. But Gen. Scott expressed to Capt. Getty no little indignation thd assistance. I at once telegraphed and wrote to Gen. Scott what Gen. Patterson stated, and suggesting that I(May 24) I received two identical despatches from Gen. Scott and the Secretary of War (Mr. Cameron) stating thssee and Atlanta. The plan of operations which Gen. Scott soon imparted to me confidentially was to occupy prove best for the general good. In a letter to Gen. Scott from Buckhannon, dated July 6, I stated my desiresked to do so. The first telegram I received from Gen. Scott, early in the evening of the 21st, was to the effr the affair of Rich Mountain I was instructed by Gen. Scott to release upon parole all the prisoners I had ta
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., Chapter 3: private letters of Gen. McClellan to his wife. [June 21 to July 21, 1861.] (search)
r mess with me. Poe and the rest of the youngsters are in tents near by. . . . I had a very complimentary despatch from Gen. Scott last night. He said he was charmed with my energy, movements, and success. Pretty well for the old man. I hope to desgained with smaller sacrifice of life. Our prisoners will exceed one thousand. On my return I found a telegram from Gen. Scott, sent before he had received information as to the full results of my victory. It was: The general-in-chief, aou will in due time sweep the rebels from West Virginia, but do not mean to precipitate you, as you are fast enough. Winfield Scott. . . . Our ride to-day was magnificent; some of the most splendid mountain views I ever beheld. The mountain wey to be paying institutions in this vicinity after we go. The good people here read but little and have but few ideas. Gen. Scott is decidedly flattering to me. I received from him yesterday a despatch beginning, Your suggestion in respect to Staunt
Chapter 4: Arrival at Washington reception by Gen. Scott and the President condition of the capital takes command of the division of the Potomac State of the army numbers, increase, tion of troops. I reached Washington late in the afternoon of Friday, July 26. I called on Gen. Scott that evening, and next morning reported to the adjutant-general, who instructed me to call upoeturn to the White House at one o'clock to be present at a cabinet meeting. I called again on Gen. Scott, then commanding the army of the United States, and, after conversing with him for some time oy serious opposition to the entrance of the Confederate forces could be offered. While Lincoln, Scott, and the cabinet are disputing who is to blame, the city is unguarded and the enemy at hand. Ge But if he had the ability of Caesar, Alexander, or Napoleon, what can he accomplish? Will not Scott's jealousy, cabinet intrigues, and Republican interference thwart him at every step? . . . Yo
d strange position here: President, cabinet, Gen. Scott, and all deferring to me. By some strange oph please preserve. I feel very proud of it. Gen. Scott objected to it on the ground that it ought t it. I will leave nothing undone to gain it. Gen. Scott has been trying to work a traverse to have —ster, English ditto, cabinet, some senators, Gen. Scott, and myself. The dinner was not especially to death with senators, etc., and a row with Gen. Scott until about four o'clock; then crossed the rwith Seward about my pronunciamiento against Gen. Scott's policy. . . . I have scarcely slept one mocavalry, and some 70 regiments of infantry. Gen. Scott is the great obstacle. He will not comprehest their wishes. Aug. 16, 6 P. M. . . Gen. Scott is at last opening his eyes to the fact thatrriage for me to meet him and the cabinet at Gen. Scott's office. Before we got through the generale, extended my hand, and said, Good-morning, Gen. Scott. He had to take my hand, and so we parted. [2 more...]
strategy; it emphasized the vital importance of the railway system leading from Memphis to the East; it marked out the advantages to be derived from coast expeditions; it stated the part to be played upon the Mississippi; it foreshadowed the marches upon Atlanta and the sea-coast; it called for a force which the future proved to be fully within our means, and which would have crushed the rebellion in one or two campaigns. In this connection I would refer to the letters written by me to Gen. Scott from Columbus in April and May of 1861. The following was received Sept. 7 and answered Sept. 8: general: It is evident that we are on the eve of a great battle-one that may decide the fate of the country. Its success must depend on you and the means that may be placed at your disposal. Impressed with this belief, and anxious to aid you with all the power of my department, I will be glad if you will inform me how I can do so. Very truly yours, 7th Sept., 1861. Simon Camero
sey, who continued in charge of the newly arriving regiments until the Army of the Potomac departed for the Peninsula, in March, 1862. The newly arriving artillery troops reported to Brig.-Gen. William F. Barry, the chief of artillery, and the cavalry to Brig.-Gen. George Stoneman, the chief of cavalry, and were also retained on the Maryland side until their equipment and armament were essentially completed and some rudimentary instruction obtained. A few days after reaching Washington Gen. Scott asked me what I intended to do in the way of organization. I replied that I wished the force under my command to be organized as and denominated an army instead of a geographical division; that I should first form brigades, then divisions, and, when in the field, army corps. My reason for postponing the formation of the latter was that with untried general officers it would be too dangerous an experiment to appoint any to such high and important commands without first proving them in act
Chapter 8: Various generals Scott, Halleck, Hunter, Sumner, Franklin, Porter, Sedgwick, and others Blenker's brigade scenes in his command the Hungarian Klapka the French prisoners events in Maryland. It is a great mistake to suppose that I had the cordial support of Gen. Scott; the contrary was too much the case. While in the West I failed to obtain from him the assistancee them with esprit de corps; I therefore proposed to call my command The Army of the Potomac. Gen. Scott objected most strenuously to this step, saying, that the routine of service could be carried ohe proper time arrived, I organized the divisions without further discussion of the matter. Gen. Scott was no longer himself when the war broke out. The weight of years and great bodily suffering pdom turned out well was that their officers were so often men without character. Soon after Gen. Scott retired I received a letter from the Hungarian Klapka informing me that he had been approached
time to make an army that will be sure of success. . . . Gen. Scott did try to send some of my troops to Kentucky, but did nhensions you hear expressed. I have endeavored to treat Gen. Scott with the utmost respect, but it is of no avail. . . . I .--. . . I am firmly determined to force the issue with Gen. Scott. A very few days will determine whether his policy or mpropos of any known subject or incident. Oct. 19. Gen. Scott proposes to retire in favor of Halleck. The President ars. They will make a desperate effort to-morrow to have Gen. Scott retired at once; until that is accomplished I can effectwe had a quiet talk over the camp-fire. I saw yesterday Gen. Scott's letter asking to be placed on the retired list and sayp once this morning — that was at four o'clock to escort Gen. Scott to the depot. It was pitch-dark and a pouring rain; butNov 7. I am very glad to learn that my order changed Gen. Scott's feelings entirely, and that he now says I am the best
Chapter 12: Review of the situation McClellan succeeds Scott in command of all the armies their condition; general disorganization; no plan for the war McClellan's plans for the wholeatience by a partisan press. Finally, I was not only unsupported, but sometimes thwarted by Gen. Scott, whose views often differed from my own. Under these circumstances I had only my own unwaverinoperation would not have accorded with the general plan I had determined upon after succeeding Gen. Scott as general in command of the armies. On Nov. 1, 1861, the following private letter was rece Private.executive Mansion, Nov. 1, 1861. Maj.-Gen. Geo. E. McCellan: My dear Sir: Lieut.-Gen. Scott having been, upon his own application, placed on the list of retired officers, with his adS. For the present let Gen. Wool's command be excepted. A. L. Immediately after succeeding Gen. Scott in the chief command of all the armies of the United States I arranged in my own mind the gene
er [the Harrison's Bar letter] and the reverses of the army, with the active hostility of Stanton, brought Halleck, a vastly inferior man, to Washington. . . . On coming to Washington, Pope, who was ardent and, I think, courageous, though not always discreet, very naturally fell into the views of Secretary Stanton, who improved every opportunity to denounce McClellan and his hesitating policy. Pope also reciprocated the commendations bestowed on him by Halleck, by uniting with Stanton and Gen. Scott in advising that McClellan should be superseded and Halleck placed in charge of military affairs at Washington. This, combined with the movements and the disasters before Richmond, and his own imprudent letter, enabled Stanton to get rid of McClellan at headquarters. (P. 193) But Pope was defeated, and the army, sadly demoralized, came retreating to the Potomac. The War Department, and especially Stanton and Halleck, became greatly alarmed. On the 30th August, in the midst of these d
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