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reserve corps was held in reserve, and stationed behind Porter's and Couch's position. One brigade of Porter's was thrown to the left on the low ground to protect that flank from any movement direct from the Richmond road. The line was General McClellan posting the batteries at Malvern Hill. very strong along the whole front of the open plateau, but from thence to the extreme right the troops were more deployed. This formation was imperative, as an attack would probably be made upon our commander should give the word. It was one of those magnificent episodes which dignify a nation's history and are fit subjects for the grandest efforts of the poet and the painter. In the evening, before his sudden death in the night, Gen. McClellan had been occupied in preparing, from his memoirs, an article for the Century Magazine. Among the manuscript, which we found next morning lying as he left it, the paragraph above, commencing with the words, So long as life lasts, appeared to b
ceived the positive information that Jackson is en route to take us in rear. You probably will not hear for some days; but do not be at all worried. . . . Gen. McClellan's headquarters, June 26, 1862 Telegram, in cipher, care of Mr. Eckert, who will regard it as private and strictly confidential, and forward it privately toing in all directions. So far we have repulsed them everywhere. I expect wire to be cut any moment. All well and very busy. Cannot write to-day. Telegram--McClellan's Headquarters, June 27.--Have had a terrible fight against vastly superior numbers. Have generally held our own, and we may thank God that the Army of the Potots honor. It is impossible as yet to tell what the result is. I am well, but tired out; no sleep for two nights, and none to-night. God bless you! Telegram--McClellan's Headquarters, June 28.--We are all well to-night. I fear your uncle has been seriously hurt in the terrible tight of yesterday. They have outnumbered us ever
Your old friend, burn. Burnside to McClellan.Fort Monroe, Aug. 2, 1862. my dear Mac: Igood deal of Gen. Pope. . . . He condemned Gen. McClellan's conduct more and in stronger terms than with Stanton and Gen. Scott in advising that McClellan should be superseded and Halleck placed in chough most damaging information in regard to McClellan, who lingered at Alexandria, was current, thmself and Stanton, denouncing the conduct of McClellan and demanding his immediate dismissal. Two onty that no vigorous effort would be made by McClellan, by unexpected blows south of the James, to retary of War called on me in reference to Gen. McClellan. He has long believed, and so have I, tha signed a paper expressing their judgment of McClellan (ibid. p. 456). Sept. 1 Mr. Chase statesion of Judge Bates, the remonstrance against McClellan, which had been previously signed by Smith, ntry led Mr. Lincoln on Sept. 2 to appeal to McClellan to save them, Mr. Stanton openly declared, s[22 more...]
the Harrison's Bar letter Army ordered home Protests of McClellan on the bank of the James river the fate of the Union shoNorth, as a political document. It was the misfortune of McClellan that civilians at Washington, judging him in their own liian. I think it proper to say, therefore, that no one of McClellan's most intimate personal friends at the North knew even oetermine the future conduct of the administration towards McClellan. Mr. Chase, with startling innocence of mind, avows (Warn, p. 440) that on July 22 he urged Mr. Lincoln to remove McClellan, on the ground that I did not regard Gen. McClellan as loGen. McClellan as loyal to the administration, although I did not question his general loyalty to the country. This is the confession of a motinot the success of country. Neither the President nor Gen. McClellan had any such impure ideas. And it is beyond doubt that will be seen from my telegraphic correspondence that Gen. McClellan protested against the movement, and that it was not ac
Chapter 30: The army reaches Alexandria; sent forward to Pope Pope's campaign McClellan's work at Alexandria the last man sent forward Stanton's ironical order McClellan commands a hundred men Halleck in despair McClellan's volunteer services. On the evening of Aug. 23 I sailed with my staff for Acquia creek,McClellan commands a hundred men Halleck in despair McClellan's volunteer services. On the evening of Aug. 23 I sailed with my staff for Acquia creek, where I arrived at daylight on the following morning, reporting to Gen. Halleck as follows: Acquia creek, Aug. 24, 1862. I have reached here, and respectfully report for orders. I also telegraphed as follows to Gen. Halleck: Morell's scouts report Rappahannock Station burned and abandoned by Pope without any notiMcClellan's volunteer services. On the evening of Aug. 23 I sailed with my staff for Acquia creek, where I arrived at daylight on the following morning, reporting to Gen. Halleck as follows: Acquia creek, Aug. 24, 1862. I have reached here, and respectfully report for orders. I also telegraphed as follows to Gen. Halleck: Morell's scouts report Rappahannock Station burned and abandoned by Pope without any notice to Morell or Sykes. This was telegraphed you some hours ago. Reynolds, Reno, and Stevens are supposed to be with Pope, as nothing can be heard of them to-day. Morell and Sykes are near Morrisville Post-office, watching the lower fords of Rappahannock, with no troops between there and Rappahannock Station, which is reported aba
despatch advance the battle of South Mountain Gen. Scott hails McClellan. In riding into Frederick I passed through Sumner's corps, whiBoston, May 19, 1884, Gen. F. A. Walker called the attention of Gen. McClellan to a statement made by the Comte de Paris in his History of theh I find among the papers relating to South Mountain, indicates Gen. McClellan's intention to embody its substance in his narrative when he shon of yours may move up on the right (north) of the main road. Gen. McClellan desires you to comply with this request, holding your whole corlf. Sumner's and Banks's corps have commenced arriving. Let Gen. McClellan be informed as soon as you commence your movement. George D. Rh you! Destroy the rebel army, if possible. A. Lincoln. To Maj.-Gen. McClellan. The following despatch was also received on the 16th: 862. (received, Frederick, Sept. 16th, 1862, 10.40 A. M.) To Maj.-Gen. McClellan: Bravo, my dear general! Twice more and it's done. Winfi
would have difficulty in overtaking it; so I let him go. At about midday I rode to the point where Reno was killed the day before, and found that Burnside's troops, the 9th corps, had not stirred from its bivouac, and still blocked the road for the regular division. I sent for Burnside for an explanation, but he could not be found. He subsequently gave as an excuse the fatigued and hungry condition of his men. headquarters, Army of Potomac. Sept. 15, 12.30 P. M. Gen. Burnside: Gen. McClellan desires you to let Gen. Porter's go on past you, if necessary. You will then push your own command on as rapidly as possible. The general also desires to know the reason for your delay in starting this morning. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Geo. D. Ruggles, Col. and A. D. C. After seeing the ground where Reno fell, and passing over Hooker's battle-ground of the previous day, I went rapidly to the front by the main road, being received by the troops, as I passed them
e, as I urged this morning, should be largely and immediately increased, under any hypothesis, whether to guard the river or advance on the enemy, or both. The following was received Oct. 25, 1862, from Washington, 4.50 P. M.: To Maj.-Gen. McClellan: I have just received your despatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigues anything? A. Lincoln. headquarters, Armythink, and their number increased to 1,000, with one battery of horse-artillery. I would respectfully desire to have Col. Williams in command. John Newton, Brig.-Gen. Commanding. Col. Colburn telegraphed from Washington, Oct. 25: To Gen. McClellan: I went this morning to see Gen. Halleck, and spoke to him about the bridges, etc., and also about rebuilding the road to Winchester and prolonging it to Strasburg; also about the forces to be left at Harper's Ferry, and what was to be done i
3, 81, 82, 89, 95, 96, 116, 156; retained by McClellan, 70; ingratitude, 71 ; hated by troops, 71, Clellan, arrests Col. Campbell, 295; to join McClellan, instructions, 347; force, 345, 347; order sreport on supplies, 636, 637. Memorandum (McClellan's) : object of the war, military success, 10 491, 500, 501, 505, 507-547, 568 ; condemns McClellan's plans, 475. Porter, Gen. A., 70, 100, 103, 605, 606. Scott, Gen. W., compliments McClellan, 61, 63, 64, 82 ; hinders McClellan, 84-86, 170, 171 ; quarrels with McClellan, 91 ; objects to organization, 113, 136; inability, 136 ; Hallec 595, 600, 606, 613. Senate congratulates McClellan, 82. Seneca Mills, Md., 106. Seven Pinrd, Sec., method of recruiting, 143 ; visits McClellan, 549. Seymour, Gen. T., at Gaines's Mill,nton, Sec., letter on Washington, 67 ; warns McClellan against Halleck, 137 ; duplicity and treache-480, 540, 541 ; prolonging the war, accuses McClellan of political aspirations, 151 ; abuses party[11 more...]
pose occupying Manassas with a portion of Banks's command, and then at once throwing all forces I can concentrate upon the line agreed upon last week. The Monitor justifies this course. I telegraphed this morning to have the transports brought to Washington, to start from there. I presume you will approve this course. Circumstances may keep me out here some little time longer. See Report on the Conduct of the War, Part I, pp. 10-12, 309-311. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War. G. B. Mcclellan, Major-General. The reference to the Monitor is to be explained by the condition previously made in connection with the proposition of going to Fortress Monroe, that the Merrimac, our Virginia, should first be neutralized. The order to bring the transports to Washington was due to the fact that they had not dared to run by our batteries on the Potomac, and intended to avoid them by going to Annapolis for embarkation. The withdrawal of our batteries from the banks of the Potomac ha
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