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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. 229 3 Browse Search
George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Major-General United States Army (ed. George Gordon Meade) 158 0 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2. 138 6 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 107 1 Browse Search
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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox 65 3 Browse Search
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4. 59 1 Browse Search
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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore) 45 1 Browse Search
William F. Fox, Lt. Col. U. S. V., Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865: A Treatise on the extent and nature of the mortuary losses in the Union regiments, with full and exhaustive statistics compiled from the official records on file in the state military bureaus and at Washington 20 2 Browse Search
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of infantry, with one battery and one company of regular cavalry, occupied Fort Corcoran, at the head of the Georgetown Aqueduct Bridge. Gens. Hunter's and Keyes's brigades held the Arlington Heights. Col. Richardson's brigade was posted in advance of the Long Bridge, with one regiment in Fort Runyon. Near this were a couple of light batteries under Col. H. J. Hunt, ready to move whenever required. Col. Blenker's brigade was in advance of Roach's Mills, in the valley of Four-Mile Run. Gens. Franklin's and Heintzelman's brigades were in front of Alexandria, in the vicinity of the Seminary. Kearny's brigade was at Cloud's Mills, on the Annandale turnpike. One regiment was stationed at Fort Ellsworth, immediately in front of Alexandria. I had thus provided against all eventualities as well as the means in my possession permitted. If the enemy confined himself to a direct advance the probable points of attack were held by eight brigades, so posted that they could render mutual assi
ossed and at once commenced the construction of Forts Maury and Ethan Allen--positions which I had already examined. On the 28th of Sept. Smith's division marched out to Falls Church, which movement, in connection with an advance of a part of Franklin's division on the Leesburg pike, of McDowell's on Ball's cross-roads and Upton's Hill, and of Porter's on Hall's Hill, determined the evacuation of Munson's, Upton's, and Taylor's hills by the enemy's outposts, who had now seen the last of Washiat Prospect Hill; Smith's division at Mackall's Hill, holding Lewinsville by an advanced guard; Porter's division at Minor's and Hall's hills; McDowell at Arlington, with one brigade at Munson's Hill, etc.; Blenker's division at Hunter's Chapel; Franklin at the Theological Seminary; Heintzelman at Fort Lyon. There were thus on the Virginia side seven divisions, so posted as to cover every avenue of approach, and able to afford assistance to every point that could be attacked, and, moreover, in
ive instruction in the theory and practice of their special arm. The operations on the Peninsula by the Army of the Potomac commenced with a full field-artillery force of 49 batteries of 274 guns. To this must be added the field-artillery of Franklin's division of McDowell's corps, which joined a few days before the capture of Yorktown, but was not disembarked from its transports for service until after the battle of Williamsburg, and the field-artillery of McCall's division of McDowell's coocate-general; Maj. Le Compte was a spectator; Capts. Kirkland, McClellan, McMahon, Mason, and Biddle were on duty in the adjutant-general's office; Capt. Raymond with the chief of staff; Capt. McMahon was assigned to the personal staff of Brig.-Gen. Franklin, and Capts. Kirkland and Mason to that of Brig.-Gen. F. J. Porter, during the siege of Yorktown. They remained subsequently with those general officers. Maj. Le Compte left the army during the siege of Yorktown; Cols. Gantt and Astor, Ma
Chapter 8: Various generals Scott, Halleck, Hunter, Sumner, Franklin, Porter, Sedgwick, and others Blenker's brigade scenes in his command the Hungarian Klapka the French prisoners events in Maryland. It is a great mistake to suppose that I had the cordial support of Gen. Scott; the contrary was too much the luable man, and his soldierly example was of the highest value in a new army. A nation is fortunate that possesses many such soldiers as was Edwin V. Sumner. Franklin was one of the best officers I had; very powerful. He was a man not only of excellent judgment, but of a remarkably high order of intellectual ability. He was of the ground near Washington that I did not know thoroughly. The most entertaining of my duties were those which sometimes led me to Blenker's camp, whither Franklin was always glad to accompany me to see the circus, or opera, as he usually called the performance. As soon as we were sighted Blenker would have the officer's c
other prominent radical leaders. Under date of April 7, 1862, Gen. Franklin, in a letter informing me of the circumstances attending the wie of affairs to the President or Secretary of War. Gens. McDowell, Franklin, and, I think, Meigs were entrusted by the President with this bus affair, undertook it con amore, hoping to succeed me in command. Franklin was unwilling to touch it, and simply acted under orders. This ine President, Secretaries Seward, Chase, and Blair, Gens. McDowell, Franklin, and Meigs. I do not think that the Secretary of War (Mr. Cameron good deal of whispering among the others, in which I do not think Franklin took any special part. Finally McDowell said he wished to explainxamination must now cease, further explanations were unnecessary. Franklin then said a few words clearing himself of any improper motives, whe, could only excuse myself. At President's found Gens. McDowell, Franklin, and Meigs, and Seward and Blair. Meigs decided against dividing f
one to Nashville to communicate with Buell, that his motives were proper, and advised that no further proceedings be had in the case. Now to the story which prompts me to insert these despatches. More than a year after the events in question Franklin wrote to me that on meeting Grant at Memphis, or some such point on the Mississippi, Grant asked what had made me hostile to him. Franklin replied that he knew that I was not hostile but very friendly to him. Grant then said that that could not Franklin replied that he knew that I was not hostile but very friendly to him. Grant then said that that could not be so, for, without any reason, I had ordered Halleck to relieve him from command and arrest him soon after Fort Donelson, and that Halleck had interfered to save him. I took no steps to undeceive Grant, trusting to time to elucidate the question. In the latter part of 1866, while I was in Europe, Gen. Grant, through one of his staff, communicated with Gen. Marcy in regard to papers missing from the files of the office of general-in-chief during my tenure of the place. In searching my pape
o the command of Washington. The secretary had spoken to me on the subject some days before, whereupon I objected to the selection for the reason that Gen. Wadsworth was not a soldier by training. I said that one of the very best soldiers in the army was necessary for the command of Washington, which was next in importance to the command of the Army of the Potomac--an officer fully posted in all the details of the profession; and that, much as I should dislike sparing him, I would give up Franklin for the place. The secretary replied that Wadsworth had been selected because it was necessary, for political reasons, to conciliate the agricultural interests of New York, and that it was useless to discuss the matter, because it would in no event be changed. When Gen. Wadsworth parted from me at Fairfax he professed the greatest devotion and friendship for me, but at once became an enemy, probably because Stanton informed him of the objections I had made to his appointment, without gi
as a military necessity, that I may not lose Franklin and his division. On the same day, at tenme. I again repeat the urgent request that Gen. Franklin and his division may be restored to my com invest and attack Gloucester Point. Give me Franklin's and McCall's divisions under command of FraFranklin, and I will at once undertake it. If circumstances of which I am not aware make it impossible sponsible for the results if you will give me Franklin's division. If you still confide in my judgmrstood that I think two divisions necessary. Franklin and his division are indispensable to me. Gened me: By direction of the President, Franklin's division has been ordered to march back to replied to the secretary: I am delighted with Franklin's orders, and beg to thank you. I insert tat my disposal it was impossible to reinforce Franklin for that purpose, and I determined, late on tman foresight could make it. On the 3d, then, Franklin's division was disembarked, and was to have m[1 more...]
ng this point; I do not believe it, however. I hope to get the artillery and two other brigades off before morning. W. B. Franklin, Brig.-Gen. Brick House, May 7 A. M. Gen. G. B. McClellan: All of my division has landed except the cavalrying. Dana's brigade is here and will be landed this morning. The indications are that the enemy is in the vicinity. W. B. Franklin, Brig.-Gen. Brick House, May 7, 1862. Gen. G. B. McClellan: The road from Brick House Point to the main roabusiness on account of want of cavalry. I still think it may be an open question between this point and West Point. W. B. Franklin, Brig.-Gen. headquarters, Franklin's division, Brick House, May 7, 1862. Gen. R. B. Marcy, Chief of Staff: wounded amount to nearly a hundred. A more detailed report will be given as soon as possible. Very respectfully, W. B. Franklin, Brig.-Gen. camp 19 miles from Williamsburg, May 11, 1862. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Fortress Mon
o make the attempt. Truly your friend, Wm. B. Franklin. The flotilla experienced great diffi about four o'clock on the 5th. Meanwhile Gen. Franklin, when the greatest difficulties had been oions from me. When the flotilla arrived Gen. Franklin visited Com. Missroom on his flagship and t of the Confederate army, ready to overwhelm Franklin had he advanced. By the time Sedgwick's dio care for the wounded, to hasten supports to Franklin by water, and to force the pursuit by land in order to open direct communication with Franklin, or to bring the enemy to battle if he halted soutyond Williamsburg, in easy communication with Franklin; the regulars, Smith, Couch, Casey, and Kearn: headquarters, with the divisions of Porter, Franklin, Sykes (regulars), and the artillery reservesOn the 15th and 16th the divisions of Porter, Franklin, and Smith were with great difficulty advances, and Hunt's reserve artillery. 6thCorps-Gen. Franklin. Consisting of the divisions W. F. Smith [2 more...]
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