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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The First great crime of the War. (search)
e and physique, there was a feeling in Washington and in the country generally that they ought to be pushed forward into Virginia at all hazards. This feeling, considering the small amount of military knowledge among the people and the enormous expes, which were in substance, that if the Army of the Potomac was to be moved at once, it would be better to march it into Virginia than to transport it by vessels. General McDowell was, however, in favor of the immediate movement into Virginia. I waVirginia. I was not. Just here the presence of Judge Blair was felt. He strongly opposed any movement toward Centreville at that time, denounced it as bad strategy, said that a second Bull Run would occur, and strenuously and ably advocated the movement to the Pet know whether the perpetrators of this crime were punished for it in this life; but the ghastly account of bloodshed in Virginia for the next three years shows that the innocent country was punished, in a way that will be remembered by widows and or
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Lee's West Virginia campaign. (search)
fore proceeding with the operations in Northwestern Virginia, it will be necessary to glance at thearried on within its limits. This section of Virginia did not cordially coincide in the ordinance oeneral McClellan crossed the Ohio into Northwestern Virginia, with the view of gaining the adherencderate forces, which had again entered Northwestern Virginia; but to do so it was necessary to passeaving only a few thousand men to hold Northwestern Virginia. The result of McClellan's success in Campbell's Virginia Regiment, a battalion of Virginia regulars, four hundred strong, commanded by Cd to the command of the Department of Western Virginia. At the same time a large portion of the trot to the command of the Department of Western Virginia. Although aware of the difficulties to be me He brought them with him to the mountains of Virginia. There was not a day when it was possible fons could be successfully carried on in Northwestern Virginia. Individual scouts were employed, bot[2 more...]
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Vicksburg during the siege. (search)
ions were broken down — as completely as in that valley residence of a Revolutionary general of Virginia, in which the apartments assigned to his guests were indicated by chalk lines upon the floor. vice, undertook to convoy a large purchase of sugar from somewhere in Louisiana to its owner in Virginia. He had maneuvred it as far as Vicksburg, and there the siege settled on it. After awaiting it the responsibility of events. One of the rumors that somehow reached us in Vicksburg was that Virginia had elected a Union State ticket, and was making ready to desert the Confederate cause. The joimmense. At Washington Mr. Seward, in response to a serenade, was ready to swear that even old Virginia would soon be asking forgiveness on her knees. He never saw Virginia in that posture; but it mVirginia in that posture; but it may be doubted whether, after Vicksburg and the twin tragedy of Gettysburg, there was ever any vital hope in the Southern heart except among the soldiers. The army kept its high crest and stern front
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The battle of Beverly ford. (search)
ative of Major McClellan, the Adjutant General of the Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia; and this latter account, as a pendant to the former, affords an opportunity to emphasize the fact that the Gettysburg campaign was opened actively in Virginia, when General Pleasonton's command crossed the Rappahannock river, on the morning of the 9th of June, 1863, at Kelly's and Beverly fords, and engaged th e command of General J E. B. Stuart. The influence of that day's encounter on the great cama moment more we met some men carrying Captain George A. Forsyth, Eighth Illinois Cavalry, who was shot through the thigh. This able and daring officer has since become renowned as an aide-de-camp of General Sheridan throughout his campaigns in Virginia, and as the hero of the most remarkable fight with Indians on the plains of which there is any record. Forsyth reported a sharp fight at the front, and expressed great regret that he had not been wounded at sundown instead of at sunrise. Meant
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Flight and capture of Jefferson Davis. (search)
d Petersburg at seven o'clock that evening, and that it would be necessary for the government archives and public property to be removed at once. On receiving this intelligence, not knowing that Mr. Davis had already received it, I walked toward his residence, which was a few hundred yards off, to confer with him about it, and on the way met him and Governor Lubbock, of his staff. We three then walked on to the Executive office. He then assembled his Cabinet, and sent for the Governor of Virginia and the Mayor of Richmond. Directions were then given to prepare the public archives for removal, and measures were considered and directions given to secure, as far as practicable, good order and safety to persons and property in the city until it should be surrendered. In this paper it is also said that, Although he (Mr. Davis) could not have been entirely unprepared for this intelligence, it appears that he did not receive it with self-possession or dignity, but with tremulous and nerv
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Fire, sword, and the halter. (search)
erous and distinguished family connections in Virginia, have lost the high sense of justice and loves army from the battle-field of Gettysburg to Virginia, he, by special order, assigned me to the command of The Valley District, in Virginia. The district embraced all that part of Virginia west of tVirginia west of the Blue Ridge Mountain, and so far to the southwest as the James river, in Bottetourt county. It wat General William E. Jones, who was in Southwestern Virginia, to come to my aid with every availablts of companies hastily collected from Southwestern Virginia, between Lynchburg and Tennessee, and st him not common to nearly all the people of Virginia, and finally discharged him without trial or llustrating the early history of that part of Virginia, that Colonel Boteler had collected by years itten order from Hunter also embraced another Virginia home. He burned it, too. The story is told bt Lee in Pennsylvania, in 1863, and Hunter in Virginia, in 1864, and judge them both as history will
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The Morale of General Lee's army. (search)
essed at-the little village of Louisa Court-House, Virginia, a scene similar to those enacted all over the Solunteers to meet promptly the call of their native Virginia. There was scarcely a laggard or a skulker in theFerry, and the defense of the border. The call of Virginia now echoes through the land, and from seaboard to ion flag on the dome of the college, the day after Virginia seceded, he found the faculty in hearty sympathy wJackson. The president of Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia (Rev. Dr. Atkinson), entered the service at the he entered active service. Indeed, every college in Virginia, and throughout the South, suspended its regular eirst four companies from Georgia, which arrived in Virginia, three of the captains were earnest Christians, ant being ordered back, saying, If it had been those Virginia fellows that made the charge, Old Jubal would haveColonel Lewis Minor Coleman, of the University of Virginia, who fell mortally wounded at first Fredericksburg
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), General Meade at Gettysburg. (search)
, its consequent successful establishment, and the complete humiliation of the Union cause. Accordingly, on the 22d of June, after a series of bold movements in Virginia, he ordered the advance of his army, under Ewell, into Maryland; and on the 24th and 25th, his two remaining corps, under Longstreet and Hill, crossed the Potomattle wherever and as soon as I could possibly find the enemy. On the night of June 29th, Lee learned that the Army of the Potomac, which he thought was still in Virginia, was advancing northward, threatening his communications. He therefore suspended the movement on Harrisburg, which he had ordered, and directed Longstreet, Hilleat qualities, not only in the campaign through which we have followed him, but in many others; and we may say here that, if the true history of the campaigns in Virginia, from the Wilderness to Appomattox Court-House, shall ever be written, the country will be surprised to hear how much was done by one whose name is hardly connec
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Mr. Lincoln and the force bill. (search)
in all earnestness, that the passage, at this time, of Mr. Stanton's Force bill will do us, in Virginia, infinite harm. The disunionists, one and all, will clap their hands in very ecstacy, if the msaid to him: Mr. Stanton, your bill is thwarting the efforts of the conservative men of Virginia, who are striving to prevent her secession, and to avert the calamity of civil war. If you persention at Richmond, though now in a minority, will be enabled thereby to carry their point, and Virginia will be forced out of the Union against her will. Well! said he, folding his arms, and leaangry feeling it had excited in Congress, and of the painful anxieties it had caused throughout Virginia; how it had demoralized the members of her State convention, and was frustrating the patriotic ay to you, in all sincerity, that the passage of this Force bill will paralyze the Unionists of Virginia, and be the means of precipitating her into secession-a calamity which, at this juncture, will
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The First attack on Fort Fisher (search)
the sea. This plan was submitted by Mr. Kidder, early in 1864, to General Burnside, who was then recruiting men in New York and New England to fill up his corps — the Ninth. That energetic officer was so pleased and interested in the plan that he submitted it to the government, and received from the War Department full permission to carry it out. For that purpose he collected a large force at Annapolis, and was almost ready to go forward in the execution of the plan, when the campaigns in Virginia and Georgia were arranged by General Grant, and Burnside and the Ninth Corps were called to the Army of the Potomac. The expedition against Wilmington was abandoned, and its capture was postponed for nearly a year. In the summer of 1864, General Charles K. Graham submitted a plan for the seizure of Wilmington. It was suggested by Kidder's plan. It proposed to have a force of cavalry and infantry, a thousand strong, collectively, and a section of artillery, go out from Newbern (then h
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