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Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz) 31 1 Browse Search
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. 12 2 Browse Search
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n official capacity, they could do no less than bear its burdens and encumbrances; and so they went on to St. Petersburg, where they arrived June 19. A few extracts from a letter written by Captain McClellan to his younger brother — now Captain Arthur McClellan--the day after his arrival in the Russian capital, give some of his first impressions of the country and people:-- We left Warsaw at six P. M. on the evening of the 13th, and reached here at about the same hour last evening, having tributed. They were recognized by all competent judges as productions of great merit, reflecting the highest credit upon their respective authors, and amply vindicating the sagacity of the Government which selected them. In October, 1861, Captain McClellan's report was republished by the publishers of the present work, in an octavo volume, with illustrations, with the title, The Armies of Europe: comprising Descriptions in detail of the Military System of England, France, Russia, Prussia, Aus
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), I. First months (search)
xes of the best stearine candles. However, General Meade at once orders the 6th Corps to parade, and gets hold of all the ambulances of the Staff, which are forthwith sent to the depot, after the serene Bears. And soon the vehicles returned, with flat caps hanging out of all the openings. Then the thing was to put them on horseback, as soon as possible, for it grew late in the day, already. You have heard of Jack on horseback, and this was a most striking instance. Each one sat on his McClellan saddle, as if doublereefing a topsail in a gale of wind. Their pantaloons got up, and their flat caps shook over their ears; and they kept nearly tumbling off on one side and hoisting themselves up again by means of the pommel. Meanwhile they were very merry and kept up a running fire of French, English and Russian. The extraordinary cavalcade having reached a hill, near the ground, there was found an ambulance, which had brought such as did not wish to ride, including the. Captain, Boo
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 3 (search)
up to their waists (cold work for the 6th of February!), and were now in line, behind some ridges; while a heavy skirmish line covered their front. Enclosing them, almost in a semi-circle, were the Rebel earthworks. It looked a shaky position for us! All was quiet; the men were making coffee, and nothing broke the stillness but an occasional shot from the sharpshooters. Well, said General Humphreys, I must go across and look about, while there is light left. I don't want many to go. McClellan, you will come; and Major Biddle and Colonel Lyman, if you would like, I shall be glad of your company. So off we four rode, and met Warren coming back, before we got to the river. But he at once turned horse and kept on with us. The ford was very bad, deep and with steep sides, but we floundered over, and I was once again south of the Rapid Ann. . . . As we got to the main line, Now, said General Warren, get off here and I will take you as far as you can go, very soon. We dismounted an
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 4 (search)
a very large field with several undulations, close to me was a battery firing, and in the wood beyond the field was the fighting. I stood there a short time, while the second line was deployed and advanced in support of the first. The Rebels were firing a great many explosive bullets, which I never saw before. When they strike they explode, like a fire-cracker, and make a bad wound; but I do not suppose, after all, that they are worse than the others. Presently there came along Captain Arthur McClellan (brother of the General and a very nice fellow). He said he would show me where General Wright was, which proved to be not far off, in a little hollow place. There was the stout-hearted General, seated with his aides, on the ground. He had just been hit on the leg by a great piece of shell, but was smiling away, despite his bruises. A sterling soldier he is! I soon found that the hollow did not exclude missiles, which fly in curves, confound them! There came a great selection o
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), IV. Cold Harbor (search)
s the Pamunkey. We now had struck a classic ground where the old McClellan men began to have reminiscences, worse than you and Anna Curtis, carcely can feel easy, for we are closing in on the old ground of McClellan. Fair Oaks was two years ago this very day. What armies have sin never an enthusiast or fanatic for any of our generals. I liked McClellan, but was not daft about him; and was indeed somewhat shaken by thmaimed, but undaunted as ever, I am forced to the conclusion that McClellan (who did not have his own way as we have) managed with admirable ngton? Grant beckons, and nobody is hardy enough to say him nay. McClellan had over 20,000 men taken from him at the very crisis of the campbeing just deep enough to stop waggons. This was a great trouble McClellan had: we have met with no such obstacle. This river is characterig them one of our black servants, who had left that very place in McClellan's time. Such a Lord a — a massy! is dat a-ar you? Wha-ar d'ge
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), chapter 8 (search)
he reply was: This man deserted to the enemy from the picket line. November 11, 1864 The McClellan procession might have spared their tapers, as he has gone up, poor Mac, a victim to his friend. The language of the order is. not to be commended, as it makes Sheridan a cat's-paw to give McClellan an insulting hit. It is hard on Meade, and I think he feels it; during a long campaign, in man all the higher commands, by hard fighting and an experience that dates from the first days of McClellan. He has done better with the Army of the Potomac than McClellan, Pope, Burnside, or Hooker; aMcClellan, Pope, Burnside, or Hooker; and — I will add boldly and without disparagement to the Lieutenant-General--better than Grant! and you would agree with me did you know what power and what men Grant has had to command. Meade's greublish a criticism on the Peninsular Campaign, or, in other words, a campaign document against McClellan, which is a circumstance that alters cases. I should say, that the statement that General Mea
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), Index (search)
6. Ludlow, Benjamin Chambers, 54, 56. Lunn, —, 276, 277. Lyman, Elizabeth (Russell), III, 3. Lyman, Mary (Henderson), II. Lyman, Richard, i. Lyman, Theodore (1st), i. Lyman, Theodore (1792-1849), II. Lyman, Theodore (1833-1897), account of, i; joins Meade's staff 1; with Pleasonton, 14; goes to Washington, 36; astronomical observations, 44; thirty-first year , 226; visits the North, 228, 303; important, 335; meets Lee, 361; Meade's letter, 362. Lyon, Nathaniel, 9. McClellan, Arthur, 70, 112. McClellan, George Brinton, 141, 262. McGregor, —, 234. McKibbin, Chambers, 220. McLaughlen Napoleon Bonaparte, 261, 323. McMahon, John E., 154. McMahon, Martin Thomas, 107, 247. McParlin, Thomas Andrew, 115, 221. Macy, George Nelson, 97, 215. Madison's ordinary, 119. Mahon, Lord, see Stanhope. Mahone, William, 188. Mangohick Church, 130. Maps, difficulties of, 136. Marivault, —, de, 290. Marseilles, anecdotes of, 191. Marshall, Charles, 361. Marsh<
at least two squadrons in each regiment with the carbine. On the margin of his manuscript Gen. McClellan has written, Here note experience in West Virginia. It was intended to assign at least ofor promotion, but whether he is fit to remain in the corps. [The following memorandum by Gen. McClellan was found lying among his manuscript at this point:] General Staff Corps.--Abolish the aduring the organization 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 staorps; Maj. F. Le Compte, of the Swiss army, volunteer aide-de-camp; Capts. Joseph Kirkland, Arthur McClellan, L. P. d'orleans, R. d'orleans, M. T. McMahon, William P. Mason, Jr., William F. Biddle, anperformed the duty of judge-advocate-general; Maj. Le Compte was a spectator; Capts. Kirkland, McClellan, McMahon, Mason, and Biddle were on duty in the adjutant-general's office; Capt. Raymond with
aused to be withheld any document whatever, whether important or unimportant, belonging to the headquarters of the army or to any other department of the government. When my report was completed I caused all the original subordinate reports and all other documents belonging to the government to be boxed up, and sent them to the adjutant-general of the army in Washington, I think at the same time with my report. My recollection is that they were sent by the hands of my aide-de-camp, Capt. A. McClellan. I do not think it possible that any document can have been overlooked, because in examining my papers subsequently my attention would in all probability have been attracted to it, and, as a matter of course, I would at once have forwarded it to Washington. I shall be under especial obligations to you, general, if you will cause me to be informed what documents are alluded to in the report referred to, also by whom the report was made to you. To such a general statement as that ma
eet, Gen. J., at Yorktown, 319, 324 ; Williamsburg. 333, 353 ; Fair Oaks, 378; Glendale, 431, 432; Pope's campaign, 521; South Mountain, 561, 562, 573; Culpeper, 648, 650. Loudon Heights, Va , 560, 573, 627. Lovettsville, Va., 573, 645, 646. Lowe, Prof., 135. Lowell, Capt. C. R., 123 McAlester, Lieut. M. D., 124. McCall, Gen. G. A., at Washington, ‘61, 79-81, 69-91, 95. 96, 116, 169, 180-184. In Peninsula, 388-391 : Gaines's Mill, 414, 416 ; Glendale, 424, 430-432, 443. McClellan, Capt. A., 122, 123, 311. McClellan, Gen. G. B., sketch of, 1-21: certain of war, 29; on slavery and emancipation, 33, 34 ; treatment of fugitive and captive slaves, practical politics, 34 ; ambition not political, 35, 85 ; use of his name, emancipation a military necessity, enemy's opinions, 35, 36 ; loyalty, 38 ; offers of command, 40; command of Ohio troops, 41, 44; personal sacrifice, 43; plans, no staff, 44, 45 ; conferences with governors, cavalry and artillery refused, hindrances, 46 ;