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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., Organization of the two governments. (search)
.) Postmaster-General: William Dennison (Ohio), appointed September 24, 1864. The United States War Department. Secretary of War: Joseph Holt (appointed Jan. 18, 1861); Simon Cameron (appointed March 5, 1861) Secretary of War: Edwin M. Stanton (appointed January 15, 1862). Assistant secretaries of War: Assistant Secretary of War: Thomas A. Scott (appointed Aug. 3, 1861 Assistant Secretary of War: Peter H. Watson (appointed Jan. 24, 1862) Assistant Secretary of War: John Tucker (appointed Jan. 29, 1862) Assistant Secretary of War: Christopher P. Wolcott (appointed June 12, 1862 Assistant Secretary of War: resigned Jan. 23, 1863) Assistant Secretary of War: Charles A. Dana (appointed August, 1863). (Colonel Scott was regularly commissioned under the act of August 3, 1861, authorizing the appointment of one assistant secretary of war. Subsequently three assistant secretaries were authorized by law.) Adjutant-General's Department Colonel Samue
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., Manassas to Seven Pines. (search)
0] I have discussed Mr. Davis's statements in his Rise and fall of the Confederate Government, so far as they bore upon the responsibilities of the First Bull Run. I will now consider his remarks upon the operations following the withdrawal from Manassas and including the battle of Seven Pines. As to the question of the forces on the Peninsula Mr. Davis says: Early in April General McClellan had landed about 100,000 men at or near Fortress Monroe [ Rise and fall, II. 84]. According to John Tucker, Assistant Secretary of War, 121,000 Federal troops landed before the 5th of April. Mr. Davis further says: At this time General Magruder occupied the lower Peninsula with his force of seven or eight thousand men [II., 84]. General Magruder reported that he had eleven thousand men. Mr. Davis also says: After the first advance of the enemy, General Magruder was reenforced by some troops from the south side of James River, and General Wilcox's brigade, which had been previously detached
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 8.58 (search)
my reputation on it. The movement of the sick began at once. Between the 1st of August, when the order was received, and the 16th, when the evacuation of Harrison's Landing was completed, 14,159 were sent away, many of them necessarily to the North. The first troops arrived at Aquia within seven days, and the last of the infantry within 26 days, after the receipt of the order. (The original movement of the Army of the Potomac, from Alexandria to Fort Monroe, had taken 37 days, and Mr. Tucker, who had superintended its transport, said of it: I confidently submit that for economy and celerity this expedition is without a parallel on record. ) In the terms of General Halleck's order of August 3d, there were to be transported first the 14,159 sick; next all the material of the army, and the transportation, embracing 3100 wagons, 350 ambulances, 13,000 horses and mules; then 89,407 officers and men, 360 guns, and 13,000 artillery and cavalry horses, together with the baggage and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
and two of the Confederate gun-boats, the Jamestown and Patrick Henry. The armed vessels that assisted the Merrimack in her raid, were the Patrick Henry, Commander Tucker, 6 guns; Jamestown, Lieutenant-Commanding Barney, 2 guns; and Raleigh, Lieutenant-Commanding Alexander; Beaufort, Lieutenant-Commanding Parker, and Teazer, Lve of the forces of General Wool), which had been sent thither within a little more than thirty days, in transports furnished by the Assistant Secretary of War, John Tucker. Report of Assistant Secretary of War Tucker, April 5, 1862. Besides the soldiers, these transports, consisting of 13 steamers, 188 schooners, and 88 bargesAssistant Secretary of War Tucker, April 5, 1862. Besides the soldiers, these transports, consisting of 13 steamers, 188 schooners, and 88 barges. conveyed 44 batteries, 14,592 beasts, 1,150 wagons, 74 ambulances, several pontoon bridges, telegraph materials, and an immense amount of equipage. The only loss sustained in this work of transportation consisted of S mules and 9 barges, the cargoes of the latter being saved. The movements of Stonewall Jackson, General Ewel
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
sters Mate, Wm. C. King; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, S. B. Kenney; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, T. N. Murray. Houghlen--Fourth-rate. Acting-Master, E. S. Fusher; Acting-Ensigns, C. M. Shirving and Jacob Cochran; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, Israel Bashong; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, R W. Allen. Daffodil--Fourth-rate. Acting-Master, Wm. H. Mallard; Acting-Ensign, John McGlathery; Acting-Master's Mate, N. B. Walker; Engineers: Acting-Third-Assistants, Wm. H. Capen, Thomas Forrest and John Tucker. Orvetta--Fourth-rate. Acting-Master, Wm. Fales; Acting-Ensigns, E. W. Halcro, Charles Nellman and D. W. Andrews; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, Samuel A. Kay. Hydranga--Fourth-rate. Acting-Master, Charles W. Rodgers; Acting-Master's Mates, J. B. Newcomb, J. G. Underhill and John Wolstenholme; Engineers: Acting-Second Assistant, A. N. Koones; Acting-Third-Assistants, H. E. Whitworth, W. B. Hall and C. M. Adams. E. B. Hale--Fourth-rate. Acting-Master, Charles F. Mitchell; Ac
not advisable to land at Urbana, we can use Mob Jack Bay; or, the worst coming to the worst, we can take Fortress Monroe as a base, and operate with complete security — although with less celerity and brilliancy of results — up the Peninsula. The President deferred to these urgent representations, though they involved the necessity of a long delay and a heavy expense in procuring transportation by water for so great an army. The duty of obtaining the requisite vessels was devolved on John Tucker, Assistant-Secretary of War; who, on the 5th of April, reported that he had chartered therefor 113 steamers, 188 schooners, and 88 barges, and that these had — within 37 days from the time he first received the order, and most of it within 30 days--transported from Perryville, Alexandria, and Washington, to Fortress Monroe, 121,500 men, 14,592 animals, 1,150 wagons, 44 batteries, and 74 ambulances, beside pontoon-bridges, telegraph materials, and the enormous quantity of equipage, &c., re<
nterested and making the statements in their presence. Burnside said no, certainly not, and they went to the War Department, saw the Secretary and General-in-Chief, and in their presence he reiterated his remarks about want of confidence; that neither of them said a word with reference to the matter, and the conversation after that was an attempt to get orders to cross the river, or orders not to cross the river. Burnside also made in Washington, and at the time, the same statement to Mr. John Tucker, then Assistant Secretary of War, and I certainly placed implicit confidence in his story. You are entirely at liberty to make any use of this letter. Yours, as ever, Wm. F. Smith. Major-General Wm. B. Franklin, York, Penn. This letter was transmitted by General Franklin to General Halleck, with a letter of transmittal merely. General Halleck to General Franklin. [Personal and private.] Washington, June 5, 1863. Major-General Franklin, York, Penn.: General: Yours of t
y of attending personally to minor details rendered his duties arduous and harassing in the extreme. All obstacles, however, were surmounted by the untiring industry of the chief quartermaster and his immediate subordinates, and when the army was prepared to move the organization of the department was found to be admirable. When it was determined to move the army to the Peninsula the duties of providing water transportation were devolved by the Secretary of War upon his assistant, the Hon. John Tucker. The vessels were ordered to Alexandria, and Lieut-Col. Ingalls was placed in immediate charge of the embarkation of the troops, transportation, and material of every description. Operations of this nature, on so extensive a scale, had no parallel in the history of our country. The arrangements of Lieut-Col. Ingalls were perfected with remarkable skill and energy, and the army and its material were embarked and transported to Fortress Monroe in a very short space of time and enti
efore, and how many he invented on the spur of the moment. His stories were seldom refined, but were always to the point. The President ignored all questions of weather, state of roads, and preparation, and gave orders impossible of execution. About the middle of Feb., 1862, the President having reluctantly consented to abandon his plan of operation for that suggested by me, preparations were begun for the collection of the necessary water transportation. On the 27th of that month Mr. John Tucker, of Philadelphia, Assistant Secretary of War, was placed in charge of the procuring of the requisite steamers, etc., and performed his task with wonderful skill and energy. The President's War Order of March 8, 1862, that any movement as aforesaid, en route for a new base of operations, which may be ordered by the general-in-chief, and which may be intended to move upon the Chesapeake Bay, shall begin to move upon the bay as early as the 18th March instant, and the general-in-chief sha
sportation to the extent that had been anticipated. Finally, on the 27th of Feb., 1862, the Secretary of War, by the authority of the President, instructed Mr. John Tucker, Assistant Secretary of War, to procure at once the necessary steamers and sailing craft to transport the Army of the Potomac to its new field of operations. The following extract from the report of Mr. Tucker, dated April 5, will show the nature and progress of this well-executed service: . . . . . . . . I was called to Washington by telegraph, on 17th Jan. last, by Assistant Secretary of War Thomas A. Scott. I was informed that Maj.-Gen. McClellan wished to see me. From urred, to my knowledge. I respectfully, but confidently, submit that, for economy and celerity of movement, this expedition is without a parallel on record. John Tucker, Assistant Secretary of War. The same order which confined my command to the Department of the Potomac placed Buell under Halleck, and created the Mountain
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