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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., War preparations in the North. (search)
rm should show the symbol of nationality as a committal to the country's cause. He that is not for us is against us, was the deep, instinctive feeling. Judge Thomas M. Key of Cincinnati, Afterward aide-de-camp and acting judge-advocate on General McClellan's staff. chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was the recognized leapeople of the North, forgetting all party distinctions, answered with an enthusiasm that swept politicians off their feet. When we met again on Tuesday morning, Judge Key, taking my arm and pacing the floor outside the railing, broke out impetuously, Mr. Cox, the people have gone stark mad!--I knew they would if a blow were struckes of the Government and to make no factious opposition to such State legislation as might be necessary to sustain the Federal Administration. The attitude of Mr. Key is only a type of many others, and marks one of the most striking features of the time. On the 8th of January the usual Democratic convention and celebration of
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., Chapter 3: private letters of Gen. McClellan to his wife. [June 21 to July 21, 1861.] (search)
all have to have some of them shot or hung; that may convince some of the particular individuals concerned that they are not in the right track exactly. . . I have not told you about our camp at this place. It is in a large grass-field on a hill a little out of town, a beautiful grove near by. Your father and I share the same tent, a very large round one, pitched under a tree. Seth has one near by — an office; Lawrence Williams another as office and mess-tent. Marcy, the two Williamses, Judge Key, and Lander mess with me. Poe and the rest of the youngsters are in tents near by. . . . I had a very complimentary despatch from Gen. Scott last night. He said he was charmed with my energy, movements, and success. Pretty well for the old man. I hope to deserve more of him in the future. Move at six to-morrow morning to overtake advanced guard, which consists of three regiments, a battery, and one company of cavalry. I take up headquarters escort and four regiments infantry; three m
. 12. . . . Every day shows some progress. If Beauregard will give me another week or ten days I will feel quite comfortable again. I have been anxious, especially as the old man and I do not get along very well together. Aug. 13. I am living in Corn. Wilkes's house, the northwest corer of Jackson Square, close by where you used to visit Secretary Marcy's family. It is a very nice house. I occupy the three front rooms on the second story; Van Vliet the room in rear of mine; Judge Key behind him; Colburn the story above. I receive the staff every morning until ten and every evening at nine. Quite a levee it makes, and a rather fine-looking set they are. Kingsbury arrived last night. Did I tell you that Hudson is one of my regular aides? Aug. 14. Rode to McCall's camp, out to the line of pickets, and followed that to the Aqueduct Bridge, thence home by W. F. Smith's camp; got home at ten P. M. Midnight, 15th. . . . I am almost tired out; I cannot get one
ganization of the army by the following-named officers: Capts. Joseph Kirkland, Arthur McClellan, M. T. McMahon, William P. Mason, and William F. Biddle, aides-de-camp. My personal staff, when we embarked for the Peninsula, consisted of Col. Thomas M. Key, additional aide-de-camp; Col. E. H. Wright, additional aide-de-camp and major 6th U. S. Cavalry; Col. T. T. Gantt, additional aide-de-camp; Col. J. J. Astor, Jr., volunteer aide-de-camp; Lieut.-Col. A. V. Colburn, additional aide-de-camp a the practice in military courts, diffusing true notions of discipline and subordination, and setting before the army a high standard of soldierly honor. Upon the retirement of Col. Gantt the duties of judge-advocate were ably performed by Col. Thomas M. Key, aide-de-camp. The method of conveying intelligence and orders invented and introduced into the service by Maj. Albert J. Myer, signal officer U. S. Army, was first practically tested in large operations during the organization of the Ar
in some remote State, and I could not get them. So with regard to other articles of equipment, and to batteries and regiments which I desired for the Army of the Potomac. As I had no idea who might be selected in Mr. Cameron's place, and as he supported me in purely military matters, I objected to his removal and saved him. He was made aware of this at the time. Finally, one day when I returned to my house from my day's work and was dressing for dinner, a lady of my family told me that Col. Key, one of my aides, had just been there to inform me that Mr. Cameron had resigned and that Mr. Stanton was appointed in his place. This was the first intimation that I had of the matter. Before I had finished my toilet Mr. Stanton's card came up, and as soon as possible I went down to see him. He told me that he had been appointed Secretary of War, and that his name had been sent to the Senate for confirmation, and that he had called to confer with me as to his acceptance. He said that ac
. April 6, Sunday, 4 P. M. My dear general: I have received your favor of this date by Col. Key, and hasten to say that I have already written you--via Shipping Point — in reply, giving my re experience to take care of her. I have explained in my note of to-day, and have repeated to Col. Key, the greatly increased strength of the fortifications as seen from this position. The forts atsk about one-quarter to one-half of a mile this side of Yorktown, which position I point out to Col. Key. The enemy are still on Gloucester Point — how strong I cannot say. So long as he holds thate experiment, if required to do so, with this force, however inadequate. I have explained to Col. Key that if you turn the masked work, which I fired on to-day and received its fire in return, the hing my letter to you, the second in rank, Lieut.-Com. Clitz, to confer with you. And now, with Col. Key, I proceed to Wormsley's creek to meet you or Gen. Heintzelman. Very truly yours, J. F. Miss
de by Gen. Burnside's advance until three P. M.; upon hearing which I directed one of my aides, Col. Key, to inform Gen. Burnside that I desired him to push forward his troops with the utmost vigor an as a battery of the enemy on the left would permit. Upon this report I again immediately sent Col. Key to Gen. Burnside with orders to advance at once, if possible to flank the battery, or storm it h were for a long time unsuccessful. I had been at his headquarters for fully three hours when Col. Key arrived from your headquarters with positive orders to push across the bridge and to move rapidy, and not stop for loss of life, as sacrifices must be made in favor of success. As soon as Col. Key had gone I suggested to Gen. Burnside, were he to go down near the bridge, his presence among ttable reason things moved slowly and there was a long delay in getting the troops in motion. Col. Key again returned with instructions to Gen. Burnside to push forward his troops rapidly and with v
123, 144, 145, 176. Jones, Gen. D. R., 340. Jones, Lieut. J. W., 133. Jones, Maj. R., 124. Kanawha Valley, W. Va., 52, 53, 56, 64, 65. Kauerhem, Capt., 419, 430. Kearny, Gen. P , 80, 81, 138. At Yorktown, 298, 301, 304 ; Williamsburg, 320, 324-326, 332, 333; in pursuit, 341, 352, 354; Fair Oaks, 378, 379, 382, 383 ; Glendale. 430, 432 ; Malvern, 434, 436. Pope's campaign, 509, 510. Keedyswlle — see Antietam. Kelton, Col. J. C., 534, 535, 542. 546. Kern, Capt., 430, 431. Key, Col. T. M.. 123. 134; at Yorktown, 291 ; Antietam, 603, 609. Keyes, Gen. E. D., 80, 81. At Yorktown, 260, 261. 280: letter to Sen. Harris, 267 ; at Williamsburg, 320; in pursuit, 348 ; Fair Oaks, 377-350 ; White Oak Swamp, 423, 426, 427-429 ; Malvern, 434 ; with rear-guard, 435, 444; brevetted, 475. In Maryland, 555. Kimball, Gen N., 594, 597. Kimball, Lieut.-Col., 381. King, Gen. R., 81, 95. Kingsbury, Col. H , 83, 131, 132; at Yorktown, 279; Antietam, 607, 609, death 613. Kirby, C
esperate war policy, intelligent men hear Jeff. Davis's reply to Francis P. Blair's proposition for peace. A Reminiscence of the Chickahominy. Lincoln, on Monday, in answer to a resolution of the House, communicated the report of Colonel Thomas M. Key, giving an account of the interview between himself and General Howell Cobb, on the 14th of June, 1862, on the banks of the Chickahominy. The report is addressed to the Secretary of War. Colonel Key says: "I am instructed by Major Colonel Key says: "I am instructed by Major General McClellan to report to you the substance of an interview held by me with the Hon. Howell Cobb, now acting as a brigadier-general in the rebel army at Richmond. I was ordered to proceed with a flag of truce to the bridge crossing the Chickahominy on the Mechanicville road, where I would be met by General Cobb, for the purpose of a conference with regard to an exchange of prisoners; my instructions being to learn the views of the rebel Government and report them to Major-General McClella