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Great Kanawha and west of the Greenbriar rivers. I was still left without a single instructed staff officer Capt. (afterwards Maj.-Gen.) Gordon Granger, U. S. Mounted Rifles, was sent to Ohio to muster in volunteers. I appointed him division inspector, and repeatedly applied for him as a member of my staff; but these requests were constantly refused, and he was not permitted to retain the post of inspector. During the short time he was with me he rendered remarkable services. Capt. Lawrence Williams, 10th U. S. Infantry, was soon after ordered to Ohio as a mustering officer, and my application for him as an aide-de-camp was granted. He continued with me during the Western Virginia campaign and until a short period after my arrival in Washington, when with great difficulty I procured for him the appointment of major in the 6th U. S. Cavalry. This much-abused officer always served me faithfully, and exhibited great gallantry in action. I was and am fully satisfied that he alwa
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)
u about our camp at this place. It is in a large grass-field on a hill a little out of town, a beautiful grove near by. Your father and I share the same tent, a very large round one, pitched under a tree. Seth has one near by — an office; Lawrence Williams another as office and mess-tent. Marcy, the two Williamses, Judge Key, and Lander mess with me. Poe and the rest of the youngsters are in tents near by. . . . I had a very complimentary despatch from Gen. Scott last night. He said he was amp between this and Philippi, and is in full retreat into Eastern Virginia. I hope still to cut him off. All well. July 13, Huttonsville. Since you last heard from me I received from Pegram a proposition to surrender, which I granted. L. Williams went out with an escort of cavalry and received him. He surrendered, with another colonel, some 25 officers, and 560 men. . . . I do not think the enemy in front of us in the Cheat Mountain pass, but that they have fallen back in hot haste. I
eturned I had a great deal of tedious work to do and fell asleep in the midst of it. This morning I have had a siege with the Sanitary Committee, and don't think I will ride out to-day. How did you learn that Buckner and Smith have joined the rebel army? I can hardly believe it. You have no idea how the men brighten up now when I go among them. I can see every eye glisten. Yesterday they nearly pulled me to pieces in one regiment. You never heard such yelling. Did I tell you that Lawrence Williams has been promoted and leaves my staff? I do not in the least doubt his loyalty. I enclose a card just received from A. Lincoln ; it shows too much deference to be seen outside. No date. The enemy were stampeded this morning, and while they were in terror I rapidly occupied all their positions and had the satisfaction of going out with our advance and seeing the last of their cavalry. No date (Sept. 30?) A most unhappy thing occurred last night among some of W. F. Smith's
l of his advanced guard when that became necessary, and sent to hurry up the infantry. With great difficulty, so deep was the mud and so thick the abattis, Gibson got his battery in position, and Col. W. A. Grier formed his regiment (1st U. S.) to support it. Meanwhile the enemy, strongly reinforced from his main body, had thrown himself into the abandoned works, and several regiments of infantry were seen moving in a direction threatening to turn Stoneman's right, on which he directed Maj. L. Williams, commanding the 6th U. S. Cavalry, to make a demonstration through the woods on the right in order to check the enemy until the infantry could arrive. The fire of Fort Magruder upon Cooke's command was producing serious effects, and the 6th Cavalry had come upon a strong force of infantry and cavalry, and was saved from destruction by a gallant charge made by Capt. Saunders, commanding the rear squadron, during the withdrawal of the regiment. Col. Grier had made two brilliant char
g against it for several days with more or less success. But this morning I gave up and sent for the doctor, in whose hands I placed myself. . . . Feel a great deal better to-night; the pain gone and my head clearer. . . . Fitz did his work nobly, as I expected. I rode to his battle-field yesterday and several miles beyond it. The railroad bridge across the South Anna was burned yesterday and to-day, thus effectually cutting off railroad communication between Richmond and the North. Lawrence Williams arranged both affairs very handsomely. The country around Hanover Court-House is very beautiful . . . . June 2, 8 P. M., New bridge. It has been impossible for me to write to you for the last two or three days. I was quite sick on Friday and Saturday; on the last day rose from my bed and went to the field of battle; remained on horseback most of the time until Sunday evening. I came back perfectly worn out and exhausted; lay down at once, and, though I could not sleep much I go
ion, 50 ; delays, 58. 59; beautiful country, 59, 62, 63 ; Rich Mountain, Garnett killed, 63 ; Couch checked, plans, 65. White House, Va., 341, 342, 356, 357, 360. White Oak Swamp, Va., 366, 377-379, 381 ; battles at, 426-434. Whiting, Gen. W. H. C., 337. Wilcox, Gen. C., at Williamsburg, 324, 325, 334 353. Wilcox, Gen. O. B., at South Mountain, 577, 578 ; Antietam, 603, 605. Willard, Maj., 133. Williams, Gen. A. S., 193 ; in Maryland campaign, 591, 592, 601, 622, 624. Williams, Maj. L., 44, 45, 61, 62, 91; at Williamsburg, 321 ; in pursuit, 340 ; Hanover C. H., 372, 374, 398. Williams, Gen. S., 45, 61, 83, 122, 141, 219, 540. Williams, Col., 510. Williamsburg, Va., 260, 300, 318 battle of, 319-333 ; evacuated, 333, 352. Williamsport, Va., 559, 562, 621, 622, 624. Willich, Col., 143. Wilson, Lieut. J. H., 125. Wilson, Lieut. J. M., 125. Wilson. Capt. T., 170. Winchester, Va., 78, 192, 193, 195, 570, 615, 616, 622, 624, 625. Wood, Maj. W. H., 33. Woo