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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 II. 286 2 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 219 5 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4. 218 2 Browse Search
John Dimitry , A. M., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 10.1, Louisiana (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 199 1 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 118 0 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3. 92 2 Browse Search
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 1 91 1 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 2: Two Years of Grim War. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 84 0 Browse Search
Historic leaves, volume 7, April, 1908 - January, 1909 66 2 Browse Search
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4 59 1 Browse Search
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I trust it will be observed by candid critics that, while I seek not to disguise the fact that I honor and esteem some of our commanders as I do not others, I have been blind neither to the errors of the former nor to the just claims of the latter — that my high estimation of Grant and Sherman (for instance) has not led me to conceal or soften the lack of reasonable precautions which so nearly involved their country in deplorable if not irremediable disaster at Pittsburg Landing. So with Banks's mishap at Sabine Cross-roads and Butler's failure at Fort Fisher. On the other hand, I trust my lack of faith in such officers as Buell and Fitz John Porter has not led me to represent them as incapable or timorous soldiers. What I believe in regard to these and many more of their school is, that they were misplaced — that they halted between their love of country and their traditional devotion to Slavery — that they clung to the hope of a compromise which should preserve both Slavery an<
. Williams ascend the river to Vicksburg baffled there Breckinridge attacks Baton Rouge Williams killed Rebels repulsed ram Arkansas destroyed Weitzel reduces the Lafourche country Flanders and Hahn chosen to Congress Butler superseded by Banks Butler's parting address Jeff. Davis dissatisfied with his policy. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, having, after the capture Aug. 29, 1861. See Vol. I., pp. 599-600. of Fort Hatteras, returned to the North to find himself an officer without so of our army and fleet who would have dared take the oath, however willing to do so. Toward the end of November, Gen. Butler's spies brought him information from the nearest Rebel camps that he had been superseded in his command, and that Gen. N. P. Banks either was or soon would be on his way to relieve him. Some days before information of the purposed change reached our side, Secessionists in New Orleans were offering to bet a hundred to ten that Gen. Butler would be recalled before New Yea
defense of Washington, including 35,467 under Banks in the Valley of the Shenandoah, at 67.428 menown, had retreated up the Valley, pursued by Gen. Banks, to the vicinity of Harrisonburg. Jackson, ed him from Gordonsville, to observe and check Banks. Jackson moved rapidly to Staunton, being reemarch to Harrisonburg, having ascertained that Banks had fallen back to Strasburg. Being joined net nobly; but they were 900 against 8,000. Gen. Banks remained quiet and unsuspecting at Strasburgwith a corresponding proportion of artillery. Banks had, on the first tidings of trouble at Front Vermont, Col. Tompkins, was enabled to rejoin Banks at Winchester in season for the fight of next Shields, whose division had been detached from Banks, and marched over a hundred miles to join McDod to combine their forces and strike a blow at Banks or at McDowell, as circumstances should render advisable. The detachment of Shields from Banks, and sending the former to McDowell at Fredericks[7 more...]
d Luray. Fremont yesterday reported rumors that Western Virginia was threatened; and Gen. Kelly, that Ewell was advancing to New Creek, where Fremont has his depots. The last telegram from Fremont contradicts this rumor. The last telegram from Banks says the enemy's pickets are strong in advance at Luray. The people decline to give any information of his whereabouts. Within the last two days, the evidence is strong that, for some purpose, the enemy is circulating rumors of Jackson's advance in various directions, with a view to conceal the real point of attack. Neither McDowell, who is at Manassas, nor Banks and Fremont, who are at Middiletown, appear to have any accurate knowledge on the subject. A letter transmitted to the department yesterday, purporting to be dated Gordonsville, on the 14th inst., stated that the actual attack was designed for Washington and Baltimore, as soon as you attacked Richmond; but that the report was to be circulated that Jackson had gone to Ric
hich was effected. He had likewise directed Gen. Banks to advance an infantry brigade, with all hispossible. Pope at once ordered Hatch, through Banks, to move westwardly across the Blue Ridge from appointing Gen. Buford, chief of artillery to Banks's corps, in his stead. At length, Pope, hav9th--9:45 A. M. From Col. Lewis Marshall: Gen. Banks will move to the front immediately, assume cformed the Rebel line of battle; against which Banks's 6,000 or 8,000 Cedar Mountain. Explanations: A Position of Gen. Banks's corps both before and after his advance upon the enemy on the afted was sent to the front abreast of Ricketts's; Banks's corps being withdrawn two miles to the rear near the Rappahannock at Waterloo Bridge, with Banks's behind it; Reno's farther east, and very neae seems to have been completely deceived, Gen. Banks, from his position near the Rappahannock, rement of the Rebel army to the west and north. Banks adds; It seems to be apparent that the enemy i[18 more...]
tence or efficiency of an army, were seized by wholesale, not only for present use, but thousands of animals were driven across the Potomac to replenish their wasted and inadequate resources. Gen. McClellan was early apprised Sept. 3. of the disappearance of the Rebels from his front, and soon advised that they were crossing into Maryland. His several corps were accordingly brought across the Potomac and posted on the north of Washington; which city he left Sept. 7. in command of Gen. Banks, making his headquarters that night with the 6th corps, at Rockville. He moved slowly, because uncertain, as were his superiors, that the Rebel movement across the Potomac was not a feint. But his advance, after a brisk skirmish, on the 12th entered Frederick, which the Rebels had evacuated, moving westward, during the two preceding days, and through which his main body passed next day. Here he was so lucky as to obtain a copy of Lee's general order, only four days old, developing his pr
e enemy. Grant had expected to remain some time at Grand Gulf, accumulating provisions and munitions, while lie sent a corps down the river to cooperate with Gen. Banks in the reduction of Port Hudson; but the information here obtained dictated a change in his plans — Banks not having yet invested Port hudson. Accordingly, hisBanks not having yet invested Port hudson. Accordingly, his army was pushed forward May 7. on two parallel roads up the left bank of the Big Black: McPherson on that nea est the river; McClernand on the higher, or ridge road; while Sherman's corps, divided, followed on each ; all the ferries on the Big Black being watched to guard against a surprise from the enemy, who had taken care tocupation and insured the retention of Vicksburg, Gen. Grant embarked July 10-11. an expedition, under Gen. F. J. Herron, to move down the river to the aid of Gen. Banks in the siege of Port Hudson; but our men were scarcely on board when tidings of Gardner's surrender caused the order to be countermanded, and Herron directed to
g six wounded)--were transferred to the conqueror; she having had two killed. The Alabama, though considerably cut up, so as to be compelled to run into Kingston, Jamaica, for repairs, had but one man wounded. And no wonder; since the Hatteras's heaviest guns were 32s, while of the Alabama's (9 to our 8), one was an 150-pounder on a pivot, another a 68; and she threw 324 pounds of metal at a broadside to the Hatteras's 94. With such a disparity of force, the result was inevitable. Gen. N. P. Banks, having assumed Dec. 11, 1862. command of the Department of the Gulf, found himself at the head of a force about 30,000 strong, which had been officially designated the Nineteenth army corps. With this, he was expected, in cooperation with Grant's efforts up the river, to reopen the Mississippi, expel the Rebels in arms from Louisiana, and take military possession of the Red River country, with a view to the speedy recovery of Texas, whose provisional Governor, Gen. Andrew J. Hamilt
more remote, and which invoked ominous recollections of South Mountain and the Antietam? Grant was beginning to be triumphant in Mississippi, and would soon be thundering at the gates of Vicksburg; Dick Taylor, chased almost out of Louisiana by Banks, could do little toward the rescue of threatened Port Hudson: why not spare Longstreet to needy, beseeching Jo. Johnston, enabling him to overwhelm Grant and then to crush out Banks, restoring the Confederate ascendency on the Mississippi, while Banks, restoring the Confederate ascendency on the Mississippi, while simply holding on along the Rappahannock, trusting to the great advantages afforded to the defensive by the rugged topography of that region, and to the terrors inspired by the memories of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville? In fact, Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania at that juncture was justifiable on political grounds alone. The Confederate chiefs must have acted on the strength of trusted assurances that the Northern Peace Democracy, detesting the Emancipation policy now stead
e stealthily across the border and at early dawn Aug. 21. into the young city of Lawrence, Kansas, where no preparation for defense existed, for no danger of attack was ever dreamed of. The people were surprised in their beds, the roads picketed, and every one who emerged from a house with a weapon was shot down, of course. But very few thought of resistance, which was manifestly idle. The Eldridge House, the chief hotel, contained no arms of any kind, and was formally surrendered by Capt. Banks, who, frankly avowing himself a Union officer, insisted on seeing Quantrell, who assured him that none who surrendered should receive personal harm. The banks, stores, and safes, were all broken open and robbed, as were tile private dwellings. All the horses were taken, of course; otherwise tile booty could not have been carried off. Every negro and every German who were caught were killed at once. Tile Court-house and many of the best dwellings were fired and burnt. Eighteen unarmed
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