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Doc. 5.-occupation of Yorktown, Va. Gen. McClellan's despatches. headquarters of the armynd Lee were present, uniting in opinion that McClellan's disposition of his forces and artillery hanfolded on a table. Two were addressed to Gen. McClellan, one to the first Yankee who come, one to Abe Lincoln. One of those to Gen. McClellan reads as follows: General McClellan: You will bGeneral McClellan: You will be surprised to hear of our departure at this stage of the game, leaving you in possession of this worthless town; but the fact is, McClellan, we have other engagements to attend to, and we can't waied their eyes to the admirable shrewdness of McClellan in essaying the peninsula. Per contra. Retentions is at least conflicting: To Gen. McClellan and Command: The Fortieth Alabama regimicksburgh, and its control taken away from Gen. McClellan, at the moment when the latter had orderedfrom sailing up the rivers. Perhaps because McClellan had landed all his force at Old Point before
Doc. 7.-battle of Williamsburgh, Va. General McClellan's despatch. bivouac in front of WilliamsburghCommanding Third Division Heintzelman's Corps. McClellan's tribute to his troops. camp, 19 miles from its origin, which proved to be the approach of Gen. McClellan and staff. Throughout the day he had been momerce of relief to thousands. At nine o'clock General McClellan and staff left headquarters for the battle-fieg at daylight, entered and garrisoned the city; Gen. McClellan and staff determined to advance and inspect it.urse fell into our hands, much to their joy. Gen. McClellan and staff drove directly through the city to thwounded, abandoned by their fleeing brethren. General McClellan had a kind word for each, and a smile which car known such fighting. One told me he thought General McClellan's army the best in the world. When I expresserbearing. After looking well about the town, Gen. McClellan, having chosen for his quarters a large brick h
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 9.-the battle of West-point, Va. Fought May 7, 1862. (search)
of a musket; it seems to be far off towards Williamsburgh. I think we have got into their rear, and if we have, we intend halting them for a few hours until General McClellan can come up to carry them back to their deserted quarters at Yorktown. At the close of the action in the afternoon the Fifth Maine regiment won encomiums of the result. The rebel army now in front of us, I have just learned, is under the command of Gen. Robert Lee. Gen. Franklin has just sent a despatch to Gen. McClellan announcing the battle of to-day. The killed and wounded.--First Lieut. Frederick Pross, Co. F, Thirty-first New-York, killed. William Linser, Co. F, Thirtto turn up — for something pretty important, too, it should seem, from the commotion which was caused in the Cabinet when the President interfered to say that Gen. McClellan must have his way; that Franklin's division must go with the army of the Potomac. The division was quite ready for a move when the order was received at in
inion that Norfolk might be taken with but little cost; but nothing definite has been done in regard to it, partly because the cooperation of the Navy Department could not be secured, and partly because such a movement was not consistent with the general plan of the campaign which had been decided upon. After the fall of Yorktown and the withdrawal of the great body of the rebel army, it was believed that the abandonment of Norfolk would speedily follow as a necessary consequence. When Gen. McClellan, therefore, on Monday after the fall of Yorktown, telegraphed to Gen. Wool asking for more troops, in order to make an effective pursuit of the rebels up York River, Gen. Wool declined to send any, on the ground that it might become necessary for him to take and hold Norfolk. On Thursday the little steam-tug J. B. White came in from Norfolk, having deserted from the rebel service. She had been sent to bring in a couple of rebel schooners from the mouth of Tanner's Creek; the officers
7.-battle of Oak Grove, Va. Despatches from General McClellan. further reports of this engagement will beoad. For reasons best understood by himself, Gen. McClellan thought it desirable to advance our lines at thewhat later he was again ordered to fall back. Gen. McClellan, who had remained at headquarters to communicatack upon Richmond. During the entire afternoon Gen. McClellan sat upon the parapet of the redoubt — where bul At eight o'clock the mystery was explained. Gen. McClellan had tidings that Stonewall Jackson was moving sbling wound in the leg. During the afternoon Gen. McClellan took a seat on the parapet of a redoubt in fronexhumed by a soldier. I am quite positive that Gen. McClellan dodged. Even old iron-sided Heintzelman squirm camp. This was at about half-past 11 A. M. Gen. McClellan and staff rode upon the field at one P. M., escvinced on many occasions as on yesterday. As Gen. McClellan may claim the severe skirmish of yesterday as a
uld not be withdrawn without great peril. Gen. McClellan was committed to do all he could with whatt bears strongly upon the question whether Gen. McClellan had then distinctly contemplated changing ition for defence. Information, leading General McClellan to expect an attempt upon his right, hadrface, developed a troubled undercurrent. Gen. McClellan directed Gen. McCall to fall back and take of a serious determination on the part of Gen. McClellan to change his base of operations (? ) to Jing these several avenues were the forces of McClellan. Our own troops, with the exception of Jackt to West-Point, should it be attempted, and McClellan with his main body retiring toward the south the position into which Gen. Lee had forced McClellan. The position which the latter here occupiefying fact became known to our generals that McClellan had in measure succeeded in eluding us, and he transports and gunboats of the enemy, and McClellan, secure in his new base of operations, vigor[25 more...]
robably Major Ryerson, both of whom were left upon the field; also Captain Danforth, mortally wounded, and Lieuts. Plewitt, Root and Bogert, severely wounded, and Lieut. Callan missing. They, however, sustained themselves most gallantly, and proved their courage against superior numbers. The fate of the Fourth regiment, Col. Simpson, one of my most efficient regiments, as regards officers and men, was most painful. At the moment when victory seemed wavering in the balance, an aid of Gen. McClellan took them from my command and ordered them into the woods. All the account I can give of them is, that but one officer (wounded) and eighty-two men have rejoined my command; all the rest, if living, are believed to be prisoners of war. I learn from those who have come in, that up to the time that the regiment was surrounded they had received from and returned the enemy a most galling fire. I annex a report of the casualties of the day, showing the total loss of my brigade. In con
eft. Secesh appeared to have it all his own way till the proper time came, and then, to his surprise, he was marched back again, without orders from his superior officers, as if it was understood that they had gone far enough with the joke. McClellan was there in person, and attended to their case himself. Our army would not budge an inch for them. The enemy could not understand this kind of retreating. Counter-marching back again, the right falls back, and then marches to the left. Secnot see this. He thinks he is following our retreating troops, but he finds his drunken army pitching on to advancing bayonets. They cannot stop. Onward they fling, like madmen, and once broken, they cannot be rallied. Secesh has found that McClellan has retreated far enough. The action was a magnificent one. When the rebel lines had been completely broken, and filled up by Smith, Corney, (sic) McCall, Sumner, and Meagher, with his Irish bayonets, the gunboats pitched into Fort Darling, a
he head; others again shot in the body; all requiring the utmost care of the surgeons, and yet McClellan had left but three in charge of this and several other hospitals in the neighborhood. One of the confederates had proceeded two thirds the way across the field; and a third confessed that McClellan had proclaimed it in a general order that all the United States soldiers who should fall into is a prisoner in Richmond, conversing with an Episcopal clergyman of this city, declared that McClellan's change of base line to the James River, was but the carrying out of a plan some time resolveay Col. Thomas T. Mumford, of Jackson's cavalry, overhauled a wagon containing the drawings of McClellan's engineer department, embracing plans of all his earthworks executed and projected, and an ex five days that I am unable to give you any information of affairs. All that we know is, that McClellan is at Berkeley, on James River, where he has established his line of communication with Old Po
Doc. 79.-General McClellan's address. headquarters army of the Potomac, camp near Harrison's Landing, July 4, 1862. Soldiers of the army of the Potomac: Your achievements of the last ten days have illustrated the valor and endurance of the American soldier. Attacked by superior forces, and without hope of reenforcements, you have succeeded in changing your base of operations by a flank movement, always regarded as the most hazardous of military expedients. You have saved all your material, all your trains and all your guns, except a few lost in battle, taking in return guns and colors from the enemy. Upon your march, you have been assailed day after day with desperate fury, by men of the same race and nation, skilfully massed and led. Under every disadvantage of number, and necessarily of position also, you have in every conflict beaten back your foes with enormous slaughter. Your conduct ranks you among the celebrated armies of history. No one will now question that e
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