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d assigning me to its command. The division consisted of the Department of Northeast Virginia, under McDowell, which comprised all the troops in front of Washington on the Pennsylvania bank of the river, and the Department of Washington, under Mansfield, which comprised all the troops in Washington and its vicinity on the Maryland side. Neither of these officers seemed pleased with the new arrangement, more particularly Mansfield. On the 27th I assumed command and lost no time in acquaintiMansfield. On the 27th I assumed command and lost no time in acquainting myself with the situation and applying the proper remedies. On the next day, Sunday, I rode along the lines on the Virginia side, beginning at Gen. W. T. Sherman's position opposite Georgetown. I found Sherman somewhat nervous. He attempted to dissuade me from passing outside of his pickets, believing the enemy to be close at hand. As that was precisely what I wanted to know, however, I did ride some distance beyond the pickets and found no enemy. The condition of things on the Virgin
rivate letters. [July 27 to Sept. 30, 1861.] July 27, 1861, Washington, D. C. I have been assigned to the command of a division composed of the departments of northeastern Virginia (that under McDowell) and that of Washington (now under Mansfield). Neither of them like it much, especially Mansfield; but I think they must ere long become accustomed to it, as there is no help for it. . . . I find myself in a new and strange position here: President, cabinet, Gen. Scott, and all deferring Mansfield; but I think they must ere long become accustomed to it, as there is no help for it. . . . I find myself in a new and strange position here: President, cabinet, Gen. Scott, and all deferring to me. By some strange operation of magic I seem to have become the power of the land. I see already the main causes of our recent failure; I am sure that I can remedy these, and am confident that I can lead these armies of men to victory once more. I start to-morrow very early on a tour through the lines on the other side of the river. It will occupy me all day long, and a rather fatiguing ride it will be, but I will be able to make up my mind as to the state of things. Refused invitatio
conversation the same day I repeated this, and added my regret that any other than military considerations and necessities had been allowed to govern his decision. He then assured me that he would allow no other troops to be withdrawn from my command. Before I left for the field Fort Monroe and its dependencies had been placed under my command, and I was authorized to form a division of 10,000 men from the troops stationed there and add it to the Army of the Potomac, placing it under Mansfield. I arrived at Fort Monroe on the afternoon of the 2d of April, and on the 3d received a telegraphic order withdrawing Fort Monroe from my command and forbidding me to remove any of Gen. Ord's troops without his sanction. No reason has ever been given for this step, and I was thus not only deprived of 10,000 more troops, but also of the control of my immediate base of operations and supplies. On the afternoon of the 5th, the right and left wings of the army being under fire from Yorkto
ames river recently to reinforce Huger. This is all I can write now. I must stay a little.longer to get some definite information about the places where we propose to land. There are 20,000 available men (nearly) here now (including Wool's, Mansfield's, etc.), and 20,000 men for the landing ought to be enough for the first operations. . . . Very truly yours, J. G. Barnard. Barnard to Colrurn, A. A. G.Washington, March 23, 10 P. M. Col. A. V. Colburn, A. A. G.: I have endeavormac, the name of which might properly be changed to that of the Department of the Chesapeake. In carrying this into effect I would respectfully suggest the present commander of the Department of Virginia be assigned to some other command. Gen. Mansfield can take temporary charge of Fortress Monroe and its dependencies until the army arrive there. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Geo. B. McClellan. McClellan to Heintzelman.Seminary, March 28. Brig.-Gen. Heintzelman,
. Pleasonton, and the three corps under Gens. Sumner, Hooker, and Mansfield (the latter of whom had arrived that morning and assumed command ement was to attack the enemy's left with the corps of Hooker and Mansfield, supported by Sumner's and, if necessary, by Franklin's; and as she enemy's left. Gen. Sumner was ordered to cross the corps of Gen. Mansfield (the 12th) during the night, and hold his own (the 2d) corps rece (Fry's house), where I passed the night. During the night Gen. Mansfield's corps, consisting of Gens. Williams's and Greene's divisions,of the enemy greater. Gen. Hooker then ordered up the corps of Gen. Mansfield, which moved promptly toward the scene of action. The first h on the turnpike. During the deployment that gallant veteran, Gen. Mansfield, fell mortally wounded while examining the ground in front of hedgwick had been carried off very severely wounded. The death of Mansfield, the mounding of Hooker, Richardson, and Sedgwick, were irreparab
camp near Sharpsburg . . . We fought yesterday a terrible battle against the entire rebel army. The battle continued fourteen hours and was terrific; the fighting on both sides was superb. The general result was in our favor; that is to say, we gained a great deal of ground and held it. It was a success, but whether a decided victory depends upon what occurs to-day. I hope that God has given us a great success. It is all in His hands, and there I am content to leave it. The spectacle yesterday was the grandest I could conceive of; nothing could be more sublime. Those in whose judgment I rely tell me that I fought the battle splendidly and that it was a masterpiece of art. I am well-nigh tired out by anxiety and want of sleep. God has been good in sparing the lives of all my staff. Gens. Hooker, Sedgwick, Dana, Richardson, and Hartsuff, and several other general officers, wounded. Mansfield is dead, I fear, but am not certain. I just learn that he is not mortally wounded.
Sept. 20, 8 A. M., camp near Sharpsburg. . . . Yesterday the enemy completed his evacuation of Maryland, completely beaten. We got many prisoners, muskets, colors, cannon, etc. His loss in killed and wounded was very great; so was ours, unfortunately. Gen. Mansfield was killed (or rather died of his wounds). Gens. Sedgwick, Richardson, Dana, Brooks, Hooker, Weber, Rodman, and two others were wounded on Wednesday. Poor Henry Kingsbury died of his wounds the day after the battle. The battle lasted fourteen hours, and was, without doubt, the most severe ever fought on this continent; and few more desperate were ever fought anywhere. 9 A. M. . . . Am glad to say that I am much better to-day; for, to tell you the truth, I have been under the weather since the battle. The want of rest, and anxiety, brought on my old disease. The battle of Wednesday was a terrible one. I presume the loss will prove not less than 10,000 on each side. Our victory was complete, and the diso
. St. G.. 321, 417. Cooke, Capt., 577, 578, 605. Cooper, Capt., 430, 431. Corps, organization, 222, 342. Commanders : 1st, McDowell, Hooker 2d, Sumner ; 3d, Heintzelman ; 4th Keyes ; 5th, Porter ; 6th, Franklin 9th. Burnside ; 12th, Banks, Mansfield. Williams. Cothran, Capt., 592, 593, 599. Couch, Gen. D. N., 79, 80, 81, 139; at Yorktown, 260, 303 ; Williamsburg 320, 324, 320, 333 ; in pursuit, 341 352, 354 ; Fair Oaks, 357-381; Gaines's Mill, 421 ; Malvern, 434 436, 437. In Pope's c Gen. J. B., in Peninsula, 227, 235, 249, 256, 307, 319, 324. Mahan. Prof., 87. Malvern Hill, Va., battles of, first, 433-437, 484; second, 461-463, 492. Manassas, Va., 74, 75, 78, 179, 194, 222, 231, 236, 240, 510-515, 518, 647. Mansfield, Gen. J. K. F., 67, 82 ; at Antietam, 584, 590, death 591, 606, 613. Marcy, Gen. R. B., 45, 61, 217-221, 279, 583. Martimprey, Gen., view of telegraph, 278. Martindale. Gen. J. H., at Yorktown, 302 ; Hanover C. H., 370, 371 ; Gaines's Mill, 414,