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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 3 (search)
the bottom would be out of the whole affair; and if General McClellan did not want to use the army, he would like to borrow it, provided he could see how it could be made to do something. The Secretary of State stated the substance of some information he considered reliable as to the strength of the forces on the other side, which he had obtained from an Englishman from Fort Monroe, Richmond, Manassas, and Centreville, which was to the effect, that the enemy had twenty thousand men under Huger, at Norfolk; thirty thousand at Centreville; and in all in our front, an effective force, capable of being brought up at short notice, of about one hundred and three thousand men—men not suffering, but well shod, clothed, and fed. In answer to the question from the President, what could soon be done with the army, I replied that the question as to the where must be preceded by the one as to the how and the where. That substantially I would organize the army into four army corps, placing the
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 4 (search)
on the Charles City road, should relieve him. Huger's duty was to strike the left flank of the Uni were in position by eight o'clock; but not so Huger. For hour after hour, Longstreet and Hill awaed in vain the signal-gun that was to announce Huger's arrival in his proper position. At length, nd side of the Chickahominy, that Magruder and Huger, who had been charged with the duty of watchinstrength of these fortifications prevented Generals Huger and Magruder from discovering what was pas the south side of the Chickahominy, and, with Huger and Magruder, put in pursuit, McClellan had gaill. on the left, and those under Magruder and Huger on the right. A. P. Hill and Longstreet were ad massed Jackson's force and the troops under Huger and Magruder well on his right, being resolved. Neither Whiting on the left, nor Magruder or Huger on the right, moved forward an inch. Hill's pllery, Ibid., p. 227. Afterwards, Magruder and Huger attacked, but it was without order or ensemble[6 more...]
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, Index. (search)
a storm, 259. Mustering out, haphazard policy of Government, 309. Napier, Sir, William, on judgment upon unsuccessful generals, 121. Napoleon, notes on invasion of England, 99; on fighting without line of retreat, 146; on the chessboard of war, 246; on attacking positions in front, 493; on changes of base, 498. National wars, the difficulties in conducting, 24. Newmarket Cross-roads, battle of, its object, 157 Newmarket, battle of, and defeat of Sigel, 468. Norfolk, General Huger evacuated, by orders from Richmond, to which garrison withdrew, 120; occupied by General Wool, 120. Norfolk Navy Yard, abandoned in 1861, 26. North Anna, the two armies head for, 472; the Union army arrives on north bank, and discovers Lee on south bank, 473; Warren crossed at Jericho Ford, and repulse of the enemy, 473; Chesterfield Bridge captured by Hancock, 475; extraordinary position of Confederate army at, 477; Grant's withdrawal and start for the Pamunky, 477. North, the,