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and of the river from Bridgeport to Florence, I venture to ask that you will protect me at points below Florence. I have extemporized a gunboat, which will be ready for service this day. I hope to be able to move her upstream at the rate of 4 miles an hour, and by her assistance to prevent the enemy from realizing the boats we have destroyed. I will now give my personal attention to the mountain region east of the Nashville and Chattanooga Railway. O. M. Mitchel, Major-General. Major-General Buell, Camp near Corinth. Abstract from record of events, Third Division, Army of the Ohio. from Division return for May. The Eighth Brigade left Huntsville May 6 for Athens, and marched from Athens on the 26th for Fayetteville, Tenn., arriving on the 28th. A detachment from this brigade proceeded to Elk River, under command of Colonel Lytle, on the 12th, and returned on the 14th. The Ninth Brigade has been encamped at Huntsville, Ala., since date of last monthly return. The dif
ng the river at Shell Mound with infantry and artillery. Adams' cavalry turned them back. Mitchel. On the 8th he says: I am ordered by General Halleck to push cars and locomotives across the river at Decatur. This cannot be done until the enemy's troops are driven out. 1 know their cavalry still remains opposite Lamb's Ferry and along the line of the railway. In my opinion a great struggle will take place for the mastery of the railway from Richhn nd iouth to Atlanta. D. C. Buell, Major-General. Major-General ha Lleck. Huntsville, Ala., June 6, 1862. An expedition, composed of troops from all those under my command, inl charge of General Negley, has driven the enemy under General Adams trom Winchester through Jasper back to Chattanooga, utterly routing lanmd leeating them there. Baggage wagons and ammunition, with supplies, have fallen into our hands. On to-morrow morning my troops will be opposite Chattanooga, supported, as I hope, by my new gunboat, t
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 and the Union, long after all reasonable ground of hope had vanished; fighting the Rebellion with gloved hands and relaxed sinews because the<
ning of April 6th. C Positions of Grant and Buell on the morning of April 7th. D Positions ofe ferried over more than 10,000 men, persisted Buell. Well, there would not have been more than th. T. Beauregard, General Commanding. Maj.-Gen. Buell's long-expected Army of the Ohio had been; lying down on their arms, under orders from Buell to advance and attack at early daylight; whichsuccessively reached Savannah. The residue of Buell's army was too far behind on the Columbia road of the day preceding. The arrival of part of Buell's and all Lew. Wallace's commands had brought Gen. Sherman, who had waited for the sound of Buell's guns upon the main Corinth road, advanced ated Rebels. Two hours more of such fighting as Buell's fresh men could have made would have demorally. Gen. O. M. Mitchel, with a division of Buell's army, had left Nashville simultaneously withqualified him for a subordinate position under Buell; so he was transferred, in June, to the comman[17 more...]
hat Gen. Butler was obliged to disembark his troops and wear out another fortnight as patiently as he might. Meantime, the Rebels alongshore, who had by this time become satisfied that New Orleans was aimed at, resorted to the expedients which had proved effective with most of our commanders up to that time, and which stood them in good stead with several for many months afterward. Having been compelled nearly to deplete the Gulf region of soldiers in order to make head against Grant and Buell on the Tennessee, they supplied their places with imaginary regiments and batteries The New Orleans journals, frequently brought over from Biloxi. bristled with such awe-inspiring paragraphs as the following: The Mississippi is fortified so as to be impassable for any hostile fleet or flotilla. Forts Jackson and St. Philip are armed with 170 heavy guns (63-pounders, rifled by Barkley Britton. and received from England). The navigation of the river is stopped by a dam about a quar
Your dispatch of 3:30, yesterday, has been received. I am fully impressed with the difficulties mentioned, and which no art or skill can avoid, but only endure, and am striving to the uttermost to render you every aid in the power of the Government. Your suggestions will be immediately communicated to Gen. Halleck, with a request that he shall conform to them. At last advice, he contemplated sending a column to operate with Mitchel against Chattanooga, and thence upon East Tennessee. Buell reports Kentucky and Tennessee to be in a critical condition, demanding immediate attention. Halleck says the main body of Beauregard's forces is with him at Okolona. McCall's force was reported yesterday as having embarked, and on its way to join you. It is intended to send the residue of McDowell's force also to join you as s speedily as possible. Fremont had a hard fight, day before yesterday, with Jackson's force at Union Church, eight miles from Harrisonburg. He claims the victory
gurates Richard Hawes as Governor of Kentucky Buell follows him from the Tennessee to Bardstown an 30 killed, 50 wounded, and 75 prisoners. Gen. Buell had left Corinth in June, moving eastward, ad to hold Chattanooga against any effort which Buell was likely to make. McClellan's Richmond caOhio. Gen. Bragg had now completely flanked Buell's left, and passed behind him, without a strugin a flag of truce, demanding a surrender. As Buell was not at hand, nor likely to be, and as therGovernor had to flee from their approach. Gen. Buell, after leaving Nashville Sept. 15. strongeable fabrics and other manufactures as well. Buell's delays, synchronizing with McClellan's lost,avily laden with the spoils of Kentucky. Here Buell learned that Kirby Smith had crossed the Kentul. D. McCook, which had been pushed forward by Buell on his immediate front to cover some hollows ille at nightfall on the 11th; up to which time Buell had made no decided advance. Pushing forward [11 more...]
e to me by persons whose servants have been found in our camps; and, in every instance that I know of, the master has recovered his servant and taken him away. I need hardly remind you that there will always be found some lawless and mischievous persons in every army; but I assure you that the mass of this army is lawabiding, and that it is neither its disposition nor its policy to violate law or the rights of individuals in any particular. With great respect, your obedient servant, D. C. Buell, Brig.-Gen. Commanding Department. Hon. J. R. Underwood, Chairman Military Committee, Frankfort, Ky. Gen. Joseph Hooker, commanding on the Upper Potomac, issued March 26, 1862. the following order: To brigade and regimental commanders of this division: Messrs. Nally, Gray, Dunnington, Dent, Adams, Speake, Price, Posey, and Cobey, citizens of Maryland, have negroes supposed to be with some of the regiments of this division: the Brigadier-General commanding directs that th
orrest routed by Sullivan at Parker's Cross-roads Morgan captures Elizabethtown Gen. H. Carter's raid into East Tennessee Wheeler raids down the Tennessee to Fort Donelson beaten off by Col. Harding Van Dorn captures 1,500 Unionists at Spring Hill Col. A. S. Hall defeats Morgan at Vaught's Hill Gordon Granger repulses Van Dorn at Franklin Col. A. D. Streight raids into Northern Georgia is overpowered and captured near Rome. Gen. Rosecrans, on assuming Oct. 30, 1862. command of Buell's Army of the Ohio, found it seriously depleted and demoralized by the exhaustive marches and indecisive conflicts of the last six months. With a strength fully adequate to the rout and destruction of all the forces led into Kentucky by Bragg and Kirby Smith, it had see:, that State ravaged throughout by that locust horde, which had in due time recrossed the Cumberland Mountains unassailed, returning to East Tennessee as if in triumph. Of the 100,000 men formerly borne on its muster-rolls,
tly conformed to, the popular judgment, that the efficiency of our various and complicated Military operations would be greatly promoted by placing them under the direction of a single mind, which should not be that of Henry Wager Halleck. Gen. Grant's qualifications for this most momentous trust were not universally conceded. Though over 40 years of age, Born April 27, 1822. lie had been a quiet civilian most of his adult life. There were many military men who esteemed Gen. Meade, Gen. Buell, Gen. McClellan, or some other of our commanders, his superior as a strategist; and several of his battles — especially those of Belmont and Shiloh — had not escaped the unfavorable judgment of military critics. There was one point, however, wherein his fitness for chief command was decided if not preeminent: and that was an utter disbelief in the efficacy of any rosewater treatment of the Rebellion. He regarded the South as practically bound and helpless in the hands of a haughty, stron
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