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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 318 8 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. 292 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. 152 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2. 114 2 Browse Search
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox 92 2 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 1: The Opening Battles. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 40 2 Browse Search
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade) 28 0 Browse Search
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1 27 1 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3. 13 3 Browse Search
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 9 1 Browse Search
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its existence, and were almost unaware that there was any other government in the land than those of the States and municipalities, Soon after my arrival in Washington in 1861 I had several interviews with prominent abolitionists — of whom Senator Sumner was one--on the subject of slavery. I invariably took the ground that I was thoroughly opposed to slavery, regarding it as a great evil, especially to the whites of the South, but that in my opinion no sweeping measure of emancipation shoulded out, unless accompanied by arrangements providing for the new relations between employers and employed, carefully guarding the rights and interests of both; and that were such a measure framed to my satisfaction I would cordially support it. Mr. Sumner replied — others also agreed with him — that such points did not concern us, and that all that must be left to take care of itself. My reply was that no real statesman could ever contemplate so sweeping and serious a measure as sudden and gene<
m's brigades. A third brigade added early in October. Sept. 16, 1861: McCall's division; on the 25th of that month he received the last two regiments of the Pennsylvania Reserves, so that his division consisted of thirteen regiments in three brigades, under Meade, J. F. Reynolds, and Ord. Sept. 28, 1861: W. F. Smith's division, consisting of the Vermont brigade (afterwards Brooks's), J. J. Stevens's and Hancock's brigades. Oct. 5, 1861: Heintzelman's division, consisting of Richardson's, Sedgwick's, and Jameson's brigades. Oct. 11, 1861: Hooker's division, consisting of his own (afterwards Naglee's) brigade and Sickles's brigade. In November a third brigade (Starr's New Jersey) was added. Oct. 12, 1861: Blenker's division, consisting of Stahl's and Steinwehr's brigades. A third brigade added during the winter. Nov. 25, 1861: Sumner's division, consisting of Howard's, Meagher's, and French's brigades. Dec. 6, 1861: Casey's division, consisting of three brigades.
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 sue first divisions. I have since sometimes thought that I would have done well had I given him command of the cavalry. Sumner was in California when I assumed command; he returned not long before we took the field, and at once received a division.erly example was of the highest value in a new army. A nation is fortunate that possesses many such soldiers as was Edwin V. Sumner. Franklin was one of the best officers I had; very powerful. He was a man not only of excellent judgment, but ofgly attached to me; I could control them as no one else could, and they would have done good service had they remained in Sumner's corps. The regiments were all foreign and mostly of Germans; but the most remarkable of all was the Garibaldi regiment
by themselves, or I should, no doubt, have lost them as well as McDowell's own corps. On the 10th I reached Fairfax Court-House and established headquarters there. It was now evident, from the information received, that it would be impossible to reach the enemy within a reasonable distance from Washington. The various divisions were therefore halted where they stood, at convenient distances from headquarters, and the preparations pushed for embarking for the Peninsula. I threw forward Sumner with two divisions and Stoneman with a cavalry command to proceed as far as the Rapidan and Rappahannock, to secure the crossings and still further deceive the enemy as to my intentions. While here I learned through the public newspapers that I was displaced in the command of the United States armies. It may be well to state that no one in authority had ever expressed to me the slightest disapprobation of my action in that capacity, nor had I received any information of a purpose to chan
ry Stanton: The President directs me to say that your despatch to him has been received. Gen. Sumner's corps is on the road to you and will go forward as fast as possible. Franklin's division i Merrimac. The above plan of campaign was adopted unanimously by Maj.-Gen. McDowell and Brig.-Gens. Sumner, Heintzelman, and Keyes, and was concurred in by Maj.-Gen. McClellan, who first proposed U little firing to-day. Reconnoissances being continued under disadvantageous circumstances. Gen. Sumner has arrived. Most of Richardson's division at Ship Point. I cannot move it from there in prPotomac and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This presented, or would present when McDowell and Sumner should be gone, a great temptation to the enemy to turn back from the Rappahannock and sack Washry works of attack. Meanwhile the troops were occupied in constructing roads to the depots. Gen. Sumner reached the front on the 9th of April, and was placed in command of the left wing, consisting
cinity of the Halfway House. At the same time Sumner, in command of the left, was ordered to restort off those on the Lee's Mill road in front of Sumner. About six miles from Yorktown Stoneman came's Mill road to cut off the force in front of Sumner, who was supposed to be advancing by that roadetaching Emory, Stoneman had communicated with Sumner's advanced guard, and had also learned that Ho impassable. He therefore, by direction of Gen. Sumner, moved across to the Yorktown road, and, fo Stoneman's position at about 5.30 o'clock, Gen. Sumner arriving with him and assuming command of at his division was deployed and directed by Gen. Sumner to attack the works in front of him; but cos countermanded at the moment of execution, Gen. Sumner not being willing to weaken the centre. Atancock's repeated messages for more troops, Gen. Sumner sent him an order to fall back to his firsttil one o'clock, it was entirely proper for Gen. Sumner to hesitate about weakening his centre unti[1 more...]
n consequence of my earnest representations, the President authorized me to organize two provisional army corps, the 5th and 6th, which soon became permanent corps, and the organization of the Army of the Potomac was now as follows: 2dCorps-Gen. Sumner. Consisting of the divisions Sedgwick and Richardson. 3dCorps-Gen. Heintzelman. Consisting of the divisions Kearny and Hooker. 4thCorps-Gen. Keyes. Consisting of the divisions Couch and Casey. 5thCorps-Gen. Fitz-John Porter. Consisting enemy being about half a mile in front. I have three regiments on the other bank guarding the rebuilding of the bridge. Keyes's corps is on the New Kent road, near Bottom's bridge. Heintzelman is on the same road, within supporting distance. Sumner is on the railroad, connecting right with left. Stoneman, with advanced guard, is within one mile of New bridge. Franklin, with two divisions, is about two miles this side of Stoneman. Porter's division, with the reserves of infantry and artil
ing was heard at headquarters orders were sent to Gen. Sumner to get his command under arms and be ready to movm opposite to its own position. At one o'clock Gen. Sumner moved the two divisions to their respective bridgtowards the Grapevine bridge, where, hearing that Gen. Sumner had crossed, he formed line of battle facing Fairhind the rifle-pits near Seven Pines. Meantime Gen. Sumner had arrived with the advance of his corps, Gen. Sstaining the enemy's fire for a considerable time Gen. Sumner ordered five regiments (the 34th N. Y., Col. Sint so that it was only by the greatest efforts that Gen. Sumner crossed his corps and participated in that hard-f Fair Oaks, I attempted to cross the bridge where Gen. Sumner had taken over his corps on the day previous. At the time Gen. Sumner crossed this was the only available bridge above Bottom's bridge. I found the approach fe of the ground, and to place Gens. Heintzelman and Sumner in position to support the attack intended to be ma
n't think any of your friends were hurt in the battle; several colonels killed and some wounded. June 3, 10 A. M., New bridge. . . . There has been some heavy cannonading within the last hour, and I learned that the enemy were advancing on Sumner. I am awaiting further news before going to the front; in the meantime working hard at the bridges over the confounded Chickahominy. We may have another fight at any hour now; I can't tell when or where. I expect some 5,500 troops from Fortresidge, A. M. . . . Am very well to-day, and the weather is good. . . . Will start in half an hour or so for the other side of the river. It threatens rain again, so that I do not believe I can make the entire tour — probably only on Smith and Sumner; do the rest to-morrow. Besides, I do not care to ride too far to-day, as I have not been on horseback before since the day of the battle. I must be careful, for it would be utter destruction to this army were I to be disabled so as not to be a
aches from Cold Harbor and Despatch Station to Sumner's bridge, and Seymour's in reserve to the secothe 27th the following despatch was sent to Gen. Sumner: Gen. Smith just reports that six or eight t of Gen. Sumner. At eleven o'clock A. M. Gen. Sumner telegraphed: The enemy threatens an attack Three regiments are reported to be moving from Sumner's to Smith's front. The arrangements are veryOur shells are bursting well, and Smith thinks Sumner will soon have a cross-fire upon them that wil. Subsequently the following was sent to Gens. Sumner and Franklin: Is there any sign of the enemke any more troops from here at present. Gen. Sumner replied: If the general desires to trust tho brigades? I have ordered eight regiments of Sumner's to support Porter; one brigade of Couch's to. It should follow the regiments ordered from Sumner. At 7.35 P. M. the following was sent to GGen. Sumner: If it is possible, send another brigade to reinforce Gen. Smith; it is said three heavy[4 more...]
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