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Government. Sever the connection that binds you to traitors — proclaim to the world that the faith and loyalty so long boasted by the Old Dominion, are still preserved in Western Virginia, and that you remain true to the Stars and Stripes. G. B. Mcclellan, Major-General Commanding Address to the volunteer army. Headquarters, Department of the Ohio, Cincinnati, May 26, 1861. soldiers:--You are ordered to cross the frontier and enter upon the soil of Virginia. Your mission is to rege is equal to the task; but remember that your only foes are the armed traitors,--and show mercy even to them when they are in your power, for many of them are misguided. When, under your protection, the loyal men of Western Virginia have been enabled to organize and arm, they can protect themselves, and you can then return to your homes, with the proud satisfaction of having preserved a gallant people from destruction, G. B. Mcclellan, Major-General Commanding. --Ohio Statesman, May 30
by thoughtful men in every section of the North. In a letter to Henry Wilson, dated Boston, March 4, 1863, the Rev. R. H. Neale, D. D., said, I have followed your course with increasing admiration from the beginning of your public life, and think I see in you, and also in Mr. Sumner, unmixed and magnanimous regard for the right, and for the public good. Mr. Sumner's earnest recommendation of E. M. Stanton to Mr. Lincoln as secretary of war, and his equally persistent opposition to Gen. G. B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac, appeared in the issue to have been alike founded on a just appreciation of the character of the men and the real situation of the country. During the memorable days of July, in the early part of which occurred the tremendous struggles and Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Port Hudson, he was at Washington, encouraging the president and his cabinet, and making provisions for the sufferings of the wounded. Always confident of ulti
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 8: the siege of Yorktown. (search)
ege of Yorktown. On Monday, March 24, the regiment left Boliver Heights at 7.30 A. M. for Harper's Ferry to join General McClellan's army, en route for the Peninsula. After two hours of tedious waiting at the Ferry, they crossed the river on sin each branch complete in itself. There were on the ground, with the army, 126 regiments, batteries and cavalry. General McClellan arrived on April 3, and the order was given for the main body of the army to be ready the next morning for the advaed by their terrified inhabitants. A rain storm of several hour's duration compelled a halt and during that time Generals McClellan and Heintzelman passed the column on horseback. The cheering grew gradually and constantly louder as they approache Yorktown, on the eastern side of the York River, where the banks of that stream approach and form a narrow strait. McClellan reported that the position of the enemy is a strong one. From present indications their fortifications extend some two
Chapter 9: the evacuation of Yorktown. McClellan's pursuit. Lieut. Jeff Hazard, of the Rhode Island battery, assigned to the Third Brier chance at us. After three weeks laborious preparation, General McClellan having advanced his parallels, got one of his large siege batpieces. This seemed to be the only gun capable of competing with McClellan's heavy siege guns, and, after it burst, the enemy ceased to fireiege batteries being all in position and everything in readiness, McClellan resolved, after dedicating the coming Sunday to sacred rest, to bwas in the works, stood on the parapets that for a month had awed McClellan's Army and motioned for the Brigade to Come on. The Nineteenth Med back to its camp, where the men bivouacked for the night. General McClellan at once dispatched all his cavalry and horse artillery in purot where the regiment halted at noon was seen the monster balloon McClellan which had been used to reconnoitre the enemy's works. This ballo
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 10: the march to the Chickahominy. (search)
e regimental band had been used as an ambulance corps for two days and performed the work so well that they were personally thanked and complimented by Chief Surgeon Doherty of Sedgwick's Division, and, later, on the field, were thanked by General McClellan. At noon the regiment was moved to the front, immediately behind the pickets, on the site of the camp from which the rebels had been driven on Sunday. Before night it began to rain and there the regiment lay in line of battle all night,June, however, a change for the better was made and food was more abundant and better in quality. Rations of bacon and ham ceased and beans and rice took their place. The change in diet was at once palatable and refreshing. On June 13 General McClellan passed down the road in front of the regiment and Colonel Hinks called for three cheers for The man who is to lead us into Richmond, which were given with a will and then three more followed. The General's face was wreathed in smiles and h
Chapter 12: McClellan's change of base. The Seven day's retreat. For several days speculation had been rife as to when the army would enter Richmond. Soon the news came of the disaster on the right. The enemy had turned the right flank, supplies and trains were in danger and an immediate change of base must be made. On Saturday, June 28, orders were given to prepare for a forced march. Some of the men were told to throw away everything but gun and equipment, haversack, canteen and ng his legs to a blister. The battle became hot and the line seemed to be gradually falling back, when Tompkin's Battery on the right was ordered to fire into the enemy's reserves over the heads of the men of the Nineteenth and the others of McClellan's Army. The commander gave the order to load, then, riding from the right to the left, he ordered No. 1, Fire; No. 2, Fire; No. 3, Fire; No.4, Fire, and the work went on, the men finally loading and firing at will, being answered by the rebel
Chapter 13: through White Oaks swamp. The battle of Glendale. Then the retreat of the last portion of McClellan's Army began. If anything was necessary to complete the rout of an army, the conditions were now present. That the men were not demoralized was due to the thorough discipline of the magnificent Army of the Peninsula and its movements during the march forever can be justly characterized as masterly. True, they were in full retreat, and the whole country might well be distrustful, yet the movement was well and successfully conducted. Discouragement was inevitable, and officers and men were more disgusted than disheartened. Their blood was up, and it can hardly be doubted that if Right about face had been ordered and On to Richmond again sounded as the slogan the entire Army of the Potomac would have exhausted itself in the attempt. But this could not be. The army must be saved. The base at White House had been abandoned. Steamers, transports, schooners, catt
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 14: from Malvern Hill to Harrison's Landing. (search)
ud in the darkness, drenched to the skin by the rain which continued to fall until well into the next day. Scattered by the roadside were many burning wagons which it had been necessary to abandon. When daylight appeared, it revealed hundreds of men by the roadside who had become exhausted and left behind by their regiments. During the day the troops passed the siege train, the first time the men of the Nineteenth had seen the heavy guns. They were drawn by twelve mules, and were what McClellan was going to reduce Richmond with. The gaunt remains of the heroic regiment reached the mecca of their hopes, Harrison's Landing, just before night, and in the distance could be seen the James River. Safety Here was the unexpressed feeling of the men as they halted, wet, tired, dirty and hungry, having been marching nearly 24 hours through rain and mud. There was an immense wheatfield, well trodden down, and staff officers were stationed to point out to the straggling troops the positions
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 15: the rest at Harrison's Landing. (search)
the government and the Christian Commission furnished a limited supply of potatoes and onions. On July 3, the day after the arrival at Harrison's Landing, General McClellan came through the camps, making a short speech to each brigade. General Dana, commanding the third brigade, called for three cheers for the new campaign and ing. Gen. Halleck, commander-in-chief, was opposed to any further demonstrations against Richmond from the position then occupied by the Army of the Potomac. McClellan, however, insisted upon the plan, declaring that the rebels had received a sincere chastising and that the Army was ready and anxious to again push forward. McCMcClellan's purpose was to cross the James at Harrison's Landing, attack Petersburg, and cut off the enemy's communications by that route south, making no further demonstration at that time against Richmond. (This was exactly the plan adopted by Grant two years later, by which he took Richmond and destroyed Lee.) Halleck, however, de
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 16: the march down the Peninsula. (search)
ferry boats, tugs, schooners, barges, flatboats and scows. The waters at each of these points were black with them. The ten thousand sick and wounded had first to be provided for, and this necessitated much correspondence between Halleck and McClellan. The former worried at what he was pleased to consider delay, on account of Pope's movement at the head of the newly formed Army of Virginia which needed the co-operation of McClellan's army, and the latter insisted that no earthly power couldMcClellan's army, and the latter insisted that no earthly power could do better with the inadequate transportation at this command, which he requested should be increased. The Second Army Corps of Sumner was the last to leave the Peninsula. The rest of two days had done much toward recuperating the men, and on Monday morning, August 25, the Third Brigade embarked on the transport Atlantic and were taken to Aquia Creek, stopping a few hours at Fortress Monroe, where the men had an opportunity to inspect the big guns. The trip on the transport was a lively on
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