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George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 2: Harper's Ferry and Maryland Heights—Darnstown, Maryland.--Muddy Branch and Seneca Creek on the Potomac—Winter quarters at Frederick, Md. (search)
the military propriety of preparing to check what an enemy ought to attempt. More than the real result to us in the field, I think, thoughtful men feared for complications in our European relations. The results of the battle of Manassas were magnified for the transatlantic public, while lies of immense proportions were set afloat by our Northern and Southern foes, becoming huge on the regular steamer day. Thus, before we left our drenched huts on the hill-side, rumors filled the air that Siegel's entire command had laid down their arms in Missouri. It was rumored in New York that 1,700 of General Banks's command had been captured in Northern Virginia, and that General Rosecrans was surrounded at Cumberland Gap. These were lies, as I have said; but there were some uncomfortable truths to be told, -such as that recruiting was going on slowly, and that dissatisfaction with the present state of things could not be dissipated but by a military success. Kentucky declaring for the Unio
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 7: the Army of Virginia under General PopeBattle of Cedar Mountain. (search)
refused to take the command assigned him; therefore Siegel was substituted, and Fremont retired, carrying withf the three corps commanded by Pope was as follows: Siegel's corps was reported as 11,500 strong; Bank's corps of the Second Corps were at Little Washington; General Siegel, with the First Corps, was at Luray; and Generabrigade of infantry and a battery of artillery from Siegel's corps, stationed where the road from Madison Cours corps to that town, and at the same time notified Siegel at Sperryville, to which place he had marched from f Culpeper Court House. All these movements, save Siegel's, were executed as ordered. It was two o'clock I quote from Pope's Official Report. inspecting Siegel's corps, he was informed that the enemy was crossindetermining the movements and forces of the enemy. Siegel did not obey his orders to march at once from Sperr Pope claims that this doubt delayed the arrival of Siegel's corps several hours, and rendered it impracticabl
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 8: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
giment did not advance, and ordered him to direct it to do so. Major Pelouze to Major Gould (letter), in the History of the Tenth Maine. Major Pelouze galloped forward and delivered the order, saying that Banks forbade this backward movement. Colonel Beal persisted, and the regiment kept on. A furious altercation, with angry gesticulations, arose, during which Major Pelouze proceeded to the rear of the regimental colors and ordered the regiment to advance, crying out in loud tones that Siegel was in the rear, or was coming, and also informing Colonel Beal that Banks wished him to know that there was only a small force of the enemy in front of him. Major Pelouze was with the regiment but five minutes, when he was disabled, and then Colonel Beal placed his command behind the ridge to secure so much of protection. It was while fighting behind this ridge, and when they had not been firing long, that skirmishers from the Second Massachusetts Regiment were seen to the right, on a
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 9: battle of Cedar Mountain (continued). (search)
ar to take up a new position. In an instant Siegel, with softened tones, made the amende honorabltown. It will be remembered that on the 8th Siegel received orders from Pope to march immediately march to Culpeper Court House. This delay of Siegel's detained him until too late for the action,-to assure, beyond peradventure, the arrival of Siegel at Culpeper with food at all events on the dayor not supporting Banks,--it was intended that Siegel should follow and support Banks, and Siegel diSiegel did not do so because of unnecessary delay in marching to Culpeper. But at last Siegel had found his avy fire of musketry. After my interview with Siegel I halted my command about where I supposed a nwaiting, as I directed him, until the corps of Siegel was rested after its forced march. And again:as my desire to have time to give the corps of Siegel all the rest possible after their forced march which the enemy had passed during the night. Siegel, his corps strongly posted in the woods with a[13 more...]
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 10: General Banks's orders and responsibility. (search)
, that he [Banks] should push his skirmishers well to the front, and attack the enemy with them; explaining fully that the object was to keep back the enemy until Siegel's corps and Ricketts' division could be concentrated and brought forward to his support. Roberts was directed to remain with Banks until further orders; and he aoboration. And again, in the same letter: The object in sending Banks's corps to the front to take and hold a strong position against the advancing enemy until Siegel's corps and Ricketts' division could be united in his rear, was so plain and so clearly understood by every man of ordinary intelligence, that I find it impossiblake, to their advantage, and hold these positions, as I thought, if attacked. I then told him that General Pope wanted him to hold the enemy in check there until Siegel's forces could be brought up, which were expected that day, and all his other forces united to fight Jackson's forces. The italics are mine. In the light o
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, chapter 14 (search)
Appendix A. Abstract from return of the Army of Virginia, Major-Geneial John Pope, U. S. Army, commanding, for July 3, 1862. series i. vol. XII. part 3, p. 623, Offlcial Records of the War of the Rebellion. Including Hatch's cavalry, 158 officers and 3101 men present for duty. Command.Present for duty.Aggregate present.Aggregate present and absent.Remarks. Officers.Men. Headquarters staff and escort 35164219233 Warrenton, Va. First (Siegel's) Army Corps: Headquarters staff and escort13149172187 Sperryville, Va. First (Schenck's) Division 195415347446679*Near Sperryville. Second (Van Steinwehr's) Div.147275431224404*Near Sperryville. Third (Schurz's) Division 149303235204763*Sperryville. Milroy's brigade 110239727523787* Near Woodville, Va. Total First Corps614124851248519820 Second (Banks's) Army Corps: Headquarters staff 121212 Near Washington, Va. First (Williams's) Division Including Hatch's cavalry, 158 officers and 3101 men present for duty.4
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Index (search)
as forded by the lFederals in pursuit of Jackson, 155. Beauty of its valley, 156, 170. Shields, General, Federal officer in the Civil War, 113, 114, 120. Whips Stonewall Jackson after his retreat from Winchester, 122-131,--and has an arm shattered in the fight, 123. Constitution of his force opposed to Jackson, 124, 125 (note). Outwits Jackson by stratagem, 128. Engages in the further pursuit of Jackson, 151 et seq. Shurtleff, Captain, 320. Sibley tents, the merits of, 82. Siegel, General, commands a corps in the army of Virginia, under Pope, 264, 272, 278. Tardiness in obeying Pope's orders, 281. His encounter with General Gordon, 323, 324. Why he was not on hand to fight at Cedar Mountain, 324-326. Steuart, George H., Rebel cavalry officer under Stonewall Jackson, 199, 200, 203, 235. Higgles over a point of military etiquette, 250. Stockings, peculiarity of, sent from Boston to the Second Mass. Regiment, 82. Stone, Lieut-Colonel of the Fifth Connectic