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Chapter 8: Various generals Scott, Halleck, Hunter, Sumner, Franklin, Porter, Sedgwick, general-in-chief, but desired that place for Halleck, and long withheld his retirement that HallecHalleck might arrive East and fall heir to his place. Speaking of Halleck, a day or two before he arriHalleck, a day or two before he arrived in Washington Stanton came to caution me against trusting Halleck, who was, he said, probably tHalleck, who was, he said, probably the greatest scoundrel and most barefaced villain in America; he said that he was totally destitute the Almaden Quicksilver case he had convicted Halleck of perjury in open court. When Halleck arrivHalleck arrived he came to caution me against Stanton, repeating almost precisely the same words that Stanton hae rebellion, Gen. E. A. Hitchcock's letter to Halleck, in which the former transmits a message from men whom I have encountered in high position Halleck was the most hopelessly stupid. It was more rom the letter of Gen E. A. Hitchcock to Gen. H. W. Halleck, dated Washington, March 22, 1862: I
pos of any known subject or incident. Oct. 19. Gen. Scott proposes to retire in favor of Halleck. The President and cabinet have determined to accept his retirement, but not in favor of HalleHalleck. . . . The enemy have fallen back on Manassas, probably to draw me into the old error. I hope to make them abandon Leesburg to-morrow. Oct. 20 or 21. . . . I yesterday advanced a divisio yesterday Gen. Scott's letter asking to be placed on the retired list and saying nothing about Halleck. The offer was to be accepted last night, and they propose to make me at once commander-in-chithe best general that ever existed. No date. Yesterday I was so busily engaged in getting Halleck off to Missouri and Buell to Kentucky that I had but little time to look about me. Nov. 10. at eight P. M. to meet some New York financiers; left them in good spirits. Have just finished Halleck's instructions. Nov. , 1861.--You will have heard the glorious news from Port Royal. Ou
to replace him, ordering Sherman to report to Halleck for duty. On Buell's arrival he found a complowing letters of instruction were sent to Gens. Halleck, Buell, Sherman, and Butler; and I also col as was necessary at that time: To Gen. Halleck.headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. Buell; certainly it did not originate with Halleck or any of his surroundings. I will for the mell promptly gave me the information needed. Halleck replied the same day: . . . I have had noom trouble as far as possible. On the 4th Halleck telegraphed me: A rumor has just reached re order and discipline. . . . On the 6th Halleck telegraphed to Grant: Gen. McClellan dire by direction of the President, required from Halleck a report as to Grant's unauthorized visit to arrest him soon after Fort Donelson, and that Halleck had interfered to save him. I took no steps ttracted the telegrams above alluded to. As to Halleck's conduct with regard to Grant, no comment by[15 more...]
Ordered, further, That the departments now under the respective commands of Gens. Halleck and Hunter, together with so much of that under Gen. Buell as lies west of ted the Department of the Mississippi; and that, until otherwise ordered, Maj.-Gen. Halleck have command of said department. Ordered, also, That the country west , 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 Sherma 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 which confined my command to the Department of the Potomac placed Buell under Halleck, and created the Mountain Department, extending from the western limits of the Department of the Potomac to the eastern boundary of Halleck's command. The Department of the Potomac then included all that part of Virginia east of the Allegha
apter 14: Letters and despatches relating to subjects treated in the foregoing and following chapters. Halleck to McClellan.St. Louis, March 10, 8 P. M. Gen. Mcclellan: Reserves intended for Gen. Curtis will now be drawn in as rgreat battle on the Tennessee river, unsupported it seems; but if successful it will settle the campaign in the West. H. W. Halleck, Maj.-Gen. By the time this reached me I was no longer the general-in-chief. It may suffice to say that I had ne of my admiration for his excellent character and high soldierly qualities. I regarded him as a far better soldier than Halleck, and the subsequent course of events did not modify my views. If I had placed any one in command of ail the operations in the West it would have been Buell and not Halleck. I could not then place Buell in that position, and was consequently obliged to do the best I could with a divided command. Burnside to McClellan. Unofficial letter.Roanoke island, March
uiring forty-eight hours to move two divisions with their trains five miles! Nothing could be much worse than that. The fastest way to move is never to move in wet weather. Midnight. . . . I am now at this present moment involved in a great many different orders for parties to move out at daybreak on reconnoissances. . . May 18, Sunday, 6 P. M., White House. . . . We leave here in the morning. Porter and Franklin march at four and eight A. M., headquarters at seven. We will go to Tunstall's, or perhaps a little beyond it, and will now soon close up on the Chickahominy and find out what secesh is doing. I think he will fight us there, or between that and Richmond; and if he is badly thrashed (as I trust he will be), incline to believe that he will begin to cry peccavi and say that he has enough of it, especially if Halleck beats him at Corinth. . . . Midnight (same letter). . . . I start early in the morning. . . . Those hounds in Washington are after me again.
weather and ground will permit; but there will be a delay, the extent of which no one can foresee, for the season is altogether abnormal. In view of these circumstances, I present for your consideration the propriety of detaching largely from Halleck's army to strengthen this; for it would seem that Halleck has now no large organized force in front of him, while we have. If this cannot be done, or even in connection with it, allow me to suggest the movement of a heavy column from Dalton upoHalleck has now no large organized force in front of him, while we have. If this cannot be done, or even in connection with it, allow me to suggest the movement of a heavy column from Dalton upon Atlanta. If but the one can be done it would better conform to military principles to strengthen this army. And even although the reinforcements might not arrive in season to take part in the attack upon Richmond, the moral effect would be great, and they would furnish valuable assistance in ulterior movements. I wish to be distinctly understood that, whenever the weather permits, I will attack with whatever force I may have, although a larger force would enable me to gain much more deci
! it is all for the best, I doubt not. I hope Halleck will have a more pleasant time in his new posuly 23. . . . There is now no doubt about Halleck being made commander-in-chief. The other cha. I told you the result of the interview with Halleck; thus far practically nothing. Not a word hae. . . . I had a very friendly letter from Halleck this morning. . . . Aug. 2. . . . Circave I heard on that subject from Washington. Halleck has begun to show the cloven foot already. . ew Market. Better send a special despatch to Halleck and tell him that I hate to give up this posiscience. . . . I have received my orders from Halleck; I cannot tell you what they are, but if you t Jamestown island, so that I could talk with Halleck with less loss of time. On arriving there I me more and more that it is the intention of Halleck and the government to drive me off, and I begommand. Burnside came down to assure me from Halleck that he (H.) is really my friend--qu'il soit![21 more...]
Chapter 28: Letters of Gen. Halleck and Gen. Burnside correspondence with Secretary St Your old friend, A. E. Burnside. Halleck to McClellan. Unofficial.Washington, July 30gs in which it is written, Yours truly, H. W. Halleck. Halleck to McClellan.headquarters Chase (Schuckers, p. 448) says that he saw Gen. Halleck on his return from visiting McClellan, and n's conduct more and in stronger terms than Gen. Halleck. and said that in conversation he found Hase to precipitate action. Yours truly, H. W. Halleck. Secretary Stanton to Gen. McClellwith the active hostility of Stanton, brought Halleck, a vastly inferior man, to Washington. . . . procated the commendations bestowed on him by Halleck, by uniting with Stanton and Gen. Scott in adising that McClellan should be superseded and Halleck placed in charge of military affairs at Washiout by the Secretary of War. Both Stanton and Halleck were, however, filled with apprehensions beyo[6 more...]
I am confident of that. On the 30th to Gen. Halleck: I hope that it may soon be decided whag. I received the following despatches from Gen. Halleck: Washington, July 30, 1862, 8 P. M. nd falling back on Danville and Lynchburg. H. W. Halleck, Maj.-Gen. In occupying Coggins's Poiantry. On the same day I telegraphed to Gen. Halleck: Our troops have advanced twelve miles large force. On the 4th I had received Gen. Halleck's order of the 3d (which appears below), dihe 2d of Aug. I received the following from Gen. Halleck: You have not answered my telegram [of efore receiving the following telegram from Gen. Halleck: Washington, Aug. 3, 1862, 7.45 P. M.this telegram I received the following from Gen. Halleck in reply to mine of eleven P. M. of the 3d:, on the 10th I received the following from Gen. Halleck: The enemy is crossing the Rapidan in lforces. Do so with all possible rapidity. H. W. Halleck, Maj.-Gen. Before I had time to deciph[15 more...]
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