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General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 4: the Confederates hovering around Washington. (search)
oted Major-General fierce struggle at Ball's Bluff Dranesville a success for the Union arms McClellan given the sobriquet of the young Napoleon. After General McDowell reached Washington my briard, the three forming a council for the general direction of the operations of the army. General McClellan had by this time been appointed to superior command on the Federal side. Despairing ofle to be turned than the positions at and in advance of Fairfax Court-House. We expected that McClellan would advance against us, but were not disturbed. I was promoted major-general, which relievence and an expedition to gather supplies made by General McCall's division to Dranesville, General McClellan ordered General C. P. Stone, commanding at Poolesville, Maryland, to make a demonstration Union arms in that quarter, and was magnified and enjoyed on that side. This action advanced McClellan considerably in popular estimation and led to the bestowal upon him, by some enthusiast, of th
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 5: Round about Richmond. (search)
ecretary of War Mr. Davis's high opinion of McClellan operations on the Peninsula engagements ab, between the James and York Rivers. General McClellan's long delay to march against General Joot left long in doubt. By the 4th of April, McClellan had concentrated three corps d'armee betweenered were prefaced by saying that I knew General McClellan; that he was a military engineer, and woay. The President interrupted, and spoke of McClellan's high attainments and capacity in a style ie same appreciation of our great adversary. McClellan had been a special favorite with Mr. Davis wsuggest that we leave Magruder to look after McClellan, and march, as proposed to Jackson a few dayrimac ), Yorktown, Jamestown, and Teaser. McClellan's army, embarked from Alexandria and moved bavalry, General Johnston in command. General McClellan advanced towards the Confederate line ans at Yorktown empty on the morning of May 4, McClellan ordered pursuit by his cavalry under its chi[2 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 6: the battle of Williamsburg. (search)
Twenty Fourth Virginia mercilessly exposed a hard-fought engagement a Confederate victory McClellan not on the field the greater part of the day Hancock called the superb by McClellan JohnstonMcClellan Johnston pays high tribute to Longstreet. Before quitting his trenches at Yorktown, Johnston anticipated a move of part of McClellan's army by transports to the head of York River, to cut his line of marcMcClellan's army by transports to the head of York River, to cut his line of march towards Richmond, and conceived it important to have a strong force at that point in time to meet and check the move. To that end he ordered Magruder to march at two A. M. on the 5th of May with D; Rebellion Record, vol. XI. part i. p. 568. Federal, 2288 aggregate. Ibid. p. 450. General McClellan was at Yorktown during the greater part of the day to see Franklin's, Sedgwick's, and Rich by the road to New Kent Court-House, Hill's and Longstreet's nearer the Chickahominy. General McClellan's plans were laid according to strict rules of strategy, but he was not quick or forcible
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 7: Seven Pines, or Fair Oaks. (search)
ville and stand behind Beaver Dam Creek, prepared against McClellan's right when he should be ready to march towards Richmondion on the west side. Pleased at these successes, General McClellan sent a sensational despatch to the President. His pobut narrows above to forty and thirty. Along the line of McClellan's deployment its course was through lowlands of tangled wges and those ordered for construction. On the 26th, General McClellan ordered General Fitz-John Porter to organize a force orps was at Fredericksburg, and on the march to reinforce McClellan's right at Mechanicsville. He prepared to attack McClellMcClellan before McDowell could reach him. To this end he withdrew Smith's division from the Williamsburg road, relieving it by the adow Bridge road. A. P. Hill was to march direct against McClellan's outpost at Mechanicsville, Whiting to cross the river aommunication opened with my left. At one o'clock, General McClellan, at his Headquarters beyond the river, six miles away
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 9: Robert E. Lee in command. (search)
e humor now and then Lee plans a simultaneous attack on McClellan's front and rear J. E. B. Stuart's daring reconnoissancequarters, and renewed my suggestion of a move against General McClellan's right flank, which rested behind Beaver Dam Creek. enemy's communications, etc., while this army attacks General McClellan in front. He will thus, I think, be forced to come okson, General Lee's plan was a simultaneous attack on General McClellan's army front and rear. Following his instructions for General Stuart, upon a forced reconnoissance around General McClellan's army to learn if the ground behind his army was opethe Pamunkey and the Chickahominy Rivers, on the flank of McClellan's march for Richmond, and force him into battle. He selelf were present) that you suggested the plan of attacking McClellan's right flank, and that I expressed my preference for an addles and took the road leading to the right and rear of McClellan's army. At Hanover Court-House a small force of the enem
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 10: fighting along the Chickahominy. (search)
fight Longstreet's reserve division put in McClellan's change of base Savage Station Longstreet engages McClellan's main force at Frayser's Farm (or Glendaleļ¼‰ President Davis on the field testeek meets Greek capture of General McCall McClellan's masterly retreat. The day after Stuart' take position on our left, to march against McClellan's right, and was informed that the order forfor General Jackson to march down and attack McClellan's rear, while he made a simultaneous attack of the Chickahominy in echelon march against McClellan's right flank, leaving troops in the trenches in front of McClellan to defend in case of a move towards Richmond. At the first mention of tkilled and wounded. During the night General McClellan ordered his troops withdrawn. They reticredit of the Confederates. At night General McClellan called his corps commanders to Headquartridge road and encountered the main force of McClellan's army posted at the Charles City cross-road
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 11: battle of Malvern Hill. (search)
Last stand in the great retreat strength of McClellan's position the Confederates make poor use ohe 28th of June, General Lee thought to draw McClellan out from his works, force him to defend his ops and vedettes extending completely around McClellan's army. Notwithstanding precautions so carefully laid, McClellan started to march for his new base on the night of the 27th, continued his prehad essayed a move not practicable; that General McClellan's army was in his power and must be our n parade service, but anticipations that General McClellan was soon to be his prisoner excused the federates should not discount the conduct of McClellan's masterly retreat. In the emergency he shoat in every family. Some critics say that McClellan should have taken Richmond during the campais troops from the Valley district and attack McClellan's rear east of the Chickahominy, while Lee ad side with his army. On the Richmond side, McClellan had four army corps, well fortified, support[3 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 12: Halleck and Pope in Federal command. (search)
chief, by order of the President of July 11. The quiet of General McClellan's army at Harrison's Landing assured General Lee of his opport side available put in battery on the banks of the river against McClellan's camps on the north side and his transports on the water. Ge bold front as a diversion, seeking to draw General Lee away from McClellan. So General Lee sent General A. P. Hill with his division to ington, and induced the authorities to consider the withdrawal of McClellan's army to reinforce the army under Pope. Upon receipt of an intimation to that effect, General McClellan ordered a strong force under General Hooker to advance in threatening move against General Lee onWashington authorities as holding the way for reinforcements from McClellan's army on the James to join in the contemplated march by General the 14th. Besides reinforcements called to support him from General McClellan's army, Pope was authorized to call to his aid the greater pa
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 13: making ready for Manassas again. (search)
t at a fellow, I would have stayed in Texas. He had travelled a thousand miles to volunteer in the same company with his brother. Assured of the transfer of McClellan's forces from the James, General Lee called up the divisions of Generals D. H. Hill, McLaws, the half division under J. G. Walker, and Hampton's cavalry from Riche west bank. The high water cut off all operations by direct moves on the 24th. Meanwhile, General Pope had received the divisions of Kearny and Reynolds from McClellan's army, forty-five hundred and twenty-five hundred respectively. About this time a letter came to Headquarters of the right wing from General Toombs, expressitzhugh Lee, with three regiments of cavalry, was ordered on to Fairfax Court-House and along the railroad towards Alexandria to cut off rail connection. General McClellan reached Alexandria, Virginia, on the 27th. On the 28th, Jackson was first to move at 12.20 A. M. He applied the torch to the stores of provisions, and march
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 15: the Maryland campaign. (search)
and independence Confederates singing through the streets of Fredericktown McClellan's movements cautious marches Lee's lost order handed to the Federal chief ahe Confederates on other fields had been called to more serious work. General McClellan, moving his columns out from the vicinity of Washington City on the 5th, him get off without being hurt. Rebellion Record, vol. XIX. part i. p. 41. McClellan's official account. Elsewhere General McClellan has written of the 12th: General McClellan has written of the 12th: During these movements I had not imposed long marches on the columns. The absolute necessity of refitting and giving some little rest to the troops worn down by preturn was forced back and into the mountain at Turner's Pass. On that day McClellan's columns marched: Ninth Corps, to and near Middletown, eight miles; First Coiles. At Frederick, General Lee's special order No. 191 was handed to General McClellan at his Headquarters with his centre (Sumner's) column. How lost and h
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