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William F. Barry (search for this): chapter 3
cavalry upon any regiment of the enemy until they broke. If this be true, the Fire Zouaves are all liars, and thousands of spectators were deceived, including Major Barry, of the artillery, who states expressly in his report that the cavalry charged upon the Fire Zouaves. Mr Russell says, there were no masked batteries at play, and the retreat became finally the shameful rout, which was only not utterly disastrous because of the ignorance and inactivity or the weakness of the enemy. Major Barry, an officer of the regular United States Artillery, told me he could not stop the runaways, who ought to have protected his guns, though the gunners stood by thhe was ordered to return to his quarters. While I was at Arlington, despatches and messengers were continually arriving. One was from Headquarters, appointing Major Barry to command the artillery. Another stated that the enemy had advanced to Fairfax Court House. Presently in came two young men, who said they had been prevented
, of Providence, R. I. To the Editor of the Journal: At last we have it. After two Atlantic voyages it is salt enough, all must admit, and more than that, we must admit that, what he saw of the affair at Bull Run he has described with graphic and painful truth. But, as your correspondent, W. E. H., who knew more of his personal movements than I did, says, He was at no time within three miles of the battle-field, and consequently was no better informed upon the subject than you were, Mr. Editor, sitting in your sanctum. Therefore the earlier struggles of the day — the hard won successes of the Union troops — receive but passing notice, because he did not see them--he only saw the rout. Yet in another letter, from which I have only seen extracts, he arrives at various conclusions, from further information acquired. One is that there was not a charge of any kind made by the confederate cavalry upon any regiment of the enemy until they broke. If this be true, the Fire Zouaves
Abraham Lincoln (search for this): chapter 3
ps in all directions, and are now lying in frowsy heaps among the ruins of their curious artifices. Nothing can restore them to their places in the popular estimation; nothing could have kept them there but the rapid and complete success of their policy, and the speedy fulfilment of their prophecies. The sword they have drawn is held over their heads by the hands of some coming man whose face no one can see yet, but his footsteps are audible, and the ground shakes beneath his tread. If Mr. Lincoln were indeed a despot, with the genius to lead or direct an army, now would be his time. All the odium which could be heaped upon him by his enemies, all the accusations that could have been preferred, North and South, have been fully urged, and he could not add to them by leading his army to victory, while with victory would certainly come the most unexampled popularity, and perhaps an extraordinary and prosperous tenure of power. The campaign would be one worthy of a Napoleon, nor coul
Irwin McDowell (search for this): chapter 3
facts. If the Confederates force the left of McDowell's army, they will obtain possession of the lition of the Junction, and it is probable that McDowell, advancing from Centreville, has met the enemThe effective strength of the infantry, under McDowell, may be taken at 30,000, and there are about y of death for making such solicitations. Gen. McDowell writes in his despatch from Fairfax Court- This curiosity was aroused by the story that McDowell had been actually ordered to make an attack on the beautiful moonlight, so as to arrive at McDowell's camp in the early dawn; but the aides coulds until after 5 o'clock in the morning. When McDowell moved away, he took so many of the troops abo and wagon, which was on its way to enable Gen. McDowell to reconnoitre the position he was then en village was held by a part of the reserve of McDowell's force, possibly 1,000 strong. The inhabitahad mistaken an effigy for a human being. Gen. McDowell has been much distressed by the dastardly [13 more...]
Virginians (search for this): chapter 3
and abundant, forage such as is everywhere found in the rich farming districts of Virginia, and the communication with all parts of the country easy. Here, overlooking an extensive plain, watered by mountain streams which ultimately find their way to the Potomac; and divided into verdant fields of wheat, and oats, and corn, pasture and meadow, are the Headquarters of the advanced forces of the army of the Potomac. They are South Carolinians, Louisianians, Alabamians, Mississippians, and Virginians, for the most part; the first two, singular enough, being in front, and that they will keep it, their friends at home may rest assured. Never have I seen a finer body of men — men who were more obedient to discipline, or breathed a more self-sacrificing patriotism. As might be expected from the skill with which he has chosen his position, and the system with which he encamps and moves his men, Gen. Beauregard is very popular here. I doubt if Napoleon himself had more the undivided confi
ing the bridges and covering the roads to Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church. The division in military occupation of Maryland under Gen. Banks, most of which is concentrated in and around Baltimore, consists of 7,400 men, with some field-guns. The corps at Fortress Monroe and Hampton, under Gen. Butler, is 11,000 strong, with two field batteries, some guns of position, and the fortress itself in hand. Gen. Lyon, who is operating in Missouri with marked success, has about 6,500 men. Gen. Prentiss at Cairo commands a division of 6,000 men and two field-batteries. There are beside these forces many regiments organized and actually in the field. The army under the command of Gen. Beauregard at Manassas Junction is estimated at 60,000, but that must include the reserves, and! a portion of the force in the intrenchments along the road to Richmond, in the immediate neighborhood of which there is a corps of 15,000 men. At Norfolk there are 18,000 or 20,000, at Acquia Creek 8,000 to 9
Dixon S. Miles (search for this): chapter 3
not see it. From the Providence Journal. To the Editor of the Journal: Mr. Russell, who occupies so large a space in the London Times in giving a description of What he saw at the repulse of Bull Run, was at no time within three miles of the battle-field, and was at no time within sight or musket-shot of the enemy. He entered Centreville after the writer of this, and left before him. At the period of the hardest fighting, he was eating his lunch with a brother John Bull, near Gen. Miles's Headquarters. When the officer arrived at Centreville, announcing the apparent success of the Federal forces, (of which he gives a correct description,) it was 4 o'clock. The retreat commenced in Centreville at half-past 4. During this half hour he went about one mile down the Warrenton road, and there met the teams returning, with some straggling soldiers and one reserve regiment, which were not in the fight. He did not wait to see the main portion of the army, which did not reach C
osing up the stragglers of the first regiment. I turned, and to my surprise saw the artillerymen had gone off, leaving one gun standing by itself. They had retreated with their horses. While we were on the hill, I had observed and pointed out to my companions a cloud of dust which rose through the trees on our right front. In my present position that place must have been on the right rear, and it occurred to me that after all there really might be a body of cavalry in that direction; but Murat himself would not have charged these wagons in that deep, well-fenced lane. If the dust came, as I believe it did, from field-artillery, that would be a different matter. Any way it was now well established that the retreat had really commenced, though I saw but few wounded men, and the regiments which were falling back had not suffered much loss. No one seemed to know any thing for certain. Even the cavalry charge was a rumor. Several officers said they had carried guns and lines, but
Winfield Scott (search for this): chapter 3
ered to make an attack on Manassas, and that Gen. Scott had given him till 12 o'clock to be master of Beauregard's lines. If Gen. Scott ordered the attack at all, I venture to say he was merely the msaddle-horse. When I spoke with officers at Gen. Scott's Headquarters of the expedition, it struck may happen. But my friend got his pass from Gen. Scott, who was taking the whole affair of Bull Runficer passed me through on the production of Gen. Scott's safeguard. The lights of the city were inun, and by saying, See the result of forcing Gen. Scott against his wishes. Of the Cabinet, Mr. Chaortification and despondency in Washington. Gen. Scott, whether he disapproved, as it is said, the affirmed that up to 8 o'clock in the evening Gen. Scott believed in the ultimate success of the Unit adjusted. It is so generally asserted that Gen. Scott did not approve the advance, for which his ps an alarm that the enemy were advancing. General Scott and his staff were roused up in the night [4 more...]
Simon Cameron (search for this): chapter 3
0 men, unless they were skilfully handled and well economized. If popular passion be excited by demagogues, and if it be permitted to affect the councils of the State, it is easy to foresee the end, though it is not so easy to predict by what steps ruin will be reached at last. The Ministers are already ordered to resign by the masters of the mob, and suffer a just punishment for their temporary submission to the clamor of the crownless monarchs of the North-East. The Secretary at War, Mr. Cameron, whose brother fell at the head of his regiment in the field, is accused of making the very submission — which was, indeed, a crime if ever it occurred — by the very people who urged it upon him, and there are few Ministers who escape invective and insinuation. The great question to be decided just now is the value of the Union sentiment in the North. Will the men and the money be forthcoming, and that soon enough to continue the war of aggression or recuperation against the seceded S
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