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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 682 0 Browse Search
Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, Debates of Lincoln and Douglas: Carefully Prepared by the Reporters of Each Party at the times of their Delivery. 358 0 Browse Search
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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 I. 204 0 Browse Search
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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 102 0 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 10. (ed. Frank Moore) 86 0 Browse Search
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ppi river, as well as in Western Virginia, and many well-informed persons felt great anxiety in respect to the loyalty of large numbers of the inhabitants of southern Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. In brief, our situation was difficult. We were surrounded by possible, or even probable, dangers; were without organization, arms, supppossession of. On the 13th of May, 1861, I received the order, dated May 3, forming the Department of the Ohio--consisting of the States of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois--and giving the command to me. A short time afterwards were added to the department a small portion of Western Pennsylvania and that part of Western Virginia nor and told him that if he would await my return, doubtless I would do something for him; but before I got back he was telegraphed that he could have a regiment in Illinois, and at once returned thither, so that I did not see him. This was his good luck; for had I been there I would no doubt have given him a place on my staff, and h
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)
e went on board the boat, where I got about three hours sleep until we reached Parkersburg. I have been hard at work all day, for I found everything in great confusion. Came up here in a boat about an hour ago, and shall go back to Parkersburg in two or three hours. . . We start from Parkersburg at six in the morning. With me go McCook's regiment (9th Ohio), Mack's company (4th U. S. Artillery), the Sturgess Rifle Co., a battery of six guns (Loomis's), and one company of cavalry (Barker's Illinois). Two Indiana regiments leave in the morning just after us. I shall have five additional regiments at Grafton to-morrow afternoon. I shall have some eighteen regiments two batteries, two companies of cavalry at my disposal — enough to thrash anything I find. I think the danger has been greatly exaggerated, and anticipate little or no chance of winning laurels. . . . A terrible storm is passing over us now; thunder and lightning terrible in the extreme. . . . Grafton, Sunday, June 23,
therefore feel that the interests of the nation demand that the ablest soldiers in the service should be on duty with the Army of the Potomac, and that, contenting ourselves with remaining on the defensive for the present at all other points, this army should at once be reinforced by all the effective troops that the East and West and North can furnish. In view of these facts I respectfully urge that all the available troops in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and at least ten thousand Illinois troops (there being fifteen thousand there unarmed), and all those of the Eastern and Northern States, be at once directed to report to me for duty. I beg leave to repeat the opinion I have heretofore expressed: that the Army of the Potomac should number not less than three hundred thousand men in order to insure complete success and an early termination of the war. I also request that Brig.-Gens. Don Carlos Buell and J. F. Reynolds-both appointed upon my recommendation and for the purpose
get an idea through his head than can be conceived by any one who never made the attempt. I do not think he ever had a correct military idea from beginning to end. I left Gen. Hunter in nominal command of his brigade, because he bore an excellent reputation in the old army and had been wounded; I have never met him personally. He did not assume command of the brigade, for as soon as he recovered from his wound the President appointed him major-general of volunteers, that he might go to Illinois and, in the words of Mr. Lincoln, be a sort of father to them out there. The following is an extract from the letter of Gen E. A. Hitchcock to Gen. H. W. Halleck, dated Washington, March 22, 1862: I then bid the secretary (Stanton) good-evening and left him, but he called me back, and added that if I was going to write to you he wished to convey his respects, and his future confidence in your ability and patriotism, explaining that he had been employed against you in the mine case in
seldom had trouble with him when we could meet face to face. The difficulty always arose behind my back. I believe that he liked me personally, and certainly he was always much influenced by me when we were together. During the early part of my command in Washington he often consulted with me before taking important steps or appointing general officers. He appointed Hunter a major-general without consulting me, and a day or two afterwards explained that he did so because the people of Illinois seemed to want somebody to be a sort of father to them, and he thought Hunter would answer that purpose. When he appointed, as general officers, some of the released prisoners from the first Bull Run, he afterwards explained to me that he did it as a recompense for their sufferings, unaware, no doubt, that in other armies they would have been brought before some tribunal to explain their capture. Soon after arriving in Washington the President one day sent for me to ask my opinion of
Maj.-Gen. H. W. Halleck, U. S. A., Commanding Department of Missouri. To Gen. Buell.headquarters of the Army, Washington, Nov. 7, 1861. general: In giving you instructions for your guidance in command of the Department of the Ohio I do not design to fetter you. I merely wish to express plainly the general ideas which occur to me in relation to the conduct of operations there. That portion of Kentucky west of the Cumberland river is by its position so closely related to the States of Illinois and Missouri that it has seemed best to attach it to the Department of Missouri. Your operations there, in Kentucky, will be confined to that portion of the State east of the Cumberland river. I trust I need not repeat to you that I regard the importance of the territory committed to your care as second only to that occupied by the army under my immediate command. It is absolutely necessary that we shall hold all the State of Kentucky; not only that, but that the majority of its inhabita
ored the Army of the Potomac with a visit, and remained several days, during which he went through the different encampments, reviewed the troops, and went over the battle-fields of South Mountain and Antietam. I had the opportunity during this visit to describe to him the operations of the army since the time it left Washington, and gave him my reasons for not following the enemy after he crossed the Potomac. He was accompanied by Gen. McClernand, John W. Garrett, the Secretary of State of Illinois, and others whom I have forgotten. During the visit me had many and long consultations alone. I urged him to follow a conservative course, and supposed from the tenor of his conversation that he would do so. He more than once assured me that he was fully satisfied with my whole course from the beginning; that the only fault he could possibly find was that I was perhaps too prone to be sure that everything was ready before acting, but that my actions were all right when I started. I
90, 381 ; cavalry, 1st 579.--Michigan infantry, 6th 212, 7th 381, 16th 371, 17th 577, 578--Indiana infantry, 7th 581, 14th 595, 21st 212, 27th 592.--New Jersey infantry, 1st 296, 5th 383, 6th 383, 13th 592.-Vermont infantry, 3d. 4th. 5th, 6th. 285.--Ohio infantry, 8th 595, 9th 57, 60.--Rhode Island infantry, 2d 339 ; artillery, 1st 595.--Maryland infantry, 2d 578, 604, 3d 592.--Wisconsin infantry, 4th 212. 6th 582.--New Hampshire infantry, 5th 596, 6th 578, 604.--Delaware infantry, 2d 596.--Illinois cavalry, 8th 340, 525.--Minnesota infantry, 1st 381.--Virginia infantry, 7th 594, 596.--Guthrie Grays, 60, 65.--Sturgiss Rifle Co., 57. Regiments, Confederate. South Carolina infantry, 1st, 12th, 13th, 14th, 374.--Virginia cavalry, 1st 340, 15th 462.--North Carolina infantry, 4th 597, 34th. 38th 374.--Georgia infantry, 45th 374.--Louisiana infantry, 3d 374. Reno, Gen. J. L., in N. C., 244: Pope's campaign, 508 ; South Mountain, 574, 576-579, 582, 610, death 578. Returns (army), me