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eventh day of November, 1862, General Buckingham arrived at my headquarters at Orleans, Virginia, with the following order and letter: war Department, Adjutant-General's office, Washington, November 5, 1862. General Orders No. 182: By direction of the President of the United States it is ordered that Major-General McClellan be relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac, and that Major-General Burnside take the command of that army. By order of the Secretary of War. E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General. war Department, Washington City, November 5, 1862. Major-General Burnside. Commanding, etc.: General: Immediately on assuming command of the Army of the Potomac, you will report the position of your troops and what you purpose doing with them. Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief. After some consultation, it was decided that General Buckingham and myself should proceed to the headquarters of General McClell
on of said oath to persons taking it for any other than the purpose of restoring peace and establishing the national authority. To all persons who have or shall voluntarily come forward and take the oath, with the purpose of restoring peace and establishing the national authority, full protection, and all the benefits of the Amnesty Proclamation will be extended. 3. Commanders and all military officers will exercise strict vigilance within their respective commands, in order to detect and bring to punishment any officer, civil, military or naval, who knowingly and wilfully has administered or shall administer the said oath to any person or persons, except the insurgent enemies, who are, by the proclamation of the twenty-sixth of March, entitled to the benefits of said amnesty proclamation, by reason of their taking the oath for the purpose of restoring peace and establishing the national authority. By order of the Secretary of War. E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General.
d its name, and received the final surrender of their old antagonist at Appomattox Court-house, Virginia. The splendid achievements of each have nationalized our victories, removed all sectional jealousies (of which we have, unfortunately, experienced too much),and the cause of crimination and recrimination that might have followed had either section failed in its duty. All have a proud record, and all sections can well congratulate themselves and each other for having done their full share in restoring the supremacy of the law over every foot of territory belonging to the United States. Let them hope for perpetual peace and harmony with that enemy, whose manhood, however mistaken the cause, drew forth such herculean deeds of valor. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, U. S. Grant, Lieutenant General. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Adjutant-General's office, November 18, 1865. [Official copy.] E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General.
fety. Major McCauleigh was wounded, and is still a prisoner. Accompanying the train were several negro recruiting officers, with about three hundred negro recruits. About one hundred and fifty of them, probably, were killed — the balance escaped. On our side there were between two hundred and fifty and two hundred and sixty killed and wounded. According to the rebel official report, as I am informed by one of our wounded officers, who read it in manuscript, they had one hundred and ten killed, two hundred and seventy-eight wounded, and forty missing. All our wounded were paroled. While they remained in the hands of the rebels they were well treated and provided for. The rebels lost two Colonels in the action--one of them, Colonel Pettus, of this State. Most of our wounded have arrived here, and are well cared for in the hospital. Colonel Drake, as soon as he can bear the trip, will start North. Among the killed is Captain Townsend, of General Rice's staff
ined imprisoned in Richmond, and was never afterward able to hazard an active demonstration. Early's presence in the valley of the Shenandoah convinced the government of the United States of the only effectual policy to be pursued in that quarter. He was confronted by a superior army, attacked and annihilated. The subsequent movements of Generals Grant and Sherman brought the war to a full and fortunate conclusion. While rejoicing in the honors accorded to those great soldiers, whose fortune it has been to gather in the glorious harvest, I still feel it my duty to claim a modest wreath for that gallant Army of West Virginia, which through so much toil, danger and suffering, assisted in preparing the field for the reapers. I am, General, with high respect, your obedient servant, David H. Strother, Late Colonel of Volunteer Cavalry and Chief of Staff. Major-General David Hunter. Official copy: E. D. Townsend, Assistant-Adjutant General. Adjutant-General's Office, Nov. 18, 1865.
ing resolution of Congress is published for the information of all concerned: Public Resolution — No. 34. A resolution tendering the thanks of Congress to Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Bailey, of the Fourth regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers. Resolved, By the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the thanks of Congress be, and they are hereby, tendered to Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Bailey, of the Fourth Regiment Wisconsin volunteers, Acting Engineer of the Nineteenth Army Corps, for distinguished services in the recent campaign on the Red river, by which the gunboat flotilla under Rear-Admiral David D. Porter was rescued from imminent peril. Section 2. And be it further resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause a copy of this resolution to be transmitted to Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey. Approved June 11, 1864. By order of the Secretary of War. E. D. Townsend, Assistant-Adjutant General.
giment. Under these circumstances I think I am entitled to the honor of receiving a medal, as I believe that Congress intended to award them to enlisted men who have done acts similar to mine. I, therefore, very respectfully request that I may receive one, believing that I have performed one of the highest duties of a soldier, having saved the colors of my regiment. And it will always be a happy day for me if I can see my regiment marching with their colors flying, and can say that color I have carried on my body, and have rescued it from the hands of the rebels. I am, Colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Jno. C. Hesse, Formerly Corporal Company A, Eighth Infantry. Colonel E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C. Washington, D. C., September 6, 1864. I endorse the within statement as true. Edward L. Hartz, Late Captain U. S. Army. Note.--A medal was awarded Corporal Hesse for his good conduct in rescuing the colors of his regiment.
Doc. 108. the battle of Monocacy, Md Major-General Wallace's report. headquarters Middle Department, Eighth Army corps, Baltimore, August--, 1864. Colonel E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General: Colonel — I beg leave to furnish the War Department with the following report in full of the operations of my command in the vicinity of Frederick City, Maryland, which resulted in the battle of Monocacy, fought ninth July last. The informal report telegraphed Major-General Halleck frohio National Guard, who, ably assisted by Captain Lieb, United States cavalry, stubbornly held the Baltimore pike bridge, and thus kept open my line of retreat. Lew Wallace, Major-General Commanding. Washington City, April 2, 1865. Brigadier-General E. D. Townsend, Assistant. Adjutant-General: sir — In my official report of the battle of Monocacy I omitted to make mention of the very great obligations I was under to Hon. John W. Garrett, President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company,
hanks for patriotic, unmurmuring, and soldierly conduct. To Major H. H. Young, of my staff, Chief of Scouts, and the thirty or forty men of his command who took their lives in their hands, cheerfully going wherever ordered, to obtain that great essential of success — information — I tender my gratitude. Ten of these men were lost. Our entire loss during the march did not exceed one hundred men; and some of these we left by the wayside, unable to bear the fatigues of the march. This report should be regarded as the preface of my report of operations in front of Petersburg and Richmond, as my command only rested one day before its commencement. I forward herewith list of prisoners captured, and property destroyed. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant, P. H. Sheridan, Major-General. Brevet Major-General John A. Rawlins, Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C. Official: E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General. Adjutant General's office, November 18, 186
as prisoners. We have of the enemy a number of prisoners. This force is too strong for us. I will hold on to Dinwiddie Court-house until I am compelled to leave. Our fighting to-day was all dismounted. P. H. Sheridan, Major-General. Lieutenant-General Grant, Commanding Armies United States. Dabney Mills, March 31, 1865--10:05 P. M. The Fifth corps has been ordered to your support. Two divisions will go by J. Boissean's and one down the Boydton road. In addition to this I have sent McKenzie's cavalry, which will reach you by the Vaughan road. All these forces, except the cavalry, should reach you by twelve to-night. You will assume command of the whole force sent to operate with you, and use it to the best of your ability to destroy the force which your command has fought so gallantly to-day. U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-General. Major-General P. H. Sheridan. Official copy: E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General. Adjutant-General's office, November 18, 1865.