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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Records of Longstreet's corps, A. N. V. (search)
al supplies, even those necessary for the enemy's own sick. (See General Lee's report). This day was the crisis of McClellan's retreat, the Confederate forces now being within striking distance of him in the rear and upon his flank, while miles's farm. They did, however, fall into the enemy's hands, and formed the foundation of a not very ingenious sentence in McClellan's address to his army, viz: You have saved all your material, all your trains and all your guns except a few lost in ba of Sykes and Morell. The artillery reserve was also present, and was so disposed with the division batteries that General McClellan states that the fire of sixty guns could be concentrated on any point on the front or left of his left wing, which eturns of Magruder, Huger and Holmes indicate the amount of their losses to be about 3,500. Aggregate, 17,245. General McClellan reports his losses at 1,582 killed, 7,709 wounded, and 5,958 missing; total, 15,249. The Confederates captured f
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 2.12 (search)
ehind him — and feel that, perhaps, I have a right to speak of him. Can I or any one else do justice to his many exploits as commander of the cavalry of the historic Army of Northern Virginia? Is it necessary to tell you that his ride around McClellan's army, on the Richmond lines, was not undertaken to gain eclat by the popular applause it might bring him, but it was made to locate the flanks of the Federal army — to blaze the way for the great Stonewall Jackson, whose memory has been so vividly recalled to us, and whom General Lee was planning to bring down upon the right and rear of McClellan, and wanted to know where it was located. I commanded a regiment upon that expedition, and know that after Stuart found himself in rear of the Federal right, his own grand genius taught him to make the circuit — the entire circuit of the Federal army — as the easiest way to avoid the dispositions that were being made to cut him off, should he return the way he marched. Must I tell you
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Book notices. (search)
campaign and its Antecedents. By General Barnard. 2. Report of the engineer and artillery operations of the army of the Potomac, from its organization to the close of the Peninsular campaign. By General J. G. Barnard and W. F. Barry. 3. General McClellan's report of operations of the army of the Potomac while under his command. 4. The C. S. A. And the battle of Bull run. By General Barnard. 5. Records of living officers of the United States Navy. By Lieutenant Lewis R. Hammersley. 6. Re books, which make a most valuable addition to a military library. General Barnard's books are very valuable for a study of the campaigns of which they treat — albeit there are many things in them on which we would take issue with him. General McClellan's report is invaluable to the student of his campaigns, and (though full of most exaggerated estimates of the force opposed to him) shows him to have displayed great skill in the organization and discipline, and very decided ability in the
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Diary of Robert E. Park, Macon, Georgia, late Captain Twelfth Alabama regiment, Confederate States army. (search)
ly after his sermon concluded, we marched about two miles towards the right of our line, and halted in an old field, near an old Yankee camp, occupied by some of McClellan's troops before his memorable change of base in 1862. There we slept until near three o'clock next morning, when we were hurriedly aroused, but, as we soon fou on the right of the army, and others to the southside of the James; still others thought it was a grand flank movement, in which Grant was to be outgeneraled as McClellan was, and Lee, as usual, grandly triumphant. None of the numerous suppositions proved correct. Battle's Alabama brigade, under Colonel S. B. Pickens, of our regotomac at Shepherdstown, and marched through the famous town of Sharpsburg. Signs of the bloody battle fought there in September, 1862, between Generals Lee and McClellan were everywhere visible. Great holes, made by cannon-balls and shells, were to be seen in the houses and chimneys, and trees, fences and houses showed countless
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Strength of General Lee's army in the Seven days battles around Richmond. (search)
engagements which resulted in dislodging General McClellan from his position on the Chickahominy. South Carolina and Georgia to aid in driving McClellan from the Chickahominy — that is, those two bt brigade joined the army at all until after McClellan had been driven from the Chickahominy, and t was greatly to our disadvantage by enabling McClellan to increase the odds in his favor. Accordinmy with which General Lee made the attack on McClellan in 1862 was what General Johnston's estimateiven of the strength of the army which drove McClellan from the siege of Richmond in 1862; and in r You are likewise mistaken in assuming that McClellan's army was increased by 19,000 after Seven PClellan; but no part of Dix's command joined McClellan. The only accession McClellan had after Sev been diminished, as well by the decrease of McClellan's army as by the increase of General Lee's. e of 1862. If General Lee had more men than McClellan had, it would be impossible to explain why h[7 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official correspondence of Governor Letcher, of Virginia. (search)
enemy at the opening of the next campaign. On the plains of Manassas, for instance, the enemy will resume operations, after a year's preparation and a winter of repose, fresh vigorous and completely organized, while we shall be in the confusion and excitement of reorganizing ours. The disbanding and reorganizing an army in time of peace is attended with loss and expense. What must it be in time of active service in the presence of the enemy prepared to strike? I have thought that General McClellan is waiting to take the advantage which that opportunity will give him. What is then to stand between him and Richmond? I know of no way of ensuring the re-enlistment of our regiments, except by the passage of a law for drafting them for the war, unless they volunteer for that period. The great object of the Confederate States is to bring the war to a successful issue. Every consideration should yield to that; for without it we can hope to enjoy nothing that we possess, and nothing t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
of the United States and Diplomatic Correspondence for 1862.--Message of the President of the United States and accompanying documents December, 1863.--View of slavery by Bishop Hopkins. --My diary, North and South, by William Howard Russell.--McClellan, who he is and what he has done. --Message of Governor F. H. Pierpoint, December 7th, 1863.--The Tribune Almanac for 1862, 1863 and 1865.--General McClellan's Official Report.--Old Franklin Almanac for 1864.--Speeches of Honorable Henry May, ofGeneral McClellan's Official Report.--Old Franklin Almanac for 1864.--Speeches of Honorable Henry May, of Maryland, in Federal Congress.--Three Months in the Southern States, from April to June, 1863, by Colonel Fremantle, of the British Army.--Lot of newspaper clippings from papers of 1864 and 1865.--Lot of newspapers published during the war.--Seventeen Scrap Books, containing newspaper clippings extending over the whole period of the war, carefully arranged in chronological order and indexed. It will be seen at a glance that the above contributions are very valuable. And are there not sca
specially charged to see that this responsibility is enforced. VIII. On all marches, Quartermasters will accompany and conduct their trains, under the orders of their commanding officers, so as never to obstruct the movement of troops. IX. All Quartermasters and Commissaries of Subsistence will attend in person to the receipt and issue of supplies for their commands, and will keep themselves constantly informed of the situation of the depots, roads, etc. by command of Major General McCLELLAN: S. Williams, Assistant Adjutant General. Official: Aide-de-Camp. This order quite distinctly shows some of the valuable lessons taught by that eventful campaign before Richmond, more especially the necessity of limiting the amount of camp equipage and the transportation to be used for that purpose. But it further outlines the beginnings of the Supply Trains, and to these I wish to direct special attention. I have thus far only referred to the transportation provided for th
leading into the country. The din of active preparation struck continuously upon the ear in the roar of the forge, and the clatter of the army-waggon, and the heavy tramp of armed men. Large bodies of troops were marching and countermarching through the streets, orderlies and couriers were galloping about in every direction, and the notes of the fife and drum had hardly died away in the distance before the echoes were waked by the stormier music of a full military band. The vast army of McClellan hovered upon the northern and eastern skirts of the city, and over the line of the Chickahominy, which might be faintly traced from the tops of the highest buildings, his camp-fires could even be seen by night, and his balloons of observation, hanging like oranges in the sky, were clearly discernible in the afternoon. It was plain enough that an attack of the enemy in heavy force was expected at any moment. Under such exciting circumstances it was no less remarkable than gratifying to se
orders to provide themselves with rations for three days, and on the 12th we commenced that ride round the army of General McClellan which attracted so much attention even in Europe. June 12, 1862. It was two o'clock in the morning, and we went lay around us on all sides. At one point of our journey, the house occupied by the Federal Commander-in-Chief, General McClellan, as his headquarters, surrounded by the white tents of a very large camp, was plainly visible at the distance of aber of waggons laden with provisions and goods fell into our hands, among them one containing the personal stores of General McClellan, with his cigars, wines, and other dainties. But we could not be burdened with booty, so the entire train was comm a bottle of champagne, saying, Captain, you did pretty hot work to-day. I got this bottle of champagne for you out of McClellan's waggon. It will do you good. Never in my life have I enjoyed a bottle of wine so much. Late in the evening a bagga
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