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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
having learned to expect little, were greatly delighted by it. Let us see what happened. When McCall fell back from Drainsville, the Confederates reoccupied it. His main encampment was at Langley, age, despoiling Union men, and distressing the country in general. With McClellan's permission, McCall prepared to strike these Confederates a blow that should make them more circumspect, and stop thnd Easton's Battery — in all about 4,000 men. undertook the enterprise on the 20th. Dec., 1861. McCall ordered Brigadier-General Reynolds to move forward with his brigade toward Leesburg, as far as Deported his loss at forty-three killed and one hundred and forty-three wounded. Report of General McCall, December 20, 1861; also, General Stuart to General Beauregard, December 21, 1861. He had beis one; and he tried to console his followers by calling this affair a victory for them, because McCall did not choose to hold the battle-field, but leisurely withdrew to his encampment. This little
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 9: events at Nashville, Columbus, New Madrid, Island number10, and Pea Ridge. (search)
ge must soon end in disaster and perhaps disgrace. So, on the morning after the passage of that vessel, April 5. he turned over the command on the island to General McCall, leaving McCown in charge of the troops on the Tennessee and Kentucky shores, and, with a considerable body of the best troops, departed for Corinth, in Uppernt of the Nationals toward Alabama and Mississippi, by way of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee River, which we shall consider presently. On assuming command, McCall issued a flaming order announcing it, The following is a copy of the order which was found at the Confederate Headquarters on the island: soldiers,--We asualties in the fleet were very few. There did not seem to be evidence of much loss of life on the part of the Confederates; but everywhere, from Beauregard's and McCall's Headquarters on the island to the smallest tent, there were proofs of the greatest haste in leaving. Among other things found at Headquarters was a bundle of i
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 14: movements of the Army of the Potomac.--the Monitor and Merrimack. (search)
the latter's steady resistance and unwillingness to enter upon the execution of any other plan than his own, See Life, Public Services, and State Papers of Abraham Lincoln, by Henry J. Raymond, page 267. he consented to submit the matter to a council of twelve officers, which was held at Headquarters on the 27th of February. The decision was made in favor of McClellan's plan, by a vote of eight against four. The council was composed of Generals Fitz-John Porter, Franklin, W. F. Smith, McCall, Blenker, Andrew Porter, Naglee, Keyes, McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, and Barnard. The first eight voted in favor of McClellan's plan, Keyes qualifying his vote by the condition that the army should not move until the rebels were driven From the Potomac. The President acquiesced; and on the same day orders went out from the War Department for procuring transports, and preparations for the forward movement went rapidly on. On the 8th of March the President, in a general order, directed t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 16: the Army of the Potomac before Richmond. (search)
s Monroe at his service, and notified him that McCall's division of McDowell's corps would be sent t by this assurance; and when it was known that McCall's forces had arrived at the White House, a fewpolitely telegraphed to him his desire to have McCall's division of his own corps placed so as to jodale and Griffin were deployed on the right of McCall. The bridges over the creek had all been destre on the right, extending toward Cool Arbor. McCall's division formed a second line, his left touc White Oak Swamp and Long Bridge; and at night McCall's weakened division was also moved forward fornals had fled, and not far from Willis Church, McCall's division was posted, Meade's brigade on the that he began an attack. He fell heavily upon McCall, whose force (Pennsylvania Reserves), when he its supporting regiment was driven back, when McCall and Meade rallied their infantry for its recap just at dark, Meade was severely wounded, and McCall, who had lost all of his brigadiers and was re[3 more...]
was sent for by the President, who expressed his dissatisfaction with the affair of Harper's Ferry and with the plans for the new movement down the Chesapeake. Explanations were made which, apparently, satisfied the President's mind. At a later hour in the day, the meeting of general officers which had been called was held at Headquarters. The officers present (besides General McClellan) were Generals McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, Franklin, Fitz-John Porter, Andrew Porter, Smith, McCall, Blenker, Negley, and Barnard. The President of the United States was also there. The plans of General McClellan were fully explained to the council, and the general question submitted to them was whether the enemy should be attacked in front at Manassas and Centreville, or whether a movement should be made down to the Lower Chesapeake. After a full discussion, four of the officers — McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, and Barnard — approved of the former plan, and the remainder of the latter.
e 11th of June he tells General McClellan that McCall's force, forming part of McDowell's corps, wasl's corps to him as speedily as possible. General McCall's division, numbering about eleven thousane with my main body in time to be of service. McCall goes in advance, by water. I will be with youeft, the latter on the right. The division of McCall was posted in reserve, and fifteen companies ong from Richmond towards the line of retreat. McCall's division also crossed the swamp, and took a rps connected with General Slocum's left. General McCall, with the Pennsylvania Reserves, prolonged's division of the 3d Corps was on the left of McCall. General Sumner, with Sedgwick's division in reserve, was in rear of McCall, on the Quaker road. The first attempt of the enemy was made on Sloc repulse. The gap caused by the giving way of McCall's command was speedily closed, and our line of wounded, and in guns. All, or nearly all, of McCall's guns were left in the hands of the enemy. [5 more...]
rmy by that number; and the order which detached this division from his command has not been justified. True, he had more men than he needed, had he possessed the ability and the nerve to use them. When he had fairly set down before Yorktown, he telegraphed to Washington as follows: headquarters army of the Potomac, April 10. Hon. Edwin A. Stanton, Secretary of War: The reconnoissance to-day proves that it is necessary to invest and attack Gloucester Point Give me Franklin's and McCall's divisions, under command of Franklin, and I will at once undertake it. If circumstances of which I am not aware make it impossible for you to send me two divisions to carry out this final plan of campaign. I will run the risk, and holly myself responsible for the result, if you will give me Franklin's division. If you still confide in my judgment, I entreat that you will grant this request. The fate of our cause depends upon it. Although willing, under the pressure of necessity, to carr
ore by water to his aid, and notified him that McCall's division of McDowell's corps should follow amore decided results. I would be glad to have McCall's infantry sent forward by water at once, withf Beauregard's forces is with him at Okolona. McCall's force was reported yesterday as having embarubt will soon be achieved by your arms. Gen. McCall's division arrived by water during the two ong position across Beaver Dam creek. Here Gen. McCall's Pennsylvania Reserves, which had recentlybattery, having fired its last charge, was, by McCall's order, withdrawn from the field, and Col. Rodrove the Rebels back again into the woods. McCall's right, under Gen. Meade, had been likewise erigade, advancing in the dusk to the relief of McCall, impelling them to fall back in haste to the wde was severely wounded in the arm and hip; Gen. McCall, who had lost all his brigadiers, riding fodiv. Franklin's corps. N Slocum's div. O McCall's div.   P Cavalry.     Porter, with[14 more...]
chusetts volunteers killed in Baltimore, 514. Mathews, Col. Stanley, routs Wheeler, 272. Maury, Gen., defends Mobile, 721; his retreat and losses, 724. Max Meadows, Gillem destroys railroad at, 688. McArthur, Gen., at Corinth, 226. McCall, Gen., at Gaines's Mill, 155; at Malvern Hill, 562; taken prisoner, 563. McCallum, Gen. D. C., as military superintendent of railroads, 433-4. McCandless, Gen. W., at Gettysburg, 382-87. McClellan, Gen. Geo. B., allusion to, 35; 81; 82;ichmond, 153-69. seven Pines (or Fair Oaks), battle of, 141 to 149; losses sustained at, 148. Seward, Hon. William H., on the Slave-Trade, 237; murderously assaulted by Payne, 750. Seymour, Gen. Truman, at Gaines's Mill, 156; succeeds Gen. McCall, 163; commands at South Mountain, 198; operates in Florida, 529; defeated at Olustee, 531; captured at the Wilderness, 569. Seymour, Horatio, elected Gov. of New York, 254; on the crisis, 499-500; addresses New York rioters, 506; urges the
teries a few nights since, yesterday attacked and reduced a fort of the enemy opposite, dismounting eight heavy guns. The following is a copy of the order of Gen. McCall on assuming command of the rebel forces on the fifth instant: soldiers: We are strangers, commander and commanded, each to the other; let me tell you whderable part of the force, which at one time reached fourteen thousand, having been withdrawn to reinforce Beauregard at Corinth. The commanding officer was Brig.-Gen. McCall. He was specially detailed by Beauregard to succeed Brig.-Gen. McCown, who was ordered to Richmond, in command of this Key of the Mississippi, as he is pleased to call it in his proclamation, dated April fifth, assuming command. The original of this proclamation was found in Brig.-Gen. McCall's late headquarters, that doughty commander having been too busy in taking care of himself to think of such trifling matters as important official papers — among them a plan of Fort Pillow. The
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