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norable motives, I intend to coerce them and let them see what they have to expect if they pretend to rebel. I deprived the 79th of their colors, and have them downstairs, not to be returned to them until they have earned them again by good behavior. The great trouble is the want of officers of regiments. We have good material, but no officers. Aug. 14, 1861. I was so occupied yesterday that I could not write. Profs. Mahan and Bache at breakfast. Then came the usual levee. Then Burnside turned up, and I had to listen to his explanation of some slanders against him; then some naval officers; then I don't know how many others before dinner. After dinner I rode out until about nine, when I found the President had been to see me and wanted me at the White House. After I got through there I went to see Montgomery Blair on business. Then, on my return, found some more of the cabinet, McDowell, etc., so that it was after midnight when I got to my room, completely fatigued. So
ation of permanent brigades of infantry. The new levies of infantry, upon their arrival in Washington, were formed into provisional brigades and placed in camps in the suburbs on the Maryland side of the river, for equipment, instruction, and discipline. As soon as regiments were in fit condition for transfer to the forces across the Potomac they were assigned to the brigades serving there. Brig.-Gen. F. J. Porter was at first assigned to the charge of the provisional brigades. Brig.-Gen. A. E. Burnside was the next officer assigned this duty, from which, however, he was soon relieved by Brig.-Gen. Casey, who continued in charge of the newly arriving regiments until the Army of the Potomac departed for the Peninsula, in March, 1862. The newly arriving artillery troops reported to Brig.-Gen. William F. Barry, the chief of artillery, and the cavalry to Brig.-Gen. George Stoneman, the chief of cavalry, and were also retained on the Maryland side until their equipment and armament we
rmed admirably every duty assigned to him. Constantly improving, he was, when killed at Gettysburg, with Meade and Sedgwick, the best officer then with the Army of the Potomac. He was remarkably brave and intelligent, an honest, true gentleman. Meade was also one of my early appointments as brigadier-general. He was an excellent officer; cool, brave, and intelligent; he always did his duty admirably, and was an honest man. As commander of an army he was far superior to either Hooker or Burnside. Col. Ingalls was, in my experience, unequalled as a chief-quartermaster in the field. When first assigned to the command in the Department of the Ohio, I applied for Fitz-John Porter as my adjutant-general, but he was already on duty with Gen. Patterson in the same capacity, and could not be spared. Soon afterwards I obtained Maj. Seth Williams, who had been on duty with Gen. Harney at St. Louis, and he remained with me as my adjutant-general until I was finally relieved from the co
tion; no plan for the war McClellan's plans for the whole war Simultaneous movements throughout the country orders to Burnside for North Carolina expedition; to Halleck and Buell for operations in the West; to Butler for the New Orleans expeditionns for operations on the lower Atlantic and Gulf coasts were progressing slowly but satisfactorily. Early in January Gen. Burnside received his final instructions for the expedition to the coast of North Carolina. The general purposes of this expecommand, I deemed it best to send it to North Carolina, with the design indicated in the following letter: To Gen. Burnside.headquarters of the Army, Washington, Jan. 7, 1862. general: In accordance with verbal instructions heretofore givf. With my best wishes for your success, I am, etc., etc., Geo. B. McClellan, Maj.-Gen. Commanding-in-Chief Brig.-Gen. A. E. Burnside, Commanding Expedition. The following letters of instruction were sent to Gens. Halleck, Buell, Sherman, an
left flank is covered by the water. Our right is secure, for the reason that the enemy is too distant to reach us in time; he can only oppose us in front. We bring our fleet into full play. After a successful battle our position would be — Burnside forming our left; Norfolk held securely: our centre connecting Burnside with Buell, both by Raleigh and Lynchburg; Buell in Eastern Tennessee and North Alabama; Halleck at Nashvilie and Memphis. The next movement would be to connect with SherBurnside with Buell, both by Raleigh and Lynchburg; Buell in Eastern Tennessee and North Alabama; Halleck at Nashvilie and Memphis. The next movement would be to connect with Sherman on the left by reducing Wilmington and Charleston; to advance our centre into South Carolina and Georgia; to push Buell either towards Montgomery or to unite with the main army in Georgia; to throw Halleck southward to meet the naval expedition from New Orleans. We should then be in a condition to reduce at our leisure all the Southern seaports; to occupy all the avenues of communication; to use the great outlet of the Mississippi; to re-establish our government and arms in Arkansas, Loui
ged to do the best I could with a divided command. Burnside to McClellan. Unofficial letter.Roanoke island, March 5,d weather has doubtless delayed them. Your old friend, Burnside. Same to same, Unofficial.New Berne, March 15, 18ike these I could do almost anything. Your old friend, Burnside. Same to same. Unofficial.New Berne, May 5, 1862than force a front. God bless you! Your old friend, Burnside. Memoranda. Supposing Burnside's force 15,000 Burnside's force 15,000 : In event of movement on [illegible The word resembles Wynton.], etc., would probably have to leave at least 5,000 inor Goldsborough. He is very much in favor of reinforcing Burnside and taking Norfolk from the Chowan and Currituck; but if cannot advise so great dependence to be placed upon her. Burnside and Goldsborough are very strong for the Chorvan river rois only twenty-seven miles to Norfolk by two good roads. Burnside will have New Berne this week. The Merrimac must go into
hands of the enemy; our supplies would give out, and the enemy, equal, if not superior, in numbers, would, with the other advantages, beat and destroy this army. The greatest master of the art of war has said that if you would invade a country successfully, you must have one line of operations and one army, under one general. But what is our condition? The State of Virginia is made to constitute the command, in part or wholly, of some six generals, viz.: Fremont, Banks, McDowell, Wool, Burnside, and McClellan, besides the scrap, over the Chesapeake, in the care of Dix. The great battle of the war is to come off here. If we win it the rebellion will be crushed. If we lose it the consequences will be more horrible than I care to foretell. The plan of campaign I voted for, if carried out with the means proposed, will certainly succeed. If any part of the means proposed are withheld or diverted, I deem it due to myself to say that our success will be uncertain. It is no doub
l construct the first parallel and several other batteries in exposed positions, leaving those already commenced to cover the work and render it more safe. We shall soon be raining down a terrible tempest on this devoted place. To-day the enemy sent a flag of truce to Smith, asking a suspension of hostilities to bury the killed of the 16th. The officer who met with Sweitzer acknowledged that their loss was very severe and the bearing of our men admirable. I received to-day a letter from Burnside, which I enclose. . . Franklin arrived yesterday and spent the night in my tent. He is at Ship Point to-night; I expect his division to-morrow. .. . Don't be at all discouraged; all is going well. I know exactly what I am about. I can't go with a rush over strong posts. I must use heavy guns and silence their fire; all that takes much time, and I have not been longer than the usual time for such things-much less than the usual, in truth. . . . I can't tell you when Yorktown is to
y well to-day, and the weather is good. . . . Will start in half an hour or so for the other side of the river. It threatens rain again, so that I do not believe I can make the entire tour — probably only on Smith and Sumner; do the rest to-morrow. Besides, I do not care to ride too far to-day, as I have not been on horseback before since the day of the battle. I must be careful, for it would be utter destruction to this army were I to be disabled so as not to be able to take command. Burnside left yesterday; thinks there is a great deal of Union feeling in North Carolina, and that our gaining possession of Richmond will at once bring North Carolina back into the Union. . . . I half-doubt whether there is much Union feeling south of North Carolina. . . . McCall's division has commenced arriving; some of them reached the White House last night. This relieves me very much. June 12, 8 A. M., New bridge . . . Am about to break up this camp and move over the Chickahominy to Dr
passport. July 17 A. M. Gens. Dix and Burnside are both here. . . . Burnside is very well, aey have withheld all further reinforcements. Burnside is halted at Fortress Monroe. With his own t something to-morrow about the destination of Burnside. I can then enable you to guess how matters my back awaiting a decision from Washington. Burnside is still kept from me. I am getting no reinforcements, and presume that Burnside will be ordered to Washington the first thing I know. Then I shhat the command of this army was pressed upon Burnside, and that he peremptorily refused it. I learnfor I told them that I desired to occupy with Burnside's troops the very point whence this firing hak. . . . 11.30 P. M. I had a note from Burnside this evening. He has been ordered to the Rapise than to reinforce me; quite the reverse. Burnside is at Acquia. I strongly suspect that one re Virginia are to be placed under my command. Burnside came down to assure me from Halleck that he ([7 more...]
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